Wednesday, June 30, 2010

An Evening at Home

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BLAAAAAAAAST!

So last Monday night was it. The big first game (of probably HUNDREDS of ball games to come). Jack's first blast ball game!

You are probably thinking, "what the heck is blast ball?!" Blast ball is apparently the YMCA's version of t-ball for 3 year olds and I have to say it is pretty fun! There are two teams of about 6-10 kiddos. There are two innings. Each inning consists of one team batting through their entire line-up, so that every kiddo gets to bat twice. The team in the field spreads out (in no real order or position) and when the ball is hit, they all run to pick it up. Whoever gets the ball yells "BLAAAAAAAST!" and that is pretty much...that. The hitter runs to first base (which just so happens to be the only base) and jumps on top of it, resulting in a loud squeak!! No outs, no scoring.

We weren't sure what to expect from that first game, but of course there was never a dull moment. Some kids forgot to drop the bat. Some ran the wrong way. One even ran and picked up the ball he had just hit! It was a riot! Luckily, parents are allowed on the field to direct their kiddos a bit.

Jack seemed to have...a blast! He really enjoyed hitting. He wasn't as excited to be in the field. He didn't seem to motivated to duke it out with his teammates in order to get the ball. But, the one time he did get it, he seemed pretty excited and pleased with himself. All in all, a fun event and I think Jack will learn some great things about the game of baseball and about teamwork in general this "season."

With two boys, I feel like this is only the beginning of a life full of sporting events and I am definitely looking forward to more!























Here is a video of Jack "fielding" the ball:
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And batting:
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Daddy giving a little pep talk:
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BLAAAAAAAAST!

So last Monday night was it. The big first game (of probably HUNDREDS of ball games to come). Jack's first blast ball game!

You are probably thinking, "what the heck is blast ball?!" Blast ball is apparently the YMCA's version of t-ball for 3 year olds and I have to say it is pretty fun! There are two teams of about 6-10 kiddos. There are two innings. Each inning consists of one team batting through their entire line-up, so that every kiddo gets to bat twice. The team in the field spreads out (in no real order or position) and when the ball is hit, they all run to pick it up. Whoever gets the ball yells "BLAAAAAAAST!" and that is pretty much...that. The hitter runs to first base (which just so happens to be the only base) and jumps on top of it, resulting in a loud squeak!! No outs, no scoring.

We weren't sure what to expect from that first game, but of course there was never a dull moment. Some kids forgot to drop the bat. Some ran the wrong way. One even ran and picked up the ball he had just hit! It was a riot! Luckily, parents are allowed on the field to direct their kiddos a bit.

Jack seemed to have...a blast! He really enjoyed hitting. He wasn't as excited to be in the field. He didn't seem to motivated to duke it out with his teammates in order to get the ball. But, the one time he did get it, he seemed pretty excited and pleased with himself. All in all, a fun event and I think Jack will learn some great things about the game of baseball and about teamwork in general this "season."

With two boys, I feel like this is only the beginning of a life full of sporting events and I am definitely looking forward to more!























Here is a video of Jack "fielding" the ball:
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And here is is hitting:


Daddy gave a little pep talk before sending him back to the field:

Monday, June 21, 2010

Happy Father's Day!

"My father didn't tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it."
-- Clarence Budington Kelland, U.S. Writer

Yesterday was Father’s Day and I’ve noticed that with each year that passes I become more and more amazed by my father. When I was young, I looked up to my dad for no reason other than the fact that he was my dad. When I was a teenager, I determined that my dad knew nothing. But as I became and adult, and even more so once I became a parent, I have been able to really see and appreciate who my dad is and what he has done for me. I believe I’ve discovered his secret, too. He puts Christ first in all things. Anyone who knows him can see this clearly. And it’s amazing how that submission to Christ leads to such success in all other areas of life. My dad is successful in business, in his marriage, in his relationships with friends, in his volunteer life, in his role as a father and a grandfather, in every area that I can think of. He is an amazing spiritual leader for his family and that has strongly impacted my brother, sister, and me in our spiritual lives and therefore our other relationships. I am so grateful for this and could never thank him enough for being so strong in faith and so full of conviction and integrity.

Ever since I met Randy, I knew that he would be a wonderful father. He is loving and generous and so focused on family. As I’ve watched him grow as a husband and a father to our two boys, I couldn’t be prouder. He is quickly becoming the Christian leader and father that God wants him to be. I see so clearly how he is following in the footsteps of my dad by putting Christ first in his life and I am so proud of him. What a blessing it is to have a godly husband who honors his wife and loves his children!

I am so blessed to have these two men in my life! Happy Father’s Day!



Lake Trip!!

Just over a week ago, we headed to Grand Lake to spend some time relaxing with the family. It was definitely a much needed getaway for Randy and me! We really enjoyed spending time with our boys and showing them new things. Jack loved the boat and swimming in the lake, just like last year, but this time he actually enjoyed tubing as well. He wasn't so fond of other people skiing though. I'm not sure why, but it just seemed to make him nervous.

Graham seemed to love the boat as well! He's always enjoyed being outside so he was pretty easy to please overall. He even spent some time swimming in the lake in his little boat. The one thing Graham was not fond of was sleeping in the pack 'n play. Apparently our good little sleeper becomes a terror when he's not in his own bed. We didn't get much sleep at all! Oh, well. He's such a good baby overall, I guess we shouldn't complain!

Randy and I also enjoyed just having some time to ourselves. We tried to take advantage of the extra help and take some time to drive in the golf cart or go on a walk, just the two of us. Lately it feels like we never spend time together! It's a crazy, chaotic time in our lives, but we wouldn't trade it for anything. Our boys truly are the light of our lives!











































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