This pic cracks me up. These are awesome goggles at the zoo that let you see what is behind you! I wanted him to pick these as his gift but alas, he chose something else.
This is what he picked at the zoo...a big snake and sword.
We love going to zoo and get a yearly pass every year.
Carter is very funny, especially to kids his age. I might just roll my eyes at something he says but it will have other kids rolling on the ground. He takes after his daddy! I often look at Josh and say, "See what you've done!" after Carter has done or said something that obviously came from Josh and not from myself.
Right now Carter loves to play board games of any kind and is still learning to be a good sport when someone else wins;) But he is always up for game if someone else is. He also loves to create and experiment. He has gotten several science and experiment kits as gifts and he loves to get those out and play with them. A good arts and craft project is right up his alley too. Every once in a while he will enjoy playing a game on the Wii or his 3DS and fortunately it is not something I have to restrict or put a time limit on because he will only use them every so often. But by far his favorite thing to do is be outside ALL DAY with the neighbor kids...even in 90 degree weather. I can barely open the door to call for him without dying from the heat...how do kids stay out in that all day? I have a love/hate relationship with the neighbor kids. I like that Carter is outside getting exercise and using imagination but I hate hearing about the drama that already exists in this little social group. There are between 4-7 kids usually playing together ranging from 5-8 years old...and man can they create some conflicts. Someone is always being mean to someone else and Carter is constantly no longer friends with one or two of the kids...until tomorrow when they are best friends again. Gosh kids, grow up already! ;)
Carter just finished up his summer season of baseball where he played 3rd base for all but a few innings when he was put as catcher. He definitely has some skill with the sport and if he gets some drive or passion for the game then he will be awesome. He likes it but has not yet decided if he loves it. I hope he does eventually because I love it. I love going to his games and watching and cheering! It is so much fun for me.
Team swim party and trophy ceremony
This was right after their first and ONLY win of the season. They were sooo excited and so were the parents!
I never got a pic of them on the field together so I had to take this at Home Depot:) We got in trouble after for using their ladder.
They were the Pirates this year.
Carter on 1st getting ready to run to 2nd. You can see Josh clear over by 3rd coaching the runners.
On Deck...getting ready for his turn at bat!
He was #7 this year...every other year he has been #18...this year he didn't get to pick.
Playing 3rd base. Sorry for the bad cell phone pics. I have gotten out of the habit of taking my camera with me.
Carter finished up 1st grade on May 22nd and will be moving to the 2nd grade...which takes him to a brand new school. Here in Hernando the school go like this Kindergarten and 1st in one school building, 2nd and 3rd at another building, 4th and 5th at another, 6th, 7th, and 8th at the middle school...and the rest at high school. I actually like how that is set-up but I could see how it might be a pain for parents with kids in all different buildings, but I like that they know everyone in town their age and there are no rivalries within town. Carter's first grade teacher was Ms. Welch and I thought she was fantastic. Carter loved her and never once had a complaint about her or her class. Carter is very bright and intelligent but does not care for school work at all. He does not push himself and does not have a desire to be the best in the class (totally opposite of his mother). He is content to just do the minimum he needs to do and be done with it. He did however take his roll as class clown very seriously and I had parents always telling me that their child would come home and tell them all the funny things Carter did or said. Grreeeaaat;) . Because of this he often got a strike or two and lost some privileges and also got 2 Bs on his report card when I know perfectly well he could gets As. Even still, he grew leaps and bounds. He is a proficient reader and is outstanding in comprehension and vocabulary. He has to study harder for spelling. If we did not drill his words at home he would get Fs on his test...if we had time to study and practice at home he would get As. I can't decide if this is because they did not practice them at school or he just didn't pay attention because at home it did not take long for him to pick up the words and spell them correctly. hmmm. He is also pretty average for math. He is great in some concepts but struggles in other areas. I think he takes a lot after me in these subject areas. He does not have a passion for reading and hates to read by himself. However, he loves to be read to and will let me read him every book in the house if I wanted to.
Carter loved making his new friend "Ghost Rider". That is one cool bear! Thank you Grandma Theresa!
So for Carter's 7th birthday we rented a room at BOUNZ and he got to invite as many friends as he wanted to come bounce, jump, and slide for 2 hours. He picked out an Angry Bird cake and that became the theme of his party. The party room at BOUNZ was just the right size and I thought I made it look pretty fun but I did not get a good picture of it. All of the kids got a bird mask and a little goody bag with some Angry Bird toys and candy. We served pizza and Carter's cake was actually made out of cupcakes so everyone got a cupcake. And can I just say that I was pleasantly surprised at Walmart's cupcakes...they were soooo good. I am not a huge fan of cupcakes and maybe it is because I am pregnant but I have been craving those cupcakes ever since. He had about 18 kids come to his party so it was a nice turnout. They spoiled him with a new arsenal of guns which have been a big hit with all the neighbor kids. His favorite gift was a GameStop gift card. He also got some cash and thought he was rich when I told him he got $30.00 and on top of that two little boys who could not come each got him a $20.00 Walmart gift card...so this kid has been in Heaven deciding how he wants to spend his money! He has chosen to save the cash but used his gift card to purchase Luigi's Mansion for his DS. Josh and I got him a Razor Sparks Scooter that he had been dreaming of for months. He has been riding it basically every day since, so it was a great purchase! Grandma Theresa sent him $50.00 which he decided to use at Build-A-Bear and made himself a super cool bear that he named Ghost Rider.
This is the backside of Carter's best buddy Ethan. They have been friends since before they could talk. He got Carter the game Disney Headbands and an outdoor sticky paddle ball game. By the way...the Headband games are really easy set-up and clean up and can be as short as long as you want. We really like to play them.
Carter and Boogie (real name Gary but he has been Boogie for years. He is a neighbor friend)
Carter and Dakota. They were in the same Kindergarten class and though they did not see each other as much this year they are happy when they get a chance to get together!
Miss Taylor...she got extremely bored with the present opening because it was all icky boy stuff;)
A sampling of the party guests. Dakota, Ethan, Brock, Boogie in front, Carter, Madison, Nathan, Seth, and Carson.
The birthday boy and his cake!
At the Pink Palace Museum in Memphis
Riding a snail at the movie theater
Pirate Night on the Disney Cruise