Monday, May 11, 2015

T-Ball 2015

T-Ball season has come and gone.

It was another great year. AB played on the same team, the Dodgers, except this year DW was the coach. IMG_8718

I loved it that he said a little prayer with the team before the games in their huddle before the big “Go Dodgers!”

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You never know the impact you might have on someone’s life just by doing little things. At the first practice one of the dad’s came over and told me that he’d graduated with Devin and that he played little league with him and that he remembered my father-in-law being his first coach and now DW was his little boy’s first coach. So sweet. :)

We couldn’t believe the improvement in the kids from last year to this year.  IMG_0246IMG_0238They all run a little faster and hit a little harder, but they’re just as cute as they were last year! :) The new kids to the team did great for their first year, too. IMG_8736

We practiced a couple times a week for the first month… most of those practices DW and AB just went to. I wrangled Mamie & Tucker through a few of them, but we decided it was easier to just stay home. :)

Games were on Saturdays, with one exception and it was on a Thursday evening. IMG_0232IMG_9219

Little Sister IMG_0228enjoyed playing in the dirt, eating snacks, cheering for Annabelle, and helping carry our load to and from the car on game days. IMG_8711

She also enjoyed celebrating with sissy after games…

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Baby Brother did a lot of snack eating, too – as well as getting in a few naps on Grammy or Nie-Nie when he could. IMG_9238IMG_8750

AB made it again, the entire season without hitting off the tee.IMG_9217 It really helped that her Daddy was the one pitching to her, since that’s who she’s used to at home, but still we were really proud.

She even got an “out” at the last game! They don’t really play outs and everyone gets to run all the bases, but for those of us who count them in our head, it was a big deal! Ha.

Toward the end of the season, DW said he thought we needed to have a little end of the year team party. He said he remembered when he played little league and his Daddy coached them, he always took them out for pizza and to a Gator Baseball game and/or to their house for a pool party. We don’t have a pool and I knew we’d be crazy to take 16, 4-6 year olds to a college baseball game, so we settled on pizza at the park. IMG_0629Super easy and the kids had a great time. IMG_0620I made a few decorations to make it “festive” and thankfully our team mom was able to set it all up before the party. (The party was the same day as the Kindergarten field trip, so we came straight from the zoo.) IMG_0614IMG_0626She also made cute little favors for all the kids and they got those when they got their certificates.

The following Saturday was our last game of the season, and we’d gotten our trophies the day before, so DW passed those out after that last game, too. IMG_0764IMG_0778

One last “Go Dodgers!”…

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IMG_0797It was a great season and we’re not sure yet if AB will play another year of T-Ball or move on up to Softball, but I’m pretty sure she’ll play one or the other. We went to watch our nephew, Warren, play soccer last week and she said, “I really miss T-Ball!”IMG_0800

~amw~

Monday, May 4, 2015

Kindergarten Spring Field Trip

Annabelle has been looking forward to her Spring field trip for weeks!

Nie-Nie kept Mamie & Tucker that day, so I could join her for a day at the Jacksonville Zoo.

The kids have to all ride the bus to the field trip, but can ride home with their parents, and AB was excited she got to sit with Emma on the bus.

When the buses unloaded, we set out to start our trek around the zoo. We had one little girl who didn’t have a parent with her in our group, so we had to make sure to have her back to catch the bus home by 3:30. It was after 11:00 before we got started, so we knew we had a lot of ground to cover and not a whole lot of time.

The kids loved seeing all the animals, and even enjoyed the creepy snakes. Yuck. IMG_0491We hit the Africa section of the zoo first and then stopped for lunch. After lunch, we went to the stingray pool and they all really enjoyed getting to touch those! IMG_0495IMG_0535

We made our way over to see the giraffes and all of the kids enjoyed getting to feed them, too. IMG_0551IMG_0556IMG_0562

We saw a few more exhibits before heading to see the tigers. IMG_0570IMG_0582IMG_0585IMG_0547

Of course snow cones were a MUST.IMG_0587 If we heard “I want a snow cone once we heard it a hundred times. Finally we found them and all was right in their little six year old world. :)IMG_0590

Our last big stop was the train ride, and then we ran in the kids’ gift shop. IMG_0594IMG_0604

On our way out, we let the kids ride the carousel and then we hit the road. IMG_0605

We had packed swimsuits and a change of clothes for the kids because we’d hoped to let them play in the splash park area of the zoo, but we just ran out of time.

