Monday, May 30, 2011

He's Home

After several delays in the day he was arriving as well as several changes in the time, James is home.
Macen was thrilled to see him. He kept saying before the soldiers marched in that this was going to be cool and then as each group entered the gym, Macen excitedly clapped with everyone. After a prayer from the chaplain and a 10 second speech from the boss, the soldiers were released. James didn't have too much trouble finding us this time. We had an obnxiously large guitar shaped balloon for him to identify us. (After James' 1st deployment, him and I spent a good 10 mins searching for each other in a large gym filled with many soldiers and family members. I wasn't going to let that happen again). The friends we sat with also had an off the wall balloon leaving us the only people in the gym with balloons that weren't 'Welcome Home' or red, white and blue. No way could he miss us.

We are enjoying a few days of quality time before James starts reintegration and then eventually work.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

School Program

Macen's school had a program/fundraiser last weekend. They have been working on a theme of "A Trip Around the World" for several months now. The kids were divided into groups and represented different countries. Macen was in the group representing America so he was a firefighter for the his part of the skit.

Macen's group sang along to a song about firefighters. He did a great job!

After the program, there were activities set up for the kids. One of which was using a fire hose to knock over some cans. This one was a huge hit with all the kids. Another one was painting a snake on the kids arm/hand. Macen also loved this and named his - snake-co. He did not want to wash him off that night so it took some convincing. As I tucked him into bed that night he stated he missed snake-co and the next day Macen noticed we didn't get all the paint off the side of his arm. His reply was that snake-co was coming back to see him.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Outdoor Fun

One of the neighbor girls got a slip n slide and Macen took a chance on it. Enjoy the pics because it's not likely he'll be doing it again this summer. He had orginally went down on a portion if it with jean shorts and didn't slide well so I got his trunks. The first pic is where he started getting scared of it. And since he is the weight of a feather you can imagine how he flew over the bump and then past the end. It was placed on a steep hill so all the kids were sliding close to the sidewalk. As soon as he stopped he started crying because it was scary. I knew he was going to be mad but all I could do is laugh.  I was shocked he wanted to actually do it and then to watch him go through it was too much.

Macen got a bubble gun for his birthday and it is a huge hit. It has become a neighborhood fave since several kids have them.

The kids have been dragging hoses from the houses on the other side of the playground for a couple of weeks now to play in the sand and this weekend they realized it would also reach the slide.