Monday, October 15, 2018

Weekend Recap

We had a very rare weekend with nothing on the agenda other than a Friday night baseball practice, which was tons of fun hanging out with the moms in the dugout wrapped in blankets and trying to stay dry.  I'll miss this one day, so they say.

Saturday was lazy with no alarm clocks, lots of rain and a late breakfast complete with bacon and eggs.  After some more laziness, we had a 3:00 lunch at Moe's and went to Home Depot to get a piece to fix the toilet handle Ellie broke earlier in the day.  We also hit up a few home decor shops and stopped by Wal Mart before heading back home for Family Movie Night.  We watched Hocus Pocus, which proved to be a little too intense for my crew.

Eli was snoozing away on Sunday morning, which was much needed, so Eric said he would stay home while Ellie and I went to Sunday School and then he and Eli would meet us at for the service.  Instead, I got a text saying the dishwasher was leaking and he was going to fix it.  

I decided to go home and "help," but by the time I made it, he had already determined that the dish washer was working properly.  Our celebration was short-lived, however, because Eric's truck tire was flat. 

After airing it up, we all piled into the truck and took a ride Sam's Club so they could repair it.  With two people in front of us, we had two hours to kill, so we got the kids and Icee and pretzel each at kinda wondered around the store.

When they finally called us back to the service department, we were informed that the hole was not repairable and they would have to order a new tire.  Lucky, us!

With that news, we headed to Wal Mart to return a fish tank we bought the day before that had a crack in it. So, let's review: broken toilet, false alarm on the dish washer removal, flat tire, broken fish tank, and would you believe me if I told you that a medicine I needed at the pharmacy was on back order?!

At this point we were laughing hysterically at our misfortune and decided to head home for a redo and a little rest.  The kiddos took full advantage and played dress-up for most of the day.  They also cleaned Eli's room, which was a major parenting win!

We finished the night with a dinner of popcorn, cookies, fish sticks, and cheese sticks in front of the television.  How's that for awesome parenting?  They got to eat junk and I got to clean out my cabinets!!

Monday, October 1, 2018

Mammoths Weekend: Greenville

This past weekend was full of baseball again.  We haven't been on the field since August, so it felt good to be back at it, this time with a new team.  These kiddos did so amazing to have only had five or so practices.  They have such a special spirit about them, and I cannot wait to see where the season takes the Mammoths!

Our pool play games on Saturday were late, so we got to sleep in, which is always a treat on tourney weekends.  Of course we were a bundle of nerves all morning waiting for game time...except for Ellie.  She was fine.  Ha!  We barely ate breakfast, and no one ate lunch.  We left super early for the park and ran into some former teammates when we got there, which helped with the nerves.

We're still on cloud nine from winning our first game.  The boys did so amazing!  I cannot believe the heart of this team.  They never got down on themselves and they didn't let an occasional error derail them.  Instead, they refocused, pushed through the frustration, and ended up coming out on top.

The second game was a little harder fought.  The team has been together since the spring season and had already won a few tournaments.  They were good, but we hung with them.  Even when they pulled ahead, our boys stayed the course and finished strong.  I am so proud of them! 

After the game we headed to our favorite Greenville restaurant, Philly's.  Nan and Grandad joined us for the celebratory dinner!  I will throw in a little plug for this restaurant.  If you're ever down in Muhlenberg County, be sure to stop in.  It's a great atmosphere with good food!

Both kids fell asleep on the way home, which was wonderful considering our 5:30 wakeup call for Sunday.  Once we got them settled in bed, Eric worked on his lineup for Sunday while I relaxed.  It was after midnight when we finally laid our heads down, and it didn't last too long because Eli was up shortly thereafter with leg crumps.  Worry not, it's nothing Advil, pickle juice, and a hot compress can't fix. 

Sunday's game wasn't quite as successful in terms of a "win," but the boys fought against a good team until the bitter end.  They left everything out on the field, which is the way it should be!  Are you ready for the most exciting news of all?  The two teams we played on Saturday ended up being the number one and number two teams...first and second place!  Ya'll we beat the second place team!!

I am so proud of these boys.  They have so much heart and passion for the game.  I look forward to watching them this season.  It's going to be an amazing run!

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Hodgepodge of Life

Today was Warren East Pride Day to support our high school for their home game this weekend.  I actually forgot to put the kids in Raider colors, but a few weeks ago we accidentally matched so this snapped a picture.  Go Raiders!

Anyway, back to today...our jerseys finally came in for the Mammoths!  They were supposed to be done last week, but that didn't happen.  It was a sigh of relief picking them up since the first tournament is this weekend.  I'm still blow away at Eric's design and can't believe his dream of coaching a travel team has finally come true!  Win or lose, this weekend is going to be a special one.

We had a lot of odds and ends to finish up tonight in preparation for the weekend, so the kids were kinda self entertaining.  I looked up and saw them getting along...while sharing an electronic, so I had to commemorate the moment with a photo.  Ha1

This was the sunset tonight, completely unfiltered.  There is something so majestic about the Lord painting the sky that makes me stop and praise Him.  

