Monday, September 28, 2009

Rangers vs. Dodgers

Yesterday the Rangers played a makeup game for the game that was cancelled on Saturday due to what else, rain. Everyone was hoping for a better game last night and boy did the boys do well. Logan was moved to second in the lineup. At his first at bat he got a home run (the first point of the game). When he gets into home plate he picks up his bat and as he's running to the dugout does a little victory raising of the bat. (I so wish I brought a camera for that I was laughing out loud.) At Logan's second at bat he got a triple. Not to bad. Looked like he was going to do the circut with his batting.

At his third at bat he got a single but it would have been a double had he not hesitated as he rounded first. Still was awesome and still resulted in him scoring another run. The other big hitter last night was Mike (first time ball player) getting a home run! What a game.

Logan also had an awesome night playing catcher. He got the ball and was able to tag a runner out at home! He was on fire.

While they were doing the game recap and having a snack everyone was asking about the game ball. Coach Greg asked who they thought was going to get it. Logan said it's me (not over confident is he?)! Sure enough it was him. What a great end to a wonderful game!

Red Sox vs. Cubs

Friday night was a busy night for me. Both Logan and Alex were playing at the same time. I was assigned (my own fault) to do dugout for Alex's team. Thanks to Kayla who did it instead I was able to see both boys play some ball. Alex at each at bat clipped a piece of the ball or fouled it off the pitch. He's so close to being a pitch hitter. :)

He was excited to be able to play shortstop for 2 innings and almost caught a pop up. He's really been practicing that skill a lot. The team ultimately won 17 to 12! The team is now 2 and 1. Their next game will be Saturday. Can't wait to see how they do then.

Rangers vs. White Sox

Well Friday night Logans' team (the Rangers) played against the Red Sox. It was a bit evident that the team hadn't played in two weeks because of all the rain the area has been having. Logan only got up to bat once (and he was fifth in the lineup). He did hit the ball and got a single. He was one of the two runners that scored the entire game. He did love playing catcher the whole game. They ultimately lost 17 to 2 (15 point mercy rule). His coach asked the team, "Do you know why major league teams play a 162 game season? Because they have games like this."

Despite the loss they were all in good spirits. They were ready to play harder for the next game.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Reflections Adventure

Yesterday the family (except me) had the day off as a result of all the rain that we had. Phil took the kids to the park to get out of the house since the sun finally reappeared. He took them in an area that was closed off. (If I was there we wouldn't have gone and I guess they wouldn't have had as much fun.) Kayla is going to be entering a Reflections contest at school and wanted to take pictures that she felt illustrated the theme "Beauty is..."

These are just a few of the shots she took. There were over 200 photos on the sd card but I just picked a few of my favorites to share. Enjoy.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

An End to the Torrential Downpours!

It looks like we are finally at the end of the torrential downpours. I can actually see some sunshine peeking out of the clouds! It's amazing. I'm happy to say that we had no damage to our home or any of our property as a result of the rains. I think Logan is disappointed that we didn't get our kitchen flooded. He said if the kitchen flooded than we'd have an indoor swimming pool. We could take a breath, swim to the microwave, take a breath, and swim back.

Of course my mom in her wisdom said then we could eat out every night. :) Hmm...nope still wouldn't want the kitchen flooded.

Hopefully the waters will recede soon for those that are stranded in their neighborhoods and on the major interstates. My prayers go out to those families that lost loved ones or their homes in the storms.

Monday, September 21, 2009

When Will the Rain End?????

I know I shouldn't complain because until recently our area has been in a drought.... But we've had a week solid of rain. Not that steady nice rain but torrential downpours, thunder and lightening. One day of thunderstorms seems doable but in the metro Atlanta area in the last twenty-four hours we've had between six and twelve inches of rain. So much rain that a lot of local area schools have been closed due to power outages and flooding. In fact one area of a highway collapsed (no one was hurt) due to the wait of the standing water. Perhaps I hate it more because a normal forty-five to fifty minute commute took in excess of three hours this morning.

