Here are some pics from Clay's 9th birthday. We celebrated it 3 weeks early this year so that Clay could invite friends from school because we were going to be in Louisiana for his actual birthday. We had a swimming party at the pool in Ransom. He had a great time, and thankfully the weather cooperated!!
Chastin is in the high school band. He played the bass guitar during marching season (and yes, for those of you who are familiar with marching bands I said bass guitar - and for those of you that are not familiar with marching bands, guitars are not usually found. In fact he was the only one in Texas I believe. But after his skiing injury, he was, as we call it "promoted" to triangle player. He was NOT happy. I think he was the BEST little triangle player. :)
Hannah was in beginning band (yes that's her in first chair position, just like her mama!) She is loving band and gets to be a "roadie" for the high school band next year. Which means she gets to travel with the band to all the Varsity football games and help set up for the half time show. She's pretty excited!
The concert was very entertaining, with my favorite song being the Veggie Tales theme song!
While visiting Nana and Papa's in Tulia, the ice cream truck came by. Wish I would have had my camera when we were picking out what we wanted. This was pretty cool in Rope's eyes! His first ice cream truck purchase. I did happen to capture them enjoying their tasty treats.
This year I was excited about Rope hunting eggs since he can walk. I pictured him running all over the yard getting eggs and putting them in his basket. But he had a different idea of how this whole hunting eggs thing worked. He was really funny. He would walk around examining the eggs on the ground and only pick up the ones that were appealing to him. If we put an egg in his basket he didn't like he would take it out and throw it across the yard. Too cute!!
Chance and Hannah did a great job hiding the eggs.
Baseball season is officially in full swing and has found me busier than ever. I thought basketball was a busy season, but at least all those games were in the same town and gym. Baseball has found me running from town to town to catch a game. Like this morning, for example Hannah played at Roosevelt at 12:00, Clay had a game in Abernathy at 1:30, so I had to leave Hannah's game early (in the middle of her pitching I might add and after an injury - more later) to rush Clay to Abernathy. As soon as his game was over, we rushed back to Slaton to make Chance's game, which started at 3:00, just in time to get there to see him sit out the rest of the game. I completely missed him getting to play. But I was there! I was happy that I was able to make at least part all 3 games.
Clay and Chance are both playing in the Slaton league. We really like playing here, not only for the convenience of playing in the town where we live (my favorite part) but the kids are making so many friends here. For those of you who don't know, we don't go to school in the town where we live. I've been teaching at Roosevelt for 7 years and when we moved to Slaton, we didn't want the kids to move schools so we commute. Anyway, the boys play in Slaton. Clay plays machine pitch and Chance is in kid pitch.
Both my boys play 2nd base and Chance also pitches.
Chance looking happy on 2nd base.
Here's Chance pitching. On the 2nd pitch he catches the ball to get the batter out, throws to first to get the runner out, but unfortunately the first baseman misses the ball and two runners make it home. I love the outfielder's expression at the end of the video!
Clay on 2nd base. Clay batting.
Wish I would have had my video camera rolling when Clay played today. He caught a pop fly (his very first one ever!) But in my rush out the door, I left the camera at home. :( I'll try to get a video of Clay at his next game.
Future ball player!
Now Hannah.... Hannah is playing softball for the first time EVER. She hasn't played since t-ball and I'm not sure if that really counts as playing if all you did was pick dandelions and chase butterflies. But peer pressure got the best of her (thankfully it was positive peer pressure) and she decided to play with all her friends in the Roosevelt league. The first practice came and went and Hannah was pretty excited. I was very glad that she was having a good time, but honestly I didn't know if she was going to get much playing time because she is a newbie to softball.
Ok, long story short, its the first game and we are winning 9 - 1, then the pitcher starts getting tired and walking every batter - score is 9-6. Coach calls a time out to switch pitchers and guess who they put in to pitch? You guessed it Hannah! I couldn't believe it. Are you sure?? Hannah's pitching?? I didn't know she could pitch. Well here's the video of her pitching and striking the batter out. We have 2 outs, bases loaded and we are ahead 9-8 (she walked 2 girls prior to this batter). We only need 1 more out to win the game. I'm so proud of her!!! LOL you can hear me on the video giving Bryan a play by play.
Oh and watch the girls in the outfield - I love how excited they get each time she throws a strike.
Hannah on 2nd base (yes she hit the ball!!)
Well we still have about a month left of baseball, so if you would like to watch a game - let me know! I'm sure I'll have more to post this season.