Life unfolds ... some of it here. This blog began as a way to focus on the good things in the midst of a crisis and be a connection to friends and family when it seemed to take all of my time just to weather the storms. It seems to have transformed into a sanctuary of musing and inspiration. Feel free to join me!
Monday, April 30, 2007
Here they are ... having a great time with baseball. I've found that it does a mother good to cheer! And I've had even a little more fun, too. A really great thing happened for my little one's team and I called the local Sports Editor of the Broken Arrow Ledger, Doug Quinn. As I told him about a "mystery donor" that blessed my daughter's team, I shared how she was enjoying baseball and didn't care that she was the only girl on her team. When I said that she even wanted a pink batting helmet so everyone would know she's a girl, he thought that would make a great story! So this weekend, I saw a little picture of my daughter in her pink helmet on the front of the paper and two big pictures in the feature! You can see the infamous pink helmet and read the story online at www.baledger.com (it even mentions her big brother) ... WHAT FUN!
Saturday, April 21, 2007
A Morning of Photos with Doug Henderson
The big highlight of my day? It would have to be a front row seat at Doug Henderson's Digital Photography class (sponsored by Reasor's). I really enjoyed what I heard. He validated so much of what I instinctively do! That's not to toot my own horn, but it certainly supports why what I do seems to work - not to mention the positive opinions of those who like my images! Knowing that I would like to teach some basic photo how-to's to Girl Scouts (both girls and leaders), I always have a view toward learning things in a way that I can translate that knowledge to others as well. So the best part was being able to see examples, hear a teacher teach, and to ask some of my own questions!
Friday, April 20, 2007
With the Boys ...
In the dugout ... here's the most beautiful face in the bunch! Granted, she's the only girl (and she's MY girl)! Game 1 was EXCITING and we're all looking forward to #2 and hopefully a win to match the winners on the team! Tonight we heard the first rumors of a team mate with a crush on her. Oh boy! I never even thought about that! But she just gets up there and hits ... WAY TO GO, GIRL!
Saturday, April 14, 2007
We made up a new game tonight. Geo-WHACK! We didn't have time for a "real" game and my youngest was quite disappointed, but this proved to be sufficient entertainment. Ask a geographic trivia question ... and the fun is in the wrong answers ... WHACK! A fast food bag does the trick and gives a little more added value to the purchase!
Thursday, April 12, 2007
Believe it or not, we had HAIL! The ball game didn't miss a beat, though. Parents were beginning to huddle under the scant coverings over the bleachers. Wouldn't you know it, the little brothers and sisters playing between fields reveled in the moment!
Sometimes I don't realize how much time passes until a moment like this ... He is pitching again! The last time he was in the lens like this (pitching), he was only 11 years old ... 3 YEARS AGO! My little boy is growing up!!! He's never been the small kid in the bunch, but boy does he seem big now! I can hardly believe it. Indulge my mom moment, won't you?
A friend from school was up to bat ... they had challenged each other earlier, so it's GAME ON!
I guess this is a significant moment for me (Can you tell? I've posted 3 photos!) ... I barely have memories of much in my "before" life, but this is one that is vivid ... taking pictures of my son pitching and being so proud. It feels good to see him doing something like this again. He's good! During the previous two years when I just couldn't make it happen for him, I felt awful and dreamed of the day when he could play again. Well, he is!
It's her first year in team sports. She's in baseball, just like her brother. Too bad I didn't realize that it was mostly BOYS! I laugh, though, because she doesn't care except that boys don't talk enough (in other words, not like girls). But she finally got her pink batting helmet "so they would all know she's a girl!" She wore her pink Cubs hat we got in Chicago, too, so she was definitely the only pink headed one on the field!
Monday, April 09, 2007
My baseball star is on the field again! This is the first game in three years, so I was holding my breath! Sadly, his elbow is a little tender and he didn't pitch the first game. But he made some great plays and got plenty of outs at first base. I think I'm finally feeling those "mom-in-the-stands nerves" ... especially when he would steal bases! But I play it cool behind the camera. Hehehe!
Sunday, April 08, 2007
While most families have wonderful Easter dinners, we had a toast explosion! My little one thought 1 minute in the microwave would warm up some toast that had been sitting in the toaster. She is so sweet. I wasn't feeling great this morning, and she made some toast for me (but I think really wanted me to get up so they could find their Easter baskets).
Actually, we did have a simple (but wonderful) REAL meal later on and spent much of the day in the kitchen getting reaquainted with the concept of making YUMMIES! After the real food, we made all kinds of treats. Even my teenager made his contribution with microwave fudge! There is still that lingering very "burnt" smell. I know that's not how it's "spelt" but it just seems to fit the smell so much better!
Saturday, April 07, 2007
Parties Make Perfect!
If this doesn't look like fun, I don't know what does! This is birthday party #2 at "Pump It Up" and I have to say, I'm impressed! Had I known parents could play, too, I might have and brought my socks braved the inflatables!
The Hunt is On!
We thought Easter would be warm in Oklahoma ... not so this year! The special dress (for which we got matching flip flops) had to be modified for cold weather, and I can testify that IT WAS COLD! We went to a community egg hunt which took a LONG time and they limited the kids to 5 eggs each. Hmmmm ... I guess it surprised me. Maybe that's how they do it here? Anyway, my little one enjoyed it and was glad to have some hot cocoa when we got inside.
Friday, April 06, 2007
Happy Easter, Everyone!
OK ... so it's my funny "not-so-Easter" picture. Chocolate bunnies have nothing to do with the significance Easter holds for me and my family. But since they have worked their way into our culture with Easter baskets and whatnot, I can't resist posting my favorite laugh-out-loud image. I saw this in an email at least a year ago and it makes me laugh every time I see it!
You know, it just hit me that it's a pretty good picture of a dysfunctional family! LOL! But that's another subject. For now, Happy Easter, everyone!
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