The forecast - seems to appear that there is no end in sight for the rain that looks to continue through next weekend!

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Quotes from the Kids

The other day the boys and I were driving home from the Mall and they decided to talk about what they wanted to be when they grew up.

Logan said that he didn't want to go in the Army because he would be killed. So he wanted to be a fire fighter instead. (Of course I didn't tell him that being a fireman wasn't always the safest job either.)

Alex said he wanted to be a teacher at Duncan Creek Elementary School. First he was going to be a second grade teacher and then he decided that he would be a Kindergarten teacher instead. (I think he enjoys playing in centers. Of course he's not quite enjoying all the new rules that have come with being in Kindergarten.)

Monday, September 14, 2009

Girl Scout Camping Adventure

Kayla and I just got back on Sunday from a Girl Scout Camping Adventure. I have to say it was probably one of my favorite Girl Scout camping weekends I've had as a leader. The troop was checking out the camp grounds where we will be hosting the Ingathering in May 2010. (Ingathering is like a big camporee for all the girls in our Service Unit that wish to attend.) The girls tried out some of the add on activities that we are going to be offering for Ingathering along with meeting with the camp director to bounce their ideas off of.

The girls did a high ropes course challenge. I was proud of all of them. It was especially frightening watching them do the team building exercise walking across a two wire bridge about 40 feet in the air. It was amazing to watch the girls talk each other across as they met in the middle to exchange ropes (that only came to the middle). I was really proud of Kayla watching her do those and it never appearing that she was afraid.

We also did the Swing by Choice (basically a trapeze) that takes you up 50 feet in the air, you let go, drop and swing. One girl said it was worth the wedgie! Not sure I'm ready to say that but I'm glad I tried it.

I had a very nice bonding moment with Kayla that I won't share here because I don't want to embarrass her but it really made the camping experience more special for me. Now it's back to our normal crazy busy home schedule.

Baseball Updates

The downside to being gone is that I don't always remember to update the blog about (yep it's that time of the year again) the baseball games. On Saturday morning Logan had his first game of Pee Wee A baseball and played the catcher the entire game. He had a total of 4 RBIs in the game and hit the ball at all three of his at bats. While they lost the game it wasn't by much - a mere 2 points.

Alex's first game was on Saturday night. Alex at his first at bat hit it off the pitch and later in the game hit one off the tee for a triple! He enjoyed playing outfield and second base! The team won by 1 point! Go team!

Alex's second game was yesterday. Sadly they didn't win the game but they (and this is the most important thing) had fun playing. Alex did strike out at one at bat but you can see he's maturing as a player because this time he didn't cry and hustled back in. He played the outfield, second base and circle this game! He was in heaven!

Kudos to Phil for getting the boys to where the needed to be and for coaching Alex's team to a victory on Saturday while Kayla and I enjoyed a Girl Scout Camping weekend.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

My Little Scout

Logan has been waiting so patiently for the year he finally gets to be a cub scout. I think part of the excitement has been caused by watching how much fun that Kayla has as a Girl Scout. Of course, I'm thinking that by sending Phil to the Cub Scout Roundup I'm safe because he won't volunteer to do anything he already coaches baseball. Well that was the wrong answer. He volunteered to be an assistent Den leader (they tried to get him to be the den leader - whew he said no to that). Logan's getting his badges sewn on his Tiger Scout shirt but I had to take a picture of what he looked like when he went to his first Tiger Scout meeting. So cute! I'm sure I'll have lots more pictures as the year goes on.

Happy Birthday Logan

Happy Birthday Logan! It's hard to believe that you're already 7 years old. The time has flown so quickly. We can remember the day you were born and Kayla being so excited to be a big sister for the first time. You are turning into quite the young man. You have such a wonderful sense of humor and we love to see you smile. We hope you're enjoying yourself on your special day.