Sunday, June 22, 2014

It's quite the journey.

Baseball that is.  It's quite the journey that not a lot of people "get."  People in the game of baseball, whether it be players, wives, coaches, or media, share this unique lifestyle that brings us all together as one, big family.

Our baseball journey brought us back to Baltimore a couple weekends ago.  A city where it all started and became a reality for the hubs.  It's been home for him, and for our family for a long time now.  Going back felt a little weird, especially wearing green and gold.  And for the record, we wore a lot of it!

Camden Yards is a special place and will always feel like "home" to us.  We were welcomed back by staff, players and families, and the fans in the stands.  It was amazing!  There were a few times when not even realizing it, I cheered for the O's.  Just comes naturally I guess ... even for the kids.  Abby asked if it was okay to cheer for Mr. Nick ... of course, Abby... we'll always cheer on our friends.  (unless it's the World Series) :)

It was extra special catching up with such friends from Baltimore.  Abby and Levi were beyond excited to play with their baseball buddies that they have been missing! In a sense, these kids have all grown up together since they were babies.  It was also great to catch up with our Hines family friends and perfect timing since they head out on their next adventure VERY soon!

Of course my family came to the games, which always makes it more fun!  Levi was in his happy place, even more so because Grandad was there.  Levi sat on his lap as my Dad explained the game of baseball to him.  The boy is infatuated with the sport and everything about it.  He had so much fun that it wore him out, literally.

After our fun weekend in the city, it was time to head down to the country for a visit with Gramma and Grandad.  The kids love it there - chickens, tractors, a porch, a hammock .... keeps them busy for hours.  Of course, they love being spoiled too - ice cream anyone?! 

Racing cozy coupes on the porch, bowling, and playground fun.  We also managed to get into the old Halloween costume box and into my old Barbies.  Tons of FUN!

We also took a trip to Build-A-Bear while we were there.  This was a big deal because Levi officially became BINKY free!!  The transition was started back home in Florida with the "Binky Box," where Levi was only able to have his binky at nap and bedtime.  When he woke up, he would put his binky back in the box until next time.  Then our trip came ... and the Binky Box stayed in Florida.  And surpisingly, Levi didn't seem to mind.  The first two nights he asked for it, but easily went to bed without it!  Woo HOO!!  Now Levi has a cute little doggie that HE made and can snuggle with him instead. :)

The first part of our summer adventure was so much fun ... here's to the rest of our journey!!


Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Let's Rewind ...

I guess now is a good time to push the rewind button and play a little catch up.  After all, it's summertime and things aren't as busy, right?  Ha, I'll try anyways.

First, back to Memorial Day ...  

Main Street in LWR hosted a special parade in honor of this holiday.  My kids love a good parade, so we loaded up and headed to our little "downtown."  Sue and Mike joined us, along with the Barbour gang.

The kids waved their flags high in the air, shook hands with military men and women, and cheered for the firetrucks and horses.

They danced, collected candy, and put red, white, and blue necklaces around their necks.  It was a great parade for our small downtown and we were happy to show our support for past and present troops that serve and protect our country everyday!

Next up ... ladies night out to celebrate Baby Girl P!  These lovely ladies are a part of Jim's and my life group at church.  It has been such fun joining a life group - the fellowship, the deepening of our faith, and the friendships we've made have been amazing!  The girls of the group met for dinner one night to celebrate Tara and Bill's baby girl.

We picked a favorite restaurant amongst us ladies, got settled in the back corner, shared a bunch of appetizers (and entrees!), and those of us that could drink indulged in some yummy wine and sangria.  Tara was just as happy to have some fun, fruity non-alcoholic drinks!  We talked about our babies, our hubbies, swapped stories, and shared A LOT of laughs.  It was such a FUN time!

Love these ladies! Happy Shower, Tara and Baby Girl P! 

Then it was time to leave Florida for our two month adventure.  Lots of "see you soons," lots of hugs, and a few goodbye tears.  It's not always easy to pack up and leave such great friends.  

My kids have such sweet friends and it's even better that their parents are just as awesome!  The summer will pass quickly and the best part is that our friendships will all pick up right where we left off, as if no time was lost.  I cherish these friends and thank God for them everyday! 

Happy summer everyone!


Thursday, June 5, 2014

Summer Adventure starts now :)

A summer of new adventure starts now!
First stop ...

Baltimore & Galesville!