Saturday, May 22, 2010

The slow down

Baseball is over. Today Jax's team lost both games of the end of season tournament. He had a great season and I am so proud of the way he played despite the fact that they got pounded every game. There is just no way to win if you have 8 kids that strike out EVERY time. It is so sad and there is no way to pump the kids up when that happens every game (except that one game I told you about). I am kind of sad that it is over, but I am welcoming the break. Now when school gets out we will have some real fun with nothing specific to do.

Ivy went to the game with us and on the way home they all decided they wanted to go swimming. They also asked if Ivy could stay the night so she could just get up and go to church with us. I don't care, fine with me. While we were swimming they told me a funny thing that happened at school yesterday, and I have to tell you. Jax and Ivy have the same teacher and there is this boy that is ALWAYS in trouble. It is not really funny that he causes a lot of problems at school, but what he said is funny. So yesterday he got in BIG trouble and sent to the Principal's office! This is first grade people and it for sure wasn't the first time! They called his mother and she had to come get him. They sent him home for the day. So he had to go back to the class with his mom and get his backpack. As he was leaving her turned around to the class, threw up the peace sign, and said, "So long suckers!" I couldn't help but laugh. I am still cracking up! I am also so thankful that my son is well behaved at school.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Exciting Baseball

The boys have been playing baseball for a while now. The season ends Saturday. Jax had his last game tonight before Saturday's tournament. Let me start by saying that Jax's team has not been so great. Not sure how it happened, because they have tryouts and coaches pick teams by drafting. Not to help matters, our coach rotates all of the boys in the field so they can learn all the positions. The other teams don't. I understand and that is fine with me. He also doesn't send our runners on overthrows because he says that doesn't teach the kids anything. All of the other teams do. Again, fine with me. So that being said, they won their first game and got pounded all of the rest.

Last week the coach sent out an email asking parents if we want to play to win the tournament. Putting the best kids in the important positions. I responded with, "whatever you decide is fine with me!" Apparently, the majority response was "to win." We started playing that way tonight! For whatever reason, our usually down team came to play. We played the number one team in our league and lost by 2. It was absolutely amazing. We (the parents) were absolutely beside ourselves. Everyone kept saying, "who are these kids?" The better they did the more excited they got. Kids that don't ever hit the ball were hitting out to the outfield. They were making plays we have never seen them make before. They didn't really make any major mistakes, which is way unusual. The whole team played awesome and Jax had an incredible game. He played short stop and made some plays tonight that shocked us all. A mom on the team came over to me and said, "Jax is like a vacuum out there, man he is playing great!" It was just so fun, wish all of the games had been like that. We are still so pumped that we keep talking about it. I sure hope the tournament Saturday is as fun!

So if you need me this week I will be at the ball fields. Brooks has a game tomorrow night. Jax has practice Thursday and Friday. Tournament starts Saturday and we have to be there at 7:00AM! Then it is all over and we get to be home for a while.

Monday, May 17, 2010


They pulled this out of one of the lakes in our neighborhood today! Nice! I will have to pay a little more attention while I am out jogging!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

We had such a great weekend with the Carters and the Goodwins. You can get the highlights off of their blogs and save me the time and energy:

Monday, May 10, 2010

Preschool Graduation

My baby graduated from preschool! Now he is counting down the days until he gets to go to Kindergarten. He cannot wait! I can!

It was a really special night! The teachers (high school students) adore the children. They all were crying by the end of the program. I was good until the long slide show at the very end. It was like 4 songs long. They played Billy Dean's song "Let them be little." I completely lost it. Thank goodness that the lights were off because I cried and cried and cried. If you haven't heard it and want to cry go to this link,

This is Courtney, Brooks "bonding buddy," and she is precious. She brings him to the car, buckles him in and tells him she love him every day! She made him a really neat scrapbook highlighting parts of the school year.

Here are all of the teachers. Cody, the only boy who is like 7 1/2 feet tall, is Brooks good buddy too! They like to pick on each other.

