Saturday, March 8, 2014

Let's play ball!!!

Last weekend was opening weekend for Spring Baseball.  Collin's age group has a new complex/field so they had an opening ceremony on Friday night.  Collin's team played the first game on the new field Friday night.  There was a little parade with all the teams playing that night.

After the parade the games started.  Collin's team won their first game!!  We were so excited.  It was a great way to start off the season!

Saturday morning Spencer had his first game.  While Collin is on the same team this year with the same coach and some of the same players, Spencer is on a new team with only one player from last season. This is a huge blessing because last season was a little rough with no coaching.  His coach was nice but he just didn't know a lot about baseball or coaching.  This season Spencer is on an amazing team with an awesome coach.  Rob knows his coach from our old church and really wanted Spencer to get him so he kept making comments last season to him about picking Spencer this season!  Well Spencer's team won their first game on Saturday.  We were so excited and Spencer had a great game.  He even caught a pop fly!!

Sunday we had two more games.  Collin's game was first and was very intense.  It turns out the other team's coach used a t-ball and scored four runs with the t-ball.  We ended up losing 19-18.  It is always hard to lose but it is especially hard when the other team cheats.  Thankfully our boys were unaware of what was going on and were just enjoying playing baseball.  After Collin's game Spencer had a game and they won again!!!

It was a great first weekend of baseball and we look forward to the rest of the season!

Spencer's 8th birthday

I know I say this every year but how do I have an 8 year old?  It feels like just yesterday that we brought him home from the hospital and now he is a big 8 year old :)

Spencer's birthday was on a Monday this year and I told the kids that they could have the day off from school.  They were very excited!  We had a lazy morning watching t.v., going running and riding roller blades.  We made plans to meet the boys and Jen for lunch at Chickfila.  Spencer was so excited.  We miss our boys so much.

After lunch we came home and took naps.  Well everyone but Spencer took a nap :)  Our afternoon was nice and quiet.  I made him a strawberry cake and when Rob got home we took him to Provinos (his choice).

After Provinos we came home to sing happy birthday and eat his cake.  He didn't have any presents because he had found his roller blades a few weeks before and we went ahead and gave them to him.  I thought that was his present but I found out Rob told him he would get him a new bow and arrow too.  Unfortunately Rob hasn't decided which one to get yet so Spencer didn't have it to open on his birthday.  I think he has asked Rob everyday since when he is getting his bow and arrow!

It was a great birthday celebrating our big 8 year old!

More snow and ice

I originally wrote this a few weeks ago but never added pictures until today!

Well last week we got more snow and ice.  The local news stations were calling it "catastrophic" and other crazy names.  I guess they wanted to make sure everyone was planned for really bad weather and didn't want anyone surprised like we were a few weeks ago.  Based on news reports I thought we would be stuck in our house from Tues-Fri, however, it wasn't that bad.  We woke up Tues to rain that turned to sleet that turned to snow.  They were big fluffy snowflakes but they weren't sticking to the ground.  Rob was getting the shakes about possibly being stuck in the house for three days so he decided that he needed to go to the store to get some groceries.  I had just gone to the store the day before but he still thought it would be best to go again.  He even called my grandfather to pick groceries up for him.  I think he just didn't want to have to stay home :)  Tuesday was mainly just rainy/sleet weather.  We woke up Wednesday morning to ice covering everything.  Wednesday we were stuck at home all day but it wasn't really fun snow to play in mainly just ice.  Rob baked cookies and the kids played with our neighbor.  Around 9 on Wed. night it started snowing pretty good.  We dressed the kids and went outside for a walk.  Really I think we were just sick of being inside and when we saw our neighbors outside we jumped at the chance for some social interaction :)   We ended up going to another neighbor's house and playing in the snow until after 10 at night. I am sure the neighbors were thrilled with us.  Rob and Brian rode bikes all down the street pulling the kids on the sled.  The kids even got to see a truck plowing the streets.  It was loads of fun!

Thursday morning we woke up and it had snowed a few more inches.  We had heard it was going to warm up and melt early so as soon as the kids were up we got dressed and went to play in it.

 Katie and "Olaf!"

Than we turned around and she was on top of Erin's car.

Abbey and Katie

She was having a snowball fight with Brian!

Our little family

This face!  He was mad because his hands were cold but he wouldn't wear gloves!  And if you look closely you can see his eye is red. That would be the result of being hit with a hockey stick compliments of his big brother.

Didn't take too long and he was happy and playing again.

