Monday, February 23, 2015

My Prince Did Come...and His Name is Daddy

All together, Richard and I attended 8 baseball games this weekend.  This was fun, but the highlight of the weekend had to be Sunday night when Richard took the girls to their first dance.  For the past couple of years, I have watched my facebook page light up with adorable pics of daddys and their daughters going to this dance.  This year, I was on top of it and got the girls tickets for Valentine's Day.  They have talked about little else since then!  Part of the experience was that my mom and I took them shopping to pick out their dresses.  You might find this hard to believe...or child abuse....but my girls have NEVER been shopping!  I mean, they have walked in the mall before...a couple of times...but to be honest, I didn't feel rushed to let them know that they might have a say in what clothes hang in the closet :)  I have been just fine without their little opinions, and they have never know the difference. 

This made for the funniest shopping trip I have ever been on!  They didn't even know there were fitting rooms!  lol...  They were literally looking around in awe of all the beautiful clothes.  They must have tried on about 10 dresses each and came to their decision.  The whole thing took maybe 30 minutes :)  I loved seeing what they chose.

We then rode the carousel, ate lunch and headed home :)

This is what I've heard this entire week, "I can't believe daddy asked us on a date!"  "I can't wait to dance with daddy!", etc, etc...
We headed over to our friend Sara's house to get ready together.  There were curling irons, makeup, lipgloss and lots of sassy! 

The corsages were a big hit!  I had the same woman who makes our big girl corsages make them and she did not disappoint!!  

Three precious treasures...with their daddies who certainly treasure them!

Monday, February 9, 2015

Total Proud Mom Post

I'm just going to warn you ahead of time...this is a total bragging post from a proud mama!  I do not blame you if you close your computer now....but here goes :)

Many of you know that baseball has always been a huge part of our family.  Braden and Cade both inherited the love of baseball from their dad and have worked hard at it since they were little bitty.  Braden is a sophomore now, so the whole high school thing has been an adjustment for us (  Being the newbie...not quite sure how it all works or what to expect.  Of course, the goal for anyone is to make Varsity, but our school is so large, there are not many sophomores who do that.

Two weeks ago, Braden said he had been working out with varsity and was told that he was pretty much on varsity, but might go play JV if he wasn't getting enough play time. 

Last week, Braden seemed to be frustrated about his hitting performance in practice.  He ended up stopping at Cade's practice after his own practice and asking his dad for help.  Of course, this made Richard's month and he was more than happy to work with him.  Braden doubled up on practices most of the week and worked hard to get his swing back on track.

Saturday was our jamboree!  The first look at JV and Varsity.  To say we were excited was an understatement.  The weather was amazing and we were thrilled to be back at the ballpark.  Braden started at catcher for the JV game and caught for 4 innings.  He threw down to 2nd three times and got the runner out each time (2 steals and 1 pick-off)!  He also caught a foul ball at the fence.  Offensively, he hit a double his first at bat and walked the second.  He scored both times by stealing and taking advantage of passed balls.  By the time he threw that third ball down to second, Richard and I were about to lose it.  We were both biting out lip, making sure not to be obnoxious around the other parents.  It was hard though!!  Even Cade was excited for him, which was so heartwarming to see.

Cade and I had to leave after that game, but honestly, I did not think Braden would get in for the varsity game.  I was wrong!  He was able to play 2nd for two innings and short for two innings.  He made every play that came to him, including one amazing backhand play.  He also hit a very strong double in that game as well!  I don't think any of us have stopped smiling yet.  As a mom, that is what you hope for...that their hard would pay off when it counts.  Boy did it!  I am so proud of him for coming to Richard and asking for help.  I cannot wait to spend the spring in those stands cheering him on!  Next time I will bring my real camera and get some real pics :)

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Time to Move On

When the boys were young (probably about 4, 6, and 8), they all 3 played basketball in our local league.  It was miserable.  Because of their ages, they were all on different teams and we were up at that gym every single night of the week.  Nobody really loved it, so I made an executive decision that basketball was not our sport.  Instead, we would use that season for the boys to hunt and have a little more time at home.  That's exactly what we did until Cade was in 6th grade.  The basketball coach really wanted him to play.  It was a big joke that he must not know that Cade doesn't know how to play basketball :)  So Cade is in the 8th grade now and he just finished his 3rd basketball season.  I cannot even begin to tell you the transformation that occurred in these 3 years.  It has been so much fun to watch Cade develop into a really good basketball player!

Last night was our last game.  He won't be playing in high school because of baseball.  I am so glad he decided to play for these jr. high years.  It's a little sad thinking we will never watch him play again, but then I remember... it's time for baseball!!  Here are some pics from last night:

My favorite part of the night was watching these boys celebrate one of their teammates making a 3 point shot.  This player did not get a lot of play time this season, so his shot was very exciting.  Love this so much.

