Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Halloween Street Party

Happy Halloween 2012!  Louie wanted to wear his costume from last Halloween.  I tried to explain to him that he could choose a different costume each year..."no" was his response.  So we happily dressed him in a small Woody costume and matched Blake as a Mr. Potato Head.  We had a grand time walking around the neighborhood collecting candy!  It's fun to see the adults get into dressing up, cauldrons with dry ice and fun music.  It's more like a street party!  Louie wasn't so sure about this vampire but once the candy was deposited in his bucket... no big deal!
In this last photo, Blake wanted to be a big boy and stand against the the doors and NOT on Mom's lap.  Just growing up sooooo quickly.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

The Small Joys in Life

Here are a few fun photos of everyday life that I don't want to forget.  The boys are growing and changing so quickly.  During these sweet moments, I want to freeze time.
Louie's First Day of Preschool with Ms. Jeannette and Ms. Marcie
Blake's First attempt with a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.
Murphy has volunteered to clean up at a moment's notice.
Blake would not let go of this broom for about an hour.  Not sure how much he...cleaned?

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Louie's First T-Ball Game

Louie was up to bat at his first T-ball game.  In a flash, all these thoughts flooded my mind...
Would he sink or swim? Then, the Christmas cartoon of Rudolf the Red Nose Reindeer comes to mind when the "young bucks" are trying out to pull Santa's sleigh.  There are weak attempts, name calling and rejection from peers.  Could my Louie compete with his peers in the real world?  Then I stopped the runaway train of protective mom thoughts and settled on, "Oh my...this is just T-ball; relax."
The first pitch came, he swung and missed.  Coach realigned him to the T.  Next pitch came and he hit the ball with ease. And then chaos erupted onto the field...loose ball!  This is where 4 year old enthusiasm trumps all training and any attempt at position control.  T-ball then turned into tackle football.  And once a four year old has gotten the ball, the last thing they want to do it throw it away to first base!  Those coaches were trying to herd a bunch of cats to coax a throw to first base.  I was mesmorized by the show and so was Louie which caused him to pause before running to first base.  By the time he made it around the chaos, the ball had beaten him to first base.   
As he came off the field, I noticed he didn't care if he hadn't made it to first base.  I don't think he was aware that he was "out!"   He was proud to have hit the ball!  In his mind, he had pulled Santa's sleigh that day...and that was good enough for me.
Here's a photo of Blake salivating to get on the field with Louie!