Here are the video's from graduation. As always, I apologize for the quality and the headache you will probably get! Brooks is in the dark blue shirt, khaki's and cowboy boots. Okay, just reviewed the video's and for some reason they start and stop constantly. I don't know why that is happening, they aren't like that on my computer. Maybe a problem with blogspot! Sorry!

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Happy Mother's Day!!!

I have had such a great day today!! Kids and Daddy made me breakfast! I actually got to sit in my chair, relax and drink my coffee this morning!! I was told to sit in my chair and watch tv all day! That is kind of hard for me! I did watch tv quite a bit, but we also went to the pool for awhile! I cleaned out the refrigerator too!

I am so blessed and I know it!! I am thankful for a great Mom and hope she had a great day today! Wish I could have been there, but sending long distance love!!!

Happy Mother's Day to Sherry too!! She is a great Mom and Mother in law!!!

Hope all of you Mother's felt the love today!!!!!!

The above picture is from Brooks' preschool graduation Thursday night and I will try to post on that tomorrow night!!!

Monday, May 3, 2010


We had an absolute blast this past weekend! We hunted turkeys and drove around with Greg and Linda filling all 33 feeders with corn and protein! It is such a blessing to have a place like this to hunt and play on! The country is so different than Arkansas. Here is a picture.......

A beautiful rainbow!

Brooks and Jax trying to sneak up and catch one of the sheep! Brooks wanted to ride one! It didn't happen.

The boys rode in the back for awhile until the corn bags were gone. I didn't get a picture of the big trailer that we were pulling behind that had 10,000 pounds of corn in it!

Brooks took several short naps during the weekend. He was exhausted from the early mornings and late nights. He even slept over 3 hours on the way home!

This is the new high definition action camera made by Wildgame Innovations. Chris just got the first prototype in and wanted to try it out. It is made to mount on your gun or bow. It doesn't have a viewer so I just had to hold it up and hope I was getting the right shot. It seemed pretty risky to me, being Brooks' first turkey, but I went with it and it turned out pretty good! The quality is really great, even through the mesh screen on our blind. I don't know how the quality will be on here but it is quite amazing on the computer.

A quick picture of the boys and I listening for gobblers!

Brooks waiting and waiting for a turkey!

Jax was so good and patient. He knew Brooks was first and then it was momma's turn. He still hung in there and was quite a trooper!

Short clip of Brooks saying, "if I see a turkey, it is going down!"

So here it is......Brooks gets a turkey. He did so great. He was patient and waited until he had the perfect shot and got him! I still can't believe it. He is only 5! And just to clarify, Chris was a little excited and said, "Let me out of this mother sucker!" Just wanted to make that clear BEFORE you watch it!!!! Oh and it is a little dark in the beginning and gets a little lighter before the shot????
Here is a picture back at the house. It was late evening when he shot! I tried to take more video after we got out of the blind but there just wasn't enough light! I wish you could hear him say, "I just couldn't be any happier mom!" Priceless!!!
Now on to my story. So Brooks got his turkey Friday night. Which made Saturday my turn! The four of us hiked and tried hard, but nothing Saturday! Sunday we got on a real old bird (Chris thinks) because he had the longest, strangest gobble! And he was no dummy! Just when we thought he was coming in to me, he would gobble like crazy going away from us! We even tried to circle way around and come in a different way and he did the same thing. I had my gun up and ready twice just waiting for him to show himself because I just knew it was about to happen. It didn't, he would not come in. So we left and hunted another place for a couple of hours and thought we would come back and see if he was still there. Sure enough, gobbled his head off, but would not come in! So, I didn't get him, but I am going to get him next year. Chris was so upset too, he tried so very hard to call that bird in for me. He kept apologizing to me. I AM really mad at him too, but not because of that, but because I haven't been turkey hunting with him the past 16 years! Frankly, I am really ticked! Think of all the fun I missed out on, he should be ashamed! "Don't knock it until you try it," because you have no idea what you are saying! It is beyond fun!
We did get two rattlesnakes though! I haven't ever held a rattlesnake before! Cool!