Thursday, October 27, 2016

Picture of the Week - 10/27/2016

October 2016 is going to go down in my history as the month I fell behind in just about every possible way.  Ouch...

It's also the month my BABY turned 5.  Wow wow wow! 

It's no secret how much I love 5 year olds.  I think its the coolest age.  I love that I get to "do" 5 again, one last time.  And if Beckett holds true to form, this time through the 5 year old stage will be bigger and louder and just a bit over-the-top.  That's Beckett.  Loud and crazy and fearless.

I admit that I kind of dreaded going to talk to his pre-K teacher last week for his parent/teacher conference.  You see, more often than not, he comes home with some tale of getting in trouble or getting talked to or having to sit out of some activity.  He's really very honest about it.  When asked how his day was, he's very likely to say something like "well, the morning was not so good, but after nap I was really good."  Turns out that my fears of speaking to his adorable (and very young) teacher were all for naught.  Yes, she told us of his discipline challenges.  She's still trying to figure out how to get him to listen when his hard little head feels like he shouldn't need to do what she asks.  BUT she said she's not worried about it.  She told us that he's the clear leader in the class.  The kids flock to him.  They watch him to see what he's going to do.  They follow his direction and let him help them with instructions or explanation of rules.  He is never alone when he's in class. 

And he has a girlfriend!  WHAT???

None of this is particularly surprising, I guess.  It's very much how he acts at home.  You simply can't out-will him.  (Ask my dad.)  If he doesn't want to do something, no amount of warnings or threats will change his mind.  You can yell.  You can plead.  You can try to reach his sense of obligation or guilt or fear.  None of it works.  He'll do what he wants to do, when he wants to do it. 

That is not to say that he runs the house (mostly).  He follows the same rules the others do, but we have long since learned to let him get to the same points at his pace.  No sense driving ourselves crazy trying to get him there faster.

One of the most interesting things about Beck recently is the relationships he's formed with people he meets through his brothers.  Beckett truly considers some of Spencer's friends to be HIS friends.  When one boy stopped by the other day, Beck ran from the other room and launched himself AT the poor unsuspecting 14 year old.  As Beckett clung to his mid-section and Ozzie barked at this poor kid, I just looked at him and said "Welcome to our home".  LOL  He invited another of Spencer's friends to come to his birthday party.  (The 5 year old equivalent of exclaiming deep love and respect.)  I took Beck to one of Quinn's lacrosse practices the other day and he spent nearly the entire time playing - like really playing...  running/jumping/laughing - with one of the dads of one of Quinn's friend.  Now we have known this man for years, but not well.  To Beckett, they were best buddies and he did not care that this guy is 40-something years his senior. 

Speaking of his seniors, Beckett continues (in my opinion) to be the luckiest of the 4 brothers.  He always always always has someone to play with.  More often than not Zane is the playmate of choice.  Those two have a really good relationship.  They play with their imaginations.  They play physically.  They fight appropriately.  They share.  The laugh and giggle and love.  Watching them together is one of the greatest joys of my life.  Truly.  And when Zane is doing something that Beck doesn't want to do or isn't interested in, he goes to find Quinn.  No one can get Quinn playing (real play, not video game nonsense) like Beckett.  They have many wars and battles and run all over my house.  My house is very loud.  I imagine (because I didn't have any older siblings) that Quinn is just about the perfect older brother.  He's old enough to get the milk out of the fridge, but still a kid at heart who doesn't mind being silly.  And then there's the oldest/youngest relationship between Spencer and Beckett.  That one is something special - from both directions.  Beckett thinks Spencer walks on water and hung the moon.  He's a warrior who happens to live in our house.  You can tell by the way he looks at our oldest that he's soaking it all in.  He idolizes most of what Spencer does.  And Spence, in return, loves that child.  There's no competition with him like there is with the other boys.  He wants Beck to excel and exceed.  He lets Beck climb on him and jump on him and fight him.  And as Beck soaks up the attention you can practically watch his self-confidence and self-respect grow.  Beckett is one lucky boy to have all those other dudes living right in his house with him.

This is the year for Beckett where he really stops being a little baby.  No more toddler.  He's not really a pre-schooler anymore.  He is rocking out the pre-K world and getting ready to kill it in elementary school.  This is the year we will put him on a big yellow school bus (finally saying goodbye to day care checks) and send him off.  I know from experience that once they get on that bus, they don't look back.  Given Beckett's outgoing personality and high level of self-confidence, I have zero concerns that his transition will be anything but smooth.  This is the year that he will get to put on pads and play tackle football - which he's DYING to do.  This is the year he will likely learn to read, to ride a bike, to swim without a vest.  This is the year we will get to know more and more about his own little personality, which I think is going to be a pretty fun one.  Those stereotypes about the last-borns being natural entertainers are pretty true.  Nothing makes Beckett happier than making other people smile. 

I can't wait to watch my littlest Bovy boy this year.  I can't wait to experience this year with him.  I wish him the happiest (even if it's a week late) of birthdays and hope he knows how very loved he is.  Happy Birthday Beckett!

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Picture of the Week - 10/20/2016

I'm pretty much behind on every single thing...  or at least that's how I feel.  

BUT - this has been a really great week for the Bovy boys!

If you aren't already aware, Spencer's team won the middle school county championship football game.  It was SUCH a fun night.  The game was a good one.  Very physical and exhausting.  The score (14-8) was indicative of the fact that either team could have won the game.  It was exactly the kind of game you want for a championship game!

