Friday, May 31, 2013

WE DID IT!





Let's just go ahead and get this out of the way.

WE WON!!!!

I mean, not only did we win, but we kicked some major butt doing it. 

See this team?


Undefeated (except for their one loss during the single elimination tournament) in the regular season. Ranked #1 in the age division in our district. 

How many runs did they score?

Well, that's actually a good question. I was thinking they had 3 or 4 runs on us. But the official score keepers on both sides only recorded two of those runs. Not quite sure what happened to the other two and why they didn't count, but it didn't really matter anyway. 

And what was our final score at the end?

16.

They finally called the game before the other team had their last chance to bat. That's what happens when you are up over 11 runs from the other team. 

Jayce did not get a hit tonight. 

BUT, boy are his swings 100x better than they were. Its amazing to see how much better he is doing. 

Coach Donnie usually gives Jayce last minute instructions when he's up to bat.
 


Getting ready....

Watching the first ball go by just like we told him to do...


Getting ready for the next ball....


Ugh, he was SO close each time. Just a tad bit late. We're hoping some one-on-one time with a pitching machine this summer will help him get his timing right.


Allie and Caleb came to cheer Jayce on :) Thank goodness for Caleb! He's a handy man to have around when foul balls come our way!


Monica also braved a hurt foot and a bum knee just to see Jayce play this important game. Hey, I didn't delete the picture this time, Monica!

The Tornadoes High-Fived the other team after their win.


Then our team had a little Pow Wow with our coaches.


Where the idea of Championship Medals were discussed :)

Then there was one last shout of "TORNADOES!" before walking off the field.


I think we are all going to miss baseball games this Summer. At least Jayce has Baseball Camp coming up on Monday!

Baseball Banquet- Tornadoes Spring 2013

Even though we have ONE more game to play ( you know, the super important Division Championship game that I may have mentioned once or twice on here?), our Spring season is officially over. Jayce's coaches put together a fun banquet last weekend over Memorial Day.



Coach Donnie and Coach Mike manned the grill. We had hotdogs and hamburgers. It was SO good to have real beef burgers. I love my husband, but I am not a fan of veggie or poultry burgers, which is all we cook at the house.


Brian chatted with one of the baseball parents the whole time. They both ran for School Board last year... and lost. But Rick got more votes than Brian so he was asking for some tips!


The kids played Wiffle Ball. Jayce didn't know what that was at first and wanted me to go get his batting helmet out of the trunk. It took a lot of convincing for him to realize he didn't need it!




The best part of an end of season banquet?

The trophies.

And boy were there trophies. The biggest ones I've ever seen for a Spring recreational baseball league!


The tiny spot on the shelf I had cleared wasn't going to cut it for this bad boy. I had to clear off a space on his dresser!


Coach Donnie said a few words before the awards were handed out. Every single word was positive. He told the kids how proud he was of them. How hard they worked. How far they've come with their skills. How great they worked as a team.


We couldn't have asked for a better team of Coaches. Each and every one of them dedicated their time and skill for these kids. Coach Donnie and Coach Claudio don't even have any kids on the team.  Their kids are bigger now and playing baseball for their schools. In fact, Coach Josh, who is only 13, is Donnie's son. He was a great role model for these boys.






As I type this, Jayce is already practicing baseball. Granted, its on the Wii Sports game, but that counts... right?

Thursday, May 30, 2013

16 Months

Let's just pretend that I actually stopped and took pictures on May 26th. While we are doing that, let's also pretend that I didn't forget about her turning 16 months for several days afterwards.

Poor third kid :P


I wanted to get pictures of Jocelyn standing in her new shoes and braces.

Did Jocelyn want to stand?


Oh no, she did not.


At all.


No ma'am. Not gonna have it.


And then, finally, she did!


My Big Girl!!


In addition to standing on many different surfaces, she can even take some steps while we hold on to her hands. She says, "Walk, walk, walk, walk" when she takes steps. It might be the cutest thing ever.

At 16 months, Jocelyn is:

- still taking two naps. One in the morning before lunch and one late afternoon one. Trying to get her to condense to one lunch time nap was not successful and I wonder why I even tried.

