Hey Dad, Did You Know…

“That Hitler had only one testicle”

-Mason Fricke

These are the types of nuggets, of random knowledge, Mason likes to throw at me periodically. Apparently he learned it on a top ten list of things you may never know from YouTube. Time now to teach him that just because it is said on the internet doesn’t mean it’s true. 

If A Tree Falls In The Forest…

Mason had his first spring hockey game on Monday and scored his first goal. Unfortunately I was on the bench talking to one of the players and missed the goal. Melanie was in the stands being distracted by Cutler (see drinking beer). So the philosophical question continues, did it really occur?

According to the stats sheet and everyone not related to him it did so good job Mason!


Someone Is Not Excited About Turning 6 Tomorrow 

This kid WILL NOT SHUT UP! Seven hours of driving leaves us exhausted but fills him with energy. In case it’s not clear, he needed to shower so he could be clean for his birthday. He also needed a good night sleep so he could be ready for his birthday.

Big Balls

028 (683x1024)So we have moved to St. Louis and the boys are getting settled into the new school.  Everyone has been extremely welcoming from the parents to the kids.  We came from a great school and community, but are still very impressed with how welcomed we have been made to feel upon settling in the new house.

This past Saturday the school held their annual Mason Ridge Live talent show where the kids perform different acts.  Cutler joined the kindergarten routine with a dance to I Want Candy and Mason chose to avoid the 3rd grade group routine.  Instead he proved to be quite the performer and decided to be a stand up comedian and went on stage and told some jokes.  I’m still blown away by his composure and willingness to get in front of what may have been 1000 people in the audience.  Below is a video of his routine.  Perhaps he has a future…

Footloose And Cancer Free

This is a day late, but it can never be too late for good news.  Yesterday was Cutler’s last semi-annual check up with the oncologist and all test return clear.  We now move to an annual visit that will continue into his 20’s.  The best part of yesterday is that it was the 5th anniversary of his bone marrow transplant and after five years of clear tests the doctors consider him to be “cured”.  They will never say that there is zero percent change of it returning, but after five years they feel it’s as close to zero as possible.  As we work through the stresses of Melanie’s new job, the buying of a new house, selling of the old house, and the move to St. Louis it was awesome and refreshing to get some news like this to help put everything into perspective.

Below are a couple pictures from our visit.  One is of the standard picture with his bear.  One of these days I will take the time to track down all of the bear photos so we can see how much he has grown.  The best bear picture will be of him in his late teens laying down for a hug.  The next picture of him standing next to the glass railing with the phrase I am a Survivor on it that I have never noticed until yesterday as we were waiting on the elevator.  And finally is a celebration ussie.

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