Thursday, April 30, 2009
My kids are funny ... and fun ... and I love 'em
Just so you know, that's dancing they're doing ... I think. They're having fun, so who cares? Right? My son had to have his wrist taped like my starting catcher, by the way. So, Daddy pulled out his pre-wrap and athletic tape, and so we have a "real-life" baseball player in the house. Which is true - since he'll be playing in a T-ball league starting in a couple weeks. He's pretty anxious, to say the least.
And yes, my daughter is wearing underwear! Yeah! Potty-training goin' on! She does really well. Almost no accidents during the day. Still wearing the diapers while she sleeps, but she loves her new underwear and pees well whenever she needs to on the potty.
11th inning thriller ...
Here's the scoop: their pitcher threw well. Ours threw better. The umpire behind the plate was "horrible" (that's the word I'll use, because I want this blog to be family-friendly). And I don't complain about umpires. Our pitcher threw a no-hitter into the 6th inning, giving up an infield single that I don't believe the hitter beat out at first - but no matter. Then, he didn't give up another hit until the 11th inning. Only threw 140 pitches in 10 and 2/3rds innings - never an inning above 17. Not bad. Really good, in fact. Lots of strikes. Not a lot of well-hit baseballs.
Lead off single for the Cougars in the 11th was probably the best-hit ball. Bunted him over. One out. Next batter - out. Two outs, runner on second. Ground ball to the 1st basemen. E-3. The inning continues. Next batter, runners on 1st and 3rd, slicing fly ball to left. Left fielder takes the wrong first step then busts his hind end to get to the ball ... but never does. Game winning single. Pirates lose.
I'm proud of our effort. Some Centennial students behind home plate were "chirping" at our players all game. We ended up saying and doing some things I wasn't proud of at the end, but in a hostile environment, sometimes you get pulled into the unsportsmanlike behavior. Never again. Last night, we deserved victory - we just didn't get it.
Today's another day. We expect to play well again - and with class! Defend our home field. And Deserve Victory! Again!
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Swept by Anoka
PS - I promise more kid picks to come soon. I need some family time for sure!
Sunday, April 26, 2009
Ups and downs
We start the second half of our conference schedule this week. We NEED to play more consistantly ... and WE WILL! Deserve Victory!
Thursday, April 23, 2009
We beat our friends from Champlin Park, 9-3
Now - if we only could've remember ALL of our equipment. We forgot our helmets and catchers' equipment bag, so Coach Johnson had to run back with one of the dads to get them. We used CP helmets for our first inning up to bat. Always room for improvement.
3 and 5 on the season with the deadly Crimson coming to our place tonight. Undefeated. Ranked #1? Time for the Pirates to focus and play the way that we can. We haven't won at home yet. Is tonight the night? Only one way to find out. Let's play ball! and Deserve Victory!
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Darn Orange Birds
Monday, April 20, 2009
Breezy Point Weekend
All the kids up north this past weekend. You can't tell, but we had a blast. Our friends invited us north to Breezy Point on Pelican Lake. No lake front view, but we were right on the fairway of one hole of the golf course. Which was neat to use to play football with the kids. I was surprised to see the lakes were mostly still frozen over - even though the temps reached up to 70 on the day we got there. The indoor pool was great. Newly built and since we have early risers, usually no one to join us there. Too bad the adults had no fun. :) I especially liked taking the lead and winning on the last had of hearts on Saturday night. :) We all talked about doing a vacation like this again. My daughter especially liked groovin' to the music on the patio. Heaven help us, she's a dancing machine. Must take after her mother, huh?
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Park Center 12, Coon Rapids 8
I don't know if I've ever seen this either: Our sixth hitter was 1 for 1, with a home run, three walks and a hit-by-pitch. He took a walk to drive in a run in the first, then got walked again in the second, hit by a pitch in the fourth, and hit a 2-run homer in the fifth, before getting walked again to lead off the seventh. Interesting, to say the least. Everyone in the starting lineup got a hit tonight, and our lead-off hitter was on-base everytime up except his last - scored four runs.
