Thursday, January 14, 2016

Jack Victor - Yesterday and Today

Today is Jack's 7th birthday!  
Jack is an important part of this large family.
AND an important part of this smaller but large family.
And an even more important part of this smaller, large family.
He's our first great grandchild and sets the bar pretty high for all the great grandchildren who will follow. 

Following are pictures of Jack taken about every six months since he was born.

So you can see that Jack has been busy growing bigger and stronger all the time.  I've written about how he's changed in previous posts.  You can check them out by clicking on the year:  2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015.  So now we're going to concentrate on Jack throughout 2015.
During this momentous year Jack lost two teeth and started at a brand new school.  He's doing well in this school because he loves it - or because the school loves him - certainly his teacher does.  He's reading at a 4th grade level and the teacher who he loves says he's the best reader in his class.
His little sister Emma was born this year and he loves her very much so he tries to be very helpful with her.
He also played soccer this year and is considering switching to hockey or maybe baseball.  During the summer he and his family visited his Grandpa's house 'Up North' where they hunted for Salamanders and went to the swimming hole.  They also had fun riding around on Grandpa's new golf cart which he even let him steer sometimes.
But the very best part of the year for Jack was the trip to Alabama during Christmas break and seeing his friend and second cousin, Zachary.  He loved going to the beach,
finding shells and sand dollars, watching Star Wars with almost the whole family and having ice cream cones.  He also got a hermit crab named Spike who lives with the hermit crabs that his brothers and sisters got. 
But most of all he loved having all his cousins and aunts and uncles together in that big house, being with them every day, and sharing a room with his fellow posse crew - Zachary, Trey, Eli, and Dane.
Left to right.  Clara, Jack, Aubrey, Zachary, Eli, Dane, Wade, Trey

You can see he loves his family by this project he did at school.
So that pretty well covered Jack's 2015.  I must add that Jack was a super baby and he's grown into a super kid!  He's loving, kind, smart, adventuresome, and sensitive; and we couldn't be more proud of him.  So, Happy Birthday, Jack!!  Grandpa and I hope you're having a wonderful day that's only half as great as the many more birthdays to come!

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