"From the rising of the sun to its going down
The Lord’s name is to be praised." - Psalm 113:3 

Last but certainly not least, this truth has been sinking into my heart this week.  What a mighty and faithful God we serve!

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

The Rest of the Weekend

We had a pretty low key weekend for a few reasons.  First of all, it was a complete washout!  I'm talking a sloppy slushy mess.  Secondly, our baseball tournament didn't pan out, and finally, we will be crazy busy for the next few weeks and just wanted to rest up before the chaos.

Aside from a quick trip to donate leftover food from the Fall Festival, we stayed around the house, napped, cleaned, and got caught upon some things.  Eric played with the kids and they had the best time beating the dog at hide'n seek.  

Sunday was church followed by a quick trip to Camping World cause they had a free $20 gift card that you know we used on shells for quail hunting, which comes into season soon.  While Eric was doing that, the kids and I checked out the travel travelers they had on display.  They didn't want to leave!

We rounded out at the fun with a much overdue Family Movie Night.  My Christmas-lovin' kiddos picked Elf of the Shelf.  I think the cold, dreary, weather has us all in the holiday spirit 

Monday, September 24, 2018

Fall Festival

Friday was our annual Fall Festival at the kids' school and yet another reminder of how much my kids are growing.  I seems like two weeks ago we were sweating it up at Eli's kindergarten festival while hovering over him like a helicopter and packing Ellie around on our hips.

It seems so funny that now Ellie is in school, and Eli is old enough to run around with his buddies all by himself.  Of course some things never change and he still loves the Big Red Toss and Toilet Trouble games.  Even Ellie made a "basket" on her turns at each. 

More her style was the hair coloring booth, which of course, had the longest lines.  Not only that, but she had to wait in line to have HER teacher do the honors.  She chose pink, purple and blue, and she was in flower-child heaven.  Bless her heart!

Eli on the other hand was much more concerned about winning the big prizes and we took home, not one but TWO, goldfish along with a cake from the cake walk and a liter of Citrus Drop, which is basically generic Mt. Dew, aka hyperactivity in a bottle.

I forgot to mention that a total monsoon hit about fifteen minutes before all of the activities started and everything, including the inflatables, had to be brought inside.  The poor volunteers were soaked to the bone from trying to bring everything inside out of the rain. 

We wrapped up the night by volunteering at the concession stand while Eli ran around with his friends. Both of my kids thought they were so big and Eric got to go home early, so all the Watsons were happy! Ha.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Life This Week

I am trying really hard to get back into the swing of blogging, but it's not for the faint of heart...or undisciplined.  I know a lot of these posts are boring, but it's so important to me to preserve our memories. So here is, yet another, attempt at reestablishing this habit.

I haven't really talked about this, but lately I have been getting in the habit of walking in the mornings with a couple of moms from baseball and school.  While the alarm blaring before 5:00 am is a little too reminiscent of my days in television, the pre-dawn conversations are wonderful and the physical activity is great!  Here's a picture of our backyard that I captured one morning.  I sure will miss this view when we move.  It's hard to believe that this time next year I will be on top of those hills looking down instead of on the bottom looking up.  I can't wait!

In other news this week, baseball is still in full swing. We were supposed to play our first tournament this weekend, but it didn't pull enough teams, so we will get a few more practices in and come out strong next weekend. Eric has been trying to practice one day a week with the boys and one afternoon/evening during the weekend.  It was actually out of necessity to have more players available when they're free from other sports, but it's turned out to be a great setup because it gives us more nights at home.  I didn't realize how much I was missing them. 

Today was "Hats off to High Attendance Day" at school, and I just had to share this picture because it perfectly captures the personalities of my kids.  My sports lovin' boy is sporting his baseball attire.  He's also fully dressed with shoes on, hair styled, and a clean mouth.

Then there's little miss priss-pot who is carrying her shoes because she was running behind, wearing a hat bigger than her entire body and sporting a chocolate smothered smile.  Worry not, we got her put together in the car.  She's just a free spirit, what can I say?

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Fun At The Park

When the kids were younger, I took them to the park at least one afternoon a week.  I have the very best memories of running bases with Eli and following Ellie as she toddled around the big swing set chasing her brother.  It was part of our afterwork routine that included cleaning on Monday, park on Tuesday, church on Wednesday, library on Thursday and family movie night on Friday.  In the winter we swapped the park for McDonald's. 

As I started working full-time and our time became more sparse but still fairly routine.  Eli's sport schedule further complicated things, and now our afternoons at the park are rare, yet precious, occasions while our McDonalds visits are a little too frequent. 

Anyway, we had some time to kill before church yesterday and I hadn't made it to the gym on my lunch break, so I concocted a plan to kill two birds with one stone after I picked them up from school.  We headed straight to the park where we took turns designing obstacle courses and timing ourselves.  Eli won each heat, but I burned 400 calories, so now who's winning? Ha!

It was so much fun having that time with them.  In fact, I may have promised them some quality time on the trampoline tonight if they will pick up their rooms.  It's a win-win ya'll.  They get time with me and I get to burn fat and a clean house.  Genius, I know.