Where My Ballers At?

Once upon a time, both of my girls played softball. Both started with T-ball. How cute was Sassy’s team?!
girls softball team
This was her 2007 team. She played on the same team as two of her cousins for the first few years. So fun! And them again a few years later at an end of the season party.

For eleven years, we were a softball family. Spring ball, summer league, fall ball, winter conditioning. Non-stop. Yes, it was a lot, but I loved it!

This is the first time neither of my girls are playing ball. It’s feels so weird! Luckily, we have lots of opportunities to watch the baseball games of my nephews and OMG Becky’s boyfriend.

baseball

Last weekend was awesome with two of the boys playing in the same tournament. Both made it to the championship game in their bracket, but sadly, ended up with second place finishes. So close!

baseball team

The big boys are fun to watch, but my five-year old nephew’s team might just be my favorite. It’s mass chaos in a good way!

t-ball

You would think blankets wouldn’t be necessary here in June. You would be wrong. We have had some chilly nights lately.

How is you week going? I can’t believe tomorrow is Friday already and the Fourth of July is only a week away!

Good, Good Days

Sunday contained some of my favorite things!

Family.

family

Several of us showed up for the same church service.  Love when that happens!  It was also a really great service, good sermon and some of my favorite songs.

And do you see Hoppy and Guy?  They are holding hands, as usual.  Makes my heart happy!

After church, Sassy and I went to the lake to hike.

workout with daughter

This girl always makes me happy.

18d

And you know being in the woods always makes me happy.

18c

18b

hike

There were more sailboats on the lake than I have ever seen!

sailboats on lake

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OMG Becky had a pretty awesome Monday.  First I got this text from her.

Proud mommy moment!

That evening, we finally had the end of season party for her softball team.  Goodness, trying to get these girls to all look at the camera at the same time was a chore.

(photo credit to Sassy)

There was lots of really good pizza and a cookie cake.  Yummy!  I hadn’t been to this particular pizza place since an end of the year softball party of my own in high school.  Crazy, right?

Do you remember this team trophy they won at their last tournament?

The coach had a drawing for it and guess who won?  Yep, OMG Becky.  It’s new home is on her dresser in her room.

And then on the way home, we were treated to this pretty moon sight.

moon

Today my oldest nephew is moving into his dorm at his university.  He’s a freshman!  Scary.  I am already thinking about care packages for him.

What should I put in his care package?

Water Fight

Tuesday was a treadmill run.  Do you watch TV on the treadmill?  I usually listen to Pandora  on my phone and watch TV on mute at the same time.

treadmill workout

Tuesday I found a UFC match to watch.  Always fun to watch!

That night was Sassy’s spring softball team’s end of the season party.  Her coach rented a shelter at a local park.  She picked a great location!  It was right next to the playground, clean bathrooms, parking, sand volleyball court and a baseball field.

When we first got there, most people were playing volleyball.  And I have zero desire to hurt my ankle playing something I don’t really want to play in the first place.  And it was 100 degrees outside!  No thanks.  I hung out in the shady of the shelter with a dad who was sore from playing softball over the weekend and didn’t want to play volleyball either.

There was also a little silly dancing happening.

girls dancing

Of course, Sassy was right in the middle of it.  Not a bit of shyness in that girl’s body.

Soon enough the food was ready.  One parent had brought a trailer in with two grills and a smoker on it to prepare the meat.  Crazy.  I knew the menu was hamburgers, hotdogs and chips.  Since I don’t eat meat that left chips as my dinner.  Yummy, right?  Ha.  I brought my own salad.  It was too hot to even think about eating other than something cold.  I should have taken a picture of it!  It was basically just a dump everything out of my fridge in it salad.  Spinach, Spring mix salad, cubed watermelon, blueberries, chopped baby carrots, cottage cheese and salsa ranch dressing.  Looked gross, but tasted great!

After dinner, the kids went to play on the playground and the parents started secretly loading up water balloons.  Crap. I can’t run because I didn’t wear my brace and I’m wearing sandals.  Looks like I will be sitting that part out, too.  I had good company.  The dad sitting with me didn’t want any part of the water fight either.

It quickly moved from water balloons to people grabbing water bottles out of the coolers and dumping them on each other.  Madness!  I managed to avoid any direct hits.  Sassy did coming run at me at one point, ready to get me.  I quickly pointed out that I hadn’t ambushed her.  She aborted her mission.  Thank goodness!  The dad sitting with me was not so lucky.  Another softball mom snuck up behind him and dumped a bottle of water down the back of his shirt.  I don’t think he was too happy with her.  I didn’t see it coming in time to warn him.  Sorry.

