Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Report cards and memory boxes

Travis continually amazes me. He amazes me with his big heart, that is so full of love and compassion for others. This week for school, he had a project to turn in. It went along with a story they read in class. He had to make a memory box. And in that box, he had to put items that represent each of the following: a happy memory, a funny memory, a sad memory, a memory from long ago an a memory more precious than gold. You ready to hear his choices? All unprompted, totally his own, although Jay and I DID weigh in on the funny memory (he was having trouble deciding between 2 different things).
  • A happy memory: He chose the camouflage tote bag I made for him and filled with goodies as a big brother gift, "because that is when Riley was born and I became a big brother!".
  • A funny memory: He chose one of his little foam darts that go in his nerf dart gun because he has "LOTS of funny memories of shooting daddy and all sorts of people with my dart guns"! We had to agree on that one!
  • A sad memory: He asked for a picture of Riley, sick, and at Duke because " he was sick and far away and that made me really sad".
  • A memory from long ago: He chose a railroad spike from the first time we went camping with the Pope family and went walking on the railroad tracks.
  • A memory more precious than gold: once I explained what "more precious than gold" meant, he IMMEDIATLY said "mommy, I need you to print me another picture....when Riley came home!!".

I'm so proud of him. And just to make me even MORE proud of him, today was report card day...and he had an EXCELLENT report card! Way to go buddy! He continues to LOVE cub scouts. In fact...here he is, fresh from walking in the door from scouts tonight, all sweaty, with his jacket hanging from his head, holding his new marshmallow shooter gun he made in scouts tonight!

Riley has been his typical self....cute, sweet, and full of mystery.

He has been completely off bottles (weaned himself cold turkey) for several weeks now.

Having fun outside

You can't tell from this picture, but he is crying softly, because I rolled his ball too far away. It was so pitiful.



Anonymous said...

Oh my goodness Lindsey, that Travis is so dear to my heart...only tears, no words to describe my feelings. He is so precious. Way to go Travis with that excellent report card. Keep enjoying scouts! After holding back tears from Riley's so sad and softly crying moment yesterday, all I can say is that you have two most precious little boys...very dear to me. Love to all, Pauline

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for the update. I know u r proud of Travis. He is a special young man. Amy

brad.kellie.babyc.lucy said...

Travis is the BEST brother EVER! And shame on you for posting a picture of Riley crying...makes me want to run all the way there and get his ball for him :)

Anonymous said...

I know you already know this but you have the SWEETEST boys!! How precious. Travis, I am so happy that you are doing so good in school. Love, Debbie and Gary


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