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Friday, December 15, 2017

Happy Birthday to Resa!

Happy Birthday to the most amazing wife and mother I could imagine! She's good to us, good to others, and we're so blessed to call her "ours". Happy Birthday!

Love - Keith, Carli, Ava and Drew

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Thursday, November 30, 2017

Moving into New Rooms

When we found out baby #4 was coming we starting thinking through options of bedrooms and where everyone would sleep!  After multiple visits and quotes, we decided adding on was not an option right now.  The girls "think" they want their own rooms, even though both refuse to sleep in the room alone when the other is gone!  So we came up with an idea for loft bed for them so they could have their own space as well as move their American Girl Dollhouse out of Drew's constant reach in the play room.  We also opted to have someone else build the beds for us due to time or lack thereof.  The results are amazing and the girls are so pleased with their new room!

We did opt to paint the beds ourselves which took a bit of time.  And with the help of Naggy and Pappy we added shiplap under the beds with some recessed lighting too.  It all turned out great!

We took the girls old beds and moved them to Drew's room.  He will share with the baby once she's old enough to sleep in a bed.  :)  Until then she'll bunk with Keith and I.  We changed out the background of the bookshelves to look like pallet wood and added back on the bed rails for Drew.  He's loving his new high bed!  I'll have to get more pics of his room once we get quilts done for he and baby.

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Sunday, November 19, 2017

Gobble Gobble Slam, Wedding Showers and Bells

Started our weekend off with hitting lessons with Coach Jeff.  Ava started hitting lessons with Coach Jeff about a year ago as a tballer.  She was his youngest ever pupil and she's made sure to make an impression on him.  He's challenged her to do better, hit harder and yes...even run if she tries to bunt at a high ball.  He's made her cry and she's made him laugh.  It's been a journey for them both!  This Friday, Ava hit a goal that is a pretty big deal at Coach Jeff's...she hit the cow bell at the end of the batting cages.  The excitement from both Ava and Coach Jeff sure did make the sweat, tears and challenges worth it!  :)

Carli had a tourney in Cedar Hill on Saturdasy so after hitting lessons, she and Keith headed to DFW.  Carli was so excited to get her own hotel bed and not have to share with anyone!  Ava, Drew and I met Grammy and Pa at Chili's for dinner.  Pa treated Ava (and Drew) to a molten lava cake in celebration of her accomplishment!

Back home in time to play games and watch big trucks on kindles before I got my two minions into bed.  Sibling bonding at it's best.  ha!

We are still trying to figure out Drew's reflux and it turns out I think it's somehow related to pasta.  He ate so good Friday night, but he shared pasta with me and he and I were up very late into the night b/c of his reflux.  :(  Ava on the other hand slept like a baby pretty much all by herself in my King sized bed!  Our long night, meant Drew was a bit tired Saturday morning and when it got quiet while I was working in the kitchen this is what I found...

While Carli and her Texas Glory Team were playing ball, Ava, Drew and I got to go to see Ms. Patty, Kayla and Kinsey at Kinsey's wedding shower.  It was really good to see them and Drew had a lot of fun picking on Ms. Patty!  :)  And of coarse it's always a good day when we get to see Kayla!  Since he had an early morning nap, Drew knonked out all the way home after playing so hard at the shower!

Carli played in Cedar Hill this week at the Gobble Gobble Slam.  She pitched the first game and we were disappointed when she was pulled b/c she didn't keep an eye on her runners.  Once again, she pitched against the team that ultimately won the tournament.  But, this Momma swallowed her pride and saw through the fog to know...although it's hard there's still a lesson there.  Pa got to meet Keith and Carli at the tournament so he was able to go talk to her and get her to continue to cheer her team on and be a team player even if she wasn't happy with the decisions being made.  Ultimately, we can't control it all.  She came back after being pulled and got a hit to score two runs and eventually made it home safe sliding under a tag.

While Carli never got the chance to pitch again, she did play an awesome right field for a couple of games, throwing out a girl at third and almost getting on at second.  Overall she did have a good day and our goal for today was to be a team player no matter where you are...on the bench, on the mound or in the field.  Keith and Pa both said she achieved that today so that alone makes me one proud Momma!  The team ended up in 3rd place for this tournament after playing six games in one day!  Keith forgot to take any pictures...men!  ha!

Once again, Keith and Carli got home late Saturday which allowed us to be able to all go to church together.

And finally...love this picture.  "Brother & sister are kind of like Tom & Jerry. They tease each other. They irratate each other. But they can't live without each other."

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Donating Hair and Losing Teeth

 I have been trying to get Ava to donate her hair since the summer but she just didn't want to.  But it got to the length now that even she was tired of the heaviness and knots while we brushed it!  So she asked if we could still donate her hair to a kid who might need it and of coarse I told her yes!  So we made an appointment and got to Mrs. Terri's house only to have Ava get cold feet!!  So I did what any good Mom would do...I told her I'd donate my hair with hers.  Oiy.  My hair has never been this short but we did it and she is so pleased and proud of herself!

Then on top of losing over 9 inches of hair she decided she'd lose her other top front tooth!  Guess we know what she'll be asking for for Christmas!  :)

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Monday, November 13, 2017

The Wasted of Most All Days...

...is the one without laughter.

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Sunday, November 12, 2017

Arlington Metroplex Fall Classic

Second Glory Tournament is in the books! Carli pitched against one of the teams that ended up winning the tournament.  She did a good job and ultimately this fall is shaping up to be what we were hoping - a good lesson to learn from!  Pitching is so mental and Carli needs that experience to grow.  She's got good mechanics so she's conquering the mental part of the game and figuring out...sometimes the hard way...that her body is a scoreboard.  How she reacts and her body language on the mound will ultimately translate to her teammates and their attitudes about the game.

Her stats for one game...faced 18 batters, 57 pitches with 34 of them being strikes.  walked 3 with 4 strikeouts.

Carli only got to pitch one game this tournament and she was disappointed.  While we wished she had gotten to pitch more, she did get to play in the field.  Her body language in the field ultimately probably helped in the decision in her not pitching another game.  It was disappointing and a very hard lesson to learn.  But fake it til you make it is not an easy lesson to get the first time!  She was disappointed but she got over after a good long talk and came back to cheer on her team and bat EH in the last game of the day.  They played 5 games in one day and made some huge steps forward together as a team.

Meanwhile, Ava and Drew spent Friday night with Grammy and Pa so they could go to Eady's 4th birthday party.  Ava started the day on a treasure hunt and found lots of cow bones...lucky me, she brought them home!  ha!

Apparently Drew just needed a good birthday party to get his appetite back that he had lost this whole last week. Whatever works!  He was in little boy heaven getting to see cows, pet them and Logan had A LOT of John Deere tractors to play with!  One happy boy to say the least!

A great Saturday for our whole crew!  Now we are blessed to get to spend Sunday with our church family.  Another perk of one day tournament!

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Thursday, November 9, 2017

Where's Ava's Turkey?

Ava and her very specific ideas really test our ability to communicate! But her Daddy came to the rescue and we finally figured out why we've been saving all these bobble heads for the past 12 yrs...it was obviously to disguise Avas turkey to be a softball catcher.

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