Summer was like WOW

As I lay here on the couch getting ready to settle into a long evening of college football I realized summer was all but over. I’m not sure if it was a high temp in the 70s or the sight of pumpkins all over our home that made me realize this but it was true.

Where do I begin? How about the beginning! GREAT IDEA! Coops summer was pretty great. We did the day care camp at the local YMCA and I think he really enjoyed it. He made some new friends and picked up some new skills. What new skills you ask? He mastered swimming and “The Floss”. The floss, if you know you know and your not surprised. Play times with pals and swimming with friends completed the summer.

Our summer family vacation was amazing as well. It was basically a 3 stop journey themed by baseball(I loved it). First stop was Cooperstown and the Hall of Fame. I think the whole family enjoyed it. Seen some stars, walked the hall and seen the sights. I was able to check that off my bucket list, hopefully we can go back someday.

Second stop was Boston. Walked the city, watched some street shows and took in a Red Sox game at Fenway Park. Taking my Son to Fenway was great and hopefully he loved it as much as me. The Sox lost but the memories we made were amazing.

Then we headed to Cape Cod. First thing I would say about the Cape is it’s vastly underrated!!! It’s beautiful, and has everything you would want on a vacation and nothing you don’t! We watched some Cape Cod league baseball and hit the beach a bit. The weather was not great for swimming but it was perfect for everything else.

Coop started 1st grade a month or so ago and it’s unreal the growth we have seen out of him already. He is just getting so smart so quickly. He really makes me proud. I know he is going to have struggles but I think he is going to be able to work thru them just fine.

Oh and one more thing. Adoption, yea back on July 4th we meet a young lady and she agreed to let us raise her unborn baby boy. This has been a wildly emotional journey. We are super excited and can hardly wait to bring Baby Cash Jasper home. Hopefully everyone will be happy healthy and well adjusted in just a few short months. The blessings we have received are unreal. If you read this I would just ask for prayers for our family, Baby Cash and his Birth Mother. God has a plan and I can’t wait to see how we fit in.

I promise I will do better with posting. I’m sure adding Baby Cash to the mix will not effect how I post 🙄.

1st lemonade Stand

So my Son is awesome. Not just hey look at my cool bike trick awesome, I’m talking next level awesome. He is 7 years old and he ran his own lemonade stand today to raise money for our adoption process.

Yea, when I was 7 I was trying to figure how to raise money for that LJN Hulk Hogan wrestling figure. He’s better then that, and apparently better then me.

He raised over $550. He feels great about it and so do I. If more people were like my 7 year old this country we live in would be amazing. We should all try to do something selfless every now and again. Basically I’m just over here bragging about how great my Son is. Have a great weekend!

And just like that, kindergarten is over!

Seemed like we talked about it for years. We even waited an extra year to send him. Emotionally he wasn’t ready, physically and academically he was more then ready for the challenge of kindergarten. The decision we made was the right one. He’s now super confident, and academically at the top of his class.

He had some rough times this year but all in all I think he had a positive experience. He made plenty of friends and really grew into himself. My favorite thing to do is watch him grow. Win lose or draw he is trying hard and that is something I love to see.

Mrs Hulvey was the perfect teacher for him. She was stern and understanding all at the same time. She “got” Coop and we were very blessed to have her. I will say we had some bullies in the class that I’m glad we won’t have to deal with on a daily basis next year. I mean the fact that Coop was stabbed with a pencil, chased with scissors and kicked in the groin multiple times say enough.

We always made the best of those issues and in the end I think they helped him grow. Now it’s time to enjoy summer and prepare for those 1st grader adventures! Happy summer!!!

Game Ball

Our second game of the baseball season was Monday night. I say we like I actually play. I should have said Coopers 2nd game was Monday night. Anyway, it was in jeopardy the whole day since it was a cold and rainy spring-ish Indiana day. Needless to say we got the game in.

The cool part of this story happened the night before. Coop told me he wanted to get a big hit the next game. I told him he could but he would need to work at it. So we took some extra batting practice after playing catch. Then we worked on the hit stick. We worked on keeping his back foot down and driving the ball. After we were done he was pretty tired. I told him he needs to take a couple pitches in the next game. Just let the first two go bye I said. On the third ball, MASH!

Back to Monday night. I was running the pitching machine and Coop stepped into the box. He got in his stance and just froze. Pitch 1, he didn’t even move. Pitch 2, still no movement. We looked at each other, I nodded and he smiled. Pitch 3, scorched down the first base line. He was off. Rounded 1st, ran right thru 2nd. He was 2 strides past 3rd when he got held up. 3rd base coach didn’t let him score! Apparently it’s frowned upon at this level when the ball is in the infield.

Anyway, we went on to win the game and Coop was awarded the game ball!

I’m not sure if I was more proud of his triple of the fact that he put in the extra work to get it. Either way baseball is back! I hope Coop loves this game as much as I do!

