Friday, May 27, 2016

May

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May has been such a busy month for us, and it's not over yet. Can you believe I officially have a second and third grader? Crazy! Anyway, let me share a few May highlights.

Blinky had her ballet recital which was as cute as could be. This was her third recital but the first one in which their teacher did not dance on stage with them. Blinky didn't miss a beat. She has gained such confidence and poise performing on stage. I am looking forward to seeing her grow as a ballet dancer.

Cub Scouts wrapped up with an epic end of year party at one of the cub's family's lake house. The boys rode paddle boats, fished and played football until their little hearts were content. It was so sweet of the parents to host it for us and certainly something the boys will remember.

Then there were Field Days at school. Blinky won the softball throw in her class. She was thrilled! Stinky didn't place but enjoyed the races and socializing with his friends. It was more of a fun day than a competition for him and that's ok.

Softball wrapped up next with Blinky's team winning their final game. Woot! Their year-end record is 5-4. This was Blinky's first year playing and she's a little ambivalent about softball. However, she made a few sweet friends which made her look forward to the games. I hope she decided to play again next year. Now that she has a little experience under her belt I think she will enjoy the game more.

Awards Day was next. Blinky made the A Honor Roll and placed seventh in her grade for Accelerated Reader. Stinky also made the A Honor Roll, placed sixth in his grade for Accelerated Reader, won an Art award for a watercolor painting and Physical Education award. While pleased they maintained A's this year, both were a little disappointed that they didn't place higher in Accelerated Reader. I gently reminded them that they gave it their all. After some very long days, both would make time to read one more book before bed. They may not have made their goal of top three, but the DH and I could not be more pleased of their accomplishments and determination.

Finally Stinky's baseball season wrapped last night. His team had been the underdogs all year but we have seen personal growth in Stinky. His hits were remarkably better, as was his fielding. But of course, baseball is a team sport. Everyone has to play well and together for a team to win. Some games were rough with us lagging 20 points. There were also a few questionable calls which we had no explanation for. Earlier in the season Stinky said, "Mom, I just want to make it home one time." I had to fight tears. But last night, redemption came. It was a tense game that went into overtime. In the space of about 30 minutes, the score was 8-0, 8-4, 8-8. Stinky went up to bat and MADE HIS FIRST HOMERUN EVER!!! As Stinky ran to the dugout with the biggest grin ever, one of the coaches lifted him in the air. But it wasn't over yet. The game was now tied at 10-10. After a few more plays, we were at the bottom half of the sixth and last inning. We had one on base, two out and one up to bat with two strikes. You could hear a pin drop. The ball left the pitching machine, our player swung and hit a fly ball over third base. After the player on base made it home the umpire called the game at 11-10 us! You have never seen so many moms jumping up and down cheering like we were. It was a joyous event! We ended the season 3-10 but what I pray those boys take from last night is that they never gave up and sheer drive pushed them on to win.

Whew, I think that covers the highlights. We have a few weeks of downtime before summer hits full swing. While the kids are enrolled in several summer day camps, I am looking forward to relaxing evenings with them. The grandparents will be here soon as we have a few trips planned. But I think what I'm most excited about is...no homework!!! :)

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