Wednesday, July 30, 2014


We were tasked with bringing fruit to our end of the year softball party tonight, so we brought this.

I'm sure it's on pinterest, but that's not where we found it. Danielle attended a birthday party a few weeks ago and the mom made one of these. I figured if she could do it, we could do it...and I was right. (Danielle said ours looked better.) It was a big hit among her teammates.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Summer Fun

We had a fun outing with Grandma & Grandpa C today. It's been difficult to find activities the three of us will all enjoy this summer, so this was an especially nice day.

Mining for gems to pass the time. It was actually pretty fun!

Feeding the wild parakeets. They were pigs.

Watching the giant catfish.

He will probably be taller than me by next summer.

Selfie on the tram

Selfie on the tram

Tyler took this picture with my phone. I like the perspective.

The ostrich wanted to eat the tram, or Tyler's arm, whichever she could reach better.



Monday, July 28, 2014

Sunday, July 27, 2014

All Done

Today was Danielle's last softball game of the season and her final game in this age division. She went out on a high note. Her team took 2nd place in the tournament they played in. Danielle was the closer in both games yesterday. She pitched the entire game in our semifinal game today, and she did a great job! We won by a good margin. She got a lot of great game experience pitching over the past couple weeks, and I'm thankful her coach gave her the chance. She played catcher and 2nd in the championship game, which we ended up losing.

Playing with this all-star team was a great experience for her. She was a great leader on the field, and the other girls looked up to her. She always tried her hardest, cheered the loudest, and looked for ways to compliment the other girls. Her coach was quick to give praise and slow to criticize. Although she played over fifty games this season and hasn't gone a week without practices since Christmas, she was fighting back the tears when today's game was over. I couldn't be more proud of her hard work and attitude.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

My Favorite Part of the Game...

...watching Danielle steal home by sliding across the plate and then hopping back up, in one fluid motion. She makes it look easy...and somehow graceful. 

I was too slow on the shutter to catch the whole slide this time. Caught her mid hop...and clearly safe.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Another Backyard Visitor

This female blue dasher paused in our yard for a few minutes the other day. It looks like she may have had a rough day!


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Milkweed Visitor

Today I watched a monarch deposit her eggs on our milkweed plants. I heard last year was an especially low year for monarch counts. We didn't have any eggs at all, so we were excited to see this one visiting our flowers! After she left, Danielle and I went outside and counted at least 10 eggs between the 3 plants that were the easiest to reach. We didn't want to disturb the other plants, but I know there are more eggs than that. Hopefully a good majority will survive the mosquito fogging and other elements and be well on their way to becoming big fat caterpillars by the time we get home from vacation.