Saturday, June 25, 2011

the BaSeBaLL life

Maybe its a family tradition, maybe its
just Americas game. Whatever it is,
I know its in their blood and their love
for the game is undeniable.

They have learned from their Dad, who
learned from his Dad. Passing on the love
of the game through the traditions is one
thing that has been done well.

We have spent the last several weeks
watching game after game. Some days,
we sat in the rain, and on a rare occasion
we were happy to have that sun shining.

The markings have been etched in pencil,
the stats have been tallied, and are history.
There has been victory, there has been defeat.
In the end, so many life lessons have been learned.

Maybe its about the strike-outs teaching you can't
always win. Maybe its about getting angry at the
umpire, to learn that sometimes life
is just not fair. Maybe its about learning that
you need to help each other out, cause you can't win
that game on your own. Maybe its about learning that
you don't have to be friends with everyone, but when
your on that team, you all have each others backs.

We start this with Casey. He shined this
year with his debut in T ball. He laughed,
and he cried. After he learned there is no
crying in baseball, he loved to learn the game.
Watching his little feet run through those bases,
grinning all the way around, was nothing but
smiles for all of us.


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He swung with all his might, to learn
hard work will take you places.

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He learned that sliding into home was not allowed,
but he pressed his luck, looking up to only know
what he did was wrong. That look says it all.

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He learned that his charming ways, and that kind
of smile that just melts your hearts, will
gets you lots of love and attention.

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Katie had her first year of softball.
She learned she can take her girly ways
onto that field and play with the best of them.

She put on that catchers gear to learn that
sometimes when life throws you curve balls, you
need to protect yourself. But you can have fun
along the way.

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She learned that softball is like love, first you learn the rules of the game, and then you forget the rules and play from your heart.

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Bryan took everything he learned last year,
and excelled by much. When he is in that
game, he is determined. He learned that when you
put 100% into something, you can excel.

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He learned that its not how you look when your playing the game,
its how you play when people are watching.

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He learned that baseball is 90% mental, and 10% physical.

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Jake joined the Majors this year and learned that as he
gets older, he gets better.

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He learned to practice hard and to play hard.
And they noticed. An All Star he is. He rocked it today.
He caught that pop fly and had an awesome double
play. He earned that "K" in the score book today,
and he scored.


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He has learned there will be days like today,
you will shine, you will score, but not
without a fight. Somethings will never be so easy.

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Gage had a awesome season. He transitioned from
catcher to first without a hitch. He learned that
sometimes a change is needed to show different strengths.

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Covering a base is like protecting your life.
You will do what you need to do to secure it, and
protect it. You will fight. You will throw that ball
to get that invader out. He learned you have to claim
what is yours.

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He learned he can swing big, and with all he has.
He can hit big or miss big, but you always go down trying.
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Many life lessons learned indeed. I am happy I was there
to cheer these little on and be there to share all this
with them.

I will end this with many random photos from this season.


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Some people think baseball is just a game.
How wrong they are. It's about reaching
within yourself and trying to catch that
ball that cant be caught!
-Happy Weekend.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

b e a u t y

June has been welcomed with open arms.
With it's abundant sunshine, I am jumping for joy.
The temperatures are warming up. The sunglasses are
drifting throughout the house, I have flip flops
at the front door and on the back patio. The tanks
are freshly laundered, and I'm soaking this up.

This is my time of the year, and I have all the angel
kisses to prove it. Me and the sun, we have a thing.

And the beauty of this blue sky, I'm drinking up every last drip.


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The grass is greener, the birds are happier, and
these flowers are just glowing.
So much beauty in the smallest of things .....
you just gotta look for them.


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Tucked in our backyard, with just a short drive away, we are
blessed to be taken into what seems like a whole different
world. We can go where there is no traffic, we can
go where there are no stop lights. We can go into the beauty
of the world, when you can just be. Not another soul around
for miles, where you are surrounded by nothing but the beauty.


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This is exactly where the husband wanted to go for his birthday.
Just the two of us, a blanket, and a picnic lunch.
It was simply perfect.
Happy Birthday Wy.

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Schools Out, and we had a big
Graduation celebration this week.

How this lil' Dude as I used to call him,
has graduated from elementary school is beyond me.
The time is bitter sweet. We all are so proud
of the great young man he is becoming, although we
wish we could bottle him up into the little guy he
has always been.

As our family took up the entire front row at his
ceremony, we could not have been prouder. We watched
that PowerPoint presentation of all the kids as they
were babies, and we were reminded that our Gage was
just this lil' guy not too long ago ..


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And we are so proud of what he has become.

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As his named was called, and all the shouts from
the front row were beamed, he accepted that certificate
with pride.

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He took in all the praises, and kisses too!

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We are so proud of you Gage!
In the end of it all though, we know that no matter
how old you get, you will always be the same Gage to us.


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I hope in this weekend, you can go out and find
some beauty! Wether it be on the smile of
your graduate, a flower in your backyard,
or those trusty sunglasses while you soak up the sun.
Find it, enjoy it, and do it all over again tomorrow.

Happy Weekend.
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