A while back I was sitting on the couch with one of my roomie’s cats – Julius, an adorable fat black and white cat who loves to be loved on. I turned to Camille and said “you know, I’m really going to miss having a cat around once baseball season is over and we move away from each other.” I think God was listening to that conversation, and he decided to do something about it…
About two weeks ago I was out walking my sweet girl Lili, when Camille came running up to me telling me about this sweet little black and white cat that looked just like Julius the neighborhood kids were playing with. This little thing was being passed around a circle of children, when all it wanted to do was eat the food sitting in the middle of them. Once we could get our hands on this baby our hearts sunk, he was so emaciated! We gave him some more food and water and walked away. But that little guy wasn’t just going to leave it at that, and frankly neither were we.
The neighborhood kids started to find this cat every day and bring him to our doorstep so that he could eat the food we had left out for him. They would also “play” with him in front of our place. This caused some stress for us because they never just let him be so he could eat in peace! I came out one day to find them trying to force him up a tree (I told them not to do it, but they just looked at me like I was speaking Greek), then when he finally gave up and went up the tree they were throwing sticks at him to try to get him to come down. It was a mess! We came home after the baseball game that night to find him still up in the tree crying. After Addison got him down he asked me what we were going to do about him, I told him I didn’t know but deep down we both knew it was already decided he probably would become our cat.
After that Camille and I decided we would take him to the vet to make sure he didn’t have feline aids or any other transmittable diseases that her cats would be able to catch, so we could at least bring him inside and bring him back to a healthy weight. Going to the vet was a somewhat disturbing and moving experience all in one. He was disease free, thank God, but we found out that he was a 2-3 year old cat and only weighed 5 pounds! We thought he was a KITTEN because he was so small and skinny. On top of that he was neutered, meaning he probably belonged to someone at one point in time. In that exam room after finding out all this and going on an emotional roller coaster ride, I knew that this cat was meant to be mine. Since he came to us during my first baseball season spent traveling with Addison, I decided to name him Thunder in honor of the team we are currently spending the season with!
Fast forward to now, he is still in “confinement” in our downstairs half bathroom because 1) he hasn’t had any of his vaccinations yet because the vet wanted him to finish his medications beforehand, and 2) we can’t just throw him into the pack of 3 cats we already have living in the house. We are trying to gradually introduce the 4 of them so things can go as smoothly as possible. He is the most snuggly cat I have ever met, assuring me even more that this cat was meant to find me (I’m a little obsessive when it comes to snuggling ). He is gaining weight, and still eats like he’s never going to see food again. He’s very messy, and he is constantly kneading his paws. I’m so in love with this little guy already, and I know that he was placed in our lives for a reason.
The day we first met Thunder
At the vet, not loving life in the carrier
Still at the vet, showing us how he likes to snuggle :-)
Snuggling with Addison, while my other “cat” is perched on top of the couch
Hello again, my friends! Just getting ready to head to another baseball game. Today I’m not in a hurry to get there because Addison has the day off so I thought I would update you all on the last week before I headed out! Like usual, the past few days have flown by. Before I left to go meet up with Addy on the road trip I spent some time baking. I really do love to cook and bake but since I only was able to bring very limited kitchen utensils it can sometimes get a little frustrating to make everything from scratch. So I was in the kitchen a few hours longer than I would have been had I been equipped with my usual tools (I really, really miss my pretty KitchenAid stand mixer!!!). But the outcome was delicious, and am so glad I got back to my baking roots because I find it very therapeutic to take time with each step in the recipe to then come out with something yummy and homemade. Both recipes I highly recommend to anyone who is looking to satisfy their sweet tooth!
First I made these healthy beauties with the fresh strawberries we had picked earlier in the week, the recipe can be found at this blog: Alida’s Kitchen.
Strawberry Yogurt Muffins
Next up I made a not quite as healthy but oh so good treat, and the recipe can be found at this blog: Shugary Sweets.
Iced Oatmeal Cookies
On Friday, a fellow baseball wife and myself drove to Harrisburg, PA to meet up with our husbands. It was a fairly easy drive that only took about 2 & 1/2 hours. It was a really nice trip and gave us a chance to explore more of this baseball filled world. We took some time on Saturday to drive over to Hershey, PA to visit the land of chocolate makers….yummm! If you are ever in the area do go to Hershey’s Chocolate World. It’s definitely worth a visit if you love chocolate . We came back to our “home” on Sunday and had another off day yesterday. To get his mind off baseball for a few hours Addison wanted to go to Six Flags Great Adventure which is only about 30 minutes away from where we live. We had so much fun! I love roller coasters and this place was packed with them, including the tallest one IN THE WORLD!!! It took some coaxing to get my husband to ride along with me but after he did he loved it!
