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Happy Thanksgiving

Posted in Uncategorized by sandy on the November 26th, 2011

I am thankful for so many things this year. I am thankful that life has really slowed down for us and, therefore, I am able to type this post just 2 days late! :)

I am thankful for:

My little turkey-

…..and the fact that he is loving his school. He can’t wait to go every day and in fact, when given the option of going an extra hour to have lunch with his friends, he is ALL for it! He is learning so much too. It amazes Mike and I how much a change in location, and teachers have helped his learning process. He has learned more in the past month than I think he did in a year at his other “school.” We thought we would show our thanks by giving them each a pumpkin candle to take home and use on Thanksgiving.

For Nik and Ashley (my new bosses)-

Thomas and I made the frame in the above picture for his Mommy and Daddy for Thanksgiving. They truly are a blessing to me, and our families intersecting is most definitely an answer to a prayer (that I would find a job where I would be appreciated and cared about). Every night when Nik picks up Thomas he hugs me goodbye and expresses his genuine thanks and appreciation…..EVERY night! When they got home on Wednesday night and opened their Thanksgiving present, they called me in tears thanking me for the gift and expressing how special it was to them. It is because of moments like that, that I continue to DO for others. All it takes is 1 person to share how much something I did meant to them to make EVERY unappreciated deed worth it! :)

That Mike has such a fantastic job, is done training for his new position and got to meet this handsome dude…..

…..YES, that IS Ben Affleck and Mike DID meet him! ;)

That despite his plane to Chicago leaving without him, Braeden had a safe and fun trip to Chicago (he got on a flight an hour later) and is home safe.

I am so incredibly blessed with SO much…..far more than I can type in a blog and far more than I am deserving of. I am thankful for a God who is SO good and who continues to capture my heart and guide my life; for a husband who loves me with a capital L; for 2 amazing little boys who amaze me daily and light up my world; and for YOU if you are reading this. ;)

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Baseball season is over, now what?

Posted in Uncategorized by sandy on the November 18th, 2011

Besides the winter camps Braeden is participating in with his travel baseball team (so they can train together through the winter and prepare for the spring season as a team), his baseball season is over. MLB is done, now what????


Or cheering on the Winnipeg Jets via text with Lisa and Lorne. Thanks for the shirts!!!!

Or I can post pictures of Braeden in uniform that I FINALLY took on the weekend of the end of season tournament! Braeden and his team finished in 4th place overall. There are 10-15 teams in the league so not bad. Braeden pitched the first game of the tournament which was huge because he’d only pitched an inning or two the entire season. I guess the coaches saved him for when they really needed him. He did SO great and we won 17-5. The second to last game was the best game of the whole season. We were playing a team whose players, coaches and parents were bad sports- throwing dirt at our players, calling our pitchers slow and our base runners “scared.” At one point we were losing, so coming back to WIN the game was so awesome. Usually I feel a tad sad for the team that lost, especially if the game was close, but this time I felt nothing except wanting to say, “Ha ha take THAT!” I am so proud of our Bulls players and coaches who did not “fight back”- at least not with words or dirt……we did with our bats though-scoring more runs! :) I’ve really grown to not be amazed by much that people do and say, but I truly was shocked that a 9 year old boy and his DAD said nothing in response and even gave us a dirty look as we walked out to our car and Braeden said, “Nice game, we’ll see ya’ in the spring” to a player on the opposing team. YIKES, I mean I take baseball pretty serious, but I can’t imagine being THAT sore a loser. What kind of lesson is that man teaching his son?

Speaking of Father and son…..for the record, Mike was louder than me during ALL of the playoff games. :) He got SO into it and Braeden loved it-

Or I can hang out with the new baby boy that is now a big part of our family. A little boy that I did not have to endure 9 months of pregnancy, give birth to, or have sleep interrupted for to be able to love on during the day AND get paid for it. Not a bad deal. :) He is a cutie too and pretty laid back. He is almost 5 months old, but pretty tiny (about 12 pounds) since he was 2 months premature. The boys LOVE Thomas! Mikey has really amazed me. Instead of acting jealous or being clingy to me, he wants to help with everything. He is so sweet and gentle and is actually a really big help. It goes without saying how much Thomas LOVES Braeden- ALL babies do. He is just a natural around them and will be such a great Dad someday…..like when he’s 57 or so. :)

Or I can enjoy the holiday season now that the hard work of decorating is done. We sure did break the rule of not decorating until after Thanksgiving, but Braeden leaves on Sunday for Chicago and we wanted him to be a part of it. So, we decorated last night. I will post pictures soon. We are going to a tree lighting tonight- Santa, hot chocolate, crisp temperatures, Christmas carols, LOVE IT! The town of Gainesville likes to decorate before Thanksgiving too! :)

This time I THANK Facebook, not blame it

Posted in Uncategorized by sandy on the November 3rd, 2011

I know there are things I wanted to blog about, cute things the boys have done or said, or cute pictures I want to share, but draw a blank every time I go to type a blog. I went back and reviewed my Facebook entries and BINGO! I upload a lot of pictures directly from my phone onto Facebook so I don’t have them on my computer to use when posting a blog…..unless……I do another Facebook recap and copy and paste the pictures. I will try and do better with posting on here when I post on Facebook so the entries are more recent (and not as long). Anyway, thanks Facebook for storing my thoughts so well. :)

Today- “God is SO amazingly GOOD and really does reward for doing the right thing. He continues to knock my socks off with the blessings he brings my way. I am very thankful.”

