Monday, March 24, 2014

It's T-ball Season!

We're in our third week of the official Scripps Ranch Little League's (SRLL) season yet we've been practicing since February. This is Jackson's first time playing baseball, or t-ball, and he's having a ball. Ha, ha. 

The season started with a fun day at a local park. There were jumpies, food stands, games, and team photo professional pictures. All of the kids in SRLL are Padres because the Padres sponsor the jerseys. All of the teams have different styles of jerseys, though. We got lucky with ours. Some of the others are not as classic looking. 

Last weekend Jackson played his best game yet: he was focused in the outfield (not digging in the dirt like the other games and kids), he caught several grounders when he played the infield, and had his first opportunity to play pitcher. He loved it. 

Riley loves cheering her brother on and of course, dressing up for his team. 

We are having fun meeting other five and six year old boys (there are 10 on his team) and their families. 

So, if we can't come to something on a Saturday, it's probably because we're at his game...until June. Wish us luck! It's a long season!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Lung Leavin' Day

“Do one thing every day that scares you.” 
― Eleanor Roosevelt

Everyone has dreams, hopes, desires, and fears. Recently I was contacted by a kind man asking that I check out his wife's story. His wife, Heather, was diagnosed with mesothelioma--a form of cancer caused by asbestos--just three months after the birth of their daughter. Given 15 months to live, Heather's courageous battle is inspiring to say the least. Her lung was removed but her optimism, focus, and strength intensified. 

Heather's Family

Lung Leavin' Day is celebrated on February 2nd each year and it's about overcoming your fears. Participants write their fears on a plate and then throw them--smashing their fears. This was the 8th year of plate fear smashing. Heather has made it her mission to help other mesothelioma victims around the globe as well as to bring awareness. Please take a moment to virtually write your fear on a plate and then smash it to smithereens by visiting the Lung Leavin' Day's page. 

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Sick Day

Baby girl woke up last night with a fever and vomiting...we didn't really sleep because she was miserable and refusing medicine. After changing her clothes twice and bedding, sleeping in her toddler bed, sitting by her bed, and doing extra was time for Sierra to get ready for work. Riley took his spot in our bed. She moaned all morning and finally gave in and took Advil once I promised her a favorite show, "Woof! Woof!" AKA "Paw Patrol."

The fever is a little better now and she's napping. I should be, too, but now there's even more laundry to fold...but it can wait.

She smiled "cheeeese" so we could show Daddy she was up and moving. 

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Mammoth Memories

I just can't catch up on this blog...two kids sometimes feels like 10! 

We celebrated February birthdays (Jackson, Riley, and Grandpa Terry) a few weeks ago in Mammoth and it was awesome. Jackson originally suggested Disneyland instead of a party but then had this idea about we went with it! 

Jackson had a class party and that was the best kind, in my opinion. No stress! Pizza, cake, and simple goody bags. He requested Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle (TMNT) cake pops and this was the most stressful part as I had 1. never made cake pops and 2. needed to figure out fondant. Luckily, my sister in law, Angela, is an expert baker and was available for tips! 

I think they turned out pretty cute and the kids said they were so yummy! 

It was also Twin Day at school...or triplet day with his besties Jace and Danny.

On Riley's birthday (four days after Jackson's), we visited Daddy at work and had a picnic lunch at Petco's Park in the Park. He works next door so that's always a bonus when visiting Pacific Debt, Inc. 

Then we celebrated with dinner and an enormous Messy Sundae at Sammy's. 

Two weeks later, we packed up the car, woke the kids up at 2 a.m., and headed for Mammoth. We were nervous about the 6-8 hour drive as it was our longest ever with children. But, it wasn't so bad! The early start time meant they fell back asleep and then woke up when the sun came up...and we were almost to Mammoth by that point. We only stopped once on the way to get some delicious bacon in Bishop. That is a must for sure.

Jackson was so happy to have bunk beds. He slept on a different bunk each night. Riley fell off within an hour of checking in, though. It was one of the scariest moments I've had as a mother. The wind was knocked out of her and she gasped for air as I watched her eyes roll back into her head and then back. Luckily she was back to normal a few minutes later. can never be too careful. I was standing next to the bed when she fell out through the gap of the railing. :( 

Snow outside our window! It was high 40s, mid 50s during the day. 
 We enjoyed the fresh mountain air, beautiful scenery, and SNOW! Riley's first time and Jackson's first time remembering it. We all had been fighting colds for 4 to 6 weeks and somehow that weekend they disappeared and, knock on wood, went away! 

Grandpa Terry and Gram Roni joined us for the weekend to help with Riley so Sierra and I could snowboard. I hadn't been in 6 years and somehow it's like riding a bike--you just remember. Jackson took ski lessons (loved) AKA 6 hours of kid free time! The second day was more challenging for him because his feet hurt. Mine, too. Ski and snowboard boots aren't the most comfortable. 

We loved our kid free time!

Before our long drive home we took the kids sledding. That was tons of fun! Even Grandpa Terry tried it--priceless!

The memories we created over that weekend are some of our best yet. It was fun in the sun...and snow! Hoping to make this an annual trip!