Baseball Season is in Full Swing

Last year, 2016, the boys played baseball. If they didn’t like it, big deal! I was hooked! I’m grateful that wasn’t the case because the boys were hooked too. 

This year Barrett is on the Twins and Merrick is on the Phillies. Great coahes, good teammates and fun parents all around. Juggling dual practices and games is difficult when Scott is out of town but my sister has been a great help. Plus, I secretly love running to games and feeling rushed.

They’ve learned a ton about baseball and sportsmanship each season and this week in particular, humility and the power of prayer.   At last nights games there were some great lessons learned! 

Merrick has been bragging to anyone with ears about his team being undefeated or “undefeatable” as he says. I told him yesterday to watch his words because it could bite him in the butt. He didn’t get it. Nor did he care. 

His first time up to bat at yesterday’s game, during the second inning, he struck out. That’s not common. He’s typically a predictable hitter. Second time up to bat he wanted to redeem himself so he took his stance and pointed to the outfield. OH MY GAAAAHHHHHHHHH! His coach and I moaned loudly. He proceeded to strike out again. “Humility will be the topic of discussion on the ride home tonight!”, I told my mom and in-laws. The icing on the cake was his team was slaughtered! Oh this is a great lesson indeed. 

Now Barrett’s game was completely different. Well, not entirely. They also lost but if you talked to Barrett about the game you’d never know. First inning of the game he’s playing third base. He’s never played third before so I was interested to see how he’d do. I wasn’t terrified like when he pitched two weeks prior just eager to see the results. I wasn’t disappointed! First kid walked to first base (base on balls) and the second kid was up to bat. He hit a hard grounder to the left of Barrett. He slid and caught it and tossed it to 2nd base and they got the runner out. “Good job Barrett!”, I yelled from the stands. Ehhh I might have yelled baby. The boys hate it but I don’t care. Second kid up to bat hits a line drive straight to Barrett and he catches it! I’m jumping up and down in the stands yelling now! The grin on his face stretches ear to ear. There’s still one more out to get and the batter steps up to the plate. Barrett takes his ready stance and drops the smile because that’s not serious baseball. He can’t keep the straight face long because the smile is slowly creeping over the serious mask he put on. That’s my favorite. He deserves to be proud of himself. He only got up to bat twice that game and the first time he was walked, the second time he got a hit but was tagged out on first. 

His coach approached me and said he thought Barrett does really well when he puts him in positions he has never played before like when he let him pitch the other week. He only let three runs through and struck two out which wasn’t bad for his first time. We were so nervous before that game we prayed and we don’t normally do that. Before we got out of the car this game I thought “Lets pray again!”. I’d argue with the coach that it’s not tossing him in different positions but the prayers we said before we got out of the car. We’ll have to make it a habit because both boys had good nights just in different ways.

It’s not just the boys that are learning things during baseball season. I’ve learned some things too. For instance, my boys don’t like me yelling “Good job BABY!!” across the field and Barrett doesn’t like it when I yell across the field at him to put his prescription glasses on. I have no intention of changing my ways. I also learned I let my fellow baseball moms across the nation down by drinking water at the games. 


I’m pretty mouthy without alcohol so I might sill refrain. 

Off to another game! 

Xoxo Me

Our Summer So Far

Alaskans  shove 7 months worth of activities into 3 months. Summer is CRAZY busy especially when the weather is spectacular!! Here is some of the things we’ve been up to in the last month (summer weather didn’t start until June this year).

Alaska Land is a favorite park in town. Why? I have no idea because the goofy golf is the ugliest, run down course and the carousel ride is WAY over priced.
Alaska Land is a favorite park in town. Why? I have no idea because the goofy golf is the ugliest, run down course and the carousel ride is WAY over priced.

 

Driving behind a Subaru with handicap plates (the worse combination) I was getting really aggravated. I thought I was doing well hiding my feelings but was proved wrong when after she turned into a business without signaling Merrick said “Mom, you need a drink.” . I’ll have to work on my hiding skills next time. Though I am happy to report I was able to eat a candy bar in the car secretly with the kids in the back and no one noticed. The noisy wrapper was tricky. I was so impressed with myself and happy I didn’t have to share!

 

Kierran was TERRIFIED of the swing.
Kierran was TERRIFIED of the swing.
Oh he had a love hate relationship with the new textures on the "beach" or small gravel pad at the lake.
Oh he had a love hate relationship with the new textures on the “beach” or small gravel pad at the lake.
Kierran and his buddy Simone
Kierran and his buddy Simone
Tubbing on the lake. The older two went out on a boat but were to afraid to get on the tube by themselves.
Tubing on the lake. The older two went out on a boat but were to afraid to get on the tube by themselves.
We went to Birch Lake to hang with friends and had a great time!
We went to Birch Lake to hang with friends and had a great time!

 

Merrick is standing next to me in his swim trunks “Hey mom look! I’m growing boobies!”

In his know-it-all voice Barrett says, “Those aren’t boobs Merrick they’re pimples!”

 

Pool fun with friends
Pool fun with friends
Back at AK Land we rode the train with friends.
Back at AK Land we rode the train with friends.
The boys got dirty in the Chickens dust bath
The boys got dirty in the Chickens dust bath
A little surprised?
A little surprised?
Barrett got his hair did! We thought he made himself to look like Raggedy Andy
Barrett got his hair did! We thought he made himself to look like Raggedy Andy
We had a lot of time at the pool to learn so I taught Kierran how to make a kissy face and how to high five!
We had a lot of time at the pool to learn so I taught Kierran how to make a kiss face and how to high five!
We packaged and froze our first 12 meat chickens. It was interesting. Barrett wanted nothing to do with it and cried. Merrick was playing with the guts. Night and Day those two are.
We packaged and froze our first 12 meat chickens. It was interesting. Barrett wanted nothing to do with it and cried. Merrick was playing with the guts. Night and Day those two are.

 

The boys were in the back seat of the car biting themselves. I don’t ask questions a lot. If they’re behaving big deal. Barrett told Merrick to bite hard so he would leave teeth marks on his forearm. Merrick’s response was “No, Barrett! If I bite to hard I’ll bite into my chicken.”

 

I put winter clothes away in June. This hat was made by Kierran's great Aunt Kris.
I put winter clothes away in June. This hat was made by Kierran’s great Aunt Kris. THANK YOU!
We have spent A LOT of time at the pool watching the boys take lesson. Both boys did great! They are both the youngest swimmers in their classes and holding their own with the big kids!
We have spent A LOT of time at the pool watching the boys take lesson. Both boys did great! They are both the youngest swimmers in their classes and holding their own with the big kids!
We visited my brother in law Kyle at the car wash. Kierran was NOT impressed with the colorful soap.
We visited my brother in law Kyle at the car wash. Kierran was NOT impressed with the colorful soap.
Merr put a stop to those flames.
Merr put a stop to those flames.
Barrett made the NSFD facebook page with his putting out fire skills!
Barrett made the NSFD facebook page with his putting out fire skills!
Fire Department Open House. Merrick is doing his paramedic pose.
Fire Department Open House. Merrick is doing his paramedic pose.
Another summer favorite is the Shaved Ice Sisters Hut. Kierran got his first taste and was in love.
Another summer favorite is the Shaved Ice Sisters Hut. Kierran got his first taste and was in love.

 

 

That’s it for June! Well, not really we have one week left and in a few hours are leaving for the downtown solstice fair but that will produce nothing but pictures of my boys eating cotton candy. Then there is the Run from the Cops race, a wedding, a few playdates….