Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Look Ma, No Training Wheels!

When I bought Evan his new bike back in the spring, I was hopeful we'd find time this summer to work on teaching him to ride without training wheels. Summer nearly got away before we finally ditched the trainers and he took off. We've since made a couple trips to the park and he's already riding circles around me.



Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Little League

Since we moved, Evan is now in a different Little League district. But both areas are equally serious about their baseball thanks to some recent championship teams. The way ages are calculated has also changed, so Evan was placed in the 7-8-9 year old league even though he was still six for all but the last game. It made him one of the younger boys on the team, but that didn't deter him. He learned A LOT this summer, becoming a consistent hitter at the plate, and very good left fielder. At this age, although the boys are getting much stronger in their skill set, there was no predicting which way a game might go. They had a winning season, but at the end of the game, the kids were more excited about the concession stand popsicles than they were the score.

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He briefly tried out the Catcher position. He loved it, but I'm kinda glad he didn't up there. Some of these kids were significantly bigger, and I wasn't crazy about him having to defend home plate!

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Little brother is his biggest fan!

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Dan was the Dugout Dad at nearly every game, cheering the kids on and keeping order. It was an unofficial role, but the official coaches were all grateful, as were the parents!

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Go Cards! <---- Pretty sure it killed Dan's soul a little bit to have to cheer that this season, so here's hoping next year he's drafted for the Reds!

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Piano and Dance Recitals

Evan started both dance and piano lessons in January. He's taking piano lessons from the same teacher I had in middle and high school. Sue is great and it's amazing how far he has come in just a few short months. He had his first piano recital in May and Evan amazes me with his lack of stage fright or nervousness when it comes to performing, especially so at this age. Here are a couple post-show photos and a video of his performance.

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I love how he sits down and hands his music back to his Dad when it's all over. Cool. Done. Checked that off the list.

Evan was taking gymnastics last fall when he noticed a sign for a dance studio in the same building. He asked me about it and said he wanted to take classes. Whereas most of his other activities have come about because either his dad or I have sought them out and gauged his interest, dance was Evan's idea from the get-go. We have tried to expose him to different things, especially around the arts and sports, so maybe it was seeing The Nutcracker ballet last December that sparked the interest, (or watching Dancing with the Stars with his grandma!), either way, I'm glad he found something he loved and put his heart into it.

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So proud of this boy.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

A Mother's Lament, Continued

About three and a half years ago I posted a couple of pictures of Evan - at one year and 3.5 years old, in the same spot, standing next to some letters I had hanging in his room. I was a little sad about how much that short amount of time had changed him, from baby to little boy. Well, imagine what happens between 3.5 years and 7 years old. A LOT. All that chunkiness and babyness is totally gone. Replaced with a lanky, on-the-go, wired with energy B-O-Y.

His new room is accented with "big" boy colors of midnight blue and red, so it was time to repaint the letters. A little sadness there too, but he loves the new baseball and stars theme. Still to come is the Louisville Slugger and karate belt display. He's growing up, but he's also growing into who he is, and for that I am happy.

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Easter

I love it when Easter is a little later in the spring and tends to be warmer. The boys can hunt eggs outside, and if we're lucky, we'll have a sunny day. This year, both happened.

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Just part of the day's shenanigans...

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Happiest baby and grandma!