Sunday, July 27, 2008

All-Star Week

We made it through our final week of baseball (well, for this season!) a couple of weeks ago. I mentioned awhile ago that Treyson had made the 9-10 year old all-star team and the week after the 4th, their team played their little hearts out! We lost our opening game to the cross-town rivals by one run and automatically got dropped to the loser's bracket. They ended up playing at least one game everyday the next week and battled back into the championship game! The games in the early part of the week ended up being pretty easy wins (called after four innings because we were up by at least ten). They ended up taking second place after losing to a St. George team. I think our team did great and was so proud of them for going non-stop. Trey played mostly at catcher and third base, and pitched one of their games. I'm excited for him that he got this opportunity. He had a great coach who helped him improve as a player, but more importantly, was so patient and set a great example for them. I'm glad that we're done for a few weeks (travel ball will start up again soon). Until then, I'm going to enjoy not having to wash baseball pants in every load of laundry!

*The 11-12 year old team from our league won the state tournament and will now play in the western regionals later this week. We're going to pack up the family and head to San Bernadino, California to watch just a little more baseball!

Monday, July 21, 2008

Nate had his 15 year high school reunion a couple of weeks ago. Man, he's getting old! We missed out on the couple only lunch (Treyson had a game at the same time), but we were able to make it to the dinner at the park. I think I looked more forward to it than Nate. I was only two years behind him at good, old CHS, so I was friends with a lot of his classmates. I was excited, but nervous at the same time. Is that weird? It ended up being such a fun night, being able to see everyone and their cute kids. I thought that people hadn't aged too much. We're just a little bit older and wiser, right? It was fun to be able to watch Nate interact with his classmates. Nate was SO shy in high school, so I loved watching him actually interact and talk to people! He's come a long way in 15 years. He even made eye contact! Way to go, Nate! Now, I just have two years to get ready for mine. Do you think that gives me enough time to fit into my tiny cheer skirt?

Monday, July 14, 2008

Our little firecrackers!

Just a few pictures of our kids on the fourth...

Esplin Reunion

A few day after we got home from San Diego, we had our yearly Esplin family reunion. We were suppose to head up to Park City, but Nate's dad had been in the hospital for a few days, and we decided that we better stick closer to home (everything is fine now). Everyone ended up making the trek to Cedar City. My kids were in heaven having some of their cousins stay here with us. We only get to see some of Nate's family one or two times a year, so the kids partied like rockstars, staying up way too late, and getting up way too early. It was a pretty relaxing three days, mostly just hanging out at the cabin and eating, eating, eating. I love Nate's family. We have a great time spending time together. So, until next year...

Catch Up

Wow, I've been away from the blogging world for so long! I feel like I have a million things to share. Bare with me as I give the nutshell version of what's been going on in our world.

We had such a great time in San Diego. My parents truly saved me! They would come play with the kids and me during the day while Nate was doing meetings, and then entertain the kids at night so that I could go with Nate to the dinners. We created some wonderful memories with grandma and grandpa that I know my kids will always remember.

We were able to hit most of the big attractions in San Diego. We did Sea World, Legoland, the zoo, and the beach. The kids loved each of the parks, but I think their favorite day was when we just relaxed at the beach and at the pool. I think one of the coolest things we did was a dinner and concert on an aircraft carrier. The Oak Ridge Boys (one of my parents' favorites!) performed for about an hour as it was getting dark, right there on the carrier. As they were finishing up, we had our very own fireworks show! What a great night. I love being able to attend conference with Nate. It's a great opportunity to visit with people that he works with from all over the country. I'm so grateful that my parents were able to come and spend time with us. It wasn't a very relaxing vacation for them; we kept them moving! They were troopers though, and just maybe, we can convince them to come again!

Monday, July 7, 2008

Max is eight months!

While we were in San Diego, Max had his "eight-month birthday." I love this stage that he's in. He's starting to develop a little bit of a personality and is learning new tricks. He still has no desire to crawl, and believe me, we're not pushing him to! I love walking into a room and having him reach for me and do whatever he can to get my attention. He's also started to dance and wave hi. He's up to five teeth that are so cute when he grins. He loves the boys and gets so excited when he sees them. He's such a fun baby. We're so glad to have him as part of our family!