Sunday, March 31, 2013

April Tabletop- Happy Home Opener!

Every month I decorate my table for a season or event, and with the beautiful weather this weekend it can only mean...spring is here and so is baseball!!! Some of my favorite childhood memories involve baseball so I figured I would re-create those fond memories with Cracker Jacks, Big League Chew, and baseball cards. Now if only my older brothers were here to trade cards with after we open up all the packs, the night would be complete.


In honor of the our Minnesota Twins home opener tomorrow I made some baseball cut-outs for my co-workers. I hope everyone enjoys them!

Sunday, March 24, 2013

My Baby is Three!

This weekend the love of my life turned three! He flew in from Florida and I was lucky enough to scramble over to see him Friday after work so I could give him a bath, read his bed time story, and tuck him into bed. He is the sweetest little angel and I loved being able to kiss him goodnight and say his prayers with him. 

Saturday morning we celebrated his birthday at his Aunties house, had lunch, played with his cousins, and spent time with Grampy and Grammy. Grammy made delicious train cookies and we had BLTs for lunch.  We sang "Happy Birthday", and Ari blew out his candles with a big smile. We spent the rest of the day playing trains, and toys until it was well past nap time. I loved being able to hold my baby, with his head on my shoulder as he was ready for a nap. I gave him a kiss goodbye and he flew back to Florida early this morning. It is still so hard to let him go after a weekend together, and my poor husband has to deal with my tears whenever he departs! Thankfully, he should be back in May so the count down is already on again! When I was doing laundry today, I pulled a toy car out of my pocket and it brought a smile to my face, nothing replaces the feeling of having a little one in your life and your heart. I am so blessed to share my life with him. 


Wednesday, March 13, 2013

The Kid, The Splendid Splinter, Teddy Ballgame, The Thumper, The Greatest Hitter Who Ever Lived?

I finally have a little piece of one of most favorite baseball players of all time, Mr. Ted Williams! My love for him was rekindled when I read a short piece from Esquire (1986) called "What Do You Think of Ted Williams Now?" it was written by Richard Ben Cramer and it was also included in The Best American Sports Writing of the Century. In the article, Cramer captures the heart of the athlete himself at his home in the Florida Keys, where Williams spent a large part of his time fishing and living his life by his own rules. 

 One of my most favorite qualities about Ted Williams was his wild-fire passion. Whether he was taking on the media and fans in Boston, deep sea fishing, or flying fighter planes, Ted always lived for the moment. He often times came across as a jerk and rude to the public, however, in paradox, he did spend a large part of his time giving generously to charities and visiting sick children. Either way,  it's hard not to  love someone who lived their life with such intensity! He is an absolute favorite of mine. 

Of course, I love Ted Williams because he has a hometown tie for us Minnesotans as well! He played for the Minneapolis Millers and quickly became a star! At one point he had a twenty-two game hitting streak while here in MN! In 1939 even though there was not yet a "Rookie of the Year" award, Babe Ruth himself declared Ted Williams the ROY. The Kid, went on to be the last player in Major League Baseball to bat over .400 in a single season (.406 in 1941). This is the record he is most known for today. Clearly, Ted Williams is one of the greatest hitters of all time.