Happy birthday you teenager you! Thirteen, that seems so old. Miles has turned out to be a pretty pleasant teenager, so we have high hopes for you!
You've had quite a year. You finished up your first year of middle school and then began your second year - 7th grade. You like school. I'm not sure you looooove it, but you definitely like it. I think you are showing more interest in doing well at school. Your grades are good, but with your smarts, they could be even better! I'm thinking by your 8th-grade year you'll be figuring out how to get those straight-A's that your brain was designed to get. :) At parent-teacher conferences, your teachers all expressed how much they enjoy having you in their classes, how good of a student you are, etc. It was nice to get such a great report!
You are struggling to find an organized sport that you want to stick with and not complain about. . . I made you quit swimming this past year as I could no longer stand your complaints about it. You're still a decent swimmer and, who knows, maybe one day you'll be a lifeguard or something! You just gave Jui-Jitsu a try . . . but decided it wasn't quite what you thought nor want to do. Which is fine. You like playing football at recess and shooting some hoops. In fact, you wanted to try the middle school's basketball team - until it changed its practice time to when you have jazz band practice. Bummer, but that leads me to . . .
Jazz band. You were in the 6th-grade band last year and then tried out for jazz band - and made it! What?! I was a little surprised. :) But you seem to really like it. You don't even complain about practicing anymore! You practice four days a week, 30 minutes each time. Plus, you have to be at school an hour early for jazz band practice. So you hop on your bike by about 6:50 each morning and head for school. You used to have Wednesday mornings off - until you went and made the "honors" jazz band. Gosh, Jonas. :) Now you have an extra early-morning practice on Wednesday. But it's okay with you - especially because you'll get to miss some school-days as you participate with the honors jazz band. You had a concert last night (your second of the year, but my first since I worked the last time) and it was really awesome (and slightly weird) to see you up there part of the jazz band. There are 16 of you - 7 of you are
So even though you haven't quite found a "sport," you are active. Riding your bike to and from school five days a week. Riding your bike around town with Miles and friends. Mountain biking - you really like that and are excited to do it in high school, like Miles. You love skiing. We had to totally postpone your birthday ski-party last year (Kendall didn't open up until late February or something!) . . .but we are giving it another try this year. Our target date of December 22nd probably won't happen, but we'll go no matter what - even if we have to wait until February!
You and Miles had jobs mowing again this summer - Jonas and Brother Mowing. Or something like that. It's been a great job and has hopefully instilled some work ethics in you. Your dad helps you out A TON. You better be willing to do that for you sons someday (which I think you totally would). You and Miles opened up savings accounts. I think Miles has 2-3 times the money you have. Even though you made similar incomes . . . :) Yes, you do like spending money. Miles is quite the tight-wad. You spent your money on food - like going to Crash Burger, getting buffalo wings at Pizza Hut, buying candy, etc. But you were also the only sibling to buy your sisters each birthday gifts. And not just a stick of gum gift. Clothes! You bought Lucy a cool Hogwarts shirt (she adores it) and Emmy a really cute shirt from Target (that she wore for picture-day). So while you like to spend money, you are also quite generous with it, too.
You had an awesome camp experience with your fellow friends from church - 4 nights and 5 days of a "Lewis and Clark" adventure. You loved every second of it. In fact, you even excelled at it! Sometimes you seem a bit wimpy when compared to your super-strong family. Haha, just kidding. But, you know, Miles is like a super-hiker with never-ending endurance. But it turned out that at the camp - with all the canoeing, hiking, etc., you were one of the top kids.
When you are at your best, you are a delight to be around. You're funny, witty, and thoughtful. Your family loves you so much Jonas!