Author Archives: ang

the past 6 months

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i started working full time 6 months ago

it brings new meaning to having no time

here are some snap shots of things that have happened in the past 6 months

turning 5

 

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class trip to DC – boarding the bus @ 11:30pm to start the ride…

 

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enjoying a long fall with leaf jumping

 

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performances of “charlie and the chocolate factory” (mr. bucket, charlie’s dad)

 

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turning 10 with trick candles

 

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a winter without snow!

 

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a ride on the “polar express”

 

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celebrating christmas

 

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winter concert

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turning 7 with an actual (extended family) party

 

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losing our first tooth (and then another, which was lost on the turf field during soccer never to be seen again!)

 

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a week in costa rica (front row, 3rd from left)

 

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starting renovation

 

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making progress on renovation

 

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orchestra spring concert

 

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starting more renovation

and many things i don’t have pictures of

soccer

spring flowers before easter

physical therapy for a lingering problematic elbow

decade celebration assemblies as our elementary school celebrates it’s 50th anniversary

basketball games in the driveway

fishing with friends

class parties at school

and i’m sure there’s even more

my new new year’s resolution is to take more pictures and keep up to date!

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6:33

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[this post was started about 6 months ago – i was stopped as i tried to get the video off the video camera – i think it’s time to just post it!]

the annual elementary fun run/walk was this morning…

they have the kids run in 2 groups (k-2 and 3-5) so zachary and benjamin ran first

we sent  with them so neither one of us had to run! :)

they start the race with a starter pistol – it took 2 shots for both races – there were lots of giggles

it’s always amazing to me that more kids don’t get run over – the beginning of the race is a bit intense

at this point i was wondering where bemjamin was – i knew cj was with him i was just hoping he wasn’t having to carry him

they finally came around – and he did ask me shortly after this picture to carry him – but he finished on his own

hair still firey – easy to spot!

this picture makes me smile because it looks like he’s just waiting for everyone else to go ahead (which may be the case)

the boy has a pretty amazing ability to pace himself…

at this point he’s taken the lead – he only one in front of him is the gym teacher who’s acting as the pace car for the race.

this is the last bit before entering the track for the final lap. mr. chase kept looking back because at this point timmy was increasing his pace – i think he expected to have to encourage him, but instead found himself having to kick it up a notch to keep in front of timmy.

(video by christopher)

people were coming up to me afterwards “did you see his finish??”

i think the boy was born to run.

the second best part was that the only thing christopher had to say to him after he finished was “you’re going out for track, right?”

this one’s for you and me

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it happened again

and more than anything
i have been struck by

his strength
his grace
his perseverance
his peace

it has been a humbling lesson for me
i strive to be more like him

probably his favorite song these days
*unedited version – some strong language*

you and i know what it’s like
to be kicked down
forced to fight
but tonight we’re alright
so hold up your lights
let it shine

’cause this one’s for you and me
livin’ out our dreams
we’re all right where we should be
lift my arms out wide
and i open my eyes
now all i want to see
is a sky full of lighters

and i don’t know if it speaks to him the same way it does to me

but i know one day
he’ll be standing there
surrounded by the lights

long road

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from here

to here

7 months

christopher spent the entire baseball season on the sidelines with a fractured elbow
he got in one practice (at half speed) before his team traveled to cooperstown for a week long tournament

i wasn’t sure what his participation would be

he got to do a lot of this before games

and this during games thanks to unlimited runner substitutions

his team did well, really well
and with scores like this

he got to do a little of this

and even some of this

it was an amazing experience for these boys to play against teams from all over the u.s.
104 teams in all
and after 3 days of pool play they ended up ranked first for the tournament

they won their first two games and then lost in the round of 8
better than any team from clarence has ever done
‘1000%’ past all expectations (in the words of their coach)

but the highlight for us (and everyone else i’ve talked with) was this:

a walk off home run to end the second playoff game
his first home run e.v.e.r.

a moment

a memory
for a lifetime

(thank you jen for capturing it on video so we could share it with everyone!)

fearless

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this is how benjamin spent the first month or so of ‘summer’
swimming without even getting wet

he’s over that now

he’s decided that the water is a lot of fun

the other day he said

‘now i will jump in without my floaties!!’

loser like me

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this brought me to tears

it’s like someone has been listening to the conversations that chris & i have been having with christopher and turned them into a song

yeah, you may think that i’m a zero
but, hey, everyone you wanna be
probably started off like me

you may say that i’m a freakshow (i don’t care)
but, hey, give me just a little time
i bet you’re gonna change your mind

all of the dirt you’ve been throwin’ my way
it ain’t so hard to take, that’s right

‘cause i know one day you’ll be screamin’ my name
and i’ll just look away, that’s right

just go ahead and hate on me and run your mouth
so everyone can hear

hit me with the worst you got and knock me down
baby, i don’t care

keep it up, and soon enough you’ll figure out

you wanna be
you wanna be
a loser like me
a loser like me

push me up against the locker
and hey, all i do is shake it off
i’ll get you back when i’m your boss

i’m not thinkin’ ’bout you haters
’cause hey, i could be a superstar
i’ll see you when you wash my car

all of the dirt you’ve been throwin’ my way
it ain’t so hard to take, that’s right

‘cause i know one day you’ll be screamin’ my name
and i’ll just look away, that’s right

just go ahead and hate on me and run your mouth
so everyone can hear

hit me with the worst you got and knock me down
baby, i don’t care

keep it up, and soon enough you’ll figure out
you wanna be
you wanna be
a loser like me
a loser like me
a loser like me

hey, you, over there
keep the L up, up in the air
hey, you, over there
keep the L up, ’cause i don’t care
you can throw your sticks, and you can throw your stones
like a rocket, just watch me go
yeah, L-O-S-E-R
i can only be who i are

 

i hope that he can believe this for himself
and find a chorus of voices to sing along with