Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Sunflower Days

Last year was our first experience viewing Pope Farms Conservatory's sunflowers and they were absolutely amazing.  I knew that this outing had to be on our Summer Adventure List.  The actual Sunflower Days depend on the weather and peak season only last for about a week.   So when I received an email last week estimating peak season for this week, I knew we had to plan a visit.

This is the perfect after dinner adventure because the kids can run the trails while admiring the sunflowers.  It is estimated that there are over 500,000 sunflowers planted each year.  If you are wondering what 500,000 sunflowers look like,  just look at this beautiful field.

Seriously, amazing.  There were a few sunflowers that had fallen down so Leyton and Rylan took a closer look.


As we walked the trails, we came to the back of the sunflower field and even the back of the sunflowers are pretty amazing as well.


Leyton loved running and jumping off of the rocks.


Holden was in Green Bay at an American Family Dream Drive Event so that is why he is not pictured.  Trust me, he was living the dream meeting Packer players, hanging out at Lambeau Field, getting on Sport Center and playing football with players.  I will post more on that later.

As for Kevin, Rylan, Leyton and I, we enjoyed the beauty of the sunflowers and our time together.


This simply is the golden hour of the day and a field of sunflowers made it pretty spectacular.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Everyday Joys {Week 29}

A recap of our week....

Boys of summer.  {July 15}

Soaking up the chaos.  {July 16}

I know this season will not last forever so for now, I will enjoy our little nightly visitor taking over the bed.  {July 17}

Holden's baseball team has definitely had its up and downs this season but at the same time, these boys have had lots of fun together.  {July 18}

Today's garden harvest.  {July 19}

Perfecting their jumps.  {July 20}

And while some are complaining about the "excessive heat", we are embracing every minute of it.  {July 21}

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Everyday Joys {Week 28}

Here is a glimpse into our week....

Summer salads, how I love thee.  {July 8}

Sweet summertime.  {July 9}

"Every sunset brings the promise of a new dawn."  Ralph Waldo Emerson {July 10}

My fierce competition on the courts this afternoon.  I am not sure if I am ready for this matchup but they sure are!  {July 11}

Holden asked if we could go watch some of his friends from school last baseball game.  As if we do not watch enough baseball but I said yes.  His friends were so excited to see him that they asked their coach if he could be the team bat boy for the night.  So if you look on the far right, that is bat boy Holden.  Oh, baseball memories. {July 12}

Tonight at the park,  Leyton learned how to do the monkey bars for the very first time!  {July 13}

Late summer nights are starting to catch up to the boys.  Trying to ease into Thursday before a day full of activities.  {July 14}

Baseball season has come to an end...

Holden's baseball season has come to a close.  His final tournament was this past weekend in Mauston, WI.  Mauston is a little over an hour away so each day we drove back and forth. Saturdays games were close but his team ended up losing both games.  Holden played hard but I think the team dynamic over the past couple of weeks had gone down hill.  I think we were all not surprised by the outcome of Saturdays games.

Leyton did not seem to mind being at the ball field all day.  He snuck out on a field to practice his front rolls in between games.

I bought him the cutest shirt, however, it did not arrive on time so we will save it for next said, "I have no life, my brothers play baseball!"  

Since Holden's team lost both games, that meant they played bright and early Sunday morning.  I promised Holden that we would go to all the games since this was the last tournament, and we did.  Leyton has made little friends over the season that play and feed him lots of treats!


Sundays game was a better game but the Rays could not pull out a win.  It was a tough way to end the season but honestly, I do not think it bothered Holden as much as I thought it would.   I think he was thankfully that the season was over.

Baseball is one of those games that there are lots of highs and low.  I think Babe Ruth said it best, "The way a team plays as a whole determines its success. You may have the greatest bunch of individual stars in the world, but if they don't play together, the team won't be worth a dime."

Even though this baseball season was filled with more lows than highs as a team, Holden developed more as a player through fielding, batting and dealing with adversity.   

Holden grew as a teammate and learn that hard work does pay off over time.  The 10U Rays may not have won every game but they did have lots of fun together and together, they made tons of baseball memories!

Both boys have decided to play fall ball along with football this fall,  so officially we have not hung up our bats just yet....