Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Baseball Madness

The regular baseball season has come to an end... but I think our baseball days have gotten even more busy! Both William and Zachary were selected to be part of all star teams. Zachary is on a 7u team that will be practicing for 2 hours every day this week until their tournament starting this weekend in Ventura.
William has already been practicing with a club team that has now turned into the 8u all star team. He had his first weekend tournament last weekend and did awesome. They played 2 games on Saturday and he was the opening pitcher for the second game in the afternoon! He pitched 2 innings, struck out several batters and the team only allowed 1 run for the game. I didn't realize how nerve racking it is to have your son be the pitcher! A lot of the game is up to him. He has to throw strikes so that the batters don't walk bases. He did amazing for his first time pitching. The 3rd inning (and final inning, since it was a timed game & there was a 15 run mercy rule) William was the catcher. Also a hugely important spot! He had to make sure he caught all the pitches thrown across the plate so that the runners wouldn't steal bases. Man, it's a whole different game with kid pitch.
Anyway, this is what takes up our every afternoon and evening. We are hardly ever home at "dinner time" anymore because we are at one field or another at a practice or game until 7 or 8pm.

Jameson is content to help field balls during practices and run around with friends during the games. Leila is a trooper and knows that every day we will get in the car to go to brothers baseball. She doesn't seem to mind one bit and has come to understand that the baseball field is her second home right now. She just smiles and makes friends with all the players, she knows all of them by name faster than I do.

Looking forward to July 1st when hopefully the craziness will all come to an end and we can get in the pool more often.... cause that is really what my pregnant body would love right now :)

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Two May birthdays!

I have been so tired and busy between baseball, school, and pregnancy that I have not had the energy to sit and record what has been happening around our home for over a month!
Well, we celebrated Jameson's 5th birthday & Zachary's 7th birthday with the help of a fun surprise visit from Grandpa Mills. He came to town to watch the boys play some baseball and it happened to be our big birthday week too! It was so nice because I had no idea what I might do special for them besides a favorite dinner and birthday cake... no time for birthday parties when every weekend is filled with baseball games and church. Grandpa took each one of them on a special outing to get lunch, pick out a birthday present, and have some nice one on one time. He even managed to think of me too and bring home a mothers day gift. It really was so sweet, thoughtful, and special to have him here for a few days right during a special yet chaotic week. (William had 2 days of state testing this same week at a testing site in Carpinteria! His and ours first time having to deal with this)

I think that both Jameson and Zachary felt very loved and appreciated for their birthdays. Jameson chose a big BBQ tri tip birthday dinner which we shared with Grandpa as well. Zachary went with breakfast for dinner and I made all sorts of types of pancakes with toppings like chocolate chips, strawberries, and whipped cream along with eggs to balance it out. We went to a celebration of life the evening of Zachary's birthday, so afterwards we went and got frozen yogurt for a birthday treat.

Really, I am so very blessed at how well behaved, easy going, and pleasant all of my children are. There was no whining from Zachary that I made them all sit quietly at a "funeral gathering" on the evening of his birthday when he could have been opening his birthday gifts at home. I'm certainly a lucky mom :)

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Happy Easter

We had a nice Easter weekend this year. Friday we spent the afternoon at the river with some friends and finished off the day with a nice dinner. Saturday morning, Jameson had a tee ball game and he played awesome! He played pitcher position in the first inning and made 4 outs at first with his great fielding and throwing. Good thing the team mate on first could catch that inning ;)
After the game we headed to our neighborhood OSH where they were putting on a cute little egg hunt for the kids. We headed home, Billy did some mowing and weed whipping, the boys helped clean up the yard, and then we went back to the river for more swimming. We dyed eggs in the evening (it's possible to dye brown eggs!) and then Billy hid them a few times for the kids to find.

This whole week we have been following a Walk thru Easter Week on Just a short reading each day to help us remember all the events leading up to Easter Sunday.  Last night I made Easter rolls for the kids (and my primary class) to eat today. They were made by wrapping dough around a big marshmallow and then once baked... the rolls are hollow! Representing that Jesus lives, his tomb is empty, and we have much to be grateful for. It was a neat visual.
Church was nice. The kids all had a nice time in their classes and we relaxed for the rest of the day. I did manage to snap a couple pictures of the kids before we left for church. Billy had to work today, otherwise we would have tried for a family photo.  I will have to try for one of those soon.
Happy Easter.

