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Practice Makes Perfect!

Posted in Uncategorized by sandy on the May 29th, 2009


The other day I was at Mike’s Mom’s and when I went to check on Braeden and Harley in the back yard, this is what I saw. They will play out there for HOURS, not bothered by the heat, sweat or bugs.  They apparently take practice SO seriously.  I tell you what though, it PAYS OFF!

 Braeden had another AWESOME game last night. After missing 2 of his games last week because we were out of town, Mike and I enjoyed last night so much.  Coach RJ added another “sticker” to the pile that he gives the boys to put on their helmets after the game (the ones they receive depending on what type of game they had).  The new one is “Sacrifice” and goes to the player who sacrificed something for their team (say they had a good hit, the runner on first advanced, but they got out at first- that would be a SACRIFICE for the team since they advanced the runner).  Last night Braeden received the award (first night it was given it out) and his sacrifice was his body!  He was on 3rd base and was running home. The ball was hit right to the pitcher, who threw it home to try and avoid Braeden scoring.  Our third base coach had already sent Braeden home thinking they would throw to first to get the “easy” out (as they do most often in this league). I watched in horror as the ball got to the catcher WAY before Braeden was even near the plate.  With the ball in his glove I just waited for him to tag Braeden out, BUT in AMAZINGLY(since they don’t teach them this skill this early in their learning), Braeden knew to slide and he DID, PERFECTLY (thanks to all the PRACTICE he does with Harley) right underneath the catchers legs and he was SAFE.  He scored a run for the team and I KNOW it hurt his legs and he was filthy! There are few moments in my life that stand out, ones that I can picture in my mind as if they are happening at that moment.  Braeden sliding, scoring, looking up at the umpire and seeing he was safe, jumping up and raising his arm  (to signal a big YES!) will be a moment that will play over and over again in my mind forever.  I was choked up, cheering and crying at the same time.  YES, I am that Mom who feels SO much pride and am so humbled every time I see my son SO proud of himself.  The other Moms laughed at me because I called him “Pumpkin.” Apparently NOT something you call your son while they are playing baseball.  Haha! :) He also caught a pop fly at third, had a great hit and made a few good plays to 1st. 

Over the past few weeks of “blah” that we’ve been going through, people have been telling me to find things I enjoy that don’t cause stress, and in fact help it!  Watching my kid play baseball is IT! I simply LOVE it, enjoy it and feel so much peace as I realize how often God shows us happiness through the smallest things.  I honestly don’t think winning the lottery would give me that same “moment” that I had last night- PRICELESS!

The title of this blog has another meaningand proves another way practice makes perfect. I have to mention another one of God’s gifts to me.  I say its God-given because no matter how hard we try, we just can’t seem to get rid of each other.  I am referring to a friend of mine whom I’ve know about 6 years.  Through that 6 years we’ve had many ups and downs and an on-again off-again friendship that has included some of the BEST times in my life and some of the WORST.  A friendship, which interestingly, neither of us has had with any one of the other friends in our lives- maybe because we are so much alike or maybe, just maybe, God has used the “bad” moments just as much as the good ones, to shape us and teach us (something)? Very heartwarming that just as much as I would go through all the heartbreak I’ve went through with past “loves” if it meant ending up with Mike, I would go through it all again with Robyn to be where we are and to have this amazing person and friend in my life. Each time we rekindle things (and I have the strongest of faith and assurance that this will be the last time a “rekindling” will need to happen), we are both at a better, happier, healthier place in our lives. And each time we are “off” (no matter how bad things got for us to get to the off), my heart always missed her. God KNOWS what he is doing. I have no doubt that most people would not be able to go through the “crap” we’ve gone through and not only overcome it (not just once, but 3 times!), forgive, forget, BUT actually be a better friend and care MORE than before.  That my friends (ha!) is a TRUE testimony of 2 incredibly beautiful Christian women who truly follow God’s plan! I really DO love you and your family Robyn and thank you so deeply for the encouragement, understanding, acceptance, and unconditional love that this friendship is SO obviously filled with.

Enjoy your weekend!  Maybe it will be one WITHOUT rain for once.

2 Years Already?!!!!

Posted in Uncategorized by sandy on the May 26th, 2009

May 23, 2007


May 23, 2008


May 23, 2009


Some things don’t seem to change no matter how long I’ve been a Mommy- time flies, and my babies get bigger! Mikey is officially 2! I think this Birthday has been harder for me than his 1st Birthday because when he turned one, he was still very much a baby. We could still refer to his age in months. Now, he is simply 2 and will be 2, until he is 3. He seemed so much younger when he was 23 MONTHS old, even though it was only a month ago. 2 just sounds so OLD! When he turned one, he still wasn’t walking, wasn’t talking and even looked like a baby still. Now, he is RUNNING, talking to us, even talking BACK to us! :) He understands more than we give him credit for. Case in point- I will frequently ask him for a kiss and when he says “No” I pretend to cry. The other day, I asked him for a kiss and didn’t cry when he said no. He looked right at me and said, “Sad?” That little booger knew I’d be sad (or pretend to be at least- better to learn early NOT to really get sad when your little boys don’t feel like giving you kisses) and was waiting for me to cry. He did the same to Mike and Mike flat out said, “nope, I’m not sad!” Ha!

