My Nephews First Play !!!

December13
By: Nat

Landon is in pre- K and his class had a singing part in the Nativity play last night.  The younger kids were all dressed in their pj’s.  When it was their scene, they had to get on stage and belt out into song.   It was fun to see an array of reactions the kids had.  Most of them were singing on Que, some were crying in rebellion, dislike, objection( whatever goes through their minds).  He is at an age where he notices his supporters.  The reaction on his face when he saw his grandpa in the audience, my dad, was priceless.

My sister-in-law captured my first debut on Facebook.  I am waiting on getting my new phone to start having pictures and videos on my blog.

Family Birthday Celebrations In July

July3
By: Nat

For this month we have my nephew Nathans birthday, which was yesterday ! My father and sister share the same day which is coming up !  So my nephew turned 13 and he will be starting over with his move to a new school and new friends.  I wish him all the best on his new experiences in school, his environment/ community and new peers.  I remember moving around with my family during my fathers time in the Navy.

 

All-Star Baseball Games Continue

June24
By: Nat

Went back to Daphne, AL last night to watch another tournament game Foley, Al was playing Fairhope, Al .  We lost that game 10-1.  They were a sharp looking team from their uniform to their team skills.  Fairhope looked like they had really good coaches.  There is a huge selection of coaches and it is unfortunate that children miss out on perfecting their abilities because the coach does not have the skill.  My nephew Bryce’s Foley team do not have much exposure to curveballs being pitched to them, it threw them off !  It is always interesting to hear my father and brother comment on the plays of the game.

My Nephew Is In The All-Star Baseball Tournament In Alabama

June23
By: Nat

I went to Daphne, AL  last night to watch my nephew Bryce’s all-star  Foley Combat team play their first game at 8:00 p.m..  I think he put in  2 weeks of practice with his new collection of Foley players.  This is his fourth year being picked for the all stars.  My brother and father went as well to watch the flourishing seeds of the next generation.  I know Bryce has inherited the natural athletic abilities of his daddy ( my brother was an excellent baseball player, he hit balls out of the park consistently) and his grandfather(my dad use to be a good baseball player)  It is my family, however this is factual, it is what it is, I am a proud aunt, sister, daughter.

So they were down 4-1 and then they came back in the 5th inning.  They had bases loaded for a couple rounds walking their runs in.  Both pitchers on his team are excellent.  Bryce plays 3rd baseman.  They ended up winning 10-4.

Everything is Springing Up !!

March1
By: Nat

The sound of  lawnmowers, cutting the newly grown green grass.  Bushes are blooming a variety of beautiful colors.  It is amazing how seasons change, winter is leaving, and spring is arriving.  I’m sure for the states that have had a hard hitting snowy winter, it has to come as a welcoming change.

My nephew Landon, who is 3, started soccer practice.   My brother has shared with me video of Landon in action, driving the ball down the field.  He is not aggressive  towards his teammates pushing them out of the way, he just manages to kick the ball away from them.  He seems to think it is his duty to to have the ball in his possession, kicking it down the field.  It is hilarious to watch the youngsters playing their own version of soccer on the field.  They are merely in practices right now still learning the rules.

Nephew Basketball Games Are Back !

January29
By: Nat

Went to my nephew Bryce’s basketball game yesterday.  They are 3-2, since his 2nd game, his team has made improvements.  They  are more aggressive on the court, taking the ball away and driving it down the center.  It was exciting, it got my mind off my lingering dry cough, I’m still not feeling 100%.  (Like I can complain when my brother-in-laws niece is still in the unknown territory of her fate).  This is my buddies 2nd year playing, he plays very well.  I do believe he will have a future in professional athletics, that is if he chooses that route.  He has a natural ability just like his daddy.  He is good at baseball, basketball, I’m not sure about his abilities in football.

A Scary Baseball Game

May3
By: Nat

Yesterday evening, five minutes after arriving at the baseball game, my niece takes a tumble with her mouth hitting the metal bleachers .  I’m looking at her as she is on the floor and all of a sudden I start to see lots of red coming out of her mouth.  My sister grabs Madison and rushes off to the restroom, I follow with panic, not knowing the damage or harm to her mouth.  All I want to do is take away the immediate pain she is feeling.  Once the blood is cleaned off,  we see this horrible cut on her outer bottom lip, and another inside the bottom lip.  While we are in the restroom these two mothers share their own experiences with their own children cutting their lip. They were very humble and trying to down play our worries, a big thank you to the moms!   I run to get ice, I return, my sister tries to apply the ice and Madison is having none of it,  not even a popsicle, she tells us her booboo hurts.  We are still close to the restroom and concession stand,  her Momma is holding her and she starts to fall asleep…….

I missed a good chunk of my nephews game.  He played catcher for two innings……..To Be Continued..

Baseball, Baseball Read All About It !

April27
By: Nat

My buddy’s team had a week off of playing, and he resumed  Monday night.  It was an exciting game as always, they were down 0-3, then 3-7 and then they caught up and won 11-7.

Last night he played again, they played the Summerdale Al  all star team.  They were down 0-3, then 3-9, then 6-10.  They lost by 4.  They have different rules at this level for the 8 and 9 year olds.  One of his team members batted an infield pop up, the player caught it and dropped it and it was an instant out.  The reason behind that is that it could potentially be a double play for two outs.  There innings are cut shorter after the 8th batter.

Looks like my buddy will be playing another position, he currently plays 1st base man , one of the pitchers, and now catcher.  The coach is trying to arrange and perfect the team.  I think it is great to expose them to other positions.  This is  Bryce’s first year playing a more serious baseball game.  He has a lot to take in, even if he has natural athletic abilities.

8 games 2 losses to date

St. Benedict’s German Festival Today !

April16
By: Nat

St. Benedict’s is having a fund raiser for its school, they have it every year.  Today is Bryce’s School festival.  He was running a mile at 8:00 this morning.  I was going to join him however I woke up tired. ( I have not run in a while, I was planning on a push into that direction.  I had two stages in my life when I ran and I would like to do it again) the plan was to meet my brother at his house and depart from there. (did not happen).  The actual time of the mile run was at 9:00, (the 5k was at 8:00) my brother waited from  7:30 to 9.  Bryce came in 1st place in his age group, 6th place overall, his time, 7min 56 sec. I’m proud of him no matter what !  I give him a big woohoo!!!

Baseball Game Last Night !!

April8
By: Nat

Foley field is where Bryce usually has his games (not sure what the name of the park is) .  I believe it was built in 2009, it houses 5 baseball fields, very nice complex.  It is about a 45 min drive one way to see my buddy, usually it is a carpool of family members. I love the drive,we pass so many farms.  I see cattle, horses, big farming fields and it is always so clean, and a different kind of air.  Mom and dad use to always stop at BJ Farms to pick up local produce, or private farmers who were selling their grown goods.

So the game started off slow, my buddies team was down by 5.  Bryce pitched the two first innings, threw a lot of balls, he was off last night.  In the last inning they pulled it out and scored 4, they lost however it was a nice comeback.  I enjoyed it either way.  A great play that stood out, the opposing team was up to bat, a known good hitter, he knocked it out into mid field, we thought he was going to make it home , however this great arm out fielder threw it back in, and the batter only made it to 2nd base, it was priceless!

4 games so far 1 loss

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