Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Wyatt's School Year Wrap Up

This kid is moving on the the fourth grade! The school year just started, didn't it?  This year was an absolute DREAM.  I'm not kidding.  Second grade was tough for him.  There were PACKETS and PACKETS of worksheets.  And overall, it just wasn't a great fit.

But when I say that this year was the total opposite, I'm not kidding.  We all have teachers that we remember forever (I ran into one of my favorite teachers ever just a few days ago), and I really think that Wyatt will always remember his time in third grade.  It was a perfect fit, and he thought his teacher was the greatest guy ever.  There wasn't a complaint about going back to school after breaks, he always wanted to be prepared for tests, it was just fantastic.  When I say that I was teary eyed at the end of the school year, I'm not kidding.  I know that this school year, with this teacher, is something that will always stay with him.  They were even twins for awards day!  :)

He also had a great year academically!  Soooo close to straight A's at the end of the year, but he missed an A in math by 60 points.  When he tallied up the silly mistakes that he made and realized how close he was, he realized there was a reason his teacher had him write "I checked my work" at the bottom of those pesky tests.  He was actually supposed to check it.  Ha!  He still ended up with Principal's Honor Roll for those A's and that B.

He had lots of fun friends in his class.  Several of them also played in the sand soccer tournament, so they were all wearing their gear.  When I walked in Wyatt's class for the party, his teacher said, "So, I heard Wyatt got a yellow card this weekend.  It was the first thing he told me today."  I know Wyatt will miss talking sports with him!

And the last day picture.  Here comes fourth grade!


We took advantage of a nice May day and set our inflatable pool up in the backyard.  The pictures will do most of the talking of the fun that they had that day!

Monday, July 18, 2016

June Little Things

Here are a few of the small things that made our June so fun!  More posts to come on the end of the school year, Finley's dance recital, her first t-ball game, All Stars, and probably other things that I am forgetting.  Ha!

June began with Field Day for these four.  They are best friends!  Reesie and her friend on the right were in the same morning Kindergarten class last year, and her two friends on left had the same teacher in the afternoon.  They were inseparable this year.

In February, Reesie came home in tears because her best friend, Hunter, told her she was moving to South Carolina this summer.  There were literally MONTHS of tears from her because of it.  I told her she needed to make sure that the last few months were the best, and she did!

Reesie decided that she needed to up her skin care routine this summer.  Long sleeved rash guard, large straw hat, check!  #redhairdocare
In case anyone is looking for a great summer drink...this is my fave!  The WalMart Clear American waters mixed with Moscato are the best.  I like to mix in peach or strawberry.

We set up the pool in the backyard and they had a picnic on the deck.

Pony pictures were taken in May, but we got them back in June.  I can't believe how much bigger Hudson looks in a year's time.  Ah!  He's going to Kindergarten in the fall!

This podcast is my new favorite.  I LOVE The West Wing, but no one was talking about it when I watched it.  Now watching an episode a week on Netflix and listening is awesome, especially since I've now seen every episode too many times to count.

Poor Jeter was stuck in his crate for the entire day while we were at Sand Soccer.  He was ready to dole out some love when we got home!

Hudson's class celebrated the final week of school (and their Dr. Seuss unit) with a Wacky Wednesday.

Which gave me flashbacks to two years ago when Reesie had her Wacky Wednesday in Ms. Cathy's class, too!

We had a pizza party/trophy night for the baseball team, and then the moms went out for a bit!

I had to get a picture of Hudson with his buddies on the last day of school.  He has had the best year and the greatest group of friends in his class since he started preschool.

He and Mason have been together since the very beginning and they have been best buddies.  I am so sad that they are going to different schools this fall!  They will still be friends, though.  Baseball buddies, too!

I believe Finley's exact words in this situation were "Reese, you've been bad, and I'm going to need to tell your Mom about this."

After a long day at the baseball fields, it obviously makes sense to come home and run more catching drills, right?

She had her going away party for Hunter at the same time as one of Wyatt's games.  I dropped her off to play, and when we came home we sat on the porch and talked for awhile.

FQB was excited to see "Finding Dory" in the movie theater.  

They found a nest in the  backyard, and lined up to check for eggs.  Wyatt was ready to tell us exactly which kind of bird was living in the nest.

One last sleepover before Hunter moved!  

We made frames for their rooms with pictures from Field Day.

And the next morning she left our house and moved to South Carolina!

I ended up with an extra kid at my house one night after baseball practice.  And there's no escaping baseball with this group.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Softball Champs!

Reese's softball team is full of softball talent. These girls know how to hit the ball and make plays, and they are tough!  

One of the moms on the team took this photo in May.  It's now one of my favorites EVER!  The girls all brought dresses to their game and changed afterwards.  Then they rolled around in the dirt until they were dirty enough! Ha!

They went undefeated this spring, and then had to play in one playoff game to qualify for the championship.
Reesie went on a hot streak at the end of the season, and she was crushing the ball!  She tries to good at everything.  She's not happy settling with getting a single, or playing in the infield a few times.  She wants to be the best!

As luck would have it, her Championship game was on the same day, at the same time, as Wyatt's!  I stayed with her at her game, and it was great!  She hit two doubles, and drove in a few runs!  

