Sunday, June 20, 2010

The Dad at Our House

My husband, Chuck,
who is smart and strong and loving,
who has the ability to focus, the will to accomplish, 
and the heart to share, 
who takes personal pride in doing a job well,
who is not afraid to learn new things, 
who tolerates my quirkiness, 
(I think he secretly loves me because of it!)
and who would do just about anything for his family. 

I am grateful to be so blessed!!!
Happy Father's Day!

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Take Me Out to the Ball Game!

We drove down to the Braves game this past Thursday evening to meet my husband's aunt, his cousin and her daughter, who is the same age as Cullen. The two kids vaguely remember meeting once a few years ago at a wedding when Kaylee wanted very much for Cullen to dance with her, but he couldn't bring himself to try that yet! Neither of them being a bit shy, they became fast friends before the game.

They each managed to get a ball during batting practice, and since there were no players available, they had their balls autographed by Homer, the mascot. 

After a brief rain shower, which was very welcome because of the heat and for the opportunity to run around in the rain while the adults all huddled under cover, we settled down to watch the game. 

Cullen's interest in baseball has really become serious lately, so he followed closely while trying to encourage his dad to show some spirit when the wave came around to our section! During the fourth inning, as we walked around looking for something to eat, I spotted the perfect place for a photo. I had Cullen stand so that the field could be seen beyond and below him from right behind home plate. As I snapped pictures, Heyward hit a home run, and you can see exactly how much of a Braves fan our little guy actually is.

If you look closely, you can also see that he had just finished off a blue snow cone!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Lazy Days of Summer

We have been lazy around here lately. Busy, but lazy. Crazy busy having fun, actually, but in a lazy way!

Though Cullen is on a break from official schoolwork, we're trying to keep those brain cells from shriveling up too much. He's been reading The Velveteen Rabbit to me, and I am reading The Adventures of Robin Hood to him. The plan is for us to work on fluency in his math facts over the summer and to dig into Hands-On Equations at a leisurely, fun pace, taking advantage of his recent interest in balancing equations.

Weekly piano lessons are still on, with his teacher's masterful use of Cullen's interest in the musical themes from Star Wars, working them into as many ear-training exercises as possible. This same instructor has begun a new boys choir for our area, which Cullen is really enjoying. I'm tickled that he likes to sing, as that's one of my own favorite modes of expression.

Gymnastics has stepped up a notch with two days per week sessions at the pre-team level. That may sound like a lot, but I assure you, he has more than enough energy left over for quite a bit of THIS whenever the weather allows!