Monday, June 13, 2016

Baseball AA Astros

This was Shane's 2nd year playing AA baseball with the Kirkland National Little League. He truly has a love and deep passion for the game of baseball. You could say it is in his DNA. Kenny managed the team for the first time in Shane's 5 year Little League career. Kenny started out being present and around the first couple years to help Shane with his anxiety issues. By his 3rd and 4th years Kenny was able to be an assistant coach as Shane didn't need quite as much 1 on 1 attention. This year manager's were needed and Kenny stepped up to take on the team. Through the chaos that a group of 12 1st-3rd graders brings, I think he was able to find joy and fun in the midst of all of that.

Many of the kids on the team were playing AA for the first time and 2 of the kids had never played baseball before. With those two aspects in play, this team grew SO much. Kenny really was able to teach them a lot of skills through the season. There were 8 teams in the AA level this year. The Astro's only lost 5 games, which were to the top two teams that consisted basically of all 2nd year AA players.

As they went into the playoffs we really had no idea how things would shuffle out. Lots of little things ended up making their playoff path very challenging. In the end though, they took on the two best teams and just about beat them both games (losing in the last at-bat to both of them). They were nail biting, adrenaline rushing, sore throat from cheering, flip-flops in your stomach kinds of games. Shane has some amazing skills as a first base man, pitcher and batting. Not to mention he can stop just about any ball behind home plate as a catcher.

I spent the majority of the baseball season keeping score and keeping track of Adalyn. I was able to catch a few pictures here and there. 

They look so calm and into the game in this picture. Don't be deceived, dug out duty was rough! Those boys have a very short attention span and spent much of their time spanking each others bottoms, dumping out water cups, or just plain making havoc.

This kid is either beaming ear to ear OR crying when he plays baseball. 
He takes each play, pitch and hit so deeply personally.

Little Father-Son pow wow while a new pitcher warms up. 

Adalyn spent baseball games running around with friends. 
She rarely had any idea what was going on with the game. 

After game wrap up. 

Shane got nailed in the lip by a foul ball when he was batting. 
He took got a little pep talk from Dad, a hug from Mom and jumped right back in to finish batting. He even got on base and made it home before he could get ice on his split swollen lip. 
No damage was done to his teeth, thank goodness!

End of the year awards. The kids had just lost a playoff game that they had fought so hard to win.

Gymnastics {2nd year}

Adalyn has completed her 2nd year of gymnastics classes at The Gymnastics Connection. It's a non-competitive gym which I really like. She truly LOVES gymnastics and has already asked me numerous times if she can take classes again in September. Her one summer camp she got to pick was a gymnastics one. She can't get enough of it!

They work on five different areas throughout the year. During the year end show they rotate through each station to show off their hard learned skills. Here are some highlights from the show:



Her Coach Mags in the background clapping.  

Floor...they did a routine to a Micheal Jackson song. 

 My FAVORITE part of the routine, when they posed "bad". 

Cartwheel skills. She's come a long way on these! 



We hope that next year she gives a couple team sports a try, but we'll let her roll on this gymnastics love as long as she wants.

Happy 9th Birthday, Shane!

This kid turned 9 last week! His birthday this year landed on the last Friday of the school year. It was a day full of friends, field day, and fun!


His birthday breakfast wish was waffles with strawberries and whip cream. When asked if he wanted to go out for his birthday dinner, he said, 'No, I'd like tacos at home'.

He opened his gifts before school. Sister got him Pokemon cards and a Pokemon book - his new obsession. We'll see how long the Pokemon phase lasts in our house.

Aunt Carolyn and Uncle Bob got him this Mariners jersey and matching shorts. He was SOOO excited about it. He even changed his planned birthday outfit instantly and worn the jersey to school instead. He has very particular clothing thoughts.

He followed his Mariner's jersey gift with tickets to a Mariner's vs. Astro's baseball game in July from Grandma and Grandpa Booth. Needless to say, he was one happy 9 year old baseball and Pokemon loving kiddo. He also received lots of other generous and loved gifts from family and friends.

After school Shane had a friend from school (and they played on the same baseball team this year) come over for a sleepover. They were so awesome together. I pretty much wanted to sign Maddox up for a sleepover every night.

We are so proud of whom Shane is growing up and becoming. He is a passion filled kiddo, which can lead to challenges and has been challenging over his 9 years of life. As he gets older and he channels his passion into school, friends, baseball, and hobbies, we all live in harmony a lot more often then not. We look forward to enjoying him in his last year in single digits as he heads off to 3rd grade in September.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

CrossFit {1 year anniversary}

A year ago this week, I walked into CrossFit Kenmore. I had butterflies in my stomach. My palms were sweaty. I was terrified and equally as excited to see what this CrossFit thing was all about.

