Monday, April 30, 2012

He Made It To The Finals!

I never want to sound like I'm bragging over here on my blog...but I also use this space to record things I always want to remember.  And I definitely want to remember this weekend.  So, if you'll excuse me....

Brady's weekend was filled with tennis highs.

He was in a tournament in Hershey on Friday night.  He plays in the 12 & under category.  He could play in the 10 & under group that plays on a smaller court and uses special tennis balls (that make it easier for younger kids to keep the ball in play)...but he has never played in this group and doesn't want to.  Instead he plays kids that are usually 11 & 12. 

Brady won his first match on Friday 6-1, 6-0.  This was a first!  He has never won a first round before!  He was advancing on to the next round!

Later that night he played again.   He lost the first set 3-6 and then won the second set 6-0.  The match would be determined by a tie break.  Eric and I were so nervous for him!  Brady knew if he won this match, he would advance to the finals.  This is something he has dreamed about for the last few years.  The first player to 10 wins.  Brady won 10-3.  

 The final was played on Saturday morning.  He wasn't nervous at all on the drive back up to Hershey.  I think he felt like he had already won.   It was a great match.  The boy Brady played was a left hander and in the 6th grade...and he said some very kind words to Brady after the match.  Brady lost 3-6, 3-6.

But most importantly, Brady won his 1st trophy!!

He was so excited about it!  If he never does another thing in his tennis least he got a trophy!  I think he feels like he has made it!

On Sunday, Brady had his first team tennis match of the season.
The league is for 6th, 7th & 8th graders....and maybe one 3rd grader! :)  There's 3 boys and 3 girls on each team. 

It's fun a league.  Everyone gets a chance to play singles and mixed doubles.  I love the "team" part of it since tennis is such an individual sport.  The match rules are easy.  The first player/ doubles to win 6 games is the winner. 

Brady's first match was mixed doubles.  He and his partner won 6-0.
His 2nd match was also mixed doubles and they won 6-0.

Brady's last match was singles.  I was a little nervous for him...I had watched all the other players on the other team and I saw Brady was going to be playing their best player.  It's funny though, Brady never seems nervous...he goes out and plays the same regardless of who he's up against.  I don't think this is something you're taught.  This confidence definitely doesn't hurt him though!  He went out and beat the other boy 6-0.  The boy didn't win one game. 

As you know, we have never put our emphasis on winning and neither has Brady.  I knew someday Brady would start to have some success...I just didn't expect it to happen this soon. 

We're so proud of him.  He has always had to play 'up' in the competition and lost more matches than he has ever won.  It's fun to see him turn the corner.  He didn't give up.  He puts the time in.  He works really really hard....harder than anyone would ever believe.   We tried to tell him last night how proud we are of him...but he doesn't really want to hear it.  He's thinking about his next tournament next weekend...the one he has looked forward to for almost a year now! 

Have a great week my friends!

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Around The House

I was dusting Brady's room this morning and noticed gum wrappers on his corkboard.

Really?  Is this a new collection or is he just too lazy to find a garbage can somewhere?  You don't have to tell me...I already know the answer.  Does he think pinning them on this board is quicker than throwing them away?  Interesting.  When we re-did his bedroom, we got rid of his little waste I guess I should put another one in there.


Speaking of Brady's you remember the desk Eric built a couple of years ago?

Well, it's not working out.  It doesn't fit in Brady's room with the double bed and dresser.  We have it in the spare room for the time being....but we're turning that room into a t.v./hangout/game room for Brady.  (When I say "we're turning it into," I mean we haven't done a thing yet.)  Brady has only sat at the desk a handful of times.  He prefers to do his homework at the kitchen table.   I feel bad that Eric made it...but I'm putting it in our garage sale next month!  I hope I can at least get half of what it cost to make it.  Probably not.


I took my ugly lacy curtain thingys off the side windows near the front door this afternoon to wash them. 

 I love the extra light that comes in through these windows with just the silky curtain...but I hate the look of the silky curtain.  I would love to replace them with something else.  Do these two little windows by the door have a name?  I looked on Pinterest to see if I could get some ideas...but couldn't find anything.  I would really like to redo our foyer...area rug, bench, table, etc.  My husband has asked that we wait on these things until we get our kitchen done.  Oh, didn't you know we're updating our kitchen?  Yep, as soon as we get the truck repaired, the van windshield replaced, tennis camps, dentist appointments, a trip to the beach and who knows what else!  Maybe someday I'll have that kitchen reveal on my blog...until then, I've got nothing!

Happy Wednesday!


Monday, April 23, 2012

I'm Not Just A Pinner....

I was joking with my sister-in-law the other day about Pinterest.
I told her I am not just a pinner...because I have tried so many of the things I have pinned.
My sister-in-law pins lots of recipes...but I'm not sure she's ever made a single one.
Anyway, with blogs and Pinterest,  I will probably never need to buy another cookbook again!

My recent favorite is this spicey spaghetti squash.

We loved it so much...I have made it twice in the last three weeks.

It was just too good not to share!

You can find the recipe HERE It's really a quick and easy healthy meal.

