Monday, March 20, 2017

First Cheer Competition and First Baseball Game

What a crazy couple of weeks it has been!  Robby is in Japan for work right now (crazy!!!) so I've been super busy here at home with him gone.  However, before he left we got to squeeze in a fun filled weekend.  Handley had her first cheer competition, Hudson had his first spring baseball game of the season and sweet Harper agreed to miss her first soccer game so she could be with us for all of that.

Handley's competition was in Tennessee so we made our way up on Friday night.  We checked into our hotel late that night and had a 5AM wake-up call the next morning.  The girls and I went early and the boys came a little later that morning.

Handley was so excited and nervous and anxious and I shared all her emotions.  She has been working so hard with her team and this was what they had been preparing for.  She looked so cute in her uniform and the team was ready.

They competed very early and did really well for their first competition. I think it was a learning experience for all of them because most of them had never done competition cheer before.

There were a few bobbles and some mistakes here and there, but overall they did great for their first completion and ended up with a 2nd place finish.

Handley LOVED every second of the day.  She loved competing and she loved hanging out with her cheer friends after while waiting on awards.  It was safe to say she was hooked.

After her awards we were on our way back to GA for Hudson's first baseball game of the season.  I had a feeling he would do well after seeing him in practice these past few weeks and I was right!  He had amazing hits, great fielding and had the best time playing.  Their team didn't win, but he played his heart out and was awarded the first game ball!  He was so proud and we were so proud of him.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Braves Spring Training Weekend

On the go is how I would describe our life right now. Not only are we busy with school, sports, and other extra curricular things, but we've been squeezing in a bunch of travel, too! Last weekend we had hardly gotten back on track from being on Winter Break and then we were off again.  This time we were headed to Orlando for the Braves Spring Training weekend.  

We arrived Friday morning and it was gorgeous there!  A little cool for Orlando, but still so nice, sunny and tropical.

We put on our Braves gear and made our way to the stadium for the game.  The girls had fun cheering on our team.

This guy was SO excited!  He watched every little thing the players were doing and took mental notes of everything happening on the field.

That evening we got changed quickly for the dinner and Hudson was happy to see some of the special guest super heroes!

 Saturday was a full day!  We got to the ball park early and had fun watching batting practice.

Hudson hung out hoping for a ball to come up his way and two of the Marlin's players tossed him balls!

 Then we got to do an autograph session with players and coaches.  Bobby Cox was even there!

That afternoon we went to Universal. We'd never been with the kids so it was fun to explore and ride a bunch of the rides.  We ended the night with the Mardi Gras parade and that might have been the kids' favorite thing!

They loved catching beads and you would have thought we were in New Orleans. The parade was fantastic and so entertaining.

The next day we headed home so Handley could get back for cheer practice, but it was nice to get home and have an evening there to catch our breaths before school the next day!

Friday, March 3, 2017

Snowmobile Tour

On our very last day of vacation we decided to do something different.  We went on a snowmobile tour through a National Forest.  It was about an hour drive from Breckenridge, so not bad at all, but before we could get there though we dealt with extremely tired kids, a car sick kid, and a blizzard.  However, nothing was going to stop our fun so we all took a deep breath, pushed through and made it to our destination.  We actually met up with some of our neighbors who were also out in Colorado skiing for winter break.  We got all suited up and got a quick tutorial about how the snowmobiles work and were ready to go. 

We had a total of 8 snowmobiles, including the guide and all of the kids were riding along with adults.  

We stayed on the trails, but the sights were so pretty.  It was snowing pretty hard that day so the views long distance weren't great, but there was so much snow everywhere that it was all so beautiful. 

After riding a bit we stopped so the kids could play in the snow and then we went to a little warming hut area where they had hot chocolate and cookies!  

Our tour was about 2 hours long total from start to finish and there was only one little mishap during that time.  I flipped my snowmobile on it's side!  YIKES!!!  Handley and I were riding along, going slow and following everyone else.  Then I tried to turn and the thing just kept going straight. I think the ski got caught under a bunch of the powder and I swear the thing just had a mind of it's own.  

Thank goodness it was all kind of slow motion and we landed in a big pile of powder.  Robby came running over to help us and the guide quickly rushed his snowmobile over to help, too.  We were laughing and totally fine, but the guide didn't find it as funny as us girls did. I apologized profusely and everything was fine, but it was something I don't think I will ever live down with my neighbors. 

It was a great way to end our vacation and a fun adventure for all of us!  

The rest of the trip kind of went downhill.  Our fight wasn't until late that night and we happened to be driving through what felt like a blizzard to get to the Denver airport.  What should have taken us 2 hours took almost 5.  They closed down the highway because of ice and a bunch of wrecks so we found an alternate route.  It was a tiny, two-lane road that was winding up and down a mountain side. And it was covered in a sheet of ice.  I might have been freaking out a bit. A tiny guardrail is all that separated us from falling down the mountain.  There were a ton of wrecks on that road also and it got closed just after we got down from that mountain.  

Robby kept saying he was going to be so mad if we missed our flight and the whole time I was just thinking I don't care about the flight...I just wanted to get off this mountain road alive.  We did though and did get to the airport in time.  Our flight was delayed and when we arrived in Atlanta it was after 2 AM.  We were at the furthest gate in one of the furthest terminals.  Oh, and we learned then that the trains weren't running so we had a nice 30 minute walk to get to baggage claim with 3 very tired kids.  Talk about a fun way to end our trip! We made it home and in bed just after 3:30 AM.  The kids and I slept until almost lunchtime the next day and it took us all a while to get back to a normal East Coast schedule, but our trip and all of the fun memories we have were well worth it! 

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Family Ski Trip {Part Two}

The second part of our trip was all about family time.  The kids skied with their ski instructor the first two days and the second two days they were with us.  

We confirmed what we already lesson are worth every penny.  We love skiing together as a family, but it is not easy.  Kids fall down, someone gets upset, skis fall off, we slow down the lift lines, etc.  It is all a challenge.  

Parents are the ones that that have to help with all those little mishaps and when you are on skis on the side of the mountain the little mishaps can feel like big ole problems!  At one point I was trying to help one of the kids get back on their feet and ended up falling over myself which caused us both to get tangled.  However, the reward is worth it - three confident and competent skiers!  

Except when I want to take a picture of all of them. Ha! We had gotten them all lined up for a picture and then all of the sudden a huge gust of wind came and literally knocked them all down, tangling their skis.  They were all cracking up!  

Seriously though, skiing together as a family is one of my very favorite things to do for a family vacation.  We are outdoors, being active, having fun and making memories.  

Generally, when we take family trips we let the kids each pick one souvenir.  After dinner one night we walked around town and popped into a lot of the little t-shirt shops on the hunt for the perfect souvenir for each of them.  I loved this evening so much because there is something so magical walking around a town covered in snow and filled with twinkling lights.  

The girls both picked t-shirts, but Hudson knew what he wanted from day one. He had seen this little dog in the gift shop at the hotel and it was all he wanted.  It even was wearing a blue hoodie like he loves to wear.

Our hotel had a lot of really fun things like smores in the evening. 

The lobby had big fireplaces and comfy leather chairs and sofas with lots of games. Hudson loved playing big checkers, so we played it every chance we got!

For someone who doesn't love to ski I will say it again...a family ski trip is one of the best family vacations we have ever taken.  Already looking forward to next year!