How cute is this boy? I don't usually brag about my children, oh that's probably not true, perhaps I don't usually gush. My friend Holly took this picture of him last Saturday night. I'm feeling a bit sentimental. I want to freeze time, right now. I want to remember details.
Parker and his friends are so cute. There are about 8 of them. The make up varies depending on the activity, but sometime during the weekend the 8 usually gather. Whether it's skating at the winter club, skate boarding at Nollie's, shooting bees with airsoft guns (they don't recommend it), or just buying 64 oz cups of Mountain Dew at UDF. OK yes, we are all against the bee shooting, and I'm terrified of what 64 ounces of Mt Dew will do to his growth. They are good boys. They are sweet boys. They are good friends. They are kind. They are considerate. They are bright. (Hopefully someday they will have common sense.) They are mischievous in a good way (witness the giant cups of Mt. Dew they know their parents would never purchase for them).
No one who was there will ever forget the day they were nicknamed the Terrace Park Brain Trust. That was the day they were playing with airsoft guns in the nature preserve. Henry was stung by a bee. The boys were outraged, so they took revenge on the bees by shooting at the bee hive. Bees 46 boys 0. That's my estimate of how many stings the boys got versus how many bees they hit. Much Benedryl was distributed that night.
Last Saturday night, when the non basketball pictures were taken, was a "sock hop." Because of an unfortunate double booking, all the fourth grade girls went camping (they would have LOVED it) and their big brothers and friends were drafted to take their place. Anthony dj'd the party and there was a dance teacher who taught them things like the hand jive (oh to have video of that!). Well one of them snuck away from the dance and bought a 12 pack of Dr. Pepper at the UDF (which happens to be next door to the Community Building where the dance was). Once all the Dr. Pepper had been consumed, they wanted to leave. Apparently they kept inching closer and closer to the door and then out onto the ramp. They were told not to go any further. So they didn't (with some encouragement).
We play our last basketball game(s) this weekend. Parker probably will not get a basketball scholarship to Duke, but rec basketball has been so fun! Watching Parker go from looking clueless on the court and never shooting the ball, to making a three pointer and leading in rebounds (he was probably 2nd or 3rd in rebounds but this is my story) has been such a great experience for both of us actually. He's been with the same team for five seasons. How cool is that? They are really a great little team. They aren't the biggest team and they aren't the best (although only 1 loss and that was a nail biter against a rival team they'd already beaten whom they will be joining in Jr. High next year--imagine if Duke and UNC played each other for 5 years and then the players were told they'd be merging the two teams next year to play together in Grad School), but so much fun to watch them play and grow.
OK enough sentimentalism. Next up, Mollie has an art opening....