Wow time is going by fast! I can’t believe what a busy month March was and that it has already come and gone. It feels like April is getting away from me already too! My Dad came to visit and we had a lovely time together. We went on long walks on the nature path near our home, and on the beach and went on an educational eco-tour of Ponce Inlet in the rain. We shared meals together, played games, and watched the movie The Big Year together. As an avid nature lover it was fun to watch a family friendly movie about people obsessed with bird watching, and I always enjoy the antics of the actors/comedians, Steve Martin, Jack Black, Owen Wilson and it was really great to see all three of them together in one enjoyable movie. My week with my Dad flew by, it seemed like I was just picking him up from the airport one minute and the next I was already dropping him back off and he was back home in Utah. It was wonderful having him here, spending some quality time together and sharing our beautiful home with him. I am so glad he could come and visit.
Everyday the beach looks different. My Dad enjoyed the rocks and finding shells.
Resting on a bench on our daily walk on the nature trail
Vegan baked ziti with Daiya cheese, green salad and roll. My Dad tried and even enjoyed some new vegan foods while he stayed with us.
Eco-Cruise @ Ponce Inlet. It was very cold, and it rained on us but we still had a wonderful time and learned a lot!
One last walk on the beach before my Dad and I headed to Orlando for his flight back to Utah.
My prayers have been answered and a new family with two young boys moved into our neighborhood. The oldest son is fourteen and the younger son is eleven (they also have a one year old daughter too.) Jaiden and the new boys hit it off immediately, and he is so happy to finally have a friend here in our little neighborhood. We live in a relatively remote area with mostly retirees, there are a few young families but the only other two kids in the neighborhood were fifth grade girls. Unfortunately one of them moved and the other is moving soon, so thankfully the new boys are here!
March is Jaiden’s birthday month…and this year he turns 10! He got some new shoes, a new haircut, lots of wonderful cards and money, a loving tribute video, and unfortunately 3 stitches some scrapes and bruising.
Jaiden's new Toe Shoes, called Skeletoes by Fila. I got them at Ross for $25\
View from the bottom, at the bench at our beach. I LOVE this pic.
Before long and shaggy
After: Fauxhawk. I thought we were going in for a trim, but he had other plans.
So cute! I love it.
March was a huge milestone for me as my baby boy turned ten years old. I worked very hard for more than a month compiling some of my favorite pictures from each year of his life up to the most recent picture I had taken of him, I added music from Owl City which is his favorite musician and created a video tribute to the most amazing little person in my life. That was one of my gifts to Jaiden as well as to his family to share in some of the special times over the past ten years of this little guys life. Jaiden, my only son is a truly incredible person and I’m honored and deeply humbled to have been given the responsibility of being his mother and raising him. He is my greatest teacher, I learn more from him than I feel I could ever hope to teach him. I have never known a love like the love I feel for him. Being a parent has been both the most difficult and most beautiful experience of my life. I met this milestone in his life with happiness as well as a sadness I know all parents will relate to. I’m sad that he is no longer little, that he will never be a baby in my arms again, that he needs me less and less. Though that is what parenting is all about, helping my child realize his potential, to become independent and to have the skills and knowledge necessary to survive this crazy world and all its challenges. It’s bittersweet, but I can honestly say I’m more happy than I am sad, because what a great little person my son is. I couldn’t be more proud of him.
Jaiden received cards from friends and family all over the country that love him, and with the money they sent him he was able to buy a Nintendo 3DS that he has been wanting for two years. He had wanted one last year but they were so new and we didn’t have enough money. This year though with everyone’s help not only could he get a 3DS, he bought the new Mario game to go with it, a big Nerf gun, some extra ammunition and a three-month subscription to Xbox Live. He had a really great birthday and couldn’t have been happier. He said he didn’t even want a party after he received all the cards and birthday money from his family because he already had everything he wanted. (aww!) He had wanted to have a small pool party nearby but we haven’t been able to work the details of that out, as of yet. Perhaps we can have a party there before he goes back to Utah for the summer. His little friends from the neighborhood came by to see him open his cards after school so he had an unofficial birthday party anyway. It all worked out wonderfully.
- With his friends from the neighborhood
The friends hanging out w/ Jaiden
He received money from his loved ones to buy something he's been wanting for a long time.
Jaiden’s spring break began just three days after his birthday, and that night he was helping me pick up the bags of soil at Lowe’s for our raised garden beds we’ve been busy building and he got hurt! He started his spring break out with a trip to the E.R and three stitches!
He went to climb up onto the flat metal cart where the soil bags were stacked up, but his feet were wet (from where they had been watering plants and he was wearing flip-flops) and he fell backwards when his shoes hit the smooth surface of the cart, cutting his leg up on the sharp edge of the cart as he went down. He broke his own fall as he hit the ground with his hands and not his head thankfully or this night would have been much worse, his hands are just scuffed up but not badly hurt. I was loading the car so I didn’t see it happen. I just saw him afterwards saying “ow, ow,” and jumping on one leg. I feel so bad because right after he fell I told him “just sit here you’ll be fine” and directed him to sit in the front seat as an employee and I finished loading the car full of the bags of soil. It was dark and I only saw the scrape and a couple small cuts, I didn’t see the deep gash until he said “Mom, I’m bleeding all over” and then I went and turned on the light in the car and said, “that looks like it’s gonna need stitches” as the blood was pooling in his flip-flop. Then we rushed home, cleaned him up a bit, tried to stop the bleeding, grabbed the insurance info, called the nurse, figured out where to go and took him to the hospital, got him stitched up and then tired and exhausted we went home. He was a great helper to me, not only at Lowe’s before he was hurt, but during the whole ordeal. Before we went to the hospital I asked him about his pain level on a scale of 1-10 he said 3 and remained perfectly calm through the whole thing. I am so proud of my little man. I have such an awesome kid. Though my heart aches he got hurt, I am so grateful he is okay and that the injury was relatively minor. I’m very grateful to the emergency team at Florida Hospital Flagler for their kindness, courteous, unbelievably fast and compassionate service to the most important little person in my life.
He's pretty relaxed and thankfully wasn't in much pain. This kid is tough as nails. He is playing on his Flame Red Nintendo 3DS he bought for himself with his birthday money.
At the E.R. the Nurse cleaning him up so he can get his stitches.
All cleaned up and ready for the Dr. to stitch him up.
He's finished, not in much pain and just ready to go home.
One day later it is quite bruised but he feels great. Thankfully aside from not being able to swim, the injury didn't slow him down at all. On a scale of 1-10 he said that his pain was a 1, and that it was just tight feeling and itchy.
I of course was more traumatized than Jaiden because it is the worst when your child gets hurt, but especially when he gets hurt helping you! He is recovering nicely, the wound has healed up very quickly and most of the bruising is gone now. We have an appointment with his doctor to remove his stitches on Friday the 13th. He can’t wait to get them out. The worse part for him was getting hurt at all of course and not being able to swim the first few days of spring break. Thankfully it didn’t slow him down other than that though, this kid of mine is a trooper!
Next post: More on Spring Break and our new Raised Garden Bed!
How was your March?