Saturday, July 16, 2016

State Little League Tournament

Bennett made the team for Little League 7U All-Stars!  We were thrilled for him, but we never thought we would be traveling to the state little league tournament!  The coaches decided it would be a great idea so we all jumped on board!  What a great experience it was!  We met so many great families that are focused on having fun, sportsmanship, and just plain old being together!  Neil has said numerous times how glad he was that we took the chance and went to the tournament.  I was getting all emotional when the tournament was over.  I will miss seeing these people every week!

My all-star with his Snap-Chap (as Henry calls it) filter

Family selfie in the hotel before team spirit decorating time! Thankfully, Gammy kept SK so we didn't have to chase her!

Since all the moms got together to make fun stuff for the kids...we knew we'd be the most spirited!

Love that pennant!

Rocking it!

It was only about 102 degrees.  Love this all-star!

We lost our first game 15-8. Tough loss, but it's OK!

Bennett was so good!  He played pitcher and really takes his job seriously.

Dr. Beck and Shari drove up from New Orleans to see us and to watch Bennett play. We enjoyed a fun lunch with them while Bennett went to the movie with his team.

They all showed up at the restaurant we were at after the movie!  Sweet!

Ready for Game #2!

Our other sweet friends, Amy and Daniel, drove down to Alexandria to watch, too!  We have some pretty great friends.  Beck said "does Bennett have the most fans out of any of the other players!?" hahaha!

We received so many texts and calls about the games and how they were going.  What sweet family and friends!!! I am not just saying this because it was our team, but the umpires were complete crap.  We weren't going to win the 2nd game, but our kids were having a pretty great inning and the other team called a time-out!  They made our kids stop running!!!  It was complete nuts.  Beck yelled "EXPLAIN IT!  EXPLAIN IT!" to the umpires. Shari and I are still laughing at that!

Also, the ball is supposed to be dead once the pitcher has the ball and is in the pitcher's circle.  So, Bennett would get to the circle with the ball and the runners would keep running.  The umpires allowed this to happen!  Bennett would try to chase after the kids making the ball "live" again and then other players would get to run.  It was a nightmare for our boy.  He just takes it so seriously and when the rules aren't enforced it is tough.  He got to the dugout one time and told Neil "I am going to the circle and they are still running!"  He was so upset!  We ended up losing to South Lake Charles 25-8.  But, we gained some really great friends!

After game pep-talk

These sweet boys are 4th in the state for 7U boys!!!!

go 4th place!

So happy that Daniel and Amy shared this with us!

Love these boys!

We went to dinner with Amy and Daniel and then met the team at the Mexican restaurant.  They surprised Bennett with singing Happy Birthday!

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Sweet Summertime

Sarah Kathryn and Henry went to VBS the whole week that Bennett had All-stars.  This was the best thing ever!  It's so hard to watch them and Bennett.  They had a blast and even had perfect attendance!

so cute!

Henry was thrilled!

I won this cake during a Facebook giveaway!  I was thrilled!  Neil thinks I might have been a little too excited because I kept talking about it!  It's not like I won the lottery, but still.  I'm a winner! Feels good to win.


Our trivia group, Red, White, and Boo-yeah basically killed it!

Bennett got to enjoy Frozen Frog for Drew's birthday.
We celebrated Amy turning 35!
She is so popular!
Bennett keeps sending me notes during our "individual quiet time" each day.  They are paper airplanes with notes in them!

The boys had lego camp and baseball camp so SK and I went to library story-time...just the girls!

Monday, July 4, 2016

Fun-filled 4th!

Aunt Catherine and Green invited everyone over for a fun Independence Day. We were excited to have plans!  I was the most excited about matching with my favorite girl.

This family!!!!  LOVE.

Matching=my favorite

all my boys tubing

Henry!  Sweet thing!  His bathing suit was left in Ruston so he had to wear these shorts.  Neil had to trick him by saying the tag said "bathing suit AND shorts!"  He bought it.
Rebecca is such a Martha Stewart!
boys on the tube with Aunt B and the sweets.
Bennett trying to wipe out
Connor, William, and Bennett

Henry, SK, Olivia, and Gab.  SK and Olivia are 6 weeks apart.

SK loves Daniel!
Bennett had a blast with the "Romans" Candles

I feel you, sis.  This is how we all felt at the end of the day!

Friday, July 1, 2016

Sharks swim team!

Bennett did summer league swim team this year.  He said he wanted to do it and I was glad.  I wanted him to get stronger in the water and we accomplished that!  It was VERY HARD getting him to practice every day in June, finding a place for SK and Henry on swim-meet days, and he really didn't love it.  So maybe we won't be back to swim team for a few years. 

 I tried taking SK and Henry to the first meet.  It turned out to be a day that people are still asking me about.  I am not exaggerating when I say that every eye was on us when we walked out of that first swim meet.  Bennett was in the first medley relay. He had to start with backstroke.  Oh, man.  This was a doozie.  He was really doing great and then water got in his nose so he cried and held on to the rope all the way to the other side of the pool.  The race was still going on and his teammates still had to swim!  There was literally nothing I could do until he got himself to the other side!  I was also holding SK while trying to get him out of the pool.  It came time for his second race and he wasn't having it.  SK had her suit on because Amy said we would be able to let her get in the baby pool.  I didn't know we would only be there for 30 minutes!  I took off her bathing suit and she screaming bloody murder! "I WANT SWIM!"  So, I was ready to get the heck out of there.  I was so glad Heather helped me get my ice chest and pool bag and 2 kids to the car.  Bennett was crying and I just had no more patience.  Thankfully, my dad had picked up Henry for his swim lesson or I probably would have had 3 screaming kids to get to the car.  Needless to say, no more taking Sarah Kathryn and Henry to swim meets.  

Amy was the coach and she was just great.  She is so organized, a great teacher, and all around excellent coach.  She loved it when I called her "coach!" #not

I was so proud of Bennett!  He learned all the strokes and even got pretty good at butterfly!  Go B!

These pictures are just random shots from my phone at different meets.

Sam was there swimming for ERCC.  So sweet!

Cute team photo!

Bennett won his heat twice at the city meet!  go Bennett!

The swim team party was a blast!  Amy planned a fun kid-friendly breakfast buffet.  She even ordered festive favors for the event!  Thanks, Amy!

The 8 and under boys!

The 8 and under kids!

Great job Bennett!  42nd in freestyle, 13th in Butterfly, and 9th in the freestyle relay!

All the cute swimmers!
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