well, he's 8...i didn't think it was too different...but i am starting to see previews of the "tween" age that is coming. i'm hearing a lot of "yeah man", and "dude"...and "sweet"...he gets around his friends, and the 'cool' factor kicks in. i'm seeing growth and maturity...and still praying for this little man as he is developing into his own! right now, he loves cheeseburgers with ketchup and mayo only...loves pizza...he's super into sports, and he learns a lot about other teams from his playstation 2 football game. his top 3 football teams are the cowboys, the texans, and the longhorns. he's beginning to shift away from the imagination world of "guys" (which makes me so sad)...and he'd rather watch a good football game than a disney movie. he takes the trash out and empties the dishwasher...tears up his shoes and jeans like a pro...but he still loves a hug from his mom and dad before bedtime. love this kid!
this year, he opted for a football party (since he plays football with the neighborhood boys every day possible). he had about 13 boys (yikes!!) and 2 girls...we got to have cousin audrey for the weekend, so that was special for them to get to spend time together...they sit and laugh and talk, and read together...its a sweet bond. he's not a huge cake fan, so he decided he'd rather have chocolate chip cookie sandwiches (2 cookies with icing between)...that's definitely my kid!
well, we're back to that time of year...family pictures. coming from a family of photographers...its impossible to skip this part of the year...its a tradition! mom was in town...and we used a family friend's home to attempt the family shoot!
don't we look happy? doesn't this look easy? don't be fooled. it's still a beating...every time!
i keep thinking it will get easier each year...and it does in some ways, and does NOT in others! now the boys are old enough to understand, and they obey and pose and all that...but now, i'm battling against the "fake" smile!
hmm...i wonder where they get that from?
but despite the struggles (we were also fighting off swarms of mosquitos), we managed to get a few good shots...way to push through it for your mom, boys!