Sunday, September 27, 2015

It might not be Friday, but I'm Phone Dumping anyway

Oh my... what a week it's been. Some days I've been too busy to even take a picture with my camera phone.

Yesterday was one of those days. It was so crazy and hectic that I honestly wish I could have just quit being a parent. "Here ya go... three kids with three different places to be. Have fun! Not my problem today!" Unfortunately, Brian had made a commitment to volunteer with the marching band and that left me with 3 problems: a teen problem, a problem with autism, and a no napping toddler problem. You know, until she did take a nap. At 5:00 PM in the car. Which is almost worse than no nap. Or maybe it *is* worse than no nap. I haven't figured that one out yet. Add in spilling a bottle of pink lemonade all over the fridge and the floor 5 minutes before I had to leave to go pick up Jayce (thanks to a teen who didn't actually put the lid on the container), hitting my ankle getting out of the car (bruises on blood thinners are FUN!), almost running over the jogging stroller that was left behind my van, whacking my shoulder on the attic doorframe while getting Halloween decorations out (more bruises!), finding out that the one movie I wanted to watch last night after getting Jocelyn to bed won't play in our new DVD player, and fighting with the toddler to pick up crayons, and you can just get a glimpse of what my Saturday was like. Oh, and have i mentioned that it's been raining for 60 hours straight (not kidding... do we live in Seattle???) and THREE of my photo sessions were cancelled, as well as baseball pictures and baseball practice in a nearby park resulting in then having batting practice 30 minutes away...

Okay, enough complaining. The highlight of yesterday was visiting with my friend Jackie at her son's 3 year old Paw Patrol party. Jocelyn and I had a great time. If I had known what the rest of my day was going to look like, I would have just stayed there :) I'm so sad I didn't get any pictures of Jocelyn playing with her friends. She was adorable in her Chase mask :)

Anyway, here's what we've been up to this week...

Coloring Chalk Outside:

These were taken immediately before the rain started. Who knew it would be the last time we'd be outside in days?

We were outside with two purposes:
1. Meet the new neighbors
2. Stalk the mail lady carrier to inform her about our missing/stolen mail

The new neighbors are so nice! We are going to love having them across the street, although we'll miss Lori and Denis very much :(

As for our mail, the mail carrier was very rude about it. "I just wouldn't ever send money in the mail. Period." And she lied and told me mail was taking 3 weeks to be delivered. A quick trip to our downtown post office confirmed that this was not true. There is an official investigation into the problem with our mail. We are getting bills just fine and on time. Any personal correspondence (birthday cards, thank you cards, letters) either hasn't come or has arrived damaged. This stuff better be fixed by Christmas, is all I can say.

An hour before our chalk drawings, we said goodbye to my college friend Tracey and her husband Jeff.

It was SO good to see her! She hasn't changed a bit :)

Here are some more pictures from their visit:

Jayce had another baseball game... this one was at Tyger River about 30 minutes away.

That was the day that Tracey and I took Jeff back to Converse College (my alma matter) to show him around. There is just this indescribable feeling I get whenever I step foot on campus. It's the same feeling I had the first day there when I knew with 100% certainty that I was going to go to Converse come hell or high water.

It's crazy to think about how my life would be now if I hadn't had gone to Converse. I would never have met Farrell, Rachel, or Tracey. I would have never gotten an apartment on the Westside or worked at Buffalo's Cafe. I would have never met Brian. I would not have these three awesome kids. Craziness. Sometimes one simple decision can change the whole course of your life.

(whoops... forgot to rotate pic. This is my awesome Richard the Red Devil shirt. People think that it's all about the Purple and the Valkyries, but that wasn't even a thing when I went to Converse. Nope... it's all about the Red Devils vs. the Pink Panthers. I think you can tell what camp I belong to.)

Jeff and Tracey arrived the eve of Brian's birthday. Jocelyn immediately connected with my friends. I kinda felt bad... Jeff and Tracey traveled all the way from Upstate NY to have a break from their kids. And then had to deal with mine for three days. But they were excellent sports about it.

