Monday, October 31, 2011

Weekend Update

things that made the weekend great
  • Madison's first basketball game
  • Olive Garden's Soup, Salad and Breadsticks.....I've been craving them for a long time!
  • making our homemade Halloween Costumes
  • Chili on Sunday
  • Having a lazy day with Madison

things that made the weekend not so great
  •  waiting till the last minute to make our Halloween costumes

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

The introduction of cereal

For (what seems like) the past week Layla has been sleeping like a newborn....waking up every 2-3 hours.  And that sleep cycle is wearing on this momma!  I thought maybe she was just not getting full at night and thought the introduction of cereal was a good idea.  Here's what Layla thought.

Okay, so the introduction didn't go so well.  Honestly, she was really tired, that was the main reason she was crying.  So we tried again the next day.  She wasn't thrilled with it, but it went much better than the first time.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

And that's the end of softball season...

This softball season Madison started off really strong, slowly deteriorated and then busted it out of the water at the end.  Her coaches were amazing!  I was really impressed with their coaching and making sure the girls actually learned something. While the girls didn't have a winning season, the last few games they looked like a well oiled machine with few errors and lots of great hits.

Here's a few pictures of Madison's last two games.

Madison got to play 1st base this game.  She did pretty well, but with this base being new to her, there was a bit of a learning curve that she had to overcome.

Layla was really excited to watch the girls play this game!  She was cooing and was intently watching the girls' every move.  All that and drooling all over dad at the same time.

Then the sleepiness took over.  We had a mad baby for a few minutes and then once she was too tired to fight it...out she went!  I was scared to set her down, knowing for sure, once I did she would wake up.  So no more pictures were taken of this game.

This next game is when Madison started to come out of her slump - in a big way!  They moved her to a new base again.  This time she was playing third.  I believe that she fielded about 80% of the balls this games which meant she was responsible for a large majority of the outs as well.  I think the confidence that she gained in this game helped her out in her hitting - which had been less than stellar at this point.

Time out on the field!  A team mate had two untied shoes.  Of course, Madison ran over to help!

In between plays one of Madison's coaches came over to give her a bit of advice on stance.

And then of course we had the ever-famous chant.  "Two down, one to go.  Two down, one to go."  Then a clap......

...then a stomp!

We ended the game with a win.  And of course and hand shake and a good game to each opponent.

A quick post game pep talk and then..... photo!  Bunch of crazy girls!  :)

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Fall Festival with the Fam

Saturday, the entire fam went to FoxHollow Farm and attended their 4th Annual Festival.  We had so much fun!  As soon as we got there we made a few food purchases; local cookie gelato and some iced coffee from Heine Bothers Coffee, also local.  The weather was a gorgeous 78 degrees out, sun shining and a small breeze blowing!  I couldn't have asked for anything better.

The first activity we did was silk tie-dying.  Madison and I both made one.  It had been years since I had done any tie-dying so we had a short little tutorial from a volunteer and then the rubber band tieing began!

And then Madison dyed both of our silk scarves.

TADAAA!!!  They turned out awesome!  I kinda wanted to do some more, but Madison was ready to move onto the next activity.

The next activity that Madison did was painting on a wall that was available to the kids to paint on.  It was super awesome.  It was a series of 8 panels attached around a large oak tree.  The kids were allowed to pick out 3 different colors and paint whatever they wanted.  Madison ended up painting a simple smiley face and a heart.  I added "All you need is love".  I found it very appropriate for the day.  I think I may frame the picture.....kinds summed everything up.

Oh, look who woke up!

And.....she's out again!

And 20 minutes later....we're awake.  I mean, seriously, can this kid look any more like her dad?  Closing her eyes in pictures and all!  And look how white this white girl is!  I may need to pull a crazy mom move like the moms on Toddlers and Tiaras and give her a spray tan....or NOT!  My baby is perfect just the way she is!

Before we left, we got a couple pictures of the girls together by the pumpkins.  We didn't end up buying any.  Cause they were $10!  Geez!!  I know someone selling them for $3....we'll go there!

Oh....and to keep with the animal theme we've had lately, Layla wore a cure little lamb outfit.