Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween!!!

We just finished up another successful and fun Halloween night. No injuries, no crying, everyone waited for the little guy and there were no complaints. The weather turned cold pretty quickly this afternoon and so the adults were all bundled up. And, yes, Brice wore the same costume again. He enjoys being scary. Anna was Queen Elsa from "Frozen" and Kyle chose to be a shark this year. I'm not sure where he came up with this idea but we have had the costume for quite some time so...

I am also including on this post some pictures from our "pumpkin patch" that we went to on Monday afternoon in the 85 degree heat! No kidding. Quite ridiculous but we needed some pumpkins. Every year I want to go do a fun festival and pick pumpkins and do a hay ride. Life is crazy though and we always end up at the church down the road. The kids enjoy it enough and it has become tradition without it meaning to be. I know the money goes to a good cause so that makes me feel a little better about the cost!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Kyle's First Trophy

I realize the past few, maybe four, posts have been about Kyle. I do still have the other two children around. However, Brice has long been over me taking pictures of him and Anna, well, she takes a long time explain! Kyle, he's easy. And, it's been a big fall for him. Actually, I was thinking the other day I am due for a post per child. Just typing up some day to day memories to always have about each child. And, Anna is about to have a big moment in her life, so she and Brice are VERY overdue for their own post.

All that to say, last Saturday, Kyle Patrick Reynolds hit the mother load when it comes to end of the season trophies. Granted, there was no winning or losing during this season. This was a pure "participation trophy" which my and Justin's generation has come to hate. However, Kyle is in Brice's room quite a bit, almost drooling over all of his trophies and wondering when he will get one of his own. Well, his wait is over. After his last game, we walked a few feet up to the picnic tables and had some ice cream with his team and Justin handed out trophies. These kids were just so cute this season and there will never be anything like watching a three year old play baseball. That big old helmet that makes them look like a bobble head and the shy smiles when they get a great hit and get to slide into the bases. Just. Too. Cute.

 He would NOT put his tongue back in his mouth for me to take a picture. What is it with boys??
And, yes, that is my other son standing behind Kyle in a Cardinals uniform. Woot! Woot!

Tapping home plate before getting in his batting stance. He has seen a few games, folks.

Not only did the boys receive a trophy, they also received a Mill Creek baseball shirt AND their pennant. They loved all of it!
 Running out to get his shirt from Justin. Justin presented the boys with their shirts.
 The best picture I have ever taken of Kyle...

His first trophy presentation by none other than his own daddy!

And, there it is, baseball fans. Kyle's first season in the books. Yes, the trophy is sitting on his dresser right where he can see it as he drifts off to sleep each night. The boy loves baseball. Go Braves!

Friday, September 26, 2014

His First Game

Kyle had his first game on Sept. 10th. And, yes I am way behind on this blog and updating. Sorry! But, I have to say, this game was so very incredibly cute. Kyle was super excited! He identifies with being a boy so much now and doesn't even like for Anna and I to ride with them over to the ballpark. He wants it to be just "the boys". The game is simple, no score is kept. They bat through the line up twice alternating sides after half their team bats. Then they sprint to the field! One hour, no batting cages. Easy and fun and boy do those kiddos love running the bases!

 Brice announced the boys' names over the PA system. Some of the boys were confused by it but all the moms loved it!!

 Best part...the snack afterwards.
And now for your viewing pleasure, "Now batting, #10, Kyle Reynolds!!!!"

Friday, August 22, 2014

Celebrating Kyle, "Thomas the Train" Style

We finally had Kyle's birthday party on August 10th. I felt really bad putting it off this long but we were trying to fit everyone's schedules and even still, my mom wasn't able to make it because she was in St. Louis taking care of her dad. However, this was the day after his first practice so he had a pretty kick-ass weekend!

Surprisingly, Kyle chose a Thomas the Train themed party over a "Cars" party. He has LOVED Lightning McQueen for about a year now but I asked him over and over and he always answered Thomas! It was just family and it was fun because Kyle was very excited and couldn't wait for his cake and to see everyone. I went pretty simple with the food and just did some wraps from Publix, chips, fruit and veggies and tea and lemonade.

I love celebrating my kiddos and their birthdays and even though this was simple and small, I still enjoyed seeing Kyle's joy at everyone being there to celebrate him!

 Cheeeessse! and below he is saying, "I'm threeee!"

Refreshment break before opening gifts.
 A little help from big sister on the first card.

 No McQueen themed party BUT, he still requested the wrapping paper. :)
 Thomas the Train underwear!!! Thanks, Grandma and Grandad! He also got a new pair of Thomas jammies, Curious George and Clifford books.
 This was his big gift from us. A track and Thomas train.

 Thanks Nana and Pa for the "Thomas outside chair"!

One more track for extra fun with the train "Dart". He also got several other trains from Nana and Pa, Gordon, Henry, and Toby.

This last picture was included because of the card. When you open it, it sings Happy Birthday and then you can "blow out" the candles. It's so cool and Kyle loves it! He is now officially 3!!!!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

A Long Awaited "First"

Along with the first week of school, we also had another first in the family. And this one has been a long time coming for our little guy. Time and time again he has watched Daddy and Brice walk out the door to either baseball practice or a game. Even though we always go to Brice's games, Brice and Justin leave before us so that Brice can take batting practice and warm up. This means Kyle stands at the door while they put their shoes on, and then he cries while they pull away.

Last season, when Brice was on the Cubs, Kyle had his very own jersey and wanted to wear it just about everyday. We were not going to sign him up to play until fall because 1) I wasn't ready to have three kids in activities just yet, 2) I think three is too young, and a young three at that and 3) he is technically too young to play anyway. But then the director of the park emailed Justin and said they needed one more coach and one more player for Rookie Tee Ball and with that all of Kyle's dreams came true. He picked the team name, the Braves and wore his cleats around the house for 24 hours. He even cleans them off when he gets home from practice. This boy is in his element.  And so, here are some pictures from his first practice.

 This picture warms my heart so much. Big brother helping little brother. Brice is so good with little kids. Patient and kind, I think he loves helping out too.

 Kyle was so good about staying on his "safety cone" as Justin named them. Below, Kyle is telling his teammate to stay on his cone!

My sweet little ballplayer is so excited to be out there. He talks about practice and wearing his cleats all week long before Saturday at 9am arrives! He may completely flip when the uniforms arrive!