Ben was so excited about his first baseball practice. I think most of the excitement came from the new baseball pants and shoes. He pulled out his cool muscle shirt and batman hat to wear for the occasion. Mommy was just a little sad that I couldn't be there for all the fun. When he came home, he was so dirty that Daddy had him take his clothes off in the garage. Evidently, one boy on his team discovered that if he dove for the ball on his knees, he could stir up a huge cloud of dust! Soooo, all the boys had to try it. Brian said there were dust clouds a-flyin'. Ben had a great time! I don't think it was a mistake that Ben ended up on the Pirates team. He came home with his new shirt, socks, and hat --- all in black and gold. The hat has a big gold "P" on it. Daddy will have to pull out his Purdue-wear for Ben's games.
We allowed Maggie to have her first non-family birthday "party" this year. Mommy is in no shape to host an actual party, so she was allowed to invite two friends to go bowling. She chose her best friend from school (Kate) and our neighbor (Gaby).
Ben invited his friend, Nolan, who is Kate's older brother.
Maggie wanted pink cupcakes with cherries on top, just like Pinkalicious. She also managed to coat her face in pizza sauce and orange soda. Quite a look for a 3-year-old! The kids had a ball!
We had such a great time hunting for eggs on Easter Morning. Ben was good big brother and shared most of the eggs he found with his sister. Here, he is stuffing a yellow Peep into his mouth. One candy-filled plastic egg had been discovered by ants, and Ben picked it up saying, "This one is for the ants!" There were about 30 ants swarming on the outside of the egg. Brian said that when he cracked it open, there were at least another 60 ants feasting on the jelly beans inside. YUK!!!!! Once they found their baskets in the living room, they didn't even care to hunt for anymore eggs. They just wanted to check out all their loot!
They survived the 90+ minute Mass at 9:30am, but by the time we went outside of church for the egg hunt, they were both in tears. Neither of them wanted to participate. Maggie, did, however, find one "patterned egg" which awarded her the lovely stuffed duck she is holding in these pictures.
It was such a struggle to get a good picture of them after Mass. I should have tried to take the photo before we left for church. I think their expressions in this picture are priceless. They were so "over" Easter Morning by this point! "Seriously, Mom. Do we HAVE to take any more pictures!?"