Tuesday, June 29, 2010

6 Games - 4 Nights - 46 Shutters

I should really be more accurate. We actually had 6 games and two rain-outs! All in the span of four days.

So it's Cy's first year venturing into the big leagues. (Pee Wee sounds so...so...futile and puny. I shall not call it Pee Wee. And never you mind that the ball got past my son here. The kid has had 5 games and no practices yet!!)

I told you before I love how Cyrus expresses himself. (Well, not ALL of the time is it so lovely or appropriate!) Not sure why he's looking at the second baseman since the pitcher has the ball, but I'll give him credit for being so determined. I can hardly wait till he plays football! (But then again, there will be a facemask in the way. Which, considering his umpteen trips to the ER from birth to age 3, is a very, very good thing.)

Later he proudly told me, "That was my first run, Mom!"

Center. The arm of the outfield!! (Remember, this is through Mom's view, so we'll just glance over those two flies to center that he could have easily caught instead of letting bounce into his glove. Again I state, the kid hasn't had a practice yet!!)

Now we'll switch over to the next night and the old pro. Here she is playing third, where she easily threw someone out at first. That a child of mine can throw the ball quickly and accurately all the way from third to first is still a wonder to me. Definitely got her daddy's arm muscles!!

Speaking of those muscles, check out that shoulder span. This is no easy task, leaning out of a window and drilling a heavy cedar shutter into the house during 90+ degree weather. My hubby makes it look easy.

Thanks, Doug, for coming down to help put up 46 shutters!

Did I mention that we have shutters now? Oh yeah, I guess we do a few other things besides drive kids to summer school and ball games.

I can't tell you how much fun it is to stain wood in hot, humid weather. Somehow I managed to escape the task this time! Thanks Paige and Ally!!

I just love the beauty of cedar.

Great job, Daddy!!!!

Is this OUR house?

Okay, back to the ball field. Shame on me for digressing. Ally and her cousin Claire were playing each other in Platteville, so we had a family showdown going on again. Claire had a great single and eventually made her way to third where T-bird played before pitching a few innings!

The twins and Wynne were SOOOOO excited to have cousins to play with during the ballgame! I popped a few buckets of popcorn to keep everyone happy and I think it was the first time I didn't hear, "Mom, I'm bored!!! Can you buy me a treat??" Yes, I am one of those people who brings our own snacks to the ball games. Mark and I figured it would cost us around $400 a summer if we didn't!

I just love how Elsie's hair is so light and curly. Here she is sharing a few kernels of popcorn with Grandpa and her daddy. Thanks to Tim and Maryellen, Marla, and Mom and Dad for coming out to the ball game!

Elsie is 20 months and Addie is 7 months. Their parents are not busy. at. all.

Cy would have loved it because Payton (Marla's son) and Gabe (Julie's son) were playing catch, but surprise, surprise--he had to play at his own baseball game in another town at the same time! Because we Potosians like our baseball. So much that we have to play four away games, four nights in a row. (Sorry I think I mentioned that in a previous post. Guess it's on my mind a lot lately.??)

You're probably thinking: if you don't like the ball schedule, don't sign your kids up for it. I wish it were that simple. The kids (especially Ally) really like to play baseball/softball, but having nearly every single day and night tied up with practices or games is a bit too much for anyone but a collegiate or professional player, in my opinion. Believe me, it's been on my heart for a few years to simplify kids' sports schedules. They could cut the games in half and make most of us very happy. A few other parents and I were talking about proposing this to the rec coordinator (a schedule with fewer games for everyone, with additional games and tournaments for those families who actually like living at the ball park). We just don't know how to go about doing it. I realize, being married to a school athletic director, that scheduling and making everyone happy is impossible...but there has to be a happy medium, right?

"Martha, Martha," the Lord answered, "you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her." --Luke 10: 41-42


Blogger Astrid @ The Lopsided House said...

I'm in love with those shutters Mark made! So much nicer than those stupid plastic ones you see everywhere (including my house).

Wow....I can only picture all the running around you do for all the kids' activities. I also don't understand why some of the little kids sports all over the place and held frequently. We're having a little bit of trouble figuring out what, when & where with soccer. Maybe in a few years I'll figure it out. Or not!

June 30, 2010 at 5:21 PM  

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