We had really nice, low key weekend. After last weekend, I really didn't want to do a single thing for 3 straight days. I knew I'd change my mind, but it was nice to not have any absolute obligations. We got to do a lot of fun things because we wanted to not because we had to.
Friday, Barrett was out of school for a teacher workday. We had big plans to go to a friends small group at a park and then go play and have a picnic at another park and hike a fun trail. But the weather didn't cooperate. The small group got moved to Chick-Fil-A so we headed there Friday morning to start the day with some friends. Since our picnic and hike got rained out we decided to invite a couple friends to come to our house and play. I have finally reached a place in my life we're I can invite people over when my house is a disaster and I have nothing to eat or drink and not care. I always give a warning, "hey, we have no food so bring your own snacks!". Sometimes those impromptu playdates are the best.
I didn't get a picture of the big boys but Dawson and AveryAnn played so well together. They are so sweet. They cooked in the kitchen and then had a little picnic.
While AveryAnn was taking a nap, I got out the Osmo Genius that Barrett got for Christmas last year. We tried to play with it not long after he got it and he wasn't really into it. I got it out to see if he would play with it now that he really knows his letters and sounds. He loved it! He played all the games we got with it and just had the best afternoon. He played for over an hour. It really is so neat and I don't feel so bad about him playing on the iPad since he's playing educational games.
My mom took us to the high school game Friday night to watch Ava march in the band one last time.
The kids said they were freezing even though they refused to wear their coats. So they were snuggled up together under the blanket.
We went over to see Ava before the game and I made her picture with the kids. Time is so crazy, it seriously feels like last year that Ava was AveryAnn's size, and here she is finishing up her first football season in the marching band.
The kids had the best time. AveryAnn danced her little heart out. She tried to mimic every move the dancers did in both halftime shows. (I'd add the video if I knew how). It was so funny and we had the best time watching her.
They wanted their picture made with the rocket.
We left at the beginning of the fourth quarter. I don't normally support leaving early but it was raining and the kids were getting tired. Ok it was me, I was getting tired. We were losing 53-7 and it was at that point I realized what it must feel like to play Alabama.
Saturday, I had big plans to clean around the house and just hangout until it was time to go to a pumpkin carving party we were invited to. Well around 10:00, I was texting with my sister and she said she was at my parents and my little brother and his family were there too so we changed clothes real quick and headed there to hangout. We had a wonderful day! I got to hold Brooks while he took a nap, the girls played and played together and Barrett and Uncle John played together too.
He is so happy!
Madelyn is so bossy and AveryAnn just does whatever she says. It's really funny because she is so John.
John and Barrett were trying to play SORRY! but the girls wanted to play too.
Granddaddy makes the best pony!
We left there around 2:30 to rest up for the pumpkin carving party. It's been a good 15 years since I've carved a pumpkin. I was a little nervous.
Barrett was so excited! AveryAnn was just there for the snacks. Uncle Patrick held her for most of the pumpkin carving portion of the evening.
Getting all the guts out.
He was so proud!
Truthfully, I was too! I wasn't sure how it was going to turn out but I think it was pretty good!
Sunday was our last baseball game for the Fall season. We hadn't won a game all season. Spoiler alert: we didn't win Sunday either. Ha! But the boys played really well together and had a great time. Barrett has improved so much and we are so proud of him.
He got to play catcher during the last inning. He was so excited.
We had to get a team picture! These boys are a hoot!
Coach always gives out 3 ring pops at the end of each practice and game to the kids that had a good practice or game. Yesterday he gave out those three, then he gave one to each of the other players and said a few things about each one. It was really sweet. There was "the kid that gets the dirtiest", "the most catches", "the best hitter", "the best base runner", "most versatile". Then, Coach said, "this kid has the best attitude, was the best listener and just overall a great kid. and that's Barrett". Now, he didn't have the best attitude all the time. He had a couple of really embarrassing melt downs. But we couldn't be more proud of him. A great listener and attitude is going to get him far in life. Being a great hitter or catcher is amazing. I hope he's those things too, but I'm proud that he's known for being a great kid over everything else. We've had the most fun playing baseball. I'm so happy to have my Sundays back but we'll miss seeing our friends at practice and games. Barrett has already started asking when he get's to play again. It's so fun watching him develop a love for the game.
We wrapped up the weekend with dinner at home and the World Series.
She got these glasses in a kids meal and I die every time I look at her. You can attach different "frames" and she wore them all evening. We laughed and laughed at her.
It's Red Ribbon Week at our school this week! Thankfully we don't have anything too crazy and already have something that fits the theme everyday.