Monday, May 18, 2015

Game Face On

It's summer(??) supposedly. In South Dakota the week before last we had a blizzard, thunderstorm, and tornado all in one day. Nuts. Later week, we received some much needed, long prayed for rain. This week, sounds cold and dreary too. It's messin' with my little girl's softball mojo.

Last Thursday night was her first game. They haven't practiced in a week+ so I wasn't sure how it was going to turn out. Turns out - these girls did pretty awesome! They were throwing, catching, and hitting like little champion 6/7/8 year old girls who are in their first season! :) Doesn't sound like it's saying much about their skills, but I was pleasantly surprised.




One thing I adore about this group of girls at this age is that they are having a blast out there. They aren't yet keeping score, (formally...there is a lot of estimating and whispering about score keeping in the dugout!) everyone gets good opportunities to play each position, lots of at bats, and plenty of giggles! That night, they called themselves the "Pink Diamonds." We'll see how many times that name gets changed over the course of the season. 

Thursday night folks! You can see her out on the field Thursday's in May and June this summer. I'm sure we'll have some grandparent and great-grandparent guests cheering her on, and she's going to love it!






Thursday, May 14, 2015

I've Been Away

I've been away. A lot. I've been physically away in other towns and states. I've been away in my mind from the little touches of things I like to do but have regrettably neglected lately. I've been away from my housekeeping. I've been away from visiting neighbors and friends.


I've been away from the blog as I prioritize at home and make the most of every moment with the littles. I've been away from the blog while I soak up time visiting with my husband on the sofa at night after our little people are sleeping. We've been snuggling and catching up on our favorite shows together, I've been taking naps from 8-9 p.m. before going to bed (he likes this time the best so he has complete control of the remote), I've had my nose in a textbook studying up for class, or my eyes glued to a computer finishing up a paper or catching up on bits of work.

I've been away.


I've been all over the place lately, Minneapolis, several trips to the Black Hills, Chicago, Kansas City, and Sioux Falls.



But I'm going to try to be better at being completely 100% home when I'm home, By putting away work, by stopping by and visiting with old neighbors, by journaling more, but taking the time for the little things. By stopping and slowing down and baking cookies together.


I'm going to try to be back to blogging, a little more, probably not 100%. But I miss the little things that I post on here that I can go back and read later. I've been slacking on my hand written journals unfortunately and slacking here too. But I don't want to forget little moments, small imperfect photos, but ones that make me smile. I want to be able to look through my files later and remember. Because life just moves too fast.


But then there are times like this when we really slow it down. We drag laundry baskets and boxes into the living room and set up camp and watch shows on a Saturday morning. That makes people happy.

Hopefully you'll be hearing a little more from me coming up. Maybe just pictures. Because I know what the grandparents and aunts and great aunts really want is the pictures. Of course, Instagram is my pocket sized blog that I update frequently so that's available too.


Here's where I'm headed next. Catch me in Minnesota, the Black Hills, Sioux Falls, Indiana, New York, and Portland/Seattle in the coming months. Oh, and hopefully I'll have some time on the beach in Pierre this summer too.



Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Sugar

It was a trip I had been planning, counting on, and looking forward to for months. MONTHS. My friend and co-worker and I purchased tickets to the Maroon 5 concert in Kansas City back in September for March show and couldn't wait to see Adam Levine live on stage and singing. And we also couldn't wait to sing our hearts out to him either.

The day finally came. I've been to Kansas City a few times (and love the city by the way), so knew it was a haul down there. Wowza, reconfirmed, yup, it's a haul down there. A few pee stops, lunch, a stop for Sonic Strawberry Limeaid (hence the pee stops), a stop at a boutique, 9 hours, and several dozen Maroon 5 songs played on the radio later, we made it.



Saturday we hung out Kansas City style on the plaza. We shopped and dined on the best BBQ around and jammed out to more Maroon 5 while getting ready. Finally. The moment had come. Time to head to see my favorite.




I'll spare you the dozens of photos and videos with me screaming out the songs in the background and just share a few with you. Basically, we had the best time.









Below might be the best shot of the whole night. (Sorry Dad, Grandma and Grandpa...oh Cody too!...wait totally not sorry)