|The kids have enjoyed our big-kid-sized extra deep sandbox very much.|
It doesn't take much to be great in this house.
|Getting ready in the dugout. The boys love spitting sunflower seeds.|
|Boston had one inning pitching because he wanted to try it. Normally Mark tells him no because he doesn't practice as much as Cooper, but he got to on this game. He did fine but decided he prefers 1st base and is pretty consistent getting outs there.|
|Boston on 1st|
It has been fun getting to know the boys on the team and see their personalities through their playing--probably more in baseball than any other sport because they each have their moment. Plus, since I've been keeping the books I'm usually one of the few fans in the bleachers behind the ump, (most people sit in the shade on the sidelines,) so I feel extra maternal to all those boys. Sometimes I think I'm the only one they can hear, (so I have to be careful what I say.) I love Wil's strut to the plate that scares the pitcher silly or his glare when I accidentally call him Danny (both are #5), I love little Porter's trash talk and his puppy-dog face when he knows the ump is going to call him out, I love Cooper's speed and Boston's power and Ryan's crazy aggressive steals. I want to cry when Liam swings so hard but strikes out and Harrison jumps out of the box because he is so afraid to get hit again. I laugh when little Koben never swings and still manages to get on base most of the time. I kind of don't want to go to the state tourney--it was so tense last year with Boston's Orioles--I yelled myself hoarse and wanted to throw up half the time--but I think if I don't go no one will tell the boys' that their pitch was beautiful, or when to scoot up, or to "tackle"! They won't play as well if they can hear the crickets, and they will wonder where that loud Mom is.
|My baseball boys. Go Astros!|
|Macy did a great job narrating an end of school play that her class did. She has loved her teacher, Miss Cope.|
She also played the part of a woodpecker. I love her overalls and wish she would wear them every day.
|Remember that stock-up at Costco? There was a sale on Baby Backs.|
|Luke decides that he could handle being a teenager.|
|Luke had a fun time playing with his 2nd cousin Reece in Fillmore at the Memorial Day reunion.|
|Throwing rocks in the creek in Fillmore. The house Mark lived in as a kid is on the other side of that bridge.|
|We took the kids camping up Hobble Creek. The weather was beautiful and so was our campsite.|
|We had a house building competition. This is the boys' leprechaun house.|
|This is the girls' fairy house. Ours is cuter.|
|This was a pretty fun tradition to start. The boys packed all their finished workbooks, math sheets, etc. from the last day of school and had a great time lighting them up.|
|Front: Jett, Addy, Luke, Tyler (their Seamons cousin)|
|Cousins and sunshine wear you out. Cooper was the only one awake. Leslie was even sleeping in the front seat on the way home from SLC a little bit after she took this picture, I think.|
|I really would go crazy in the summer if it weren't for friends for my kids to play with. Mud I can handle.|
|Or friends to work with. Lois and I throwing down some sod. Look how red-faced we are!|
Mark's sister gave us an old futon for our basement. We have never had one before and our kids were a little unfamiliar with the word. We didn't realize that until Boston declared, "It sure is great, sitting here on our Latino!"