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5/5/13 what I'm up to these days

Sunday, May 05, 2013

A little blog to let you know about my current life.

I have two grandsons who live nearby (and a third who lives down south with his sister). Both PA boys play baseball. Tyler is 9. He and the others on his team are still learning even the basics.....kind of amusing sometimes to watch them. The teams that age play for only 6 innings, and each half inning is played until they score 3 runs, or get 3 outs. Then the other team is up to bat.

Tyler's older brother is 13, and most of his team is also 13 yr. old. They are playing on the big fields now (90 ft between bases) and play by 'high school' rules.....tougher. Since they are so young, most of the boys they play are a year or two older, so Josh's team probably won't win many games this season. That's ok, they're being stretched and are learning more about 'real' baseball. DH and I love to watch them both play.

Thursday, Josh's team played probably their toughest opponents of the year. That team had all 15 yr olds, and is considered the "A" team. Josh's team got slaughtered something like 15 or 20 to zero. Yep, a shut-out.

Yesterday Josh had a game about an hour's drive away. Again, the other team was largely a yr or so older, but Josh's team held them to 7 points while scoring 3 points themselves. Yes, they lost again; but again, they're being stretched and given the opportunity to pick up things like how to better steal bases, just by watching how the other teams play.

DH and I ran errands on the way home, arriving in time to let the dog out. She almost turned herself inside out with excitement that we were home again. After getting a bite of lunch, we went to Tyler's game. DH and I had to leave in the bottom of the 5th inning so we could make it on time to small group, with another stop at the house for Darby. Our dau called later and told us Tyler's team won 7-6 in the 6th inning. Yea!!

Josh is again on a Traveling Tournament team in addition to his Little League play. The traveling teams play exclusively in 1 or 2 day tournaments, on weekends for a few months. The games are always 'away' even when Josh's team is the home team. This year, the play starts next Saturday, near Reading, PA - and since we live near Harrisburg, it's a little over an hour's drive away. It's just on Saturday, and I'll drive up there for the two games they will definitely play. If they play the championship game, I'll have to miss it in order to get back for small group. DH will miss those games because he has to attend a special election judge training class.

Our church is currently doing a Bible study on the "Vertical Church" by James McDonald. It's a pretty intense study - Sunday School and the sermon each week, plus a video and small group discussion. The study runs for eight weeks in April and May, and a simplistic explanation of the study is that it is about our relationship vertically with the Lord, so that we can reach out horizontally to others, making all THOSE relationships be about God and not us.

The boys play about 7 games a week (between the two of them), we have small group each Saturday night, and we're continuing with our volunteer work at the school for a few hours one day a week, and a few more hours two other mornings a week at the no-kill animal shelter. Whew! You ought to see the large calendar for May on our refrigerator.....there are only about 3 days with nothing written on them - and those are Sundays, when it's a given that we'll be at church. That includes dr appts and training for working in the polls on primary day, which is in a few weeks. That is a terribly LONG day, but I rather enjoy it, even tho we come home and collapse on the couch. But you know we wouldn't do all these things if we didn't want to.

So okay, if you've read this far emoticon you know what I'm up to these days. emoticon
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    Wow, what a busy time! Do take breaths and enjoy yourself.
    At some point, I switched the boys and was thinking Josh was older. Thanks for straightening me out! How are the coaches this year?
    1874 days ago
  • 2BEHEALTHY2014
    I believe you are now as busy as Pat! Don't forget to take time for you!
    1875 days ago
    1875 days ago
    Looks like we all have our things right now

    yours is The baseball hobby...

    Well hobby of cheering!

    1875 days ago
  • FROSTY99
    Isn't it amazing how "busy" we are in retirement??? How did we ever have time to hold down a job-ha ha ha!
    Have a Sparktacular week!

    1875 days ago
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