Tuesday, March 24, 2015

"That is NOT appropriate!" and other observations...

Saturday night we went to the Orlando Solar Bears game. It was Scout night and also the kiddos first hockey game. All of the scouts that came in uniform received a magnet and a special patch.

We had pretty decent seats 11 rows above the ice. The kiddos were excited and had no idea what to expect. Their eyes were fixed on the ice from the moment warm ups started.

Aaron naturally thought every time a player bounced another player off the boards it was awesome. Jillian on the other hand thought it was inappropriate. She also became quite the hockey fan.

When the other team scored the first goal of the game she yelled out that she hated them and cuddled her new teddy bear.

When the Solar Bears scored their first goal she threw her arms up and roared "YASSSSS!" It was like sitting next to my mother.

The game itself was pretty action packed. A couple of pucks flew into the crowd (thankfully on the other side of the ice from us) and a woman actually was hit in the head and knocked out. I should note that it was also First Responders night and there were plenty of people helping her. There was even a pretty awesome fight. Scott and the kids were getting ice cream and were able to watch it on the screens, but it was literally right in front of our seats. Helmets came off and there were several right hooks thrown. It was ah-mazing.

The kids loved the game and Scott and I had a great time, too. It was a night of firsts for all of us and we cannot wait to go back!

Monday, March 23, 2015

All Mascara is Not Created Equal - A Review

I am a lover of small books with little facts or tips. I'm pretty sure I have at least a dozen of them. I like to refer to them when I'm not having the best day because there is always at least one page that will make me smile, or at least reflect on the issue at hand. Jessica Landmon's book, All Mascara is Not Created Equal, is one of those books you can pull out on a not-so-great-day.

While Landmon specifically wrote the book for her tween daughter who was entering middle school, the tips and quips within its pages speak to any age range. She kept the format "tweet like" and in a manner that God would approve of.

Landmon mashes practical quips with faithful reflections in a flawless and light hearted manner. It's not uncommon to read about moody cats on page and find a reminder to take a day of rest, because even God needed one, on the other. At the end of the day this quick read reminds us ladies that we are all not created equal, but underneath the facade, we are all loved and beautiful.

The book also includes a few blank pages towards the end. This is great for you to write your own reflections, or if you are giving it as a gift, to leave a personal note to the recipient.

All Mascara is Not Created Equal would make a great gift for any woman (young or old) in your life. It's a great way to show that you are thinking of them and that you are rooting for them.

You can purchase a copy of All Mascara is Not Created Equal through Jessica Landmon's website (which is also her ministry website featuring different discussions for women), or on Amazon.

Disclosure: I received a copy of All Mascara is Not Created Equal for review. The opinions expressed are my own. 

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Thanksgiving Thursday



For those of you that don't know what Thanksgiving Thursday is, it is the one time during the week where you stop and basically count your blessings. Even if you've had one of those weeks, I promise you can find at least one thing to be thankful for, no matter how big or small.

This week I am thankful for...

  • Scott and his patience with me. Seriously, I think his first name was really Job.
  • Aaron and his love of reading. There is nothing more adorable than finding your kiddo curled up with a book.
  • Jillian and the fact that she still needs her Mommy. I know there will come a day when she can't be bothered, so I will enjoy the moments when she needs a cuddle.
  • Family all around us. 
  • Fels-Naptha and it's miracle like abilities to remove grass and clay from white baseball pants.
  • A good book.
  • Friends that get it.
  • Frosted mini wheats.
What are you thankful for this week?

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Winter Park Road Race


One of my favorite post Princess weekend races is the Winter Park Road Race. They have both a 2 mile race and a 10k, or you can be crazy like us and run both.

The race goes through the beautiful neighborhoods in downtown Winter Park and along the lake front. It also starts before the sun comes up, which on some of the brick roads is a little bit like testing fate. Scott and I did see one person go down, but I can't remember if it was during the 10k portion or the 2 miler.

This was Scott's second time running this week and last year it was his longest distance. He has tackled longer races since then, but his training hasn't been as spot on this year. He killed it though and shaved 6 minutes off of his total time. I also shaved some serious time off my race. I think it was around 15 minutes.

