Saturday, August 9, 2014

LETTER TO MY SONS -AUGUST 2014

Hi Guys -
It's August...... and I have to say that our summer has literally disappeared.  You have only a few days left before school starts again. I'm in totally disbelief and denial.   I could be worse than you guys...... I don't wanna send you back!  But then the bickering starts up and instead of pulling my hair out,  I look at the calendar again and start counting down the days.  So, I guess you could say that your mom is having a lot of mixed feelings about school starting this year.  We got teacher assignments and heaps of supplies and lots of new clothes.  We are more or less ready to roll.  Chase, you seem eager to get back and Dylan you are dragging your feet.

It's just that I feel like we barely got summer off the ground with the mild temps that we have had.  I am not buying pool passes again next summer - we hardly made use of them with temps primarily in the 70's.   And now football season has begun, so our down time is spent at the field.  Both of you boys are playing this year - which is so fun.  It should shake out to be a very interesting season.

We will be dwelling on football for the next several months, I'm afraid, so lets talk July.  We spent a week of our early July visiting mom's family in Idaho.  We had a ball - I included a DUMP of photos below.  It was HOT there so we were mostly at the pool or near water.  And of course, you guys spent every possible minute with your Idaho cousins.  I so wish that we lived closer so you guys could see each other more.  But I love that you all pick up right where you left off.  It's like you were always fast friends.

We also, this past month, took a long weekend and drove out to Ohio.  We got to spend a wonderful evening hanging on the farm with Grandpa Jim's side of the family.   They are so much fun, we love every minute that we get to spend with them.  And then the weekend just got better and better with two fun/adrenaline filled days at Cedar Point.  Holy - Roller COASTERS - BATMAN!  That place is insane. You both couldn't be happier!  (Well, Dylan, you were NOT happy that a few of the rides deemed you too short to ride..... that really ticks you off!)

Anyway, I plopped many photos below.... of our crazy/busy/fun month.  I hope you had a great summer.  It was one that I won't forget.  I love you both..... don't get any older, okay?!?!  I want to keep you just the way you are right now.

I can hear you both saying "Moooo-ooooom! Stop it!"

Hugs and Kisses - Mooooooo-ooooooom

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Sunday, July 27, 2014

SUNDAY- SCAVENGER HUNT

It's been forever...... I wandered upon Ashley's Scavenger Hunt list and realized that I got almost all of those on our recent fishing excursion.

[EYES]

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[UPSIDE DOWN]
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Well... I had to edit this one to make it work!

[FROM BEHIND]
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[SUNSHINE]
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[CUP]
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**From the archives**  I didn't have anything for "cup."  My initial thought was to take a photo of one of the boy's athletic cups since one is usually lying around (GROSS!)  but I decided to spare you.  You're welcome.

HAPPY SUNDAY!

 

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Saturday, July 5, 2014

LETTER TO MY SON'S - JULY 2014

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Hey there Guys -
It's my monthly letter.... and of course, I have waited until the very last minute!  We are boarding a plane in a few hours.... Am I packed?? No!  Am I dressed and ready?  No!  Am I typing you a letter?  YES.  Aughhh..... I hope you don't inherit my tendency to procrastinate.  Please, please take after your father who is always organized and a detailed planner.    Oh, do I ever LOVE that man!

So, where are we and what is going on?  We have been busy, as usual.  But we have a SUMMER to soak up... so we are on a mission.   Both of you just finished up your baseball seasons.  I am going to miss our evenings (almost every evening, in fact) at the ball park.  But it is nice to have the down time.   We have a few weeks to enjoy being sport free and then...dun-dun-dun football starts!  

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Chase, you got voted by your teammates onto the All Star team for baseball... which was a pretty big honor considering you were one of only a few first year Mustang players to make the team.  It also says a lot that your teammates made the vote.  It was pretty exciting!    You played a great last game and we certainly were proud of all your hard work this season!

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And Dylan.... this photo is so - YOU!  You enjoyed your season too and learned so much.
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Of course, you had Coach Dad helping you.
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I'm just going to come right out and say it...  as much as I love our summers, all this time together can be tough.   I try to remind myself that you guys are little kids and I sort of  remember what that felt like.   But, the little-boyness of you both, oh my.... the potty talk, the propensity to want to inflict pain on each other, the overwhelming - almost palpable - curiosity, the constant butting heads, the competitiveness.... I don't recall being that way as a kid.  But, of course, I was a girl.... soooo.

I try to look on the bring side and remind myself that these traits will serve you well in life.  I do hope that somehow some way just a few of my relentless reminders make it into your skulls about being considerate and kind to others (something that seems to be forgotten at times lately.)

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I will say that you guys have been really becoming friends.  There seem to be more moments of friends than foes.  So we are making progress!

I love you both.  Love love love love love you.  We are headed off to visit your Grandparents.  More on that next month.

