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Sunday, November 5, 2017

Carli's first Glory Tournament

Carli played in her first tournament with her new Texas Glory team yesterday.  It was a one day tournament with 15 10u teams.  Pretty much, it was a whole different experience from what we were use to!  Their first game started at 9 am and we didn't leave until 7:30 pm!  There were four games squeezed into that day.  Carli got to pitch two full games and play in left field one game.  This was the first time the girls had all played together and for some the first time they had played kid pitch ball.  Overall they did well.  We didn't win but really we didn't expect to.  Many of these teams have been playing together and in tournaments all year long.  We had a mixed bag of experience and the girls just needed to get on the field and get comfortable.

Carli faced 47 batters and pitched 156 pitches this wkd.  Only gave up 4 Earned Runs and 4 bases on balls with 5 strikeouts.  Her pitching coach calls Carli a contact pitcher right now b/c she throws strikes and depends on her defense to help her get the outs.  She averaged a 63.5% strikes with 63% of the batters she faced seeing a strike on their first pitch.  Many times the ball was put into play and tested her defense.  Her defense was fully capable of getting the outs for her but nerves, error and a few times a bad call worked against them.  But that means there's room to grow.  And for Carli too, she's learning that her body language is the scoreboard.  So she's got to be able to show her teammates that she believes in them just as much as they believe in her.  Overall, I think she grew a lot this wkd.  She was put in some tough spots.  In one game, we had 2 outs and a legit blown call at 1st that would have been out 3 and turned around and gave up 6 runs on a multitude of errors.  Another game, we got a very experienced team held at 1 to 1 with 2 outs in bottom of second only to make error after error for them to take a substantial lead.  A lot of what the girls need, Carli and her teammates, comes from mental toughness and believing in themselves that is gained from game experience...the ability is there.  

Carli's siblings did a very good job cheering her own.  Drew even managed a 1 hr nap at the restaurant!  We had a great day and overall were pleased with the whole experienced.  We wanted Carli to gain game experience b/c that is something you just don't get from practice and this wkd she gained a lot!

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Friday, November 3, 2017

Ava and Monkey Bars

Three years ago, Ava fell off the monkey bars at her cousin's house and got a buckle fracture.  It took us almost a whole week before we really determined that she wasn't bluffing from the random bouts of crying and two xrays before they found it.  So when her teacher msgd me that Ava had fallen from the monkey bars at school on Tuesday and was still complaining about her wrist hurting we were a little concerned.

Cap that off with Drew escaping from the bathroom after his bath that same night and peeing on the concrete floors, followed by Ava slipping and falling in it resulting a hysterical crying - we kind of figured we better get her checked out.  It was the same wrist as last time, so that worked well for digging out her old brace and making her wear it until we saw the doctor.

Thankfully, the xray came back clean and Ava was told to use her wrist as she feels comfortable.  The swelling finally went down and she wore the brace the rest of the week.  She keeps asking to do the monkey bars again and is aghast when I tell her no!!  Oiy...
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Thursday, November 2, 2017

No Cavities Celebration!

Well, I threatened them for six months about brushing versus holding their toothbrushes in their mouths.  I made their lives miserable about not using ACT wash or flossing, with stories of cavities and rotten teeth.  And wouldn't you know, they go to the dentist and both walk out cavity free.  So I swallowed my pride and did what any good parent would do...gave them sugar and told them good job!  ;)

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Dental Cleaning

Six months ago the girls both had cavities at their semi-annual dentist visit.  He told them to make sure to brush for 2 minutes morning and night and to try to use ACT to help their teeth enamel.  They refused to use the ACT and I have two full bottles in their bathroom that has set untouched.  I kept telling them...the dentist is going to get on to you guys b/c you didn't do what he told you to do!!  Go figure, today they got glowing reports and no cavities!  Stinkers.  They were told to make sure they flossed better and keep up the good work.  Being the most excellent mom, I promptly took them to get Bahama Bucks after their cleaning...

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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Trick or Treating at Trane

I've gotten to be a Halloween scrooge the older my kids get.  I use to at least do a costume for the kids and actively go to the Church Trunk R Treat or a carnival.  This year, I just really didn't want all the candy, the money and time spent on costumes.  I just wasn't feeling it.  Thankfully, Grammy rescued us all by helping Ava do a Trunk at church and my kids were pretty content with that.

We actually almost forgot about the Trick or Treating at Keith's work.  Monday after school we managed to scrounge up some costumes and head over for some fun and games!

Drew was not a fan of all the dressing up - even the pretty princesses were not to his liking!  :)

Halloween night we actually had a few trick or treaters, despite the porch light being off and it raining.  The girls are picky when it comes to candy so our visitors got what the girls wouldn't eat.  Better than it going in the trash.  And our neighbors are pretty awesome too.  The Stricklands from across the way asked if the girls could come by to get some treats.  Homemade cookies and decorated Halloween bags.  :)  Mr. Strickland even dressed up for the night!

