Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Life Is Good

Our weather has been HOT...and I love it!
Brady was off school yesterday and asked if we could go to the bike trail again.  We left early before it got too warm out.  I have a feeling we will be going there often this summer. 

When we got home, Brady asked if we could sit on the patio with the sprinkler.  He chose this over going to the pool.  So, we sat on the patio in the sun with the sprinkler squirting all over us.  Such a simple thing we do together that I think will stay in his memory bank forever.

Eric and I celebrated our 12th anniversary this past weekend.
Brady spent the night at grandma and grandpa's house.
Honestly, we couldn't wait to drop him off!
Eric and I headed to Philly.  We walked around Pottery Barn and Crate and Barrel and the mall.  We had dinner at the Cheesecake Factory.  We rented The Vow.  We had cheesecake and champagne at 11pm.  We slept in and went out for breakfast and did a little shopping.  Life is good.  I'm lucky I get to share my life with this man.

On our way to pick up Brady on Sunday, we stopped by our old church where we were married and took some pictures. 

Only 5 more days of school left!
We have so much on the calendar this next week....
I hope I can keep up with everything!

I hope you are all having a great week!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Zoo Shenanigans

Last week I helped chaperone Brady's class fieldtrip.  We went to Zoo America in Hershey which is about an hour away from us.

I was in charge of seven 3rd graders....and this was the first sight my group saw/heard upon arriving at the zoo....

I'm not sure if they were panthers or leopards or whatever because we didn't stop long enough to read the little information sign.   The kids were like, "why is he on top of him?"  "Why are they fighting?  "Is he going to kill  him?"

It was one of the worst sounds I've ever heard!  The leopard (on the bottom of course) was screaming and was awful.   I think I am scarred for life! 

I told the kids the leopards must be brothers and were in a big fight!  I assured them they were just playing around.  I was so so thankful not one of them actually knew what was going on.  I quickly distracted the kids with something else around the corner...and we moved on.

It poured down rain the entire time we were there.
I was kicking myself for not specifying when I signed up for this gig that I would help long as it was a sunny day!

The kids were all great though....they didn't care one bit about the rain or being sopping wet.  I don't think I heard one complaint the entire time we were there.   

The day after the field trip, Brady brought home the sweetest thank you cards that each student in our group made for me.  The boys all drew snakes on their cards...they knew that would get me!  And one of the girls drew me this picture that had me rolling on the floor....

I love it!  A keeper for sure!

Monday, May 21, 2012

Happy Monday!

Hello blog friends!  Hope you're having a good Monday.  
We had a busy non-stop weekend.  I spent all morning trying to catch up on cleaning and laundry...something I didn't do much of last week.   I feel so much better when the house is put back's a big sigh of relief for me.

Brady told me this morning that his class was going into the city to a symphony.  He seemed less than thrilled about it.  I asked him if he wanted to stay home and take it easy today....and he said NO right away.  He wants to get perfect attendance for this last grading period.  He has only missed 3 days of school all year which is record for him.  Usually he catches every flu bug that goes around and misses 3 or 4 days at a time...sometimes a week.  It was a goal of his this year to miss less days...and he did.  He's really proud of that.  By the way, he still has not had a drop of soda (pop) since December 15th.  Once he makes up his mind about doing something...he sure is determined to follow through with it.  I wish I could be more like that!

I made these cookies for my mother-in-law for Mother's Day.  They were really good.  The basket I gave her with these in it was only half full....because I ate the other half!  The recipe made a lot.  I found these on Pinterest (of course).  You can find the recipe HERE.

I made these cupcakes on Saturday for Eric's tennis banquet.

I forgot to take a picture of them at I quick took one at the picnic, hoping no one would see me getting a picture of my own cupcakes.  They didn't turn out like I wanted them to or how I pictured them in my mind.  I thought if I colored the coconut yellow, they would look like fuzzy tennis balls.  Some of the coconut turned orange from the yellow food coloring...not sure why that happened.  If you look, you can see little orange specks.  Then, when I put the white trim on them, it didn't show up that well.  Oh well....that's the way it goes sometimes!

We had perfect weather for the picnic.  The parents of one of the boys on the tennis team offered to have to banquet in their backyard.  It was a beautiful evening...and so was their backyard!!
Everyone brought a covered dish...and everything was so good.  It made me anxious for summer and cookouts and eating outside!  The kids swam and played tennis.  They also had a basketball court in their they played a little of that too.  There was also a campfire and smores.  What more could a kid ask for?!

Of course, Brady wants to know why we can't have a tennis court in our backyard?!

I was so proud of my husband.  As he handed out the awards, he said such nice things about each player.  Not just about their tennis records and their wins, but about the character of each boy. I think the parents really appreciated those words.   

He talked about the team and how they represented the school and their sportsmanship.  I was teary throughout his entire talk.  (I would die if I had to get up and talk in front of a group of people!)  Eric thanked the guys for the way they have treated Brady and made him feel like part of the team.  He thanked Brady for being the best manager and for not missing one single practice all season.  He also thanked Brady for supporting his decision to be the high school coach...even though it meant less court time for Brady and putting his tournaments on hold for a couple of months.  Eric and his assistant coach then handed out "gag" gifts that Eric made for each of the guys on the team. They were so fun...I wish I would have taken pictures!  Lots of good laughs...a good way to finish up.

Afterwards, one of the seniors got up and said some really nice things about Eric and the assistant coach.  He said he was really worried going into his last year of tennis not knowing who the new coach would be.  And, that after meeting with Eric the first time, he knew he would be in good hands.  The parents were all so kind and said such nice things too.  So, congratulations hon on a successful first season coaching!  I'm so proud of the way you handle yourself, the way you know just the right thing to say to lift someone up, and the way you care about each guy on the team.  Brady's not the only one who thinks you're an awesome coach!

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Hard At Work

My husband works in the office in the front of the building, and runs the shop in the back of the building. To get to the back of the building quickly, he rides this Amish scooter that is parked outside by the front door. I just couldn't imagine him doing this...but I finally caught him in the act one day last week when I stopped by...

Doesn't he look embarrassed happy to see me?!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

My Mother's Day

I woke up Sunday morning to a beautiful sunny day and these sweet homemade cards.

After breakfast, we headed out to a bike trail that friends our ours told us about that is 25 minutes from our house.  Brady finally learned to ride a bike this now we all have bikes and are ready to go!  I feel like I have waited 9 years for this!

The trail went through the woods and along a creek.  Just beautiful.  And so was the weather.   As we were riding, I was overcome with such happiness.  You know how somedays are just better than others, days when you know you will look back and always remember that feeling you had at that very moment.  This day ranks right up there high on my list.

(Eric and I did not coordinate our outfits!)

We found this little gazebo and had a picnic lunch.

On our way home we stopped to get flowers for my pots.  We've done this the last few it has become a tradition.  (Whenever I say "tradition" Brady starts singing that song from Fiddler on the Roof!)  He helped me pick our flowers and picked out a strawberry plant for himself.  He was really into helping me plant the flowers.

This is my FAVORITE picture from our day!
These two don't need Mother's Day to show me how much I am loved.  I feel it everyday from them. 

I am lucky and I know it.


Thursday, May 10, 2012

Ten on Ten: May 2012

Ten pictures in ten hours on the tenth of the month.
Trying to capture the beauty in the everyday moments.

  Happy tenth everyone!

You can check out the other ten on tens over here on Rebecca's blog!
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