Friday, July 19, 2013

A New Day!

Top of the Morning to Ya!

Well, it's been awhile.
And I have a million and one reasons why...
however, I actually want to post this so I won't go into the majority of them.

The Spring started off with a BANG!

As our schedule began to fill up 
and the temperatures rose...
this is what has become of 


Neglected and over run by weeds.
Kinda like my mind!

But we have had a good run so far.
We have been chugging along with school allowing for some breaks here and there...
balancing sanity and schedule.

So, we still have a few weeks to go to finish out the official "year".
Hopefully we can get finished up for Mary to enjoy a couple weeks of summer fun with her public schooled friends.

A lot of our spring and summer has been consumed with softball!

OBX Xtream

Then of course we had her regular season of 

Which BTW turned out to be an AWESOME year.
Regular season and Dare Co. Tournament


Now I am going to really BRAG!!!
Combining both of her years in 12U Babe Ruth regular season games...
Of the 23 games she pitched,
they won all 23!

That is one heck of a record.

Now it's off to...


Then they were invited to play in the...


Game 3 
This was a big win for Dare Co.
clinching their advancement into the final bracket.
It was a wonderful treat for Mary to have an extra fan in the stands.
Our good friend Ronald made the truck to Washington, NC to cheer Mary on to victory!

After a great run at STATE...
they ended up in 5th place out of 12 teams.
Not to bad for a team that was "invited."
 Knocking out teams that were district champions.
Way to go DC THUNDER!

Now that All-Stars and daily practices are over... 
Mary is excited to get back in the saddle and back to her barn routine.
Spending quality time with her main man...


Unfortunately just because 
are ready to get back in the saddle again,
doesn't mean that Phoenix is.
Just three days back from State,
and look what he went and did...

After a hefty VET bill...
We are once again on stall rest and back to daily leg wrapping duty.

Come on Phoenix,
3 times in less than a year!
We are going to start wrapping you in bubble wrap and keeping you in a padded stall.


We are also hitting the books again ...

School is BACK in SESSION!
It was a little bumpy the first day,
but she is slipping back into the routine.
5 days back in and we are rolling along!


BLING is the new softball fashion.
So, I made a few headbands for Mary.
They look awesome in the sun and under the lights during a night game.
She got so many complements on them that I decided to make some for her Max's Pizza Team.
I think they were a big hit.

Then Mary got a bright idea.
Because she has been asked to find sponsor for her OBXtream Team.
Why not help raise money by selling head bands to help pay her dues and other travel expenses.

She has already raised $100 
Way to go girl!

Even though I have let my gardens fall victim to the summer heat...
I still have a glimmer of hope left.

It is NEVER to late to start more seeds
both in the veggie garden and the flower beds.

Long coastal growing seasons mean

On a very personal note...
I have slipped in my abstinence from Sugar and White Flour.

It hasn't been pretty.
But it is my intention to get back on the wagon and turn the corner with my journey.

I will NOT give up!

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