Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Oh, basball...

Oh... goodness... I have had a love/hate relationship with baseball this year. I really love the sport and I love our team. Aiden has made such good friends this past season. He even has really learned to respect the sport and really looks up to the older boys who work so hard and do a great job. I love that Aiden gives 150% each and every time he's on the field or in the batting cage and I love that he NEVER, EVER lets T1D slow him down. I love all of that... I wasn't so fond of the secret baseball underworld that you have to navigate in order to take it to the next level. I don't like that I didn't figure it out in time to get him to that level. And I don't like that now he is at home throwing his ball on the roof instead of getting these 2 extra months of practice that some of the other kids are. But now we know and we will do everything we can so that our sweet boy can play all the baseball that he wants! 
 He really has improved so, so much!
 Especially in the field!
Looks how cute he was a few years ago! (Spring 2011) He wouldn't wear his hat and you can't see it, but Matt is standing on the field right by him. I'd call that an improvement. :)

 See? Beautiful clouds and weather!
 Serious talks...
 And team pride, even after a (rare) loss.
 We've had lots of great visitors too!
 And lots of fun after games too!
These girls have grown up!! (again, 2011)
 And of course, Carter! 
Sibling support (sometimes!)

 Lots of fun parties! 

 And trophies with good friends!

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Our BUSY Day!

First, we got to go to Ella B.'s birthday party. The big shocker was that Emma climbed the wall and Aiden wouldn't. No big deal, it just surprised me. 
 He did, however, beat the heck out of the pinata! 
 YAY! Candy!
 Later that day, we got to go to MaKayla's 16th birthday party! Papa was causing some mischief. I know... Unbelievable!  
 MaKayla and her friends (and Emma and Aiden) went to see Blended, which is hilarious! Matt and I had seen it so we went to the worst. movie. ever. Some Tom Cruise movie that was basically like robot Groundhog Day, except not good, or funny. At. All. 
 Then... after that... we headed to Veteran's Park for a Michels family get together. My Mom's cousin, Sandy, was in town from South Dakota so we gathered with those who could make it. I didn't get pictures of the younger cousins, but they had lots of fun together! 
 Emma and Chloe were happy to pose before we left though! 

Friday, June 13, 2014

Third Day Concert

For Mother's Day, I got mom tickets to a Third Day concert. It was at Horton Farms and it was just a beautiful evening! 
 The kids had a great time just playing and acting crazy! ;) I was worried they would think it was too loud, but they liked it too.

 Mom with her "lighter"
 I love, love, love their music and it was great!
 Then there is this goofy girl! Haha!

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Brinkley Elizabeth Evans

We are so, so sad that our sweet baby girl, our baby before babies, went to Heaven. We had a little over 14 years with our sweet girl and we were not ready for her to go. 
About a week ago, we noticed that she didn't seem to be getting around well so we took her to Dr. Stanton's office and learned that she had quite a few problems going on including kidney and liver problems and even copd. She spent about the next week not eating much and hardly walking. We were so excited when she decided to eat some tuna! We had picnics every day. 
 Bella took good care of her sissy!!!  Ms. Karla sent us this sweet picture she got when she was cleaning. :) 
She passed away early Saturday (June 7) morning around. Matt and I were just devastated and the kiddos were also upset when they woke up and learned the news. I feel certain that our sweet girl is in Heaven enjoying lots and lots of Greenies and Arby's 5 for 5! She was so loved and we will miss her like crazy! So... how about a little stroll down memory lane... 

Brinkley Elizabeth was born in Bentonville January 9, 2000. We got to go pick her out and then went back a few weeks later to pick her up, on February 18, 2000. She *may* have pooped in my lap on the way home! ;)
She made herself right at home! 
Her sweet little belly rubbed the ground when she ran! She loved to play with leaves and they were bigger than her! 
 Grammy had an immediate attachment with her. They were big buddies!
 Of course she loved dying Easter eggs!!
 When she was about 6 months old, she had her girl surgery. She got a brand new couch that I am pretty sure was more expensive than our real couch, but she was oh, so worth every cent! 
 In 2001, she won second place in the PetCo costume contest! She was off to see the wizard! 
 She loved, loved, loved chewing up paper! We called it her "homework"! She was so smart and loved to open presents too!
 Cuddling with her Daddy. 
 Her first fishing pole was Snoopy of course!
 And on St. Anthony's Feast Day she was "baptized" (blessed, but I feel certain that it counted!)

We will miss you so much baby girl!! We love you!

Brinkley Elizabeth Evans
January 9, 2000 ~ June 7, 2014

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Last Day of School 2014

What a great year at Turnbow Elementary! 
We will certainly miss our friends, teachers, and nurse this summer!

Emma was especially excited about this GT award! Her group won the "Create a Product" competition at the Economics fair!
Emma will really miss Mrs. McDaniel. She was such a sweet teacher and did a great job finishing out the year for Mrs. Clark. We also found out that Mrs. Clark had her sweet baby girl twins! They are mono-mono twins, which is quite rare, and they were almost a month early, but they are doing well! 

This boy racked up the awards too. He was especially excited about the PE award from Coach T. 
After school we had our annual little Last Day of School Party Get Together! 
Blake the photo bomber! 

It was a great way to wrap up the school year!