Friday, May 24, 2013

Mu daughter's pictures ...

My daughter's been taking pictures with her camera ... well, our old one. Anyway, the following is her art.

"Through the eyes of a six-year-old"

Thursday, May 23, 2013

What's that big yellow thing in the sky? ...

... And what good is that ark I built if it doesn't keep raining like it has been for the past four days?

Oh well. Atleast everything is green out there. Might be able to cut my jungle - er, grass - today or tomorrow, too.

I really shouldn't complain, because the 4-day weekend should be really nice. Maybe morning showers on Saturday, but otherwise 60's, 70's and mostly sunny. Yeah! Baseball weather.

Let's play two! (or three, or four!)

Monday, May 20, 2013

Sun, rain, and baseball

So, last week was good. Lots of baseball between my son and I. I coached about five games and my son had two scrimmages and a practice. The weather was nice - sunny and 70 most of the week, with that one 90 degree day thrown in.

Then the weekend hit. Monsoon-type rain came down. Opening day for my son was cancelled. Pond formed for a while in the drainage ditch between our backyard and the park.

I'm looking for some better baseball outcomes this week. High school sectionals begin Thursday, but my son has two games (monday and tuesday nights) leading up to that one. We'll see if the rain can hold off at all - or even if the fields are dry enough to play.

Twelve days left of school for the kids, by the way. Me? ... Well, I do have six more classes. Thankfully, I think most of my actual work is done now that I've rewritten my capstone project several times. I do have one more page to add to my literature review, but I think I can do that pretty easily with one more resource.

Anxious for the summer!

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

The Weekend that Was

It's Wednesday already, and I haven't posted about the weekend.

That's because Saturday was long, Sunday was recovery ... and then the week began.

Okay, so Dance ...

My daughter had a competition in Burnsville, which is like 35 minutes away. No big deal. Except that her first dance was about 9:30am, the doors to the dressing area opened at 7:30am, and there wasn't supposed to be much room. So, the girls left by 7am, and were there early enough to have room to get hair and make-up done and costumes on.

The rest of us made it before the first dance ;) Which was Awe-Some! My daughter and her teammates did a great job with ballet and ended up with a high-gold when awards were handed out. The group performed again at about 10:30am and ended up with a gold for their Pineapple Princess tap routine. Awards were around 1pm, so I headed off for a while. (More about that later.) With much time in between dances, the wait began. At 7:30pm or so, my daughter danced her final number: Rock-Off Shake-Off. The group did great again and got a high-gold ... which they received at the 10pm awards session. Got out of there at 11pm. Long day. But the girls did great!

Me? Well, I had to attend a memorial service for an ex-player. Not so fun. Good to see people. Not the greatest event to have bring us together. After a couple hours remembering Andrew, it was nice to drive back to Burnsville and watch a sassy jazz dance :)

Nice job dancing, Honey! Love you!

Friday, May 3, 2013

Andrew Michael Pitts (May 12, 1992 - April 26, 2013)

The following obituary courtesy Evans-Nordby Funeral Homes

Andrew Michael Pitts
(May 12, 1992 - April 26, 2013)

Andrew Michael Pitts

Andrew Michael Pitts (Pitty, Pittsy, A.P.)
Entered this world on May 12, 1992 in Fridley, MN. God took this Angel home on April 26, 2013. Andrew was preceded in death by his beloved Grandpa, Donald E. Pitts.

He will be forever missed by his Dad, Alan “Bundy” Stroh, Mother, Jennifer “Mama Bear” Stroh, Brothers Jordan “J-Bird” Stroh, Tyler “Tim-bers” Stroh, his girlfriend Tiffany “Tiff” Hohmann and his precious Minnie.

Andrew is also survived by “Grandma Joyce” Pitts, “Grandma Bev” Cooper, Robert Cooper. Uncles David “Guy” Pitts, Robert “Bob’ Pitts, Ryan Stroh, Aunts Joleen Pitts, Jennifer Stroh and Dyana Stroh Schallenberger. Cousins Alexis Morris, Ashley Morris, Ariel Pitts, Samantha Pitts and Jacob Pitts, Isabella Schallenberger and Emily Stroh. His Great Grandmother Viola Adams and Great Uncle Keith Adams. He also has many Uncles, Aunts and Cousins in his extended family.

Andrew attended Fair Oaks Elementary School, Northview Junior High and Brooklyn Junior High - Brooklyn Park, MN. He attended Park Center High School and graduated in 2010.

Andrew and his brothers were very active in sports from a young age. He started playing baseball with the Brooklyn Center American Little League when he was 5 years old. It was there he found his love of the game. He met numerous boys and girls from those early years, and remained friends with them his entire life. He excelled at baseball, whether he was catching, playing shortstop or pitching. He played through his high school years at Park Center High School, and after taking a short break, returned to baseball in 2012-2013 with the Anoka Ramsey Community College Golden Rams until his death. 

At age 6, Andrew began playing hockey with the Brooklyn Center Youth Hockey Association, and Brooklyn Park Youth Hockey Association. He played for the Brooklyn Park Association from Squirts, PeeWees and Bantams. Andrew met numerous coaches, teammates and friends while playing there, and had so many wonderful memories. He touched a lot of lives within his “hockey family”, and he was always grateful for his time there.

Andrew was part of a Triple A hockey team (Jr. Gophers/Twin City Federals) in which he had the honor of playing with some of the states best hockey players at the time. He remembered this team as one of his favorites, not for their successes or failures, but for the “team” or family that this team was. He remained friends with every one of those players, and considered them brothers.

Andrew played high school hockey for the North Metro Stars (made up of Park Center, Fridley, Brooklyn Center and Columbia Heights) for 3 years and was a star defenseman. His passion and love for hockey, took him beyond high school. 

He was talented enough to play on the Advanced 15, 16 and 17 year old teams, and made the National Level. He traveled to New York for a week to show off his skills.

Andrew graduated from Park Center High School in June 2010 and chose to pursue his love of hockey, playing with the NAHL Coulee Region Chill. Again, he had the honor of playing with some of the best players from around the country. He formed lasting bonds with new coaches, teammates, friends and families in Holmen, WI and LaCrosse, WI. He never regretted his choice to forgo college right away, he got to “Live his Dream” and play hockey every day.

He left the Chill in January 2012 and began a “short” career with the North Iowa Bulls in Mason City, IA. Although he was only with the team a few months, his talent and experience made an impact with the Bulls, on and off the ice. During this time, he made lasting friendships with new teammates and fans. He loved his time in Mason City.

Andrew had worked at Edinburgh Golf Course during the past three summers in the ground maintenance department, where he also got a chance to pursue his golfing passion.

In the fall of 2012, Andrew decided to enroll at Anoka Ramsey Community College for the Spring semester. He wanted to give baseball another try, and was lucky enough to make the team, where he was catcher for the Golden Rams until his death.

Andrew and Tiffany were living together in Brooklyn Park, along with Andrew’s “pride and joy” Minnie, their Malti-Poo puppy. He adored Minnie and took her everywhere. 

We will be celebrating Andrew’s life on May 4, 2013 at the Brooklyn Park Community Center, (Ice Rink), 5600 85th Ave. N, Brooklyn Park, MN 55443 from 1 pm to 5 pm. We will have a Celebration of Andrew’s life at 2:00 pm.

We want to share stories, hugs, tears and laughs and to honor this amazing young man who touched so many of us with his infectious laugh, radiant smile, sparkling eyes and wonderful sense of humor.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the family. Contact address is 10505 104th Place N, Maple Grove, MN 55369