Saturday, May 30, 2015
I watched a video the other day that showed a mom reading a story about the magic of ordinary days. The mom talked about how we document all the special moments in our children's lives and we are always so busy running here and there with our kiddos that we often feel crazy, but when we look back on things the happiest moments were just the ordinary days. Moments when you get an "I love you" for no reason, or a hug and kiss just because. Moments that you find the dishwasher loaded without asking, or the house picked up just because. Moments that you hear your kids upstairs laughing and playing, or playing outside in the pool. Moments when it's raining outside but everyone lays around eating popcorn and watching movies inside, or when your babies snuggle up to you in bed. These are the moments where our most precious memories are made. These are the moments that makes us family. These are the memories you look back on when your kids are grown and it's just you and your hubby in a house that is suddenly to quiet and eating at a table for six that suddenly is to big for just two. The special moments are important and should be documented but the magic is what happens on just ordinary days.
Tuesday night was Corbin's last band concert...for high school at least. I have done really well this year about not crying at everything because it was his senior year but on that last song the floodgates opened! I looked at all these band kids that we have grown to love over the last seven years of band and realized this was the last time they would ever play together....I may start crying again!!! This group is really talented. Several of them received band scholarships and will continue to play in college. Our son has chosen to major in music education and become a band director. We are so proud of him.
They recognized all the seniors.
Proud Grandpa and Mam
Proud Grampy and Noni
It was a great night and a beautiful performance to end his last seven years of band.
Friday, May 29, 2015
Last night was Logan's last t-ball game for this year :(. We will be back next year. He loved playing T-ball.
Ryan had a blast helping with Logan's team this year. I love watching the two them enjoying baseball together. Ryan is a good Daddy.
He liked playing in the outfield. He also liked throwing his glove in the air, picking grass and throwing it on his head, dancing, and throwing dirt on the other team while on the field. (He got his butt swatted several times for throwing dirt at the other team...he said they were cheating!)
Logan loved when it was his turn to bat. Coach Brian was so patient with all these little ones. He was great with the kids.
He liked running the bases and seeing his Daddy at second base.
Logan's FAVORITE thing about t-ball was sliding into home....he slid every time!!!!
My favorite part of t-ball was seeing these men lead these little children in prayer after each game.
T-ball season was a blast and we made lots of new friends...we can't wait for next season. I hope next year he will stop playing in the chalk...he is covered head to toe with chalk after EVERY game!
Friday, May 15, 2015
Today is our anniversary. Ryan and I have been married for 16 years. I met Ryan in 5th grade at the skating rink. We shared a pickle and he was my "boyfriend" for most of 5th grade. We became best friends. We talked on the phone, we hung out, we even went on double dates!!! One day in 1990 everything changed. Ryan and I finally realized we had become more than just best friends and we began dating. 1990...that's 25 years that there has been a "Casey and Ryan"! I've been with Ryan for over half my life. We spent a few years apart during college...we realized quickly we make bad decisions apart...we are great together.
Ryan and I began dating again shortly after his father died. We knew quickly we never wanted to be apart again! He proposed in a very romantic way and we were married May 15, 1999.
I love this man more and more everyday. He works so hard for his family and never complains. He put me through college and helped me realize my dream of becoming a teacher. We blended our boys and added to our family. He loved Corbin from the start and was so proud when he adopted him. He held me and cried with me when we lost our angel baby. He held my hand and rubbed my back and grinned from ear to ear as we brought our boys into this world. He melts me when I see him with our boys. He is an amazing father and husband and I'm so lucky he is mine.
We have weathered losing loved ones, raising a child with a disability, co-parenting with Braden's mom, building a house, job changes, and just raising 4 boys!!!! I can't imagine doing this with anyone else. He completes me. I am so in love with this man and so proud to be his wife.
Everyone has a love story but ours is my favorite. Happy Anniversary Ryan!!!
Saturday, May 9, 2015
It is the day before Mother's Day and I am thinking about my four greatest blessings. They are my world. Life can be tough at times and these four are what keep me going. A horrible day can turn around with just a kiss, hug, or "I Love You Mom" from one of my boys. They are by far my greatest achievement and will be my lasting legacy of my brief time on this Earth. I am not a perfect mom...far from it, but I am trying my best to raise them to be good Christian men. They fill our home with love, laughter, and a lot of dirt...they are all boys!! I am so glad God chose me to be their Mom.
I am a lucky girl to have all these boys!!! I have many titles...wife, daughter, sister, teacher, but my favorite one is MOM.