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Sunday, May 14, 2017

Happy Birthday Ava-Bo

Dearest Ava-Bo,

I waited until today, your birthday, to sit down and write your annual birthday letter.   There are so many things I want to tell you over and over again.  But first and foremost, I want you to know I am so proud of you and today my heart swells with pride.  This weekend, you gave up celebrating your birthday weekend at home with your friends and family to go out of your comfort zone and play with a coach pitch softball team.  Not only was it your first time to play an 8U softball game, but it was with a team you had not practiced with before.  You overcame your fear, your anxiety and nervousness, only to be put into a situation that no child should be put in.  You were told you weren’t good enough.  Maybe not in words, but in the actions of an adult.  When they found out you weren’t 8 but just now turning 7, they based your ability to play on your age and not your talent.  They gave you only a few chances to play and you showed them you could despite what they thought, even scoring the game winning run in one game.

Despite your hustle, ability to hit and play, they refused to get over your age.   You could have quit.  You could have cried.  You could have been upset (like many of us were), but instead, you taught us all a lesson.  You showed them, you were better than a number – you had class.  You showed us all, even if they didn’t believe in you, you knew you could do it anyway and it was their loss.  Every inning you put on your gear, stood in front of the dugout and made them have to tell you to sit down on the bench and not once did you shed a tear or give up.  You lead cheers in the dugout, you danced, you smiled and you killed them all with kindness.  This weekend, you reminded us all, when faced with a challenge don’t walk away from it but stand up and show them how it’s done with dignity and a smile on your face.  You, Ava Ruth, may only be turning 7 but you are an old wise soul and today you made an impact on more than one person and I am so very, very proud to call you mine.

The maturity you have gained this year all culminated in this one weekend.  You have grown so much both physically, emotionally and spiritually.  You have conquered fears of the unknown and excelled in school and sports.  You daily exhibit the love of Christ to all you meet.  Your tender heart just melts me every day.  And I can’t help but thank the good Lord daily for picking me to be your Momma. 

Happy Birthday Ava Ruth – may you always believe in yourself even when others don't, share your beautiful smile with everyone around you and never ever lose the mischievous twinkle in your eyes.
With all my heart –

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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Ava's Field Trip

Keith and I have learned that our kids LOVE for us to go on field trips with them but it seems they have much more fun when we don't go!  They tend to not be as social if we are around, so when it was time for Ava's field trip to UT Tyler, we opted not to go.  Her teacher is a saint though and sent us pictures throughout the day because lets just say, Ava can give you one world class guilt trip!  Ha!

Oh and Ava' has some pretty good monkey bar skills!

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Thursday, April 27, 2017

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Virus Number 9,489

Have I mentioned how exhausting it is to have a toddler who cannot tell you what's wrong get a stomach virus.  Bless him, he just projectiles and cannot stop for up to two hours.  We love Zofran.  We are tired. 

Have I mentioned how much we love Zofran?  Drew got sick on Wednesday after he had a great day at Mawmaw's and took a great nap.  After surviving the initial round of vomiting, we got him to keep Zofran down and he was okay with life again.  He had great fun pushing around his dump truck in the doll stroller!

We sent the girls to stay with Grammy Thursday night and I lolled the heck out of everything trying to make sure no one else got sick.  Drew meanwhile thoroughly enjoyed the one on one constant attention!

I thought we had actually beat this virus but on day 8 at 11 pm the following Wednesday while Keith was out of town, Drew threw up again and it was bad.  I was traumatized to say the least.  I pulled an all nighter and Grammy came to rescue me the next day.  After talking with the doctor they think he has a weak gag reflex so when he has a lot of drainage, he may tend to vomit more.  Great.  I guess it's better than a stomach virus...I'm tired.

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Monday, April 17, 2017

Just Waiting

Sometimes Stryker really misses his little people, so he waits patiently for them to come home from school in one of their favorite places to play!

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Sunday, April 16, 2017

Easter Sunday

Easter Sunday Best!

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Family Reunion 2017

Despite Drew not feeling 100%, we had a great time at the annual King Family reunion.  It was a smaller crowd but that just means it was more intimate and we were able to visit with everyone!

Uncle Danny presented an awesome slideshow about Pawpaw's older brother James King.  It was really neat to learn about who he was through the old letters he wrote while he was serving.  He died overseas during WWII.

The kids had a great Easter egg hunt - this year I think I managed to NOT bring home as many eggs as we took.  There's a blessing! ha!

Top Row:  Carli, Weston, Emily, Ava and Eady
Bottom Row:  Drew and Logan holding Colton

On your mark...

Drew filled his basket up...then dumped it all out.

Carli found the money egg this year!

After the regular egg hunt was done, it was time for confetti eggs!  I think the kids had more fun chasing Pa then they did chasing eachother!  Thankfully Pa was a good sport!

Drew even managed to break a confetti egg on Pa!

Drew worked really hard at getting all the confetti off his daddy!

Then while everyone else visited, Drew popped bubbles in the air conditioning.

And before we went home, Drew passed back down some of his toys he had outgrown to Colton.  Funny, he got more use out of this walker pushing Colton around than he did when he was small enough to fit in it!

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Saturday, April 15, 2017

Be Pretty

Ava always asks me to leave her messages on her chalkboard by her bed - today, I told her to be pretty.

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Drew and Kitty Tom

This cat drives me nuts because he sneaks into the house to catch a nice cool nap.  But it turns out, Drew has some special hounding skills of his own...wherever Kitty Tom is, Drew is sure to find him!  It kind of ruins the cats grand nap plans!  He sure is patient with Drew and it makes it easier to forgive him for sneaking into my house!

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Monday, April 10, 2017

Sassy Slugger Easter Egg Hunt

We did not have an Easter Egg hunt at school this year but that's okay because we got to have one with our softball family!  Drew was pretty stoked about all the eggs!  He "helped" fill each and every one!

The girls had their normal Sunday Practice but then it was time for some fun! 

Little brothers got to "hunt" in the batting cages...

After it was all said and done, we may have come home with more eggs than we took.  :/  Carli even found one of the golden eggs!

After egg hunting it was time to eat!  We had a great time visiting with everyone and eating some really yummy food!

We are very thankful for our softball family and the friends we have made!

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