We missed church today and spent the morning in the ER instead. Mason was playing in Braden's room and must've caught the corner of one of his brother's toys. Two hours and three stitches later, everything's fine. This is our third ER experience and I'm guessing it won't be our last. Fortunately for Mason his Daddy is a Rock, Braden and I spent most of the visit comforting each other, and neither of us could be in the exam room when he got the stitches. As we were walking out, they were strapping him to a board. Blake held his hand and talked to him while the two nurses and ER doc put the stitches in.
You can see the big bandage over the stitches, this was back at home and having lunch, so none of this deterred his appetite. Braden is very curious about seeing them, but also a little nervous. The ER doc was great! Her son is in one of the other Kindergarten classes at Braden's school and she has two more girls at home. One of them is very close to Mason's age, so I knew she was very sympathetic. They also live in our neighborhood so we meet while walking to and from school. In situations like the ER it's amazing how comforting a familiar face can be.
We woke up to about 8 inches of snow on Friday morning, which of course meant NO SCHOOL for Braden! Fortunately The Center where Mason goes has a room for school age kids on teacher work days and snow days. As Blake and I were still trying to get ready for work, of course it wasn't canceled, Mason sat Bear Bear in one of the kitchen chairs and proceeded to feed him. It was just a little wheat toast with butter, but it was so cute that he would take a bite, then try to get Bear Bear to eat a bite!
If you haven't noticed I took a break from the computer! I've kept up a little with my phone and checked email as I needed to, but for the most part I have been computer-free most of the break. Sorry if you've missed me! But I am definitely baaaaacckkkk! Today is my first day back at the office, classes start on Thursday, and tomorrow I celebrate the "Big 34"
Here are a few pictures of our White Christmas.
Christmas Eve in Pittsburg, KS
It was the season of hats. Braden got a black fedora, which he has seen in some of the Michael Jackson videos. Mason got a cowboy hat.
And Blake got this ASU hat. I try to make at least one trip to Wal-Mart while we're in Forrest City. All WM's in Missouri and Arkansas are good about carrying Cardinal stuff, which is unheard of in Kansas. But this was a major score in Forrest City, they had some ASU items.
Blake modeling Mason's hat, and Braden with Blake's hat. Mom didn't get a hat, but that's ok.
Braden sprinkling his Reindeer food outside on Christmas eve. Like the rain boots?
Cookies and milk for Santa. We were in Starbucks that morning and a "local" Santa came walking in while Braden and 3 other kiddo's around his age were there. One asked him if his favorite was sugar cookies with icing and he said "of course" fortunately we had just a few left from our Cookie marathon in Mountain Home.
Christmas morning. Mason on his rocking Mickey Mouse.
Then with Braden's Batman cave.
The note Daddy Santa left for the boys.
We had a play-date with our friend Ethan. In between playing Super Heroes, they took time out for a an art project.
Our standing New Year's Eve tradition has been to have dinner with our dear friends across the street, the Arbuckle's, alternating houses. This year, we were going to have dinner at their house, and dessert and gifts at ours, so we could get Mason to bed on time. Braden was not feeling well, so we cut the evening short. Thanks to rest and Tylenol, Braden was better so we had the Arbuckle's over on New Year's for a dinner of black-eye peas, fried okra and of course salad. I got these polar bear cookies for the boys and we had cream cheese chocolate chip bars for dessert. Both the big boys exchanged Thomas the Train toys, and Mason made out with some great new cars.
What was left of the okra and salad. . . .
A candid shot of me and the boys, after bath, before bed, watching some of Mason's Baby Einstein video.
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!