Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Soccer send off

Well, tonight was Logan's final soccer game as he has decided to try fall baseball since he seems to prefer baseball over soccer (at least right now.) Logan definately went out with a bang as he scored two goals and worked as hard as he could to help out his team.


Fortunately, Logan has had a great coach for the past two years as he has learned how to play the game and more importanly learned how to be part of a team. Thanks to Coach Dad for always being patient and supportive, even when he was trying to score on his own net! This has been something that both father and son have shared together and I know that they both have enjoyed the experience.


Although I personally am very competitive when it comes to sports, I'm just glad that Logan is able to experience different things and decide for himself what he wants to spend his time doing. I'm so proud of Logan and how much effort he gives each and every time. My hope is that he tries a variety of things besides sports so that he can see how much variety he truly can have in his life.

Great job Logan, your hard work definately paid off!

My special afternoon with Logan

I spent a great afternoon at Logan's school celebrating Mother's Day (albeit a week post Mother's Day due to scheduling conflict at the church) but it was worth the wait. Logan had been very secretive about what his class had prepared for all of the first grade mothers and it was such a wonderful experience seeing all of these children so excited to share their mothers with all of their classmates.

There was a cute little processinal, followed by songs that the children sang to their mothers. Then as the children recessed, each child handed their mother a rose. After the ceremony, some of the eighth grade students had helped the first graders put together a great PPT presentation with a photo of each student saying why their mom should be "Mother of the Year." All the first graders made their moms' a special gift, a heart shaped key chain with their photo inside (Logan's decoration was too cute!) After the presentation the students brought over cookies and punch.

It was a wonderful afternoon and something that I'll always remember.


My favorite first grader!

Wordless Wednesday


Monday, May 25, 2009

Baseball, Blue Jackets and bunk beds...oh my!

It was definately a fun yet busy Memorial Day weekend at the Folian front and now another crazy week has begun!

We started the weekend with a great baseball game, Logan had two great hits and was able to do some more catching, which he really seems to love. Grandma joined us for the game which Logan loves when other people come to watch him play besides his boring Mom and Dad. Even Carter is starting to enjoy being at the games and cheering on his big brother! This is Logan's sign to us letting us know that he's ready to play ball!


After baseball, it was time to focus on the room redecorating that we have been planning for Logan's room over the past couple of months. Logan has been asking for a new room change for the past year. Mommy just had a hard time letting go of the dinosaurs that he loved so dearly. When asked what he wanted, there was no hesitation, I want a Blue Jackets room (our NHL team in Columbus.) Sorry Dad, Detroit is taking a back seat in your son's eyes, ha-ha! So, in my typical perfectionist style (see I have no problem saying it out loud) I began my search for everything CBJ. After looking at the prices to make my son's "dream" (at the moment) come true, I was looking at around $500 to make it happen. I don't think so...thankyouverymuch!

So, I decided that I would decorate his walls with CBJ framed posters (thanks to Dave) for getting so much crap memorabilia during the innagural season that it only cost us to purchase frames. We were able to decorate the walls of his room with framed pieces (that actually were printed the year before Logan was born.) Here's one of the framed posters...


Logan really wanted the new logo in his room so thanks to my MIL, I was able to use an overhead projector to create the logo on his main wall. The hard part was that it took me a full day to complete this (four coats of paint, ugh!) But the look on Logan's face when he saw it was the perfect "thanks Mom." What do you think?

So, Saturday afternoon, we headed over to one of my co-workers homes and picked up a set of bunk beds that her son had out grown. I had been looking for beds for eight months but nothing was in my price range (for quality wooden bunk beds) and I wasn't even sure if the boys would want to bunk together. We got the beds home, set them up and the boys loved them, as you can see...


These guys are loving the fact that they can now create the coolest forts and just hang out together. As it was time to go to bed, I wasn't sure if Carter would really want to stay in Logan's room but they were ready to go to sleep before I could finish their story. I kissed my guys good night and closed the door, but I did stay at the door just to see if they would start talking to one another. It was so sweet when I heard my gentle giant say to his little brother, "it's ok buddy, if you need me, just let me know and I'll come up to the top bunk with you and keep you safe." They talked for a few more minutes and then everything fell silent...at least for a moment until they both started snoring heavily, I sure pitty their future roommates!
We had a very relaxing Memorial Day, boys played in the little pool out back, we grilled out and just spent time together as a family. I feel very blessed every day that my little piece of heaven is just hanging with my guys!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Logan "the catch" Folian

I just had to share a couple of images of my "big guy" tonight during his baseball game. He turned a corner last week in baseball and really is starting to get the hang of things and enjoying playing different positions (something I really like to see little kids experiencing different positions on the team.)

Tonight, he got his first taste of playing catcher. Now, my mom always wanted my younger brother to be a catcher (just like her man Johnny Bench.) Unfortunately, Ty had other things in mind and he decided to be on the other side of that duo, as a pitcher (and a great one at that!) Anyway, I really wasn't sure how Logan would do but the moment he took his stance...


I could tell that this might be a great position for him!


Way to go Logan, keep up the good work!


Friday, May 15, 2009

Freedom!

I honestly didn't think that I would be writing this until the end of summer. We have been encouraging Logan take off his training wheels and learn to ride his bike. Unfortunately, he's been too scared to try it, until today!

It might sound weird that a seven year old doesn't know how to ride a bike but my sweet, sensitive boy has fallen a couple of times and he refused to even attempt to ride without training wheels. Coupled by the fact that my "big guy" has a hard time balancing himself on anything, Dave and I thought it would be a battle to get him to ride. Little did I know that on this evening, Logan would face his fear...

