Baseball is serious business – Part 1

I have always said that my youngest was born with a baseball bat in his hand.

It all started when he was 3 years old and was on his first baseball team.

He may not have been big in size but he was big in his love of the game.

We started him out in our church league but when it became apparent that he needed something more, we moved to the rec league at our local park.

The first team he was on was the Cardinals.

He was very proud of his first uniform.

Check out those practice swings.

When he first started out he was number 10 like his favorite player, Chipper Jones, from the Atlanta Braves.  I don’t remember even knowing the names of professional baseball players when I was 4 years old.

In the Spring season of the same year, his team was the Atlanta Braves.  Go figure.

His daddy was the coach and they came in first place in the season that year.

The trophy is almost as big as he is.

After the Spring season, some of the players are asked to play on All Stars.

Zachary was asked and was very excited.

They even got to play some games at a local park that had astro turf on their field.

That was really cool to all these boys.

I think this is the smallest catcher ever!!

The next fall we were back at it.  This would be his last year in T-ball and they were the Cubs.

He hadn’t grown very much since last season but look at the determination on his face.

In the Spring they were the Giants.

He rightfully earned the position of “circle” or pitcher as it is called when you get older.

Love the form.  See what I mean by being a natural.

End of year party with a very happy and proud daddy.  Who was, as you may guess, the coach again.

This concludes our T-Ball career.  Stay tuned for PeeWee, Minor and some of Majors, which is the level Zachary is playing now.

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A Day off of School

The kids were off school today so instead of staying home and trying to keep everyone from hurting each other, I decided that we would get out and do something.

A local game ranch in our area was having a special.  Everyone could get in for 1 dollar.  So I called one of my girlfriends and told her to pack up the kids that we were going.  We got there right after lunch and the place was packed.  Completely and totally packed.  But, hey, we were getting in for a dollar.  We would just have to deal with it.  It was also a nice day, perfect for an outside activity.

I do have to warn you, this post contains tons of photos.

Just know you’ve been warned.

The first thing we saw right off the bat was this beautiful peacock.

My friend’s son, Isaac checking out a deer.  See it to the left of his arm.  It blends in really well with all the dead Christmas trees.

People can bring in crackers, peanuts, carrots, corn and other things to feed to the animals.  Because it was $1 day, the animals had been fed so much.  This rabbit looks like he just can’t move anymore.  Look at all the food that has been shoved into his cage.

My daughter and Isaac shoving more food into the Pheasant’s cage.

I wasn’t able to get a good picture of the Georgia Black Bear.  Guess it was nap time.

They have a ton of deer there.  They will come right up to you and eat the carrots or crackers right out of your hands.  It’s so cool for the kids.

The Peacock’s there are just beautiful.  I would like to bring one home and let it run around my backyard so I can stare at it all day.  Unfortunately, our home owner’s club won’t let us do that.

These are some fancy looking chickens.  Our chickens when I was growing up never looked like this.  They were just your average everyday run-of-the-mill chickens.

My friend Lynda and her son Isaac with the baby cow.  Having grown up on a dairy farm, baby cows don’t impress me that much.

The turkeys would not turn around so I could get a good picture.  So all you get to see are turkey butts.

Momma and her baby.

The sheep are interested in what he has in his hand.

Hey kid, give that here!

Yummy, carrots!

Another momma and her baby.

Victoria gives the donkey some saltines crackers.  Who knew that donkeys liked saltines crackers?

And onto my favorite, the goats.

If we should ever move from the city to the country where I can have animals, I would like to have a great big goat farm.  I even showed goats in 4-H when I was a little girl.  They have always been my favorite.

They also have some buffalo.  The main purpose of the game ranch is to rescue injured animals or animals in the area that people find wandering around or that they’ve had at their house and no longer can care for.  I’m not sure who in Lilburn, GA had buffalo but I’m pretty sure they didn’t find them out in the wild somewhere.

This guy is huge.

We went into the bunny petting area and all the boys got to pet the bunnies.

Isaac thought it would be funny if he locked Victoria into the petting zoo.  I guess he wanted her to stay there.

The only thing between Isaac and the chickens is just this little rope.

No problem, he just knocks it down

and walks right on in.

The chickens are scattering.  I’m pretty sure he has carrots in his hands.  Chickens don’t eat carrots silly boy.

Off to see if we can get a glimpse of General Lee.

You know the famous groundhog that determines if it will be a long winter or early spring for us Atlantans.

Standing outside General Lee’s mansion.

I was told he has 3 stories in his house.  I’ve never been inside so I’ll just have to believe it.

All the kids have to take their turn ringing the bell.

No wonder the groundhog never comes out.  All that bell ringing probably has him scared.

So that was pretty much out day.  Once we finished we took the kids to the playground for a few minutes.  It started to sprinkle so we headed for the car since we had to park so far away.

Photo of the Day: My Waffle Iron Overflows

Do you ever have this kind of day?

When it feels like your waffle batter just oozes right out of the waffle iron?

I have been having 2 of these days, back to back.

Tuesday and Wednesday of this week.

The kids went back to school and hubby went back to work all on Tuesday.

I was left to tackle all the remains of everybody being home for these last 2 weeks.  I haven’t even started taking down Christmas decorations, which is driving me crazy.

My dog decided to go crazy on me Tuesday morning and my dryer vent came unattached at the wall so I couldn’t wash laundry that had been piling up for a week.

My other dog freaked out because we put new floors upstairs and now she won’t even go up there.  She has taken up permanent residence in the family room; hair and all.

I’ve been running around like a chicken with my head cut off for 2 days, going in circles, doing lots of stuff but in the end feeling like I have accomplished nothing.

Today has started off well, aside from my daughter spazzing out over a Polo shirt that she didn’t get for Christmas.

We’ll see how the rest of today goes.

Wish me luck!

Photo of the Day: Back in the swing of things

December is such a busy month for everybody.  School parties, Christmas parties, concerts, traveling, shopping.  It just never slows down.

When the kids are out of school for Christmas break, I make it a point to slow down.  I turn off our alarm clocks and we sleep until we wake up.  I let phone calls go to voice mail and only check my email once a day.  We have to have that time in our lives where we slow down and just live minute-by-minute, day-by-day.  I need the time to unwind.  My kids need the time to unwind. It makes me a nicer person.

All sports stop over Christmas break.  Hubby might take the kids to the gym to shoot basketballs but we don’t have anything on our calendar that we have to do.  We don’t have any appointments to make or times when we have to be somewhere.

I truly enjoy those 2 weeks.

They always go by so fast.

The kids went back to school on Tuesday and I was not ready for our break to be over.  Basketball started back on Tuesday and softball is right behind it.

I’m not looking forward to packed calendars and rushing out the door to make it somewhere on time, but it’s here.

Thank you break, I needed you.  Until next year.

Photo of the Day: Naptime

God blessed me with children who are good sleepers.

Even at 13 years old, if my daughter will lay down and be still, she will fall asleep.

Hubby and I were upstairs working on the new floors when she took over the poor dog’s bed and fell asleep.

Coco just crawled on whatever was left and slept right along with her.

The floors in the master bedroom are finished except for the corner round.

I’m so excited to finally have them done.  They look fabulous and I can’t wait to share them with you.