After getting the girls as dirty, sweaty and wet as possible, we thought it would be a great time for a team picture.

girls team picture

Next the coaches presented the girls with their trophies.  I took a picture of Sassy getting hers, but in true awesome blogger style, it was way too blurry to post.  Winning.

Then they announced we were playing girls against parents in a softball game.  Um.  Thanks for the advance warning.  Again, I had to sit out and watch.  I wasn’t too happy about that.  I would have loved to play!  That was my one major complaint with this team this season.  The lack of communication.  Oh well.

They played until it got too dark to see the ball coming at them.  It was a really fun party and the perfect way to end the season!

Yesterdays workout was one of the elliptical kind.  It was to include weight machines, but they were packed.  And then as soon as I tried to connect to Pandora, I kept getting a no connection error message.  Then I tried Tuned In app.  No go with that one either.  Grrr.  I really think my phone doesn’t like me sometimes.

elliptical workout

Luckily, as I was flipping through the channels I made this awesome discovery.  Duck Dynasty marathon to the rescue!  And all was right with my world.

Do you listen to music when you run?  

Or do you prefer to plug watch TV, if it’s available?

Or both, like me?

VD & the Weekend

Happy Valentine’s Day!

valentine's day candy heart

(source)

I hope your day is full of sweet goodness!

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Friday I had a meeting downtown.  Parking downtown came be hard sometimes.  This day in particular, I had to circle the block three times before finding a spot.  And that spot was smack dab in the middle of the largest puddle ever!  I kid you not when I say I was more than ankle deep in water when getting out of the car.

large water puddle

And of course, I had things in the back of my car for said meeting.  My coworker was laughing at me as she met me on the sidewalk while I’m literally in the puddle unloading my car.  I was sure I would be presenting the meeting in soggy socks.  Miracle of miracles, my heeled boots did not leak!

Sunday afternoon, OMG Becky’s team hit the batting cages outside.  It was just as cold and windy as the day before.

batting cage

Made for fun trying to hit the ball that wasn’t coming in straight!

That evening, my youngest brother had the girls, me and my parents over for dinner.  Hoppy and Sassy had fun playing dollhouse.

girls playing dollhouse

OMG Becky and I helped in the kitchen.

cooking

Someone was not in the mood to have her photo taken.

the hand

At all.

But she will take pictures of herself to post on her Facebook all day long.

I don’t get it.

Monday morning, we had an Academic Recognition breakfast for Sassy at her middle school.  It was for students with a 3.5-4.0 GPA for the first half of the school year.  She’s rocking a 4.0!

As well, as her race shirt from Saturday!  Seriously, my favorite race shirt to date.

The “breakfast?”…

continental breakfast

It left a little to be desired.  Luckily, I had a Raw Revolution Chocolate Coconut Bliss sample bar in my purse from Saturday’s race.

raw revolution coconut bliss bar

(source)

Are you familiar with Raw Revolution bars?  If you haven’t tried them, you must!  They are my absolute favorite!

What are your favorite bars?

What are your plans for Valentine’s Day?

Eat All the Vegetables

Oh my goodness!  Where have you been???

Oh wait.  I was the absent one.  Sorry about that.  It’s been sort of busy the last few days with life, work, kids, their sports, beautiful weather making me what spend as much time as possible outside and arranging my schedule as such…

So here’s the best kind of post.  A wrap-up/inclusive/see how much I can fit into one post post.  ;-)

OMG Becky’s (in the blue shirt) softball team has started their practices.

indoor softball practice

 

It just so happens to be in the same facility Sassy’s team practices.  Too bad it’s not at the same time or on the same day.  I entertained myself by laughing at a couple moms that would flinch and scream every time a ball came near that fence and net.  Good times!

First team picture of the season.

indoor softball practice

 

The weather here has been almost perfect here lately.  So many warm-ish days to enjoy!  My girls and I are trying to make the most of it!

Friday was meant to be outside.  And that meant a run for Sassy and me.

We tried a part of the trail she had never been on.

I think she liked it.

This trail heads away from the lake, but runs along a creek that feeds into it.

