June 28, 2010

Winfield Tournament

This weekend Grant’s baseball team played in a tournament in Winfield.  On Saturday the boys had two games and somehow managed to lose both of them, which put them in the last seed on our side of the bracket.  They lost to the Westurban A’s and the Ark City All Stars.  For the past few weeks Grant has really been in a batting slump . . . but things changed for him this weekend.  He had a BIG hit almost every time at the plate. 


Relaxing in the shade between games on Saturday. DSCN1282DSCN1283

Somehow between games grandma managed to to home and get a yummy meal ready for us when we got home. {Grant gave himself a faux hawk after he got out of the shower.}DSCN1297

On Sunday morning we were back at the ball fields by 9:15.  It was so nice to be so close and avoid the early morning drive.  We had to play the Westurban Heaters.  {Nothing like traveling to Winfield to play another Westurban team!}  This is a team we love to beat and luckily we pulled out a win in an extra inning.  It was also a great game for Grant.  He hit his 2nd home run of the season.DSCN1299

Taking a break on 1st base waiting for a new pitcher to warm up.DSCN1300DSCN1302

Sliding into 3rd baseDSCN1304

Homerun ball #2 of the season . . . it was a big hit over right field.DSCN1309

In the second game on Sunday we had to play the Ark City All Stars.  They are a 10 year old team that crushed us on Saturday.  We managed to sneak up on them and beat them which sent us to the championship.  I had forgotten just how good it feels to beat Ark City.

Grant played catcher  during this game.DSCN1311 DSCN1314

He also did a great job batting again.  No home runs, but he had several solid base hits that drove in runs. DSCN1315

By the end of the day on Sunday we had run out of pitchers so Grant FINALLY got a chance on the mound.  He has a really strong arm and everyone has wanted him to have a chance.  I think he really surprised everyone (especially the coaches).   He struck out two batters early on, but the catcher dropped the third strikes and the batters both made it to first base. 

This opportunity never comes along so we took plenty of pictures to capture the moment.DSCN1318DSC_0437  DSC_0438 DSC_0439 DSC_0442 DSC_0453

First attempt {EVER} trying to pick a runner off 2nd base.DSC_0449DSC_0446  

We ended up losing to the Derby Tigers 14-3 but the boys were all still really happy to line up on the field and get their trophy’s.  They worked really hard to make their way back up through the bracket to the championship game . . . we were all very proud of them!DSC_0465 DSC_0478 DSC_0489

Grant and Nana after the game.  She would have loved to come watch but it was just too hot for her in the sun.DSCN1321We finally finished up at the ballpark around 8:30 on Sunday night.  It was a very long hot day.  Grant was so excited to show off his new tournament shirt, trophy and homerun ball.     DSCN1325

June 23, 2010

Another Tournament

That’s right . . . Grant had another tournament in Hutchinson over the weekend.  I don’t have a lot of positive things to say because overall the team didn’t play very well.  We lost all 3 games {which is highly unusual} and Grant struck out almost every time at bat.  I think he got walked a few times and maybe hit a double once. 

Our little slugger at the plate . . .DSCN1271DSCN1265DSCN1266The kids {and parents} seem to have the best time when they are hanging out between games.  On Saturday we set up a canopy so everyone could catch a little shade.  We really are lucky to have so many wonderful families to spend time with at these tournaments.DSCN1255

Mr. Oreo TeethDSCN1257  DSCN1260 DSCN1264DSCN1261 DSCN1262 

The past few weeks I’ve been on the lookout for some animal print items for my new classroom.  On Monday I decided to redo a small chair that I had in my old classroom at my guided reading table.  It was a wooden rocking chair that had a star fabric seat.  With a little paint and some new fabric {and some wood glue to fix the broken leg} I changed the look of the chair all together. DSCN1276

I have some fabric leftover so I’m planning to make a few fun pillows for my big denim chair.

June 21, 2010

Good Times With My BFF

Last Wednesday Kristen {my BFF} from Texas came to visit with her girls.  They got here just in time to catch one of Grant’s baseball games. 
Grace  and Jeff became instant friends again.  She decided his lap was the best place to sit.DSCN1230
Here’s Grant playing in right field.  I think he noticed me standing on the fence with the camera . . . so he was trying his hardest not to look at me.DSCN1226 DSCN1227  
After the game we got everyone settled downstairs watching a movie and we spent what felt like hours sitting at the kitchen table going through old pictures and reading old notes I had written her.  I have never laughed so hard in my entire life.  First, it’s hard to believe that she held on to all those notes and second, it’s even harder to believe some of the things I wrote.  They would definitely make good blackmail material!!!
It was nice and sunny on Thursday afternoon so we headed to the pool for a few hours.  It’s a win win for everyone because the kids love to swim and it gives Kristen and I a chance to sit back and relax and catch-up on everything going on in our busy lives.DSCN1232
Maddie and GrantDSCN1233DSCN1239   DSCN1250DSCN1252
Grace and GrantDSCN1243DSCN1240
A group shotDSCN1244  
I couldn’t resist posting this picture of Grant sitting on the rope right next to this sign . . . I hope the homeowners association is not checking this blog or we will be in trouble {again}.  Long story but it has to do with my children sitting on the rope.  They always seem to come around while we are at the pool!!!DSCN1254
Thursday night we got everyone dressed up and headed out for a photo shoot.  Silly me forgot to check the camera setting before we started shooting and I didn’t realize it was set on a sports/action setting until it was too late.  Several of the pictures are really grainy.  I guess we will have to try again in a few weeks when Grant and I head down to Texas to visit. 

Here are a few of my favorites.  {The Bumgardner Family} DSC_0220DSC_0222  DSC_0279 DSC_0321 DSC_0252DSC_0401DSC_0360 DSC_0388  DSC_0421 DSC_0428
{The Wood Ladies} DSC_0250 DSC_0244DSC_0261 DSC_0263 DSC_0316 DSC_0327   DSC_0332DSC_0368 DSC_0342DSC_0392 DSC_0399 DSC_0407 DSC_0414