Divide and Conquer, our parenting approach, was the theme for last weekend. While Blake coached Mason's flag football team, I shuttled Braden to his game in Neosho. He got to take a shot a goalie, and loved it!
I want to give a special shout out to Coach Blake! Not just because he coached the final Broncos game in 36 degree weather (without a hat or gloves) but because he has patiently coached all of Braden's PeeWee sports, and is the only coach Mason has ever had. When parents walk up after the game and ask if he's coaching the "next sport" I think it proves they appreciate him just as much as the kids. I now our boys don't realize it yet, how lucky they are to have such a patient and involved father, but I hope they carry it over into their parenting adventures. Great job, Coach Blake!
Mason's current flag football season has been very entertaining! Lots of holding, lots of grasshoppers, and excellent snacks! I am always amazed at Blake's level of patience when it comes to coaching! I can handle the kiddie pool all day long, but when it comes to coaching, Blake is definitely the Pro!!!!
Anyone else notice the sun shining behind Mason's ears?
Braden says this picture is saying "Really, Mom? Really?"
Mason and Butterfly (China)
Our International friends Gene, Butterfly, Carrick and Jasmine | Mason's cheering section! Braden and I were the only Americans!
Car pool is over, and now we walk home from school everyday. Recycling Mason: Here's a booger, Momma, put it in recycling.
Frozen Custard Please Last night Braden and I attended the Playground Party hosted by The Center. On our way I promised Braden we could get some "concrete" from Freddy's (local ice cream/burger joint) which is frozen custard. Even though it was 30 minutes past his bedtime when we left the party, he had not forgotten: Braden: Mom, can I have a brick? I mean a sidewalk? Mom:What? Braden: You know, you said after the party..... Mom:(cracking up) Oh, you mean concrete? From Freddy's?
Salad in the Water Last night for dinner I fixed a refreshing pitcher of ice water with mint and lemon balm from our garden. Mason pointed to it from his high chair and declared: Mason: Salad in the water! Dollar Vacation During Braden's Birthday Lunch on the porch I asked River if she was getting excited about their family trip to Branson. River:Oh Yeah! We even get to go to Silver Dollar City! Braden: Oh Yeah, my Mom takes me to Dollar Tree! Obviously Braden has no idea what SDC is or that the Dollar Tree doesn't quite compare, but as long as it's a big deal to him. . . .we will keep going!
The Substitooth When I picked Braden up on Friday, his teacher wasn't there, but he had a substitute. This happened one other time, when Ms. Vacca had a toothache. I asked Braden who is substitute was, and he said "Nothing" Me:Was Ms. Vacca here, today? Braden: No, we had 3 different teachers. Me: Who was that man? Was he your substitute? Braden: No, Ms. Vacca was sick today, so he helped us do our work. Me: I know, Braden, that is called a substitute teacher. Braden: I thought it was a substitooth, like Ms. Vacca had before.
Hello to all! We are going to attempt to provide you with an endless source of pictures, video and stories to ooh and aaah at until your heart is content. As Braden reminds Blake every morning as he leaves for work "don't be boring" we will try not to be boring! We thought life was interesting with Braden, now that we've added Mason to the mix we've learned new levels of parenthood!