A Little of This and a Little of That

Our young man is getting all grown up. I used to call him SuperPizzaBoy. It doesn’t seem to quite fit any more. He is growing into a young man. I’ll have to think of a new nickname for him.

(He is kind of handsome I think.)

He is a busy guy. A sophomore in high school now. He also does chess club and the lego club at school and singing lessons, and other stuff also. He has a full schedule so he has to budget his time to make sure that everything is done. This past weekend is a good example.

(Around and around we go. If the weather is good he rides outside, which is much nicer)

He has to get up early, get dressed, have breakfast and after a fast stop at Starbucks we drive 36 miles one way to therapeutic horseback riding. He has come a long way and is getting more comfortable all the time with his horse.

(He has a great sense of humor, most of the time.)

We drive back into town and then he changes, has lunch and then we head to his weekly Improv Comedy class. This past weekend was a double dose as he had to go back in the evening for their first show.


He loves improv and is pretty good at it. I’d find it really tough. There are guidelines to improv but you really have to be on your toes and think fast. Two things nobody has ever accused me of doing.

(Take a bow kids for a job well done. The adult leaders also, talk about a handful!)

The show was great. Many of the kids have been together for several years. They are really a lively and energetic bunch and can be very funny.

Fun with #geometry
(Poor kid, he has a Dad who just has to try all the Hipstamatic combos)

Today, we got up and went to church. After lunch son had some homework to do. He doesn’t find geometry near as much fun as I do, but he is getting good at writing papers for his English class.

(How much farther Dad! About 20 minutes Son! That’s what you said 20 minutes ago!)

And then for a little outside time. We ventured up north Tulsa to Oxley Nature Center and hiked the Northern Woods loop for an hour and a half to get a little fresh air.

(How come teenagers don’t like lily pads?)

He doesn’t like near as much as his old man does but he indulged me.

(They don’t like the sun shining through trees either)

We saw a deer and enjoyed the silence. We didn’t see anybody else the whole time we were there.

(Poor kid, his Dad dresses like such a dork.)

And then home, and some video game time, dinner, a chore or two and the day is used up.

He is a busy guy and his Mom and I are really proud of him.
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18 thoughts on “A Little of This and a Little of That

  1. Dawn

    He really is growing up! What fun activities he is involved in. You and Sweetie are doing such great things with/for him.

  2. Sylvia K

    What a wonderful post!! He is indeed growing up and I do agree with Dawn, the two of you are doing such terrific things with/for him! This was the best smile of the day for me!! Thank you for sharing! I loved and still do, doing things with and for my kids even though they are grown now, the joy continues!! Again, that you for sharing, you’ve really made my day and I am so happy and proud of all three of you! Have a wonderful week!!

  3. Leedslass

    I’d call him “Smart Young Man” because that’s what he’s already become. Totally agree he’s outgrown SPB. Lovely set of pictures from a proud Dad but glad to see you appreciate you do look a bit of a dork in That Hat LOL.
    Amazed such a SYM is prepared to associate with his Dad. Teenagers can be very choosy in their choice of companion as I remember:-)

  4. Jennifer A. Jilks

    He’s changing into a fine young man. Yes, a new nickname is called for!
    No more fun in the ball room at Ikea!!!
    Love the selfie. We tried one when my 30-yr old was visiting from B.C., but it didn’t work out!
    I’m not sure about Gravity. We shall see!
    I loved taking the kids there. Now, the grandkids go!
    Cheers from Cottage Country Ontario , ON, Canada!

  5. Sandy Carlson

    What an awesome young man. It’s amazing what kids can do with good parents behind them. A very cool super busy guy. You have some great portraits here.

  6. DrillerAA09

    Yes to all of the above. He is indeed growing into a handsome young man and SPB doesn’t quite seem to be the proper moniker any longer. I’m sure you will think of something. He is busy, that’s for sure, but that’s also a good thing. You and your wife have every reason to be proud of him and of the parenting job you two have done.

  7. Sallie (FullTime-Life)

    You should be proud! A handsome young man busy with activities that matter…. and doing well in school … he’s doing the job he’s meant to do at this stage of his wonderful life! ..And yup, definitely needs a new nickname.

  8. Barb

    I feel like I’ve watched him grow up. I’m proud of him, too! I kinda like SPB, but see what name he thinks would be cool. Good Luck to him!

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