Sunday, November 25, 2012

Shock and Awe: Tween Edition

I suppose now that Jackson is eleven, I have to acknowledge that he is a legitimate tween.  I have thus far resisted, though he has been claiming to be a tween since 9.

To celebrate, we decided to treat Jackson to a day of surprises. We presented the idea over breakfast:
He was not as keen about solving the puzzle as I was about making them.
However, he played my game and after a ridiculous amount of hints figured out that this
... meant the candy store.
And that this ...
meant ...

I have to admit this one was a little more challenging
But a little hard work in the back of the car ...
... and he worked it out.
  Be one with the ball ...
 In our defence (Jackson is leading, Sydney is second. I am last), they had gutter guards. 
And John and I are convinced that the alley was not level. 
Next stop:
(I hate these places) 
This was "play with Sydney".
(Jackson got to pick the games at home and Sydney was not allowed to complain about it).
I don't have a picture of them playing  as I was too exhausted by then.
And the final event ...
Movie and pizza.
We had a few friends come by. Jackson has to guess who each guess was with this very clever  disguise gamers will recognize.
After pizza, we chose an old school special effects movie:
It was a big hit
(we have not yet heard about how many shark related nightmares may have resulted).
Final step was some birthday pie
Happy birthday J Boy! Can't wait to see what the next year holds!

Friday, November 23, 2012

Birthday Dinner. White Spot. 11.0

 Opa  joins us.
 A few presents
 Gamers will know what this is. 
(There were 2 twenty-something guys at the next table who knew)
 Happy birthday to our clever, creative, silly and sweet J Boy!

Friday, November 16, 2012

Sydney. Model.

No captions necessary.
Photographic credit: Jackson

Thursday, November 15, 2012

What I Miss ...

I miss being able to call for recipe clarification. Or for the recipe since I've misplaced it for the twentieth time.

I miss being able to call her to brag about stuff about my kids. She was always their most avid and enthusiastic fan.

I miss being able to complain about my kids. She didn't offer too much advice. She know she just needed to listen.

I miss the feeling of two parents anchoring my extending family, having two parents at Thanksgiving and birthday dinners.

I miss seeing her at dinner parties we put on. I know she got much joy from entertaining and I know she was proud that I could set a pretty table and not burn anything.

I miss that she will never see Sydney's smile with all her adult teeth in.

I miss she will never hear Jackson play clarinet.

I miss that she will not experience the personality blooming in Sydney: sassy, dramatic and entertaining.

I miss that she will not see Jackson as a middle schooler.

I miss that she won't see Sydney's new 'look' with her bangs grown out.

I miss that she will not see Jackson in his trademark fedora.

I miss that she can't sit down with both my kids and listen to them.

I miss that she was not here to see me turn 50.

I miss that I did not see her turn 80.


Today my Mom would have been eighty. 
Looking back at some other milestone birthdays ....
Earliest Photo

Age 10 (front row, beside her father) It was some kind of rule that they couldn't smile for pictures.
Single 20.
Mom at 30 with me.
Age 40 and playing tennis!

Celebrating 50
In Hawaii for 60!
Yes, I put 65 candles on that cheesecake!
70 - cruising Hawaii!
75 with her Sydney.
And one of the last photos, a natural picture that captures the essence of Mom.