Snowball fight!!!

Sweet brothers helping their sissy!

This could have been bad. Thankfully Collin didn't remember last time when Spencer gave him "a little push."

By early Thursday afternoon the snow had melted.  It was the quickest melt ever!  Friday was back to normal with Rob at work and the kids and I doing school.  It was a fun little break and now we are in the 60s!

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Collin's 6th birthday

We celebrated Collin and Rob's birthdays in the last week.  I still can't believe that Collin is six years old.  His birthday was on a Friday so I promised the boys if they could get their school work done early that week than we wouldn't do school on Collin's birthday.  I told him we could do whatever he wanted.  He chose playing Wii, watching t.v. and eating black bean nachos!  For his birthday dinner that night he chose Longhorn.

Watching a movie and eating lunch.  Lily came to play that day with us!

My big 6 year old!

He got a tee for his birthday!

That weekend we got together with Rob's family to celebrate Rob and Collin's birthdays.  We went to Provinos for dinner and than back to our house for presents and cake!

Birthday boys!

The kids played trains all night!

Spencer and Finn having a conversation!

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Snow and Ice

This past week we had a little bit of drama around here.  It all started Tuesday late morning when snow started falling.  We were predicted to get a "light dusting" but it was much more than that!  I didn't realize how bad it was so around 12 I loaded the kids in the car for their 12:30 dentist appointment.  Rob called me right after we drove out of our neighborhood and told me he was headed home.  He sounded surprised I was going to the dentist but just told me to drive carefully.  About halfway to the dentist I looked over on the other side of the road and saw a lot of cars backed up.  It was at this point that I realized going to the dentist was not a good idea.  I called our dentist and cancelled our appointment and turned around.  Now we were only about two miles from our house.  I thought it would take longer to get home but after barely moving two hours later I realized it was going to take forever to get home.  The snow was falling faster and faster and freezing on the ground.  A bunch of people were calling me and my friend told me that all traffic was blocked on the road ahead of me b/c there is a hill.  Rob and I made the decision that I should just go park the car in Mcdonalds and walk home.  Thankfully I keep extra clothes in the car and the kids had their heavy jackets. The only thing I didn't have were gloves so we used socks on our hands and a jacket for me so I used one of Spencer's jackets.  Thankfully I wore my uggs that day!  The kids and I got bundled up and started the two mile walk home.  I carried Katie for about a 1/2 mile before she told me she wanted to walk.  My kids were excited it was snowing and not worried at all.  As we were walking cars were sliding everywhere. My biggest fear was that a car was going to lose control and slide into us.  Thankfully it didn't happen.  When we were about a mile away one of my neighbors called and came to meet us and drive us the rest of the way home.  I have never been more thankful to be home!  Unfortunately others were not so lucky.  It took Rob over 5 hours to get home and the only reason he got home so quickly was because he went drove down the middle of the street.   My dad got in his car at 2:30 on Tuesday afternoon and arrived home at 7 a.m. on Wednesday morning.  It was a long night for many people.  Rob tried to help as many people as he could on his way home and once he got home.  The front of our neighborhood has a big hill that was all ice.  Rob spent many hours out there helping people get their cars out of ditches and driving cars into our neighborhood for people.  It was quite the experience!  Thankfully our kids didn't realize what was going on.  They were just excited for snow.  On Wednesday we woke up early to go and play in it!

Our house

Ready to go play in the snow!  This was Katie's first real snow b/c she was a baby last time.

Spencer sledding

Katie wasn't so sure about the sledding.

Mommy and Katie

Spencer sledding down our neighbor's driveway

She still isn't sure about this sledding thing!

Of course Collin goes on his knees!

Now she is happy b/c she was at the bottom of the hill!

Brady and Spencer

Dakota loved the snow!

All the guys talking about the snow or ice or something!

Katie and Leah

Katie and Abbey

You can't tell but this was the hill outside our neighborhood.  It was all ice and the kids were sledding down it.  I missed it but Collin went down really fast and hit the curb hard.  When I got up there he was crying and someone said something about a broken leg. Thankfully it was just a bruise.

These two girls were so funny throwing snow at each other.  They would turn their backs and say "I am ready!"

You can see all the ice in this pic.

On thurs. the roads were better so we drove to a local park with a huge hill.  Katie decided to try sledding again with me.  She loved it!  I told her one more time and she said "Okay unless it is a bad time b/c we will have to do it again!"

Collin on the hill

Spencer on the hill.