Fall 2016 Sports

Jack continued on his same baseball team for the summer, The Benchwarmers.  They are mostly boys from his soccer team, so he has a lot of fun.  This year they played machine pitch, which Jack really enjoyed.
For the fall, Jack was asked to join a different baseball team with his buddy Louis, whose dad is the coach.  The Benchwarmers were not playing in the fall, so we went for it.  The Wolverines are a U9 team, so Jack was the only 1st grader.   Most of his teammates are in 2nd grade, with a few young 3rd graders.  This was the first time for all the boys playing kid pitch.  It went fairly well, considering.  The games were a little slow, but the boys did pretty well.  Jack struggled a little with the kid pitch and didn't get a lot of hits, but he kept his head up and never gave up.

 Every kid who wanted to got a chance to pitch.  Jack had a few turns, and did pretty well.  He wasn't a superstar, but given he had very little practice, we were so proud of him!

And a few videos:
Charlie played on his first baseball team this fall too.  He and his buddy Brooks signed up.  They ended up on a U6 team but there weren't enough teams to complete a league, so they played against some U7 teams.  That meant Charlie's team had machine pitch for 5 pitches and if they didn't hit it, they got to hit off a tee while the other teams would strike out if they didn't hit it.


Charlie LOVED it!  He hit really great off the tee, but didn't make a lot of contact with pitches from the machine.  
The highlight by far, though, was watching this guy catch.  When most kids his age catch, the ball goes right past them as they make very little effort.  Charlie, however, caught nearly every pitch that came to him.  It was so fun to watch!

Both boys also played soccer in the fall.  Jack's team was at a bit of a crossroads because their coach's son didn't want to play soccer anymore.  We decided to shop around for a club team that would take all 7 of our boys for the same team, and ended up going with Missouri Rush.  We had a very busy fall, and the boys didn't win a ton of games, but we can tell that Jack's skills are improving a lot.  It is so fun to watch his team get more and more competitive.

I can't seem to find many pictures of them in action, but here are few of Jack with his soccer buddies.  We had one tournament across the bridge in Illinois and since the first game on Saturday was at 8:00 am, several of the families decided to get hotel rooms Friday night.  We had so much fun!

Charlie played for the same soccer team he played for in the spring, The Bulldogs.  He has a lot of fun with this team and this fall their team wore orange, which was fun with his baseball team being orange too!

I would be remiss if I didn't mention what a trooper Nora was through all of these sporting events.  This chick just went with the flow all fall.  We had a lot of hot games and plenty of late games and she was so great for all of it.  Next year may not be so easy...


Summer 2016

Brace yourselves.  This is my summer 2016 roundup and it's a doozy.  We did a LOT this summer, most of which is not worthy of its own post, so I will attempt to summarize here.

It was Jack's first summer as an elementary school student, so you know what that means: camps! We didn't fill up every week with a camp; on the off weeks he spent time alternating between the grandparents' houses.  When I asked what camps he wanted to do, he specifically requested a baseball camp.  We ended up doing the following:
  • One week at a baseball camp with some buddies from his team

 After the last day of camp, the boys went back to Connor's house for some swimming.  Fun!

  • One week at basketball camp with Jacob from his kindergarten class
  • One week at a Missouri Rush soccer camp with his soccer friend Connor
  • Two weeks at Vetta Sports camp with our neighbor Jack.  One of those weeks our neighbor Hayden was there too.
Generally, he loved camp, but he said Vetta was his least favorite.  I never really pinpointed why that was, but I'm not sure if we'll sign up for that one again next year.

The boys also did another round of swim lessons this year.  Jack has really made so much progress and is a great swimmer now.  Charlie does pretty well too, but we still generally have him wearing his life jacket for everyday swimming.  Lily was in Jack's class, and coincidentally so was his buddy Ben from his kindergarten class, which was fun.  I took exactly two pictures at lessons and two videos.

We celebrated Father's Day at our house.

I reunited with my college friends for a Cardinals game girls' night out.
Charlie got some new catcher's gear - a dream come true!
In July we visited Onandaga Cave with our friends the Duckworths.  It was something new and different and we had a great time!  The pictures didn't turn out great because, well, it's dark inside a cave...

On the drive home, Jack and Nora were cracking each other up (while Charlie slept)...
We went to a few Cardinals games this year.  One day we had good seats, so we went early.  The boys liked getting up close.

 It started getting a little crowded at the railing, so Charlie got snuggly...
 And then his hand ventured down a little.  Haha!! Neither boy realized where his hand was until later when we showed him the picture.

In August we took the boys to their first concert. They are big fans of REO Speedwagon, so when we heard they were coming to town, we knew we had to get tickets.  We had SO much fun!!

We got there early, and there were some promotional games set up. The boys played connect 4, washers, etc and won some pretty exciting prizes (displayed in the photos below)...

It was hot!!

One night we had the Pressons over.  Our kiddos are almost the same ages as each other and had such a great night playing together!

Other summer fun:

 This night was awesome.  We were all a few houses away from the Porters' house when Travis realized his sprinklers would be coming on any minute.  Being the good parents we are, we told all the kids that their friend lost her Skylander in the yard and they all needed to look for it.  They obliged and we waited with our cameras ready.  And waited.  And waited.  The sprinklers never came on (some glitch or something) and we all had a good laugh at our amazing parenting.

It was a fun-filled jam-packed summer!!