As sad as it really is that Mikey is not a baby anymore, I am loving this age. Sure he can be a handful at times and bring Mike and I to our witts end, but he is developing into this little boy that is so full of energy and happiness and continues every day to amaze us, make us laugh and make us love him more and more for exactly who he is! I believe so deeply that he was sent directly from God to help me chill out, gain more patience and understand fully the concept of unconditional love. He is so easily pleased and all he wants is to be right near the people he loves. It was such a treat to be able to enjoy him for 4 days straight. We sure missed Braeden, but its not too often Mike and I are together with just Mikey. When Braeden and Harley are around, Mikey could care less about us and wants to be right with the big boys doing exactly what they are doing. He absolutely LOVED the “ater” (elevator) at the hotel we stayed at in VA. We were on the 6th floor and in the course of 3 days, rode the elevator numerous times. Thanks to a $5 Thomas the Train dvd (that he watched repeatedly), he was perfect in the car both to and from VA and it was an 8 hour trip.


He sure can be feisty- flipping all around when we try and change him, kicking his brother in the car just to get a reaction, demanding what he wants when he wants it,and even chooses “time out”over the alternative when we threaten it. It does, however, all seem so less frustrating after he does a complete 180 and turns on the charm. He can be so sweet and loving and gentle. He’s started saying, “hold you” when he wants to be held and tonight when Mike brought him into church after the pastor was done speaking and we were singing, he raised his hand to the music the way he saw some people doing around us. Oh, that boy just snatches my heart so often. He also knows how to “work” us, especially when he is in trouble. He gets this look on his face that Mike and I can’t help but laugh at. How can you scold a toddler when you are laughing hysterically? I always described Braeden as unique and different than any child I’d ever met. Mikey is just the same, but possessing his own adorable traits.

Here is Mikey discovering his Birthday present from Mommy and Daddy. How do you like his outfit? Quite the fashion statement a swimmie diaper, undershirt and sandals are. He did enjoy himself outside with his Birthday presents, but I think the mosquitoes enjoyed HIM more than anything.  He must be mildly allergic because once he gets bit, the bites swell up. He’s got bumps behind both ears, on both thighs, and on his forehead that he’s been scratching. Poor guy, he’ll be immune to benadryl before long!


On the note of unconditional love, in the past 2 days, I’ve been puked on and peed on. Most of you know that I’ve inherited my Mom’s very weak stomach. BUT, when its your child, it hardly fazes you. We’ve learned that although he can chew gum (sugarless of course) for hours without swallowing it, he needs to spit it out before wrestling with his big brother. Also, swimmie diapers don’t work so great or at least don’t hold the pee, when dry.

As cheesy as it is, I found a verse to a particular song that is so fitting for how Mike and I are feeling lately. Can you guess what recent movie its from (hint- I saw it with Braeden).
“Caterpillar in the tree, how you wonder who you’ll be, can’t go far, but you can always dream. Wish you may and wish you might, don’t you worry hold on tight, I promise you that there will come a day- Butterfly fly away!” :)

Have a great week!

An Awesome Weekend!

Posted in Uncategorized by sandy on the May 18th, 2009

Mikey had an Elmo themed 2nd Birthday



This is probably one of my favorite pictures of the boys, and Papa has his eyes CLOSED!

I am typing this entry as we drive on I-95 towards VA.  This laptop with built-in wireless internet has paid for itself 3 times over.  It is so convenient!  Although, it IS bad that even an 8 hr car ride can’t force me to relax and, its probably not great for my eyes typing in the dark.  Mikey has been great.  He watched “Tommy” (Thomas the train) and Elmo and then fell asleep. 

The weekend was SO much fun!  It started Friday night with a date night- for the first little man in my life (Braeden) and I.  I figured since he isn’t able to come with us this week because of school and baseball, and since the weekend was going to be all about Mikey’s Birthday party, that he and I would do something fun together just the two of us.  We went and saw the Hannah Montana movie.  Ha! I actually really liked it and so did Braeden.  He is such a well rounded little guy.  All BOY when it comes to sports and baseball, but still prefers a Friday night at the movies (a Hannah Montana movie even) with Mommy. over much else!  After the movies, we went and met with a lady who has 2 BEAUTIFUL adopted girls from Guatemala.  It has been awhile since a child (other than my own) has pulled at my heart strings and touched me the way these 2 little girls did.  One was 3 and the other almost 2.  They are not biological sisters, but adopted from the same foster home in one of the poorest parts of Guatemala.  I was interviewing to nanny for them over the summer.  I will begin nannying for a great family starting in August (their Mom is a teacher and will be home with her girls over the summer), but I am looking for something for the next couple months.  Anyway, I was overcome with joy seeing the girls thriving, so happy, laughing and playing with their new Mommy.  It would be so enriching and rewarding for me to care for them. On the way home Braeden said, “Mama, I want you and Daddy to adopt a baby SISTER from Guatemala!” After witnessing the incredible happiness that can come from an adoption, that is certainly a possibility in the future.