Another fun field trip for sure!IMG_0612 The next one we’ll go on, our big girl will be in FIRST grade! How’d that happen?!?!?!  :)

~amw~

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Epcot for the Day

We still have two days on our Disney tickets, so we decided to do a day trip to Epcot with just the girls. Tucker got to spend his first night at Grammy’s house since we were leaving early the next morning.
We got to the park before it opened and I was a little shocked at the crowd that had already gathered. DSC_1769Once the gates opened, though, the crowd seemed to spread out and it ended up being a really good day. We didn’t have to wait hardly any time for any of the rides we did, and even the lines for the characters were really short.
Pluto was out front, so we had our picture made with him…DSC_1765
Then we went inside the infamous Epcot ball for the Spaceship Earth ride inside it. IMG_0114Surprisingly Mamie was scared. She’s taken on this whole new fear of everything lately. For the longest time, she wasn’t scare of anything, so I guess it was time. :) She enjoyed it though, as long as I held her hand.
We stopped in to see Mickey, Minnie, & Goofy at the Epcot Character spot…DSC_1784DSC_1782DSC_1795DSC_1821
On our way to our next stop, we saw Chip & Dale…DSC_1827
We had FastPasses for the Nemo ride, but really could have just walked right on it. DSC_1838The girls really enjoyed all of the aquariums after the ride. DSC_1834IMG_0186IMG_0192We spent almost an hour walking around and looking at all the fish, sea turtles and even manatees.IMG_0204 (My girls are like their Grammy and they LOVE manatees). IMG_0143
We did the Living with the Land ride next and then had a snack in the cafĂ© there, while we were waiting on our Fastpasses for Soarin. IMG_0225DW sat it out this time, since he went with AB last time and Mamie isn’t big enough to ride yet. (We could have done the parent switch, but we would have still had to wait in the fastpass line again, which is still about a 20 minute wait for that ride.) DW took Mamie to the Figment ride and she enjoyed that, while they were waiting on us. DSC_1841
We made our way through the World Showcase… the flowers for the Garden & Flower festival were all so beautiful. We loved the topiaries in Paris! DSC_1846
We got to see Belle in her village dress…DSC_1858
And we grabbed some snacks as we walked through the different countries. IMG_0239
It started to rain a little so we ducked under an overhang for about 5 minutes until it passed.DSC_1891
We stopped again in Mexico to see Donald in his sombrero and to ride the Gran Fiesta boat ride.DSC_1867DSC_1879 This was Mamie’s favorite part. My Dad still travels some for work, but lately his trips are just to Mexico- so Mamie assumes that ALL airplanes are going to Mexico like Pop’s. Every time we see an airplane, that’s what she says, so she was super excited to be in “Mexico,” too. I’m pretty sure Donald Duck isn’t there throwing a fiesta every time Dad goes, though. :) DSC_1888
It was early afternoon and we decided to hit Mission Space before heading home. IMG_0346I have always loved learning about the solar system and space travel, so I wanted to ride this one, too. DW & AB went first and I was shocked when they got in the orange line. I had told them to go to the green side for the less intense ride, but AB chose orange and DW stuck with it. They came out and AB was laughing, but her eyes were as big as golf balls! DW said it was pretty intense, so when AB & I got back in line for me to ride with her, we took the green side. When we got inside she started to tear up and say she didn’t want to ride again, so we just left our spot in line. :)DSC_1902
It was hot and humid, especially after the little rain shower, so we decided to call it a day, but not before we let the girls pick out their charms for their bracelets. AB chose the orange bird this time because it looked like something from Mexico and reminded her of the Gran Fiesta ride and Mamie chose the Donald Duck for the same reason. IMG_0387
It was such a fun day!IMG_0385 We still have one day to use up before June, so we’ll be headed back to Disney soon!
~amw~