Baseball season has arrived!!!

This is me trying to contain my happiness. This is also me trying not to push this great game on my seven year old. Most days of my life I talk about, watch or play baseball with Cooper. So far he seems excited about it. Do I wish we played more? Sure but I will take a few hours a weeks.

We had to make the annual trip to Dicks Sporting good for a few supplies. Our needs were a helmet, cleats and pants. Of course being a kindergartner he wanted Under Armour gear, since he’s cool and all. What ever gets him excited to play ball I suppose.

This year we are moving up to the big leauge. The pitching machine leauge. He’s ready to mash baseballs. However I’m not sure he’s ready to catch them. Our first team practice will be tomorrow. It will be held at an indoor facility since Indiana weather in March typically sucks.

I hope he gets the fact that he will have to step his game up this year. I hope baseball teaches him that if you want to be good at anything in life you need to practice. I hope baseball teaches him how to be ready and how to be patient. More then anything I hope he loves baseball with me and not because of me. Happy baseball season everyone!

7th Birthday Party…

First off I take ZERO CREDIT. My more than amazing Wife did a phenomenal job on this. Really all I did was shoot kids with nerf guns, but hey that’s something!

Here’s the rundown. We took Coop and 4 buddies to Combat Ops Arena in Fort Wayne. They have a nerf gun arena set up and it’s seriously amazing. My Wife took take of the eats. Chick-fil-A for lunch with some Crimson House cake pops. Yep it was a perfect set up.

There was some smack talk between the Boys and Dads before the battle broke out. Needless to say chaos happened. Luckily I came prepared, I had my GoPro strapped to my head.

You will get to see the battle from my point of view. That includes but not limited to myself nearly taking out a wall and ripping the inseam completely out of my pants.

I know for a fact that everyone had a phenomenal time…because they told me several times! Anyway, I’m sure all you can do it think about the GoPro footage. So here ya go, enjoy!

7 years old, just like that.

Just like that we have a 7 year old. It’s insane. He seems so grown up. He has his own group of friends. He reads. He enjoys numbers. He’s a little man. It’s absolutely wild.

My favorite thing in the world is to watch him interact with friends. He seems to be one of the popular kids. I wasn’t that’s why I have this failing blog. When I go to school to eat lunch with him kids are always trying to get his attention. They want to hang out with him…it’s cool to see.

They say your kids teaches you more then you teach them. It’s true, and if you don’t think it is you need to wake up because your asleep at the wheel.

This weekend is his actual party. If your interested in pure fun you should check back next week. If all goes well there will be a pretty epic YouTube video. Enjoy your weekend!

It’s always baseball season

Cooper had his first ever Baseball camp. If you know me, you know baseball is a big deal to me. So I was super pumped, Coop was very meh about it. The camp was in Fort Wayne and was basically a camp attended by kids who play at least 9 months a year. Coop happens to not be one of those kids.

We noticed really quickly that this was a serious camp. These kids are the kids that choose baseball over all those summer activities. Coop, well he enjoys being a kid. He enjoys swimming, nerf gun wars and any basic shenanigans. As much as I wish he was the kid that just wants to play ball 24 hours a day I am not going to be the Dad that takes his childhood away.

Weekends going to AAU tournaments aren’t for us. Water parks, zoo’s and LEGO cities are more our style. Now that’s not to say that I won’t trick him into playing ball with me daily. He will still play in the front yard with the neighborhood kids and we as a family will still take in several yearly ball games. I’m fairly certain that he loves these baseball activities.

I hope he grows up loving the game. I can tell you one thing tho, if he ever chooses not to play I may walk around the corner and cry. But as long as when I’m an old crippled up Great Grandpa he still takes me to games I’ll consider that a win. Until then pitching wiffle balls and engaging in nerf gun wars will have to get me through.

Social 6 year old

My baby boy is six years old. He has his own friends and his own way of thinking. He has his own personality and he knows exactly what and how he wants to express the words that come out of his mouth.

Cooper’s pal from school had a birthday party today. It was just Cooper and I who attended. I had the privilege of sitting back and watching him interact with no distractions. Incase your wondering I had no cell reception while in the building, so I truly had no distractions.

Here is what I saw. Cooper is beyond helpful, this we knew. He helped another kid get pizza and drinks. He helped a smaller child up on a bigger ride. He’s social, he made a point to talk with every kid, even the kid that was sitting by himself. He’s funny, he made every kid laugh. I could see it on his face he was trying to make kids giggle. He’s polite he cleaned up some of the table by where he was sitting without being asked to. He’s fun, every kid seemed to want to play with him. He’s respectful, he said thank you every single time he needed to.

Seeing all of this made me proud. Not that I wasn’t proud of him already. I just never really sit back and appreciate how good of a kid he really is. I bet if you really sit back and watch your kids you will think the exact same thing! All of that being said he is still the goofiest dude I know!

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