My Dad arrived early Saturday afternoon and he, the boys and I went to a friends graduation party.  Actually, it was Sayelor’s Dad’s graduation from law school. They had set up a great little pool in the back yard.  Sayelor and Mikey had so much fun swimming and splashing everyone.  Sunday morning we went to church and once again, God proved his unending love. He NEVER ceases to amaze me.  Its been a tough few months to say the least and I’ve really needed a lot of extra love and support (and I HAVE received far more than I’d imagined possible) and with my Dad sitting next to me at service (something that happens MAYBE twice a year), the pastor talked about Dad’s and daughters- Of ALL things.  I actually had to force myself not to get more than just a little teary eyed.  If I’d began crying even a little bit, it would have turned into sobs!  Another affirmation to me that God provides exactly what we need, when we need it and he is SO good. 

Sunday afternoon was Mikey’s Birthday party.  We held it in the lanai at the pool clubhouse.  Thank goodness it was covered because about 20 minutes into the party, it started pouring.  Instead of “Happy Birthday to You” we should have sang “Rain Rain Go Away.”  Actually, it really turned out great.  No one seemed affected and we still had so much fun. After the party was over, we decided to use the grill and cook some steaks and eat in the lanai.  My Dad and I were walking back to the apartment under the umbrella to grab the baked beans and he actually said, “this is fun.” That’s right Dad, no amount of rain can ruin time spent with family and friends.  :) AND, it doesn’t seem to ruin a boy’s urge to swim either.  Mike was in the pool with Braeden, Mikey and Harley for close to 2 hours (of course the lightning had stopped at that point).  So much fun!

I think I’ve mentioned before how Mikey associates “Papa” with golf carts (since he and my Mom live in a golf cart community and whenever we visit we ride Papa’s golf cart).  Well, Mike found a kids battery operated golf cart at the second hand store last week and we thought it would be a PERFECT gift from Grandma and Papa.  Sure enough, as soon as Mikey saw my Dad this weekend he said, “golf cart.” Unfortunately he is a little scared of the thing right now so we had Braeden model it for us. A few other gifts that were a hit were the Little Tykes play sink from Mike’s parents, the Elmo mailbox toy from TT (aka Aunt Terry), the Thomas the train bath toy from big brother and the Walmart gift cards from friends (he LOVES Walmart and asks daily for us to take him there).  :)


By last night we were all pooped.  Braeden has started reading a book after we say good-night to help him sleep.  Naturally, since he wants to do everything his big brother does, Mikey has to have a book in his bed too.  We realized when we went to check on them just how tired Mikey was.


K, this is about all my eyes can take.  Have a great week.

Happy Mother’s Day!

Posted in Uncategorized by sandy on the May 10th, 2009

To all the Mother’s in my life- Happy Mother’s Day- I love each of you SO much!

Mikey- coinciding with his devilish little personality lately, was SO rotten today.  I swear as much as Braeden WANTS to do good and be sweet and helpful on special days like these (he offered to help me make my bed and ran into the laundry room and started pulling the clothes out of the dryer when the buzzer went off), Mikey wants to be especially bad. :) Really though, it was  mostly our fault since by the time we got home last night after church and a little get-together with friends from church, it was 10pm.  Normally, when he goes to bed really late, he will sleep late (as long as its with me- oh darn)! This morning he did NOT want to sleep late and was just grumpy all morning.  Finally at 9:45, I made him take a nap, and he slept 3 hours!!!!! Mike’s parents came over for pizza and took Mikey home with them for the night since Mike had to work and since I have an early appointment in the morning.  I also rarely get one-on-one time with Braeden, so it has turned out to be GREAT!  Pretty sad when your Mother’s Day becomes more enjoyable when you pass off one of your kids.  I LOVE Mikey beyond words, but he is REALLY just a handful some days and I NEED a break!  I don’t feel guilty or anything! :)

I guess I really shouldn’t feel guilty since Mike and I had the chance for 5 days alone and we chose to take Mikey with us.  We are heading to VA to spend a couple days (since I’ve never been there and there is a LOT to see).  Anyway, we have a busy couple weeks.  Mike’s Birthday is this Thursday, my Dad is coming in town on Sat and we are celebrating Mikey’s Birthday on Sunday since we will be out of town the following week and won’t be back until late the night before his actual Birthday.  I am SO sad that Braeden can’t come with us, but we’ve already reached the max amount of days he can miss and I’ve already received multiple copies of a letter “reminding” me of the attendance policy. It makes me feel better knowing that when we DO move, there will be months and months of fun things for us to do and see with Braeden before he can ever say he is bored!  

This is the card Mikey gave me today- So fitting.  Hallmark is THE BEST and truly has something for everyone (btw, Mike picked out the card so I am not the ONLY one who sees Mikey as a tad difficult). :)


Braeden’s beautiful gift to Me-


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