Wednesday, June 22, 2016

A Little More Baseball

Wyatt's new travel baseball team had their first game at the beginning of May.

He and his buddy Aden have been playing baseball together since they were itty bitty.  Last August we experienced a bit of "serendipitous" timing when the coaches of both of their travel teams decided to move on.  Their dads have talked for a long time about starting their own team, and it worked out really well that they both ended up with good reasons to leave their teams at the same time.
And the adventure began. Along with some of their friends from the baseball league, they began having practices in late fall, and practiced together at a gym all winter.  Finally in May, they were ready for their first game.
They scheduled the game for 7PM on a Saturday night, and all but one of the boys also had a 5PM game with their rec teams.  They were a little tired!  Wyatt didn't start the game, but he did come in and strike out three in the final inning.
These boys were over the moon excited that they won their first game!
Their coaches also had them shout "Happy Mother's Day!"  Smart dads!

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

April Little Things

April was a fun and busy month!  We had baseball and softball (sometimes nightly), soccer, and all of our school happenings!  On Opening Day we wore our Yankees shirts!

We also bought The Force Awakens at the beginning of the month.  I loved the picture of FQB kissing the DVD case, but I love the expression on Hudson's face more.

Hudson moved on to Reader 5 at school!  It's a doozy!  He started sounding out words on his own.

Jeter enjoyed some sunshine on the deck.  Always with a tee back there!
Because there is always some kind of batting practice going on!  Reese needed to get in her tee work before a game one day!
This picture makes me so happy and so sad!  Hudson and his buddy Mason have been in the same class since they were 3, and they've also been playing t-ball together. Next year they're going to two different primary schools, and it makes me so sad. They are such good buddies!

This guy wasn't feeling well, but he sure knows how to make himself comfy on the couch.

Jackie Robinson day!  Since Wyatt plays for the Dodgers we got him a "real" Robinson shirt this year.

This is my life on a Friday night. 4 children, 6 sports activities a week, 2 jobs (3 counting the mothering), 38ish hours worked. A messy house that I'm pretty sure it will never be clean again. And my Friday night? Laundry, wine, and waiting for my husband to get home from baseball practice with my dinner before I crash.

Hudson is always eager to help Daddy leave the ballfield.  Ha!

Not to be left out, she also got a compression sleeve and a necklace, just like the big kids.

The streets of our neighborhood were safe with the Captain America/Wolverine combo on the streets.

Older brothers are most excellent at helping little brothers with their reading.

Love being able to walk into school with this cutie and her big brother every day.  And I get to see them both throughout the day.  It's the best!
Finley modeled her dance costume for us.  Precious!  I can't wait to see her dance in her recital this weekend!

Meanwhile, Hudson passed out on the floor as soon as he got home from t-ball.

Wyatt earned the game ball!  He pitched two really great innings with 6 strike outs, he hit well, and his attitude was fantastic.  #thatswhatmakesmamaproud

Reese's softball team took a pretty epic picture (I'll post soon), and this was how she got ready.  "Dirt in the skirt!"
Hudson is all registered for Kindergarten in the fall.  Unbelievable!!!! I am going to be working at the preschool 5 days a week next year (I know!  WHAT?!), so he will be doing a hybrid of Wyatt and Reese's Kindergarten years.  He will go to Kindergarten at the Primary school with Reese (where we are crossing all of our fingers that he will have the same great teacher she did), and then he will take the van back to the preschool where Wyatt went for Kindergarten.  Best of both worlds!
Oh look!  I remember a month ago when she actually took naps!  Sadly, naps are not happening much these days.  And on the days that she does nap, she says, "Guess what Mommy?  I put my body to sleep!"
Hudson got Reader 6 at the end of the month!
This is a sign that you've been at the fields for too long.  It's called Saturday Baseball Exhaustion. I'm also a sufferer.

And that's our April in a little blog post!  Hopefully I can get to May and a few other fun things soon!

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Spring T-Ball

Hudson's final season of t-ball is almost over!  Unbelievable!  He's not officially moving up to a new division next year, but they just added a 6 year old t-ball/coach pitch group of teams that he will be playing with next fall.  CRAZY!

I absolutely can not believe that this is his fourth season of t-ball.  Wyatt's seasons in t-ball went by quickly, but Hudson's are flying by.  It seems like he was just a little fella playing his first season.  And now he's playing his fourth!

This picture is super blurry, but I had to blog this little celebration between Hudson and Daddy.  He and his team mate Christopher got LOTS of outs together that inning!

This kid LOVES baseball.  So much!

Hudson hasn't gotten the game ball yet this season.  Let's just say that his father has higher expectations for him to achieve game ball status.  It honestly cracks me up because I can tell whether or not he's a contender immediately after he hits!

He loves to "pitch," just like his big brother did.  He likes to channel different pitchers with his motion.  Wyatt's was mostly a copy of Andy Pettitte's when he was in t-ball, but I think Hudson might be more influenced by watching his big brother pitch!

Great t-ball season, Huddoo!

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Spring Baseball

Wyatt is loving always!  He is on a rec team this spring with a lot of his friends (kids he knows from playing with them forever, kids from his fall team, and even a few friends from school), and that always makes it more fun. 

Now that he's in Kid Pitch, there is so much going on!  He has to hit well off the kids who are pitching for the first time, be prepared if they're not throwing well (i.e. the ball is coming at his head!), focus on pitching, focus on throwing strikes, worry about runners, worry about the catcher not catching the ball, worry about BEING the catcher and letting the ball pass, and then worry about throwing out the runner.  It's SO much for the kids all at once.

Wyatt started Pitching Lessons last summer, when his old travel team was getting ready for their new season. He was going about once a week. They did a great job teaching him the basics, and he does a pretty good job practicing his form.  When he throws hard and focuses, man alive is he good at throwing strikes.  But if he's even just a little unfocused, well, those bases sure can get loaded awfully fast!  Ha!

I will say that he has a great coach (haha!), and his arm work is carefully monitored.  How often he pitches, how often he throws, where he's all checked closely by Daddy!  We never want his pitch count to be too high.  Wyatt has friends his age whose arms have already given them problems! That is absolute INSANITY to me!
And speaking of travel teams, this kid joined a new one.
More about that soon!

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Spring Softball

I guess I didn't blog much at all about our fall sports, so I figured the best place to start with spring sports is softball!  Reese finished up her final t-ball season last spring, and was 100% convinced that softball was the best choice for her.  We waited a bit to see if she would change her mind (Brian could coach her baseball team, he would stay with kids he's coached for a few years, and we think she could show those boys a thing or two on the field), but she wanted to play with "just girls."

Well, it took no time for us to see that she was totally right in her decision to play softball.  She LOVES it.

She ended up on a team with the best coaches, the best girls, and she learns a LOT.  Everything on this team "clicks" and you can see it on how the girls play, how they interact, and by the numbers in their win/loss columns!

Reesie knows what's going on when she's on the field, and she is focused.  She puts in her time in the outfield, but she also loves playing pitcher, shortstop, and third base.
I think one of the things that she loves about softball is that her team wears shorts. Ha!  No, but really, she was never a fan of baseball pants and belts, so I think the right clothes make softball even better!

 She is starting to hot her stride at the plate.  She and Brian have been working on her swing to find something that makes her comfortable!

Last week she hit her first "home run" at practice.  This is one of the best things about her team.  They get so excited for each other when they make big plays or hit well!

She also REALLY loves to catch.  It's probably her favorite position to play.

I think she likes being involved in every play!
And she can gun it back to the pitcher.