Monday, April 14, 2014

Practice

At 7pm last night we finished up tball practice. We hadn't had dinner, there was a ton of laundry to do, I had homework waiting for me... it was the end of a long day that wrapped up another insanely packed weekend. But as I watched my boy practice I noticed he was a little frustrated.  He wanted the ball to come his way, but when it did he had a hard time knowing what to do with it.

"We haven't had the time to practice like we should..."  I thought. If it wasn't so late we could stay a few extra minutes...

Practice wrapped up with a group circle, ten tiny hands in, "CUBS!" they all shouted and ran off the field.  He gave me his big smile as he came my way, "Did I do good, Mama??"

"You did awesome baby!" I said, thinking I am so ready to go home.  But that smile, that desire to play well, I sighed and said "Do you want Mama to throw the ball with you a little more before we go home?"

"Yeah!"  then he turned to his coach "Excuse me, Coach?  Can I keep practicing with my Mama for a little bit??"  He smiled and said sure, giving me the look of a tired parent, understanding the effort to stay on the field.

Henry stood on the pitchers mound, I stood half way to home plate.  We stayed there for maybe twenty minutes, just throwing the ball back and forth.  Him getting better and better with every single throw.

"Hey Mama, let's  pretend people are watching and cheering, okay?"

"Sure baby, that sounds fun.  Do you want to practice running the bases?"

"Yeah!"

"Great catch Henry!" that smile...

 "What a great throw!" I swear I can see the confidence in him grow.

"I am getting pretty good, right Mama??"

"Yes baby, you are great!"

 I was about to call it a day when he looked at me and said "Hey Mama.  I really, REALLY love you."

"Oh buddy.  I love you too.  So so much."

"Mama, I love you the whole number."

"Me too baby.  Me too."

We ended up picking up a pizza for dinner instead of cooking.  Totally worth it.

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Friday, April 11, 2014

Doing All the Things...

So this past weekend the South Carolina crew came into town for a weekend full of basketball, horse races and bridal showers.  Typically I would split that into three posts, but I am feeling pretty behind on posting so we are going to go with one, epic, picture filled post.  Are you ready?

First up is Blair's bridal shower!  We decided to go out to a little shop called Shakespeare and Co. and it was absolutely adorable. 

Our sweet bride

Kesley
Candice (I can already feel that captions are going to be lacking on this post... sorry about that)
Hey, my hair is long again.  Looking good, hair. It was nothing personal.
Cake!
Presents!
It was really a great shower and now we can't wait for the wedding!

Next up was the UK vs Wisconsin game.  Honestly this event had the chance to make or break our night.  I mean, having half of the group be die hard fans and the other half really not care at all can lead to trouble, but luckily the fellas played awesome and kept the game exciting!
If you are curious if we forced them to wear blue, the answer is a solid yes.
Sigh.  Don't worry, Nick and I bought Chris two new UK blue shirts for his birthday this week...
Brother/Sister
Matt and Blair
It was a great game and an awesome night. At the end of it Thomas said "That was fun, but I don't know if I could take being an actual fan!"  It's intense, Thomas.  But it's totally worth it!
The next morning we got up and headed to Brunch (with an impromptu stop at the farmer's market) before heading to Keeneland!
Cute people being cute
Life lesson... if you hang out with me and allow me to take silly pictures I WILL post them on my blog. 
After brunch it was time to head to the track...
The cousins!  Tall genes run in their family.  Kelsey, in the middle, is 5'11".  That's right.  She says it's the only time in her life she has looked short in a picture.
Down on the track
Also on the track
Chris, making his selections
Earlier in the day Kelsey and Matt had given me some basic photography lessons with my new camera.  I am pretty excited to use what I learned!
I learned just enough to know I want to spend more money on new lenses... so it might have been an expensive lesson
But I was pretty pleased with how some of them turned out!
I might be falling in love with the idea of candid shots.  Lord help those unsuspecting family members
At the end of the day Boo and Candice were the big winners hitting a trifecta and superfecta on the final race!  I thought I was a genius and had us do a superfecta group bet that cost $12 and was nearly a sure thing.  Turns out we won $11.97 back...so the bet COST US three cents.  Those people who run tracks know more than me about making money...
It was a great weekend and we just adore when our amazing family comes to town!  I just counted it up and from when they arrived to when they pulled out of town the South Carolina crew were here for only 44 hours.  I think we did pretty good making the most of the time we had together!

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Look Who's Here!

*South Carolina family...your post is next. I promise*

So back in February Boo and I hosted a baby shower for our sweet friends, Ryan and Arielle.

Me and Arielle at said shower
The shower was actually really cute...
And included really great people
And yet somehow it slipped by and I never wrote a post about it.  And that would be okay, and those things happen, except I sorta needed the link in order to mention that...

Baby Freddy is here!!

Nick and Henry getting to know Freddy
Mama needed a turn too!  He is so tiny!

It is so amazing that these guys have stayed such close friends their entire lives.  We are very blessed to have them, and are so excited to have Freddy join the extended family!

PS. Arielle, somehow I didn't get a picture with you and Freddy, but know that I am now sad about that!  Next time...
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