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No longer six.

In less than a half an hour (it’s 12:42 am) my “babies” (many friends still refer to my boys as ‘the babies’) will be SEVEN years old.    I just finished with their cakes and wrapping their presents and we’ve got a big day planned tomorrow.    Here are their last pictures as six year olds.  They are so excited to finally be seven.

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Love,
Heather

 

 

New chores

Times are a’changin around here and we’re all liking it, actually.  Even Ricky!   Two days ago I asked Ricky to empty the dishwasher.   When he was done he said, “I like that chore, that should be my chore all of the time.”  Ummm.  Done and Done.  Then yesterday we had Ricky mow for the first time ever.   He wasn’t so sure of himself at first, but loved it too.   It’s bittersweet that he’s growing up but he’s becoming quite the young man.   Love this kiddo.

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Love,

Heather

Made from scratch!

When we moved into our house there were two tiny trees planted right next to our front windows.   For years these trees have grown and are now almost as tall as our house.   But it wasn’t until a couple of years ago we realized that these were cherry trees, and not until the end of last season that we realized that we could eat the cherries.   This year Ricky and I picked as many as we could reach, one because the birds were making a complete mess of them and consequently of our sidewalk below but two, because I got motivated to actually make something with them.

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I’m not a big cook, and I sure am not a “make it from scratch” type of cook.    But I’m proud to say that I made an entire cherry cobbler from scratch.   Cherries from our trees, ingredients from my kitchen … I didn’t have to run to the store for anything, which is a miracle in itself.

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And voila!  It turned out great!
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However, I’m the only one that can vouch for it.   None of my picky boys wanted to try any and Ken wasn’t so sure about the cherries actually being edible so I don’t think he actually ate any either (even though he claims to have!)   Oh well, it was fun to prove that I could make something from scratch and Ricky and Benny loved helping out.

Love,
Heather

Benny – All Star Baseball

Benny just finished his first Allstar baseball tournament. He absolutely loves to play and is really learning a lot about the game. It’s no surprise that he always know the score and remembers various stats about his games.

One of my favorite memories about this tournament didn’t happen at a game, but the morning after. I couldn’t be at their first game where they received their uniforms. I had gotten home late the night of the game and he was already sound asleep. I woke up bright and early the next morning with Benny standing next to my bed proudly showing me his jersey. He then recapped the entire game for me; who was on each base, who made key outs including his own catch of a pop-fly for one out and running the ball in from the outfield to get a runner out.

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Another favorite moment came with watching the excitement on his face during the championship game when he ran off the field during the second to last inning knowing that they had sealed the championship by holding their opponent to just a couple runs that inning. I was lucky enough to capture his huge smile.

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His team won the championship game and Benny was, of course, thrilled with his trophy!

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This next image is my new favorite because I love that is so telling of him and his age.   His baseball backpack that is too big and a little too heavy for his skinny frame slipping off his shoulder.  It has his name embroidered and makes him feel like the ‘real deal’, so he loves it.  His freckles becoming more prominent. That permanent tooth way bigger than the rest, right next to the hole that held the most recent lost baby tooth.  His longer hair peaking out from under his cap.  He’s becoming more opinionated of his style and intent on having long hair.  And his proud grin after a big win.  If I could go back in time, I’m pretty sure this is what his daddy looked like at almost 7.

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The quest for the biggest and best trophy has started here in a house full of competitive boys.  My boys may all have different interests but thankfully, each of their activities has presented an opportunity for a trophy.   Last night Benny was asking Ken about his trophies and where they were and which was the biggest and a multitude of other questions.   Ken got out a box of keepsakes that included his first ever trophy… fittingly a baseball trophy.   Benny loved looking through all of his sports memorabilia and I loved watching and listening to these two sport lovers.

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One more baseball tournament for Benny, and then soccer will be in full-force for Ricky.

Love,
Heather

 

Cathy Mack - So glad you are back to blogging! Makes me feel like I know what is happening so far away with family!

DeEtta Bird - Congratulations Benny,
I can see you are good at running bases! I am wondering about the picture with the lump in your cheek. Is that gum or your tongue. If it’s your tongue, you might be sorry!!!! I’m going to look for some of your dads sport pictures. If I find any, I’ll send them to you. Grandma DeDe

Evening Kayaking Trip

We’ve had one busy week and probably should have stayed home and vegged on the couch, but I kind of had a little panic attack on Thursday when I realized it was almost the 4th of July!   Summer is flying by and I feel like we have limited time to do all kinds of summer fun.  So when my friend, Suzie, suggested we meet them up at their campground where they were staying all week to kayak, I packed the kids in the car at 5 pm or so and headed to a lake over an hour away.   I debated most of the way there, since it always takes me longer than I expect to load everything and especially after getting stuck in traffic,  if I should be heading up so late in the day, but didn’t regret it for a moment once we got there.   The end of the day meant we had most of the lake to ourselves and the setting sun was beautiful to watch from a kayak.  Turns out vegging out on a kayak and around a campfire is much better than on the couch!    Some of the pictures from our fun evening:

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After kayaking, we hung out til it got dark for some s’mores and then headed home with 3 tired boys!

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Life is too short for veggin’ on the couch 😉

Thanks, Suzie, Chris and girls for a great night!

Love,
Heather