Thursday, March 31, 2011


We recently had some testing done on Cade.  I am struggling a bit about what to put on the blog.  This blog is mostly for me.  It is my scrapbook, but it is also public.  I don't want to say things that Cade would regret me saying some day, but maybe someone out there is dealing with the same struggles and would benefit from my writing about it.  At this point, I just don't know how much I will (or should) write about it.  I will say that the results did not surprise us at all, they simply confirmed what we already believed.  The testing revealed many of his strengths, such as his intelligence.  It is believed by everyone that the struggles that he does have are able to be addressed and that he will grow up to be a happy and productive person, he just may have to work harder in some areas.  The testing has also made me more aware of how excellent Cade's teachers are and have been and what a great school he attends.  His teacher is already doing the majority of the things that are recommended.  

Cade is one of the sweetest boys.  He is loving and sweet and smart and cute and a loyal friend and simply precious.  That is what I want others to know about my Cader Raider.

By: Caitlin Wray as found on Hartley's Life with 3 Boys

Different Enough

Different enough
to feel like an alien.
Same enough
To bleed red.

Different enough
To be hurt by your touch.
Same enough
To crave it.

Different enough
To get tongue tied.
Same enough
To have something to say.

Different enough
To be awkward.
Same enough
To know it.

Different enough
To struggle with standards.
Same enough
To be held to them.

Different enough
To garner their stares.
Same enough
To notice them.

Different enough
To be an outsider.
Same enough
To want in.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Cade at UIL

 Cade was in storytelling this year.  Here he is all ready for the UIL competition.  Doesn't he look so cute.  He was very sad that he didn't advance.

The box that he made for his Valentine's party made me laugh.  Why are there fish on it?

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Snow Days 2011

Yes, I know that it is officially spring, but I have been busy and am behind in my blogging.  Here are the pictures from the 5 snow days we had this year.  It was so cold!  Our t.v., internet, and phones were down from Wednesday through Saturday.  That really stunk!  The boys had a great time!

Chase was outside most of the time.  I don't know how he could stand it.  It was so very cold.

They ate a lot of popcorn and watched a lot of movies
Many Legos were built

Even Maggie had fun

This is what our house looked like after days and days stuck inside.  It was not pretty

Last Group of Phone Pictures

 Chase touching a cow tongue
 Something that I am seeing too often lately
 Nate reading a book to his brothers
Nothing like a good ice cream face

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Straight From Nate

My car was having some battery issues and wouldn't start, so Nate and I loaded up into Mark's pick-up truck.

"Mom, are you sure you know how to control Dad's truck?"

Nothing like a vote of confidence from my sweet chauvinist.

- Jenna

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

The End of an Era

This sign brings me sadness.  It signifies the end of an era for me.  Let me explain.  I tend to work on the weekends and often I am flying to my appointment.  Southwest and Love Field airport have been a beautiful combination for me.  The airport is a 45 minute drive from my house.  Before the shut down of this pedestrian bridge, I could LEAVE my house an hour before my flight and still make my flight.  Believe me, I tested this theory more than once.  I would drive to the third level, park by the door, and walk over the bridge.  I would then breeze through security and walk straight to my gate and often straight onto the plane.  It was a beautiful system.  And now it has permanently ended.  Now I will have to leave an extra 15 minutes.  Oh, the tragedy ;-)  

Yes, More Phone Pictures

I know this is a bad picture, but it cracks me up how Cade likes to sleep behind the couch
This is why we paid to have our house painted.  They did a fabulous job , and I am overjoyed to have the house painted.
This one never ceases to crack me up

Monday, March 07, 2011

More Random Phone Pics

Hanging out at McDonald's with some preschool peeps
They love each other
Fun at the museum
Cade was a volunteer at the "bully assembly".  A sweet teacher sent me this picture

Few More Phone Pictures

How Nate "parties" on New Year's Eve

A common sight

Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Fun with Cousins in Abilene - Phone Pictures

 No comment :-)
 Riding go-carts with cousins

 Making cinnamon rolls with Aunt Charlotte - they were yummy!!

I really need to get this boy some lessons.