Scout is Mason's own personal "keeper" and he's thrilled to have her around. She's the 10 year old I paid $5 per baseball game to follow Mason around, so I could watch Braden play. She was bored at the Pumpkin Patch so I put her back on the payroll, and let her take Mason on the hayride and corn maze.
The boys were so EASY to find costumes for this year...we basically raided Blake's closet for old white dress shirts. Mason wanted to be a ghost, but not with anything on his head, just a white face and black eyes.
Braden on the right, decided to splatter his shirt with blood and wear his mask from last year. Of course this is Will on the left. Gone are the cute costumes, it's now all about scary!
This year we celebrated Thanksgiving with cousins Chloe and Hannah, and Granny. The boys and I drove down to get them on Wednesday, and we were blessed with a beautiful Thursday. Granny and I cooked throughout the day, and Blake took advantage of the awesome weather putting up the Christmas lights. The kids bounced in and out playing, helping, annoying, tattling, laughing, complaining, thanking and decorating for Christmas. It was a perfect day!
Friday they had earned the treat of going roller skating, but the roller rink didn't open until 7 p.m. So we spent a few hours decorating sugar cookies. The boys always have so much fun doing this in Mountain Home, I decided to give it a go. Both the dough and frosting recipes were fairly easy, but the prep and clean up is a lot of work. Now we have all these cookies to get rid of. No problem!
Quick pic at church with my dear, dear friend, Suzie. She is truly a blessing to our family and as a friend. The boys call her their Pittsburg Grandma, and she loves it.
While we had Clint, in town, we asked him to get a family picture of us. As you can see, that's easier said than done. Blake and Braden are perfect, but between my crazy hair and Mason's crazy expressions, it's a good thing I know a little about Photoshop!
There's nothing like a PSU Football game to make us love fall in Pittsburg, Kansas! Braden had a soccer game on most all of the home game dates, so this was his one and only game of the season. Blake made it a day for just the "guys" and they loved every second of it. One of the most impressive parts of every game, is that the team walks to the stadium, and high fives the fans. For little boys, this is a pretty impressive high five!
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!