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Josh Sitton football camp take 2.

This past Saturday 4 of our boys were able to attend a free football camp at Catholic High in Pensacola for the second year in a row.  This is a camp where Josh Sitton (Green Bay Packer turned Chicago Bear and how does something like that even happen) comes and helps coach all the kids, giving them pointers, tips, and life encouragement. I don’t know the man personally but he seems like a really good guy who genuinely cares for these boys.

It was sponsored by the Blue Wahoos, our local baseball team because that makes so much sense.
(I couldn’t help the snark but really, we’re so thankful to the Wahoos for caring about their community and our kids!)

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The UWF football team gets involved too and each group of boys has a coach from the Argonauts working with them.

The quarterback was Matthew’s coach.

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Some of these kids were much older than the maximum age for the camp and that was disappointing but Matthew (far left standing up) held his own and did very well.

I don’t know much about Ben’s coach. Not sure what his position on the UWF team is.

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I’m sure when the season starts I’ll become more familiar with these specific players since my kids know them. Ben (Also far left standing up) had a great time and said he did much better than he did at last year’s camp.  He isn’t sure he wants to play football again though. He’s looking hard a tennis which would be so much better for me too because Ben had a bad hip sprain and a concussion (two different instances) last season and my heart can’t take it.

Sam had a great time too but he loves everything and could probably have fun having his teeth pulled. I’m not even kidding.

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He’s far left on the bottom row. I’m so proud of his spirit and love for life.

This was Jesse’s first football camp or football anything really.

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Jesse (left side with coach’s arm around him) was very confused about what was going on but had a smile plastered on his face the whole time.  He made quick friends with another kid and the spent their time rolling around on the ground and pretending to be dinosaurs.  I was 2 parts the mom trying to get his attention so I could tell him stop because there are no dinosaurs in football!, and 2 parts the mom trying to get a video or pictures of the what he was doing.  There were probably people talking about me and that’s too bad because I was completely unsuccessful at both getting his attention and collecting photographic evidence.

In the end, we went home with pictures of their time with Josh Sitton and the UWF football team, a belly full of pizza and Powerade, and pink cheeks because it was 65 degrees and I forgot for a minute that we were in Florida.

ProCamps puts these sports camps together all over the US. Professional athletes like Josh Sitton come out and work with our kids (often for free) and the children have so much fun. Make sure to look into it if you have kids who love sports.

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So what’s new? Or not so new?

It has come to my attention lately that I am really, really bad at passing on information.  I guess I have known this about myself forever, but I never realized how much it bothered other people that I don’t always tell them everything that is going on with me right away.  It isn’t done on purpose, it’s just that I don’t think about it.

All that to say that we are expecting our 10th baby and I’m sorry if you wanted to know but didn’t know because I didn’t think about mentioning it.  I’m 23 weeks along, due in March.  It’s a girl and we know this because we had an ultrasound this go-round. I won’t be able to have a homebirth because there are no homebirthing midwives within an hour’s drive of our house so we’re at a hospital this time, unfortunately.  Or fortunately.  I’m trying to look at the bright side.  Maybe the hospital here will be an amazing place to have a baby.

So if anybody is still keeping up with this blog after my long quasi-hiatus I’m sorry I forgot to mention the new baby that is to be joining us soon.

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I’d also like to mention that Ben(10) thinks it’s twins even though we’ve had two ultrasounds already showing only one baby.  He is sure he can see the shadow of a second baby in the background. He would like to go with me to my next appointment so he can point out the oversight to the midwife.

Wouldn’t that be hilarious.

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It means it’s a great day to be outside.

I didn’t get a picture of my boys wrestling as giant,surprisingly warm water droplets struck them because I’m off my game lately, but I did get quite a good laugh.

Right as the rain started Ben ran up to stand beside me where I was waiting in the dry safety under the roof overhang. He asked me, Can I get a bucket to put on my head so my head won’t get wet in the rain?

I said no because we don’t have enough buckets for everybody’s heads and that wouldn’t be fair.

Hopefully we don’t get the flooding rains and tornados that’s we had last week. I am not looking forward to any more sleepless nights listening out for freight trains.

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His last year in the single digits starts now

It’s Benjamin’s birthday today and he’s a whopping 9 years old.

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Ben is uniquely special to us, as are all of our kids.  But Ben was the gift we didn’t ask for.  He was the gift that began the shift in Rabbit’s and my view of children.  Ben is the reason we have a Sam, a Jesse, a Lucy, and a Maggie.  God used Ben’s birth to change the entire look and feel of our family.

Before I found out I was pregnant with Ben, Rabbit and I were pretty content with the number of kids we had.  While we hadn’t completely closed off our minds to having more children, we were happy with the 4 we had and certainly didn’t want another child for at least a few more years, if ever.

Matthew was 11 months old.  He was walking and talking and he was definitely a delightful little handful when surprise!

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I found out I was pregnant with Ben. The idea took so much getting used to.  It was my hardest pregnancy.

He was born when Matthew was 17 months old and in that moment I couldn’t believe how perfect everything was, how much I wanted him.   And I realized that God definitely knew what I wanted, what was best for us, way more than I did.  It changed how we viewed children.  Ben’s birth changed everything.

I’m not saying it was easy, but if having nine kids was easy, I wouldn’t understand just how much it is worth.

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Kait took his birthday pictures for me.  She’s simply amazing.
(Thanks, Kaity-Jane)

Dear Ben,

You are so smart and so great and so awesome.  I love how you care for your little sisters and I appreciate you for always asking me if you can help with something.
I am proud of the responsibility you’ve been willing to take on lately and how you are trying so hard to be the best young man you can be.

You make me so happy.

I love you, Benjamin Bear.  Happy birthday, boy.

Love,
Mama

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This is what happens when you have a large number of kids and a camera.

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It was nice and quiet with most of the kids playing outside so I thought I’d get a picture of just Maggie and me but that didn’t happen because most of my kids were born with some sort of camera sensor.

It’s a good thing they’re all so stinking cute.

I think Lucy is being perfectly hilarious.

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I told you we were living back in the 80’s

We are moving in a few months and I have been vigorously cleaning out every closet, crack, and crevice in our house and I told my kids I was just going to get rid of the old Nintendo and they all about freaked so I guess this original Gameboy is going to be sticking around a bit longer. The pixles are starting to go, as you’ll see in the picture below, and the battery cover is missing, and the frame on the front fell off long ago, but it is still one of the most loved little computer-y devices in our home. And we have a 360 and a Wii and smart phones and laptops…

Some children still so often gravitate towards simplicity.

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We have 3 or 4 different games for this thing too, and the light attachment and the original carry case. It’s all very old school and I can’t believe that it still works.

Think about that for a second.  This thing is 30 years old.
That’s totes ma gotes cray-cray, people.
Totes ma gotes cray-cray.

 

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