Thursday, July 31, 2014

jumpin' for 11!

 The celebration continues later today for a few more days but this is how we spent Brooke's
"real" birthday. 
Brooke, a friend, William and I all day on the river.alone.quiet.peaceful.beautiful.








 Before the river we had to stop for our traditional birthday doughnuts....

eleven is lookin' good

 she put trick candles on her cake without me realizing, William thought that was so funny!
 One of her most exciting gifts....
a 2015 Xeno bat that has not even made in out in stores (go figure), way to go dad....BIG SCORE!!!





Wednesday, July 30, 2014

birthday girl

Happy 11th birthday to my free spirited, confident, sassy, hardworking, silly girl, Brooke. 
I pray your day is amazing.
 We love you tons and are proud of all you do.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Friday, July 25, 2014

my mind's made up


Sportsmanship award
She made my decision easy when she came into the kitchen asking me if I remembered her saying ___________ when she was little, "I was so cute.", she told me. 
 
 Brooke and Catherine had been reading very old blog posts the day before and came across some of the sweet things they had said. She read about treasured moments of the outings we often took. 
A flood of memories came to me within seconds.  My babies are gone but I am so thankful to have these memories and photos that I have taken the time to chronicle.
Sometimes I think it is silly to keep this blog-O-mine but times like this reassures me I should keep it up for our future and most importantly family memories. 
 I began this blog as a mom of 4 small children 1-7 years old. 
 We had just entered a world of the unknown: our first son, Down syndrome, heart surgery, therapies and hospitalizations.
I wanted to be able to keep friends and family afar up to date on events which were happening and that seemed to be the most logical way.  Over time I would write posts on other topics or events, however today the words and thoughts don't seem to flow as easily.  I have met some amazing families through this blog and some I have met IRL which is always fun. 
 Reece's Rainbow became very near and dear to my heart as I learned of the plight of orphans across seas.   My kids have seen these children on the R/R since they were young, they have helped raised money to get some home and prayed for others. I don't want them to think everything in the world is perfect and happy b/c that is not the reality. They understand in other countries many children like their brother are cast away and though to be better off dead.
Our family has come a long way since the clickity click of the keyboard began years ago.
 I will always cherish this time with my children.
Next time I wonder if I should stop blogging I will remember the memories the kids will read about one day and it will make it all worth it. 
 They aren't going to mind if I post three times in one day and then not for 2 weeks, nor are they going to care if every.single.photo is in perfect chronological order. 
 So for now here are the last pictures of Brookes state tournament that I was unsure if I would post or not.
Now on to the next chapter.....

Friday, July 18, 2014

just killin' time

When "Share a Coke with..." was marketed they sure knew what they were doing.  We've bought cokes we really didn't need but purchased b/c of the name more times than I would like to admit.  When we arrived for the state tournament this past week the Brooke and her friend found Share a Coke with your Team.
Fat heads were a huge hit for the kids and at the fields.
Most of these photos need little or no explanation, just remember we were in a town with virtually nothing to do, so we made our own fun...
Everyday we spend time in the pool and each night after the games we swam past 11.
On John's birthday the entire team went out to eat together, the waitresses sang Happy Birthday to him.
Brooke, totally exhausted....the black eye is looking better but is still discolored.
A few moms and I took the kids to the mall....what a sight.
Little brother problems. 
 Out of the twelve players and all of their siblings the total of boys were 3.
This is how we found William after every game....arm around dad's neck close as can be.


playing spoons...
before each game the entire team and siblings gathered in the lobby for hair parties. The girls all wore their hair identical to each other and had fun doing this.

We went to a seafood restaurant, the hit of the night?.....
...the boys walking down and finding hundreds of fish and turtles.
When the moms get bored it gets serious....our midnight run out to the parking lot.....with a lot of help from of children.
hallway parties (we had many of these)