Let me know if you try it!

You can find me on Pinterest HERE.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

There's No Place He'd Rather Be...

The boys last home match was on Monday.  We had pizza afterwards with the parents and the team.   It's been a windy and chilly we were all pretty excited that it was 85 and sunny.   After pizza, some of the guys stuck around to play tennis and asked Brady to play.  These high school boys have been really good to him.  It melts my heart when I see one of the guys put their arm around him or ask him to sit in the back of the bus with everyone.  I think it helps that he can hold his own out on the tennis court...and they think that is pretty cool.  ( I won't tell you how many guys Brady has challenged to a match and beaten.. you never know who is reading my blog!)

It's been a great 7 weeks for Brady...getting to know these guys and being a part of the team. 
His enthusiasm doesn't go unnoticed.  If you need someone to keep stats, get a ball, help with a drill,  refill water or a hitting partner...he is right there ready to go.  I love that he gets to do something everyday that he loves to do.   Tennis is on his mind from the time he opens his eyes in the morning and until he crawls in bed at night.  I think there's a very thin line between passion and obsession...and as his mom, I work hard to bring balance to his life.  It's not always easy trying to talk him into doing other things...but I do my best! 

Friday, April 13, 2012

Foto Friday

Today was dress up day at school. 
Brady wanted to wear one of Eric's ties.
When he left this morning....he was as proud as a boy could be.

When I told Eric later on the phone how excited Brady was this
morning, Eric said it was probably because he wanted to be
like his teacher.  Yep, that was probably it.  Mr. B. wears a tie
to school cute.

Today has been one of those days.  Maybe because it's a beautiful day.  Maybe because it's Friday and I'm excited about the week-
end.  Maybe it's because we had a good morning together and he looked so darn handsome.  I have been teary several times today
thinking about how blessed and fortunate I am to be a mom.  Brady's mom.  I sometimes think what if...and then I am overcome with such gratitude for the gifts I have been given. 

Anyway, it's time to get my 3rd grader off the bus!
I wonder if he'll look as cute as he did this morning?!

Happy weekend everyone!


Thursday, April 12, 2012

Catching Up

I am thinking it's time to check back into my blog!
Your emails wondering where I've been have really touched me.
There's even been some funny,
are you and Eric okay?  Why do you still have your March header up?
Several of you really thought something was up when I didn't participate in 10 on 10.
I didn't plan to take a just happened.
We've been so busy...and I haven't really felt like blogging.
Tennis takes up a big part of our everyday.
Sometimes I get so bored with tennis. Mentally.
We've also been busy doing yardwork and getting our flower beds ready for mulch.
I've been doing a little spring cleaning.
Brady and I did a 1/2 way trip to visit my mom and sisters for my mom's birthday.
And, I've been planning our summer...trying to fit in a vacation and some fun things...
in between Brady's tennis camps and schedule.

Anway, I did take 10 pictures on the 10th....I thought that would get me back into the blogging
spirit.  But then, I was too tired that evening to upload them. 

Here they are....

We had a nice quiet Easter at home....just the three of us.
I made ham for dinner.  It was so nice not to have any plans for once.  We spent a good bit of our day outside doing yardwork.  And of course, Brady begged us to go to the courts later in the day.

Speaking of yardwork, Brady has been such a big help with getting our flower beds cleared out.
It has taken me half the time this spring to get things in order because of the extra hands helping me.
Brady loves a good project, that's for sure.

I can't forget Eric..he does a pretty good job of keeping up with our big yard.  Mowing and trimming are not at the top of his list of things he enjoys doing.  On Easter, he removed a couple of bushes we had at the side of our house.  We don't get a lot of sunlight on that side...and the weeds have always been hard to keep up with over there.  We decided to get rid of the mess and plant grass.  I was worried it would look really bare....and until the grass comes in, I won't know for sure.  But, I think it looks much better than it did before. 

Every spring we have this green mossy gross stuff on the side of our house.

And here's how it looks now....

 I'm thinking a flower box under that window
might look nice.   My husband doesn't seem to agree with me.
(Something about drilling holes into the siding??? Whatever!)

Brady was off school on we went and played mini golf and went out to lunch.  I got beat by 8 strokes!  It's much more fun to play now that we're on even an playing field.  I think it's funny that Brady holds his golf club like he is hitting a backhand in tennis.  We've tried to show him the right way...but he insists on doing it his way. 

So, that's what we've been up to.  Not a whole lot going on other than tennis matches, tennis clinics, tennis practice and tennis lessons.  In a couple of weeks, Brady will start playing on a middle school travel tennis team.  He is also in a tennis tournament the next two out of three weekends.  And, he's excited to train to be a ball boy in a pro tournament that is coming to our area this summer.  Lots of exciting things going on for him.  However, it doesn't make for much exciting blog material!  I will try and do better with this little blog of mine!  Thanks so much for checking in on me.  Even if I don't always comment on your blog...please know that I read your blog first thing in the morning...before I get Brady up for school.  Some people start their day with coffee...I start my day with my favorite blogs!

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