Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Happy Place

Bradley definitely hit is grove this spring and summer with baseball. When your son throws pop flies to himself for hours in the back yard you know they have found a sport they love. After he finished his regular season Bradley was asked play for the all star team for our local league. I wasn’t sure what to expect as far as commitment and time involved, but it was pretty major. We spent every.single.weekend in June and the beginning of July at the ball field. They played in tournament after tournament against many teams from our region. They learned so much about working together as a team, playing the heat, believing in themselves, and overcoming defeat.

There were two different tournaments that Peachtree ended up in the losers bracelet and faught back to win the entire thing! It was true commitment from all of the boys and one great coach! Coach Sam was truly wonderful and such a positive influence on Bradley.

These boys really got close over the past two months playing together for hours and hours each day. I know that Bradley has made some life long friends in the process of becoming part of this team.

I couldn’t believe how much Bradley enjoyed playing catcher. I never grew up playing sports, and the idea of a ball flying at me at full speed is frightening. He got banged up by bad pitches, hit with foul balls, and would pop back up and get behind the batter again and again. He has really changed into a “big boy” as much as I don’t want to admit it!

These boys won Districts for our area in a double header that lasted late into the night due to rain delays. Bradley and his team were still playing ball under the lights at 11 pm! He was moved all around the field that night due to players being on vacation. In the end they won, and got the amazing opportunity to play at the All Star State Tournament for Virginia. Pretty cool!

I am so glad I got to capture this father/son moment on camera after the District game. Bradley and Chris were hugging and high fiving. So glad they have this to share with each other! It really was a family affair, my parents came to almost every single tournament too! It was sweet to get to share all of this with them!

They didn’t make it very far at states, but they had a great time! I hope he can look back on this as one of his favorite summers yet! Way to go my big boy!

Monday, July 6, 2015

Spring Getaways

I was lucky enough to get away from reality for two different weekends this spring! It is so nice to reboot, recharge and forget about all of your responsibilities for awhile! Chris took me to this absolutely stunning getaway at Primeland Resort in south west Virginia. There were mountain views for miles, and we got to stay in the most amazing cottage!

A big thank you to my parents for watching the gang for a night and then we got a babysitter for the second night. Everyone made it out alive, and she still wants to babysit so I call that a win!!

Primland had so much to do! From gorgeous views for relaxing, great food, spa, gym, hiking, and anything outdoors you could imagine. The main Lodge was breathtaking and we ate at the restaurants both nights on site. They were magnificent!

Chris booked a couples spa treatment for us on Saturday and then we took a long hike around the property. Sunday morning we went horseback riding for a few hours. It was so fun!

Chris and I’s horses were buddies so we got to ride next to each other for the whole trip.

I also got to go away for the weekend with some of the oldie friends that just make your heart happy. Steph and I hadn’t seen each other for so long (she has been busy with twin babies!!). I cherish these few times when we get to get together! We stayed at our friend’s family home outside of Warrenton and went wine tasting for the day. It was followed by lots of wine drinking at home and yummy homemade food!

It was an awesome weekend, and Chris gets big props for manning the house with the help of his mom. It wasn’t an easy job with baseball games, coaching, and dealing with Gracie all at the same time!

Thank you for all of the awesome trips, babe!! xoxo

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!


DSC_0049!  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. 


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. 




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. 







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!


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! 


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