• We had 8 baseball games scheduled within one week, trying to squeeze in a condensed baseball season while weather allowed.
We pulled some late nights & long miles, and the cold was exhausting. This past week has been a much better pace & we even had a warm, sunny game, wrapping up the regular season.
Eric with a double coming off the bat.
• Mason broke his finger. In three places. The bone is "fragmented." (High impact accident fielding a baseball, 2nd to last game of the regular season.)
As I said when Eric broke his collarbone during a football game a year and a half ago - 15 years without a broken bone was a pretty good run. For Mason, considering all the sports played, trees climbed & stunts pulled in 16 years - breaking a finger just now isn't all that bad.
However, his finger isn't that good. We met with the hand surgeon Friday. He'll have a pin/wire placed in his finger this coming week.
No more throwing curve balls for a while.
• The younger kids had track & field day at school. They're strong runners.
I had my camera around my neck & ready to shoot, only to realize I'd left the battery charging at home after a late ballgame the night before. Luckily my phone was handy to catch a few pictures.
Beau, about to take the blue ribbon in the 200 meter race against many older boys:
• Our dog McGee's health has taken a sudden & serious turn. I've been emotional this week. He's such a good guy & getting lots of gentle TLC.
I found him in his favorite chair recently & am so glad I had my phone in my pocket & snapped this photo to capture it. He is loved.
This is very exciting, as it's not only the final room in the whole transition, but it's the most visible room and has been the most disturbed throughout the duration of our project. The end of the mess is near.
Spring has at last been bursting to life all around us!
• May 10th: One of our pond turtles came out to sun. It's been out with the sun on this same rock every day since. One of my favorite morning sights.
• May 11th: The kids were so enthusiastic about the upswing in weather, they decided to go for a swim in the pond, too. To give an idea of water temps: On our way to a baseball tournament the day before, we drove by lakes with ice still on them. A very early swim by northern MN standards. Brisk water!
• May 15th: I found a bloodroot bloom standing solo in the brown ditch by our mailbox. The very first bloom of the year for us.
More blooms have followed. Weeks late & very welcome!
We enjoyed a nice, long, slow walk with McGee the other night.
Wildflowers are appearing one after another. Bloodroot, Cowslips, Trillium, Wild Ginger, Wild Oats, Wood Anemone, & more. Fiddleheads are unfurling. Trees are leafing out in bright spring green at last. I took my real camera out. Photos to come.
We've had a warm couple of days.
Yesterday I mowed for the first time & stopped to see a couple dozen small toads to safety.
I love mowing and toads.
I'm sunburned. Kids are swimming. Our teens had a backyard fire with a group of friends last night. The mosquitoes came out. It's a wonderful time of year.
Coming up this week we have baseball playoffs, a 1st grade play, 5th grade rocket day, High school Awards Banquet, Lilly's 10th birthday, and surgery, among other things.
And then... summer vacation. We're ready.
Off to seize the rest of the weekend.
I hope yours is wonder filled!
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