The Best Pet of All by David LaRochelle. Pop had the pleasure of reading this to Mason on Saturday night. The gist of the story is a boy keeps asking his Mom for a dog, and she keeps saying No. She finally agrees to let the boy have a dragon for a pet, but he's a very bad pet. The boy then convinces his mom that a dog would get rid of the dragon, so they get a dog.
We didn't start with a dragon, but the boys did wear us down on getting a dog. Dash has been a wonderful addition to our family, and as you can see below....he truly is the Best Pet of All.
Thursday, May 31, 2012
Loving the shadow I got on the picture above....Braden "on deck"
A little encouragement from Dad
It's hard to believe that Braden is 8 years old! He truly loves baseball, and amazingly is naturally good at it!
This is our good friend, Ethan, who we played against. Ethan and his Dad are die hard Cub fans, so it's a never ending battle of Cards vs Cubs when they get together.
Sunday, May 27, 2012
We celebrated Braden's birthday this year, for the first time....ON HIS BIRTHDAY! With a full blown Mario themed "boy only" party, we had fifteen guests, in addition to our "guest of honor" Pop.
The boys enjoyed hanging out with Pop and opening family presents before the party started. Even Mason got to open a present from Pop, since his birthday is next Sunday. Both boys got new fishing poles and some tackle. They are very excited to use it!
Once again, we used the banner I had made for Braden's First Birthday party. Two years ago I took a new approach to the gift opening and let Braden open each gift as it arrived. This cuts out asking all the kids to sit and watch as he opens all his gifts, when really they just want to keep playing. This also let us get a picture of Braden with each guest.
Mason and Braden equally adore Ms. Zadie, little sister to Ethan, and I believe she adores them right back!
The Mario cupcakes....I can't take any credit other than placing the order! Thank you Sweet Designs Cakery!
The past few years we've had our local snow cone vendor, the Jolly Trolley, show up for the party and the kids could each get a snow cone. This year, they were out of town for the holiday weekend, but they are so awesome, they left a cooler of shaved ice and half a dozen syrups. Blake was an excellent snow cone maker, and it was a perfect day for it!
The Pinata.....disaster. The head separated from the body, so it could no long be hung up, but it never did bust apart.
Posted by Christel at Sunday, May 27, 2012
Monday, May 21, 2012
Saturday, after the chores were done, and Braden played his last soccer game of the season, Blake took the boys, and Dash....fishing! He said it was like turning a kid loose in a candy store. Dash was nipping at the water, jumping in, swimming out to try to get the bobber, eating moss, and chasing butterflies. The boys were apparently mesmerized that Dash could swim!