Sunday, June 25, 2017

Happy 10th Birthday Colt!

This year Colt asked me for a birthday party with friends. I think this was the first year he has ever had one, with our families being so big we usually just try to get all the grandparents, aunt, uncles and cousins together and call it a party.  He had a few friends he wanted to invite and I suggested we have it at our new pool in town and he was all for it.  He made a list and helped me grocery shop, we put together sack lunches for everyone and Colt filled the cooler with drinks. He  also made gift bags for all his friends. It was a perfect day for a party, the pool was so fun and everyone had a great time. It was also pretty easy for me, I just kept an eye on Colbi and the kids all ran around and had fun.
We celebrated his birthday the day before his actual birthday because Dave had to work. We had a lot of family over for an evening bbq and the cousins all played together outside while the adults crammed into our little duplex and tried to stay cool.

 These kids are so lucky to have each other! I grew up with 9 cousins and loved every memory of being with them during the holidays and whenever we could see them.  Lucky for us all of them only live an hour away but its still not close enough!

 He picked out his own DQ cake this year, he wanted a football but since they didn't have it the buck was his next choice.

 He made out with tons of outdoor gear and he can't wait to put it to use this summer and fall camping and hunting with Dave.

Colt is the best big brother and a natural born leader. He is always the first to try and figure out how to fix something even after I tell him it can't be fixed (he usually proves me wrong!). He still loves it when I lay with him at night and tell him stories and he still grabs my hand and holds it when I sit next to him. He is big and strong and loves to wrestle and spend time with his dad. He loves sports and seems to enjoy whatever is in season though I know his true favorite is football. He played soccer in the fall, basketball in the winter and baseball this spring. He will do flag football this summer and while he could do tackle football in the fall I think we are going to hold off a few more years before he jumps into that, he has decided to play fall baseball this year instead of soccer. He made the majors in baseball this year and had learned a lot from the older kids about baseball, being a teammate and hard work. It has been fun to watch his team play and for the first time in my life I actually enjoy watching a baseball game! Next year we will switch schools (and hopefully move into our new home in late fall!) which I know he is nervous about. He already knows a few kids at Berney so I'm hopeful it will be an easy transition for him. Of all my kids I am most concerned about him with switching schools. He has loved Davis and has never had a bad year in school, he had great teachers and friends. I am praying that is the same experience for him at Berney. 

 10 year stats
Weight: 95 lbs
Height: 58.5  inches 
Birthday Questions
What do you want the most for your birthday? hammock
What do you want for your birthday breakfast? breakfast burritos with a side of bacon and hashbrowns
What is your favorite color? black
What is your favorite toy? gun
What is your favorite fruit? mangos
What is your favorite vegetable? carrots
What is your favorite movie? Rocky I
What is your favorite animal? dog
What is your favorite book? Not sure but I enjoy sport books.
Who is your best friend? Brackyn
What is your favorite sport? football
What is your favorite thing to do outside? throw strikes
What do you sleep with at night? monkey and about 10 other stuffed animals
What is your favorite thing to eat? ribs
What do you want to be when you grow up? football player
What is your favorite thing to do with dad? be a stud (lol)
 What is your favorite thing to do with mom?  play catch

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Baseball 2017

 Baseball was fun this year. Colt got drafted up to the majors and played for Coke Zero while Jax played on the same team he did last year which was Walla Walla Clinic. We pretty much spent 5 nights a week at either baseball practice or games or sometimes both. I will say it was so much fun! I think the only thing better than playing competitive sports is watching your kids play sports.
Jax's favorite player on Colt's team was Joseph and he asked him to sign his baseball at the last regular season game.
Colt ready to play in the outfield. He improved SO much this year. It was so good for him to play with kids older and better than him. He really enjoyed his team and the other players.
Jax made the all-star team for the minor league. He got to play under the lights on the major field.

Colbi kept us entertained during the games as usual. Luckily there were a lot of friends and other people around so she could play and run around.

I think both Colt and Jax have started to really enjoy baseball. Jax especially wants to play catch and for me to pitch him balls all day long. They are both going to play fall baseball instead of soccer this year.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Case and Colbi Preschool

Case and Colbi have finished preschool at Mustard Seed for the year today. They both had a wonderful year, the teachers were truly awesome and both of the kids had such good experiences. Colbi will go back to Mustard Seed in the fall and Case will start kindergarten at Berney Elementary.

 100th Day of School cape.
 St. Patricks' Day celebration.

