A New Adventure: Rock Climbing

A New Adventure:  Rock Climbing

We got the sad news a few weeks ago that Bean’s best friend is moving out of the country right after school ends this year.  Bean’s pretty devastated.  He and his buddy have been in both kindergarten and first grade together.  Not to mention, he lives right around the corner from us and goes to our church.  So, they see each other a lot.  They go to our youth group meetings on Wednesday nights at our church sometimes together, and Bean’s friend even came to watch Bean’s baseball games with his…

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Relax. It’s Little League.

Relax.  It’s Little League.

Bean’s team had playoffs this weekend.  They played on Saturday and Sunday and won both games, which means they are headed to the championship game this week. I’m so proud of him because he played both games really well.  Base hits, a couple good RBIs, great fielding, and he even made the final out to end the last playoff game. More than that, I was proud of him for his sportsmanship. You guys should have seen some of the parents and coaches at these two games.  I was embarrassed for…

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Happy Campers

Happy Campers

This past weekend, we went camping with some families from our Cub Scout pack at Ft. De Soto National Park right outside of St. Petersburg, Florida. This was our second time camping with Scouts, and it only confirmed to us how thankful we are that we have become part of this group of friends and families. Chris and I took the day off work on Friday and kept the kids home from school so that we could head over to St. Petersburg around lunch time. We got to the campsites…

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We’ve Got Ourselves a Screamer

We’ve Got Ourselves a Screamer

For as dainty and girly as Gracie is, you would probably be surprised to learn that she is a screamer. Actually, that may not surprise you at all, in fact.  Screaming has come naturally to Gracie all her life.  Sometimes, I think she might still have colic. (*shudder*) Let’s not talk about colic. I’ve done my best to drink that stage of my life away… Lately, though, she has added a little “umph” to her screams.  She now screams like she is about to murder someone. She turns red in…

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Spring Break Staycation: Disney’s Art of Animation Resort

Spring Break Staycation: Disney’s Art of Animation Resort

Spring Break for our schools was last week, and we left no stone unturned.  I love that I get the same breaks as my kids do because it means I’m super excited to be out of school, too!  We spent most of our week just hanging out and running errands.  We swam in our swimming pool for the first time this year, went to the dentist, visited Nana and Grandma, finally got Gracie’s bedding for her new big girl daybed (Ikea, of all places!), and did some spring cleaning and laundry….

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The Truth Prevails

The Truth Prevails

My girlfriend, Danielle, and I made plans weeks ago to stay one night at a Disney resort over Spring Break.  We decided that instead of breaking into a Disney resort pool (which is becoming increasingly harder with those darn MagicBands…*waves fist at sky*), we would become legit guests for a night and have a little one night staycation.  We booked our hotel and were going to check-in today, hang out by the pool all afternoon, play at the resort tonight, wake up, and play in the pool all day tomorrow,…

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A Pampered Princess Party

A Pampered Princess Party

This weekend, we had Gracie’s fourth birthday party. And, it might have been my favorite party we’ve thrown yet. We sent out invitations to just ten of Gracie’s girlfriends from school, and asked them to come dressed as their favorite princess. Gracie (along with about 90% of the other little girls) was Elsa. We had the party at Sparkled Pink, a salon just for girls  about ages 3-13. It was the CUTEST!!!! Each of the princesses would get a manicure, pedicure, and a little glitter make up and lip gloss….

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So Close!

So Close!

Spring is coming!  It’s so close, I can feel it in my bones! This is my last week of school before spring break next week, and the kids and I are READY. I can always tell when spring is coming because I start to get a little restless. I get bored with normal things. I don’t want to go home and cook dinner. I don’t want to give baths and read bedtime books. I want to play outside in the front yard. Ride bikes or go swimming. It actually drives…

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An Athletic Upgrade

An Athletic Upgrade

Bean had his first tee ball practice this past Sunday, and it was pretty much as cute as you can imagine. I think Bean will like tee ball. It seems to fit his personality well. It gives him the experience of a team sport, but it has very individual components to it, too, and I think Bean does better with individual instruction and attention. Plus, we have discovered over the past year that Bean has a KILLER arm. He can throw a ball clear across our backyard and hit his…

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