Kingda Ka – Tallest coaster in the world & 2nd fastest in N. America!
Hubby & I enjoying our day♥
Now we are on a 7 game home stand starting tonight, and I’m pretty excited because my mom and step dad will be here on Thursday! I haven’t seen them since the end of March!! There are plenty of things that are great about this lifestyle but not seeing my family as regularly as I’d like is not one of them. So I’m going to enjoy every minute while they are here. I hope everyone has a wonderful rest of the week!!
Happy Wednesday! Hope everyone is having a great week so far. I was just looking at my calendar today, marking down games and game times and it hit me that it is already pretty much the middle of June! Where in the world has time gone?! It surely doesn’t feel like we have been here for well over two months now. But to tell you the truth, I’m not completely surprised. When I wasn’t traveling with Addison I would be appalled when he would ask me multiple times a week what day it was…as if that was something you could even lose track of!! But I totally get it now. The days just blend together. Night after night, baseball game after baseball game. It feels like just the other day the boys were starting their streak of 27 games straight with no off days in between, but that ended on Sunday and we were finally rewarded with a much needed off day on Monday. Addison and I did a lot of relaxing along with some strawberry pickin’ at a local farm and an at home haircut for my Mr.!
In action. I could totally be a farmer.
I found the cutest little teeny tiny berry, and I was very proud of it
Excited for our harvest!!!
Speaking of that calendar, I just started writing all over it in an attempt to help me, and Addison, better keep track of our days. Here is what the mess looks like, lets hope it works to our benefit and doesn’t end up confusing us even more! (Yes, you know I’m obsessed with animals and this is a baby animal calender that I adore looking at every day. My sister Brandi gave it to me for Christmas!)
Yesterday, the boys left for a six day road trip and I find myself just looking for ways to pass the time yet again. But this trip I have a shorter wait time than usual, because I will be traveling to meet up with my sweet husband on Friday to spend a few days “on the road” with him. In the mean time I have a whole bunch of strawberries and some recipes courtesy of the magic that is Pinterest to help me use them up!
If you have read my “about me” page, then you know that I am the proud owner of a few little creatures. There is Lili – my sweet five pound Chorkie (Chihuahua Yorkie mix) who is the apple of my eye and the best little snuggler in all the land. Next, we have Pinny – a moody hedgehog who loves being left alone in the dark and is a proven escape artist. Last but not least we have the fish, lots and lots of fish who have more personality than people give them credit for. I seriously love them all very much and wish I was able to have them all with me at all times and I would even love to expand my mini zoo to some more animals that are in need of a home, but being in this baseball life presents a few challenges to the housing of my babies. Lili is the only one who made the trip up north for baseball season to be a gypsy with us. Pinny and our fish all had to stay behind. The fish for obvious reasons and Pinny because ownership of hedgehogs is illegal in some states. So before the season started we were faced with the dilemma of what we were going to do with our pets for the baseball season.
Thank goodness for our parents, because they came to the rescue big time. Giving up our pets was never an option because when they became ours, we took on the responsibility of their ownership and never were we just going to “give up” on them. So our parents are playing babysitter while we are away for the season. My mom and step dad are keeping Pinny and two of our fish tanks, and my in-laws are keeping our largest fish tank (that only holds one really big fish by the way!). So with that group effort, all of our beloved animals are well taken care of while we are off exploring the North-East United States. Not having a stable home base presents challenges and this is just one of the many, but it is definitely one that is very close to my heart.
It is God who arms me with strength and keeps my way secure. He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; He causes me to stand on the heights. He trains my hands for battle; my arms can bend a bow of bronze. You make your saving help my shield, and your right hand sustains me; your help has made me great. – Psalm 18:30-36
For the past few weeks I’ve had this strange feeling. It’s a feeling that I’ve never felt quite so strongly before. But with everything going on in my life right now it’s easy to understand how I just can’t resist it. Lately, I have felt the most amazing sense of peace. I feel like everything is exactly how it should be, and I’m exactly where I’m supposed to be.
I’ve realized that life isn’t going to be perfect or easy, but if you strive to just be happy then the rest is going to fall into place. When I made the decision to be with Addison this season and to no longer have a job, I knew we would face struggles along the path. But that wasn’t really relevant to us because we knew we would not be able to be completely happy unless we were together. BEST DECISION EVER! Here I am, going to tons of baseball games and cheering on the one I love. I’m seeing all kinds of new places I’ve never been before and stepping completely out of my comfort zone. I’m working on my relationship with God, and He is making every other relationship in my life so much stronger (even my relationship with myself ). It’s truly amazing what a little peace will do with your life.
So I’m going to leave you with some advice – if there is something you want to do or be, just make the leap. Sure it’s probably going to require some strength and sacrifice, but if you want to be completely happy you have to actually do what makes you happy.