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How has life changed in 5 years?

If I could have had a crystal ball of what life would have been like now in 2019, I would not have expected how much but how little my life has changed.

The Imaginative One was in 4th grade in 2014. He was a year from crossing over to Boy Scouts at the end of February. He was an extrovert who rarely socialized with his peers. His nose was often in a book. He reluctantly took dance class.

Now in 2019, not only is he in Scouts, he is in Kung Fu, DeMolay, and ROTC.

Some of his accomplishments in Scouts:

  • He has the Order of the Arrow.
  • He was chosen to be in the National Youth Leadership Training.
  • He has gone on multiple week long Boy Scout camps.
  • He is getting ready to go to Sea Base this summer.
  • He has ranked up to first class and is getting ready to rank up to Star.
  • He was the Assistant Senior Patrol Leader.

He is going through the line for DeMolay which means he would be the Master Councillor which is sort of like president.

He is now very social even though he doesn’t really hang out with his friends outside of school or any of his activities.

Would have I expected this from him 5 years ago? No, it was my wish he would eventually get out of his shell.

Where do I see him 5 years from now? He’ll be 20 years old. What?!? I see him either going into the military since he is in ROTC or maybe college.

Superbowl Sunday – My 5 foot 8.5 inch tall teen – He is not happy with me because I was taking a photo of him.
The boys and our dog in 2014 – Dobby is still around at 14.5 years old.

5 years ago, the Wee One was in second grade. He was so silly. He took acrobatics with grandma and was in Cub Scouts. He loved going on adventures with his mom and found ways to make her laugh.

Now, he is a surly teenager. He is finally growing taller. His voice is changing which surprised me on the phone. We are dealing with the seventh grade blues which we avoided with his brother.

He’s in Boy Scouts with his brother but goes more for the social aspect of it. He has continued with acrobatics, but also took hip hop for 2.5 years. Going on adventures with his mother are few and far between because he would rather hang out in his brother’s room or be on some sort of technology.

He loved Legos then and still loves them. The funny thing is we are finding more of them throughout our house now.

5 years from now, he’ll be 18 years old and a senior in high school. I hope we are not still having the teenager blues with him. And that he realizes school is important.

Superbowl Sunday

I’m teaching at a different building then I was 5 years ago but it’s my fifth school year in the building I’m in. My fifth and sixth graders I taught in the 2013 – 2014 school year are now sophomores and juniors.

I am now a vegetarian which was only a thought back then.

My sister was still alive five years ago.

Hubby was only delivering pizzas five years ago. He is still delivering pizzas but at a different store. He is also subbing in the school district where the boys attend school.

Five years ago, we were anticipating our trip to Walt Disney World at the end of March. Now, I’m getting ready to plan a trip to Walt Disney World for only Hubby and I in 2020.

As you can see, life is still the same but totally different.

Have a magical day,
Traci

3 thoughts on “How has life changed in 5 years?”

  1. Crazy how much life is lived in just five years. Your boys are getting so big and my teens give me that same face when I take pictures of them. 🙂

  2. My life has changed so very much in five years, as well. And it would be mind-blowing to have written about a ten year snapshot – that would have been something else. I am sorry to hear of the loss of your sister. Losing any loved one is hard, but an immediate family member is sometimes so much harder.

    I have a serious question about pizza delivery (because I am seriously considering trying to do that part time to supplement my income): how is it on the car? I am so afraid to put a lot of miles on any of my cars. I almost want to just cook the pizzas, but delivery is probably where the money is.

    My kids are grown and in and out of college, so I don’t have any surly teens anymore, but I am hoping they find their passion and can make it happen in the next five years or so.

    1. Sorry it has taken me a while to respond. Hubby loves delivering pizza. He makes pretty decent money but it all depends on where you are delivering. He is currently delivering in a nice town where he is getting good tips. It does cause wear and tear on the car.

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