Nike Dual Fusion

I tried out my new Nike Dual Fusion shoes.  I want to wear them a few more times before reviewing them.  Still think they are my prettiest running shoes!  I almost didn’t want to wear them for fear of them getting too dirty on the trail.  Yes, I am that girl.

We get to see these two beauties every time we hit these trails.

horse pasture

These horses live on the edge of our subdivision right along the lake/park.

I have been working to eat a fruit or vegetable with every meal and snack.  This egg scramble has become my favorite meal.

egg scramble

Spinach, Vidalia onion, mushrooms and jalapeno cheese stick chopped and scrambled with two eggs.  Topped with avocado and salsa.  I have had it for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  It is that good!  And so filling!  And now I want one.

What food can you not get enough of right now?

Seeds For All

On Sunday, OMG Becky did a little spring cleaning of her bat bag.

clean bat bag

Some of her finds included three mismatched, dirtied, crumpled socks.  Gross.  But that wasn’t the worst of it.

This was…

bat bag sunflower seeds

Enough sunflower seeds to keep an entire softball team happy until the seventh inning stretch.  Pretty sure those seeds are at the very least two years old.  So, so gross.

Sorry I had to show you that.  Here’s a couple of happier photos to take your mind off what may be growing in the bag above.

Okie chilling in OMG Becky’s bed before she made it.  Think he found a warm spot to snuggle into.  He loves to snuggle.

cat in bed

And this sunset picture from Sunday taken by Sassy.

sunset

She’s got a good eye.  Look at those colors!

Tell me something that grossed you out lately.

Softball & Nails

For a day off, yesterday sure was a busy one.

First we had to get the party animals up and ready for church.  They had a great time the night before!

sleepover

Pedicures, hair curling rod practice, iPods, massages and ice cream.  Fun stuff!

OMG Becky, my niece (Myo) and I worked a fundraising table at church between services.

They may have gotten a little bored between crowds.

Then it was time for a quick-lunch before heading back to church for a youth group and parents meeting.

Fazoli's

Mmm, Fazoli’s!  I had the Chicken Mushroom Alfred Bake (minus the chicken, and the camera flash apparently).  And a breadstick, of course.  Their breadsticks are the best!

After the meeting, Sassy and I headed to her first softball practice of the season.  An hour of fielding…

indoor softball practice facility

…and an hour of batting practice.  She loved it and was happy to be back at it.

indoor softball practice facility

Back home, OMG Becky insisted on giving us all flower nail art.

nail art

Aren’t we pretty!

Don’t let this sunshiney (yep, I made that word up) picture deceive you.  It was freezing here yesterday.

lake

Other than the sudden shift in weather, it was a great weekend filled with girly stuff that flew by way too quickly.

How was your weekend?

Rears Handed to Us

This weekend my older daughter participated in a local softball tournament.  The field was just a couple of towns over, but her first game was at 8:00 AM.  That meant we had to arrive no later than 7:15 AM to warm-up.  And she insisted I make her a hot, nutritious breakfast!  It’s like she doesn’t know me at all.

Morning came early.  Like 5:45 AM early.  It’s not that I’m not use to seeing the sunrise, but it’s usually for my own selfish reasons.  Like going for a run all by myself!  But sometimes you have to take one for the team/family.

Either way, we arrived in time to send her off to find her team.  It was only 39 degrees outside and mostly cloudy.  Younger daughter and I decided there was no reason for us to leave the warm cocoon of the car until game time.  She came up with the great idea of leaning our front seats all the way back and watching a movie.

And I came up with the idea to put my feet up!

Soon enough, it was game time.  I should probably lead with the fact that my daughter’s team is a recreational team.   About half of the girls on the team have never played softball until this team started a few weeks ago.  My daughter has played since she was in kindergarten.  It’s hard for her because she loves her teammates and wants to be encouraging, but at the same time, she wants to win.  Most of the teams at this two-day tournament were competitive teams that travel.  It was a LONG weekend.

The first team we played traveled four hours to get here from California.  They were AWESOME!  Not only did they play well, they were great sports.  They could tell immediately there was no need to kill us with their skills.  Their coaches were very encouraging to our girls.  Was a pleasure to play them!

Our next game was immediately following the first.  That opposing team came all the way from Washington, five hours away.  Again, they were much more skilled than our girls.  They were nice about it for the most part, though they did steal a lot of unnecessary bases.  But I understand that was their choice.  And sadly, the girls on their team said a few unkind things to our girls.  Uncalled for!

