Friday, May 15, 2009

Durham Bulls

Doug took Bradford to a Durham Bulls baseball game Tuesday night. Fun was had by all, but Bradford was very disappointed that Woolly Bully, the mascot, didn't come over to see him. It was a boy's night out, and Mommy and Anne had fun together at home.

These are some of Doug's best friends. John Butler and his wife Kristi were at the game and Doug sat with them. John is a walking miracle as God has healed him and continues to preserve his life. He has been a true friend to Doug and our entire family. Bradford calls him Mr. John and always tells Doug that "we prayed for him when he was sick." Bradford was still recovering a bit from a nasty fall on the pavement as you can see from the red knee in the picture. He is already asking Doug when he can go back to see the bull!

Thursday, May 14, 2009


When I was in college Mom used to send me care packages with cookies and other treats. Now she sends them to her grandkids. I've told her she's in charge of care packages through their college years...

Our latest package included boxes of Cars crackers and Disney princess crackers for each child, a box of Lucky Charms for Bradford, and sunglasses for Miss Anne. 'Cause Mommy doesn't feed her kids, you know--Grandma has to step in.

Here Anne is, modeling the new glasses. We love Grandma!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009


We have a ridiculously large amount of puzzles for children. I was discussing this with my mother the other day, and I think it's because we eschew electronic toys. We have play-doh and board games and shape-sorters and trains and cars and legos and blocks and puzzles. Because puzzles are the sort of toy that get old after you do them a few times, we have a million of them. And puzzles are toys that don't need parent's supervision or participation (unlike games and play doh). I think we have about 20 puzzles for Bradford's age, and another 15 or so for Anne's age.

What we call the "puppy puzzle" is a puzzle that Bradford picked out at the store about a year ago. It has 100 pieces, and they are mostly shades of gray, so it's a difficult puzzle for a 4-year-old. The first time we put it together it took longer than I expected! Anyway, we've had it for awhile and Bradford has always required help with it. But after watching him complete a different 100-piece puzzle that was a bit easier, I knew he could do the puppy puzzle if he really wanted to. So I encouraged him to try again by himself.

And he did it!

Here he is, celebrating. Yay, Bradford!

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Too Cool

Bradford is the master bike-rider. Every day he goes outside to "practice pedaling." He still has training wheels, but I'm glad he enjoys riding around.

She insists on wearing the glasses upside down...yes, that's a Cinderella in the corner of the glasses.

Sunday, May 03, 2009

Saturday, May 02, 2009

Air show, Part III

Goofy Bradford.

On the way back to the parking lot.