Thursday, May 25, 2017

Another School Year in the Books

First day and last day of 7th & 9th grades. They both look a little more grown up, but Danielle more so. 7th grade was a big year of changes for Tyler, too.

Our annual tradition. I tried to talk to the kids into changing our tradition to eating ice cream, but they didn't buy it. I am a HUGE fan of the bunch o balloons balloons. We tried them for the first time last year. They really are as easy as they advertise.

I'm looking forward to a fun summer! (Yes, those are water balloon pieces in Danielle's hair and on the door behind us.)

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

A Few More Park Pics

Here are a couple pictures Danielle took. That's a nice, close picture of the tree frog on the downspout, but we were a good distance away when Danielle spotted it. She just has a eye for noticing things like that.

This picture is mine. I forgot I took it on the camera she was using.

Monday, May 22, 2017

A Walk in the Park

Danielle and I spent some time at the park looking for tree frogs after the rain yesterday. This is still one of my very favorite things to do in the summer, and I'm so thankful she still enjoys it. We found several treefrogs. We also took some pictures. Here are some of mine.

This apartment includes a mother-in-law suite.

I can't figure out what kind of moth this is. I just thought it was cool because it blended in perfectly with the wooden shelter walls.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Play Ball! (Again!)

Travel softball season started this weekend. We played 3 games and an inning of a 4th yesterday, but the rest of the tournament was cancelled due to rain and wet fields. That was a rather disappointing way to kick things off, but at least we got to play a few games.

Danielle played well. The jury is out on the team as a whole. I think that's all I'll say about that.

She's starting her 2nd season as a lefty.

It wouldn't be softball season without a rain delay.

I think the ump really liked Danielle. He talked to her so much it was almost a distraction. She is a nice, polite kid, though, and it never hurts to have the ump like you. ;)

Softball always brings the biggest smiles

She played 2nd all day. They moved her to centerfield for part of an inning, but after the girl playing 2nd made 2 errors in a row, they moved Danielle right back.

This was against the team Danielle played for last year. The first base player's mom snapped this photo. Danielle's ump friend switched fields and the new guy must have needed glasses. He called Danielle out on this play.
Hopefully the weather will be a little more cooperative for next weekend's tournament.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

A Free Evening!

School softball is over. Track is over. Only 5 days of school left. The sun was out. A breeze was blowing. And we didn't have anywhere we had to be. Ahhhhhh!!!!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Band & Art Show

The high school band had their spring concert last Thursday. At the same time, the high school had their art show. Some of the middle school and jr. high students also had art in the show. So, we got a two-fer! We got to listen to a great concert by Tyler's band and see some of Danielle's artwork.

I've given up trying to get pictures of Tyler during the concert. He sits in the next to last row, about 5 people in. Sometimes I can see the top of his head. That's about it. They sounded great. He looked nice, too. Here is a picture of the two of them before we left.

Danielle had 3 pieces in the art show. This one is my favorite (the pig). I hope she sticks with art throughout high school. I'm eager to see what she does with her talent.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Photo Sundries

The last dance of the year was on Friday. The theme? Neon, of course!

Salsa sampling station. I just liked the way it looked. 

Not much to say about this one. She's a dork.

Mother's Day lunch at Olive Garden.

The kids helped me pick out flowers for my Mother's Day gift. This is some of them.

Beautiful sunset last night. Wish I'd had more than just my cell phone (& a moving truck) to capture it.