The boys are gone. Kain and Jack are visiting my parents for a few days. It is very quiet around here. Jack has never been away overnight before except out of necessity when Tess and Henry were born. We finally decided he was ready and would probably handle it ok. So far it's going well. But I sure do miss him.
The boys are playing baseball with the Miracle League. What a wonderful organization. Oh my goodness. They are on the same team, the Cubs. This is a big deal in our house...they are both so excited. I tried hard not to cry like a big ole dork during their first game. We are not really into sports a whole bunch around here, but it has been such a good thing for Jack to get to do this. Kain too...he has played some sports with Upward in the past, and it was a good experience, but he just got old enough that he was feeling self-conscious about the fact that he doesn't play as well as the other kids (really...like he was always the worst one on the team by far), and he decided last year that he didn't want to play anymore. Miracle League is different. I mean, no one plays very well, and no one cares. It's just all about having fun. Everyone gets to bat, everyone gets to run the bases. Jack even got to pitch! There are no foul balls, no one is tagged out. They just play. They are all assigned a "buddy" that plays along side them and kind of coaches them one on one throughout the game. This is very needed for Jack...every time he hit the ball he would run straight down the field with the baseball bat still in his hand, hehe. He kept saying, "Did I get a HOME RUN Mom?"
Did I mention I miss Jack?
Henry will be five months old in a few days. FIVE MONTHS OLD! Sigh. Oh, he's so sweet and so much fun. Full of personality now, and so interested in everything around him. My new Ergo carrier came in the mail the other day and so far I really like it. So does he. He feels very secure and my hands are totally free while he's in it. I haven't tried the back carry yet, but I will when I clean this weekend!
We are reaching Birthday Time in our family. Maria turned 14 this month! (more to come on that one) That is so weird to me. I remember being 14 so clearly. My dad and brother have their birthdays at the end of this month, and then Jack and I have birthdays in October. Jack says he wants "all the Lego vehicles" for his birthday. All of them. Hmmm.
I'm off to finish making my grocery list. John is off today, so Maria and I are going grocery shopping and also buying new Irish dance shoes for her crazy growing feet.