Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Mason did great! As you see, his surgery went well and he's now resting comfortably with Mom. Thanks for all the prayers and well-wishes.

Mason is headed back.....

Blake is a trooper! He and Mason took Braden to school then went to Walmart so he could pick out a special toy, and as a distraction that he couldn't eat breakfast.

Now Blake has just taken Mason back to the pre-op area. I am very thankful that Blake is willing to be the strong one. I know it will all go great, but when it comes to these boys, I tear up easily.

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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Round two for tubes

Please think about Mason tomorrow as he gets his second set of ear tubes and adenoids removed. We go in at 9:10.

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Sunday, March 27, 2011

Spring Break

We've had a really busy Spring Break. Braden sure felt sorry for Daddy, that he didn't get a Spring Break. He didn't feel too sorry for Mason though. On Tuesday, we drove over to Branson for the day, and met up with my aunt Ann and her dear friend Sharon. It was a great day, a little overcast, but not cold, and perfect for the boys to run around at the Landing and watch the fountains.

The boys were really, really good on the drive there and back, and especially while we were there. Thankfully they have a nice little playground area for the kids to burn off some energy.

This was down by the "BIG" fountains as Mason called them. Of course Braden couldn't keep a straight face with the camera around! Mason got a little nervous when they first shot the flames out and was very concerned that Braden would get burned by the fire. We didn't get a picture of the flames, but we have one from two years ago.

Blake had to be in North Carolina for a presentation on Wednesday and Thursday. The boys and I took another day trip to Springdale on Thursday, to meet our good friends Lexie and Jackson. Jackson is a year younger than Braden. We would take turns babysitting for each other when we lived in Fort Smith. Their youngest son, Ethan, is about a year younger than Mason. My sisters, mom and nieces were also able to meet us. We went swimming at The Jones Center. It's a wonderful community center in Springdale, with an indoor pool and ice skating rink.

The rest of the week was filled with a few play dates and me getting stuff together for a yard sale.

Oh and I did find time to reorganize the pantry and our linen closet, which is always a learning curve for the rest of the family!

Play ball! Mason donning the catcher's chest protector Braden won a couple of weeks ago.

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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Spring Break Excursion

In keeping with our tradition of meeting the family in Branson, the boys and I drove over to meet Ann for the day. It was perfect weather to stroll along the Landing. The boys are still young enough to be enthralled by the fountains.

I started meeting Ann, Becki and Blake in Branson shortly after we moved to Fort Smith. We have met every spring break since. Becki and Blake didn't join us this year, but I don't blame them.....they are on a cruise with Brandon, Eddie and several other families.

Ok, I am a little jealous!

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Saturday, March 19, 2011

Good Morning Daddy!

I am trying very hard to fill Blake's role of Saturday morning chef! We bought this set of pancake molds last weekend, and they are a hit! See you soon, Daddy!

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Thursday, March 10, 2011

Pride & Possibilites

Thank you to the babysitter, Rose, for snapping this shot before we left.

Then Mason had to be in one!

A few of my book club friends. You hear a lot about Suzie, she is in the middle, with short dark hair. We honestly couldn't survive without Suzie! She picks the kids up if we have late meetings, has kept them overnight, and was our saving grace when Mason was an infant. She would have 20 minutes to spare and she would pop in so I could take a shower or check email! People around town call her our grandma, and well........she kinda is!!!!

Our friends, The Naccaratos

Our friends, The Wixsons

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Harlem Who?

Blake recently took Braden to see the Harlem Globe Trotters in Joplin. It's funny...Braden was thrilled to be going, but really had no idea who or what he was going to see!

He loved this guy, the nachos and some of the players danced to Thriller! It was a good night!