Monday, March 27, 2017

New beds

Shortly after we returned from Hawaii, we did a big bed switch in the kids rooms. I ordered a twin over full bunk bed from Costco (it was called the Zachary bed, so I took it as a sign) for the boys room and they were pumped for a bunk bed!
When Billy's Dad was in town we took advantage of the extra set of muscles and the musical beds began. First the crib came down and out to the shed. Next the day bed came out of the boys room and scooted into Leila's room. Last was the construction of the bunk bed in the boys room. Rich and Billy got it all done pretty quickly, I think they were done by lunch! The boys room seems even bigger with the bunk bed in there and the white day bed is perfect for Leila and she loves it.
Now all the boys keep track of who slept on top last and they rotate every night :)  Whatever makes them happy!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Leila's 2

Monday was Leila's second birthday! I can't believe our sweet little baby girl is 2 years old already. Billy made the kids pancakes in the morning and we did our typical school routine. We played outside and enjoyed the nice day and before we all new it, it was time to leave for William and Zachary's baseball game. Leila fell asleep driving down the pass and stayed that way for almost 2 hours as I dropped the boys off at the field for warm ups, went and got gas in the car, picked up dinner at Valentino's, and then back to the field before the game. She woke up about 30 minutes into the game. Game ended around 7 and we were home around 7:30. A little more dinner was eaten and then funfetti cupcakes were served with candles and a birthday song. Leila was so happy to get a cupcake and be sung to, but she wouldn't take a bite of her cake... I guess I need to try chocolate next time. :)

Everyone in the family agrees that it is a blessing to have Leila in our home. She is as sweet as they come. She is always happy, always smiling, loves her brothers, loves to snuggle, and so easy going. She talks so well and is such a good little singer, i'm so impressed with her everyday!

Birthday two wasn't much of a celebration, but Happy Birthday Leila, we love you!

Sunday, March 19, 2017

The Rockies

William and Zachary have now played their first 2 games of the season.  We are off to a slow start with so many of our teams practices being canceled due to rain. There are lots of boys on the team that could use more play time and practice to learn the game. William and Zachary are playing awesome! They are so fun to watch. With William's experience from last year, he is a key player to our team and really dominates out there. Zachary is right behind him because he has played so much with William and Dad at home and on fields around town. They just love the game. They are focused and into it and so it is fun to watch them.
It's been a little hard for me to watch the games just because of how new most of the players are and how so many of them don't seem to be to into it. But I am biting my tongue and doing my best to just cheer everyone on. Hopefully we will only get better and the ones who don't seem to be to into it will get more into it.
Here are just a few pictures from game number one- Rockies vs. Padres...

Friday, March 10, 2017

Jameson the Hot Rod!!

My little Jameson is officially on a tee ball team and he is awesome! He has had 3 practices so far and next week he has his first two games. I love his team name, Hot Rod's. He looks so good in orange! He has a lot of talent and practice under his belt already from playing with Dad and big brothers. He will for sure be the all star on his team this season and I can't wait to watch his games!
Looking good out there Jame-o. I sure love you tons!!!

 Just look at that form!!


Sunday, March 5, 2017

North Shore

The Tuesday before we left Hawaii we took a drive up to the North Shore. Its a windy slow drive along the ocean all the way there. It's really not that many miles, maybe 23?, but takes at least 45 minutes. We stopped in Laie first. I got to show the kids where I went to school, the gym where I spent a lot of my time, and we went into the campus book store.

Next we drove around the corner to the Laie Temple. Billy and I really wanted to go inside the temple and do a session, but I couldn't line up a sitter, so we settled for the visitors center and walking the grounds. The kids really enjoyed the visitors center, and they happened to be showing a really neat video about Laie and the beginnings of the town and members there. It was very neat!
We left there and headed for a beach. Found an easy spot at Sunset Beach and enjoyed the water and sand there for a bit. I smiled, because Sunset beach was one of the first beaches that I went to and swam in when I first moved to Hawaii for school. It's so easy to just get right in.

From Sunset we slowly made our way to the historic town of Haleiwa. I wanted the kids to experience Motsumotos shave ice. By the time we pulled into Haleiwa and found parking and waited in line for shave ice, it was dinner time. So, we all had shave ice for dinner! I guess when you are on vacation, anything goes :)

We circled back and headed home to Kailua after getting a couple souvenirs on the North Shore.  I love this part of the island so much. It just has this special country beach feel, kinda like home.

Wednesday we visited Pearl Harbor and taught the boys that special piece of American history. William is going to do a school presentation on our visit and what he learned. We also walked a part of the swap meet at the Aloha stadium which was only a mile from the Harbor. I got lots of gifts and souvenirs to take home there too. And that about wraps up our 10 days in Hawaii. Thursday was a smooth (but long) travel day home.