Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Summer Fun!

This summer I did not have a whole lot of money to go out and get some new pictures of Liam and I done. I haven't gotten to have "professional" pictures of the two of us done in about 2 years. I either have not had the money or he and I have not had the time. My friend decided to take the top four pictures of Liam and I. He knew that I had bunches of pictures of Liam or Liam with other people, but when I am the photographer, which I do not mind being one bit, I can't really get pictures of my boy and me together. So he grabbed his camera and met us at the park to just take some natural pictures. The last picture, the one that is color and only Liam, I took myself while we were taking a walk through a local area. The place we go to walk is called Coffee Creek. Liam loves going there because they have a waterfall (small one) and a water fountain in the middle of a lake. You can go to one side of the lake and sit by the waterfall. There are many trails throughout the entire place and I just let Liam run and run and run. He has gotten into the habit lately that about the only way he will stop when he is running if you holler "red light" to him. He loves it! He instantly stops in his tracks and just turns around with a huge smile on his face! He has started to use "red light" other places as well, but on mommy. He jokingly says it to get me to stop whatever I am doing.
The summer has just gone by way too quickly for us. I am 5 weeks into my new semester of school and working 25 hours a week as an English and writing tutor; the same place that I have been working for 2 years. I am taking 5 classes; 3 English classes, a Statistics class and an Astronomy class. All of which keep me busy! Of course adding to that, I am a mommy, so that keeps me busy as well.

We have had such a fun summer and I am so happy that I mostly took the summer off to spend it with Liam. Now that school has started fun times with Liam are much fewer and far
between because of the hectic schedule. We were able to make it to the zoo before school started for me and he absolutely loved that! We went with my best friend and her two daughters.

I am slowly but surely getting done with school. If everything goes the way that I am planning right now, then I will be done in December of 2009, finally! I am really buckling down with the classes, but it will be worth it once I am done and I am able to just spend the most of my time with Liam instead of juggling both school and work, it will just be work.
Before I know it, Liam will be in school full time and then life will just take off even quicker than it already has gone by. His daycare that he has been in for over a year is practically a preschool as it is. He has learned so much and the whole place is just so educational. It seems like he could be ready for college within the next year because of how much of a sponge he is. Yes, I am his mom, so I am kind of biased, but he is learning so much and doing so great with using what he learns! Anyway, that's my blog for now. I have a few other blog ideas, I just need to get the time to put the pictures on here! Enjoy!

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Tee Ball

Jon and I decided to have Liam try tee ball this summer. We both thought that it would be good for him to stay a little busy this summer and also to try something new that he has never done before. The program was a little over 8 weeks long with practices every Wednesday nights from 6pm - 7pm and games every Saturday morning. The games lasted an hour with 3 innings. Each team would be in the outfield 3 times and each child would go up to bat 3 times. Liam did very well for it being his very first sport to try. After he was able to play the game on his own without mommy being out there, it seems as though he had much more fun. All of the children were between 3 and 4 years old, and with Liam being 3 1/2, he was a little scared and intimidated. Mommy would run the bases with him and field with him as well. The last two or three games, Liam was able to do all the fielding and sit in the "dugout" waiting for his turn to bat all by himself. He did so well and we all truly enjoyed ourselves.
He played tee ball for the YMCA. He had his own little glove, cleats and jersey. He borrowed the helmet and the bat from his coaches. The coaches were all parents of kids that were on the team with him. We had moms and dads both coaching. I am very happy with what he got out of this experience. He was definitely able to learn even more patience because of having to wait for his turn to bat and to get the ball when it was hit by the other team.
As you can see in the middle picture, Liam looked like a bobble head doll when he had the helmets on. The helmet looked so big on him, but just about fit him perfectly. It was cute to see. I was able to get some pictures when Liam let me sit on the sidelines to watch. For awhile, he liked to play just in the dirt, but his coaches were good at trying to keep his interest in the game. The last picture Liam is at the pitcher's mound waiting for the ball to be hit from someone on the other team. The coaches taught them all sorts of strategies. Jon and I were also playing tee ball with him at our own homes in order to keep his interest as well as help him learn and remember some things. He did such a good job! Enjoy the pictures!