Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Happy Place

Bradley definitely hit is grove this spring and summer with baseball. When your son throws pop flies to himself for hours in the back yard you know they have found a sport they love. After he finished his regular season Bradley was asked play for the all star team for our local league. I wasn’t sure what to expect as far as commitment and time involved, but it was pretty major. We spent every.single.weekend in June and the beginning of July at the ball field. They played in tournament after tournament against many teams from our region. They learned so much about working together as a team, playing the heat, believing in themselves, and overcoming defeat.

There were two different tournaments that Peachtree ended up in the losers bracelet and faught back to win the entire thing! It was true commitment from all of the boys and one great coach! Coach Sam was truly wonderful and such a positive influence on Bradley.

These boys really got close over the past two months playing together for hours and hours each day. I know that Bradley has made some life long friends in the process of becoming part of this team.

I couldn’t believe how much Bradley enjoyed playing catcher. I never grew up playing sports, and the idea of a ball flying at me at full speed is frightening. He got banged up by bad pitches, hit with foul balls, and would pop back up and get behind the batter again and again. He has really changed into a “big boy” as much as I don’t want to admit it!

These boys won Districts for our area in a double header that lasted late into the night due to rain delays. Bradley and his team were still playing ball under the lights at 11 pm! He was moved all around the field that night due to players being on vacation. In the end they won, and got the amazing opportunity to play at the All Star State Tournament for Virginia. Pretty cool!

I am so glad I got to capture this father/son moment on camera after the District game. Bradley and Chris were hugging and high fiving. So glad they have this to share with each other! It really was a family affair, my parents came to almost every single tournament too! It was sweet to get to share all of this with them!

They didn’t make it very far at states, but they had a great time! I hope he can look back on this as one of his favorite summers yet! Way to go my big boy!

Monday, July 6, 2015

Spring Getaways

I was lucky enough to get away from reality for two different weekends this spring! It is so nice to reboot, recharge and forget about all of your responsibilities for awhile! Chris took me to this absolutely stunning getaway at Primeland Resort in south west Virginia. There were mountain views for miles, and we got to stay in the most amazing cottage!

A big thank you to my parents for watching the gang for a night and then we got a babysitter for the second night. Everyone made it out alive, and she still wants to babysit so I call that a win!!

Primland had so much to do! From gorgeous views for relaxing, great food, spa, gym, hiking, and anything outdoors you could imagine. The main Lodge was breathtaking and we ate at the restaurants both nights on site. They were magnificent!

Chris booked a couples spa treatment for us on Saturday and then we took a long hike around the property. Sunday morning we went horseback riding for a few hours. It was so fun!

Chris and I’s horses were buddies so we got to ride next to each other for the whole trip.

I also got to go away for the weekend with some of the oldie friends that just make your heart happy. Steph and I hadn’t seen each other for so long (she has been busy with twin babies!!). I cherish these few times when we get to get together! We stayed at our friend’s family home outside of Warrenton and went wine tasting for the day. It was followed by lots of wine drinking at home and yummy homemade food!

It was an awesome weekend, and Chris gets big props for manning the house with the help of his mom. It wasn’t an easy job with baseball games, coaching, and dealing with Gracie all at the same time!

Thank you for all of the awesome trips, babe!! xoxo