This past Sunday we spent the afternoon with our good friends the Somasis.
Here is some video of Elliot displaying his prowess on the monkey bars in the neighbors' back yard:
Finn's pre-school had a beach party this past Friday:
The opening day for Elliot's coach-pitch baseball season was last Saturday, and the second game of the season was this past Thursday. The team is sponsored by Subway.
Here are a couple of videos from Elliot's first game (if the video doesn't play when you click it, try clicking your browser's reload or refresh button and try it again):
Late this afternoon I was walking into Office Max in Midland when I saw a Blue Lakes Charters & Tours bus drive past. There was a man riding ON TOP of the bus. Just sitting there and holding on. I'm not kidding. I wish I had jumped back in my truck and followed the bus. I think it was going to the fairgrounds nearby. It was very strange.
In other news, today was opening day for Little League baseball, so Elliot played in his first game. I'll post more on that later.
Today I did something that I haven't done in about 16 years. It's something that I think most people do at least a few times each year, but I hadn't in more than 15. Just for fun, anyone who reads this should leave a comment, including his/her guess for what I did today. I'll reveal the secret to this great mystery in a few days.
Last Thursday was Elliot's first practice for his Little League coach-pitch baseball team. I didn't get to go because I was sick (I'm still recovering some kind of stomach virus). Here's the rules:
1. Games will be three innings in length no new inning shall start after 8pm
2. Scores will not be kept. Scorebooks are intended to be used for track batting orders and field position assignments.
3. Kids playing at the pitchers position in the field are to wear batting helmets.
4. All kids play in the field you may position them using an extra infielder a second and extra outfielders.
5. One at-bat for a team is considered complete when every player on the team has batted one time through the order. Outs are not counted
6. Parents may position themselves behind the catcher to facilitate in returning the ball to the pitcher on pass balls to speed play.
7. Runners are to advance one base on infield hits and are to remain at the base they advanced to on throwing errors or overthrows (no advancement).
8. Hits over the outfielders head or in the gap should be played as normal baseball rules allowing the batter to advance as far as he/she can go. It is recommended the batter be held if part of the advancement is because of throwing errors in trying to relay the ball back to the infield. (Use best discretion)
9. 5 year olds are encouraged to start in the outfield until acclimated to the hit balls to avoid injuries. Some players may be advanced enough to waive this guideline.
10. Encourage all players to play all positions over the course of the season. It is permissible to start the same kids in the same positions in multiple games to get the feel of playing as a team and then moving the kids around beginning the next inning.
11. Keep the pitch count to a 10 pitch maximum at which time a walk is issued to the batter.
12. Kids playing catcher must wear catching equipment.
13. Home team supplies one new game ball and one good used ball fOr each game. Home team is responsible for the bases to be placed prior to the game.
14. Base paths should be set to forty feet between each base.
Elliot and his buddy Fitzhugh strike fierce poses on Easter.
Twice today Finn hopped onto his tricylce and road off down the sidewalk...getting quite far away before anybody noticed that he was gone. The second time he was already on the other side of the block before he was tracked down by the miscellaneous neighbors who scattered in search of him when they heard Lisa calling his name.
I was telling Lisa that I overheard Elliot talking to his friend Fitzhugh (who is visiting his grandparents who live next door to us):
Elliot: "My mom told me that the Easter Bunny isn't real."
Fitzhugh: "But she's wrong, right?!?"
Lisa responded, "I did go to the store and picked up some presents for you for Easter."
Finn chimed in, "Did the Easter Bunny go shopping with you?"