Live so that when your children think of fairness and integrity, they think of you. The highest courage is to dare to be yourself in the face of adversity. Choosing right over wrong, ethic over convenience, and truth over popularity ... these are choices that measure your life. Travel the path of integrity without looking back, for there is never a wrong time to do the right thing.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Drew's Birthday Weekend Part 1:

To say my son is obsessed with Baseball would be a complete understatement! He eats. sleeps.breathes. it! We are such a baseball family, but he takes it to the next level (ok 10 levels)! He is either playing it, watching it, reading about it, or dreaming about it. Of course all of these include him talking about it every moment of his little monkey day! We LOVE going to the ballpark as a family & plan on visiting as many ballparks as we can! It's top on our family bucket
list! I wish we lived just a little closer to Seattle so we could go watch the Mariners more often, but at least it is completely doable in a weekend~! Drew's birthday falling on Memorial Day weekend is a plus for traveling! Going to see the Mariner's is always his birthday desire! This year he opted not to have a friends party this year & go somewhere else after the Mariner's Games, which was totally fine by us! Post coming soon about this magical place!

This trip to see the Mariner's play was just as fun as the last; When you have fresh squeezed Lemonades, Blazin' Bagels Snickerdoodle Bagels and Pastrami Jalapeno Bagel Sandwiches, the beautifully manicured SafeCo ballfields, and some awesome talent...all topped off by being able to enjoy it as a family you love more than the air you breathe~ What's not to love!?! You are always hoping the M's can pull off a win at least once while you are there as an added bonus...

We went to 2 games this trip...Day 1 Was M's v.s. Yankees! Super quick game and we sat in The Hit it Here Cafe. NOT my favorite location. We won't be doing that again, it was really hard to see and I'm a brat...I want GREAT seats lol! Hal did order the kiddos this massive platter size slice of $20 chocolate cake with yummy raspberries! They thoroughly enjoyed that giant slice of greatness! Thanks DADDY! It was really cool to see the Yankee's Play! Drew spent most of his birthday $ on some cool M's stuff including a new "Smoak" Jersey which of course had to be specially made for the birthday boy...cuz he is mine! :) We topped off the evening with some Krispy Kreme ya know since Mom allows us to break all the healthy eating rules on vacation...had to take full advantage! Their Krispy Kreme is HUGE! They have all kinds of different stuff including mini pies and several varieties of doughnuts we certainly don't have here!

We are pretty sure there were some members of Michael Saunders family sitting in front of us. The gentleman looked alot like him and they had Canadian accents! ;)
Must show some LOVE to our Root Sports peeps who allow us to watch every M's game in HD!
The next morning we were up and ready to rock for a little bp before the game. Game 2 was M's v.s. Orioles. Drew was lucky enough to have Chone Figgins {pronounced Sean but we affectionately refer to him as "Chonie Figgy"} sign his mitt! The players were close enough to touch all afternoon, so super fun! We had AWESOME seats right on the 1st base line! Both games
went really fast this time, too fast. :( I might also add the outfielder for the Orioles Mr. Pie{pronounced pee-A} has a bad attitude and is lacking integrity. I was not impressed with his unsportsmanlike conduct and just wanted the throw him under the bus as being a JERK! Okay, I feel a little better! I hope we are able to get seats here or along the 3rd base line front row everytime it was so cool! Drew was in a birthday boy fog with a permasmile so I guess mission accomplished for our baby boy! After the game and a few dozen Blazin' Bagels to go...we jumped on the freeway on route to our 2nd destination which was equally fun and awesome!! Here are some pics from our super fun family weekend obsession! Happy Birthday DREWY!
Getting a siggy from Figgy!

SO FUN to be this close to King Felix warming up!!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Drew's Happy 10th Birthday May 31, 2011

Hey, I am just under the 4 months behind amazed! :) Here we go...trying to catch up!

Happy Happy 10th Birthday Drewy!
I can't believe my baby boy is 10. These years have flown by and have been so much more amazing then I could have ever imagined. Drew, is such a fun little man in the making, here are 10 things I LOVE about my boy:
  1. He is a great student, such a smart little guy
  2. He is so close with his sister it is scary
  3. He LOVE sports especially Baseball & is very athletic
  4. He is the best{and worst *ha*!} mix of both Hal and I
  5. He is OBSESSED with Baseball
  6. He LOVES the Seattle Mariners
  7. He is very caring and compassionate (he will be good husband & daddy someday)
  8. He will argue until YOU concede. He does know best after all, just ask him! ;) (I guess I don't love this but it is a valid comment for this post)
  9. He enjoys the finer things in life, would choose steak and lobster or sushi & veggies over fast food any day and has for years.
  10. He is an optimist and will find the bright side to pump up anyone who is down.
I just love this little guy to bits! I am so lucky to be his Momma! :)

Here are Drew's Birthday Questionnaire answers for the 1.0. Double Digit Birthday!

