Monday, September 01, 2014

Play ball!

As summer comes to an end this weekend, its hard to believe that its been weeks since we were at the ballpark! for 8 weeks, we had no less than 5-6 games a week. It kept us busy but it was lots of fun. Jacob's already looking forward to next year. I found a few more pics hanging out on my phone that I wanted to remember.

Jacob on 1st base

Eye on the ball!

Jacob's first time as catcher

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Summer fun in photos

As usual, the kids and I made a Summer Fun List back and June and we're doing our best to accomplish everything on it! We'll have to forget about or put off a few things but we've done a LOT this summer. As a mom, we've had a busy, fun summer...but I've done nothing productive other than finish up my classes! Oh well! We've made lots of memories and had a great time. 

About 90% of these things are crossed off!

First visit to a Lego Store!

First time canoeing!

First time doing a Park-a-pa-looza with friends!

First time trying out a high ropes course!


First time tubing (this was NOT a hit with the kids!)

Detroit Zoo and the polar bears

A second canoe trip and their first time helping to paddle

First time fishing! (he didn't catch anything)

A new splash park on vacation

LOTS of reading...
I've read more books this summer than I've read in the last 2 years I think!

Jacob dove into chapter books!

Sarah read more books than I can count!

Lots of beach time, even with our friends!

Summer would not be complete without a visit to Applewood
My three ball players!

We raised Painted Lady butterflies this summer and then set them free! 
Such a fun process!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Beaches, lighthouses and lakes, oh my!

The Traverse City area has so much to offer. Our week was full of adventures, big and small! Highlights were the dunes and exploring the area. The low point was probably our tubing trip. They've enjoyed canoeing but tubing didn't seem to be as fun for the kids. It'd been two years since we'd been up in Traverse City and the area never disappoints! There's always so much to do and I'm so thankful for our friends who are willing to let us use their place for a week!

Atop the lighthouse at Old Mission Point

Swimming in Sutton's Bay

The water was still pretty cold after our long winter.
Friends tell us there was still ice in the lake in May!

They had no idea what this was! ha!

Watching the boats go in and out of the marina

A swing set with a view!

Picking Cherries!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Our trip to the "ocean", part 1

We were lucky to get in two trips this summer. No, we didn't travel anywhere exotic and we never left Michigan, but Adam was having a really hard time remembering that we were on lakes and bays and not on the ocean while on vacation. He often asked if the water was salty and if we saw any! Silly boy!

Our first vacation was up to beautiful Traverse City and Suttons Bay in northern Michigan. We rented my friend's home again and had a great week. It was a non-stop vacation that included a trip to the beautiful Sleeping Bear Dunes, tubing down the Platte River, miniature golf, bumper boats, lighthouse visits, beaches, parks and splash pads along with the children's museum and bowling. We packed a lot into 7 days! My parents joined us for several days and went to the Dunes with us, which I didn't realize until then that my Dad had never seen them before! So beautiful and I'm glad we got to share that with him! We also took them to the fun and yummy Cherry Republic for samples and goodies! They were awesome and offered to watch the kids for us one afternoon/evening so we could have a date night in wine country. Paul and I made the most of our day out, hitting lots of wineries and having a nice dinner.

I've got lots more pics but these ones are from our visit to Sleeping Bear Dunes with my parents. It was cool but sunny the day we went and we had a great day! It was voted one of the most beautiful places in America a few years ago by Good Morning America and it truly is breathtaking!

Look at the amazing blue water!

Dad's first times on the dunes!

Adam made it up the dune climb all by himself!! 
He was SO proud!

On top of the world!!

We are at the top of the dune we just climbed...the little specks in the 
background are people farther down. You can't even see the parking lot and park from here!

Mom and I

Grandpa and his lil ones at Cherry Republic

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Little League 2014

It was a busy summer at the ball fields for our family. All three kids played and all three were on separate teams. Jacob moved up to baseball, Sarah played softball for the first time and Adam played t-ball again. I was really happy with all of their coaches and they all made some good improvements over the season! 3 teams made for lots of evenings at the ball park and running between 2, sometimes 3 games at once, but we managed to make them all and have fun!

Adam was excited that his daycare sponsored a t-ball team this year so he got to be on a team with his own friends and teachers! He enjoyed that. Just like last year, he started off the season excited and ready to play, but fizzled out mid-season. Thankfully after the All-star and vacation break, he came back ready to finish off the season. He liked playing first base and pitcher the best.

Sarah made a tough transition from t-ball last year to machine-pitch softball this year. That's a BIG jump with lots of new rules, too. She was happy to be on a team with several friends and she knew her coach from school but their team was young and inexperienced compared to the other teams. They unfortunately didn't win a single game, but the girls all made improvements over the season. Sarah got much better hitting at the plate and even made a few defensive plays for outs in the last few games.

Jacob's league was probably the most exciting to watch. His team was competitive and had the most teams. He played against friends almost every game and made big improvements over the season. He didn't know anyone on the team at the start of the season but definitely made some new friends before it was over. He had a very encouraging, positive coach that we really liked. They probably won at least half their games and made a good run in the tournament - making it into Sunday but losing their first game that day. Jacob got much better at the plate - getting a couple doubles later in the season and rarely striking out towards the end. He often played outfield or catcher and has paid a lot of attention to the roles of each position. He's definitely learned a lot about the game and defense! The day after the season was over, he said he already missed baseball and still often wants to practice here at home. He can't wait for next year!

With summer sports over, we look to gymnastics for Sarah again and basketball for Jacob. Its tempting to let him give travel ball tryouts a chance but I want him to try other things at this age and not get rutted into one sport so young. He thankfully hasn't asked to tryout so we'll wait on that a few more years hopefully. We'll continue to practice with him to help him improve and let him grow in other areas as well. Adam hasn't expressed interest in any other sports at this time which makes our busy lives a little easier! We'll see what the next year brings for him!