A Different Kind of Summer

In the first few weeks of summer, I quickly realized that this summer would be… different.  For one thing, Bean and Gracie are starting to separate themselves from each other in some ways.  Not that they don’t still play together all the time or not get along anymore; they are still best buddies and, thankfully, get along really well.  But their ages and genders have just now started to separate them a little bit.  For example, I signed them both up for gymnastics camp for a week because they have…

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Lessons Learned on a Baseball Field

Last night we had Bean’s end of season baseball party.  We met with our team at a local sports bar and had dinner and a little awards ceremony.  It was a nice way to celebrate the end of a pretty challenging baseball season for our family. Chris and I made Bean play baseball this season.  He had played four other seasons before and loved them all, and somehow he got it in his head that he didn’t want to play again this season.  But he also didn’t really want to…

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Me, Pookey, Arnie, a Drunk Guy, and Friends

This past weekend has been the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill in Orlando.  We happen to be lucky enough to live right across the street from Bay Hill, so for the past few years, Chris and I have gone to the tournament with friends since it’s a short walk from our house (but, let’s be honest… we still drive…). (Martin Kaymer, above) Last year, we went to the “Wine and Dine on Nine” event.  You purchase a ticket package that gets you into this huge tent on the 9th…

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Weekend Report

(First of all, I can’t even explain all the updates and technical issues I went through to get these damn pictures on my blog tonight.  It has taken me two days of wrestling with my photo application and just when I was about to give up and throw my computer through the window, it started uploading pictures from my camera correctly again.  It must have sensed death.  Anyway, appreciate these pictures.) You can tell it’s getting close to spring here.  The weather is nice, the windows are open, and baseball…

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{Forced to} Play Ball!

Bean played four seasons of little league baseball back to back.  So, when he told us last spring that he wanted to take a season off, we were happy to let him.  He played golf instead, and had a pretty good time.  He ended up with a strong little swing.  Summertime came after that, and we take a break from everything in the summer months. But by late summer/early fall, it was time to pick teams and sign up for whatever the kids were going to be doing. Chris and…

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Win Some, Lose Some

Oh, Lord, y’all.  I’m about to tell you a really long, detailed story about how I messed up royally and it will make you feel better about your own life decisions. So, last Thursday, I happened to look at my family Google calendar and realized that I had mistakenly put Bean’s school’s Mother/Son event on the wrong date.  I had it scheduled for the following Wednesday instead of the very next day. This posed quite a few scheduling issues. First, I was supposed to be taking a planning day with…

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The First Tee

For the past three seasons, Bean has played Little League baseball and our whole family has loved it!  We became dugout parents and spending three or four days a week at the ball park was not an inconvenience at all.  We truly loved it.  So, it kind of broke our hearts just a bit when Bean said he didn’t want to play this season. My first instinct was to insist I knew better than him. “You’ll love it!” I coaxed.  “You’ve always loved it!” “Maybe you just need a little…

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Extra-Curricu-Grrrrr’s

It’s that dreaded time of year when we all sign our kids up for extracurricular activities.  I’m a big fan of activities, as a whole.  I think they help build character in kids.  They teach them about being part of a team, about personal responsibility, about trying your best, about being a good sport, and all that other stuff that makes them well-rounded people. But, HOLY COW, is it a very expensive pain in the arse to get them all signed up! This year, both kids are going to be…

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How to Pass Time on a Treadmill

I’ve given up on spinning. After that one class, I could barely walk for almost a week. And I mean, barely. It hurt to sit, it hurt to stand, it hurt to sleep, it hurt to move. I was miserable. Not worth it. So, I’m happily back to running. Normally, I run outside, but this central Florida heat makes it really hard this time of year. At 6:00 in the morning, it’s already 80 degrees with insane humidity. And at night is no different. Since we’ve joined the Y, though,…

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My First Spin Class

You. Guys. I joined the YMCA in our neighborhood, which means I joined an actual gym.  EEK!  The Y in our neighborhood is like a country club.  Seriously.  It’s the prettiest Y I ever did see.  It has a great pool area for the kids, including a splash pad and giant water slide.  It has swim lanes for laps and swim team (which Bean is going to join in two weeks!).  It has a huge, beautiful work out floor with gorgeous racquetball courts, rooms for classes, and even a rehabilitation…

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