It had been years since I had regularly worked out, if you don't count all the hours I had spent chasing after kids. That big 40 was in the back of my mind and my kids were starting to be more self sufficient. It felt like it was my time to embrace some new healthy life style habits. I was so tired of "crashing" at 2pm from either poorly eating or shear exhaustion. I knew I couldn't get into the gym more then twice a week. Work, kids, schedules just wouldn't allow it. I decided that if I could give 2 days a week, it was so much better then none at all. Since I step foot into CFK a year ago, I've worked out twice a week every week. Through illnesses, conference weeks.crazy schedules, vacations....I've gotten a workout in. It may not be ideal, but it's better then not going at all.

I had several friends that posted about their CrossFit journeys and I was very intrigued by them. I even worked in Redmond across from a CF gym for two years. I listened to their loud music and watched as they would flip tires, run laps and do a variety of  other things that looked like sheer torture. I hated running, and these people did A LOT of running. How the heck could CF work for me?

I decided to just jump in. I spent 5 sessions learning CF basics and then was let loose with all the other CFers. Man, those first few times, and even the first few months, I still walked in with butterflies. I am by no means a natural at some of this stuff. Snatches!?! Oh my! A year later I may just slightly be getting better. You want me to squat while I do that!? I still can't even make my body do that. A pull up?! You want me to do 10 all on my own. Thank goodness for bands. That huge thick blue band I needed to do a pull up with a year ago. This week I did 2 strict pull ups with the a skinny purple band, the smallest one at the gym. I can't do a pull up on my own yet, but I'm getting closer.

Running...that was an evil word to me. Even married to a guy that has run every single day for almost 12 years now. My body just flat out didn't like doing it. I can now run a mile with out really thinking twice about it. I'm not the fastest runner, but heck...I can run a mile!! I could barely run 400 meters when I started with out calling it quits.

I've dropped 10 pounds and I am stronger then I've probably ever been in my life. I don't have what I like to joke as "resting muscle". Those muscles that just sit there even when you are not flexing. I've got a decent biceps and triceps when I flex though. Those "resting muscles" are on my to do list. I'll get there.

About a month into CFing, I decided if I was going to be working my butt off as hard as I was twice a week, then I sure wanted to put better food into my body. Kenny agreed to do the Whole 30 challenge with me. From there we've morphed into a Whole 30/Paleo diet and have continued eating that way for about 10 months now. Getting rid of grains was a big deal for me. I didn't even realized how bad they were making me feel until maybe 6 months off them. I now like a sugar fix here and there. I also have a touch of diary now and again. Overall though, my eating habits have changed drastically and I don't "crash" any more during the day.

I've met a lot of great people at CFK. I love the challenge and versatility of CF. I love that I can modify it to work for me and where I'm physically at. I love to see my improvements and successes. Not every day is my best work out. I've left in tears, feeling so ticked off at my body for not getting it. Most days though, I walk out ready to take on the world.

I have "before" and "after" pictures. Though I don't think you can see a lot of changes between the two. It was a quick after thought one morning a year ago when I asked Adalyn to snap a quick picture.

 A year ago at the beginning of my CrossFit adventures.

A year later. You can't see it, but I'm feeling way more fit!

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Maui, Hawaii {2016}


For quite a few years, Kenny and I had tossed around the idea of going to Maui for our 10 year anniversary, which was July 30, 2015. Summer is so beautiful here in the Pacific Northwest and summer isn't the best time to travel to Maui, so we decided to go, but not until February of 2016.

We had taken Shane to Maui when he was 4 years old and left Adalyn home with Mema for that trip. She was only 10 months at the time and we didn't think she'd care much. Turns out she thought to show me up by taking her first steps while we were gone. Anyway, the fact that Adalyn hadn't been to Hawaii yet haunted me a bit so a family anniversary trip it was.

We stayed in a condo at Hale Mahina. This is the view from our 2nd floor master bedroom. Pretty sweet view. We did a lot of turtle and whale watching from our balcony as well. The whale action was amazing! You could just look out at the ocean and with in minutes see whales spouting and jumping. I saw some incredible full body jumps and breeches. One time we saw a whale hit his tail on the water almost 20 times. Over and over again he would slap the water. Every morning while eating breakfast there was the same Mama and baby whale that would hang out in the area in front of the condo. Just spouting and splashing away.

A few of the shots I caught of whale action. I didn't catch anything major, but the fins and splashes are what we saw constantly.

We had what I called the "turtle highway" in front of our place, too. Lots of days you could just look out and see turtles traveling by on their way to something.

