Saturday, March 31, 2007

Hunter's Spring 2007 Baseball Draft

Hunter was drafted for the Athletics Baseball Team. To those that are baseball lovers, I guess this is the name of a national baseball team? Anyway, we refer to it as the A’s. Their first official game was a win – 13 to 7. They all played good. Hunter got to “pinch run”? What is that? He was placed on the base to replace another runner who was not able to run? Or maybe it changes the batting order? I have no idea. I will allow my family who are baseball geru’s to enlighten me, but nevertheless, Hunter got some game time. Batter, Batter, Batter, Swing! (Is that right?)

Monday, March 26, 2007

Roscoe Update

Well, I’ve never been a cat lover. I did not inherit that trait from either of my mom’s or my dad. I do not share that love of creatures as all of my children do. However, as a mother, there are things you tolerate so your children can enjoy things in life. The dog hair was one thing, but now we have cat hair too. The smell of the ferret and now the litter box! Ugh! The constant reminders to the kids to help with these responsibilities……And then there is Roscoe. He is a nocturnal cat, doing most of his prowling in the evening hours and early morning. You can depend on him to be meowing at 0500. He’s like a reincarnated Rooster! In his previous home, he was fed at 5AM and 6PM. We, however, leave food out all day for both the cat and the dog. Why we buy two different kinds, I don’t know. The cat likes the dog food and the dog likes the cat food. It also gives Walker more food to throw! Anyway, Roscoe loves Danielle. When she is upstairs, he seems to be close underfoot. Once when leaving the deck door open as I was cleaning, the dog, cat, and toddler were on it. It stands 12 foot off the ground. The crazy cat jumps off the deck onto the grass. Oh my word! How he got his fat body (thickened from eating all day long) and through the small spindles of the deck wall? He did land feet first though- no broken bones. Danielle was the one we had to wake up to go fetch him from the outside. He will have nothing to do with me – Darn!, much less Tim or Hunter. He runs from Walker---Walker’s tail pull is quite fearsome. Smart cat though, he runs when Walker’s pitter patter is near. Then there is the bolted runs of the cat being chased by the dog – the fern and plants in the sunroom getting knocked over – just because they seem to be having fun. Although it took awhile for the cat and the dog to become friends, it’s the one thing I enjoy about Roscoe now. Pell will tantalize him, wagging his tail all the while. The cat loves it and he defends his honor quite well. The cat throat grab from Pell, the scratching and nail claws from Roscoe. The cat hiding discreetly under a piece of furniture smirking and boldly twitching his tail because Pell can’t reach him. One can’t help but smile! It’s sick entertainment like this that allows me to tolerate all the chaos!

Driving Miss Brittney

Brittney is great with her brothers. Here she can be found demonstrating how she can hit a ball, the correct form Walker should use when he attempts to hit the ball and last but not least, how Walker should drive his Birthday car!

Sunday, March 25, 2007

Hunter's 9th Birthday

Our little boy is now 9! It seems like yesterday he was climbing in and out of the kitchen cabinets or trying to cut down the Walnut tree in the back yard! For this years celebration, we started with cupcakes for his class. Nothing like sending home a bunch of 3rd graders with a sugar rush! Then it was….yes…it was CAMPING!!! For any of you that know me, “roughing” it in the cold, sleeping on the hard ground, no running water or indoor facilities sounds absolutely dreadful. As a kid – campling on the riverbanks was awesome! And then age set in! the reality of the finer things in life was made real! “Camping?” I asked at least five times to Hunter. “Are you sure?” It only took a few “Please! Mom!” for me to soften and agree – for only ONE night! Organizing, packing, unpacking, worrying, freezing, the packing up and then unpacking at home – suffice it to say, camping is a lot of work! As a family – the Carolina girl coming home as well – we traveled to Baden Lake to “enjoy” nature. My guardian angel was at my side – the campsite had running water! Indoor facilities only 38 steps from our campground! And the weather was great! Fishing was fun. Hunter enjoyed all the festivities of camping and a nice birthday cupcake moment as well. Grandmother and Grandaddy came up too! I think it will be a birthday celebration he will always remember!

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Tim - 46 years ago?

Pictures say a thousand words, but will “like father, like son” fit?

Sunday, March 18, 2007

Roger's 76th Birthday

Roger Ernest Martin was born March 18th, 1931 in Eagle Spring, NC. Now, 76 years later, four children, 13 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren later, the celebration of his special day is still exciting and eventful! Dominos Pizza - $45. Birthday cake - $20. Having family together to celebrate - priceless. His gift? His family living a life filled with the traditions of good values and beliefs that are carried from generation to generation. Happy Birthday – Daddy, Granddaddy, Roger!

Saturday, March 10, 2007

From Infant curls to toddlerhood

The beautiful curls! So blonde, so bouncy. On our trip home to Texas – the crazy weather/stressed me out totally trip? – well, two people mentioned what a pretty little girl! Walker is a pretty baby, but the golden locks were getting quite long. A ribbon in them and a “pretty little” thing he was. We reached the one year mark, so now it’s time for that first hair cut. Overall it went well – he squirmed some! Wiggled a lot, and eventually wanted down, but fortunately this was not Glenda’s first rodeo. Snip! Snip! Buzz! Buzz! And magic! A little man appeared. What a difference cutting three inches off made! No longer the look of an innocent infant. Now, the appearance of a fun, energetic toddler!

Tuesday, March 6, 2007

Climbing the highest..what?

A new accomplishment for Walker – a new worry for mom!

Walker has recently discovered he likes to climb! The worries of a mother and her son hurting himself have heightened. You first worry when they learn to sit up – Klur-plup! Then when they learn to crawl – all the things they find at their newfound eye level! Then when the walking starts – oh my! The stumbles, the “oh don’t run yet” moments, the bumps and bruises. And now, the climbing! Whew! What’s next?

Saturday, March 3, 2007

Baseball Tryouts

Baseball Season 2007 is here! Once more we have engaged in America’s favorite pastime! Hunter is moving up to the team pitch game. Above pictures are of tryouts. Our busy Saturday – Soccer at noon, then tryouts starting at 2PM. It was a long afternoon, but Hunter seems excited about starting up again. So for 6 weeks we will have soccer and baseball overlapping. Life is full! Life is grand! I will be insane!