Wednesday, July 12, 2017

2017 District 8 Champs

baseball is an on-going thing down here!  we just never stop, it seems.  our all-star team, the bluffton american all-stars, headed into the district tournament on hilton head with a bye in the first round, so we headed out to support our other bluffton team, bluffton national, on friday night.  

then, on saturday, it was our turn to play and we actually got matched up with bluffton national!

that's my #8, right there๐Ÿ˜˜

one of our coaches was extremely generous and purchased matching boombah bat bags for the boys, with their names and numbers embroidered on them too!

roman was on fire that night, even hitting this bomb that hit the fence!

we squeezed out a win against national, but only by one run! it ended with a 5-4 score. they are an extremely talented group of boys and by far, our best competition at the tournament.  who knew bluffton had SO many talented ball players?

after our game, some of our players stuck around for the late game to check out their upcoming competition.

the next night, we were up again and the boys beat colleton, 10-5

roman has added to his celebration ritual...check it out at the end.

in the game against hilton head, he hit another bomb that almost hit the fence.  you can hear poppa in the background yelling, 'get out'!!

this was one of my favorites...his horns up celebration with a special shout out to momma๐Ÿ˜Š

they beat hilton head 14-0 in the semi-finals and we only had one more game to play to win it all!

he's ready for this!

they did it!  we met colleton again in the championship game and took the trophy with a score of 13-3. 

dogpile in the outfield!

yes, this is what i look like most of the time before and after our games. carrying my purse, a bucket or two, two chairs and pulling our speaker.  you can see gianna in the background too, pulling roman's bat bag.  thank goodness some of this stuff is on wheels.   my friend, casey, took my picture and sent it to me later.  so funny to actually see myself๐Ÿ˜‚

after their victory, we went out and celebrated with the boys at mellow mushroom. 

now, it's almost time to head to hartsville, sc for the state tournament.  i pray that these boys stay safe and have fun.  they are making memories to last a lifetime.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

{Going Home}

last weekend, gianna and i headed home to maryland with sunny and jj for sami's bridal shower.  girls trip!

it didn't take too long for the girls to zonk out!

when i see the bay bridge, i feel like i am home.   this is the gateway to the eastern shore of maryland, where i consider {home}. 

sami looked beautiful on her special day and so did blaire and aunt joyce.  pretty girls.

these cousins had a blast playing together during the shower.

"Families are like branches on a tree.  Our branches grow in different directions, yet our roots remain as one."

I love these girls so much.  There are years and distance between us, but we are always home when we are together. 

mommom and poppop are opening a new antique store soon, so we went to go see where it will be.

gianna made herself right at home. 

the business owners!

we had lots of time with the girls and they play so well together. 

doesn't my hair look great?

everybody got into a really intense game of "pass the balloon". ๐Ÿ˜‚

this is the view from mommom and poppop's front door.  a nest of baby birds on the porch and the cows across the road. 

after a long day in the car, we were finally happy to be {home}. 

Friday, June 16, 2017

Final 9U Tourney

so, travel season is done for 2017, and here are some pics from our final 9U tournament.  we played in walterboro for 2 days and it was hot!!

it's hard to keep the boys settled down and chill in between games, but we try. 

they just plop themselves in the sun and watch the game that is going on before their next game.  trying to figure out who they are gonna play and where the weaknesses are.  such strategists. 

i don't know how they do it, but wearing the catcher's gear in that heat has got to be tough!  my #8 never complains, though.

and sister is great too.  she doesn't complain (too much) and keeps herself busy with toys, friends, the concession stand and her iPad. 

and sometimes, she steals my chair...little stinker!

they made it to the championship game and came up a little short.  second place ain't too shabby and these boys are all smiles!

high fives from coach/dad.

looks like we tuckered her completely out!

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Last Day of School 2017

and just like that...they are done another year!  gianna had a great first year at st. gregory and roman had a wonderful year too.  he ended up with straight As again!  i'm so proud of both of them!

Monday, June 12, 2017

Good Times, Great Friends

our friends, sherri and greg, invited us over for a memorial day cookout at their new house.  they've got a bit of land in the woods, which makes for a fun time for the boys running all over.  the only requirement was that they bring their own nerf gun.  ๐Ÿ˜

bonus!  the girls got to hang out too!

look at this crew of boys!!

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Macee Graduates

i can't believe she is a high school graduate!  we are so proud of her and all she has accomplished. 

she is attending Presbyterian College in the fall on a full basketball scholarship. 

good luck to you, Macee!

oh, these two.  they are like twins separated at birth (9 years apart!).