It all started on a cool Tuesday morning in September in Blaine, MN in 2004 when we sent Jacob off to his first day of kindergarten. His first year of school was fabulous and he made a lot of friends. At our first parent/teacher conference, his teacher recounted to us how he was sat next to the twins from China. The thought was that since he was such a chatterbox, he’d help them pick up the English language quickly. I’m pretty sure their new words revolved around things like hockey, Halo, Buzz Lightyear and Star Wars, but hey at least it was a start.
I remember being as equally emotionally wrecked sending him on that bus that day to kindergarten as I was on Friday. Except this time instead of getting on a big yellow bus, he was (gulp) driving himself to school. Almost 13 years later, his journey through school ended in Boca Raton a far cry from where it started (Blaine, MN.)
Meanwhile, his little brothers have two more weeks of school…. Two weeks of radio silence at home during the day, now that’s quite the graduation present. Throughout the years, Jake’s always been persistent, goal driven and kind. While I’m broken up that this stage of his life is over, I cannot wait to see what he achieves next.
Boy oh boy, my baby, my Zak-Zak, the Mayor is 11 today. While it’s completely cliché to say that time has flown by, it would also be completely true. As a baby, the Mayor channeled his inner 80 year old man. He was a complete curmudgeon in every sense of the word. And then he hit the dreaded toddler stage and a miracle happened. He became the happiest, sweetest boy you could ever imagine. He’s still an incredibly happy, sweet boy unless he’s hungry. If he’s hungry or tired, you should run away and hide….
As the youngest of 3 boys, the Mayor is a tough as they come be it on the ice or in a game of mini hockey. He was the perfect addition to the family. From day one, he’s loved his brothers even if Colin wanted to put him back after holding him once. Colin spent a lot of time in the corner when he was younger, but he was never alone. The Mayor always had to join him and keep him company. It was the sweetest thing.
He’s got a zest for life and food that’s unsurpassed. Since we was young, he could eat pretty much everyone I know under the table while weighing almost nothing. Yes, I’m completely jealous and I’m still trying to figure out where he puts all the food. He loves food so much that when the boys first started skating at Skate Zone 7 years ago, he ate skittles off the very dirty floor. The hubby and I were convinced he’d end up in the ER that night with a serious stomach bug. Much to our delight, he didn’t get sick and in fact hasn’t had a stomach bug since that day. I’m pretty sure he’s got an iron gut and probiotics for life off those dirty skittles.
Hockey is his life and it has been since 2006. For his 3rd birthday, he proudly rocked his Minnesota Wild jersey as he enjoyed his hockey themed cake. He played his first hockey game when he was 4 years old as a defensemen in front of his big brother Goalielocks. Nobody was allowed to touch his brother. In the years since, he’s enjoyed the travel hockey life and the friendships that come with it. He is a rink rat through and through.
His heart is as big as his appetite and I’m so proud to call him mine. Today we celebrate him. Please help me wish the Mayor a very happy 11th birthday and his birthday buddy (my brother Justin) a very happy birthday.