Saturday, May 2, 2015

Random Miscellaneous-April

Christian's Mother's Tea

Reed had the great pleasure of chaperoning the 5th grade field trip. After 6hrs on a bus, Reed has officially confirmed what "the most annoying sound in the world is"

Spring Break-aka Reed is Awesome

For Spring Break this year, we did a staycation which started out with a bang as I finally got my wisdom tooth (yes, singular) pulled. We the spent a relaxing week at home. Actually, I stayed home and organized our entire house, while Reed and the boys biked, basketballed, and lived it up in Atlanta. 

At the Braves Game with Colin

The big boys

Go Braves!


Reed did it. He actually tired our boys out. All it took was a week of partying and a baseball game with a rain delay that went until Midnight. 
My Dead

As a consolation to missing out on the "late" night festivities Reed gave Little C the Coke gift basket he received for speaking. C is a authentic Atlantan and LOVES Coke!

And to top it all off. They hit up the Hawks game. Monday AFTER Spring break.
Yep, Reed is pretty much "the patron saint of Awesomeness?

Instant replay

As we wrap up Spring season, I feel like our life is on instant replay. 
Practice, game, repeat. Sometimes I moan and groan but there are few things better than watching your child playing on a beautiful day with a gentle breeze. 
Supporting Joey at his Match to make it to state
Joey is our next door neighbor. He happens to be 15, his family's caboose, own a chinchilla and be excellent at tennis. He's also one of the boy's favorite people. Gray pops next door to check on him on a daily basis, he's given Matts the low down on Middle school and he taught Christian the art of drinking through a red vine. Basically, he's a rock star and the boys are some of his biggest fans. 

C's first game.
Watching Christian play lacrosse is one of the cutest things I've seen. It's been a great learning experience. It's been his first run in with older kids who don't think he's super cute-they just think he's little. He's very strong and likes to help the Coach coach. But, when it comes down to it, he just wants to have FUN!

He's ready to go. Except when he isn't. Let's just say,  the playground can be more alluring than the field for Little C.

During another 8am-1pm stretch of watching his brother's games, Christian found a comfy, new seat.


Another new seat. Who knew hammocks can provide hours of entertainment?
G is still obsessed with lacrosse. He's settled back into his position as Middie (although he did get to play goalie today because they were up 9-2 and he had a sweet save). I'd like to say a ball knocked out his tooth, but...It left an awesome gap and I smile whenever I look at him. 

It's been fun to watch G work and play so hard and get quite good this season. He had offers to play on 3 different travel teams this Summer. After thought and prayer (and a little angst) we decided to keep it low key. He's such a wonderful dichotomy of a little boy who has big dreams and a scrappy athlete who is ready to train. Favorite quote of the season- he pulled his jersey (which I have to sneak out of his bag to wash b/c the sweat makes it lucky) out of his bag and declared,
"smells like awesome".
Matts working it at basketball.

Matts has progressed so much this season in basketball. It's his first experience with real ball and he got off to a tough start. But, he's really stepped up. He spends hours in our driveway, cleaning up his shot. And he and Reed have spent hours in our driveway working on boxing out and learning to use his body. He even made player of the week- Mattson did a great job of taking care of the ball. He rebounded on both offense and defense. He moved without the ball on offense and was a menace on defense by getting into the passing lanes. 
As you can imagine, Reed is ridiculously please with Matts' new interest.

Visitors

We've decided that we should always live near a major airport. 
Because of our proximity, all sorts of fun people pop in and out. 

We got to celebrate Grandma Diane's birthday with her (a week late :)


Introducing her to the newest family member.
That's a whole lot of boys.

Uncle Matts got to stop by for the evening and we filled it with some excellent hoops. Little Matts is already planning his next challenge that he can move up in the Newell family rankings.

The Treehouse

Whenever we feel the need to connect to the great outdoors, all we have to do is look out our back windows or walk out our backdoor. Because our main floor is 2nd story from the back, when the trees are in bloom, the view is a wall of greenery. Our backyard is a fantastic mix of grass (for playing) and woods/creek (for exploring).  We've seen a fox, a blue heron, moles, deer and a Mama bear and her cub visited our street last fall. The boys have caught  baby squirrels, salamanders, fish, tadpoles, frogs, a turtle, crawfish and even a snake!
Introducing Jupiter to our swimming hole


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And...4!




The little beauty (banded watersnake). At times like these, it's incredibly handy to have a running buddy who's also a naturalist. She quickly reassured me that this little guy was NOT poisonous.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Miscellaneous Fabulousness

For Valentines, my Love took me to Romeo and Juliet. As in the Ballet. As in contemporary ballet.

Lest you feel too sorry for him, this is where we spend most weekend nights.
Cuddled up, in his movie theater.
Unless the basement is being used for an elaborate game of Colony.

And sometimes we escape to sunny Barcelona.
I'm so happy "he's my lobster"

And catch up on our modern architecture.
(This year they unveiled the stained glass and opened up the interior and it was breathtaking)

And catch up with old friend. (My first night in Barcelona I sat next to Ricardo. He directed me to what have become my favorite sites. Years later, he and Reed ran into each other at an after party.
Although we don't have an actual picture of Grandma Candi, I think this is proof that the boys were well taken care of while we were gone.

This guy finished The Book of Mormon before Conference. Amazingly, G wasn't far behind. It was awesome to watch them poring over their scriptures on Sunday afternoons in an effort to "win" the Newell challenge (we'll work on pondering next year :)

We got to babysit this little chunk!
Christian takes his babysitting very seriously.


Reed took Chaz to London.


This dirty pigeon presented a book report on  Pigeon Needs a Bath.

My Mom sent this beauty for my birthday.
According to Reed "My mother-in-law hates me".
It's awesome.
 
The infamous patio set.
And the infamous dog.

Madness

This March we fully embraced the madness that is sports. 

Our ward team won the Stake championship! Mostly awesome because when we moved in Reed was immediately recognized (and welcomed) by some of the guys from earlier tri-stake tournaments. 

After a great winter rec. season, Matts has entered the world of serious basketball. There have been a lot of ups and downs as he adjusts to the intensity. But, it's fun to watch him learn to work hard, hustle and improve.
Shameless brag-he earned MVP in his last game.

This maniac has started lacrosse. He practices at the same field/time as G so it works out perfectly and it's pretty much the cutest thing I've seen.
Basically, T/TH from 4:45-7:30 I made endless loops dropping off and picking up each of the boys from their practices.
On beautiful days, I love it.

After a brief foray into goalie(?) G is back working on his middie skills (especially face-offs). His current goal is to make long stick middie by U13. Which, based on this pic, isn't that far off.

Fueling his fire was the opportunity to play an exhibition match on the HS field. Also fueling his fire, is his nightly reading of the US Lacrosse Rulebook. 

Lastly, in a moment of insanity I folded and let Matts play flag in addition to Bball. Rookie mistake. Let's just say our Saturdays are entirely too crazy and C is a trooper for sitting through hours of games each week.