Life is sooooooooooooo busy as a working momma of THREE kids... but, life is also full of so many "little" things...you know, those simple pleasures that really bring so much joy... I'm mostly thinking of the dopey things that my kids say and do that make me laugh... but also the little adventures we have or the day trips that we do... you think you will remember them all, but those memories really do fade over time. I am hoping to sit down once a month (ideally, once a week, but being that I hardly manage one decent shower a week, we'll aim for once a month for now! LOL) to detail those quotable quotes or beautiful little actions (or those not so much) as well as our family activities. I hope you enjoy!! :)

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Play Baaaaaaaallllllll!!

"Take me out to the ballgame... Take me out with the crowd... Buy me some peanuts and cracker jack... I don't care if I ever get back... It's root, root, root for the home team, if they don't win it's a shame... Cuz it's ONE, TWO, THREE strikes you're out at the old ball game!!" :)
The sweetest cheerleader, no?!

Dom and Ryan Warming Up! ;)
The boys know ALL about baseball and are being groomed as Yankees fans for sure (if that was not an innate quality, that is)!  Patrick, in particular, is really getting into baseball this season.  Of course, we're not quite sure if he is for REAL or if he is because games are often on at bedtime and he can usually sweet talk his way into watching an inning or two with daddy before bed (especially if the YANKEES are playing).  In any event, we signed both boys up for their first t-ball/baseball experience this spring!  Ryan was BESIDE himself with glee when he realized that HE was playing, TOOOOOO!  As we were putting them to bed the night before and going over what's on tap for the next day, as we do, we mentioned that they both were starting baseball in the morning.  Ryan downright SQUEALED (I truly wish I'd gotten it on video, who knew?!), "Me, too?!??!?" in the MOST adorable, beyond excited tone of pure, uninhibited joy... he lives and breathes to be just like his big brother and the fact that he'd be playing, and not just on the sidelines, was like a dream come true!

Mr. Funny Guy himself... all BIZ!
     I am including video of his very first at bat.  Ryan is our funny guy.  The sarcasm and quick wit he throws out at any given moment, frequently catching us off guard, are that of someone far older than 4!  He is silly, playful, pretty darn hyper, and ALWAYS talking (we have been teasing him lately about whether or not he has an "off" button which he gets a kick out of... although we're quite serious... lol).  One such moment that comes to mind was this past fall when we were headed out to Patrick's soccer game.  We had just turned off our block when I asked John if he'd brought the chairs.  John frowned (well, more than frowned, but let's keep this a PG-rated blog!), and turned the car around.  All of a sudden, we hear this voice from the back call out sarcastically, "Gee!  That was a great game, wasn't it?!?"  I mean, you can't make this stuff up... In any event, I digress... As Ryan walked on that field his first day, we didn't even recognize him!  He was all BIZ!  He had his shoulders proudly back, head up, and, although the batting helmet nearly swallowed his head (not sure why because it is a 98th percentile head... believe me, I know!), he walked right up to that plate, focused and determined to hit that ball.  And, ever since that first day, he wants to play!  He is excited to go to the local field with John and Patrick and practice.  In fact, he takes John's hints and tips far more seriously than Patrick (in P's defense, he has never been one to be TAUGHT or SHOWED something... he much prefers to WATCH it done and then privately try it out on his own, until he masters it... not one to want help from others or to allow others to see him struggle!).  It is soooooooooo great to watch him in his little element and see that he is a budding little athlete.  It is such a different side of him and we look forward to watching him grow as one!!
The Yankees Embrace a Needed Player!
Ryan Tries Coach Pitch!

The biggest moment, by far, this season (so far!) is when Patrick's coach-pitch team was seriously short players.  John, who is co-coaching (with the rest of the dad's... long story, but not worth the blog space!), looked to Ryan to see if he wanted to join the team.  He did not even hesitate or bat an eyelash!  He got right out there with the big boys and showed no fear when it was his first at-bat.  He made contact with the ball pretty painlessly and hustled his little self to first base before cracking a smile for the camera!

Patrick Gets His Run On!
Daddy is nominated as pitcher!
Patrick is enjoying the season, too.  He LOVES to be a part of a team-- especially one that has his BFF Maddox on it!  We are quite proud of him, too!  Most notably how he is starting his very first baseball experience on the coach-pitch level, rather than with tee ball.  As such, he has needed some extra batting practice, but seems to REALLY enjoy the extra time and attention with daddy.  He has become QUITE aware recently that boys and girls are different... as such, the one who we thought was a "mamma's boy" has now cast mommy aside in favor of his daddy.  It is really sweet to see and John is excited as he really is no longer a little guy, but truly is a kid!

   The boys have gone down to UVA with grandpa (and grandma) to see the Cavaliers play ball in John Grisham's stadium.  They have also gone with John to see our local minor league team play ball-- getting the opportunity to run the bases.  It's pretty exciting to enter this next phase in our lives (remind me that 10 years from now... even 5, I'm sure we'll be over it... lol)!!  We can't wait for our little Rose's turn.  We've been checking out the pink bats and balls of the other girls out there-- have even noticed that they make batting helmets with a little hole in the back for a pony tail... seriously?!  How times have changed since I've played!  For now, the little sweet thing has endured 2 hour long mornings on Saturdays on the ball field.  She loves to be outside, though, and give her some uneven ground and she will happily walk back and forth over it, trying to master the action of stepping up and down! :)  
When will it be MY turn?!

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