It seems like we have been living at Play Deep for a couple months now, between Carter's private hitting sessions, training with the girls, and my own pitching and hitting sessions with other girls from the valley. It's been a lot of work, but all three of the kiddos absolutely love being there!
Reading is an every-day occurrence in our house. Trying to find chapter books and series that aren't complete garbage has been somewhat of a challenge. I decided to go back to some of my favorite series from my own childhood, so the kids are currently plowing through The Boxcar Children series. Apparently there were a ton added after I grew out of the books. It'll be interesting to see how they have been adapted since the original ones take place back in the horse and carriage days!
Regardless, I am loving our quiet evenings on the couch sharing literary adventures.
New Year's Day is always a good day in our family, because it means sledding! We all get up early and head to the mountains to get "our" spot, which is typically vacant until noon or so when everyone else starts rolling in. There definitely wasn't as much snow as we are used to seeing, but we made it work and everyone had a great time!
This year started out very similar to previous years - sledding in the mountains. I can't think of a better way to start out any year than up in the crisp, mountain air.
We spent a large amount of time in the Idaho outdoors again this year - which will never change.
We also spent a huge amount of time indulging Carter's love for sports (and our's, obviously). It was a very busy three-sport year, but I honestly wouldn't have it any other way. Watching him pursue active hobbies is something I will always enjoy. He really improved in all aspects of sports this year.
And speaking of sports, we had an amazing time attending March Madness here in Boise. It was so fun to take off work and spend a couple days watching some incredible basketball!
We started a new tradition in the family - POKER NIGHT. Which actually looks more like this:
I pulled Matt even further into the travel world as we explored Belize. It was such an amazing place and we will definitely be back!
A little late to the game, but Kendall finally mastered her bike this year and it has totally changed our summer evening walks/bike rides.
Carter, Matt, and I had a blast at the Idaho History 4th Grade Rendezvous - I can't wait to share this with Kendall! It was one of my favorite things about school in Meridian.
Addie competed at the Canyon County Fair and did a fantastic job showing her sheep.
We had loving moments, here and there. ;)
We did more projects around the house than I can even count - but the biggest ones being tile and carpet. Thanks again to my parents for their time and effort with that tile!!
The kiddos kicked off another school year and have been doing incredibly well.
We watched a really cool meteor shower.
We snagged some updated pictures here and there.
Our RED SOX won the World Series!!!!
Every year, I have a personal reading challenge. This year was by far the best reading year I have had - which blows my mind considering how busy we were. Not sure how it happened, but I thoroughly enjoyed the majority of the 40 books from this year.
I really pushed to become more involved in the softball world, and really landed myself in some cool positions. President of Softball for Meridian Youth Baseball/Softball and Softball Instructor at Play Deep Academy. It has been one hell of a fun pursuit thus far, and I can't wait to see what this adventure brings!
We settled into Christmas and had a really fun holiday season.