Well, I'm only about 2 weeks late in posting this one. We hosted a mystery party for Jacob and a few friends two Saturdays ago - sort of like a "How to Host a Murder" game but for kids. The theme was western, and we asked the party goers to dress the part. Jacob only invited boys, and there were a few girl parts, so we had to improvise. Part of the improvisation was having Matthew dress up as a girl - and Grandma was more than happy to help out. Check out the results for yourself; should make for some great blackmail material somewhere down the road.
The party went very well - we mixed in some games with the mystery puzzle, and everyone played their parts. Jacob is nine now, and thought it seems cliche to say that I can't believe how fast he is growing up, well, I can't believe how fast he is growing up!
Yesterday, Jacob played in his last football game of the season, and his team finished 8-0. Not a bad season! Jacob played out the year as the starting center, and was getting much more playing time on defense as well. Julie and I are sold on the value of this program for Jacob, and we are eager to sign up Matthew as soon as he is old enough.