All summer last year, Brooklyn told everyone she met that she was going to play T-ball next year. I don't know where she got that idea, but I guess we had to sign her up for T-ball. She was super excited about it and was just as cute out there. We started out with practices twice a week for about a month. Then our first few games were rained out. So, her first game ended up being the day before her birthday. After that, we had a busy season, and our team was actually pretty good! They don't really keep score, and they don't really count any outs they make... they just have the entire team bat each inning. But, of course, us parents counted all the outs they made. Brooklyn even made a couple herself. Very proud of our little T-baller.
Throughout the season of games:
Brooklyn's first hit:
Playing defense... she's ready. Well, she looks ready.
Her first "catch" and throw...
She's got pretty good form, too... well, for a 5 year old who can barely hold the bat up, at least. ;)
Today, we visited the park in the area we are planning on moving to by the end of the summer. We love this park! It's a perfect park for the South Carolina heat. It's under the big Ravenol Bridge and almost completely shaded. It even has a huge pier. The kiddos played with Matt on the playground while Alayna and I worked on our tans... well, I worked on my tan and Alayna enjoyed sitting under an umbrella.
Josh began potty training a while ago, and he earns stickers for going peepee on the toilet. Once he fills up his chart with stickers, he gets to go to the zoo. Well, he did it! He finally filled up his chart, so I had to take them to the zoo. This time, I took all three by myself on a weekday. It was less stressful and more fun than expected. I am even ready to do it again... when Joshy earns it, that is.
Checking out the peguins
A peacock who liked Brooklyn's peacock sounds
Doing what my kids do best... climb on things.
Alayna enjoying the trip, too.
Feeding the birds.
We HAD to ride to train, of course.
Watching those silly meerkats, one of our favorite animals there at the zoo.
After a loooong day at the zoo, what else is to be expected...
Now that the weather is warmer, the gators are coming out and this one seems to be the biggest one in our neighborhood. I guesstimate him to be about 5 feet from nose to tail-tip. We love seeing these grand creatures, and so close to home. But, we do keep our distance. :)
Today was Brooklyn's last day of preschool... forever! She was really excited since she would go to kindergarten next year... "real school" as she calls it. On the last day, the class was supposed to have a picnic and outdoor fun, but it got rained out. But, we still got to play in the gym at the recreation center instead. Kiddos still got all their energy out. :) Then we had an indoor picnic in their classroom. Crowded, but yummy and fun.
At the picnic
Brooklyn's teachers for the past two years: Ms. Tammy and Ms. Betty. Such great ladies.
Having the most creative and artistic little girl ever, I received numerous creations from Brooklyn in honor of Mother's Day this year. I displayed them so proudly on our fireplace mantel. I received a loving hug and a "I love you mommy!" from my shy introverted son... it meant a lot, trust me. And a good night's sleep from Alayna. :) I was also spoiled by the man who made me their mother. I didn't have to lift a finger all day. :)
Brooklyn and Alayna have such a bond already as sisters. I am so excited to see them grow up together. Brooklyn loves her so much and wants to make her happy all the time. And Alayna is so in love with her big sister. She just lights up when she sees Brooklyn, or even just hears her voice. Having grown up with sisters that are also my best friends, I can only be excited for the relationship they are building right now.