School closed early in anticipation of the snow. It started to snow early, and Jackson thought it would be cool to play basketball in the snow. You can see the snow flurries in this one. (He doesn't like me taking pictures and was trying to hide his face).
There's something exciting about the anticipation of the first upcoming snow storm of the year. They were predicting > 10 inches. We got close to 13!! The worst part was that the temperature remained in the teen's for days turning the ice to snow and closing schools for one week!
The kids spent a lot of time outdoors, despite the frigid temps. They loved it. Cam even spent hours helping Josh shovel the driveway.
They even cleared a path for Jackson so he could still work on his shot. Except the bottom of the net had frozen the ball kept getting stuck.
Of course, it also meant lots of time indoors together. We had friends over. Played spades. Made lots of soup. Luckily, with our new vehicle, we were able to venture out a few times. We even made it to Three Amigos one night.
Even got to go visit our newest family member who was born during all this crazy mess.
Meet Miss Elliott. Bella is smitten, for sure. She's already asking when we can babysit her at our house.
As I write this, we have already missed 4 days of school and just received the call that schools will be closed tomorrow. Today, we took Jordan to the airport so he could head back to Colorado. We had a great visit and can't wait until May when he can return.
This pretty much sums up how we spent winter break. There were other things, like birthday parties, ODU games, shopping, cooking, cleaning and time spent with family. But there was also sleeping in, pajama days, and playing with our new Christmas toys.
Took the Drillers to Aberdeen this Fall for the Cal Ripken Experience.
Definitely something they won't forget.
The hotel was something out of Field of Dreams. Baseball everywhere. It was perfect. The halls, the lobby, the rooms...even the bathrooms had baseball pics adorning the walls.
We arrived Friday afternoon. The boys got to skip school for the day, which added to the excitement of the weekend. The drive was 5 hours. Thank God for DVD players. We rode up with Cameron and Bella and one of his teammates. They watched the Emoji movie and Jurassic World and spent the last half hour building forts (also Thank God for that new tank I convinced Josh our family needed just for trips like this).
The drive up was so pretty. We stopped at a Mom and Pop gas station for lunch and snacks on the way. The kids did great on the trip.
The boys were totally in awe over the whole place. Our first game was that evening on the field just outside our hotel under the lights. They had an announcer who introduced each batter and a real concession stand.
Cam was so pumped getting ready for that first game. That alone made the whole trip worthwhile.
The boys were just having fun. Dancing on the field. Acting like a bunch of 10-year old goofballs. Laughing and smiling. I don't think even a loss could have taken them off cloud 9. But, we won. So it didn't matter.
We only played 2 games. Our final day, when tournament games were supposed to take place, was canceled due to rain.
We knew ahead of time the weather might not work in our favor. Going into Day 2, we only had one game. We won. But, it wasn't as exciting as it should have been. Because we all knew we probably wouldn't play again in Aberdeen. And we weren't ready to go home.
It was a big disappointment; but I felt like I was more disappointed that the season had come to an end...a wet, rainy dreary end.
This weekend ended up being more about spending time with friends than it was about baseball. That's just the way it worked out. And that was just fine.
We ended the weekend as the number 1 seed and were looking forward going into that final day and possibly going all the way. It definitely would have been fulfilling to end the season as champions in Aberdeen and driving home that night on a baseball high.
But that's not what happened.
What did happen, however, was boys getting to be boys.
The little siblings having the best time. And making a lot of slime.
And your teammate getting a hit that he'd worked so hard for all season.
The parents all hung together that final night. The boys may have also played a .... different game of baseball that I can't share pictures of....but that made us laugh, nonetheless.
This trip will definitely go down in the books.
We spent the week in Atlanta with Cameron's baseball team. I had to pick my favorite photo from that week (and I took a couple hundred). But as soon as I took this it, I knew this was the one.
Much needed relaxing trip the mountains with our best friends and families.
Photo creds...Cam, of course.
My name is Kaci. I am a working mom of 3. Wife to Josh. Mom to Jackson, Cameron & Isabella. My life is dinner, homework, baseball, basketball, grocery lists, laundry, wine, video games, and bath time. I started this blog because I am passionate about photography and journaling, and because I wanted a place to write it all down, to rememeber little details so easily forgotten in the mad rush that is the life of a family of 5. Through my photos and words, I endeavor to capture our story.