“I hope Heaven has a water park”

My great uncle Donald passed away the other day and the funeral was Monday. This put me in a pensive mood and I started asking daddy about Heaven. I asked what it was like and how old we would be and who would all be there. Daddy said that everything I think is cool and fun would be there – soccer balls, bicycles, swings, Angry Birds. Then he told me to think about everyone I love and they would be there, too. Besides obviously my family, I started thinking of my cat that we had to put to sleep, Phoebe. She was about 17 years old. Daddy said she would be there. I told him that it wouldn’t be just her bones, but rather her spirit and that Heaven was for our spirits.

I was also asking how old we would be in Heaven and daddy told me he thought we would get to pick what age we wanted to be. He said he wanted to be 32 because that’s how old he was when I was born and that was the best year of his life. I told him I wanted to be 5 because this has been the best year of my life. I told him I hope mama and daddy lion would be there, too. And because daddy and I spent all day Saturday at Paradise Springs (the Gaylord Texan water park), I told daddy I hope Heaven has a water park. What do you hope it has?

Happy Father’s Day Daddy

Happy Father’s Day to all the dad’s out there, especially my daddy.

 

 

Just like moms, dads are important to making sure all of us kids grow up to be a a positive influence on the world. Below is an interesting article on the importance of daddy’s love and support followed by some stats that further support this assertion.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2158671/Love-father-contributes-childs-development-mother-study-claims.html

Interesting Daddy Stats (Source: National Fatherhood Initiative)

  • Children in father-absent homes are five times more likely to be poor. In 2002, 7.8 percent of children in married-couple families were living in poverty, compared to 38.4 percent of children in female-householder families.
  • Based on birth and death data for 217,798 children born in Georgia in 1989 and 1990, infants without a father’s name on their birth certificate (17.9 percent of the total) were 2.3 times more likely to die in the first year of life compared to infants with a father’s name on their birth certificate.
  • Children who live apart from their fathers are more likely to be diagnosed with asthma and experience an asthma-related emergency even after taking into account demographic and socioeconomic conditions.
  • Even after controlling for income, youths in father-absent households still had significantly higher odds of incarceration than those in mother-father families. Youths who never had a father in the household experienced the highest odds.
  • A 2002 Department of Justice survey of 7,000 inmates revealed that 39% of jail inmates lived in mother-only households. Approximately forty-six percent of jail inmates in 2002 had a previously incarcerated family member. One-fifth experienced a father in prison or jail.
  • A study of 13,986 women in prison showed that more than half grew up without their father.
  • Youths are more at risk of first substance use without a highly involved father. Each unit increase in father involvement is associated with 1% reduction in substance use.
  • Fatherless children are twice as likely to drop out of school.
  • Father involvement in schools is associated with the higher likelihood of a student getting mostly A’s.
  • Students living in father-absent homes are twice as likely to repeat a grade in school; 10 percent of children living with both parents have ever repeated a grade, compared to 20 percent of children in stepfather families and 18 percent in mother-only families.
  • Half of all children with highly involved fathers in two-parent families reported getting mostly A’s through 12th grade, compared to 35.2% of children of nonresident father families.

Summer lovin’

So what have I been up to since I am out of school for the summer – whatever I want bitches! That may have been a bad word, but not sure because mommy uses it all the time and it seemed like it fit there. Daddy would never talk that way….

Anyway, the summer started with me doing all kinds of work around the house. In fact, Grannie and I planted flowers the first weekend I was out and they still look good. After the initial bit of work, I’ve been staying up super late – sometimes later than mommy and daddy. I have been waking up super late which mommy and daddy like on the weekend. I’ve also been getting chocolate wasted as much as possible.

My buddy Greyson came over and we had a blast. Seems like that 8 hours of non-stop play flew by for us. We played inside, outside, inside again, and outside again. We had toys out everywhere. He is coming over again next week – can’t wait.

The other thing I have been doing is working on my tan at the beach club and pool. Relax – I’m not being raised by the Tanning Mom. The sun has to get through my SPF 65 before it damages my delicate epidermis. I have also started swimming under water. I’n pretty good at holding my breath. And I wear a mask that covers my nose so I don’t get any water up my nose – that helps give me confidence.

I have big plans for the rest of the summer so you will have to check back to find out what your favorite 5-year old is up to.

 

 

Class of 2012

Just wanted to give a shout out from the Class of 2025 to a couple members of the Class of 2012 – congrats on your accomplishment. Katelyn and Jamie you should be proud – your parents, family, and friends are.

Cousin Katelyn

Future Texas A&M Aggie

 

 

Jamielyn

With Nelda (mom) and Brandon (brother)

 

And here are some insightful life lessons for your future – attributed to Bill Gates, but that may be an urban legend.

Rule 1: Life is not fair -- get used to it!

Rule 2: The world won't care about your self-esteem. The world will expect you to accomplish something BEFORE you feel good about yourself.

Rule 3: You will NOT make $60,000 a year right out of high school. You won't be a vice-president with a car phone until you earn both.

Rule 4: If you think your teacher is tough, wait till you get a boss.

Rule 5: Flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity. Your Grandparents had a different word for burger flipping -- they called it opportunity.

Rule 6: If you mess up, it's not your parents' fault, so don't whine about your mistakes, learn from them.

Rule 7: Before you were born, your parents weren't as boring as they are now. They got that way from paying your bills, cleaning your clothes and listening to you talk about how cool you thought you are. So before you save the rain forest from the parasites of your parent's generation, try delousing the closet in your own room.

Rule 8: Your school may have done away with winners and losers, but life HAS NOT. In some schools they have abolished failing grades and they'll give you as MANY TIMES as you want to get the right answer. This doesn't bear the slightest resemblance to ANYTHING in real life.

Rule 9: Life is not divided into semesters. You don't get summers off and very few employers are interested in helping you FIND YOURSELF. Do that on your own time.

Rule 10: Television is NOT real life. In real life people actually have to leave the coffee shop and go to jobs.

Rule 11: Be nice to nerds. Chances are you'll end up working for one.

1 for the money, 2 for the show – it’s showtime

They say when you get older that your body starts to fall apart. Well, I’m here to tell you that they are right – whoever they are. I’m only 5 years old and my teeth are falling out. I’ve had 2 loose teeth forever and on Friday, my first tooth ever fell out. I was nervous about it falling out because I thought it would hurt, but it turns out it only stung a little bit. I was so excited, I had mommy text daddy to tell him.

I was really excited to see what the Tooth Fairy was going to bring me since this was my first tooth and whatever the Tooth Fairy brings sets the tone for the rest of my teeth. Turns out she brought me some cash ($5), some small toys, and a thank you card. At this rate, I will make about $100 bucks off my pearly whites and plenty of toys.

It was funny because the Tooth Fairy left all kinds of fairy dust everywhere – the window, the nightstand, the pillow, and even outside on my slide.  It looks like she slid down my slide right into the window.

That could be where the story ends, but two days later (Sunday) I lost my second tooth. Mommy and daddy were a little concerned that the Tooth Fairy may have been caught off guard since it was short notice and all, but I told them that the Tooth Fairy was certainly prepared for an instance like this and that it would be complete disappointment on my part if she let me down. What do you know? She came through – another $5, small toys, and a thank you card. I got 18 more teeth so bring it Tooth Fairy. (BTW she left more dust and this time on my swings – she must love my place.)

Tooth #1 – we thought the other one was going to fall out first

Tooth #2 – a new one already coming in

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