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Sunday, October 29, 2017

Texas Glory Scrimmage and Fundraiser

On Saturday Carli had her first scrimmage as a member of the Texas Glory 2526 team.  She was pretty excited to get her new uniform and sweatshirt.  She's really taken to the girls and showed absolutely no nerves about being back on the mound in a game situation.  Are we sure this kid is mine?!

The morning started off with a scrimmage against another 10u team.  Carli did really well on the mound.  As the lineup went on, she really got in her groove.  It was a good experience.  The batted through the line-up twice.  Carli struck out 10 of the 20 batters she faced.  She only walked 2 and hit one.  Not too shabby.  Carli's pitching coach has always said she's a contact pitcher.  This was a little rec team, so we really expect in the tournament next wkd for her to have more hits off of her pitches, but she's got a good defense behind her to take care of that!  Overall, she was very pleased and had a lot of fun!

After the scrimmage, the team had several fundraisers to do.  All the girls had gotten pledges for a hit-a-thon.  Carli had challenged her Daddy that she could beat him in money raised and she did!  They hit off the pitching machine, which Carli has never done until she joined this team.  I was pleased she got over her mental block about hitting off the machine.  She hit the ball 130 ft.  She actually hit one that would have gone further but she nailed the coach who was doing the machine!  Over all, Carli raised $448.50 in pledges and Keith raised $130.  Keith also participated in the homerun derby and got 3rd, hitting 3 over.  Carli got 3rd in the base running contest, running the bases in 14.8 seconds!

The best part of the day was that Grammy, Pa, Aunt Carolyn and Uncle Johnny all came out to cheer on Carli.  Their presence in addition to all our friends and family who sponsored Carli in her hit-a-thon was just an amazing example of the support system our girls have.  We couldn't be more blessed!

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Saturday, October 28, 2017

2017 Trunk R Treak

While we knew Carli would be busy on Saturday of Trunk R Treat, Ava was not and she very passionately wanted to do a trunk!  Her Momma really isn't into the whole dressing up for Halloween thing...the candy, the prep work, the trick-or-treating...but thankfully, her retired school teacher Grammy came to her rescue!  Ava and Grammy planned their trunk and I thought it turned out pretty cute.

Ava came up with the game and painted all her Monster cans herself with very little help from her Mom.  The game was actually a pretty big hit much to Ava's delight!  Grammy even found vampire emoji balls to use to knock them down!

Carli was able to make it back half way through and join in on the fun!  Grammy had some awesome d├ęcor and was much more creative than I could have been at this.  She even found Mewmaw's old wash pot and got some dry ice to use as a cauldron!  That was a cool feature that lots of the kids oohed and ahhed over!

 Drew and I spent a lot of time in the front of the car watching "big trucks" on YouTube and playing with a balloon.  Drew was not a fan of all the costumes!  Thankfully Pa and Keith brought Carli and they helped keep Drew entertained too!

Thanks Grammy for such an awesome night and all your work to help make Ava's "vision" come to light!

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Friday, October 27, 2017

Red Ribbon Week 2017

Much to my surprise both girls decided they would participate all week long in Red Ribbon Week.  Last year, neither was interested in participating and I didn't push it.  But this year...they were all in...

Monday:  Wear Red - CHECK!
Ava came home minus her socks with very stinky feet!!!

Tuesday:  Mismatch Day.  This was the day I thought they would balk at.  Last year, Carli tried so hard to participate in this day but she just couldn't handle not matching.  She was to the point of tears!  But this year, they were almost late b/c they had to make sure absolutely NOTHING matched...even their hair.  And Ava came home without the leggings on...this trend of undressing at school is new...

 Wednesday:  Minion Day for "Drugs are Despicable!"  I refused to go shopping for anything...so that didn't stop the girls from participating!  They dug through the container of clothes I had gotten out to sort through and found a couple of shirts.  Busted out Pinterest and BOOM!  Minion shirts!  I was impressed!

Thursday:  Team up Against Sports...and it was so easy, I forgot to take a picture of them!

Friday:  Crazy Hair day...crazy hair day about did me in. It verified I do not have the ability to read my child's mind and create awesome emoji hair even with the extra 30 minutes we gave ourselves this morning. Pinterest was of no help. And while she was a good sport the creation did not meet her expectations...and great Mom...now we are late was the cherry on top of the obvious hair flop. So if you could just have a little grace, it'd save me some heartache at the end of the day...

Now, where's my Dr pepper....

