Jul 6, 2018

Watts at LSU Baseball Camp

Since Watts missed his entire baseball season due to his broken arm, we tried to find a couple of baseball camps for him to attend during the summer.  He attended Parkview Baseball Camp first, and then spent a week at LSU Baseball Camp.  Daddy used to attend this camp when he was a little boy.  Pretty neat, huh?  Cille was there for moral support for the first drop off, although from the smile on his face, I am not sure that she was really needed...
We ended up knowing his coach's mom and one of his teammates, but since Watts is not good with names or concerned about identifying people in general, these connections were lost on him...
On the last day of camp they had a chance to have items signed by the LSU baseball players who were working the camp.  Watts had his hat signed.  Since I am not really a sports fan if my kids or myself are not participating, I have no idea who these guys are, but I'm sure they're great and will hopefully have fabulous professional careers following graduation.  They were sweet to my little buddy, so that scores one for them in my book...


Watts had a great week at camp and probably would have gone right back the next week if we had let him.  Right now his favorite sport is definitely baseball.

In other camp-related news, the most dramatic moment of this camp did not happen to Watts, it happened to his mother.  I was walking across the bleachers and stubbed my baby toe, pretty much splitting it in half, and resulting in me almost passing out and having to visit the athletic trainer on duty.  I was mortified.  Next year I am wearing tennis shoes to all pick up and drop off activities.

Jul 3, 2018

Tennessee Hike

Another part of our trip that was really special was our waterfall hike on the Grotto Trail...



Daddy used time-lapse on his phone to capture this photo.  Not bad for a cell phone pic...

Don't let Corinne's enthusiastic smile fool you...she was carried over much of the trail...









The water was frigid!





But Watts still gave it 2 thumbs up...

Corinne had lots of opinions on where she should be carried...




Stella was our staff photographer for these photos...


Corinne actually fell asleep on the trail...

Then back in the van, the big kids joined her for a rest...

I am so glad God has given us the beauty of His creation to share with our kids.  While it can be challenging to lug a 35 pound 3 year old on an almost 3 mile hike, I would not trade these sweet days for anything.

Jul 2, 2018

More Tennessee Fun!

Back at Dollywood, we all rode the train/took a soot shower together...
Then we hit Top Jump for some clip-n-climb fun...



Watts has NO FEAR...

We also tried our hands at the American Ninja Warrior course...
We took mostly video of the ANJ course, which we all enjoyed thoroughly and suffered differing degrees of soreness from afterwards; if you are a fan of the show, you should totally go try it out.

Corinne took me for another ride...


And also took a duck for a spin...

And joined the Piggy Parade...



But all that heat and riding can really wear a kid out...