For the Labor Day holiday, we spent the weekend at Lake Tillery with my family and it was definitely labor-free! We enjoyed skiing, boat rides to get treats from the ice cream float boat (Trent is still not convinced and wants to see their FDA records), and lots of yummy eats. It was so wonderful to watch Brayden play with her aunts, uncles, and great grandparents. While we were at the lake, Brayden took it upon herself to “moon” us and tell us simultaneously to “eat it.” I think she got that idea because we are constantly walking around talking about how we are going to eat her elbows, knees, and feet for dinner…we just didn’t think she would attribute that concept to her rear end! There is definitely a positive correlation between her age and her sassiness!
We are sad to see the summer leave us, but all that means is football season is here! September was filled with four home games and lots of delicious food. We take turns during the season with each family cooking for a game. This year, we fixed a southern feast: smoked BBQ straight off the pig, baked beans, hushpuppies, homemade cole slaw, potato salad, and nutter butter banana pudding. I have to say that every year, the Jones’ raise the bar and many times we get accused of having our meals catered, but we fix it all ourselves. Throughout the rest of the season, we get to enjoy everyone else’s scrumptious meals! It really is a well-oiled process.
I spent the last week of the month on a business trip. Upon tucking Miss B in the night before I left, she told me that she was going to find me in Phoenix by looking at me through her “noculators.” I told her that when she looks at the sun and moon to know that mommy would be looking at the exact same sun and moon. She thought that was pretty neat (or maybe she didn’t know what in the world I was talking about). Trent wins the “Father-of-the-Year” award again for some major father/daughter bonding time while I spent over a week in Phoenix, AZ for my company’s annual users’ conference. It is definitely a “work hard, play hard” environment, and while I didn’t get near the amount of sleep my body needed (all by choice), it was awesome to see my colleagues for our annual “reunion.” This year’s conference went off without a hitch and our efforts were noticed by those whose opinions mattered. I am still recuperating from the work and partying ‘till 1:00am each night, but am proud of everyone’s hard work. While I was gone, Trent and Brayden went to two swim classes, a football game, a ride to the park in the new bike trailer, and many more things. While I was gone for a long time, I think they both really enjoy that time together…so much that Brayden has definitely favored her daddy this week. Needless to say, I am very lucky to be married to such an amazing husband and father. Thank you, Trent. I love you.
Brayden started up another swim class and Trent continued playing on an indoor soccer league. The teachers in Miss B’s class are so creative in how they teach the kids how to swim. They have them pretend their hands are ice cream scoops and scoop ice cream out of the water. For backstroke, they teach them “Chicken. Star. Soldier.” for their hand movements. It really gets them engaged. Then, at the end of class, they let them jump off the side of the pool. Througout class, Brayden asks if it’s time to jump off the side.
We are looking forward to the leaves changing, more football, and the holiday season…but most importantly, our little girl turning three!