Monday, March 20, 2017

Wet & Wild

Water season is officially upon us, and I'm not too mad about it. Yet. The kids are out on spring break and we're taking full advantage of the lack of schedule to sleep in, be lazy and get sopping wet. Tyson's family moved right around the corner from us and even though they were only 10 minutes away before it's so nice having them only a golf cart ride away. They came over for a water day, the kids loved it, Jason was concerned about his grass getting ruined. He texted me mid day and asked how the grass was. I responded "wet". Which apparently can only mean one thing to a guy. He texted back something dirty, only Kylie was looking at pictures on my phone when he sent it and now she is scarred for life. Good times.  

Love how much he loves his Claire berry. He keeps begging me to have another baby, they all do. I keep trying to tell them that this shop is closed for business. At least they have her to dote on.

We killed a few hours at the Basha pool. Ryder can touch the bottom in the semi-deep pool and has become quite the little swimmer so for the first time he was free to hang out with the boys with out me tagging along two steps behind. The umbilical cord was cut and he was in heaven and I didn't know what to do with my self as I joined the ranks of side line moms. He tried the diving board for the first time and was hooked.

He kept going over and over and over and over. After a while this was the scene, Jayden and Maddox worn out and sun bathing while Ryder is in the background hitting the diving board on repeat. Funny boy.

We took the boat out for the maiden voyage of the season and it always feels good to stretch out under the sun with the wind in your hair. We were sad Kylie wasn't able to come, she had a dance competition, but we had such a chill and enjoyable day with the boys. We listened to "Something Just Like This" on repeat and it was so fitting. It's Jason's new favorite song, he also listened to that same song on repeat for four miles straight when we went running a few nights later. Funny boy. I have a feeling years from now that song will come on the radio and it will take me back to this exact moment. And it's a pretty good moment to revisit.

Renaissance Festival

I got to spend the day with these goof balls on a field trip to the Renaissance Festival. Twelve year old boys are something else. On the threshold of adolescence but not quite ready to let go of the boyhood joys like fart jokes and movie quotes. The awkward encounters with girls, their insatiable appetites, the funny things they decided to spend their money on and the countless "juju on the beat" dance moves. The entire bus singing Taylor Swift acapella and Jayden gushing about his crush. It was quite a day. And I loved every minute of it. My favorite part is that Jayden still thinks I'm cool. That ship has set sail long ago with Kylie, but this kid still thinks I'm the bees knees and I'm eating up every bit of it. I mean, not to toot my own horn, but I did bring Sour Patch Kids for his friends after all. Loved spending a little one on one time with this boy of mine, he melts my heart. 

Monday, March 13, 2017

Saturday agenda

A few weeks ago my sister called on a Saturday. I was in the middle of tying cleats, looking for a lost shin guard, filling up water bottles and trying to find drop off instructions for a dance competition. "You sound busy" she said as I'm barking out orders in between our conversation. I had to laugh as I recalled my day to her...up at dawn delivering flyers for a youth fundraiser, merit badge clinic, basketball game, football practice, running 4 miles, football game, dance competition, soccer team pictures and a soccer game. Yeah, you could say I was busy. I purposely didn't sign Ryder up for soccer during winter thinking it would be too much to have all 4 involved in sports at once, what I didn't realize was that the seasons overlapped for a month. It's been a bit crazy, but Jason and carpools have been a lifesaver. And as always, it makes it worth it to see them out there playing their little hearts out doing what they love. Maddox has really improved this season, he went from being the designated center to scoring his first touch down, pulling flags left and right and throwing a perfect spiral right in the arms of his teammate while playing QB. It was fun to cheer him on and see him improve so much.

Jayden has had a much better season in basketball as well. He wasn't quite up to the same level as his former teammates last season and spent most of the season on the bench. He found a great team to be on this season and has shown so much improvement as his confidence level has gone up. He was a regular starter and contributed a lot to his team. His team ended up doing really well in the season and tournament and we're looking forward to him playing again with them in spring.

And this little stinker is just as adorable as ever out on the field. He loves being the goal defender and has a pretty powerful kick. He's just so full of energy and life, running all over the field with a huge smile on his face and that little tongue sticking out every time he kicks the ball. Cutest little fireball. These kids sure make me proud!

I won't lie, joining the world of company dance has been quite an adjustment. It is such a huge financial and time commitment, but Kylie has loved every minute of it and it's been fun watching her be a part of something she is so passionate about and is really good at. She had her first competition, her team was the opening act for her category and I was seriously blown away. It was a ballroom number, but not the kind of ballroom I was expecting. No trace of the waltz or fox trot, no way, we're talking spicy hot salsa! They were on fire and I think it made Jason blush a little to see his baby girl out there dancing like that! But it was incredible and they took first place for their category and first place over all, it was awesome. They performed two other dances and came is first for their category in those as well. It was a great way to kick off competition season and I couldn't be more proud of her!