Friday, April 18, 2014

hayden and baseball.

Hayden started his baseball season this past week. His first game was Wednesday. He did really well. This year, they are using a pitching machine. This particular pitching machine is very inconsistent in the pitches and is difficult to operate. It's not ideal and it has a steep learning curve! 

Hayden was able to have one time up at bat, and on (I think) the 3rd pitch, he hit the ball. The other team fielded the ball and he got out at first, but he did really well. He is really good at fielding and throwing and with practice, will get better at batting. We are really proud of him and he is proud of himself - and he is having a great time. Hopefully he continues to enjoy this season of baseball. 

Before we left for his first game, we took some pictures of him in his uniform. He looks downright adorable. He did some interesting posing for the pictures that are quite amusing. He is definitely a character!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

egg dying fun.

This past Sunday, we had a busy day spent dying eggs. 

In the morning, we went over to Randy's mom's and dyed eggs. It was SO much fun. The kids had a great time and so did the adults. 

Harper making her pouty face.

That afternoon, we went over to my parents' condo and dyed eggs again. We didn't spend quite as long dying eggs there. I think the kids were a little over it and weren't as into the egg dying kit that we had.

Regardless, we still had a great time. After dying eggs, the kids (as well as Randy and my dad) tossed around a bouncy ball. Good times being a bit reckless in a house full of breakables!

See the orange ball? It's in mid-air and right after I snapped this shot it hit Hayden in the head (my dad had thrown it at Hayden's head - in a playful way). Pretty funny.

Note: I'm not sure if you noticed or not, but Harper isn't wearing a tutu in any of the pictures. Her tutu phase has apparently come to an end. After wearing a tutu every day for 6 weeks, she decided that she didn't need to wear it anymore.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

hayden - my sweet synergizing social worker.

Earlier this week, Hayden received a '7 Habits Positive Referral' from his teacher at school. 

Hayden's school participates in the Leader in Me program which is related to Stephen Covey's book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. The school strives to develop the students to their full potential by offering opportunities for the students to strengthen certain traits - framed within the Leader in Me program as Habits. 

There are 7 Habits:
  • Habit 1 - Be Proactive: Take responsibility for your choices and behavior.
  • Habit 2 - Begin with the End in Mind: Think about how you want something to turn out before you get started.
  • Habit 3 - Put First Things First: Decide what is most important and take care of that first.
  • Habit 4 - Think Win-Win: Believe that everyone can win.
  • Habit 5 - Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood: It is better to listen first and talk second.
  • Habit 6 - Synergize: Two or more people working together to create a better solution than either one would have thought of alone.
  • Habit 7 - Sharpen the Saw: Have balance in your life.

The ultimate goal is to have the school - and therefore the community at large - filled with students who are responsible, show initiative, are creative, know how to set goals and meet them, who get along with people of various backgrounds and cultures, and who can resolve conflicts and solve problems. 

The "referral" Hayden received was in regards to Habit 6. He was recognized for always helping others. 

I have to be honest and admit that this "reward" really isn't a big deal. It's just for fun. He doesn't receive anything - aside from the piece of paper that came home with him. There isn't an assembly of any sort to recognize this "achievement." That being said, he was proud of himself and appreciated the recognition - which is a reward in and of itself. 

Hayden is such a sweet boy and cares immensely about his friends - probably too much at times. He has a big heart that compels him to care and want to help others. In that way, he is a lot like me: sensitive to the needs of others and always eager to help people and work together to make things right. 

At his core, Hayden just wants everyone to be happy - and to have fun. For him, his joy - and fun - comes from his friends. It's in his nature to "synergize" because without his friends he would be working alone and for Hayden that wouldn't be near as fun or enjoyable; rather, it would be downright dreadful. 

Helping and just being with his friends makes him happy and gives him energy. He is my little synergizer bunny - my sweet, friendly, helpful little man with the heart of a social worker: always worried about the well-being of others, constantly wanting to make things better for those in need.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

harper and her tutu phase.

Since the beginning of March, Harper has been in a "tutu phase" in which she has worn a tutu every day. She has about 7 different tutus in her collection, but there are only about 3 or 4 that she wears. 

You might have noticed this from the posts I have published over the past month and if you have seen her out in public then you have most certainly seen her sporting a fashionable ensemble accessorized with an always in style tutu. Sometimes the tutu is worn under dresses and sometimes it's worn over pants. Regardless, it's always there.

She wears them to school, to the store, at home, to church - everywhere. She does not wear them to bed though or in water - which would just be a silly mess. 

When I ask her why she wears the tutus, she tells me that she wears them because she likes them and because they make her happy. One day she even dramatically declared to me, "I look fabulous in my tutu." She also frequently asks, "Isn't my tutu beautiful?" She doesn't ask the question with hesitation though or seem to even need confirmation of the tutu's beauty - she already knows that her tutu is beautiful; rather, she wants additional praise and accolades regarding how wonderful her tutu is. 

Her teachers at school assure me that they aren't a nuisance or bother and in all honesty, I don't have a problem with them either. I think it's sweet and find the whole situation amusing. They really do make her happy and that spark of joy the tutus elicit is endearing.

I think of her as my sporty princess. She is in no way dainty or gentle with the tutus or with herself. She is an intense, confident little girl who prefers the flare of a tutu - at this point in time. I'm not sure how long this phase will last. She might decide tomorrow that she doesn't want or need to wear a tutu anymore. Who knows? But for now, she can be seen donning a tutu - expressing her style and asserting her unique, bold personality by wearing a tutu around her waist.

Here are some recent pictures of her in one of her pink tutus and one of her purple tutus -  

Here are some pictures I have posted since March that "document" her tutu phase. They feature her blue tutu, another one of her purple tutus, another one of her pink tutus, her red tutu, and yet another one of her pink tutus.