I wrote this because (among other things) initially Braeden’s end of season baseball tournament was supposed to be an hour away this weekend with us having to be at the field at 7:30am. Mike is working so I would have to do the driving alone both Saturday and Sunday. I wanted to reserve a hotel, but decided to be frugal and tough it out. I received an e-mail this morning that tournament was moved to fields that are 10 minutes from our house. :)

October 30- “After sleet and snow yesterday we are back at the ball fields for the last regular season game. Go Bulls!”

October 29- “It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! In VA, in October, before Halloween, it is SNOWING! We are in for a BrUtal winter.”

October 27- “You know you LOVE baseball when neither team playing in the World Series is a “favorite” yet you are still wide awake at midnight unable to turn the game off until it’s over!”

It was midnight and I was up watching the Cardinals vs. Rangers game 6- BEST game of baseball I think I have ever seen.

October 27- “So, even Superman falls down. Mike fainted last night at work then drove himself to the ER (as opposed to listening to his sergeant and lieutenant who insisted they drive him). Diagnosis? Pneumonia! :(

Mike is feeling MUCH better now. Yay!

October 26- “I am TOTALLY frustrated. I am in week two with running. My lungs and body feel great and I can run further and further each time, but as I expected (since it happens every time I try to start running again, and thus why I always quit) my knees have given up. I can barely walk today without serious pain. Any ideas, suggestions? I really don’t want to stop, but there is no way I can keep running with my knees like this.”

I went to the Dr. today actually and he gave me some exercises to do to improve my knee cap. Everything he said made sense, just a little hard to recap. Long story short, I must have injured my knees a long time ago and the only way to “heal” them is to do strengthening exercises.

October 23- “Drove 1 hour to Braeden’s games today and it was worth every minute. The scenery was breathtaking. Have I mentioned that I’m falling in love with VA and that I love love love Fall?”

October 21- “This is the part of baseball I don’t love so much! Fat lip, cheek hit so hard you can see the baseball imprint in his swollen cheek! :(

For the record, he was back out on the field and practicing within about 10 minutes. He ended up with a pretty bad black eye (from the blood vessels bursting), but he was TOUGH!

October 21- “Thanks to the movie Zookeeper and my accessibility to music via I-tunes, my 4 year old is obsessed with the song “Low” by flo-rida. Thank goodness for edited versions!”

Depending on how long it takes with red lights and traffic, we continue to listen to this song at least twice to and from preschool each day AND it MUST be played as loud as possible.

October 20- “I came upstairs to go to bed and this is what I saw- PRICELESS!”

October 20- “Anyone out there wondering if God exists……here’s my testament. I prayed for positive change, and in 4 days I’ve cooked twice (actually using the stove and not microwave) and I’ve ran 3 times. exercise and cooking are the two things I hate most and I have not done either in over 5 years!!!! That’s GOTTA be God cuz that motivation sure doesn’t come from me. I haven’t been this happy in a LONG time!”

So the running is put on hold while I do the strengthening exercises to help the knee cap and the cooking……well……it’s just not for me.

October 17- “I bought my running shoes 10 months ago! Ran for the FIRST time today. Felt SO good. What motivated me? Watching Braeden stretch like a gymnast on 1st base yesterday and seeing the movie Footloose today! Whatever works! Yay me! :)

October 16- “Top of the last inning, we are down by 2. We score two runs to tie the game. B is up to bat with 2 outs and a runner on third. He WACKS the ball to drive in the winning run! :) Bottom of the last inning we get em’ out 3 up 3 down! Way to go B and Haymarket BULLS!!!!”

October 15- “Braeden heard something on TV about following your dreams and said, “My dream is to play MLB baseball.” Mikey walks into the room and says, “Oh ya, well MY dream is to play T-Ball!” :)

October 14- “For a kid that can’t tell time yet, one watch just isn’t enough.”

October 8- “What a better world it would be if everyone saw the movie Courageous and really took it to heart!”

GREAT movie- check it out!

October 7- “Every night this week I have been up late watching baseball (way to go Tigers!) and when I’ve checked on Mikey before heading to bed, he’s stripped down to his underwear. When I ask him in the morning why he took his pajamas off, he’ll say, “because I wanna be a MAN like Daddy!” (Mike sleeps in boxers thankfully) ;)

October 3- “LOVE my sister! Just spent the last 8 hours watching baseball “together” via bb messenger- she lives in Canada. First we cheered on her # 1 team (my second favorite) the Tigers and then the Phillies (her second favorite). At least we got one win out of it though sadly not from the Phillies. It’s OK, Braeden’s team won both games in their double header today! I.LOVE.BASEBALL!!!!”