some mom bragging…

Jackson is Star Student of the Week at school, and his teacher asked me to send a letter describing why I think he’s such a special kid. I decided to post my letter here so I can reference it later.

Dear Class,

I am very excited to write a letter all about my favorite person in the entire world: Jackson Alter.

A little bit about Jackson:

He is 7-years-old and his birthday is November 16th. He loves playing games: video games, Minecraft, Dungeons & Dragons, and various board games. Jackson is very active. He loves basketball, swimming, running, riding his bike, and playing with friends at the park. He is hoping to start martial arts this summer, because he wants to learn how to break a board!

Jackson is also a huge music lover. Not only does he make his own music playlists on his iPad, but he also enjoys playing musical instruments. He took ukulele lessons last year, and plans to start piano lessons this summer. When he’s a bit older, he plans to take guitar lessons as well. In his free time, he enjoys playing Rock Band with his family. He especially loves singing the Twenty-One Pilots songs.

Jackson loves science! He is very interested in space, and hopes to be an astronaut one day. He also loves dinosaurs and geology. He has his very own rock collection!

Jackson loves animals. Between his two homes he has two dogs and a cat. He’s hoping to get a kitten of his own someday soon.

Jackson loves to read. His current favorite chapter book is: Super Rabbit Boy. He’s very excited to read the next book in the series. He also enjoys the Harry Potter books.

Jackson is a sweet boy who is always available to give a hug or a helping hand. Jackson is very funny. He loves telling jokes! Especially knock-knock jokes. He always gets extra candy on Halloween because he tells such funny jokes!

Jackson is smart, funny, and kind. He is a great friend who always stands up for what is right. I feel very fortunate to have him in my life. I love him very much.

Thank you for helping Jackson enjoy his special week!


aka Jackson’s mom

happy friday

  1. I’m still exhausted from Iceland and trying to adjust to the time zone change. It’s a bitch.
  2. Last night, Dave and I drank our Welcome Back to America Pale Ale (yum) and watched two new episodes of It’s Always Sunny. The first one (The Gang Beats Boggs) was fucking hilarious. (I can’t really remember the second one because I kept falling asleep.) I’m so glad it’s back.  Best show ever.
  3. Next week I’m registering Jackson for kindergarten. What. The. Fuck. How is this even possible? Where did the time go?
  4. I have a bunch of stuff on my desk and absolutely zero desire to do anything with it. It’s so hard coming back to work after a fabulous vacation. I spent most of my day yesterday going through the 292 unread emails in my inbox.
  5. I’m looking forward to a great weekend with my boy. I promised him we would cuddle, watch movies, and play board games.  I’m also looking forward to Wolpertinger (beer festival) on Sunday afternoon. This year will be even better than the last b/c the bf will be with me. Yay! We love these beer drinking events.

love ridden

  • I can’t believe I’m about to say this, but I’m so glad it’s Monday.  I’m glad the funeral is over. It was one of the hardest days ever. I seriously couldn’t have made it through without my bf. He has been so amazing throughout this nightmare. He took excellent care of me yesterday. He drove me to the funeral, and sat with me for over six hours. He held me while I cried. He fed me when it was over. He’s amazing, and I didn’t think it was possible to love him anymore than I already did, but somehow I do.
  • He also met my family for the first time yesterday. Obviously it wasn’t the ideal circumstances under which to meet them, but it went pretty well all things considered.
  • In other news, I’m super excited about Thanksgiving this week. I want pie.
  • I finally get to see Jackson tonight. I haven’t seen him since Tuesday morning, so I’m very anxious to get him home. I’m excited that we will be together every day for the next week, with the exception of tomorrow. We need some mommy/son bonding time.  I think the hardest part of my brother’s funeral was seeing my mom fall apart. Her baby died. I kept thinking: what if it was Jackson? And then I would feel like I couldn’t breathe.  Losing a brother is hard. Losing a child…there are no words.
  • The bf and I restarted My Fitness Pal today. My starting weight is 130.1. I want to lose about five pounds, but I’m going to try to not obsess over it. The goal is to be more calorie aware and more active. Thanksgiving is definitely going to be a cheat day though. That was already discussed. (if you use the app, please add me, as I need the encouragement: lawgirljenn)
  • I’m currently reading a book called After I Do by Taylor Reid. It’s (fiction) about a married couple who is falling out of love, and decide to take a one year break from their relationship.  I’m not done yet, but I’ve identified with quite a bit of what I’ve read, and I think it’s a good read for anyone (but especially a female) who has gone through a separation (or divorce).
  • Happy Monday. Life is short: eat the cake, drink the beer, and tell your people that you love them. This is my new motto. <3