JM had his 8th birthday yesterday and celebrated with 4 of his best buds, I so prefer the smaller parties! DH painted a baseball field in the side yard and set up the tetherball with a marked playing area for that too. They played wiffleball, basketball, did the water slide, had a squirt gun battle, and played in our tiny pool! They were busy the entire 2.5 hours! It was a hot and muggy day, so the water fun was perfect. The boys were pretty well behaved and there were no squabbles (outside of the typical "that was a foul ball..no it was fair")
There was a possibility of storms, so I was so glad it held off. I can not believe he is 8 and heading into the 3rd grade. He is just growing up so quickly. We took him to his favorite restaurant Bob Evans for dinner, we had a coupon for a free kid's meal and a gift card...perfect!
JC, my oldest, has worked very hard to get better at baseball this season. He has caught almost every inning, of every game. When he wasn't catching, he was pitching. He caught in the 95 degree heat, 5-6 innings, no complaining. He wasn't the best hitter, but his catching was phenomenal and that is such a tough position to play.
So, it came time to choose all-stars. The coach let the kids each vote for three players. (you know where this is going!) He did not make the all-star team. One of the kids that was chosen does not deserve the honor. Frankly, he is not that good and he screws around all the time. If he is not playing, he is at the concession stand or playing around with his brothers or the younger kids on the team. Which is probably why they voted for him...it became a popularity contest. He got votes because he is the fun one, and JC will quietly watch the game and cheer on his teammates. I am so sick about this, he has had a rough few month with this type of thing (ran for student council and lost, ran for mayor of their Biz Town and lost) and he holds his head up and does not ever complain. So, I will bitch and moan for him! My heart is just aching for him!
He is my all-star that's for sure! I am so proud of him!