Saturday, June 27, 2015

Build A Bear

A few weeks ago, we were running a few errands that took us near Build A Bear, so of course, the little boys wanted to go in and look. While we were there, Vince pointed out the fact that we had taken the older 3 boys to Build A Bear when they were younger, but we had never let the younger two experience it. It's funny, when having a lot of kids, it seems that we often cater to the needs/desires of the older boys and don't focus as much on the little ones still being little.

Upon hearing that the little ones had never done a Build a Bear, Grandma (who happened to be with us on this particular trip), offered to let the younger two boys pick out an animal. Uzziah picked out a bunny (named Hommy 2) and Solomon picked out a dog like Kevin, named Kevin 2.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Go Cardinals!

The St. Louis Cardinals were playing the Colorado Rockies and we decided to surprise the boys with tickets to the game. So on a Wednesday, we donned our Red Bird gear and headed to Denver for the game.
We initially started out in the Rock Pile, up high in the bleachers. It's interesting, having grown up in St. Louis, which is a HUGE baseball city, going to a game in Denver (which is a football city). The fans were relatively quiet and uninvolved in the game. And it seemed that there were as many Cardinal fans as there were Rockies fans at the game.

As the game went on, the weather started to decline and it started raining. We were able to move down very close to the field and watch the Cardinals win the game. Go Red Birds!

Rockies/Cardinal game (6.10.15) from Family of Blacks on Vimeo.

After the game, we stopped by Little Man on the way home and got some ice cream... for dinner.

Saturday, June 6, 2015


Ezra wanted soccer tickets to a Colorado Rapid's game for his birthday. Vince was able to get tickets to a game and because it was for Ezra's birthday, there were a few perks as well. Ezra got his name in lights at the game.

 A friend from Ezra's and Asher's soccer team was able to join the boys.

 The boys had a great time! Happy birthday, Ezra.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Random Daily Stuff

This is just a post of a few random, daily life things. Nothing exceptional or notable. Just life.

I filled up our baby pool this week, as it FINALLY stopped raining and got quite warm. Uzziah sat in the pool for a good 30-40 minutes, shooting water out into the yard. He's a pretty content little guy often times.
 Then Kevin got in the pool. Now the pool is out in the garbage can, as it no longer holds water.
Obed and I played some Scrabble. I think Scrabble with a 7 year old is just about level appropriate for me.
We had a few times when we were waiting in the car due to a lightning delay this year during soccer. There was one particular game that ended up being delayed 90 minutes. So what does a family of 7, packed into a mini-van do for a 90 minute lightening delay? Well, just about anything you can think of to keep 5 antsy boys buys. Activities might include hiding things in ones beard and letting the 3 year old find them.
Obed and Coach Dad finished out Obed's soccer season. They had a fun year. All the kids on Obed's team were ones he had played with previously, or friends from church.
We have gotten many, many miles out of these train tracks. We bought them almost 11 years ago in North Dakota and spent countless hours building tracks in our basement during long, cold, winter months. While the younger two don't play with them as often, they still enjoy them thoroughly.
A friend used her guest passes to get us in to the Museum of Discovery. Ezra and Obed were in the wind tunnel with 78 mph wind at this point. Clearly one child is more sensitive to wind than the other.
Solomon is enjoying dressing up these days. This particular day he was in the "way too small for him" Spider-man costume, which he loves. But he decided to be "Fancy Spider-man" and finish it off with a top-hat.
Asher and Ezra had a soccer tournament in Denver over Memorial Day weekend. It spanned Saturday, Sunday and Monday with games scattered throughout the day. So we had a lot of time to kill and a lot of meals to cover. This particle picture was one of the many picnics we had in the van between games or to dodge the rain. It was also a terribly rainy weekend. The boys ended up getting in all their games and ended up being the tournament champs for their age division. Way to go guys!
Asher and Ezra participated in an FCA sports camp this week, and Sunday night was the kick-off for the camp. Vince was at meetings, so I had all 5 boys with me. At one point I looked down and saw Obed and Uzziah sitting next to one another, just holding hands. Talk about melting a mom's heart!

Sunday, May 31, 2015


This past March, our family took a trip to St. Louis and Cape Girardeau to visit family. This trip felt a little different though, because you see, most of our family is moving out to Colorado. I still have a sister living in St. Louis, but even she is uncertain how long they will be staying there. We may visit another handful of times, depending on where my sister ends up. But this last trip to St. Louis/Cape definitely had a different feel to it, as we know soon, there will be no reason to return for a visit. It's a strange feeling. Vince and I both grew up in Missouri and have many, many memories there. So on our last day there, we drove around to several special or significant spots and reminisced a little as we remembered so many seasons in life.

This is the apartment complex Vince and I lived in when we first got married. 119 E. Washington, apartment 2S.
 This is the high school I attended: Kirkwood High School.
 This is the house in which I grew up. 452 Clemens Ave.
 This is the church where Vince and I got married: Central Presbyterian Church.
 This is the house that Vince first lived in when they moved to Cape Girardeau.
 This is Vince's high school.

 And this is Vince's childhood home.
This is one of three heads Vince sculpted for his senior project in College. The head will stay in Missouri when Vince's parents move out to Colorado.
We are thankful for so many years in places that formed us and shaped us into the people we are today. We are thankful for memories.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Under the Lights

Ezra and Asher had the opportunity this past spring to play on the same soccer team. It was really special for both of them to be teammates. This spring season had a lot of rain! A LOT! They had quite a few games rained out, countless practices cancelled, and even a few make-up games rained out. This particular evening was the boys' last game of the season and it was a make-up game. It was special because since it was a make-up game, the league had to sort of squeeze games in where they could. This game ended up being played at 8:00 at night, but it was on turf and under lights. The boys felt like professionals! They had a great game and won their last season game 5-1. 

Asher got to take the corner kick for this particular penalty, and he ended up with an assist!

Monday, May 11, 2015


Ezra turned 11 today. How quickly the days pass as this boy of ours grows into a young man. Ezra came up early this morning and asked if we could look at his baby book together. It was fun flipping through the pages of his childhood, remembering so many firsts. It also brings to mind once again how quickly these days pass. I so wish we could slow down time and enjoy these moments for longer. But it doesn't work that way.

Ezra's brothers are always excited for birthdays and today was no different.
The birthday boy and his faithful furry friend, who seemed to think the picture was of him.
Ezra got a Kindle, as well as some cleats, soccer tickets and a few other trinkets.
He wanted sticky buns for breakfast (which he made himself) and then peanut butter pie for dessert. It was a fun day celebrating our oldest. What a gift you are, Ezra! We love you and are so proud of you! Happy birthday.