As soon as Braden got back from his week in Forrest City, we had my two oldest nieces, Chloe 7 and Hannah 6 for five days. When I took them back, for the first time I brought back the next to oldest girls, each of their little sisters, Emmery 4 and Brooke 5. Fortunately my mom came this time. I'm not sure I would have kept my sanity. They were all good, but the second two were a handful.
Brooke is starting kindergarten in August. She is my middle sister, Chelsea's middle girl. Her youngest, Aimee is about six weeks older than Mason.
Emmery is Sarah's second daughter. Her two youngest are Albert, age 2, and Bobbi age 1. Hannah, is her oldest, and she will start First grade in August.
We celebrated Braden's 7th birthday on Sunday, May 22. Instead of kiddie pools we had a back yard party with a neighborhood scavenger hunt and snow cones. As guest arrived, Braden sat with them on this bench and opened their gift.
We had two teams, blue and red. Keeping with the "Sheriff Woody" theme, each team had a bandanna and gold star.
Clues were at houses around the neighborhood. Before they could get the clue, the each had a task to perform; recite abc's in a funny voice, bounce on one leg and name all the months, say the pledge of allegiance, etc.
The birthday cake and cookies. We've learned the hard way that the kids love to lick the icing off the cupcakes but seldom eat the whole thing. So we ordered cookies to pass out to the kids.
Braden wanted to blow the candles before his dad could get them all lit!
Our neighbor from Paraguay, Juaquin
Juaquin's parents Ramero and Irene and their friends.
Romero and his friend held an impromptu soccer match
On May 21, Blake and I each grabbed a kid and headed to two different graduations. Braden and I headed to Bolivar, MO, for Brandon's graduation from Southwest Baptist University. Blake and Mason headed south to Fayetteville, for Tyler's graduation from UofA Law School.
May is an exceptionally busy month for us, with me wrapping up my semester, and Braden finishing school. Somewhere in there the boys were able to help Blake plant the garden and celebrate Mother's Day!
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!