Wednesday, August 1, 2018

July 2018

We spent the night in Houston and woke up the first day in July ready to cruise!!

We are off!!  These kids were troopers...we had a lot of late nights the week leading up to the cruise!  Levi fell asleep on the balcony and Abby in the room before the Muster drill.  When we had to go to Muster, Levi woke up, but Abby was still konked out, so I just carried her panties!  haha! 

I didn't take too many pictures on the trip.  I didn't carry my phone much, so I don't have too many pictures, but I have a few! 

Shenanigans at dinner...

Such beautiful BLUE water!!

Our ship from afar!  I'll have to get some pictures from our first two stops from my mom...Roatan and Belize!  We visited Monkeys and Iguanas in Roatan and cave tubing in Belize! 

In Cozumel, the kiddos opted to stay on the boat and go to kids camp / stay with Grandma and Grandpa.  We took a quick walk into town to the grocery store.  We stopped a cute little cafe/bar for a drink on the way back!  They even had a pet pig!!

Connor loves to learn!  He took a class on towel folding, and this was one of his creations! 

When we got home, this gal was MIA for a few days.  We were elated when she showed back up!!

Post cruise, back to All Stars.  Connor was complaining of a sore throat.  We ended up with a late night trip to urgent care.  His throat looked horrible, but the rapid strep test came back negative.  We still treated him for strep and thank goodness we did, because the culture they sent out came back positive!  We had to get him well before the state tourney!!

My mom and I took Connor to Blackstone, VA for the Dixie State Tourney.  Although they didn't do as well as hoped, they had a great time.  It was a hot, but fun weekend. 

I was representing with our tent...

Someone didn't want his picture taken!

Blackberry picking at the cabin.  Well, SOME of us were picking berries...others were having fun playing in the hammock! 

We have been enjoying evening strolls through the neighborhood! 

Summer nights are just the best!!

Swing picture overload, but I just loved her expressions!

Another big thing happened in July...Abby moved on from her beloved Monkey blankie!  She had been gifted two new ones, which I honestly thought she would reject.  However, when we were leaving for the cruise, we suggested leaving her special blankie here so it wouldn't get ruined. Well, by the time we got back, she had moved on and didn't really want it anymore!  Good thing because that thing was on it's last legs!

And now it's August!!  Where has summer gone?!  School starts two weeks from today!! 

June 2018

Guess what?!  More baseball!!  Although it was a busy busy season, we had such a fun time!  Both boys loved it and learned a lot.  

Little Sis is even becoming brainwashed.  I will still get her back in soccer, though! 

Love their relationship!

Daddy went squirrel hunting...and the kids love eating fried squirrel.  Being the good mom I am, I let them have my share!  haha!

June brought us another birthday, too...this gal turned 13 years old this year!  According to Siri, that's 92 in dog years!
June also brought a first for Connor...overnight summer camp!  I had mixed emotions about sending him, but he had a blast.  He wrote letters to both Abby and Levi, but that's all he had time for..ha!  He loved it so much, he signed up for next year, too.  Levi even signed up!  

Drop off...they didn't even hug us bye! 

This pic was from the Camp's Facebook page.  It made me feel so good to see his smiling little face! 

These two sure missed their brother.  Clay was out of town, too, so we had some slumber parties. 

Levi did a camp called Camp Invention the week Connor was out of town.  This was the one camp he asked for and he loved it!  They did some pretty cool projects!

Happy to be reunited!!
 The big boys wanted to show us around camp a bit. 

Levi sporting his free shirt for signing up for next summer!

When Connor got back from camp, he jumped right back into All Stars.  He got to go to a couple of practices before leaving, but had to miss out on a week of practice being gone!  They had one more week of practices before the district tournament started. 

One mid-day practice didn't go so well, and he ended up with quite a shiner!

The district tournament was a long one...a game each night, but that got extended due to some rain outs.  It was supposed to be done by Thursday, but it stretched out until Saturday!!  We had a plane to catch Saturday morning for our Cruise, so we had a late night trip to Charlotte after the Friday night game!  We left after 10 and got there at 1 am!  We had an early flight the next morning, so we were in the hotel less than 4 hours!!

Dirty feet of a baseball sister!!

When we landed in Houston the next morning, C's team was playing in the district finals.  We were able to track the game on the GameChanger app, so he wanted to check it out as soon as we landed.  It started off close, but as he walked through the airport, the pulled into a strong lead and pulled off the big win!  He was so pumped!!  That means they got to go to the state championships!

We had planned a quick trip to NASA the day we landed and the day before we cruised.  It was a long and exhausting day, but we had fun.  Levi is really into space, so he especially enjoyed it!

And that wraps up June!


May 2018

Welp, back in Morgantown, so time to catch up on my blog!

May brought us Abby's 4th (!!) birthday.  I can't believe she is four.  Seems like just yesterday she was born.  She is such a fun little kiddo.  She has such great expressions, is a great helper, is smart and so very loving.  She loves to snuggle, but man does she hate spiders!!

Abby requested Grandma Larson's brownies for her actual birthday.  Of course, I obliged.  

Miss Personality dressed herself for our trip to 7-11. 

I took the day off to help at Field Day for the boys!  Unfortunately, it rained that day so games had to be moved inside, but they still had fun!  No pictures of Connor...we were too busy!

Abby was absolutely thrilled to get an Elsa costume for her birthday.  They love to play dress up, but most of our costumes are boy-ish! 

We have also been big on bike riding!  

Chef Connor has been begging to make sushi.  He even spent his own money on a book!  Apparently it turned out really well, but I missed out trying them.  (Darn...haha!)

Abby requested a Minnie Mouse cake for her birthday! I didn't want to do black icing, so I opted for this design!  I loved how it turned out, but I did have one ear that didn't cooperate so well.  Lol!

I didn't want to try to move the fragile Minnie cake to the party, so I also made some cupcakes.  The Minnie (Mickey?) toppers were made from white chocolate. 

And of course, there was baseball!

And our last day of school!  I forget now what she was upset about, but Abby was throwing a fit and refused to join the last day picture!
Memorial day kiddos!

We hiked the Cascades...we had a great time.  Of course, we had our moments, but overall it was a good trip.  We saw a baby fawn, was brand new and so sweet looking!