10 Things Right Now | Simon


1. You are two months into 6th grade and you seem to be enjoying the adventure.

2. For school day breakfast you like to have either a bagel & cream cheese or a slice of toast & butter and a glass of OJ.

3. You are taking swimming lessons two nights a week in a class for middle school kids. Your class is held in the diving pool and your class consists of working on different strokes and drills from one end to the other. There have been a few issues with too much joking around (and in your case we totally know that means you think the teacher is cool) but overall you are getting a ton of exercise and your swimming strokes are looking stronger each week. Backstroke seems to be your favorite and I love, love, love watching you go from one end to the other.

4. You eat pizza from the cafeteria pretty much every day at lunch.

5. We got your first progress report for your grades in science and you have an A and we are super proud of you!

6. You are really into Garfield (the cat comic). Last week you checked out the comic book from the school library. Each morning at breakfast I find the comic section from the newspaper and pass it over to you so you can read Garfield and Classic Peanuts.

7. You already have your Halloween costume for this year. A Jedi of course (it was time for a larger size).

8. You are getting so tall.

9. You are a pretty big fan of the holiday season and you're getting excited for stuffing and mashed potatoes at Thanksgiving most specifically.

10. You have a wonderfully kind tender heart and I'm so glad you are my son.

35 thoughts

  1. Leanne in CA

    2013-10-21 10:32:18 -0400

    Love this! Great writing and a great photo!!

  2. Rosa

    2013-10-21 11:04:16 -0400

    it was really cool that you said you love to see Simon swimm. I read this article a few weeks ago and it really made an impression on me about the importance of saying "i love to watch you play" http://joannagoddard.blogspot.ca/2013/09/motherhood-mondays-six-words-to-say-to.html

  3. slmnontec

    2013-10-21 11:19:58 -0400

    After reading your blog, I sat down and wrote 10 things about my 26 year old daughter. That was fun. Thank you for the idea!

  4. Debbie

    2013-10-21 12:44:53 -0400


  5. [email protected]

    2013-10-21 13:12:27 -0400

    Yay for an A in science !! :-) I have a science degree and work in a scientific research centre, a kid enjoying sciene is music to my ears.... :-) is there a field of science that Simon likes best?

  6. Amy

    2013-10-21 14:25:52 -0400

    Those brown eyes are absolutely spellbinding. I can't look away! :-)

  7. carine

    2013-10-21 14:30:40 -0400

    So sweet to hear you. Makes me feel weepy

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  9. Kathy Y

    2013-10-21 15:49:55 -0400

    Ali, I have followed you for a very long time. Even got to meet you and hang out when you came to VA. Knowing some of what you have gone through, I am so glad to see how happy you are. The kids have grown so much. You have done a great job. Nothing but the best to you ........


  10. Kristina

    2013-10-21 16:05:27 -0400

    I SO love lists like this, Ali! :)
    Need to do this on my blog soon!


  11. glenys

    2013-10-21 16:22:33 -0400

    Just beautiful Ali!

  12. CJ

    2013-10-21 17:03:05 -0400

    What a beautiful photo, and beautiful words too.

  13. Chris

    2013-10-21 17:40:39 -0400

    Love the post. All of it so true. I like these posts the best since I'm not a scrap booker. And of course the last item made me teary ;-)

  14. Cheryl :)

    2013-10-21 18:29:14 -0400

    What a precious post Ali. Wish I had documented more while my daughter was young...

    So glad to see Garfield is a timeless classic. I used to cut him out of the Sunday comics and wallpapered my room with him. Mom never said a word(bet she was glad I had paneling that would not peel off with the tape). Hey... feel some memories that I need to journal about.:) Now, wonder what I did with that stuffed Odie...?

  15. Paula

    2013-10-21 18:36:57 -0400

    Simon you are such a handsome and super fantastic boy! Way to go with your Science grade and swimming - can't wait to see a photo of you as a Jedi!! I am wondering if you are a morning person since you are swimming at night -- one of Garfield's favorite sayings is "I don't do mornings!"

  16. Jane

    2013-10-21 18:44:58 -0400

    Such a cute picture - I have a fifth-grader who loves Garfield too!

  17. Sue

    2013-10-21 20:05:41 -0400

    What a great pic! Quite a pair you two are.

  18. Anita J.

    2013-10-21 21:45:45 -0400

    What a beautiful photo, a wonderful list and awesome smiles from you both. He is growing into such a handsome, nice young man!

  19. tracy bayley

    2013-10-21 21:57:31 -0400

    What a lovely candid photo Ali and Simon :) I love your descriptive of Simon. He is very lucky to have you as a mum and as a cheerleader.

  20. Mallory

    2013-10-21 23:27:24 -0400

    You have an awesome kid there Ali! :)

  21. Lisa

    2013-10-22 08:02:34 -0400

    I've watched Simon since he was a baby. Thank you for sharing your wonderful Son!

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  23. Deb

    2013-10-23 23:01:46 -0400

    Love reading this. My daughter is 11 and loves Garfield too :)

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  25. sara@surrogatemother- cost

    2013-10-27 09:37:23 -0400

    So happy.I admire at your fortune.

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