Sunday, June 28, 2009


I can hardly believe my baby just turned three. It's going by so fast now that I don't really remember her as even a one-year old. When she arrived three years ago it was the biggest surprise of my life adding a little girl to the mix. I feel as blessed now as I did then because she has been the best kid. Albeit a very independent and sometimes stubborn toddler, she has been a very happy child since the day she was born. Big smiles and laughing most of the time.

What do I need to remember about my chica as a three year old??

She wears her shoes on the wrong feet 99% of the time and doesn't care when you point it out.

She dresses herself daily and rarely wants or needs help....even if things are a little backwards.

She sometimes sleeps in just pants and is rarely cold.

She tells Chris and I she loves us multiple times during the day....she has taught herself how to pump on the swings but sometimes still wants us to "push her higher up to the trees"....she hates to be left behind and always wants to be going somewhere....she loves the song Love Story by Taylor Swift....she loves doggies.....she loves to chew gum....she insists that the tags in her clothes are cut out.....and most importantly - she is always willing to pose for pictures.

And what did we do on her birthday? Something new and different - she was dragged along to watch her brothers play their last regular season baseball game. Here she is sporting her new glasses with the best seat in the house.

After an exciting win, she enjoyed an ice cream at Friendlys with the boys. I was able to get a bunch of them all to pose with her.

Later that evening some friends came to join us for dinner and we sang happy birthday and had cupcakes and ice cream.

Such a sweet little chica.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Ten on Tuesday

Holy smokes. I haven't been blogging much but lots has been happening. Here's what's been going on:

1. First and foremost.....SCHOOL'S OUT FOR SUMMER!

A half-day yesterday wrapped it up. All in all I would say that the boys had great years! They had great teachers, made great friends, didn't miss a day of school and came home with report cards that made me proud. I can't ask for much more. Well, maybe some sunshine....

2. This has been the yuckiest June I can remember...ever. We haven't seen much sun at all and we've had cool temps and rain. The amazing thing is that neither Luke nor the big boys have missed one baseball game due to rain-out. Truly amazing. And I'm just thankful that the boys have actually been in the pool a handful of times despite this miserable weather. Here are Ben and his best bud the other morning. The pool is only about 72 degrees!

3. Luke wrapped up his T-ball season last weekend. I was so proud that he made it through with a good attitude! He was more than excited to receive his first ever trophy!

4. Jack played in an All-Star game this past weekend. Turned out he was the only one who raised his hand as a catcher so he played the whole game in that position. I was a proud mama. He did a great job.

His mood turned a little sour when he was thrown out stealing third, but overall it was a great game.

5. Two more games left for the big boys. Their record is 10-1-1 and they are currently in second place in their division of 15 teams.

6. About a week before school ended Jack came home from school with a little gift for Chica. His teacher is pretty neat and would pay the kids "money" for good work and good deeds. The kids would accumulate their money and at the end of every month the teacher would hold an auction where they could bid on and buy stuff. Jack used the rest of his money to buy his sister an adorable purse. My heart....

7. As a follow-up to Luke's debut as batboy of his brothers' team, he came to their next game all dressed up in Jack's practice jersey and grey pants to match the team. That job quickly ended when he innocently ran to pick up a bat while the ball was still in play. He almost got in the middle of a huge play at home and everyone watching gasped in horror as Luke almost got taken out. One of the coaches yelled out and that pretty much ended his interest in being a batboy.

8. We had some special visitors last weekend. Our special friends from NJ. It was a whirlwind visit and we didn't get a ton of time to hangout with baseball games, but I did get a couple of pictures of the crew.

Chica and my adorable Goddaughter, Audrey. She is getting so big and is so darned cute. She was a busy girl checking out all of the unfamiliar toys.

Luke and his buddy, Henry. We don't see these two at all when they're together. They get immersed in Legos, Playmobil and dress-up.

And last but certainly not least, Old Man Scout.

9. This is one of my favorite blogs to follow. A self-taught mom photographer in Texas: Life in Motion Photography

10. Guess who's turning three in 5 days?

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Fun with Holly-Jolly

Meet Holly....or Holly-Jolly as Chica calls her.

She is an adorably sweet white schnoodle owned by our special friends.

We were over playing with our friends the other day and I finally got a chance to take pictures of Holly outside. What made it more fun was that Miss R. grabbed some ham to coax Holly into running over to her.

She would call her and Holly would bolt over for her treats..

Then she would bolt back to where I was sitting....and they would do it all over again.

Holly-Jolly was happy for both the exercise and the ham! Goodness all around...

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Way Back Birthday Party

This past Monday was Chris' birthday. Happy birthday, hon! You have once again caught up to me in age. I will relish the next seven months that we are the same age, not having to hear about how you married an "older woman".

Well here is an oldie but goodie of what Chris claims was his only birthday party in his life. He likes to pretend he had a deprived childhood.

I have two questions based on this picture...

1. Why weren't you having angel food cake and strawberries?

2. What were you wearing on your back?

Love ya!

