I have been loving walking down Memory Lane this week, thanks to Timehop and Facebook memories. Side note—would you beieve that one street down from where we live is a street named Memory Lane? I do. I always think that'd be a fun street to tell people you live on.
This was the boys on our town square about nine years ago. (Left to right: Graham, Jonah, Noah, Drew.)
And this was them with me on Monday night. (Left to right: Graham, Noah, Drew, Jonah.) The twins are graduating and Drew is moving out in the late spring or early summer. I may need therapy, but I'm sure I'll be FINE. (Missy, are you reading this? I'm FINE.)
I pulled out this candle on Tuesday and took a picture because of what was inside of it—the penny has been in there since I used it last year. #lifewithboys
Graham was in eighth grade here in this picture and it was his very last band concert. He played percussion in the middle school band before we pulled them out of public school to start our homeschooling journey. This was in December and once they went on Christmas break, the older boys never went back. Jonah and Noah started homeschooling that same year, in August and Graham and Drew began their second semester of the same year at home with us. It's a long story about how we became a homeschooling family, but essentially, our lives changed for the better forever because of the decision we made to do this. The boys were always very independent in their learning styles and I really didn't know what I was doing, so we all just kind of muddled our way through. They're smart kiddos, though and the greatest thing about them is how clearly they speak with adults. I've been told so many times that their communication skills are really good and I think that's one of the nicest compliments that someone could give to me about them.
Homeschooling has been scary and wonderful, so very hard and at some times a breeze. I've sat up in the middle of the night several times over the last nine years, gasping because I'd forgotten to turn something in or thinking I'd messed them all up for life and may have to pay for their counseling later in life. (Just kidding—we'd make them pay for it themselves. 😂) I am so grateful for the years I was able to do this and I still can't believe the "babies" are graduating from high school.
Look at his sweet smile and his little self in the Santa hat. He loved playing percussion in middle school band the two and a half years he was there. Side note about these years—back in the days when they started middle school, the students had to pick a "track" for electives and it could be P.E., band or art. Graham was going to choose P.E. until he met the band teacher on a field trip there his fifth grade year. Graham hit it off with Mr. Seek really quickly that day and ended up choosing band and percussion as his elective and instrument. This teacher has passed away since then and I just think how sad it is that he's gone now. He wasn't perfect and had issues that came out later in the years, but I'll always be grateful that he made an impact on Graham in many ways that we will never forget. He encouraged him in his percussion playing and cheered him on in his endeavors as a young musician.
On a much lighter note—
—this made me laugh ridiculously hard. I'm pretty sure Missy sent it to me.
This is my favorite picture of Graham (in Santa's lap) and Drew from their toddler years. Drew flipped his lid over seeing Santa and kept on insisting, "I just sit on the block, Mom. I not sit on his lap."
This has always been one of my favorite things for Christmas. I'm pretty sure my sister Lisa gave it to us and the boys used to love seeing this every year.
I love the picture of my dad and me on my wedding day. This was Dad here at my house just this past Friday. 💙
Speaking of Friday, you know I've been spending Fridays with Dad for as long as I can remember. I always used to meet him for lunch when I worked full time when Todd and I first got married. We actually worked near each other and would meet at least once a week, sometimes two times a week. We've always been very close and that goes back to my years as a very young girl.
Well, I suppose I'll wrap this up with this last picture. Thanks for reading! Love to all.