I am so grateful that I have a partner in running and someone that gets it. I'm also grateful for our post run breakfasts...especially the part where he shares his turkey bacon with me. That's love people.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Thanksgiving Thursday



For those of you that don't know what Thanksgiving Thursday is, it is the one time during the week where you stop and basically count your blessings. Even if you've had one of those weeks, I promise you can find at least one thing to be thankful for, no matter how big or small.

This week I am thankful for...

  • Scott and all that he does for us. He's my rock.
  • Aaron and his dedication. 
  • Jillian and her new found confidence.
  • Family all around us.
  • Being able to see my nephew playing his first college game.
  • Aloe for when you scorch half of your leg at said college game.
  • Homemade cookies made with quite possibly the best neighbor.
  • Long runs.

What are you thankful for this week?


Tuesday, March 10, 2015

My Nephew the Fastest Baserunner in the World*

*I mean, maybe not the world, but the kid is crazy fast.

Sunday we spent the day at the ball field watching my nephew, Avery, play his first college baseball game. He's down here with his team for a tournament and we were able to spend the day cheering him on during his double header. Avery is a freshman, so we weren't sure how much he would get to play, but we wanted to cheer him on and Aaron was beyond thrilled to see him!



Seriously, look at that face!

It was a great teaching experience for Aaron, too. He was able to see "older kids" play ball and watch their form. It was also a great teaching experience for him as a catcher. 


Look how into the game he was! He also spent a good chunk of the game at the fence. Avery's team won the first game, which was their first game of the season.

Between games Avery came out and introduced the kids to some of the players. I think Aaron about died when he met the catcher from the first game.  Avery also told us a little bit about their program. This is only the second year for the team and it's a pretty young team.


Another funny thing to point out is that each time a player slid or dove for a base, Aaron would shake his head and say, "His Mom is going to be so mad. She'll have to clean that." I politely responded with, "They're in college. Mom's don't clean those."

The second game was pretty intense. They were behind until....they put Avery in to pinch run. Now, it should also be noted this is actually the first time I have EVER seen Avery play. When he was growing up I was already away at school and then here in Florida. I digress...so they were down by one and the coach put my wonderful nephew in to pinch run. 

Here he is leading off on first...


There's the pitch...swing...heading for the fence...drop...drop...it drops! He's gone! 


At some point I was on my feet screaming, not cheering, screaming. Aaron, Jill and Scott were also on their feet. The kids were jumping up and down on the bleachers. 

He rounded second, headed for third and then....


Holy sh!t! He was heading home!


Yes my friends, that is MY nephew scoring his FIRST run as a college player. And yes, my nephew tied the game. Proud Aunt y'all, proud Aunt!

The kiddos were so thrilled. They kept jumping up and down and then the woman in front of me smiled and said, "Oh that's sweet, they are excited about their brother."


Um, no, and now you have me questioning if I need to purchase wrinkle cream. 

Anyway....

Avery's team won the game in the end and we were thrilled. The kiddos ran over to the dugout to wait for their star player.


I don't think they even noticed any other player that walked by. After Avery grabbed all of his gear he came by to chat with the kiddos. Look at these faces!


I am so proud of Avery. He's such a great kid, well not really a kid anymore, and I am so happy I was able to see him play. I cannot wait to see what future seasons hold for him!



Thursday, March 5, 2015

Thanksgiving Thursday



For those of you that don't know what Thanksgiving Thursday is, it is the one time during the week where you stop and basically count your blessings. Even if you've had one of those weeks, I promise you can find at least one thing to be thankful for, no matter how big or small.

This week I am thankful for...

  • Scott and his support, even when it's just listening to my crazy.
  • Aaron and his passion for baseball.
  • Jillian and the progress she is making with reading.
  • Family all around us.
  • An amazing support system in the least likely of places.
  • Reconnecting.
  • Chocolate and peanut butter in almost any form.
  • Sushi dates with my boss.
What are you thankful for?
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