Tuesday, June 28, 2016
Drew has also recently discovered the pantry and all the cool fun stuff that's in it. His favorite is a box of lids that I have been saving for making Books of the Bible coins. He thoroughly enjoys emptying and pulling out every single lid, then throwing them out of the pantry. He creates quite the mess but it also entertains him for a good hour and I can get dinner cooked!
Monday, June 27, 2016
And while the girls and I enjoyed our time together, Daddy and Drew had some good bonding time too!
The girls also got to go with Daddy on a movie date to see "Finding Dory." He actually surprised them by meeting up with a bunch of ppl from their school, including Ava's little friend Grayson. Apparently Ava was a little overwhelmed with the thought of sitting so close to a bunch of boys...
So being the good sister that she is, Carli switched seats and the move was much more enjoyable!
Sunday, June 26, 2016
Saturday, June 25, 2016
Ava's little team was in a hot race for 2nd place. They even beat the 1st place team 2 out of 3 times but they would have off games and lose to some other teams. We were okay with ending the season in 3rd place. We've been to state. There was no district tourney this year for our district so the winners were going straight to state. With our young team we knew we would not be competitive on that level. So no state, was A-OK with us! :)
Ava had a great season at bat and we are pretty excited that she can still play one more year of tball before moving up to coach pitch. Ava's coach did a great job teaching the girls the game and we hope she will get to stay with him one more year!
Friday, June 24, 2016
I'm not usually on the picture side of the picture - I'm usually on the picture taking side of things! But in pulling pictures from Keith's phone for the blog, I found these. Not the best pics of me, but I really don't care b/c how cute is my boy? He is totally a Momma's boy and I wouldn't change it for a minute!
Thursday, June 23, 2016
Weeks two and three went pretty much just as well. The girls managed to earn their first 100 coins in three weeks. Granted we started giving them a coin for good attitudes and hustle at ball games and practices but it was a good motivator! Additionally we learned that Ava's favorite chore is to clean the toilets...not kidding. That sentiment may change as Drew gets older but for now, I let her do it every week! :) Carli might as well be a teenager b/c every single chore is so hard and so boring and really a waste of her time! :) She eventually gets it done though. We finally made it to the library for their summer reading program and both girls walked away with three prizes for having read over 15 books each already.
The girls first 100 coin reward was to go to iJump. They each brought a friend along. We had Chick-fil-a for lunch, the had a blast at iJump, survived Lowe's with 5 kids and may have bribed them with candy and ice cream for good measure! :)
All in all, I would say our little summer challenge is going well. The TV is off most of the day. The girls read and spend some time studying the Bible each day. They do a chore, they take their vitamins and some days they will even make their bed! I think they will struggle a little more getting their next 100 coins b/c they don't have the added benefit of those extra coins from ball playing, but they'll just have to do a few extra fun things on the coin earning list and they won't have any issues.
Wednesday, June 22, 2016
This softball season was a real challenge for Carli. Carli is very much a "rules" child. If there is a rule you must follow it and in softball she understands the game and what should be going on. She struggled this year with trying to understand why everyone else did not get the "rules." It was a learning experience for us all. She tended to over think sometimes and would get pretty down on herself if she perceived she should have done one thing but failed at trying. So we learned, we cried and we struggled a bit.
So our plans for the off season are to try to put together a fall ball team or find a little tournament team to play on that will help continue to teach Carli the game but also show her it can be fun even if you have to work hard.
Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Our garden has done pretty well, but we haven't gotten to enjoy the "veggies" of our labor b/c Sadie tends to pick our veggies before we do. She's enjoyed corn, squash, zucchini, peppers, tomatoes and okra. For some reason, she's left our peas alone. The kids (including our extra kid, Branson) helped me shell peas and snap beans for dinner one night.
Sunday, June 19, 2016
Over the last three months, I've never been more proud of my Dad. Even when it would have been easier to give up and go with the crowd, he never let go of his convictions. I may not live at home or get to see him every day but I still am learning how to live life by watching my Daddy do it so well.
Friday, June 17, 2016
Enter opportunity to teach a very important lesson, sometimes you don't have to buy new to get what you want. We found an American Girl doll for $50 on one of the swap pages. Tonight we emptied her piggy bank and counted out almost every single bit of money she had to get her $50 so she can buy her first American Girl doll. She is so excited!
It turned out the lady we bought the doll from was the nurse for my OB when I was pregnant with Carli! When I apologized for sending so many coins to pay for the doll but explained why, she was so generout and sent more than just the doll home!