Tuesday, July 22, 2014

errrrr day

"Mommy you make me chocket milk?"

Monday, July 21, 2014

Eat. Sleep. Set. Hike.

Ever since we've made it back from the beach, dude's been working on his Summer resume; but before I go there, a little bit of history.

To date, he hasn't really played any team sports unless you count two seasons of church league t-ball at ages three and four.  He hated running the bases and at times held up his team's turn in the outfield because he needed one more sip of a capri sun.  Awesome right?!  Needless to say, the motivation from him wasn't there, so it wasn't there for us.  We let it go and decided we'd put forth the effort (and time and money and…) when he was ready to do the same.

Just this past school year, we started seeing some big changes.  In the Spring, he asked Jim to teach him a little bit about golf, and he's been swinging his clubs at the driving range a few days a week ever since.  In the afternoons, I'd go pick him up from the playground at school and see him and some friends playing a game of baseball.  And his teacher said he'd spend almost every recess alone kicking a football.  SIGN HIM UP! which brings me to ever since we've made it back from the beach.  

Among all the VBS and extended stays at his grands, he's been to baseball camp at a local community college, football camp at his school, and football kicking camp at a high school on the outskirts of Atlanta.  He's been learning and honing his skills, and he's met some pretty great talent along the way…Chris and Brad Smelley - both players and graduates of UA (Chris now coaches at his school, and Brad still currently plays in the NFL.) - and Marshall Morgan - a kicker for the Georgia Bulldogs.  Pretty cool if you ask him.  Or me.  :)  

After all that camping, he's declared football is his fave.  Flag starts in eight weeks or less.

And because a post isn't really a post without a "pichur" as Parker would say... 

I've been not only inspired but motivated (two w's to the win-win) to pick up my camera.  From a super cloudy and super wet this-past-Friday…he had picked a few scupadines from the vines behind him.  He was counting how many were in his hands when a raindrop hit his arm.  Gotta make sure it's nothing that bites.  :)

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Thursday, June 19, 2014


…purchased on a whim during a last minute Wal-mart run for double the price of what we saw them for last week. Sigh.  

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

3, 2, 1...action

I still have a few pictures to share, but I stayed up waaaaay past my bedtime last night to finish this little number and couldn't wait to share.

disclaimer: No professional equipment was used in the making of this video. Just an iPhone or two, the iMovie app (Windows Movie Maker if you're not a Mac user), and my all time fav Summer number "The Sound of Sunshine" by Michael Franti and Spearhead.

Oh! And I didn't borrow the people playing with Parker and strolling on the beach. Those were his grandparents who joined us for two nights of our four-night stay. Them being there with us was truly the extra sparkle in the sand.

our bags are {un}packed

Of all the things that have left me speechless - watching from our driveway while Jake rides his bike with no training wheels and the grand finale of first grade (He brought home an award for having the second highest number of AR points in his class - 74 - and a medal for having a servant's heart), his new smile has rocked my world the most. That let go moment of the last thing that was "baby" did it for me, and I cried and I cried.

He lost his top right on a Saturday afternoon a little over two weeks before the last day of school and his top left the day before Honors Day (It was loose before, but after a faceplant on his classroom floor during a game of freeze dance, it was barely dangling, and he couldn't wait to get home so he could pull, pull, pull.).

In between the first and second, we played at one birthday party and one end-of-the-year party, and I packed our bags for the beach. I didn't capture his 50/50 grin before we left, so I made it a point to while we were away.

...from our last few wee early hours there waiting for the sun to shine.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014