Report cards came out last Friday. Sam did really well and got this pass today. He gets to leave one minute early for lunch five times. It's a BIG deal. Good job Sam! Now that's a great way to be in Fletcher365.
This year the homework is much greater for all three kids. Alex works on his laptop in his bedroom. Chase works on his laptop in front of the TV (too much of the time), and Sam does his homework at school so he can get on MineCraft when he gets home. The kids have their priorities straight most of the time. That makes me proud. It also makes me proud that they are so accepting of the purposeful direction I give with obvious influence. In our home, we laugh loudly, we make mistakes, we say I'm sorry, we are patient, we cherish friends, we honor family, we are grateful, we share, we love deeply to celebrate Fletcher 365.
I've been trying to introduce the boys to new things, new places, and new people so they don't get in a rut. Some of the time, they tell me the choices are thumbs down. Yesterday, Chase and I waited until Sam got home from school and we went out to get some chicken wings. Alex was with his friends long-boarding and rock climbing. We ordered wings at TGI Fridays and we ordered them "mild". So now we know that "mild" means "mild Tabasco sauce" at TGI Fridays. The boys were so hungry that they each ate one before we got a new order that didn't put our mouths on fire. Sam thought that as long as he drank his sprite after taking a bite that he would be okay. NOT!!!
Chase loves his school. They get out an hour earlier on Fridays. That is the time that Chase and I protect for us to do something together before Sam and Alex get home from school. Lots of times we go have lunch or we run a few errands. The spontaneous conversation is priceless! Today Chase and I talked about a few sensitive subjects and I am always amazed at his maturity and wisdom. He doesn't always show those two things to his brothers. Their loss. Today Chase was allowed to bring home his tile that he made in his art class. I went to his school last week to see the Art Gallery presentation that his art teacher scheduled. There were about 10 parents there for 10 people in his art class. I sat up front (which Chase usually doesn't love). This painting of a bird is one of the pieces that Chase showed. He is very proud of it and gave me permission to put it in my office. It makes me smile because it makes him smile. Lucy loves it too.
The boys and I have had some serious talks. I took Alex for a college visit to Texas A&M last week and then I was in Orlando for a few days for work. I miss Florida so bad and the boys know it. I'm committed to being here as the boys continue to make their memories and I'll make memories too. I'm not sure where Alex will end up once he graduates but I can keep you posted here about Alex and college and all the other stuff that we do daily. It's crazy busy and this is Fletcher365.