Holy Smokes this kid is a teenager. Which means I have a teenager?! Seriously.
He got to go out with mom and dad to Outback. He's usually our babysitter on the weekends so I'm glad were able to steal him all by himself to celebrate.
He's growing like CRAZY. So he needed new church clothes. Two new suits!
Red Velvet cake...his favorite.
A little snapshot of this teenager today:
1. He's our number 1 babysitter. This is huge. I mean HUGE. He's been a life savor as Trevor and I serve in busy callings that take us away on various nights and on Sundays. And Carson always is a champ on the weekends so Trevor and I can sneak out together for a date. He can make dinner, smoothies, popcorn...and does a great job watching the kids. He always tucks them in bed and then sleeps in their room with them until we get home. It's so sweet.
2. He's a great student. He needs some pushing at times and we've had some eye opening moments as he's been in Junior High in regards to procrastinating. But he takes charge of his own assignments and tests. I check in quite often and we review his scores online, but I leave it up to him to communicate with the teachers, arrange to get extra help at times, and to re-take tests. He still picks up things easily. I've been especially grateful for his hard core English class that works on actual language and grammar...something he has struggled in because it isn't generally taught.
3. He's becoming a great cellist. He practices regularly and really enjoys it. Unfortunately that means piano has been on the back burner and it's like pulling teeth to practice that one.
4. He's progressing so well in Boy Scouts. Again, this is a lot of pushing from me, but he does do the work! Hoping to have his Eagle by the time he is 14.
5. He's got good friends...Drew, Tanner, Jacob and a slew of girls I only know from his texting. But he's a good friend and I love when he has the chance to have them over. We give him a lot more flexibility with sleepovers because he's proven to be pretty darn responsible.
6. He's glued to his phone. :/ Yes, I have created that monster. But I have to force his head out of it sometimes. It's been great for getting a hold of him and checking in while he is at school, etc....but we have had some texting drama and other life lessons along with it. (Like don't say anything via text that you wouldn't say in person!). Living and learning. Both of us.
7. He's growing like a weed (hence the new suits for his birthday). He's tall and lanky (and frankly a little awkward!) at this stage of life. He's the skinniest kid around, which isn't ideal as a 13 year old. But he plays it off pretty well.
8. His room is a disaster. I pointed out the other day that his college roommates are going to think he is a slob....and he said "well, at least I get my own room in college". Hahahahaha. THAT was funny. Yah, buddy, you SHARE a room in college, unless you got the big bucks. Trying to keep him accountable for keeping his room and bathroom clean but it's kind of out of sight, out of mind until I go in there and can barely breathe. I've got a few years left to transform those habits!!
We are super proud of the young man he is becoming. I'm so glad he is the oldest in our family because he's doing the things we want his younger sister and brothers to see. He makes good choices. And when he makes some errors, he quickly bounces back. It absolutely scares me to think he'll be on his own in just 5-6 short years. Man, his childhood is just flying by. Sure love him!!!