Favorite Color: Blue
Favorite Food: Lobster
Favorite Song or Band: Bon Jovi
Favorite Sports Team: Seattle Mariners
Favorite TV Show or Movie: Survivor Man/Percy Jackson & the Lightning Thief
Favorite Hobby: Playing Baseball
BFF: Thomas Kladar
Who do you want to Marry?: Not Sure (according to Haliee: JoAnna Donofino)
What is your biggest accomplishment this year?: Pitching & Catching every game & hopefully making all-stars
Who do you most admire or look up to?: My Parents
What do you want to be when you grow up?: A Professional Baseball Player

Friday, September 16, 2011

Cody Simpson Concert 2011 "Waiting 4 U Tour"

The evening before the concert!!! Making some awesome glow in the dark paint tee's! :)

The most handsome tallboy chauffeur on the planet! ;)
Party Bus turned sleep shack about 30 min. into the drive!

Such a pretty drive!
So luckily, Hal decided we should check into the hotel prior to getting in line, just so we wouldn't be doing it late that night. We left really early that morning, the girls wanted to be 1st in line for the concert as it was general admission! So, I had booked reservations at the Travelodge near the University. It had decent ratings, we needed a pretty big place as there were 5 kids + Hal and I and I didn't want to spend Millions since we were literally just sleeping there. So we pull up, it looks ok, not terrible. I go check in and she tells me the suites are actually in a different building behind and there is no parking lot. Ummm...ok...great, so we all trek suitcases, etc. across the street, up a flight of stairs and it is like an old apartment building with a sign slapped on the side, umm...great...So we open the door and a member of housekeeping is flushing the toilet, "breathe in" "don't be a snob"...ok, so he awkwardly leaves, it is like a 2 bedroom apartment with a kitchen/living room/dining room. An olive green fridge, a mustard yellow stove, a coffee table which looks to have been set on fire or something. CAN YOU SAY FRAT PARTY GONE BAD! Hal and I look at each other..."NO THANK YOU" So we roll everything back across the street and Tabby goes in to politely as she can muster to check back out! YIKES! Thank goodness for technology as I would be spending the next hour on my phone searching the web for suites large enough to accommodate our crew. So not in my always plan everything comfort zone!!

WOOHOO! We made it to the venue! We have some super excited shrieking girlies! After $40 for parking...We were like 3rd in line. I was trying not to freak and find a hotel room asap. I finally did and it was quite nice! :) *sigh*
"Waiting for U" Cody!! :) They were so excited! It was right across from Pike Street Market and Starbucks, they were seriously beyond excited & Rockin' those awesome shirts! I wasn't impressed standing outside a smoke shop in line for 5+ hours, but making memories for these babies right!?!
1st opener was Shane Harper who frankly seemed so old for this venue but the kids knew him from Disney Channel. He sang fine and I am surprised anyone had a voice left to cheer for Greyson & Cody with all that screaming in line and even when the DJ was warming up "IYIYIYI" lol!
There was a little girl as a 2nd act opener, I can't remember her name but she was like 11 or 12 and good grief she was mousey. He had really grimey older men as her band too...not my favorite, I chose not to take pix.

Next up, Greyson Chance! He played the piano quite well and the girls went nutso!
Finally, their favorite little Aussie! Good grief, these girls can SCREAM! They were so over the moon excited! These 2 boys were so cute & weren't trying to act grown up.
Seriously, after it was over everyone sounded like they had been sucking helium. Haliee was convinced they had been pumping it into the room, but it was our ears being damaged from the shrilling girls & I guess the loud music too. It was crazy! After the concert, it was pretty late and everyone was exhausted so we decided to just go to the hotel and order pizza! We checked in and I phoned Dominoes...they would not deliver after dark to any hotels as someone was robbed a few years ago. REALLY??? A Dominoes who doesn't I phone Pizza Hut...same answer. Really people, we are not in the hood... I even offered to meet them out in the parking lot...NOPE! So I finally find some less known "Pizza Shoppe" who will deliver, by this time is is almost 11pm. These poor kiddos are so tired. They are literally falling asleep. Ummm...heck no, I just spent almost $80 on pizza (no 5.5.5. deal here lol), they better stay up and eat it! :) I was literally jumping on their beds and shaking them awake until it arrived lol!!
The next morning we were up early, hurried through breakfast, and hit the road. Heather & Drew both had to pitch that evening so we had to get a fairly early start. We made it about 20 miles out of Seattle and poor Zoe started getting sick. She threw up about every 20 minutes all the way home. Poor baby. There was tons of road construction so we were either stuck at a standstill or unable to exit for what seemed like an eternity. After 30 pit stops and a few detours, we made it home with about 20 minutes until both game times...Making Memories is all I can say!

The girls said it was the best thing that has ever happened to them! :) Man, am I TOO OLD FOR SCREAMING GIRLS, STANDING ROOM ONLY, 5 HOUR LINES, AND LOUD MUSIC! was all worth it to make them happy! It is hard to believe my kiddos are old enough already to go to concerts! What happened to Disney on Ice? Life is flying by...