My daughter-in-law Kara enjoyed a well-deserved girlfriend trip for a few days, so I drove to Ohio to stay a couple of days and nights to help Daddy Kyler with the 3 sweet kiddos.
It's been a few years since Gramaw threw a football. As 7-year-old Abram can attest, time has not improved my distance or spiral technique...
I helped kindergartener Lucy get ready for her first school picture day and got to walk her home from the bus stop each day.
And while his two older siblings were in school, 3-year-old Daniel kept me entertained.
Papaw drove down to spend one day with us...and fix us chicken and noodles for supper. I'm not sure what this face is all about...
Ever the little scientist, Abram demonstrated his erupting volcano for us. No matter how many times he makes it erupt, the excitement never dims!
Lucy is a social butterfly and loves time with her neighborhood girlfriends...
I'm keeping this one for their senior slide show (do you think they'll still do that in 12 years?).
Saturday morning meant donuts for breakfast and getting ready for Abram's football and Lucy's soccer games, both at the exact same time in separate locations (of course.)
Lucy's ready for her first game of the season! Kyler is her team's coach, so Daniel and I would stay and watch Abram's football game while Kyler and Lucy played soccer.
We all went to Abram's football field first...Kyler is becoming quite the sports dad.
He helped Abram change into his team's patriotic socks and got his cleats tied securely, then he and Lucy left for soccer.
That Saturday was the 20th anniversary of 9-11, so the football league had a short ceremony to honor those who died that tragic day.
The parents of these second-graders were just school children themselves on that infamous day. Hard to believe it's been 20 years...
#00 is ready to go!
Abram plays in a second-grade league against other area school leagues. He may not be the biggest or strongest out there, but he understands the game and knows what he's supposed to do at his left tackle position.
There are some big second-graders out there!
But Abram is not intimidated at all!
Most of one entire quarter consisted of false start/offsides penalties alternating from team to team.
But Abram and his team's center kept their stance, even when the other 20 kids on both teams were moving too early!
Gramaw's got a soft spot in her heart for cute football players! But he just looks so much older than he should be!
Abram and this girl (who probably weighs twice what he does) went at each other most of the game...
And then there was #4 on blue...surely he's a middle-schooler?
And #3? Seriously???
Abram got knocked on his bootie a few times, but for the most part he held his ground and did his job well.
Look at those twin blue towers...like Abram and 2 Goliaths!
Daniel was very good sitting in the bleachers with me. Although he was more than a little bit disappointed when the clock showed "0:00" and he thought the game was OVER, not just halftime...
I see LOTS of sporting events in his future, both as a spectator and an athlete!
Love my little footballer!
Afterwards, shaved ice for the boys!
Daniel spotted the shaved ice stand as soon as we went in. And it may be more-than-partly responsible for Daniel's excellent behavior at the game. I promised him a snow cone IF he was good...and I was speaking his language!
While they were eating their shaved ice, Abram spotted this osprey flying overhead.
Yes, he's always on the lookout for cool birds!
I know they missed Kara bunches, but Gramaw enjoyed my time with them...
...while Mommy was away.