Brian decided to take the day off from work for his birthday. This was not enjoyable for anyone but him. He tagged along to the library with us and "played the magnatiles all wrong" according to Jocelyn.

We also took Shaggy to the vet to get his stitches out.

We found out his tumor that was removed was not cancerous :)

And speaking of Brian's birthday...
He went with a Star Wars theme. Look for "real" pictures from my good camera for the next post :)

Jocelyn felt like she needed to dress up, too. Let me introduce to you "Pinkie Dash Rainbow Pie". Otherwise known as a three year old who can't make up her mind. 

It was quite a week! Let's hope this one is a bit more calm and chill. I go on Thursday for another angiogram of my head. Prayers, good vibes, wishes, etc are all appreciated :)

Friday, September 18, 2015

Let's Play Ball :: Fall 2015

This Fall marks the 5th (wait... 6th? I've lost track!) season in Jayce's recreational baseball experience and we couldn't be more excited! It was a long spring with my brain aneurysm recovery and no spring baseball for Jayce. He is so glad to be back and I'm happy to be a "baseball mom" again :)

Bless his coaches' hearts... all of them. Because Coach April (and her husband Mike, and his friend Donnie, and his friend Claudio) is so damn good, every kid signs up to play with her. That means there were 18 kids in 10U that wanted to be on her team. She loves all her players so much and wants to make everyone happy, so she never turns anyone down. 18 players is way too much for one team (hello, would the kids even make it through one batting line up??), but 9 players isn't enough for two teams each, she had to be creative. She created two 10U teams, but has asked two players from The Flames to play at each of the Devil Dog's games and two players from the Devil Dogs to play with The Flames. I have no idea how she managed it, but she created a schedule that has each of the 18 players only playing one or two double headers this season. Totally doable.

And have I mentioned she also coaches an 8U team for her other son?

And is an ER nurse that works 3rd shift?

And is diabetic??

One of the moms made the comment that she didn't think Coach April kept insulin in her pump. It must be something stronger :P

Anyway, Jayce's first game was actually his night to do a double header. I was asked to be a dugout mom (my job basically requires me to keep the kids in batting order and to make sure no one gets whacked in the head with a bat) for The Flames, so I wasn't able get my big camera out until he played later for The Devil Dogs. (Don't ask about the team names. The kids come up with the craziest stuff!)

The first game didn't go the way our team wanted. The Chapman kids (District 1) beat us 9-7. However, the kids did well and gave it their all.

Jayce is in the outfield again, but at least is moving around from left, center, and right!

I was able to snap pictures of Jayce warming up "on deck" when the second game started.

And then he was up to bat...

He made contact with the first pitch. 

However, it ended up being a foul so back to the plate he went. And then almost got hit by the ball. Those kinds of things happen in kid pitch.

Then there was a strike. 

A few more not so great pitches put Jayce walking to first. Unfortunately, he got tagged out before he could get to second base.

But that's okay because their team won 10 to 0. A complete shut out.

It's fun to play on two great teams. I have loved watching Jayce make new friends through baseball. 

He may not ever pitch or play first base, but he's having fun and conquering fears.

And that's what counts.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Ten on 10: Boring September Edition

I had wonderful plans on my calendar today; a craft day with my MOMS Club friends, a playdate with Jayce's best friend after school, time with my neighbor helping her pack. Well, a sick kid always throws a wrench in the best laid plans.

Jocelyn had a drippy nose on Tuesday but seemed better yesterday. Although, she did take an epic nap that was unusual for her, now that I think about it. At any rate, I think she has a full blown virus now. She was running a bit of a fever and had some nasal drainage. She cried and said she couldn't go to preschool and she just wanted me. Cuddling on the couch is what we did all day.

It was a real challenge to find beauty in a sick day at home but I tried my best :)

8:30 AM:

9:30 AM

10:30 AM








(That's the dog's blanket, btw. He chews on it and leaves our stuff alone. Win/win.)

It was a rather unproductive day as far as days go, but sometimes you need that. No schedules, no commitments, no rushing, no pressure. We cuddled and played with stickers and watched TV. I think in Jocelyn's eyes, the day was perfect :)

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