Once again, we were honored to celebrate our nation's birthday at the neighborhood 4th of July parade. I'm happy to add this is the 32nd annual parade, and we have had the pleasure of attending three of these. Check out 2008 and 2010 here. Unfortunately we missed 2009 because of the rain.
Blake ran a Firecracker 5k this morning, placing first in his age category!
Lemonade and cookies after the parade, in the hosts backyard.
After the morning parade, we had a little lunch at home, I took the boys to see Cars 2, Mason somehow fell asleep during the movie, dropped him off after to play at Sabrina's, and took Braden to buy fireworks. Blake has admitted that he is not a huge fan of fireworks, which I completely understand. Unfortunately our kids are fascinated by them. We were thankful for a dinner invite from the Arbuckles, a repeat of what we did last year, and Mark was our official pyromaniac.
You would think this broccoli was sprinkled with sugar the way Mason devoured it. He kept asking for more!!!!
I'm not quite sure how to interpret this expression, but it made me laugh.....
Last year Braden received this cap gun as a gift at his birthday party. He sees it as a firework on its own, and once he used up all his caps, Mason wouldn't put it down.
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!