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Sunday, October 22, 2017

Playing with Drew

Drew LOVES to slide.  He loves to be outside.  Most of the time his big sisters will entertain him but when their friends come down to play, Drew and Momma must play without the girls!  He couldn't understand why Momma would slide with him but we got really good at "Ready, Set, Go!" and "1, 2, 3, Go!"  :)

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Saturday, October 21, 2017

Fall Ball Champions

The girls finished out their fall ball season with Troup Thunder today.  They won 1st place!  They even got rings to show off their hard work.  They played two games today and had a great time.  The team went 8 and 2 only losing their first two games of the season.  Not too shabby for a team that just moved up to coach pitch from tball.  Only two of the girls will be going to 10u in the Spring (Carli & Kadaisha).  Lots of good things in store for this group of girls!

Meanwhile, Drew was a trooper and the center of attention between games with all his dirt tools and buckets!

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

My Stubborn Ava

Turns out...Ava inherited her mother's stubborn streak.
Turns out...her mother is more stubborn much to Ava's dismay.

She didn't want to take her vitamin and I've put my food down that she has to take it now.  It makes such a difference in her attitude and overall demeanor. 

Monday, October 16, 2017

Scarecrow Trail 2017

This summer Grammy started working with the Master Gardener's and one of their annual fundraisers is the host the Scarecrow Trail each year.  Originally we thought we might do up a scarecrow but kind of let time slip up on us.  So instead we spent Saturday morning walking the trail to get ideas on what we might could do next year!  Drew and Ava thoroughly enjoyed the scarecrows.  Ava is convinced we can make a softball player scarecrow sliding into home plate next year.  Carli found hobbit houses amongst the scarecrows and it's become her new obsession!


They also had some belly dancers and face painting.  Drew was very unsure of the belly dancers!

 Drew did find some big trucks amongst the scarecrows and was just as thrilled to see them and even touch a couple of them as he was running around finding scarecrows!

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Sunday, October 15, 2017

Curly Haired Boy

I never liked my curly hair til I was in college and realized how blessed I was to have it!  I've said since then I wanted my girls to have curly hair and both are straight as a board.  We joked it'd be our boy that had the curly hair...and what do you know...God has a wonderful sense of humor!

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Sunday, October 1, 2017

Happy 9th Birthday Carli Lynn!

"Like a small boat
On the ocean
Sending big waves
Into motion
Like how a single word
Can make a heart open
I might only have one match
But I can make an explosion..."

Happy 9th Birthday Carli Lynn! You may only be one little girl, but the positive impact you've had in so many other peoples lives by far exceeds even your imagination. May you continue to always offer a smile to brighten another's day, give a kind word even when they are hard to find and hold your head high when things don't always work out the way you envisioned. I cannot wait to see what you accomplish in the year to come!

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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Then There's Ava

When Carli unloads my dishwasher, the silverware drawer gets reorganized and each utensil is carefully and neatly stacked...when Ava unloads the dishwasher well, the silverware at least gets in the right drawer. I can't say the same about the Tupperware bowls...somehow those ended up in the floor of the pantry today...

What's funny...ask Ava to clean the toilets and you've never seen such a well cleaned bowl (by 7 yr old standards). I'm pretty sure Carli just hides in the bathroom and doesn't even attempt to clean the toilets when it's her day for bathroom duty!

Ava is suppose to put 5 things that tell her class about herself in this brown paper bag...here is what she put in her bag:

1. Softball rings - b/c she likes to play softball and "apparently I'm pretty good."

2. Mini Emoji Pillow - b/c she collects the bigger ones and is obsessed with all things emoji.

3. A picture of her and her siblings - including her new baby sister coming in January.

4. A Sonic Peppermint - b/c "we go to Sonic an awfully lot."

And last but most original...

5. A bag of dirt - b/c "Mom, I like dirt. It's fun to play in and roll around in and when it gets wet, guess what?! You have mud and then it gets even more fun!"

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Monday, August 21, 2017

First Day of School 2017

Another first day has come upon us!  Carli was very ready for her first day of school.  Ava was a bit nervous.  She missed meet the teacher b/c she came down with a case of strep throat last week...maybe she was getting it out of her system before the school year started.  One can hope!  :)

Carli Lynn (3rd Grade) & Ava Ruth (2nd Grade

Keeping the tradition alive...I may have to bribe them to hold hands next year.

Carli said the highlight of her day was this...picking her seat, right in the middle in front.  :)

Ava with her teacher, Mrs. Grigsby and Carli with her teacher, Mrs. Hultberg.

Ava was ecstatic to be in the same class as her buddy, Autumn.

Their first day went great and they were all smiles when Drew and I picked them up.  We think Drew is mad at Keith for taking his sisters away from him all day!  I had a lot of cuddles today but he struggled to nap, it was apparently too quiet in the house to sleep.  :)  Here's to a great school year!

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