So – here we go …
News from The North
Although it never was (or ever is) a quiet summer, school has started and so has the flurry of our life. I don’t say this as a negative thing, but as the reality of having a bunch of active children who enjoy being involved in extracurricular activity. We really enjoy watching our children participate in the things they enjoy. Right now we have Jake in football, Isabella in volleyball and fall basketball, Sophia in 4H, Gabriella in basketball, and Luke in football. Lydia is taking all college classes in her senior year of high school through the PSEO program and working many hours at a local coffee shop. And then there is Eli who is just about to turn 3. He’s not involved in activities yet … but he is full of activity.
This summer both Lydia and Jake got their driver’s license and are able to help with the logistics of getting everybody where they need to be. It seems like every day Lisa and I have to formulate a strategy to make sure we get everybody where they need to go. Somehow it all just works out.
Most of you know that Jake, as a sophomore, was awarded the starting quarterback role at Zimmerman HS due to a tragedy in which the community’s star high school athlete was killed in a car accident. Although the situation was a difficult one for Jake to be placed in, he rose to the occasion and did a good job in the first two games of the season … until the last play of the 2nd game. A player fell on Jake’s knee and caused it to dislocate. He suffered a partially torn MCL and meniscus. Jake is undergoing physical therapy and progressing well. He has been out three weeks and may be able to return in the week or so. His recovery has been much faster than expected. Jake is already lifting weights and jogging. The school’s trainer, the orthopedic doctor and physical therapist are working together to ensure he builds the strength back into his knee.
Isabella is attending a new school this year. We decided to move her out of the combined high school/middle school environment we have in Zimmerman. Although Bella was very, very anxious all summer about the move, she is doing well, and enjoying the change. She has already met many new friends, and the students (most of them) have been very kind to her. So far the decision seems to be absolutely the right one.
Eli will celebrate his 3rd birthday in a couple weeks. We have a June, July, August and September birthday among the children and Eli is really struggling with the fact that none of them have been his. He is so excited about his birthday. He says, “I need a birthday!” And he wants toy cars for his presents!
After several kids, we just aren’t very aggressive about potty training. We just sort of let it happen when it happens. Well Eli is starting to begin the process. Although he isn’t very consistent yet – he is having some success. A few of Jake’s friends came to the house this weekend. Eli ran up to one of them and the first thing he told them was that he had to poop. Not really the thing that a 16 year old knows what to do with. Another sweet thing Eli has been taught - when someone is teasing him, he tells them off by saying, “Shut your mouth whitey!” It is quite funny. At one of the recent football games a couple of older kids came up to Luke and his friends and started to cuss them out and threaten them. Isabella (holding Eli) came to their rescue and ran off the older boys. As she was doing it Eli yelled, “Shut your mouth whitey!” Eli is actually very sweet. He just has that ornery Wilson side to him. He got it from his PawPaw.
The Ohio State Buckeyes will be coming to Minnesota this season on October 30th. One of the local TV stations has given the company I work for some tickets to the game. I will be in the new TCF Stadium in my scarlet and gray cheering the Buckeyes on to another major victory!
Thanks for letting me tell you a little about what’s going on in the Wilson home. When I’m moved I’ll be updating this Blog and telling you more. If it is boring to you … well then don’t read it. One thing that I’ve learned as I’ve gotten older … I find myself funnier and more interesting than anyone else does. That’s ok – as long as I’m laughing and entertained – then this Blog has at least one very dedicated fan … me!!!! I just keep logging in and reading the thoughts, wit and wisdom of my favorite author – ME!!