Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Ellie’s Princess Celebration

I can’t believe that the spring passed me by and didn’t get to share Ellie and her amazing feat of turning 5. As she would say, “A whole hand!!” She was so excited about this huge accomplishment and after many discussions she decided she wanted to have a party at the house. As much as I love to throw a party, in the middle of school planning, having a party at the house was just another thing to do. But, we did it! We had a princess extravaganza, complete with dress up...

I managed to make her a princess cupcake cake for her birthday. It was a Paula Deen recipe for a strawberry cake and strawberry icing, and it was delicious!

We played pin the kiss on the frog! I did my best to draw the frog from the Disney movie, and he turned out pretty good! They had so much trying to put the kisses on the frog.

Ellie loves hibachi so much, and was so excited to watch it get made in person! We met the whole family for a yummy dinner.

Ellie asked to got to the pottery place for her birthday. We headed over right after school, and everyone got to paint something.

All in all she got to celebrate her birthday for a few days in a row and I think turning 5 was a success! I am going to miss her so much when she moves on to Kindergarten next year. I love you, mama

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Life on the Ball Field

I never knew if Bradley was going to really get into sports, or even be a very sporty kid. He was just such a sweet, sensitive little guy that we didn’t pressure him much about sports. We tried soccer, gymnastics, the little gym, quick start tennis, golf lessons, on and on. Luckily his school has an awesome after school program so he has been able to dabble a bit in a bunch of different things to see if he likes them.

We played t-ball and then rookie for a few seasons. It wasn’t until then that Chris and I both notice Bradley playing baseball outside all.the.time. He would throw pop fly balls up and catch them over and over again. Insist that we throw ground balls or play catch with him if Chris or I were outside. He would try to teach his little sis the fundamentals of the game just so she would play with him. We knew we were on to something that he didn’t just like, he loved.

He loved having his Daddy as a coach, even when they lost every game for an entire season until the last game. That didn’t matter, just playing ball was fun for him. He loves it. I love it because he loves it. He played for the minors this spring and had some highs and lows. He learned lessons about being the youngest player on the team, proving yourself, reading pitches from other boys for the first time, stealing bases, and much more. I was shocked when he was hit in the helmet at one of his last games and stood up and went to first base. He has changed, grown, gotten tougher, made some great friends, and hopefully made some wonderful memories.

His little team, The Scrappers, were in the middle of the pack this season. But they beat some of the best teams at the end of the year to come in second in the final tournament. They played with heart, had some wonderful coaches, and were really encouraging to each other. I was so proud of them!

Bradley was so excited to bring home his first trouphy ever! They worked hard for it playing games all weekend. We have now moved on to the crazy schedule of All-Stars. I need to sit down and sort through those photos too, but I wanted to capture all of the fun he had on his reagular season!

(Bradley is wearing the shades, gotta have all of the gear!)


Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Lucy Belle has Arrived!

 

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I.cant.even.stand.it!  We ventured over the mountain this weekend to check out some golden retriever pups that were almost ready to come home!  We had to put down our sweet Hershey girl last year, and at first we never thought we would get another dog.  Actually I said that we weren’t getting another dog again.  And I also made a few statements about never getting another pure breed dog.  Hershey had so many health issues that we didn’t want to go down that road again. 

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And just look at us now.  Can you say I am eating my words?  The kids have been asking for another dog for a long time.  Then we started to think that a dog would be a great for all the kids, but especially Grace with her anxiety.  The more research we did it looked like Golden retrievers were going to be the best breed for our family, kids in general, and plus I have always loved the way goldens looked. 

We got to go to the breeder and meet Lucy Belle’s brothers and sisters and of course pick which dog would be ours to take home in a week.  They were all so so adorable!  We were having a hard time just picking which doggie we liked the best, but I had my heart set on a lighter colored golden.  Ellie loved every single one, and kept saying that they were all her favorite.  Grace just wanted to tackle them all obviously.  Bradley picked up the darkest one and carried it around the whole time. 

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This little fluffy fur ball started following me around and I was completely smitten with her.  She was going to be the newest member of our family!!  She had to stay with her family a bit longer so we drove home arguing about what we were going to name her.  Lucy Belle was our final choice since the girls wanted Lucy and the boys wanted Bella we compromised. 

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We surprised the kids and brought her home on Sunday!  They were all ready for bed and we brought her to the back of the house.  They were so excited!

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Ellie has really taken to her!  She has become a little mama hen checking on her constantly.  They have been helping to take her out, feed her, play with her, it is just so sweet to see them come together for this little furry friend.  Bradley has even set his alarm 20 minutes earlier in the mornings so he could play with her and take her out in the morning.  Ellie told me that Lucy Belle was better than going to Disney World, and in her mind that is the best thing on the planet! 

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We just love you Lucy Belle, now will you please let us get some sleep!  Love your newest family!! 

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Sugar Hallow

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We had a beautiful spring-like day in February, that made you want to spend the entire day outside after being cooped up for months and months.  We dug out our spring play clothes and hit our favorite hiking spot, Sugar Hallow.  After crossing the river on rocks (that was interesting with three kids), we came across the most amazing icicles I have ever seen!  They were hanging from the rocks, some were melting, and big pieces  were shearing off while we were there.  Ellie called it her own Arendelle, thank you Frozen for being a part of every outing with our family.

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Nothing makes me happier than seeing my crew covered in dirt, playing with sticks, and just being outside.  We needed this day after all of the snow, ice, and missed school.  It reminded us that spring was coming and it would be glorious when it finally arrived!

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This is now her new trademark smile every time I take a picture.  I think she is trying to tell me to stop with the pictures already.

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Love her gusto for life!

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This was a picture from another warm winter day that we had in February!  This little girl is going through an accessory stage: glasses, hats, gloves, helmets, vests, she loves it all!

I am working hard to enjoy the weekends with my crew, and not get too tied down with work projects or setting up for school.  I am going to miss these days of everyone home, no commitments, and just an afternoon of sunshine to enjoy together.

Friday, April 10, 2015

My Ski Bunnies

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With spring here at last and my computer finally up and running, I wanted to share some of our fun in the snow we had this year!  Thanks to my awesome sister and brother in law for saving my computer from the black screen of death once again.  I think I really will need to invest in a new computer sometime soon…possibly a mac? 

Anyway, I finally got all of my winter pictures uploaded and had to share these awesome two at ski school this winter!  Bradley and Ellie jumped right into ski school in Wintergreen and haven’t looked back.  My parents went up to watch them at school one day and got a bunch of pictures.  It was so fun to see them mastering something new!

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Bradley getting off of the ski lift!

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Grace came up with me to drop them off one morning!  It was cold up there on the top of the mountain!

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Ellie coming down the mountain!

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Getting picked up by Gigi!

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We also had an awesome time tubing down the big hills at Wintergreen too!

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Our littlest one got some fun in the snow this winter too with the many, many snow days we had this winter!

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She loved getting pulled around by her big brother!

I am so happy to see signs of spring everywhere around us now, it was a long winter!