The dark spot in the middle of the picture below is a turtle.

This is the beach right in front of our condo. It pretty much just felt like our own private beach. Between the sand, the ocean, the pool and the hot tub...kiddos were entertained nicely for a large part of the day.

One of Shane's favorite places to be is playing in the ocean. He just LOVES the water and waves. I just love seeing him grin ear to grin while playing.

The waves at Kanapali Beach were his Favorite. They were HUGE and he fully taunt them happily. 

Adalyn doesn't mind the water, but would prefer to not get wet, or at least the water can NEVER touch her face/eyes! She'd play a lot of "don't let the wave get you". Really her favorite spot was the step in the hot tub. She would happily spend her days hanging out their on the little tiny step, watching the action. Warm and safe from any water touching her face.

Her hot tub spot!!

Or the sand. She loves the sand!

We didn't do a whole lot of adventuring on this trip. Adalyn was really interested in hula dancing. A traditional Luau would have just been to much for her. Instead we found a free hula dance show at the Lahaina Cannery Mall. It was so impressive!! An hour long free show with costume changes and live music. They did different hula dances from different eras. Adalyn LOVED it. Shane was into it for the first half.

 We did take the kids to the Banyon Tree in Lahaina. I've pretty much decided Lahaina Town = melt down for children. We got a couple smiles by the tree though.

We also took them to the blow hole. We took a little hike to get there. That was interesting, but we made it.

 Taking pictures of "Hollywood" kept her happy as we hiked to the blow hole in the heat.

There she blows! One large blow got Shane, Aunt Becky and I really wet. Shane didn't think that was funny at all!!  Kenny actually caught it on video, too.

Mema, Papa, Becky, Adalyn and Shane. Kevin and Kenny ran back to get the cars for us. We voted on not hiking back to them.

Since Shane is currently very much into rocks, Kenny took him up with Kevin and Becky to the Haleakala Volcano. 

 It would't be a trip to Hawaii with out awesome rainbows, beautiful sunsets, amazing flowers and cool fruit trees. 


Pool Time! 

Traveling with kids isn't what I call a vacation. I like to term it as a trip. Beyond the constant needs of food, rest, clothing changes, sunscreen, bathroom breaks, etc. We still manged to get a bit of down time in. 

Adalyn's decided all on her own one afternoon she needed some down time. She made a "boat", her baby, and coloring stuff and "locked" herself in for some recharing.

Date lunch with Kevin and Becky at the Lahaina Grill. Along with some amazing Hula Pie. 

I had a shaved ice date with both kiddos seperately. We got to hang out at the coolest ocean front park I've ever been to.

I took my Crossfit gig of twice a week workouts on the rode with me. Super cool to visit a new box while on vacation and get a couple WOD's in.

I also enjoyed a Sunday service at this tiny little local church just a couple blocks from where we stayed. It was an incredible experience. At one point in the service each person stood up and introduced themselves! Half of it was spoken/sung in Hawaiian.

We even got a chance to hang with friends! How cool is it when your neighbors are in Maui at the same time?!? Seeing Avery, Carson and Tyler were the very first thing our kids wanted to do.

We also managed to bump into the kids babysitter! 

And we happened to run into the family that we bought our house from. The kids Loved meeting the kids who used to live in their bedrooms. So cute!

A fun story would be our really not so cool rental car. This beast was rented from Kimo's Care Rental. The concept is can pick an older car versus a new car and save a few hundred dollars. Well, I didn't quite expect this hooptie, but in the end we learned not all things need to be shiny and new and it's good to save a few bucks.

A big highlight for me was seeing two turtles come up and take a little nap on the beach. This one was missing a front fin. He spent a good couple hours resting in the sand. A bit later another turtle joined him.


Hanging with Mema. 

The first morning there we checked out a cool place called Slappy Cakes. You get to make your own pancakes at a griddle in the middle of the table.

Shane went a different route and order some crazy chocolate chocolate pancake and ate the majority of it!

We wrapped up our 10 days there with dinner out at the restaurant at the Sands of Kahana resort. We figured we be cool parents and let the kids have dessert for dinner. There weren't any compaints with that plan.

Despite the 6 hour plane ride there and back. The 2 hour time change. That Adalyn had a fever the first 3 days there and lived on Motrin. That Shane got some crazy cough every night before bed time. That the last three days was Super windy and rainy. We made memories. Lots and lots of memories! Even some good ones. A 10 day trip with two kids is a lot of work and it isn't all full of laughs and smiles. Though all that hard work is worth it when you do get a smile, or a hug or even a thank you about how awesome the trip is and how much they love Hawaii.