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Jack is Four

Jack turned four years old last weekend, and we celebrated with pizza, cake, ice cream, balloons, presents, and MONSTER JAM! We had a total blast, and as of yesterday, we’re still recovering.

My plan, (don’t laugh) is that now Jack is four, to start making him sit for practical homeschool lessons. We’ve been focusing on letters and numbers, what they are, where they go, and who they belong to for much of this past year. I’d like to advance into handwriting this year.

Jack draws, he draws cute little stick people, but that’s a relatively recent development.

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I got him a new chapter book for his birthday, I read it to him, of course, and the lack of pictures tortures him but it impressed by the presence of so many letters.

Jack is still really into vehicles and play acting. He’s always acting out little scenes and monologues and telling us stories, and that’s how he processes new information and stores it in memory. He also likes to teach his little-stuffed animals their colors and numbers etc., and it’s adorable.

Anyway, here are some pictures of us from the last few weeks.

 

 

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The Mother Lode

If you follow my Instagram stories you know that Jack and I took a little vacation with my mama and sissy in law to the Sonora area here in California. We stayed in a quiet little cottage not too far from civilization, but far enough to enjoy a babbling brook, trees, wildflowers, wildlife, sweet summer rain, warm sunshine, and deep clean breaths.
The trip was planned as a girls trip until I insisted on bringing Jack along for the adventure. I crave meaningful beautiful moments with him as much as possible, and couldn’t bear to miss an opportunity to watch him frolicking in the mother lode.
For the most part, Jack was an angel, playful, friendly, riding in the car quietly examining the scenery as it passed him by.
But he was also quick to whine, cry, or throw a fit when I didn’t indulge his every urge and whim. However, I enjoyed teaching him how to pay attention to his surroundings and to appreciate the bounty of spring.
I had a few moments to myself, usually in the morning while Jack and his Grammy and Auntie were sleeping was I able to sneak out for photo ops.
Our first morning I snuck out and sat quietly on the porch with my camera and a cup of tea awaiting the arrival of some early morning wildlife. I didn’t have to wait too long before two deer approached and I was able to fire off some shots of them with my camera.
I also had a lovely birthday celebration which included an unsolicited “I love you Mama” from my child and a trip with my sissy to the Black Oak Casino, where I ate the best french dip and fries, drank a delicious beer, and doubled my money on the slot machines.
But after a couple of days of following Jack as he Mr. Magoo’d his way through the woods, I was tired and ready to head home.
We left yesterday morning in the rain my sissy did the driving because quite frankly she’s the best driver in the family. Plus she knows the area well enough to navigate us home through some amazing looking back road country.
Jack and I pointed excitedly to all the horses and cows along the way. Thankfully, Jack held it together with only one stop to pee and eat.
My heart is lighter upon returning home and I feel a little more grounded and closer connected to the earth than I’ve felt in a long time.
A large part of me so desires our own cabin in the woods, with a babbling brook and a pasture blooming with wildflowers and a black pony for Jack. A smaller part of me loves the smell of rain and Chinese food mixing on hot city pavement. But I don’t think I’ll be vacationing to a major metropolitan area anytime soon. I definitely plan to return to this cabin with my hubby for a romantic adult getaway, but I wouldn’t mind doing the family thing with Jack either. We had such a great time and I am so grateful to have shared this experience with my young son.

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Two Young Deer

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I See You.

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Come On Mama, Lets Go!

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Let The Wild Rumpus Start!

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Earth Below Me.

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My Sunshine.

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Woodsy Adventure.

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Sweet Little Face.

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This Way Mama.

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Breathe.

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Going On A Bear Hunt.

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Digging In The Dirt.

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Flinging The Dirt.

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Soft and Green.

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We Knocked, But No One Was Home.

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A Home Away From Home.

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Red.

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Pink.

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Babbling Brook.

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Smell.

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Delicate.

 

I’m a Disneyland Virgin

As is sit here on the couch with my three-year-old boy, watching Disneys Cars for the 900th time, I am reminded that there is an entire Cars Land at Disney’s California Adventure park. You might be thinking “so what I’ve been there” but let me remind you that Disney is a privilege, not a right. Such a luxury has yet to be afforded by me or gifted to me.

I am a married mother of one going on 29 years of age and a California resident for a decade now, yet I have never been to Disney. I can recall countless childhood friends, and classmates being whisked away on magical Disney vacations, returning from break with autograph books filled up, as well as other treasures.

As an adult, social media still bombards me with images of happy friends and acquaintances flocking to Disney to wrap their arms around their favorite characters. So I scroll on in jealousy while a familiar voice inside my brain proclaims with complete certainty “someday.”

Someday Jeremy, Jack and I will make an epic pilgrimage to Disney, and it will be glorious. Hopefully, by the time we get there, Jack will still care about Cars Land. Until then, I will continue to scroll on in jealousy as you all make your annual treks to the happiest place on earth this summer.  But while you are there try to remember the envious children (and adults)  who have never had the pleasure. Teach your children to be grateful for the experience, and gracious when sharing the experience with others.