My Mom had her sixtieth birthday last week!
I know my Dad’s going to appreciate this picture of him lounging in the background, ha! We got my Mom a fancy teapot (because she collects teapots)…and:
A photo album of pictures from our trip to California. I think she was quite impressed that we got it put together with only about a two week turn around.
We also made Mostaccioli (her birthday dinner tradition) with salad and bread. We also made appetizers one of which was this tasty dish:
My uncle made this when we were in California and my sister and I have been looking for an opportunity to make it again. When we served it on my Mom’s birthday, and there wasn’t a slice left.
I don’t have exact measurements, so you’ll want to taste as you go…I can tell you to not go too heavy on the garlic salt.
About 1/2-1 cup of mayonnaise
8 oz cheddar cheese block, grated
1 tsp Lawry’s garlic salt
Sourdough bread (about 7 slices)
Preheat oven to 350. Toast the sourdough bread. Mix together the mayo, cheese, and salt and divide among the toasted bread and spread. Bake until cheese is mainly melted, then broil until it’s bubbly on top.
This boy is seven.
A is our charming boy. Sometimes reserved, sometimes incredibly goofy, and sometimes a little old soul that reminds me where I left my glasses. He is constantly reading Magic Treehouse books, figuring out his math homework before I do, making plans for his next Minecraft village, and building Lego Zelda maps. He wants to know what’s for dinner at breakfast, but would prefer to hold his breakfast until an hour after he gets up. He’s already planning what he’s going to be when grows up, although it changes from week to week. He loves getting to hang out at Granna and Papa’s and drink lemonade. He studies everything and sometimes we have to remind him to look ahead instead of looking all around (mainly so he doesn’t run into people or get lost). His brother is his constant companion, and also probably biggest headache (ha!). He loves Sister Schubert rolls, ribs, and any kind of dessert. He is studious and kind, silly and sweet. I cannot believe he is seven! We love you so much A! You are our shining star!
The transition to coach pitch is not easy. First, you get them settled into hitting a ball off a tee. Then, they transition to having a ball fly at their face that they have to swing and hit. It’s difficult, and a little scary. When A first started this season, we were constantly telling him to stand up out in the field, and when he came up to hit, to watch the ball and wait to swing. I kept shaking my head thinking it was too much. B and A spent evening after evening practicing in the back yard.
Then, a change. He was standing constantly in the field. He was vying to play catcher. He was cheering on his teammates and tapping his bat on the plate. Then he hit the ball. And he hit it again. And again. And we cheered. And his coaches were almost in tears. And I was thankful that he again had the best coaches. Coaches that supported him and rooted for him.
Tonight, after he finished his celebratory mini sonic blast (with Oreo’s and M&Ms), I asked him if he wanted to play baseball in the spring. He looked at me incredulously and said “of course!” Followed by “Do you think I’ll be able to get the same team and the same coaches?” Such a testament to a great season. Here’s hoping for that for A, and hoping for a great spring season. We have a lot of practicing to keep up all these good habits between now and then!
And of course, we cannot forget that this was the very first time that our own Statler and Waldrof got to be on a team together:
These two. I can’t even. They got to spend approximately one game standing next to each other, and then they were separated because they spent more time dancing and sassing each other than actually paying attention. They make us laugh and shake our heads. Every day.
J had his first morning soccer game this weekend (in fact his only morning soccer game), and true to form he did not disappoint with his enthusiasm.
First, his terrific soccer coach provided pre-game doughnuts…
Then J practiced some warm up kicks…
J was very excited to have a cheering section there (beyond me, ha!)…
And to have some extra help with shoe re-trying…
And of course the best thing about playing a game when you’re a kid…
B’s birthday is today! We celebrated his birthday this weekend by playing lots of Mario Maker, going to sports games, and letting the boys watch cartoons on our bed Sunday Morning (a rare happening in our house).
And of course I found the perfect present after his birthday:
This guy was just hanging out protecting the pumpkins at Target like a boss. Storm troopers have to work, too.
Happy birthday B! We love you so much!
A playing catcher…
A at bat… A got to play catcher for the first time in coach pitch and he LOVED it. I figured it would be his least favorite position to play considering in coach pitch you’ve got baseballs bouncing up in your face constantly playing catcher. He took it very seriously and got so much praise from the coaches! He was so proud of himself, and we were so proud of him!
Hold the phone everyone…
Happiness is God, family, friends, and an Elsa birthday cake.