My 1-yr-old Niece , Halle
My 1-yr-old Niece, Halle

 

2014 is here and life is moving along as quick as usual! The holidays were so wonderful. I always love the down time with family when my schedule has nothing on it!

 

We loved having Nana & Papa from Boston again this year! We love our family and it is hard to be so far away, but we are thankful for the time together over Christmas.

Christmas Eve at my house is so much fun. The past couple years we have even had my sister-in-law’s family spend it with us. The more the merrier! I love spending quality time with people I care about.

I was so far behind on posting so I’m going to do a quick re-cap of some highlights of 2013:

December:
God & Country Game in Phoenix, AZ. Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team vs FCA All- Stars (once again, another great time with these heroes!)

 

December:
Serving at Operation Christmas Child Packaging Center with my Bible study friends and some of the girls (including my 13-yr-old niece, Taylor)

I will definitely volunteer to do this again next year!

 

October:
Another great trip to New York for Jennie Finch Softball Camp meant a red-eye flight and half a day in NYC! Toni, Dre, and I made the most of our time!

Summer:
First time to Niagra Falls! I know I posted about this but it was one of the highlights of my year!

 

Summer:
We took a quick family trip to San Francisco and walked on the Golden Gate Bridge. We saw the seals and had dinner at Pier 39. We ate a chocolate fudge sundae at Ghiradelli Square and rode the Trolley street car for the first time! We walked to China Town and took pictures above Lombard St (the crooked street!). We ended our trip in San Francisco at the Boston Red Sox vs Giants game. The boys had a blast and we want to go back again soon!

We took the scenic (LONG) route home. It took forever but it was worth it driving by the beautiful coast.

We took another family trip to Zion, Utah. The boys LOVE going to Zion with their cousins and I enjoy watching them run around and enjoy being outdoors and exploring. We hiked to the top of Angel’s Landing again and this year Tommy and Jake did the hike too!

I commentated the Finals for the NPF (Pro Fastpitch) on ESPN: Pride beat the Bandits to become the Champions

 

We had some quality time with my brother-in-law, Bob. The boys have loved spending time with their uncle but we’re all sad that he had to move back to Minnesota in the winter.

Fall 2013:
I spoke in Indiana for Sports World and I was blessed to also be able to speak to an Amish school. They even let me join in their softball game! It was so fun meeting these sweet people.

This part of the country was absolutely breathtaking in the fall! It was gorgeous! I even took my first buggy ride!

Fall:
Drew and Luke played in their first season of soccer. They were on the same team. It took some time for them to learn the game but both of them improved a lot by the end of the season.

In October I took Drew with me to Louisiana for our camp with Jennie Finch. We had so much fun on their land, on an airboat, by the Shrimp boats and he even shot a gun for the first time ever!

Because I homeschool, we have flexibility in our schedule. That allowed us to spend a day helping hand out clothes/shoes to families in need in LA with the Fred Jordan Mission. My boys said they wished they could do that all the time. It was really good for them to see others who don’t have much and to feel like they were making a difference.

I went back to FJM on Thanksgiving even though there were so many volunteers and I didn’t get to do much. It was fun to go with my friend, Kristi, and my oldest son and my nephew.

Fall:
We took our annual family trip to Oak Glen.

Drew took karate/jujitsu for a couple months again in the fall.

 

2013 was full of travel and adventure for our family! I am so thankful for all the opportunities we have had to spend such quality time and make memories on many different trips. I am excited to see what 2014 has in store for my family. God is so good to us and we live to bring Him glory and He gets all the thanks for all that we have, all that we are, and all that we do!