Tuesday, February 25, 2014

A month to celebrate

I'm not celebrating the weather this month, that's for sure! It has wreaked havoc on many things, Carter's family birthday celebration that never was, being one of them. However, it is a month of family birthdays which makes for some special times in February.

My brother and Carter got to celebrate early in the month. Aaron and dad get to celebrate towards the end of the month. Nephew Braden gets to kick off March 1 celebrating his special day.  WOWZA...that's a lot of birthdays in a short amount of time!  

Aaron decided to pick out his own gift this year, which was just fine by me!  He decided we were all going to Blue Man Group on his actual birthday.  I must say, he picked out a great gift for himself.  We had a terrific time and each of us thought the show ended way too soon!

Thanks Ace for treating us all to a fun night of celebrating YOU!

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Heart Palpitations

Ace and I just came home from a parent meeting for high school registration. H.I.G.H. S.C.H.O.O.L. Oh my heavens!  We were treated to a panel of nearly everyone they thought it necessary to hear from: counselors, reps from each academic department, plus reps from each elective area, and of course the principal.  However, one key group was missing.

The paramedics.

Yes.  The paramedics.  I was nearly in need of them tonight. I have walked into the high school plenty of times during the last couple of years as part of my job in the district. Silly me has always been focused on my job while I was there and it's never really hit me like it did tonight that all too soon my son will be in high school. Other people's children grow up...not mine.

My heart started beating quickly enough when the whole program started and it dawned on me that in a few short months, Ace and I will have a high school student. It was crazy enough trying to wrap my mind around the fact that this was actually happening and then one of the counselors had the nerve to talk about college requirements. Aye aye aye! If ever there was a need for a quick medical visit, that was it!

Yes, these people send children through the high school and off to college each and every year and it seems so natural to them. Well...it sure didn't seem natural to me to be thinking about that already with my son.  I'm still getting used to the idea that we no longer have children in elementary school.  They are both safely housed with me at the middle school and I like it that way.

Please don't let it change.  Please don't let my babies continue to grow up!

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Happy Birthday Carter

Yes...it's been awhile since I've graced you with my presence on the blog.  I'm so sorry about that.  Life seems to be crazy busy, but this is a moment in time I just can't let pass without acknowledgment.

Today marks twelve years for Carter.  It's his golden birthday. How in the world it that possible?  I know people tell you to enjoy each day as time really does fly.  Sometimes in the midst of this parenting gig, you have no idea of the time whizzing right past.  It makes me want to go back and soak up some of those precious innocent days when he was two! TWO I say, NOT twelve!

Don't get me wrong, I'm enjoying him at this age when the pre-teen disposition doesn't show up! But look at this face...

I just want to go back in time and snuggle up this little boy of mine! However, I simply have to accept the fact that he's growing up and choosing to hang with his friends at youth group tonight and mom will simply get to sneak in a little twelve year old Carter time when he gets home.

Happy 12th birthday Carter!

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Welcome 2014

The Clayberg family wishes you all the best in 2014.  Fresh, new beginnings are always great.  It's a time to reflect and a time to plan for improvements in body, mind and soul.  It's a time to re-prioritize, which is exactly what I intend to do while spending a quiet, lazy day at home with all of my guys!

Cheers to you!

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Back in the saddle again

Oh boy was it good to watch Carter in action on the basketball court today!  It's been since September 22 that he's been able to participate in sports. During the first half of his first football game of the season he went in for a tackle and took a helmet to his shin and ankle. He ended up with a bruised shin bone and a nasty sprained ankle with some torn ligaments thrown in for good measure.  An entire missed season of football, crutches, a boot, many hours of physical therapy, and a now a snazzy little brace has him back in action.  See that little grin?  He's definitely happy to be back at it!
And boy oh boy was he ready for some action!  It's a tough pill for him to swallow to sit on the sidelines and simply watch his teammates in action.  Today was the first tourney of the basketball season and his team ended with a 3rd place finish and had a decent showing.  More importantly, the brace held up well and the ankle was feeling pretty good after three games in one day!
So, tis the season for some bleacher butt!

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Who's child is he anyway?

I always used to joke that when Austin came to the middle school I might need to go back to using my maiden name.  Well, I might have been a bit premature in my thinking. I believe now with Carter’s arrival to the middle school it might be the more appropriate time to make the switch!  Who knew?

It’s only taken the first 10 weeks of school, but apparently Carter is letting his true personality shine through.  In the brief email exchange with one of his teachers, these things have been relayed to me over the past week:

Lisa, please tell Carter thank you for entertaining us with his opera singing in study hall.  (Ummm...excuse me?  Opera singing? Apparently it was Tiny Tim and Tip Toe Through the Tulips! ...and to think he didn’t even sign up for chorus this year!)

Just yesterday…

When a teacher asked Carter if he knew he was a clown, his response was, “Have you met my mom?”  (WHAT!  This child is killing me!  He totally takes after his father, and I’m the one getting thrown under the bus!)

Thank goodness he has amazing teachers who each have a great sense of humor...and mad teaching skills to boot!

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Long time, no see

Who are the adorable “strangers” in these pictures with my handsome guys?   
They must be the long lost cousins that we love and adore but simply haven’t seen in W.A.Y. too long!  

It absolutely crazy that we only live 2 hours apart and it's been since July since we've seen them.  That's too long for this aunt to go without seeing her niece and nephew. 
And it's definitely too long for the cousins to go without hanging out together. They were definitely happy to see each other.  
Come to think about it, we kind of like hanging out with their mom and dad too!  Too bad it was only Nate who could come and hang out at the UNI Dome with us.   
 Next time Kelly, next time.  We definitely missed you!