Monday, May 31, 2010

Memorial Day Evening . . . PHOTOS GALORE!

We had a great evening . . . I headed out to the pool after dinner for a swim, but quickly became lonely . . . I know, I know - LONELY  . . . what is with that????

Anyway, I invited Randy and the kids out - even though they had swam before dinner for quite some time. Randy decided not to swim, but I did and we had a blast. We swam and swam and played. The kids enjoyed me flipping them over my head - that was a bit of a work out - they are growing too quickly! Cody had a great time and now is floating as long as Mom or Dad are close by. He "floats" in his life jacket and is advancing a little more each time he goes into the pool.

We all got dry as the sun was quickly going down and the little mosquitoes were arriving. So, we all went in and dried off and then headed down to the lake to build a fire in the fire pit.

Here are some photos of our evening: (Kate decided to stay inside)

The boys had their jammies on . . . (yes, Ryan does have jammies that match, however he chooses to mix them up! Hanna Andersson would be mortified!)

A Rare "Hugging" moment - No one is tackling

Pretty fire

spider web

ceiling of the gazebo

I know some of you are wondering about the "watermark" across my photos now. Several of the blogs I follow have opted to do the same. A little picture protection from those who just might be tempted to claim a photo or two of their own. The watermark is embedded into the photo and the photo image properties have changed as well.

Who knows, if you post a lot of photos on your web or facebook you might want to consider watermarking your photos as well.

Memorial Day 2010

The thunder, lightning and rain are in my little corner of the world today. The skies are dark and the rain and wind are strong. Before the rain hit, Randy took a few pictures . . .

Saturday, May 29, 2010

First Softball Game of the Season . . . Beware - photos

This afternoon was a hot one here in Central, Illinois . . . The temperature read 93 degrees when we headed out of the house this afternoon. Today was the Preseason Tournament for Ryan's softball team . . . we were pretty certain that since there had only been ONE practice, that there would only be one game for us.

Well . . . I gotta tell you those kids WON ALL THREE OF THEIR GAMES and took FIRST PLACE!

We arrived at the Ball Park right on time . . . yes, all seven of us. Ryan received his baseball shirt and I told him to change his shirt. He looked at me with a HUGE question on his face and he asked, "Where?" I asked Where What? and then he asked "Where do I change?" . . . . Oh Dear, the modesty of this boy. I said, right here. I gotta tell you the look on his face was priceless! Anyway, we got his shirt changed and he was off to go and be with "the team" of boys and coaches . . . he and his Cub hat.

These pictures tell a story . . . a story of the first game of a boy name Ryan. My kiddo . . .

Ryan started out in this spot . . . between first and second base . . . in the outfield.
Looking good so far!

He got to bat and received pointers from his coaches.

He gave the bat a good try - he hit the ball several times while at bat and even got onto first base with one of the hits. Another boy hit and he moved on to second and third and then another boy hit and he was able to run home to score!

My youngest was "testing" the waters with Grandpa. Being the THIRTEENTH grandchild to Grandpa has its advantages and disadvantages. One disadvantage - this isn't Grandpa's first rodeo and he isn't easily persuaded by a cute smile.

Ryan is in the outfield - you see him . . . the one CHEWING on his glove

batter up

EJ is totally enjoying himself - slushies, pretzels, crackers . . .

Time for a little reading . . . yep, we are still playing the game, but Ryan is reading the signage

This boy, my Cameron) is all about the score . . . and clapping for the OTHER team.

Gabby and Abby would be so proud - this boy got a sliding injury. O.k. fine . . . I need to tell the WHOLE truth . . . Remember this boy is playing the outfield, right? Well, he was running from the dugout to the outfield . . . do you see this dirt area where you are supposed to run when you hit the ball and run the bases?

Well, Ryan was running to the outfield and completely wiped out  . . . right in the dirt - in a slide.

Of course, being the totally observant Mom that I am, I yelled, "SAFE!"

The team took a time out for a second as one of their newest team members was injured in the "line of duty" and he hobbled off the field where Uncle Sam was ready and waiting to take care of him with a band aid! Ryan hobbled over to "his cheering section" and thought he was going to have a seat, until we all told encouraged him to get back to the dug out and be with his team.

There he is back out on the field!

The team has had ONE practice . . . the second practice was rained out . . . and then today was the PRE-SEASON TOURNAMENT . . .

We seriously didn't think the team had a chance to win today . . .

Well, we were WRONG ~~~

Ryan's team played against two of the other teams in their league today . . .

Ryan's Team Won their First Game 18 - 1

Ryan's Team Won their Second Game 16 - 8

Ryan's Team Won their Third Game 4 - 2

Ryan's Team each received a BLUE RIBBON for FIRST PLACE in the PRE-TOURNAMENT!

Way to go Guys!!!

I have to add a little note here . . . Ryan's Coaches are WONDERFUL!

Thanks Coaches for your patience!

Tomorrow . . . we REST!


Woo Hoo it is the weekend . . . I have been buried under a mountain of paperwork for a few days and finally finished up the last bit of it this morning! I then took care of paying bills at home. Now, ALL of my paperwork is FINISHED! Yippee KyYy AAAAAAAAAAAAA!

Randy, Katelyn and Cody are outside swimming . . . they have been on the jet skis already today and are now outside enjoying the heat. Cameron and EJ have been grounded, but I think this afternoon I will let them swim as well.

Today at 4:00 Ryan has his first Baseball game . . . the poor team has only had one practice, so I can't imagine how they will do! We will be cheering him on and I will take my camera along to snap a few photos.

The cottonwood has been horrible the past week in our area and my allergies are in turmoil. I take zyrtec each and every day, have eye drops and use nasal spray . . . I continue to suffer allergy symptoms of itchy eyes, itchy nose and sneezing. Oh well . . . the cottonwood seeds should stop blowing soon.

Tomorrow afternoon I think we will have hamburgers on the grill, along with chips and dip and maybe I will make up a trifle dessert and possibly potato salad. Love me the days of summer!

How about you??? What is in your plans?

Thursday, May 27, 2010

a Scenic drive . . .

This afternoon we loaded up in the SUV all ready for Katelyn to get more driving time out of the way . . . she is now officially down to 13 hours and 20 minutes remaining. I decided since we were going out that I would take along the camera . . . you just never know what we will come upon. That being said, I did miss a few "opportunities" for pictures like:

The two bikini bodies laying atop of their porch roof . . .  sun tanning (that fell under "weird!")

The motorcycle guy with his dog in a side-car.

A rain made "pond" in a cornfield.

I totally apologize for missing those photo opportunities .  .  . However, I did get some photos to share:

Great photo of an old produce storage barn.

"George" the horse.

George's Friend

something you don't see everyday - a boot on a fence post

along our drive

yep . . . it is a totem pole . . . only in Illinois!

beautiful country side

I see corn in them thair fields

going up . . .

a farm is using wind energy

yellow field flowers

gotta love the "drive in"

flowers in my yard

several varieties

I hope you enjoyed your little "scenic drive" with me!

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