Sunday, August 31, 2014

Fall Ball

And you thought baseball was over!  Ryan’s new team started practicing about a month ago.  This weekend is their first tournament.  We are very excited about this team.  His practices are only 1 1/2 hours 2x a week and there is just one tournament a month in town.  His last team was double for both.  For us it is the right amount.  The coach is having everyone play and everyone move around.  They had a pretty brutal first game.  They only had one base runner…a walk.  I have to say I was a little surprised when Harvey let me know they won this morning 7-6 with a walk-off single and then again later 13-5.  Ryan had two great bunt singles, a solid single driving in two runs, two great plays at second, and a great inning pitching.  I am so happy he is getting to play so many positions.  He won’t get to play some of them much longer as the boys get more competitive, so I want him to enjoy it now.

He is something to watch.   He does all of the silly hand gestures to the sky and saluting like Pagan and Romo.  It just cracks everyone up.  Another kid showed up with pink shoelaces today! : )  Such a trendsetter. 

Ryan truly loves everything about the game…the strategy, the teammates, the coaches, the playing, the accessories, the tri-tip, the Gatorade, the gum, the sunflower seeds, the travel, the gear, the signals, the hand motions…everything!

 Image00004 New pants…very giant glove! : )









Image00026 I don’t think there has been anything else that we have bought Ryan that has gotten more use than his catcher gear when he was 5.  After four years, it’s starting to go.  Poor coach had to fix it every time he’s used it this weekend. 

This coach has five teams.  One of the 16U players helps coach and Ryan just loves that he is a catcher too.  He has been teaching them how to block.  Ryan got to be batboy for the 14U yesterday. 


Image00034 This boy started fall ball.  He loves the game too.  He is going to be good at it.  I would try to be a good soccer mom…but I am so glad my boys like baseball!





Better head to bed.  First game is at 8!

Thursday, August 28, 2014


I decided I should probably wash Ryan’s EvoShield…

IMG_3033 Is that not gross?  It goes over his wrist/forearm.  It’s one of a plethora of baseball accessories he has.  How it’s possible that he and Harvey can still find things we don’t own already is beyond me.  I’m pretty sure Buster doesn’t wear as many items as Ryan.  He has special socks (not just baseball socks, ones that go up over his knees…), knee pads for sliding, sliding pants, chest protector, gloves, a plastic thingy he wears on his thumb, and an EvoShield.  Once that is all on he can actually start dressing.  Hope he isn’t planning on us helping pay for college.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

5 Years!

I got another friendly reminder!  It’s been five years since Erik has been home.  He was such a good baby and the transition was as easy as could be. 





almost six


Erik, you are cuddly, funny, smart, and sweet.  I look forward to my morning hugs every day.  I couldn’t be more thankful to get to be your mom. 



Tuesday, August 26, 2014

The Cry Heard ‘Round the World

 Truly, there has never been a more dramatic loose tooth experience.  If you live within about 20 miles, you of course already know this.

Image00001 So we have talked about this loose tooth for days on end.  An accidental hit to the face by our neighbor finally sent things in motion.  Oh the tears!  He actually held his mouth open like this for days…






 Finally, at the neighborhood movie night it fell out!  Tears turned into smiles with the tooth in hand and the promise of a visit from the tooth fairy.  As the boys were laying in bed I heard Erik ask Ryan how many tooth fairies there were.  “Probably like five,” Ryan answered.  : )  Unfortunately for Ryan, his fairy was extremely forgetful and just downright lazy.



 Happier day

(sunscreen by Erik)






Fearing Erik would also get stuck with a bad fairy, a honorary fairy threw in $2.  Erik’s fairy was much more on top of it, but cheap.  Hey, it’s twice what I got!  Ryan was sure to point out how much better Erik’s fairy was than his!  The house is calm again (well, kind of) and Erik can whistle (well, kind of.)

Monday, August 25, 2014

At last

The queen has a throne…



Seriously, has anyone ever ‘bunny-eared’ a toilet before?

Saturday, August 23, 2014

To Be or Not To Be…

 Image00003 Jedi for sure


Image00004 What to be, what to be…


Image00006 A kangaroo



comes with great storage…for a book, silly putty,Legos, and of course, a joey.

 Image00008 This boy is so torn…to be an awesome kangaroo for Halloween or a Jedi…


if only there was some kind of compromise!

Yes, this is a daily topic of conversation.  Only two more months before the final decision.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

I Did It!

Erik’s kindergarten book is done!  It should be here in a week or so.  Can’t believe Erik has almost been home five years and is starting first grade.



Image00001 These magnetic tiles are in our top 10 best buys.

In other exciting news…the rest of the potty arrived.  It took Harvey almost the whole day to get it in.  Nothing is smooth with this bathroom.  Of course it didn’t come with a toilet seat.  Lowe’s does not sell seats compatible with the model we chose…So I finally have a working toilet that only…boys can use.