Monday, May 29, 2017

Birthday Letters : Twelve



Dear Satchel,

Happy 12th ride around the sun!  What a wondrous year it has been!

This year has been one of courage and growth and new adventures.  We took a road trip to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter where you rode nearly every ride in both parks.  This was the year you went on your first and most terrifying, upside roller coaster....TWICE! 

This is the year that you learned to stand up to bullies, but also the year that you learned that you have many friends who adore you.  You are so very loved, Satchel.

You are a wonderful boy.  You still retain your great sense of humor, and your skillful magic making.  Your teachers say that you have a wealth of knowledge about many different things.  And as always your creativity is amazing to witness.

Your drawings are detailed and interesting and your lego creations, and homemade contraptions are the best I've ever seen. 

Your love of fishing continues and you have developed a fondness for all thing Nerfy.  You have brought excitement and adventure to the neighborhood with ideas for nerf clubs, and battles.

You are TWELVE and this is special because you now begin the journey toward your 13th year when you officially become a teenager.  It is an exciting time filled with more privileges and responsibilities.  As part of your 12th birthday gift, we are planning your rites of passage for your 13th year.  You will soon be receiving one Quest to complete each month.  Some of the Quests you may find easy and some will be a challenge.  They each serve a purpose and will prepare you for the exciting times ahead.

Being your mom is the greatest gift I've ever known.  Thank you for picking me to be your mother.  Thank you for the laughter and for the many things that you teach me.  Thank you for the reciprocal gift of unconditional love and for the many ways you show it. 

On this 12th anniversary of your birth, may you know how deeply loved and admired you are.  I celebrate you!

 (for beautiful you are my world, my true)

Happy 12th ride around the sun, Satchel.
Thank you for being my son.

All my love,
Mama

(Posted at the time of your birth)

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Saturday, May 27, 2017

Twelve : Bowling Birthday Party

“Respond to every call that excites your spirit.” - Rumi

He requested a bowling birthday party, with donuts instead of cake.  We made fruit pokes, and a bucket of popcorn, and kept the pitchers full of root beer and pink lemonade.  There was mayhem and fidget spinners for all.  "That was awesome!" he said. 






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Friday, May 26, 2017

May : The Merry Month


It was the Mother's Day that brought with it a blender that can make fresh hot soup.  There was a hike to Stonyman Summit and when my son bought me flowers.  There was a bluebird, a luna wing, a hawk feather, the first bass of the season, and 17 year cidadas that came 4 years too early.  There was crops in the garden and the locust trees that flung their blooms to the earth and scented the air otherworldly.  There was the wonder of Wonder, and a new recipes destined to become old favorites.  But most of all, there was the planning of a 12th birthday party!!!



 
 



















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Sunday, April 30, 2017

April : Spring Break and the Pink Full Moon

This was the way of it 
Let the story fires be lighted 
Let our circle be strong and full of medicine - Robbie Robertson


Wherein we had a bonfire and ate S'more as the Pink Full Moon rose in the sky and Melissa flung fire.  There was a sleepover with old pals, and watching their favorite show Junior Chef which inspired them to do some cooking of their own.  There was a sunset on the lake and the first swim of the season at cub run and a strange visitor to the hummingbird feeder.  And a trip to the bay to look for fossilized shark teeth.  It's the month I got bursitis in my right hip and a frozen left shoulder.

 




Sleepover and noodles with A

Making lunch

Making breakfast
Wizard Chess with B
Pizza and swimming with J





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Thursday, March 30, 2017

Marching : Snow and Blooming

Wherein we took out the sled, made snow cones, and even the flowering trees were confused...




 







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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

How February Flew By


Wherein I met in my person, my friend Erin Darcy and her selkie on her layover back to Ireland.  There was the 6th grade field trip to the National Museum of the American Indian. We took a hike to Raven Rocks and chased Venus Back home. We hiked the falls, found river glass, there was a nerf battle in the forest, and a fort made with a duvet cover and a fan....








Blessed be the teachers who put up with this mess.


S and H climbed cliffs at the falls

Hike to Raven Rocks with J



Chasing Venus

Nerf battle in Forest, BenOak territory.

Sidewalk Oracles
Duvet cover + fan = FORT





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