Monday, July 6, 2015

4th of july 2015

My favorite memory of Fourth of July:  celebrating my grandfather’s birthday in his backyard with a pool party.  Family was in abundance.  There were grilled hamburgers and hot dogs.  Macaroni salad.  Push ice pops and sparklers.  My fingers were wrinkled from swimming all day with my cousins.  My skin was kissed by the sun and my freckles were out in plenty.  Music was blasting from the tiny RCA radio.  Man….the good old days when life was simple as a kid!

I hope to create memories like that for my boys.  When Josh was little and Gavin was hardly a year old, we went to the beach for the 4th.  Now that we live in our quaint little Mayberry of a town, we stay home and did the small town celebration – soap box derby race, parade and gathering of friends for a semi-professional fireworks display.  Each year I realize how more and more blessed we are to have all that we do.

Our 4th in pictures:

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Happy birthday to America and to my grandfather up in heaven.  

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Thursday, June 18, 2015

as school ends, summer begins.

June started off with my very last PTO meeting.  I’m hanging up my hat, passing the baton, taking a step back.  It was a LONG year to say the least, and not one I enjoyed very much.  On top of a difficult learning curve, add in lots of snow which brought out my seasonal depression, tenfold.  I am so glad it’s over.  I love being involved, don’t get me wrong, but being the head honcho is definitely not me.  Too much politics to deal with when frankly, I don’t care because none of it really matters when it comes down to it. 

The last meeting went well.  On to bigger and better things for me!  What that really means is the boys will be in school all day next year that I can get back to focusing on ME.  Going to the gym, eating healthy and hopefully losing myself into a few good books with all the quietness I’ll have around the house.

Besides the PTO meeting, the boys had their end of year parties.  Gavin "graduated" kindergarten and received an excellent attendance award.  Josh received a keen reader award.  School is out for the summer!  We have two months of waking up and not having anywhere to be, but the pool and somewhere with friends.

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Among all the parties, we also had an end of season baseball party.  I know I haven’t mentioned much about this year’s baseball season.  Gavin starting playing t-ball on the Phillies and Josh played coach pitch for the Indians (a.k.a. The Tribe).  I wasn't too impressed with Gavin’s coach.  He doesn’t do much but keep the bench warm, so I took him out for the rest of the season.  He's ready for coach pitch anyway.  

Josh’s coach, Ted, on the other hand is PHENOMENAL!  He’s positive, gets the kids to have fun and each player has a nickname.  Josh is Tiger.  I convinced him to coach in the fall when both boys will be playing on the same team.  The end of the year party was at his house.  His son is in Josh’s class.  The entire family is just a pleasure to be around.  We had a great team of boys, and it helps when half the parents are your friends!

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Josh really grew this season in baseball.  He's not afraid of the ball and is hitting the ball on the constant.  I can't wait to see what fall ball brings.

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The Swat (a.k.a. Chase) and Tiger winning the game ball one night.

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And we're still celebrating......The Cub Scouts had their end of the year picnic.  Josh advanced from a wolf scout to a bear scout. 

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He also won the rain gutter regatta.  He was undefeated in his den and in the entire pack!  Joel got all into building the boat and making it fast.  He researched how Josh could win and his research worked because Josh won big time.  

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He (Josh) was so proud of himself for winning.  So much so that he ran up to get his award and ran back so quickly to show us his metal.

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This boy has part of of my heart.  He and Josh have known each other since kindergarten.  Although they aren't in the same class anymore and basically run in different circles, each time they come together, it's like they've never been apart.  They find a way to sit next to each other in a crowd of people.  I'm hoping they will be friends until graduation so I can reflect back on their years together.

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We started off our first official day of summer with a trip to Sweet Frog.  Josh has been begging to go.  I have a feeling we'll be doing many of these Sweet Frog trips.

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Joel and I also celebrated our 12th wedding anniversary.  Usually, every year he’s on travel during my birthday and our anniversary.  This year I lucked out twice and he was home on both occasions!  We celebrated with our neighbor’s, who also happened to have birthdays that same week.  It was a fun night filled with laughter.  We are so fortunate to have such great neighbors that we can spend lots of time with.  Mike and Michelle are one of our closest group of friends.  We heart them!

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The boys start camp next week with some friends.  We have a few weeks of camp scheduled and a couple weeks of family vacation planned.  The camera bug has bitten me a again and I hope to get some really good pictures of our summer.

Good bye school year.  Hello summer!

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