Thursday, June 19, 2008

Scrapbookers Nightmare. . .

My camera is Broken :-(

All of a sudden it just won't snap the picture. I spent what felt like forever on the computer with Sony CS. The only hope is to take it to an authorized servicer but of course there aren't any around here and I'd have to mail it. It will cost more to repair than the price of new camera. Looks like I need to get camera shopping. Just what I need is to spend money on a camera right now. Ugggggg! It's just that I was not able to capture the first day at the beach, the last day at school or the final events and cookout for soccer just to name a few. When we moved here in October I didn't get pics when they started school because my camera was packed. So I figured I would get pics at the end of the year. I suppose I will just have to journal in that spot for their school scrapbooks. No sense in whinning, although I really want to. Such huge life events shall remain photo less. Ouch that hurts!

Waiting to march in the parade

On a happier note, we had an awesome Memorial Day weekend. Filled with baseball, parades, cookouts, and the like! We marched in the Memorial Day parade. The kids were cute in their baseball uniforms waiving to their friends as they marched by. As always it ended at the Cemetery for a memorial speech and ceremony.

We visited Nana's grave and just enjoyed the beautiful breeze and ocean views. Then we went to Jenn and Greggs for celebration and games. McKel and Courtnie won the egg toss. Wow, I have to give them credit, that was tough. Even Jeannie and Ellen joined in. Jillian struggled with the donut contest. She just couldn't seem to grab hold of it. Bobbing for apples was hilarious. Jillian kept trying and trying until she got that apple. !!! Daddy and Joey Dunphy won their egg throw contest. The Maxwells really cleaned up with many medals! Next year we will host a musical chairs. I think it will be hilarious. Watch out America's funniest home videos!

We topped the evening off with Billy and Jillian's baseball game. What a gorgeous night to sit out at the ball field.

Life is Good!!

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Full Circle

Field of Dreams Childrens Hospital
On Friday, May 30th, Billy experienced a full circle moment. As a little boy growing up in Tampa, Florida he always loved the Cincinnati Reds and The Boston Red Sox. The Tampa Area didn't have their own team. I have a picture of him in a Red Sox uniform his grandmother made him as a little boy. As a huge Red Sox fan myself I can't tell you how much I cherish that photo.
His love for The Reds turned into an 8 year career in the minor leagues as an athletic trainer and on Friday he played in FENWAY PARK in his own Field of Dreams! What a day! What a dream come true! And to think I had to strong arm him into moving to Boston!
Next at bat is #13 Billy Maxwell
Billy in the dugout just like old times. Check out the name on the big screen. It says William Maxwell along with the announcement on the loud speaker.
The girls had fun making T-Shirts. Daddy sitting in the dugout waiting to go up to bat.
Little Billy checking out the park. Jillian, McKel, and Billy enjoy the seats behind home plate.
Hallowed Ground "The" dugout of the Boston Red Sox. Daddy showing us the line-up

Another view from the Dugout. The stairs to the locker room

I kept the kids out of school to experience this incredible opportunity. While daddy got suited up we sat right behind home plate in the very first seats. I don't have to tell any Bostonian what a chance that is. There is a running joke that you have to sell your home and sell your first born to even get near seats like that during a true game. We watched daddy play, little Billy chased around batman, spiderman, darth vader, and the green monster.

We all ate a hot dog lunch, enjoyed face painting, t-shirt making and went on a tour of Fenway. My words could never really explain what a great day we had. Or how blessed Billy felt by this experience. We'll let the pictures speak for themselves.

In front of the Boston Red Sox Locker room

Game Over