Friday, February 28, 2014

Have a great weekend!

I hope you had a good week!
I hope you laugh a lot this weekend and make time to play. 
I hope you get outside and get your heart pumping. 

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Edwards Crossing

After waking up slow on Sunday, and after cleaning house, grocery shopping and baseball practice, we decided to get out of town for a few hours. We drove to Nevada City to Edwards Crossing. We were hoping that the ladybugs would still be all over the Madrone Tree, but there were only a few left. It didn't matter though, the hike, weather and scenery didn't let us down. It was gorgeous. We enjoyed the drive and the peaceful scenery and hike. It was wonderful. Fingers crossed: This may also be the only time I've been on this hike and not gotten Poison Oak! Yahoo! Another first: Erik hiked the entire way, no breaks and no holding. He is a hiking machine!
We came across the coolest rock sculptures. All the guys tried making them.
Casey LOVES photo-bombing! Erik is making this weird lips-over-teeth smile lately.
I love him so much.
Love that Casey is turning into a photographer!
No idea why he laid down on the bridge. Maybe he wanted to make sure it could hold his weight!!

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Batter Up

Last night was Erik's first t-ball practice. Casey started a week ago. Erik is on the Cub's and Casey is playing for the A's. Casey has practice three times a week. Erik's coaches sound like they want to do the same until Opening Day on March 15. That's A LOT of practice. Thankfully, on Monday's, Erik and Casey practice at close to the same time within yards of one another so I can sorta, kinda watch both.
Erik and I arrived last night to practice at 4:45 p.m. Melanie thankfully had picked up Casey from school, gave him a snack and let him hang at her house until his practice at 4:30 p.m. Thank you, Mama Melanie!

I was helping Erik put his cleat's on and he started to cry. He felt really anxious for his first practice. His new cleats and hand-me-down glove were too big. We started walking towards his field and he lost it, crying and hiding in-between my legs. Pedar and I spent the first part of practice just sitting in the dugout watching his teammates catch, throw and hit off the T. Finally, every kid got a chance to hit and run all the bases. I offered to hit it with him and run with him. But he did it all. 


And finally, he was smiling. Huge sigh of relief. His coaches are so wonderful. They tried to engage him in practice several times. I think the next practice is going to go much better.
 I think the best part of practice for Erik, was climbing dirt mountain with his new friends! So awesome.
Casey had a great practice too. 


It's going to be a fun season. Three cheers to the chaos and fun that the next three months will bring!! Woot Woot!


Monday, February 24, 2014

Choose to wear a smile

​The Dash
by Linda Ellis 
 
​I read of a man who stood to speak
at the funeral of a friend.
He referred to the dates on the tombstone
from the beginning…to the end.

He noted that first came the date of birth
and spoke the following date with tears,
but he said what mattered most of all
was the dash between those years.

For that dash represents all the time
that they spent alive on earth.
And now only those who loved them
know what that little line is worth.

For it matters not, how much we own,
the cars…the house…the cash
What matters is how we live and love
and how we spend our dash.

So, think about this long and hard.
Are there things you’d like to change?
For you never know how much time is left
that can still be rearranged.

If we could just slow down enough
to consider what’s true and real
and always try to understand
​the way other people feel.

And be less quick to anger
and show appreciation more
and love the people in our lives
like we’ve never loved before. 

If we treat each other with respect
and more often wear a smile,
remembering that this special dash
might only last a little while.

​So, when your eulogy is being read,
with your life’s actions to rehash…
would you be proud of the things they say
about how you spent YOUR dash?

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Dagny and Dean

Last night we attended Dean and Dagny's engagement party. Her generous boss gave this very special couple a gorgeous party that they will remember forever. We are so looking forward to their wedding in June!! This couple is loved by so many -- of course they are -- they're crazy easy to love!



Friday, February 21, 2014

I dare you

This weekend -- make someone happy. Go ahead, try for two or three!!
 
Help someone new. 
Buy someone's coffee.  
Tip BIGger than normal
Surprise someone. Bring cookies to a neighbor.
Make a donation to a charity.
Volunteer.
Call the school and ask what is on their wish list?
Visit an elderly neighbor
Call an old friend.
Dance or make an art project with a child.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Awesome weekend!!

We had the most AWESOME weekend. Friday was family time with cousins and grandparents. Saturday, I completed a 7.5 mile run and after we played with Kealii, Claire and Kekoa. We have the best time with the Brights!

Yesterday, we went to church and then prepared to have our dear friends over at 3 p.m. for playtime and taco's!! Erin and Kelly are down to only 54 days to their wedding and we are so excited for them. Together they have four awesome kids. It was so great getting to know all the kids. The kids played for hours on green machines and bikes and with nerf guns. I look forward to making a ton more fun memories with this awesome family.

Baseball practice starts this week. Deep breath in, deep breath out. Casey and Erik are both playing this season. We will be driving around to practices, ordering team banners and coordinating snack shack shifts for the next three months. 

School will be over before we know it. I don't want to rush anything. I need to try and not look so far ahead and just enjoy today.

Pics of the boys from last year during the same week.


Have a great week everyone!

 


Saturday, February 15, 2014

Disney on Ice Fun

 Last night Pedar picked up Liam and Lila and I picked up our kids and Papa Murphy's and we met at the house to eat and get ready to go to Disney on Ice. Pedar was able to score some tickets and we had enough for Nana and Papa to come too.
The show was really great!
Crazy rope routine by Ariel.

The kids had fun playing in the closet during intermission.
I love having some girl time with my Lila!

Yep, we bought one cotton candy and one popcorn. Split between four kids was just right.
The cotton candy came with a crown for our princess!
I think Nana had the best time of everyone. She loves Disney!! You are adorable, Nana!!
The show didn't end till 9 p.m. All the kids were tired, even the parents. It was a LONG walk back to the car through the crowds. We were very happy to get home, blow up some mattresses and put them to bed. Thankfully, everyone slept really well. Woo Hoo!! We love cousin time!