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!)