Baseball has already started....Bring it!!  Can't wait to see both boys playing the game we really love :)

Monday, January 26, 2015

5 Years!!

I probably say the same thing every single year...and every year it's still true!  I can't believe it's been 5 years!  I can't believe Wesleigh Jane is about to be SEVEN years old!!  I can't believe how little she was when we got her!  I can't believe what a life changer she has been!

Wesleigh has been very curious about her Chinese heritage.  She wants to go back to China so badly.  I have promised her that I will take her to China but not until she's a little older.  Honestly, I can't wait to take them back, but now isn't the time.  I sat with her and read through the photo book I printed about our journey to her.  In there, I describe the Christian church we attended and how you had to show a foreign passport to be able to attend.  She can't seem to let that go.  On the way to church, she made this statement, "I just really want to go to China.  It's ok if I can't go to church.  I will wait for you".  Oh my I remember back to our guides having to wait outside for us.  Of course, I explained that she is an American now and she would be able to go to church.  The bottom line is she does not understand how that is fair...and it's not.  Her last comment about it, "Good thing I live here so I can go to church".

What a little miracle she is!

As we looked through the book, I came across this comment from my blog.  My mom wrote this on my blog while we were in China.  I can't help but get choked up every time I read it.

"Our God is in the business of healing hearts. Ps. 68:5 says He is a father to the fatherless. He called her by name from the womb (PS 139)-- and that name was Wesleigh Jane Doughty! He has been... with her all along and soon she will know His name! I remember the story of Hellen Keller who, although blind, deaf and dumb was taught to communicate. When she was told about God, she excitedly signed, "I KNOW HIM - I just didn't know His name!" When little Wesleigh lay her precious head down in her crib in that orphanage, He hovered over her! What a God! God knew little Wesleigh would be a southern belle, bows and all. For Acts 17:26 tells us "He made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined their appointed times and the boundaries of their habitation". Wesleigh's boundaries has been extended and so have ours!"

Happy 5 years sweet girl!!!

Monday, January 12, 2015

The Frozen Castle

Disney World Day 4: Magic Kingdom

We spent our last day back at the Magic Kingdom.  The girls and I got out there early and let the stinky boys sleep in :)  We were able to see everything else we wanted to and do a couple of our favs a second time :)  (Their favorites were super easy things...the carousel and the mad teacups!)
Rapunzel's tower

I still can't get over how big my boys are!  I am not short!  5'6"!!  I love that!  I hope they keep growing!!

 We had a fast pass for something called "Enchanted Tales with Belle".  I had never heard of this before, but it sounded like something the girls would enjoy.  It ended up being the highlight of the day!!  It was so much fun.  Basically, they gave all the kids a part to play and they acted out the story of Beauty and the Beast.  Gracie was chosen to be the beast!!!!  Seriously???  There were boys in the room, but she was chosen.  They must be good at reading personalities and choosing someone very animated for that part! 
Yes!  That is Belle all dressed up!!  We had met Belle in Epcot, but not in her yellow dress!!
Gracie had to jump out and roar at Belle.

Wesleigh was Mrs. Potts which was perfect for her!

At the end of the story, the beast dances with Belle.

 SO fun!!  If you have do NOT want to miss this!  Belle didn't sign autographs but there was a photographer there who took each child's pic with Belle at the end.

I wish I had done these of the boys where they were little!

In the middle of Tomorrowland, we all of a sudden hear 4 girls squealing each others' names.  We ran into two classmates of the girls.  You should have seen them hugging each other and squealing together.  So cute!

 We went and camped out in front of the castle for all the evening festivities. 

Stage show:  Dreams Do Come True

They brought around a dance party right in front of the castle.  It was fun and the girls had a blast.  I was just a little nervous keeping up with them because there were SO many people!

They each grabbed one of Stitch's hands and did the conga line with him.  I was the crazy mom just trying to keep my eyes on both of them.  These are times when I LOVE having older kids too.  They are always such a help!

My favorite of the night was Elsa freezing the castle.  AMAZING!!!  I posted the video on fb but I will post it in the next post here.

The fireworks were next, but I guess I didn't get any pics of that part.
Richard had barely turned the stroller around and Gracie was out!  The first time this whole trip she fell asleep in the stroller.  It was perfect.  Wesleigh does NOT suck her thumb!  I don't know why she was doing this :)
What a great trip!  Honestly, I don't think there is anything I would change!  It was everything I had imagined it would be.  We had such a great time, and the girls are already saying "I want to go back!"
For now though, it's back to school for them today!  It was time!  I will admit that I am enjoying my quiet house this morning :)
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