When I started this blog a year ago, I wanted to use it as a way to document our lives as well as add to the 3 Scrappy Boys business. Somewhere along the line, it became the last thing on my list of things to do-take the boys to and from school, get them to their activities, run 3 Scrappy Boys, coordinate the addition to the house(which is a whole story in itself), be a wife, friend, mother. So, I ignored it. I was much more interested in living life than recording it. But, let's face it, I'm not getting any younger and my memory isn't getting any sharper. I need to record our lives-the events, the funny things the boys say before we all forget it and, so, here we go again.
A recap to catch us up until now: Aside from our daily life activities, we have taken a few trips. In January David had a conference to go to in Miami and it coincided with a long weekend at school, so we all went. The highlights of our trip-fishing the Chokoluskee and the Everglades. We even got to hold a baby alligator-the boys were in heaven.
In February, David and I went to San Francisco for the Academy. We went with 2 other couples from here and had a great time. The boys stayed home with their Aunt Donna.
When we got back from San Francisco, we went to pick up our new puppy, Lucy. She is sweet and really pretty well behaved already.
In March, we went to Colorado to ski again over spring break, only this year the snow was not quite so good. As in, able to see the grass and dirt in some areas, but we still had a great time.
Throughout the spring, the boys played baseball and it was a blur. 6 games a week plus one weekend practice. Alex just played because his brothers were and he spent quite a bit of time being focused on everything but the game. He still loved it though. Jake had a blast and his team won the championship. Sam really matured over the past year. He had always played and had fun, but had never really had the desire to work hard and be the best at the game, but all that changed. He lived and breathed baseball. He was one of the youngest on the team and it was his first year on the pitching machine. After a rough first game, he spent all his time practicing and improved beyond belief. He could be counted on for a hit every at bat and he really loved it. I am so very proud of the effort he put into it.
School ended in May. Everybody had a great school year. The boys went to a couple camps over the summer including a week at Camp Highlander for Sam and Jake. It was their first time at sleep away camp and they loved it! I missed them terribly.
The rest of the summer was spent swimming at the pool, farming, and participating in swim team. Alex even learned how to swim this summer. After being at a pool party and having to help give CPR to a 10 year old who did not know how to swim, that became a major priority. Sam took to swimming with the same drive he had shown during baseball season. He really is an excellent swimmer. His strokes are great and he was beating the competition by half a lap. He even particiapted in the 100 IM which is a long race for an 8 year old consisting of the butterfly, breast, back and free strokes. Jake progressed from just freestyle to adding in the breast and back. Alex just does freestyle and was the only 4 year old in the league so had to swim against 6 year olds.
Sam turned 8 with a party at the Tourists game. He is growing up to be a sweet, intelligent, handsome young man. I can't believe how fast the time has gone by.
We went to Gatlinburg and Dollywood for the weekend with friends again this year-the Hoornstras, Butlaks, DeMatos and us. 10 boys 9 and under, 8 adults. It was certainly wild, but fun.
We went to the beach the first week of August. A week of relaxation is just what we needed and they did the floors in the house while we were gone, so we missed out on all that mess. We went fishing again, but David got the biggest fish this time.
Underscoring the entire year so far has been the house addition. We purchased this house knowing that we wanted to expand the kitchen one day. Then we had 3 children and just 3 bedrooms. Sharing went well for a while, but then the fighting began and we were financially in a position to add on. Many people have asked-"why not just buy a new house?" Well, we love this house, this neighborhood, our neighbors, our location; all perfect. The market stunk anyway, so selling wasn't an option. After meeting with our contractor (and neighbor) we decided to really change the floor plan too. The whole back of the house was backed out to expand the kitchen on one side and add a master to the main. Above the kitchen is the new kid bedroom and our old master became a bathroom, half bath, and bonus room. This all started on December 19th and is still going on now. We have 6 weeks left and at this point, I am counting down the days. At first, there were problems-lots of them. As we pulled off siding and peeled down to the base layers, we discovered our house was not built to code. As in no foundation support on one side causing cracking in the basement, the floor load wasn't correct for the upstairs so we had a sinking upstairs floor and an uneven roof line, things put in backwards, hot wires crammed in the wall and causing damage, the list goes on and on. Larry, our patient contractor fixed it all. As if these additional extras weren't enough to blow our budget, the hot water heater burst and the air conditioning unit for the upstairs died. At times, it was overwhelming. We have now been living in our bedrooms for sleeping only (our master bath is now gone, so we use the guest bath) and our kitchen is gone, so we use the kitchenette in the basement. I am officially sick of it all, but now is when the progress can really be seen, so the end is in sight. The kitchen is half installed, the master bedroom is done, the master bath is almost done, the bathrooms upstairs are floored, the end is in sight. This is the current master bedroom and kitchen.
It is no wonder after reading what I just wrote that I severely neglected my blog. The fact that I am still sane and functioning after all this chaos is amazing. So, prepare yourself for all kinds of posts here-some serious, some funny, some scrapping. I have committed myself to recording our lives.