Thursday, May 11, 2017

Baseball Youth in Myrtle Beach

for Easter this year, we decided to attend a baseball showcase in myrtle beach, sc.  our friends, jeff and marsha and their son, jake were going too, so we figured it would be a fun way to spend the weekend.  

we have never attended a showcase before, so it was new to all of us.  it was WAY different than the tournaments we are used to, but, i enjoyed myself and i think the boys did too.  

when they first arrive on friday evening, they got split into 3 teams per age group and each group got a different color tee shirt.   they got their picture taken for the website ...  woo hoo, he's legit!

i guess this is his serious ball player face?  and yes, she is rocking some goggles.  what can i say?  when you tell her there is a hotel pool, girlfriend gets prepared!

nice family shot.

then we went and checked in to the hotel, which was overlooking a bunch of fun carnival rides, restaurants and shops.  

then, back to the fields to meet up with jake, and woohoo, they were on the same team!

the whole silver team

gianna was excited too because the concession stand had dippin' dots.  i mean, a pool and ice cream?  yes, she's happy!

little monkey fence climber

the boys went through a bunch of drills so they could have their stats recorded for the website.  40 yard dash, high jump, long jump, batting speed, throwing speed, etc...

FINALLY!  we hung back the next morning while the boys went to practice so she could swim for a bit. 

we went to wahlburgers for lunch and it was DELICIOUS!  of course, gianna hung out with mr. jeff.  she's kinda sweet on him. πŸ’—

these goofy boys...

so, i needed to document this moment.  toby and jeff sitting BEHIND the fence.  they are used to being on the field with the boys and they didn't know what to do with themselves.  i called them fence huggers because they would stand as close to the fence as they could, they had a hard time sitting in the chairs and enjoying themselves.  toby was extremely quiet, which, for anyone who has seen him coach knows that is an anomaly.  it was weird, y'all. 

roman and jake both played really well.  they had a chance to try new positions each inning.  the coaches didn't really push to win, they were really just watching the boys, observing their skills.  they didn't keep score.  i know the dads did, though.  πŸ˜‚

here are a few videos of roman's hitting.




he did really well, and ended up getting a ticket to the home run derby that night.  he was the smallest one out there, and i'm really proud of him for what he was able to do. 

he didn't get too many over the fence, but he tried his best and i can't ask for more than that.  it was an honor to be invited!  also, how tiring is that to keep swinging that bat like that?

he also played catcher a few times and did really well in that spot too. 

little sister was SO good, but she was getting sleepy, so we set up a bed under the chairs in the shade.

and she got to snuggle with poppa during a game.   that never happens!

and, she found stuff to do to keep herself busy. 

keeping busy = eating. 

that night, we headed back to the hotel and met up with the lewis' to hit up the carnival rides. 

why did i get voted to ride the spinny ride?

look at these jokers!

the big boys and all the kids went on a speedboat ride, while the mamas chose to hang back.  we value our life, i guess.😁


gianna wasn't tall enough to ride her favorite caterpillar ride, so she settled for a relaxing boat ride. 


Easter Sunday.  on the fields again. 

look what the Easter Bunny brought for G! 

all this excitement had her pooped out and she napped off and on on my lap most of the morning. 

roman was really impressed with this coach, sutton whiting. 

our boys rocked this showcase!

our little owlette was the cutie of the day!

shortly after we returned home from the showcase, we started to get some of roman's stats, which we think are pretty awesome for a 9 year old! 

but then...we got THIS! an invitation to participate in the BY ALL-AMERICAN Games this summer!  we are so proud of him and all his hard work!





Thursday, April 27, 2017

We Clean Up Nice

it has been a few years since we have had our pictures taken with the kids, so i figured it was time.  they turned out pretty good, i think. 



Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Fun Little Saturday

a couple of weeks ago, i had to go in to work on a saturday for a few hours, so i took gianna with me.  she was excited to go and she was great.  she entertained herself and was really happy to walk down the hallway and grab some strawberries. 

then, we went over to the spa to pick something up and she got her nails painted by miss krista.  so fun!

that afternoon, we headed to the the taste of bluffton festival and the kids showed off their hula hoop skills. 


we saw jackson at the golf cart display


and we met up with jake too.  he even got to come back to our house to spend the night!

archer and anderson came over too and we officially had a full house!

gianna was  bummed that we didn't find the face painting booth at the festival, so we tried to do it at home. 

i think she liked it...πŸ˜€

Monday, April 24, 2017

Outtakes

we got some family pictures taken a few weeks ago and while we were waiting on macee to get her senior pics taken, we took a few of ourselves.  

my girl πŸ’—

love these silly girls



goofy

so pretty!

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Closet Makeover

for such a tiny girl, gianna sure does have a lot of stuff!  and her closet has been bugging me for a while now.  it's super small and she's got a lot crammed in there.  so, one night when the boys were away, i put her to bed in my room and got to work!

this is what it looked like before.  her hamper is crammed in to the left and her suitcase was behind it.  her hanging organizer had been up since she came home from the hospital (thanks mom!) and it was starting to rip at the seams.  she had two bins of off season clothes and other random things on the right hand side and a couple fabric bins on top of those.  then, her uniforms and dresses and jackets are all hanging on the bar on either side of the organizer.  on the top shelf, she has sleeping bags and our pool bag and her christmas tree and decorations...etc.  see what i mean?  crammed!

so, i emptied it all out!

ahhh, empty. 

i started to build shelves for each side, but wanted the first shelf to be high enough for her hamper to fit underneath. 

on the left side, i only built two shelves, but they each got a bar under for hanging items. 

and the right side got 4 shelves. 

we picked up a new hanging organizer because it was really working well for her before.  it makes it easy for her to pick out her clothes because she can see them, they aren't hidden in drawers. 

much better now!