Happy Birthday, Carter!!

Wow…we have an 8 year old!  I can remember the night Carter was born so clearly.  We had NO idea that our boy was going to make his appearance 5 weeks early.  We had just gotten in bed after a great Saturday – lunch out, shopping, and working in our flower gardens at home.  The nursery wasn’t done and I had not packed a single thing.  We still had 5 more weeks!  God had a different plan and thankfully, our baby was healthy despite his early arrival.  Fast forward 8 years later and we have had three others join our family. We are blessed with a big family and while we won’t pretend that it is not loud and crazy (and chaotic quite often), we wouldn’t have it any other way!

Carter is thriving in 2nd grade.  In fact, this has been his best school year. He (finally) loves going to school.  I’m so thankful!  He has made some really good friends this year while keeping up with friends he made during Kindergarten and 1st grade.  We absolutely LOVE his school and his teachers and feel so blessed to have a great community to raise our kids in.  Carter played another season of baseball in the fall and just recently finished up his first season of basketball.  He had a great time playing with his friends and really learned a lot from his coaches. We have one week off and then baseball starts again.  We are all very excited about it!

Just so I’ll always have it, here are some things about Carter at 8 years old:

  • He LOVES electronics. I know this describes most kids.  We have had to put some serious limits on his screen time this year and it has worked so much better.  His favorite games right now are: Minecraft, Skylanders Giants, Football (for the wii), Words with Friends, and Subway Surfer.
  • He is still very sensitive.  It doesn’t take much to make him feel insecure.  He gets very upset when he thinks we’re upset with him or disappointed in him.
  • He is a big eater. I don’t know where all his food goes but he is a big eater.  He has graduated from the Subway kids meal to the 6 inch (and asked for a footlong last time).  He can eat two cheeseburgers at McDonalds and always has 2nd helpings at home.  He is still very small though – 48 pounds and average height. He is starting to realize that he is small and always asks when he is going to grow. I’ve assured him that it will happen…it just may be a while.
  • He loves legos right now.  He also loves Ninjago, Legends of Chima, and Pokemon.
  • He loves to read. He loves to stay up at night and read in his bed after his brothers and sister are asleep.  We cut him off at 8 every night.  He has started taking tests over books at school and loves earning points for them.
  • He loves playing with boys and girls at school.  Some of his best friends are girls.  He attended a birthday party two weeks ago and was the only boy invited.  It didn’t bother him one bit. 🙂
  • He is such a homebody and loves being at home.  He prefers eating at home (instead of eating out) and hates running errands.
  • He is a BIG helper.  He will help take care of his siblings and is always willing to help us out around the house.

Here are some of my favorite Carter pictures. 🙂



Carter is about 9 months old in this picture checking out snow for the first time.

Carter is 1

Debating whether to eat his first birthday cake or not.  He decided that he didn’t like it after this picture was taken.


Carter after his Thanksgiving Feast at Preschool (he was in the 3s class).







Titans game with his Daddy around 4 years old.




Carter and Seth at the beach.  Carter is 4 in this picture.

carter baseball

Last Spring – playing in the 7/8 league on the Pirates.


Bowling Party for his 8th birthday!

Carter and Seth


Carter working Legos with Seth before school this morning.

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