HUGS  -
MOM


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Saturday, June 7, 2014

LETTER TO MY SON'S - JUNE 2014

Hi Boys-

IT'S SUMMER, IT'S SUMMER, IT'S SUMMER!!!!   I love the beginning of Summer.... where it's all stretched out before us.  It seems endless, with so many possibilities.  I know enough to know that it will be over in the blink of an eye.   At least for me it will.  I hope it seems long for you guys... time moves slower when you are six and nine.  Soak it up!

So you both finished up the school year with flying colors.  Kindergarten and third grade are in the books.  The first day of Summer vacation we hit the road for a long weekend in Nashville.  What a fun time we had surprising Uncle Eric for his 40th Birthday. We got lots of sights in too.  We did the Science Museum, Opryland, the Country Music Hall of Fame and even stopped at the Louisville Slugger Museum in Kentucky on the way home.  Dylan, you mastered the art of Photo-Bombing on all sorts of unsuspecting tourists.    Oh, and you now want a bunny after spending time with Eric and Julie's pet bunny, Honey-Bunny.    Oy, first a Pug and now a Bunny!

Can you believe that I got you to slow down for a millisecond a couple times for a few photo ops?  You guys are actually kinda cute when I catch the front of you.
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The weather was fantastic and we did some exploring.  I love that you two have such an adventurous spirit!
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And of course there is still BASEBALL!  Lots and lots of baseball. Photo & Video Sharing by SmugMug Photo & Video Sharing by SmugMug
I love watching you both play.  Dylan, you are just so darn adorable in the uniform and you kill me with all your intense facial expressions.

Chase, you are so passionate about the game of baseball.   Your league is definitely more competitive and it has been a bit tough on you this year.  You have such high expectations of yourself... and you take it all so seriously.   Of course I want you to do well, but more than anything, I want you to have fun.   Buddy, you have got to learn to relax and have a little FUN!
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So that catches you up to speed.  I know this letter is a bit heavy on the photos and light on the words.... I'm sorry.  But, we've been running and running and running.

Love you both -
HUGS - Momma

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Saturday, May 3, 2014

LETTER TO MY SON'S - MAY 2014

Hi Guys -
It's Mom again with your monthly letter for the Blog Circle.
I'm going to be honest with you here, I usually have an idea of what I want to write to you about, but this month, my mind is blank.  I got nothing.  So hang on for some random ramblings.

I can't believe that school is almost done for the year, only a few weeks left.
Dylan, you even commented the other day that it went "soooooo fast!"  It really doesn't seem possible that soon you will be done with Kindergarten.  On the bright side, I'm so ready for SUMMER.  I have already started planning some fun trips and things for us to do!  I don't know what has gotten into me lately, but I crave travel and adventure and seeing and exploring new surroundings.  I want to expose you guys to as much of the world as I can (within reason, of course) and it just seems like these years are the ones to do it all.  Because, for so long, you guys were too little and before long, you will be too big.   Well, too big to want to hang out with your ol' parents and/or big enough to have other obligations... like school... sports... jobs?  Who knows.  But I do know that I feel compelled to pack it all in... NOW.  We have to squeeze as much into these shorts months as we possibly can.  So hang on kids!   That reminds me... I've gotta get you guys your passports!

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So anyway, Dylan you are almost done with Kindergarten and you have suddenly blossomed into a full fledged reader.  It seemed to happen overnight.  You are sounding out words and reading everything in sight.  I was so proud of you, all the Kindergartners have to read a story to the class at the end of the year.  You were chosen to go first and did a great job picking a fairly long and challenging book.  I love your enthusiasm for learning!
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Chase, I think you are going to have to get braces.  I'm not really looking forward to it (goodbye, checking account!) but oddly, you seem to want them.  I'm going to remind you of this when your teeth are throbbing in pain and you can only eat Jello for 2 days following each appointment!  

Your class had a science project over the past few weeks.  You guys got eggs that hatched into chicks.  You have given us daily progress reports and this week you have been bursting with news as 14 of them hatched, many of them right before your eyes.    (Your teacher is a Saint, she's had to deal with 24 ubber-amped up nine-year-olds!)
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And not to much is going on in our world right now because..... BASEBALL.  You guys, if you are reading this 20 years from now, you need to say THANK YOU to your Dad who is not only pulling 60+ hour work weeks but coaching both of your teams.   And while I know he is exhausted at times, he loves doing it!  (He is a Saint too!)  

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And because I can't NOT get a little sappy in these letters, I want to end by saying that I'm so thankful for your sweet little smiling faces.   I watch the news each night (as much of it as I can handle) and in the wake of so many disasters, catastrophes, accidents, and horrible humanly acts I just want to thank God for the blessings that I have here.  And pray that He continues to look after you both as you navigate the world of adolescence.   And while I'm not a particularly religious person, lately, I find myself praying for guidance, mercy, wisdom, and........ luck.   Amen.

Love you both!  
Mom


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