Sunday, May 29, 2011

Turning 5, Baseball, Etc ..

Disclaimer; I'm making up for lost time, so grab a drink, kick your feet up and enjoy this long post.

The holiday weekend is upon us. The one where its a little kick off to summer. The one where in probably 99% of the country, its sunny and perfectly warm. In my 16 years of living in Oregon, I cannot recall one Memorial Day weekend, where the weather has cooperated. So, I sit in my house and watch each and every dark passing cloud, with that sparkly rain falling, knowing that soon will be my day where the sun will shine.
(Note to Mother Nature: My patience is running thin, so hurry up already.)

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Mr Happiness aka Casey crossed that threshold from a toddler to a boy. He turned the big 5, and was the self proclaimed King for the day. The boy who can turn your frown upside down, deserved this day, a day just for him. The smile was never ending all day long.

We celebrated, and he rocked it out.

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Jake is never far away from making you laugh.

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And if these eyes don't melt your heart, then nothing will.

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Casey was introduced to baseball this year.
He's been the little brother awaiting his time
ever so patiently. He knows the game, and he was
ready to shine.

And we are not too sure, but I think he's ready
to please the crowd more then winning the game.

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And after some not-so-wanted pointers from his Daddy ...

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He's off and ready to play.
There's no one holding this lil' guy back.

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And as the laughter wears off from watching Casey at his
TBall games, we get to move along to Kate. She shows us that
Girls can play too!

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Bryan's love for the game is undeniable.

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He's one of those that can move from playing 1st to catcher,
to pitcher to outfield.

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Then we have the Marlins. Gage and Jake get to share the team.
Throughout the season, they continue to make us proud.

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From Jake's little booty dance up at the plate ..

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to Gage crossing home plate ..

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they rock it out game after game.
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Casey soaks it up game after game, and takes it
all in, in a way only a brother can.

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And we keep warm, by passing that bright eyed baby around.
Here's Alyssa's turn with Aunt LeeLee.

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And the lady behind the camera, yours truly .. me, moi and I.

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And I leave you tonight, with this patriotic baby.
The one who doesn't quite know what Memorial Day stands
for, or what America is all about yet. She wears this
hat proudly though, and I know in some years she will
echo the same words as I. On this weekend, I am forever
grateful to the ones who gave their life in service to
to this great country.

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Happy Memorial Day.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Better late then never?

It's been a long time. A very long time.
Three months or so. And many of many raindrops later.
Stumbled upon 377 photos patiently
awaiting on my camera today.

Spring forward we have...
into our favorite rituals of longer days
and shorter nights. And thus,
better late then never, a new blog post.

Demanding work schedules, and this never ending love fest
of rain we have had, inspired a few weekend getaways.
A short drive South takes us to Sunny California, where it
seems you are always promised blue skies and a sunshine that
just turns you all golden. A trip to California is just not
complete without a piece of heaven. And if you have never
enjoyed a In N Out burger, you have simply not lived.

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And a short drive Northeast, takes you to the snow sided roads
of the never ending forest. Its a drive where the trees
are taller then you can see, and the built up snow banks are
taller then yourself. Its a relaxing drive, one that inspires.

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The husband and I have been sharing some time in the kitchen.
We stumbled upon the Kitchen Boss show on TLC. The show features
Buddy also known as the Cake Boss. My husband who has never cooked
a meal other then the rare grilled cheese while I'm sick, or the
occasional scrambled egg, has been inspired.
To say I'm thrilled is a understatement.
Secretly,I'm jumping with excitement on the inside!

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We started off with some simple marinara and made enough
for an army, so the freezer is nicely overflowing with this
yummy goodness. By the by, this is the best marinara I've ever had ...

Recipes can be found here.

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Baseball has been in full swing. My days are ending
with nothing but watching the Little's play. We have 5
Little's playing this year, so most weeks there is not a
day where one is not playing. I have so many more photos to share,
but for now a little sneak peek ..

Gage, covering 1st base.

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And while they cheer on their brothers
and sister, they help keep us company.


Casey can always make you smile,
especially when the skies are grey.

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Jake growing up way too fast, and keeps
us all laughing along the way.

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Alyssa, melts our hearts over and over again.

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And I leave you with this, cause in the end,
it's always about being the real you.

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So much more to share, and lots more photos to come.
happy weekend.
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