Saturday, November 15, 2014

All Hallow's Eve 2014

Reagan's school is right next to the retirement home that Grandma "Sugars" (Zach's great-grandma) lives in. It is tradition for the kids to walk through the home for their Halloween parade. We went over and sat with her to watch the parade. Then her and Levi made eyes at each other, Shep stuffed popcorn in his face, and I was happy.

 I asked Reagan to look like a construction worker and these were all his very specific poses. I'm concerned he doesn't understand what they actually do.

 Levi was the dino/dragon costume of Shep's last year. Shepherd was a squirrel (minus a set of lost ears) that Darlene made for childhood Zach! I loved it so so so SO much. Except when his tail kept knocking over canes at the retirement home. Looking back at the pictures I indadvertedly dressed as Jay Leno.

 That evening we went back to Normal Ave for a cookout with friends and to trick or treat. 

I taught Levi to roar that day and he and this cat had a very long roar/hiss standoff that was super entertaining. 

It was the best night of Shep's life. No exaggeration. He had the Trick-or-Treat/Thank you/Happy Halloween script down perfect. Then as he ran away he would yell "I got one, I got one!" and "I had fun!" I decided this year that our halloween candy expires one week to the day after Halloween and then I throw away anything that is left. Otherwise it looks us all in the eyes and tempts us to be whinny-er(kids)/fatter(adults).

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Flag Football 2014

Reagan has been playing flag-football this fall. He was number 12. Our friend Adam head coached and Zach assisted coached their sons. For basketball this dynamic duo is going to flip flop the coaching responsibilities. I've done a wonderfully bad job at taking pictures this season so I offer up to you a few from me and mostly a lot from Grandma Darlene and an Aunt Sofie.

How a huddle can...

 ...implode upon itself.

Are you wondering what the fan club does during the practices and games? It's eating. We just eat the whole time.

Those butt checks playing "center" belong to Reagan.

I do not remember this happening during the game so I DIED when Sofie sent me this picture. Reagan is the one hiking the ball. Edited to add: I keep scrolling past this and laughing out loud.

Reagan is a hard kid to describe. He is so unpredictable. Like he loves making people laugh and goofing off but gets horribly embarrassed when people sing Happy Birthday to him. He loves chocolate and milk but not chocolate milk. So with most things, including football and sports in general he has this constant battle within himself where he wants to goof off but also contribute to the team. 
So sometimes you get this kid.

And then sometimes this one.

This kid. 

Or this one. 

And honestly the goofy one usually wins out which is something Zach and I are learning to let go a little on. Help him to be the best version of who he was made to be... not necessarily what we assumed he would/should be. He improved a lot from the beginning of the season but just needs reminded more often then we would like what our goals for practice are and what we should be focusing on. He has a good heart and always makes sure everyone is included. The social aspect of being on a team is definitely his favorite part.