 Easter egg hunt.
 Maple Bars with Mom.
Miss Orozco, Case and Mrs. Hayes.
 Case's class.
 Family picture on their graduation ceremony night. So cute to see them up their singing loudly and being brave.
 I know Colbi is going to be sad not to have Case with her next year. She misses him so badly when he is not around.
Di Di and her mini.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Happy 8th Birthday Jax

Jax's 8th birthday was a fun one! After coming off a super fun weekend in Boise for Memorial Day where he got a few gifts from his aunts, uncles and cousins he was really excited for his day.  We started the day off with bread dough pudding and then he was off to school for a few hours.  Dave took the day off work and took banana bars into his classroom around 10 for a birthday snack to share with the class and then he picked up all the kids from school and I met them at the Red Monkey for a birthday lunch after I got off work. We played shuffle board, talked and had a nice lunch together. We picked up his friend Joel in the afternoon and he stayed the rest of the day and had dinner and cake with us.  Popee and Memah and Papa and DiDi all came over for his birthday dinner. We had BBQ ribs, hotdogs, quinoa salad, fruit and ice cream cake for dessert.  He said he loved his birthday and his gifts (he got binoculars from us which he is really excited about). 

Jax is such a sweet, kind kid with literally the most kind heart. It amazes me just how much his heart cares for others. He has grown so much in school this year and has become quite the little reader. He loves to tell me all about everything he has learned and loves to learn new jokes and tell them to us. He is my most talkative boy as far as how much he tells me and he always wants to talk and tell me about his day without me even asking. He loves one on one time and is always wanting me to play catch with him or he will hang out in the kitchen while I am making dinner and talk to me. He is always the first to share with his brothers or sisters even sometimes giving up his stuff entirely for them. He is sensitive and very literal so you have to be careful what you tell him because he takes everything as truth.

He has really enjoyed baseball this year and I think it might be his new favorite sport right now. He also really loves music and dancing and wants to take guitar or piano lessons. He has great rhythm so I should probably look into that for him.  He will go into 2nd grade in a new school next year (Berney Elementary) since we will be hopefully moving into our house in late Fall. He seems excited about the new school but sad about leaving his friends. I think he will do just fine, he adapts pretty well to change and seems to make friends easily.

Love you so much Jax! Enjoy your 8th year.

 8 year stats
Weight: 75 lbs
Height: 53 inches 
Birthday Questions
What do you want the most for your birthday? binoculars
What do you want for your birthday breakfast? bread dough pudding
What is your favorite color? blue
What is your favorite toy? binos
What is your favorite fruit? strawberries
What is your favorite vegetable? carrots
What is your favorite movie? Rocky IV
What is your favorite animal? dog
What is your favorite book? Who was Davey Crockett
Who is your best friend? Joel
What is your favorite sport? baseball
What is your favorite thing to do outside? play baseball
What do you sleep with at night? lovie
What is your favorite thing to eat? quesadillas with salsa
What do you want to be when you grow up? nurse practitioner
What is your favorite thing to do with dad? play I Spy with binos
 What is your favorite thing to do with mom? play catch

Monday, May 29, 2017

Memorial Weekend : Boise

We spent Memorial Day weekend in Boise this year for my niece Elena's high school graduation. I pulled the kids out of school early on Friday after lunch and we drove to Boise (Dave had to work all weekend so he could not come). I was a little nervous about driving by myself but my parents would be leaving a few hours later so I figured if anything happened they wouldn't be far behind me anyway.  We got into Boise around 6 and picked up Maggie before heading over to Marni and Chris's place. We ended up going out for dinner and then to a playground so the kids could run around for a bit before heading back to Chris and Marni's for some late night time in the hot tub and smore's (for the kids) and drinks (for the adults).
 Colbi and Maggie the youngest cousins of the bunch, both of them are 3.5.

 Papa and DiDi trying out the teetor-totter.
Uncle Chris and Case.
 Hot tub time is the best time.
 DiDi, Madelyn (the oldest grandaughter) and Papa.

Elena's graduation was Saturday morning and since my kids were not cooperating I did not get any great pictures of us but it was a beautiful hot sunny day and after the graduation we spent a few hours swimming with all the kids before heading over to my sister's house for dinner. Sunday we celebrated my dad's 77th birthday with a big lunch and more swimming and playing with cousins. The kids were awesome, well behaved, nice to everyone and had so much fun playing with all their cousins. It was such an enjoyable weekend and so fun to have all my sisters and nieces all together at the same time.

 Elena with Papa and Jax.
 Family time. Yea its so easy getting a pic of everyone.
 Elena Dorothy Rebholtz. She is attending Texas Christian University in the fall.
Madelyn (20), Elena (18), Lucy (15), Perry (10), Reese (10), Colt (9), Jax (7), Case (6), Maggie (3) and Colbi (3).

 Putting candles on the cake for our May birthday people.

 Memorial weekend was made even better by the amazing weather we had. The kids all got to swim a couple times in Chris and Marni's community pool.
 This is what my bed looked like when I would sneak out to run in the mornings with my sisters. Colt was on the floor.
 On the drive home we stopped in Union at my grandparents graves. My dad lost his dad and then his mom to cancer when he was 5 & 8. It was neat to show this to the kids and talk to them about Papa's mom and dad. They had a lot of questions for us.