I blinked again and they got another year older. Here they are on their 9th birthday/St. Patrick's day.
Jackson is seriously everything I could ask for in a son. He is kind and gentle with animals and babies. He is sensitive and caring and I wouldn't want him to be any other way. He does love to push Madison's buttons and make her upset but if she's ever really sad over something he's the first to hug her and sometimes cry himself. He is an extrovert like nothing I've ever seen. He is obsessed with friends and being with people. The only thing he's willing to do alone is play xbox or play on his phone. He has a great outgoing personality and is very very funny.
Jackson had tryouts last spring for the town travel U10 soccer team and made one of the three teams along with his best friend James. The team was fantastic and if I remember correctly they were undefeated (maybe lost one??) the whole fall season. During the winter they joined an indoor soccer league for 5 months. Somehow they did not do so well there. They seemed to play much older kids and they just didn't stand a chance. Also last spring Jackson had tryouts for a U9 team for his club soccer that he has been training with since kindergarten. He made it and was very excited for his league games in the fall. The team has some very good players but they always seemed to play teams with much older kids and they lost most games 20-1. I believe they tied one game and it felt like a win. That team did not join any winter leagues but they did have one tournament that didn't go well. His spring league was supposed to start last Sunday but it was cancelled because of snow! I don't care if they win their games or not I just hope the games are at least more evenly matched. It's really hard on the boys. Starting this week he is back to 4 practices a week between the two teams and 1-3 games every weekend.
Jackson does well in school but it's not his favorite thing in the world. Just like his mama (although his grades may be a tad better than mine but we will see how he is as he gets older). All of his teachers have loved him and I can't ask for any more than that.
Madison is such an easy kid. Most of the time she's very serious and quiet and keeps to herself although she does have a very silly streak and will sometimes let loose and act crazy. She is a classic introvert and much prefers to be alone. She adores music and loves to listen to her playlist on her phone and sing while playing with legos. Her grades are close to above grade level and she really adores school and learning. She's also a great artist and gets really upset when they have to miss school on a day they have art.
Madison has a very special relationship with my mother. They absolutely adore spending time with each other. My mom says Madison doesn't stop talking the whole time they are together. My mother loves to sew and do crafty things (that's not really my jam) so Madison really enjoys that.
Madison has been doing a recreational gymnastics class since she was 3 and still enjoys it. Now she goes with two of her best friends Michelle (James' twin sister) and Lily. Madison also does a modern dance class once a week which she loves. I signed her up for guitar lessons too in the late fall and though she whines every time I tell her to practice she really likes learning it. Her teacher says she's a natural and retains everything he teaches her even when she doesn't get a chance to practice it during the week.
As you can see our weeks are insanely busy and the thought of adding a baby and a move to it is a tad overwhelming but I'm grateful for lots of help from friends and family.
3rd grade is going to be the last grade they will be in the same class. Their current teacher thinks they have different strengths and weaknesses and feels like they should each be placed with a teacher who will best fit their individual needs. I agree with her so they will split up next year. Madison will be thrilled but I think we may have an issue with Jackson. I'm sure he will be fine in the long run but he's not going to like not being with her.
Their difference in personality is sometimes hard to referee. He's always begging her to play with him but she wants to be alone so he usually ends up in tears with his feelings hurt. I feel for both of them so it's hard to know how to handle the situation.
I couldn't be more proud of these kids and the people they are becoming and I couldn't love them more.