- still taking 3 bottles a day. Two of them are only 4 oz, though. I understand why the AAP recommends that you take bottles away at a year old. But also, I know that if we were nursing, we'd STILL be nursing, so it seems kind of silly to take bottles away just because of an arbitrary age. Plus, she won't drink milk out of a cup.

- sleeps 10 hours through the night about 70% of the time. The other 30% finds her awake with insomnia for hours on end. Coincidentally, those are the days where she did not get two good naps. This kid needs to be well rested to survive!

- is doing better with eating. She likes grapes now and will try blueberries and strawberries. She loves scrambled eggs. Not doing so great on the veggies. Corn and greenbeans is all she'll do. (And, as a friend pointed out, that is a grain and a legume... not vegetables really at all).

- Still rear facing in the carseat. Thank goodness for mirrors, though, so she can still watch Dora on the TV. Best invention ever!

- Says a few new words like "up", "down", and "walk". She won't say "bottle" or "daddy" any more. Trying not to worry about that.

- Little Miss has a temper! When she wants to go outside or wants to be pushed on her little ride on toy, but doesn't get her way, watch out! Her squeal rivals that of her older brother's when he was that age.

-In addition to standing, she is cruising furniture! And she pulls up everywhere now, even on walls.

-She is very independent and loves to play and speed crawl. But every so often, she needs to be picked up for a hug. She lays her head down on your chest and says, "AWWW" and pats you. Then she wants down again.

-Monkey is still no.1 stuffed animal. And she still could care less about blankets. But she loves her pillow and has to take it from her crib when you pick her up in the morning.

-She is very jealous of the 2 month old that I am watching at my house in the mornings. It is cute and sad at the same time. 

-This is my favorite age/stage and I love seeing her personality develop :)


Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Lucky 11

I think we are running out of Birthday Party ideas. Or, at least places to have these birthday parties. We've done Monkey Joe's (closed now), Pump It Up, Flying Saucers (now called Hearts of Clay), Chuck E. Cheese, Hatcher Gardens, Happy Hollow Park, Century Park in Greer, The Pavilion Ice Skating, Bowling, and every single roller skating rink our town offers.

By the time Jocelyn gets old enough to have these kinds of birthday parties, we'll be all tapped out on ideas!

For Jaina's 11th birthday, we found ourselves back at the Rollerskating Rink. This one has been renamed "Sk8trz". I get cold chills looking at this misspelling.


Jaina went with a Spongebob Theme. I'm sure you've figured that out by now :)






Excuse the crappy video... we had purchased a new digital video camera earlier that morning and I confess to not knowing how to use it whatsoever. I promise my camera shake will get better!


Monday, May 27, 2013

Field Day 2013

We are slowly, but surely, winding down to the end of the school year. And that means Field Day was held last week.

Brian and I were talking about how much Field Day has changed over the years since we were kids. When I was in elementary school, Field Day was an all day event. I don't think we went into a classroom at all, unless it was for lunch. No... I take that back. I think we even had bag lunches outside that day.

Field Day was full of games, contests, races, and organized sports. Kickball was my favorite. 4 Square tournaments? The best!

And we got ribbons. Yes, everyone got a participation day ribbon, but we actually had ribbons for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd. Since I wasn't athletic, I don't remember winning very many placement ribbons, but I certainly was happy for my friends that did.

Now Field Day is a 1 to 2 hour event. No ribbons or winners. But still fun for the kids.



You can definitely tell and improvement over the last few years with Jayce's endurance and muscle tone. He might have come in last in the 50 yd Dash, but he certainly wasn't lagging behind all the other kids like usual.



And when it came to the sack races, slow and steady was the way to go. He didn't fall over once!


Jocelyn wasn't interested in watching the big kids. She had her heart set on crawling towards the playground or the black top. The two places she wasn't allowed to go. 


Jayce still has a hard time dealing with his parents at school.


He wouldn't smile for the camera or talk to us. In his world, parents and school just don't mix. He's afraid I will get him in trouble by talking to him.

Jayce did a great job as lead in the relay race!




Afterwards when all the kids were getting drinks, I snuck a pic of Jayce hanging out with his classmates. His friend Dominick saw I had my camera out and gathered a group of kids for a picture.



I'm not going to lie; this school year has been rough. Definitely the hardest on Jayce so far (and I'm not even talking about academics).

We are looking forward to closing the book on Second Grade and moving to a different class next year that will better fit his needs.