Thursday, March 31, 2016

For the Love of February Birthdays, Baseball tournaments and More... (February and March)




Braiden's Birthday-

On February 8 Braiden turned 13! It seems like just yesterday he was my little 3 year old rascal! My kiddos are growing up too fast! Anyone know how to freeze time?! Seriously!


(These pictures of Braiden and later in the post of Ammon also
were taken by one of my favorites...

 
I Posted this on instagram and Facebook on Braiden's birthday:
"Happy 13th Birthday to one very handsome, hardworking,
entertaining, determined, talented, and kind hearted young 
man! I can't believe you are 13! Love you forever Braiden!"
#threeteenagersunderoneroof #wheredoesthetimego 

Ever since Braiden was a little boy he has always wanted curly hair... so he finally got it! He grew his hair out long enough to get a perm! Silly boy! All he really cared about was having curls come out of the back of it baseball hat!



After about a month he decided he'd had enough of the curls though and
got hair cut! But, now he at least can say he's had curly hair before!



Braiden had asked for a hover board for Christmas, but finally got one
 for his birthday! I think he'd kind of given up hope, so he was thrilled!



Braiden and these two cute boys, Andrew and Easton, have
been friends since they were babies! They are like 3 peas in a pod!
Such fun boys and glad they are great buddies still!
They came over on Braiden's birthday to help us celebrate!



Officially a teenager!


Continuing to celebrate a day later with a little family birthday dinner at Tepanyaki!



Braiden is always our boy who adds a lot of humor to our lives!
He picked out this shirt at the Abc store in Hawaii over Christmas
 break, because he said the girls would think it was "hot"!


He is also one very talented skier.....look a this back flip!!



And of course, Baseball should be his middle name because he is definitely our super league baseball boy who loves the sport! You've got to love it if you play about 90 games a year right! There's never a lack of baseball games to go watch for our family, that's for sure! 




Braiden,
We love you!!  Hope you had a great birthday,
and that being a teenager treats you well!
 (Or should I say that you treat us well as a teenager!) 
I'm proud to be your mom and am grateful you are mine!

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President's Weekend-


Over President's weekend Braiden had a tournament in Las Vegas... He and his team played great! And it was so nice to get out of the Utah cold and soak in some warm sunshine!


And you can't go to Vegas without visiting the M & M factory!


Or riding a roller coater on the strip! (Kaitlin and friend Keylee)

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Valentine's Day and CHD Awareness-

I Posted this on instagram and Facebook on Feburary 12:
"Ammon and Mason were so excited for their Valentine's Day parties 
at school today! Mason proudly wore his 'heart hero' shirt in honor of
 CHD (congenital heart disease) awareness week! We are so blessed
 that he has beat the odds and conitues to enjoy life to the fullest!
#chdawareness #1in100babiesarebornwithchd #hearttransplantsurvivor
#happyvalentines #lovethesesweetboyssomuch"




*CHD is the most common birth defect:  
Approximately 40,000 babies are born with CHD each year.  In the U.S., nearly twice as many children die annually from CHD than they do from all forms of childhood cancers combined.  Estimates suggest about 1,000,000 Americans have a congenital heart defect.

Knowing how true these statistics are make me so grateful that 
our Miracle Mason is one amazing fighter and CHD Survivor!
His journey helps give hope to new families joining the CHD world!

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High School Basketball Games-

I posted this on Instagram and Facebook on February 26:
"Mason has loved going to the LPHS basketball games this year!
Today he was invited to watch the varsity practice and to meet the
 players! Oh was he ever in heaven!! Thank you to the coaches
for such a special invite!! #lphsbasketball #miraclemason"


Mason talks about that day often! It was a 
special day that he will always remember for sure!

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Ammon"s Birthday-

To finish out our busy month, Ammon turned 11 on February 27! Talk about growing up too fast.... Ammon has grown about a foot this year! He soon will pass me up! And, his sweet smile continues to be as contagious as ever!


I posted this on Instagram and Facebook on Ammon's birthday:
"Happy happy 11th birthday to our kind hearted, fun loving,
 adorable, always smiling Ammon..... who is friends with 
EVERYBODY (the young, the old, and everybody in between)!! 
He is dearly loved by ALL who meet him! I love you Ammon and feel 
so lucky to be your mom!! Hope you have the best birthday ever!!
#cantbelievehes11 #growinguptoofast"




Depending on the day and if it's his idea or not...
Ammon loves to have his picture taken!



He learned the "hang loose" sign when we were in Hawaii,
and since then this has been his favorite thing to do in pictures!




Ammon is really good at taking "selfies"...
So if you ever loan him your phone you might 
end up with a 100 or more pictures like this!


(This was on the Front Runner. One day when there was no school
Mark road with these boys up to Salt Lake to meet up with Kaitlin
I shopping at City Creek mall. They loved it! Ammon would ride
the train everywhere and everyday if we would let him!)



For Ammon's birthday celebration all he wanted to do was go out to dinner 
with his two favorite families, the MacPhersons and the Coberlys (Sammi the 
super nanny)! So thats exactly what we did....  at Texas Roadhouse!



Afterwards we went back to our house for some cake and presents...
It was a nice and simple birthday celebration, and just how he wanted it!



What a cute happy boy! Sometimes I sure wish I could read his mind
 (and his wishes), but he sure keeps us all on our toes at all times! 



He wanted a hover board for his birthday just like Braiden, so his wish
 was granted, AND I got an instant vacuuming hover board helper too!

Ammon, 
We hope you had a great birthday!
We love you and feel so blessed to have you in our family!
Life would definitely not be as exciting and loving without you!
Thank you for being such an amazing and special boy!

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St Patty's Day


Mason was super excited that a leprechaun came,
 left us some green treats and…..


 ….turned our milk green!
That crazy leprechaun!


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March Madness Baseball Tourney in St. George


In the middle of March we headed down to St George for a fun
weekend get-a-way of watching Braiden play some baseball!



I posted this on Instagram and Facebook on March 20:
"Thanks St George for all the warm sunshine ☀️ this weekend!! 
  • The Clutch had a great Tournament, they played amazing ⚾️!! 

    Good job @braiden_strickland and @e_whitt_3 and all the rest of boys too!! 

    As usual, Mason (#miraclemason) was the best dressed fan there, 

    #wantstobejustlikebigbrother

    #marchmadnessbaseballtourney

    #lostbyonepoint #goclutch"




    As always thanks for checking in on Miracle Mason and the rest of the Strickland clan! Next up will be Easter, April birthdays, prom and more....

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