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so we spent half the day at the ballfields. Dixie Youth Baseball had their opening day today! Banks and the rest of the Texas Tech Red Raiders team started off the day with a parade into the ball park! It was so fun watching teams parade in by leagues throwing candy and cheering! Banks was real nervous he wouldn’t be able to walk the entire way but afterwards said “It wasn’t that far!” After the parade they had an opening ceremony where they introduced all the teams and coaches and then sang the National Anthem. All the teams in all the leagues were scheduled to play today – ours was the opening game for the TBall league against the Florida Gators. Banks played outfield and got to bat three times. The first time he made a run, the second time he got tagged out at third base and the last time, he was the ninth batter (he didn’t make it home before they tagged home plate to signify the end of the inning). They ended up winning 26 – 9. Afterwards Banks and Mary Reese ate nachos and slushes and played in all the bouncies!!! Thanks to all of our family and friends that came out to cheer him on!

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Mary Reese had her first dental appointment this afternoon and it was not even scheduled! While Banks was having his regular 6 month cleaning, we were talking to Mary Reese about getting hers done one day soon. She was refusing and very persistent that she was not getting her teeth cleaned today or any day! I was laughing with everyone in the office because she was so brave the last time she was in “the dental chair” getting stitches! Then all of a sudden she found her courage and jumped up into the chair! Thank goodness I had my camera in the car so I could document the big day. Kim used the tickle toothbrush to clean the sugar bugs off her teeth, flossed in between them and then “painted” on some fluoride. Notice who the assistant was…he was trilled about spraying the water and using the suction tool! Also notice that everything is PINK…the suction straw, the sunglass to block the light and the strawberry toothpaste. Popsy did a final check and then counted all her teeth. She also got x-rays of her teeth by riding in the rocket ship. Banks was so into the rocket ship…he got to ride too. After the appointments…they both got a trip to the treasure tower!!!

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Last night John B and Popsy re-assembled our swing set from the move. Mary Reese was so excited to have her swings back! Banks could hardly concentrate at TBall practice because he was too worried that they would be done before he got home. The first words out of Mary Reese’s mouth this morning was “Can I go outside and play?” When Banks got up they both wanted to sit in the window and look at it! This swing set will always be very special to us because John B and Popsy spent several long nights building this custom swing set for their Christmas present in 2005. Thank you for putting it back together for us! We can’t wait to make so many more memories playing on it!

The finished project – December 2005

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"Sick" Day

I left the house this morning before the kids were even up. Jody and Banks called me on their way to school to tell me that Banks wanted me to stay home “sick” with him today so he could watch them repave the street that runs beside our house. I assured them they would still be working long after his day at school was over. Nice try Banks…but I am not going to waste a “sick” day watching asphalt dry!

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Happy Easter

We had a wonderful Easter with lots of wonderful food and family! The Easter Bunny did hop through our house and brought lots of fun things for Spring! Banks got a new bathing suit, High School Musical beach towel, Spiderman sunglasses, new Bob the Builder trucks, sidewalk chalk, bubbles and some candy. Mary Reese also got a bathing suit, Hello Kitty beach towel and sunglasses, a Princess doll set, sidewalk chalk, bubbles and candy. She said that since she had a new bathing suit, towel and sunglasses that she was ready to go stay and swim with Aunt Stacey in Birmingham!

Before they dug into the loot!

Banks immediately dumped his all out and wanted everything open.

Mary Reese took hers out of the basket and neatly put everything right back in (and yes…she is wearing her Christmas PJs)!

We had all the grandparents, LuLu, Aunt Sue and Uncle David over for a traditional Easter lunch! We had ham, pork tenderloin, scalloped potatoes, squash dressing, asparagus, sauteed carrots and a fabulous Spring Salad (greens with blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries) tossed with a Poppy Seed vinaigrette. Then we topped it all off with strawberry shortcake and carrot cake cupcakes for dessert! It was all very yummy! After lunch, Banks and Mary Reese had an egg hunt in the front yard.

And yes…I did start my day off with…

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Wow, what a event packed day the Murphree Family had today!!! We started off the morning with a TBall practice. Today Banks asked if Mary Reese and I would come watch his TBall practice on the real field…so we did! I can already tell that I am going to have to take out a small loan to cover our expenses at the consession stand! Yes…today it was open even though opening day is not until next Saturday!

Mary Reese and I braved the grocery store after watching practice. It was not as bad as I thought it might be but Publix was already out of coconut and powdered sugar by noon today! Banks and Jody headed off for their afternoon at the golf course while Mary Reese and I got some of our Easter Lunch meal together.

We all met up at the club for an afternoon Easter Egg Hunt. There were tons of kids there and I think everyone had a ball hunting! Mary Reese’s age group was on the back, so I stayed with her while Jody and Banks hunted in the front of the club.
Getting ready for the hunt!

Finding the “Golden” Egg!

Finding the “Golden” Egg a split second before Mary Bradford (about 6 feet high in a Holly tree)

but still sharing all the candy inside because that was “the deal”!

Mary Reese and Gray having a BIG discussion!

One last picture so you can admire an angle of the handy work Mary Reese did with the scissors on Monday! Beauty School her she comes!!!

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The Other Mommy

Two summers ago during our annual family vacation to the beach, Banks was calling for his “mommy” while we were all trying to get dressed for dinner. When I asked him what he needed and he said “I wasn’t talking to you, I was talking to my other mommy.” He was talking to Aunt Stacey aka My Other Mommy!!!

Aunt Stacey was sweet enough to come keep them the last two days since they are all out on Spring Break! I think they had 2 packed-full-of-fun days! Yesterday I met them at The Brick for lunch and they went onto the park, by Popsy’s office and to get ice cream! They stayed close to home this morning because of the rain, but did run by the grocery store to grab some ingredients to make Tri-Level Brownies! Yummy! Since Aunt Stacey is a kindergarten teacher, she introduced them to a fun and educational website while she was here! Thank you Aunt Stacey for spending 2 days of your Spring Break with us! We love you and can’t wait to spend a week with you at the beach in a few months!

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