Humble in victory and defeat, though. Have to remember that we're only 2 and 4 in our first six games. Three big games to come next week. Of course every day is a new day - we need to get better ... always. Deserve Victory.
Good game. Tough loss.
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Beautiful days, not so beautiful games
Speaking of which ... no so beautiful. Gave up a lot of runs over the last two nights. Hopefully going on the road the next two nights will help us. So far, since we won our first game, we have given up 9, 9, and 20 runs. Last night we did it without the aid of any errors. That's right - our opponent scored 20 runs and we committed zero errors. We did misplay a couple balls in the outfield and not catch 1 or 2 fly balls on long runs that we should've caught. But all in all, the other team hit the ... well, you know .... out of the ball. I was surprised to get the game balls back at the end of the game ... they still had covers on them!
Today's another day. Another beautiful day. Can't wait to get back on the field and do something about our little losing streak. Bengals, here we come - ready to compete ... every day! Deserve Victory.
Monday, April 13, 2009
Easter Sunday. Kids were really well behaved at church - which is good, since we haven't been to an hour and a half mass since Christmas. My son noticed that there were many more people in church than the week before. I told him that it was because it was Easter Sunday. He actually liked putting on the shirt and tie. My daughter always loves putting on "princess dresses" so we had very little to do to get them ready in the morning.
Friday, April 10, 2009
The big guy and little girl colored Easter eggs tonight. I was impressed with their handling of the eggs. Zero drops. Zero mess. Plenty of beautiful eggs. Of course, my son wanted a "W" on a red one, and a "Cubs C" on a blue one ... so I obliged with the wax crayon - and he was happy!
My little girl is growing up for sure. She was very receptive to instructions tonight - which is a surprise, since her two-year-old independence usually tells her to say "No" a lot. She's a blessing, though. She and her brother each colored eight eggs tonight without any fuss.
Both of them were excited to get their "credit cards" in Gramma and Grampa's cards today. The frog gift card from Target was for "her" and the "normal" Target gift card thrilled "him" beyond normal. It's amazing how simple things can make you happy. Just like watching my kids have fun with Mommy coloring eggs :)
Thursday, April 9, 2009
Pirate Baseball 2009
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Distractions - Snowmobiling
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
How bad do you want something? Bad enough to lose your ego to get it? Will you sell out to a system ... to a team? Will you give whatever it takes? Will you fill the hole? Will you do your part? Will you be a champion?
The world is filled with those who think "me first" and get nowhere. The world is filled with those who want first and do for others later.
Are you respectful? ... enthusiastic? ... unselfish? ... aggressive? ... mentally tough? ... loyal? ... determined?
Are you a champion? Or do you "wannabe" one? Do you play the game, live your life? Or do you live the game, work for success? Wanting to get better ... and helping your teammates, family, friends get better ... everyday?
What's YOUR agenda? What's OUR agenda? The whole is indeed larger than the sum of its parts. It takes an entire roster to fill nine spots on a field, an entire family to raise a child. It takes humility, grace, class, character, and hard work. Will your ego get in the way of where you want to go? Or will your determination and character help lead the way?
Success is not measured by whether we succeed. It is measured by how we succeed. Will your success be measured in small steps ... or by the larger steps of the group? By what you have done for yourself ... or what you have done for and with others? You are a part of something bigger than yourself ... whether you like it or not. You have made a choice - to live, to work, to play TOGETHER! You get nowhere in life alone. We are a team - in our family lives, our communities, our schools, in the way that we worship, work, and play. Each team is a success only because we work together.
Do you want it bad enough to be a champion? Because "everybody on a championship doesn't get publicity, but everybody can say he's a champion!" - Earvin Johnson.
I ask you - success - how bad do you want it?