Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Noah Turns 9

Dearest Noah,

You are 9 years old today. It is astounding how quickly the years are going by. How can we already be halfway to 18? Just yesterday you were a chunky little baby- an easy breezy baby boy. Or a crazy toddler trying to keep up with big brother. But here we are and it's the first day of your last year in the single digits.

You were an easy baby- except for the ear infections. You slept well, ate well and were only fussy when your ears hurt. You were our stoic baby, funny to think of now that we thought you'd be our serious child.

At 9 years old, you are far from serious. You are silly and happy, almost constantly. You are kind and gentle- always willing to give away what is yours in order to bless those around you. You challenge me to think more of others myself. You are not the chatter box that your brothers and sister are, you keep things inside more. But you are always observing and listening, even when I think you are not. You best me almost everyday in school, when it looks to me like you are not paying attention, so I start asking you questions and you can answer every one- to perfection!

You are very tall for your age- and very skinny. You are when they call a "bean pole." It makes you clumsy at times, being so tall so quickly! I can't wait to see how tall you will be when you are grown. You played flag football this fall and you had caught an interception and scored a touchdown- a pick six! I'll never forget the look of joy on your face. I wish I had a video.

You love to draw and next week are starting art classes. Who knows where that might take you! It's really great to see you enjoy something that is just yours.

Of course, you also love football and Star Wars and Legos and disc golf, just like your brothers. You don't seem to love reading, yet, but you do love stories and hopefully that will grow into a love of reading one day, too. This past year you grew your hair long- and you loved it. You do have the coolest hair- even your short style is pretty long, and awesome. We went to Disney World this year and had a great time- especially in Hollywood Studios with all the Star Wars stuff. And of course, we all love Harry Potter. Your Draco Malfoy Halloween costume was amazing. You make the perfect Draco in looks, not in attitude!

Noah, you are a joy and a gift to this family. You bring light and a gentleness to our world that we desperately need. I am loving watching you grow up. Your dad and I pray that God will keep working in you as we can already see He is doing. We pray that He would save you and transform you into the image of Christ. He's already given you such a sweet personality and heart, I can't wait to see Him use you for His glory.

We love you, no matter what, forever and ever. Happy 9th Birthday Noah Jackson.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Disney World- Day 2

Day 2 at Disney World was spent at Magic Kingdom. We had a great day!

The park was super crowded because it was the only day of the week that Magic Kingdom didn't close early for Mickey's Halloween Party. So, I guess everyone made Wednesday their Magic Kingdom day. But we still had a great time.

Eden got to see lots of Princesses! She also got to wear her amazing Rapunzel dress that was made by her Nana. She loved every minute. Disney really does it up right. The princesses were awesome- they even sounded like their animated counterparts! Eden had full on conversations with them. Even the workers who monitored the lines were awesome. When we were waiting for our turn with Ariel, the guy holding the line asked Eden where Pascal was (the chameleon in Tangled). She giggled when she realized he "thought" she was Rapunzel.

The meeting Belle is an experience, not just a meeting. We timed it perfect, as the line had been long all day, but got in when it was just a 15 minute wait. Josiah was chosen to be the Beast because his roar was so awesome. He was so cute dancing with Belle!

All day long the kids were dying to ride the Seven Dwarf's Mine Train, but the wait time was over 3 hours all day. We decided to try to watch the fireworks from behind Cinderella's castle instead of in front, just in case the line went down during the fireworks. When the fireworks started, the line time was still 2 hours and I told the kids it probably wasn't going to happen. By this time it was 10 pm- so major meltdown happened. Then as the fireworks were going, I looked up and the sign said 70 minutes. I told Jack I was going to go over and ask the girl monitoring the line if it was really 70 minutes. She told me it was probably less- so I motioned to everyone to come quickly! We ended up standing in line for only 5 minutes!!! It was awesome!! And the kids LOVED it. Highlight of the day.

We stayed in Magic Kingdom until after midnight! The kids did amazing! I was so proud of them. We got there at 8 AM and stayed until after midnight and everyone had a great time.We got to ride almost everything we wanted, except Space Mountain. The line was long all day and we just didn't get a chance to ride it. But we had an awesome day!

(This is my favorite picture of the whole trip)