Saturday, April 25, 2015

Play Ball!!! Welcome to the 2015 Little League Season

We headed out to the ballpark this morning.  The temperature was a balmy 36 degrees.  Thankfully the sun was shining for the first time in a week and thankfully we wore our winter coats.
Luke moved up a level...he now plays for a AAA team. He is the second little guy from the left in the bottom row.  The only problem that I see is that this is the first year a score is keep for the games.  Today didn't turn out in our teams favor and Luke was pretty upset. 
Kim got a hit every time she was up to bat....she is a real little athlete.  
Luke practicing pitching with Mark.
Kimberly came in to pitch for her team....she was shaking to much from the below freezing windchill she was sent to the bench to retrieve her winter coat. 
She is a good little pitcher.
2015-Oneida Fire Department team
2015-Taco Bell team

partners forever
One of the cheering section participants
Warming up for pitching.
We packed a picnic and saved a bunch of money.  That concession stand is pricey when we are feeding 5 of us. 
Luke keeping his eye on the ball....
We may not of been happy with the final score, but it was a great start to the season.

Keeping kids busy....Baking Soda Art

Weekly Wrap-Up
 This is a great way to keep the kids busy, and you have everything you need in your cupboard.
Fizz art. 
Baking soda art.
 pour baking soda onto a cookie tray with sides.
 Each of the kids used about 1/2 cup of white vinegar 
 mixed with several drops of food coloring.
 Using medicine droppers...drip the colored vinegar onto the baking soda.
 It fizzes and bubbles.  We used primary colors---so it was fun to watch the colors mix and make secondary colors.
 Each of the kids spend quite a long time "fizzing".
 This is a great idea for a rainy day....when you are done, used boiling water to wash the goop down the kitchen sink drain.  It helps keep odors away.  
I'm not sure what Gracie was thinking at this time....but I couldn't resist this photo!

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Let's Go Fly a Kite

These photos were from a week, and the next two days, snow is predicted.
The trees have no green yet...but maybe someday. 
This was also a few days after Luke got out of the hospital.  Every once in a while he would lay down in the grass to rest.

A Kite- Anonymous
I often sit and wish that I
Could be a kite up in the sky,
And ride upon the breeze and go
Whichever way I chanced to blow.
Flight Fun
The shiny kite with arms outstretched,
Soared high above the trees,
It swerved and turned and circled 'round,
And danced upon the breeze.

If, when I put my arms outstretched,
A breeze would lift me high,
I'd flip and soar and circle 'round,
And race the birds that fly.

Martin Shaw

March- May Richstone
A boy with a kite
In windy weather
Tying the earth
And sky together.
God's glorious blue sky

Spring Morning  A.A.MILNE

Where am I going? I don't quite know.
Down to the stream where the king-cups grow-
Up on the hill where the pine-trees blow-
Anywhere, anywhere. I don't know.

Where am I going? The clouds sail by,
Little ones, baby ones, over the sky.
Where am I going? The shadows pass,
Little ones, baby ones, over the grass.

If you were a cloud, and sailed up there,
You'd sail on water as blue as air,
And you'd see me here in the fields and say:
"Doesn't the sky look green today?"

Where am I going? The high rooks call:
"It's awful fun to be born at all."
Where am I going? The ring-doves coo:
"We do have beautiful things to do."

If you were a bird, and lived on high,
You'd lean on the wind when the wind came by,
You'd say to the wind when it took you away:
"That's where I wanted to go today!"

Where am I going? I don't quite know.
What does it matter where people go?
Down to the wood where the blue-bells grow-
Anywhere, anywhere. I don't know.

Do you think

this could be one of my children's boots found in the woods?

Yarn Along

From Ginny~ Two of my favorite things are knitting and reading. I love seeing what other people are knitting and reading as well. So, what are you knitting or crocheting right now? What are you reading? Take a photo and share it either on your blog, on Instagram (#yarnalong), or on Flickr. Leave a link below to share your photo with the rest of us! ~
I wanted to just back on the bandwagon and join in this week's Yarn Along over at Ginny's Small Things blog.  I have to admit I don't read much (knitting and crocheting take up most free time), but I am between paying jobs right now so a woman can always dream.  
I have started, and found quite helpful, Father Jonathan Morris' book, The Way of Serenity-Finding Peace and Happiness in the Serenity Prayer.  I have been searching for a book that would be easy to read and comforting to the soul. This book is both! It needs to be easy to read because my concentration level right now is quite low. 
And this leads us to my other very easy, light, read: A Patchwork Murder--by Jan Fields. Cozy mysteries are just about my speed these days. 
Since I am between paying knitting jobs right now, I have dived head first into some charity knitting.  The charity I am knitting and crocheting for right now is The Preemie Project. There is a great need for these little items for the most precious little patients around the country.  The Preemie Project website offers patterns and sizing...which is very, very helpful.  
It's the middle of the "4th of July" hat and bootie drive.  We want these babies all decked out for the summer holidays. 

Monday, April 20, 2015

The Light

It's been a long, long winter.....
a hard, depression filled, anxiety ridden, lonely winter.
I plugged away, day to day.. hour by hour....minute by minute.
I asked for prayers..I talked to my husband....I kept my secret.
I tried hard to make my kids smile..
I occasionally was successful.
Grown sons had surgery.
Little sons were hospitalized.
Hubby is facing his own health challenges.
Members of this household were sick for weeks.
Life was in chaos for 4 weeks while health was regained.
Winter was sooooo cold.  It took until into March for it to warm enough for kids to go outside to play.
But life went on....some days were beautiful, full of sunshine.
This fellow regained his health.
The twins that aren't quite were soooo sad to be apart, but are back together now.
Crochet and knitting are therapy
It's good for the soul
Hopefully this space will once again be filled up with our lives.
Making happy memories is just as important to these little ones as it was for big brothers and sisters.
We love our Saints and continue to pray for their intersession. 

Especially Irish Saints....since I have a household of little Irish babies.
Pinterest is becoming one of our favorite friends.

Gracie has become my crafting partner.
She does beautiful work!

The rainbow still comes after the storm.
The risen Jesus is our hope.

He will never forget  us. 
Jesus is the Light of our world.
But encouragement is still needed...
desperately needed at times.
So we ask for prayers, and suggestions for getting through the rough patches...
and leaning on the light of Jesus.