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Cost of bike...$25.00

Bike helmet...$10.00

My son growing up...PRICELESS!

I'm so proud of you Logan, I knew you could do it!

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Carter sings the Mommy song

I have to admit that I'm not the greatest videographer and I typically prefer photos to capture those "little" moments in life. But as the boys are getting older, I'm realizing that soon I won't hear the sweet, small voices of their younger years. So, I decided to record an encore performance of Carter singing my Mother's Day song that he learned in pre-school. He was so proud of himself on Sunday morning when the boys made me breakfast in bed and then Carter performed his tune. Although it took him a few attempts not to get his loving mother confused with the beloved Bingo (who made the song famous!) That's okay, I know who he was singing for and the fact that he sang at all was another "little" moment that I'll always treasure.

Enjoy this rare performance!

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Wednesday, May 13, 2009

My boys

There are few things in life that make me truly smile from my heart...these two happen to be the reason that I work so hard to make their lives better. I am so blessed to be a mother to such wonderful boys, I'm so lucky that they belong to me.



Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Can I play with madness?

No, I'm not referring to what happens when the boys go to a ball game with Nana and Papa, get hyped up on sugar and then sent home to my loving arms to contend with (although that totally happened on Mother's Day!) The title of this post is what my four year old was doing screaming last night as he was attempting to brush his teeth for bed time. I truly don't think I've laughed this hard in months!

Here's the back story, my husband is a total music freak, he and his iPod are best buds (he listens to such a wide variety of music.) So, I've come to understand that when I'm not in the car with my guys or away from home, Dave imparts his musical taste on my young, impressionable boys. A few times I've come home to find the boys "rocking out" to Metallica or Megadeth in the family room, while half naked and playing their air guitars (I have to take picture sometime!) Other times, I'll come home to find them peacefully sitting on the couch with Dave listening to the calming sounds of James Taylor (I just never know what I'm coming home to, HA!)

But lately, my son Logan has been learning the fine art of rocking out before a game (soccer or baseball) and his favorite song is "Can I play with madness" (I sure hope this isn't God's way of telling me what I have to look forward to in a few years!) When it's nice out, we turn on the iPod and turn on the speakers on the patio so we can listen while we play and of course, that was Logan's first selection. Now, on a side note, he does have my musical tastes as well (if you want to call it that) when he also asks Dave to play N*Sync's "Bye, Bye, Bye" (because he likes that I know the hand motions), that remains an "indoor" song Daddy says because Logan always begins to flail his arms when he hears this song.

So, after a couple of hours in the backyard last night working on hitting baseballs and fielding, it was time to come in for our nightly bed time routine. Now, my sweet, shy Carter tends to do everything Logan does when we're around, never of his own accord. So, imagine my surprise as I was heading upstairs to check on my monkeys (bathroom door was closed) and I hear this shouting of the lyrics to Iron Maiden's song and as I slowly open the door, I see my sweet, little Carter completely naked, with toothbrush in hand, singing at the top of his lungs the few words that he does know/understand. As soon as he saw me he ran to the door and pushed it closed and I proceeded to fall to the floor in hysteric laughter over what I had just witnessed. Logan comes out of his room and wants to know "what's so funny?" to which I respond "Oh, your brother is just finding his inner rockstar."

I know I've said it before, but boys are just plain funny!

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Take Me Out to the Ballgame!

It's time for hot dogs, rally hats and lots of laundry (oh wait, that's just for the mom's of the kids!) Logan's moved up to coach pitch league this year and we're juggling both soccer and baseball games...it's a busy time at the Folian front!

Not alot of time to blog lately but I at least wanted to share a couple of pictures of my slugger!


Ready to field the pitch...

Bring it on pitcher...


My baseball boy...


Have a great evening!




















Wednesday, May 6, 2009

New Toys for Mom!

For those who know me I'm a bit of a neat freak and one of my biggest frustrations over the past three years since moving into our new house has been our washer and dryer. Although the duo were not very old (8 yrs.) we just never seemed to get along when they moved to the new house with us. My dryer decided that it needed two complete drying cycles to complete one load, which in my world, was totally unacceptable! And my washing machine had issues standing still whenever I put more than five articles of clothing in it. However, I tried to repair the relationship and be understanding. Well, after my mini meltdown a few weeks ago, hubby took pitty on me and said that we could finally get a new set...it would be my Mother's Day gift.

Ahem, not that we're back in the 1950's but that was music to my ears, even if it did sound like I was getting appliances (that benefit the entire family) as a present for being a mom. That's ok, I can work with it.
So, I'd had my eye on this set for over a year but due to our budget "plan" they just weren't in the cards...until today!

I heart this duo! I've never been as excited to do laundry as I was last night! As most of you know, I LOVE the color red but I honestly never thought I would get these in this color but man, they go great with my color scheme. They even play a happy little chime when the cycle is finished, I smiled each time I heard it...hubby thought I was crazy but when you're the one stuck in a room for hours on end cleaning smelly boys clothing, you need a happy little tune!

The funniest part about yesterday was the image I found when I walked into the laundry room towards dinner time and found the dynamic duo here...


I thought they were outside in the back yard playing so it didn't surprise me when I didn't hear noises coming from family room. Even after I found them in the laundry room and I went to get my camera and take a picture, they never flinched, as though they were watching a favorite movie on TV. I think after the flash went off on my camera they finally noticed me and asked why I was taking a picutre. Once I explained how funny I thought it was that they were watching the laundry they just smiled and went back to watching the "show." I went back a few minutes later and found them doing this...


Now I know why my mom always laughed at my brother when we were young, doesn't take much to entertain them!