After that game, we had a few hours to kill.  Instead of driving home, my girls and I grabbed a picnic lunch, a blanket and headed to the nearest park.  It was a perfect day for a picnic!  After eating, I laid down to watch the clouds go by.

And my girls played a few hand games.  Miss Mary Mack, Mack, Mack…

That is, until they realized I was taking their pictures!

Busted.

Then it was time for a siesta!  My favorite time of the day.  Since we didn’t have any pillows, we made the best of it.

Sassy used me as her pillow and OMG Becky used her.  Me?  I had to make do with my own arm because my daughters are mean like that.

Then it was back to the park for another game.  And as luck would have it, another great team to play.  But they didn’t kill us as bad as the other teams.

Sunday was elimination day.  We got to play until we lost.  (Can you see where this is going?)

Our first game was at 8:00 AM again.  Same early rise and whine shine.  OMG Becky was not having the best morning.  She mentioned on the way there that this would be the first softball tournament that she hasn’t placed in the top 3.  But she understands either way, she has to play just as hard as always.  Her effort and attitude can impact the rest of the team.  They look to her as a leader and she is reluctantly accepting that role.

The first team that day was from our state, but still traveled 3.5 hours to get there.  They were great sports and gentle with our girls.  We were done by 9:00 AM and ready to head home.  I must say our girls, the coach and the parents on this team are awesome!  Everyone is so positive and willing to work hard and learn what this sport is all about.  I love the energy!

Lumpy Bed & Odd Socks

I was out of bananas today.  Oh the horror!  I had to make a few adjustments to my favorite sandwich (nut bread toasted, almond  butter and slice bananas).  I traded apple slices for bananas.  But this Gala was a bit tart.  So I sprinkled a bit of cinnamon on top and drizzled a little honey.

It was great!  I will be making this again!

Then it was time for some real fun.  Real domestic fun, that is.  Wait a minute!  Is there such a thing?…  Anyway, it was time to see if I could make some happy sock reunions.  See, I told you.  Fun!

And when I don’t have a match, they go in here until the next sock reunion.

Of course, I couldn’t have this much fun without attracted unwanted attention.  Leo came to union me first.  But he thought it would be more fun under the covers.  (Why is it so hard to take a decent photo of a black cat?!)

Then Okie joined in.  He quickly realized the lump was Leo and had fun pouncing on him.

Tonight brought another softball game.  And rain showers.  And hail.  And wind.  Luckily, the rain and hail stopped within 10 minutes of the game starting.  The wind continued and was cold.  And that is why I keep a blanket and coat in my car during the softball season.

The girls did a great job but came up one run short in the end.  Sadness.  They tried so hard!

Do you have a bag of odd socks or am I the odd one?

Luckiest Mom Ever

What an amazing weekend!

Yesterday afternoon my younger daughter had a softball game.  I missed the first 45 minutes because I had to work a shift in the snack bar.  I was dreading it but I actually enjoyed it.  Loved talking with all the kids about their games as they came up to buy something.

Right before my shift ended, my older daughter called to tell me my younger daughter was playing catcher.  It was the first time playing that position with this new team!  I couldn’t wait for my shift to end so I could cheer her on.

She had an amazing game and was voted game MVP by her coaches for the second time this season!  (She also got MVP their opening game.)

I immediately took her home for a cool bath.  It was in the high 80’s out there and catcher’s equipment is hot.  Not to mention the game went on for a little over 2.5 hours!  I was so glad I had packed her an extra water bottle.  I need to find my little cooler.  I tend to bring a few extra water bottles for other kids, just in case.  And a couple ice packs!  Yes, I’m that mom.

Today, after waking up to a wonderful surprise from my girls, we planned a picnic in the park.  We found a great, shady spot in the grass to enjoy our lunch.

We were lucky enough to have a pretty good ukulele player sitting near us!

Then we settled in for some relaxing, people watching.

And then a stroll to check out the rhododendrons.  They are quickly becoming one of my favorite flowers.  This is my third Spring here and I just can’t get over how big and beautiful the blooms are!  I just wished they lasted longer.

My daughter loves them, too!

After the park, we stopped at Starbucks for the last day of their half-price frappuccinos.

Strawberries & Cream, Coconut Mocha and White Chocolate Mocha.  Yummy stuff!

I didn’t think my day could get any better.  My heart was full.  And then there was this…

A love proclamation from my 14 year old daughter for all the world to see!  My cup runneth over.

What was the best part of your weekend?