And the Pride finished the season number 1!  This year of softball has been so good for her.  She loves the game, and her coaches and team mates were great.  Some of the girls will be moving up in the fall, but two of her coaches are staying and so are several of her friends.  She's already looking forward to it!

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Playoff Run

This spring Wyatt's rec ball team made it to the playoffs.  Their regular season ended with a 4-6-1 record, so when Brian told everyone that we made it to the playoffs, there was a bit of a collective groan from the stands.  Ha!  Brian thought that this team was good, but they had some tough games. And by tough, I mean that in those 6 losses they had lost by a combined total of 8 runs.  They were close games!

The first playoff game was on Tuesday, May 24th.  They were playing a team they had previously lost to, but they came out ready to play and cheer on their teammates!

This guy caught a great game behind the plate.  The umpire called him "Little Johnny Bench."

He also got some good hits!  The first season of Kid Pitch is so hard.  They're learning to hit off kids, they're worried about whether they're going to hit, sometimes they do get's crazy!
They won the game, and they were so excited and proud of themselves.  It was a little nuts because it was also the week of standardized state tests, so some boys couldn't play the late games.

These 4 play Raptors Baseball together, and they're Dodgers together!

And more Raptors also had a playoff game (and won!) that night, so Ian stopped by to do some photobombing!

The next night (May 25th) is where the fun began.  All of the other teams had looked at the Dodgers record, and assumed the boys would be out.  Brian and the other coaches did a great job encouraging the boys (and their parents), that they could do this!  They just needed to be reminded how close the scores had been, and they needed some good pitching.  The next game was against the team that they had tied during the regular season.  They were nervous, and it was a battle, but they won!
And enjoyed a popsicle as a bonus!  Ha!

On the 26th they all came in pumped to win.  The other team really thought that they were going to be playing the team we'd be the night before, and their expectations were probably pretty low. Brian was stressed out thinking about pitching and the boys' arms and pitch counts, but these boys managed to win again and were headed to the Championship game!

They were all on Cloud 9.  Floating in the air, I tell you!  If only they could have played the next night to keep the magic alive.  This picture has a combination of unwashed socks, heart guards, entire uniforms, etc. thanks to the magic of superstition in baseball!

The Championship game was the following Wednesday (June 1st).  And the Dodgers ended their season with a loss. If there's one thing people know about Wyatt, it's that he's competitive, and he takes every game seriously. Sometimes too seriously. But, he comes by his um, "competitive tendencies" honestly. It was a tough game. For him. For his team mates. For his dad and the other coaches. Reese's team had their party that night and I didn't think that he and Brian were going to come. BUT they showed up. And while we were there we (literally) ran into one of his favorite high school players (his mom is one of Reese's very favorite people at her school), and he had also just lost a big game. And he told him, "it's just another loss." That helped him tremendously. His face lit right up. And when we got home we got some ice on that welt on his arm!

It was a really great season for the Dodgers!  But it didn't end there for up was All Stars!

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Sand Soccer 2016

Wyatt's soccer team decided to enter the sand soccer tournament this summer.  I don't know if it was the fact that we started talking about it during the indoor soccer season (covered here), while we were stuck inside or what that got us excited to do it, but by the time we actually GOT to sand soccer weekend, the beach was the very last place I wanted to be!  Ha!

His first game was at the same time as Finley's dance recital, but we were able to leave him with our friends while we went to see her dance.  We both made it to his second game (after paying a ridiculous amount of money to park!), and they ended their first day with 2 wins!

By the time he was done playing two games, he was not excited to walk 6 blocks back to the parking lot!

We had to buy him this shirt.  If you've ever seen Wyatt play defense, you know that this shirt sums up his soccer philosophy.

All of the kids spent that Saturday night at my parents' house, and the next morning I shuffled them from their house to Brian's parents house.  He had another long day of soccer, and there was no way that the other kids were going to be able to deal with all the walking and the hours that they would have to spend at the beach on what was the hottest weekend of the year.  

They managed to win their first game that day and secure their bid to the championship game.

The championship game was a nail biter.  There were a lot of things that all collided to make it stressful.  The first thing was that it was the championship game.  The second was that it was this team's last game together.  His coaches are moving on, and soccer is also changing their travel rules in the fall.  They are going from a May-May calendar for birthdays to a birth year calendar, and we would have had to either move Wyatt and some of the other boys up to play U11 with the older boys, or stick with the younger boys to play U10.  Ultimately, splitting the team up with the best option, and 5 of the boys are staying together.

We also ended up playing the exact same team that we beat in a Veteran's Day tournament earlier this year.  We didn't go in overconfident because that had been a close game.  We managed to grab a lead after Wyatt scored a goal from midfield while he was playing defense. But he had some tough competition in a kid from the other team. He met his match in terms of aggression, and the kid on the other team got a yellow card.  But so did Wyatt.  His first yellow card ever.  And yes, first.  Because I don't think this will be the last time my kid gets a yellow card.   Also, the ref was awful and couldn't keep score.

Ultimately the ended up losing in over time when the other team got a PK for a handball.  They were crushed, but they still managed to pull off fake smiles for the awards ceremony.

Overall it was a fun weekend.  I'm not sure we're going to rush to play again next year (especially after $75 in parking all weekend after we paid $60 to play!), but Wyatt had a blast!