Monday, June 15, 2009

What Dreams Are Made Of

Here is a candid shot of my oldest nephew. I wasn't dating Chris back then so unfortunately I can't take credit for this amazing picture.

The baby in the above picture was just drafted into the MLB by the Milwaukee Brewers and left yesterday for Helena, step closer to his dreams.

As a young child, he used to "want to be a fire"....but now he wants to play in the big leagues.

Chris and I have been going to watch this boy play for over 10 years. His little cousins worship him.

When they went to say goodbye to their cousin and send him off with their good luck and best wishes...this big cousin gave the boys each one of his outfielders gloves.

These little cousins played catch with these gloves It was as if they had hit the lottery.

Thanks, Peter, and wishing you the best of luck!!!

Friday, June 12, 2009

Canine Fans

A couple of shots of some other fans who have showed up for the kids' games. Remember Kiah? I had fun photographing her here and here. Look how my beautiful niece had grown!

And this is Minnie. She is the dog of one of the baseball families and is super sweet. I look forward to getting more shots of her before the season ends!

Thursday, June 11, 2009


At the beginning of the season there was some talk of Luke being the team bat boy. I didn't take the talk very seriously because I didn't think he was really interested and I didn't think he would have the attention span. Plus, three of his little buddies (siblings of the boys' teammates) are always at the games to play with him.

For some reason at last night's game Luke decided that he wanted to try being the bat boy. He even approached the coach directly and asked him if he could. Coach said it was fine as long as he wore a helmet. So Luke was pretty excited that he got to sit on the bench and help himself to team water and an endless supply of Double Bubble gum.

The game started and Luke was just straddling the bench paying no attention to the duties of a bat boy. It was then I realized that he had no idea what it meant to be a bat boy. So I brought him over to his big brother for help and direction. I monitored him a while to make sure he got it.

Once he was comfortable with his responsibilities, he did a great job. I was happy to see he took his role seriously and wanted to make sure those bats were lined up nicely in between batters.

He looked so cute hanging with the big boys.

Here's Ben giving him an extra push incentive to move along.

It was a win-win for Luke because when the team was in the field he ran over to the playground right behind the field to play with his little buddies. When the boys were back to batting, he would make his way back over to the bench.

Luke lined up for 'good game' handshakes with the team and thought he was all that. Jack said for the next game Luke could wear his practice jersey with the Falcon on it to really look like part of the team. I can't wait to see what happens at the next game!

Speaking of brotherhood, I got the video camera out for the first time this season. I was so cold that the footage is probably horrible from my shaking hands. There was one particular play where an opposing player hit a liner that Ben dove for, trapped and threw it to Jack at first for the out. Jack's catch at first was blocked by a coach in the video, but I did catch Jack running over to Ben and giving him a glove-tapping high-five for the great play. Loved seeing my boys supporting and appreciating each other.

Here are a couple of shots with the two of them:

Happy brothers = happy mama.

Monday, June 8, 2009

The Missing Post

I'm a couple months late on this post, but I couldn't go without it. I intend on printing the first year of my blog in a book ( and it just wouldn't seem right not including these adorable pictures.

Many people think Chica looks like me. She's got the brown hair with curls and blue eyes like me. I guess I see some resemblance, but I had short curly blond hair when I was a toddler, so I always have that in the back of my head. Chris calls her 'Lil 'Shell. That's probably mostly when she wakes up with crazy hair.

Chica got a little camera in her Easter basket that she was very excited about. It's a cute princess camera that talks and even has a little light that flashes. Easter morning she was snapping lots of pictures.

So what I love about these next couple pictures is how she is shooting these pictures of her baby, Audrey, at an angle and trying to get down to Audrey's level. I have to laugh at the thoughts of how she is mimicking me with my camera in her face all the time...

She looked so adorable in her Easter dress and tights. All the rest of my pictures from Easter morning stunk. I was shooting with my 50 mm lens and rushing and most of them were blurry. The kids all looked presentable and I attempted a group shot. I was disgusted when I realized that everyone was out of focus except for Luke. Here is the evidence.

Oh well, you live and you learn. Hopefully Chica won't make these same mistakes when she is photographing her kids on Easter morning!

Sunday, June 7, 2009

In Just a Blink....

It's unfortunate how fast time goes by, especially when you have children. It was just yesterday that Luke happily went up on stage during Ben's preschool graduation to be introduced as a member of the next year's upcoming class. He was in a diaper and grinning from ear to ear and very comfortable to be in front of a crowd.

Three great years later, he is now introduced as a soon-to-be graduate and upcoming Kindergartner.

One of the many benefits of Luke's preschool is a wonderful end-of-year show. The children learn and perform several songs. The kids also make their own props to accompany the songs. This year's show theme was "sounds" and they had many great songs to perform....

One of Luke's favorites was the Bat song....

I blinked...and my baby boy graduated preschool and will now be hopping on the bus with his big brothers....

I'm going to stop blinking.