He’ll soon be driving! And the day can’t come soon enough. I’m probably more excited than he is. Mainly because he will now be able to drive himself and his brothers around to all of their practices and basketball games and church rehearsals. I’m a little nervous to have them on the road alone, as I’m sure most parents are, but I just gotta aim and release. 🙂
Still drumming like crazy. And it’s still loud. We’ve given him a specific set of hours (3pm-5pm) when he’s allowed to use his drum set, so as not to bother our sweet neighbors. And even on the other side of the house, with earplugs, and all of the doors shut…it’s STILL loud. But he’s getting really, really good. So when the headaches start, I just keep focusing on the lake house that he’ll be buying me when he’s a famous drummer. He doesn’t know that yet, but it’s happening.
He has a pretty good work ethic for 16. He doesn’t have a formal job yet, but he’s been working off and on for my parents, cleaning offices and doing little odds and ends jobs. And while the quality of work may not be up to par just yet, the willingness to get it right is there. And that makes me happy.
He’s a tad emotional. I don’t know if it’s hormones or what, but he’s been SO emotional lately. Like, cries at the drop of a hat. It wouldn’t be so bad, if he wasn’t playing basketball. Basketball isn’t wrestling or football, but it’s definitely a contact sport. So when he gets blocked or tripped or fouled (or doesn’t get a foul), he gets what we have come to lovingly refer to as Cry Face. His little face pinches up and his eyebrows knot together and while he isn’t crying actual tears (most of the time) he looks like he’s going to. It’s been super fun. As in, I can’t wait for THIS stage to be over.
Ball is life. That’s pretty much his life’s hashtag right now. Jackson, do you want dinner? Ball is life. Jackson, have you cleaned your room? Ball is life. Jacks, when was the last time you showered? Ball is life. And, last Thursday. Last month he was invited to play on another elite team and we told him that in order to play, he had to raise 1/2 the money for it. Luckily, his birthday was last month, so he was able to raise all of it (and then some) without actually having to do any work. 🙂
His teeth are probably going to fall out. The biggest challenge I have with Aidon lately is brushing his freaking teeth. I don’t know why this is so hard. But it is. It’s the thing we fight about the most. And no matter how many reminders I leave for him (yes, actual Sticky Notes to brush his teeth) he can’t seem to remember. In fact, he just came into my office and read this and said, “Hey! I brush my teeth! I brushed them 2 days in a row!” *slow claps*
Fortnite is the new Mind Craft. Or so I’m told. It’s the next MUST PLAY video game and both Jackson and Aidon are pretty obsessed with it. So much so, that we watched Jackson run into a wall on Saturday night because he was staring at his phone. I definitely don’t let them play all day every day, they actually aren’t allowed to play at all during the week. But now I have leverage to work with if I want something done. 🙂
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