Here are a couple of fun things to share about the game.  The first link is the motivational video that our team photographer made for the pre-game dinner.  As one of my colleagues from the UK said, it's very typically over-the-top American, but it's also super duper awesome.  Spencer is #59 and makes many appearances in this little video.

The other link is from the article that was in the Forsyth County news about the game.  My favorite part of the article is the last quote from the opposing coach.  "We knew we were going to have to play physical to stop the run, and we did,” Pickens said. “But, they wanted it more I guess.”

Our team played as a family - a true TEAM in every sense.  They deserved this win!!  

After the game, we had a huge, loud welcome planned for them back at the school.  There were glow sticks and noise makers and sparklers and signs and SO MANY PEOPLE.  It really was over the top!  It was also awesome - and a night I'm sure the team will never forget.  I know I won't.  

And finally, here's a picture of the team after the game.  The thing that cracks me up most about this is that TINY little trophy in the front.  For as much time and energy (not to mention money) that flows through middle school football, it cracks me up that the championship trophy is so small.  

The other big even this week (and not to be overshadowed by a little football game) was Beckett's 5th birthday.  I don't have his collage done yet, so his birthday tribute will be delayed until next week.  That said, he had SO much fun yesterday being the "special birthday boy".  More about our special little dude next week.  Maybe by then I will have dug out of my mountain of laundry and made a dent in getting our house back to some kind of order.  Wish me luck!  I'm off to Minnesota on Monday for another day trip.  Travel is kicking my butt...


Thursday, October 13, 2016

Picture of the Week - 10/13/2016

Hi all!

I apologize that all the pictures I'm sharing today are repeats from Tuesday night on Facebook.  I don't like to repeat stuff here that you may have already seen on my FB feed, but I'm in the middle of a "get through it" couple of weeks.  I am leaving for a sales trip to eastern PA in about an hour.  I'll get home late tomorrow night and then weekend full of sports and fun before heading back out to TX early Monday morning.  

I will be back home again in time for the middle school county football CHAMPIONSHIP game.  If you haven't already heard, Spencer's Viper team (who am I kidding, they are my team too as I've spent more time with that team than Zane over the last 3 months) is heading for the championship game after destroying their opponent Tuesday night.  

Take a look at this article from our local newspaper.  Football: Vickery Creek Middle dominates South Forsyth to reach championship

That article game me legitimate goosebumps.  There are really so many awesome things about this team.  I love them.  Truly.

So the last 2 days have been packed full of logistics and planning as we added another week of practice and events to the football team calendar.  I'm also up to my eyeballs in preparations to open registrations for our spring lacrosse season.  And work...  lots of work too.  I have 4 trips in the next 3.5 weeks.  I'm hunkered down into "git 'er dun" mode for sure!

Here are some pictures of our field from Tuesday night.  We had a "pink out" to recognize and support all those touched by cancer.  Our field crew (a bunch of volunteer dads) went over the top with their preparations for our play-off game field.  I'm pretty sure the other team was intimidated as soon as they saw the Viper Pit in all its glory.  Such a fun night!

If anyone wants to join us for the BIG GAME on Tuesday - kickoff is at 7:00 at West HS.  The more the merrier!  

Have a great week everyone!  By this time next week, I'll have 2 trips behind me, the championship will be decided AND I'll have a 5 year old.  (Beckett's birthday is next Wednesday.)  If that's not a busy week, I have no idea what busy looks like.  


Thursday, October 6, 2016

Picture of the Week - 10/6/2016

Happy Fall Ya'll!

It's finally starting to feel like fall down here with some cooler temperatures and a wee bit of color on some trees.  It was a long, hot summer and the change is welcome!

Last week the boys had Fall Break.  I wasn't a fan of a whole week off in the fall until last year.  In theory, it seemed like a better idea to just wait another week before starting school.  Before we experienced it, the school calendar looked like a week off in the fall would be nothing more than a disruption of our routine.

I totally changed my tune after last year's fall break.  Turns out that having a week free from (most) activities and (most) requirements is a welcome break - not only for parents, but also for kids.  It's a great time to recharge the batteries and rest the mind a bit.

And now - all the boys are back to school and football and lacrosse and all kinds of other things with renewed energy!  It's a beautiful thing.

Unfortunately, I was out of town most of last week.  I had to travel to Arizona for a conference.  It was a great opportunity for me and my career, but a total bummer that I didn't get to hang out with the boys for a little quality family time.

We DID manage to squeeze in our annual trip to Burt's Pumpkin Farm on Friday after I got back home.  Turns out that the timing worked out perfectly because we headed to the mountains at exactly the same time the weather shifted toward cool and crisp.  It was a PERFECT day!

Here are some pictures from the trip, which included Ella and Cooper this year.  It was nice that we were able to get some good pictures of the cousins together.

This weekend is going to be SUPER busy!  We have Zane football, Quinn lacrosse x 2, Beck flag football, plus Spencer is running in a 5k with his football team, we have a wrestling meeting to attend, and of course Bob and Spencer are coaching the little shooters again.  I suppose it's good we got a nice break while we could because I think it's going to be a sprint to Thanksgiving now!

Be on the look out for some Facebook updates about Spencer's playoff game on Tuesday.  If they win, they go to the county championship game.