Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Baseball Season Opener a Success!!!

After a fast paced weekend that included a double header of scrimmage baseball on Saturday, as well as soccer games both Saturday and Sunday, along with a surprise 70th birthday party to attend, we made it through and on into the third week of April.  And to remind us that spring really isn't here fully just yet, we had the whole mix of weather once again yesterday morning...... rain, hail and snow..... then followed it up with a mostly sunny, yet rather breezy and cold day!!!

Thankfully, the weather cooperated enough throughout the day, so we were able to officially kick off Evan's baseball season with the season opener game last evening in Sumas, at 6pm.  We took on the Bellingham Bulldogs, and played a pretty good first game.  Nooksack took the win, 13-11 in the end, though at one point we held an 11-3 advantage.

Not sure what happened to Evan, though, as he did not play at the same level he has been playing in practices and the scrimmage games.  Not sure if he was nervous, of if the start of getting sick got the better of him or just what.... but he just wasn't hitter at the plate that he normally is, and he missed an easy play right to him at third at one point, then made a big throwing error later in the game, that cost us two more runs!  :-(

I am very happy for the team, to come out and start of the season with a win.  This will boost confidence and make them ready to play hard again this coming Wednesday, in Lynden.  I am just hopeful that Evan will once again find his game between now and then..... I was hurting for him in the stands last night.

Well, I am off to work today after eight days off.  Tomorrow, more baseball..... taking on the Lynden Storm team at Bender fields..... looking forward to it already!!!  :-)

Hello baseball season.......

Friday, April 15, 2011

Here Comes the Weekend!!!

It's Friday, and it's the first Friday in a while now that we are back into our said "normal" routine.  Grammy & Papa are back in Oregon, so it is just us and Uncle Brad once again.  That said, nothing around here this time of year is actually very "normal"...... just busy and hectic and crazy and fast-paced.  So, here is how our weekend is shaping up for us at this point.....

This evening, we will be heading back to school for family movie night, sponsored by the PTO.  We will be watching the movie "Earth", and the kids will be enjoying dirt pudding, popcorn and soda.  This is being done in recognition of Earth Day, which is coming up next week.

Tomorrow morning we will be at the Northwest Soccer Fields @ 9am, ready for Evan's 9:15am soccer game.  Then, weather permitting, we will be at the Sumas ball fields for a double header scrimmage baseball games with Evan's team, from around 2pm until 5 or 6pm.  

Sunday morning we will head to church, but rather than the 10am service that we normally attend, we will go to the 11:30am service instead.  After church, we will head somewhere to have a nice sit-down family lunch together.  Then, at 2pm, we will head on over to a surprise birthday party for a good family friend of ours.  From there, we will head right on out to the Northwest Soccer Fields once again, where we will  be having our team pictures taken at 3:45pm.  After pictures, we will start warming up for our make-up soccer game from last week, which starts at 4:45pm.

After the soccer game, we will head home, where we will get the kiddos cleaned up, fed and ready to relax for the evening...... and that will be it for our weekend!!!


Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Good-bye Grammy & Papa

Bittersweet is the word for today here.  Today, Grammy & Papa left us to head back home, after taking the kiddos to school one last time.  Grammy had been here with us for the past three weeks.  Papa spent the first week here with us, then went back to Portland for a week and a half.  He came back up a few days ago.  It was a lot of fun having them here, and especially for the kids.  But alas, all good things eventually come to an end......

So today, with Grammy & Papa now gone back home to Portland, it is time for us here to try and get back to some resemblance of normal around here with our routines.  Normal isn't really a great word to use, since our schedules are constantly changing lie crazy, and right now we are entering that crazy and busy time or year for us, where we are on the go every day, chasing kids around to practices and/or games of one sport or another!!!

Fact is, though..... we LOVE it!!!  :-)  We will miss having Grammy & Papa here with us, as we always have a great time.  However, we will keep on having a great time even without them here, as we now start baseball games, soccer games and t-ball games every week for the next month... or longer!!!   :-)

Now, if someone would please find a way to get nicer, drier, warmer weather to visit us for a while.... that would be fantastic!!!

Sunday, April 10, 2011

The boy is fast!!!

So, yesterday morning Brad and Evan and myself all entered and ran the Lynden 6k Fun Run, held at Bender Park.  This was an organized fund raising run, with the money raised going to help support Children of Hope Orphanage in Dulce Refugio, Mexico.  This seemed like a great cause, and worthy of us getting out early and getting our morning fitness in to start the day of right.  The weather was just right, and there was a rather nice turnout of people at the event.

Anyway, the 6k run works out to be 3.75 miles.  Evan ran a 4 mile run back at the beginning of March, with a time of right at 37 minutes.  He has been convinced that he could have run it faster, and was excited to try and beat his time at this run.  I kind of figured that if we finished at around 32-34 minutes, we would be doing really well for the day, and especially for Evan.  If we could finish between 30-32 minutes, then it would be a most excellent day of running, for all of us!  So, what did we do?  We blew Evan's time away from his previous run, and his pace....

Evan finished the 6k (3.75miles) in 28 minutes and 47 seconds!!!  This is fast!!!  This means that Evan maintained a running pace of 7.8mph, or a 7:40min/mile!!!  The kid is only 9 1/2 years old..... I was both amazed and proud of my son.  :-)  To add to this already great success story, Evan also finished the race in 14th place overall.... simply fantastic!!!  And he hasn't even been training to run distance since his last run... just has remained the very active kid that he is!!!

As a comparison, since this run was a full .25miles shorter than his last run, here is how his 4 mile run results stacked up.... he finished the 4 mile run in 37 minutes and 53 seconds.  Thus, Evan had a running pace of 6.3mph, or a 9:28min/mile!

Amazing!  Evan absolutely rocked it yesterday morning!  He improved  hugely, and blew his previous pace away, not even by just a little, but by a lot!!!  It was so much fun to run with my boy, and to be able to share this experience with him.  I know that Evan was able to do so well yesterday because we were together, and because I helped to set the pace for him, and to help keep him on track with that pace throughout.  Other than that, though, it was Evan's self determination and athleticism that carried him through... not me!

I am also very pleased with myself for how we both did yesterday.  I had a great run as well, and set and maintained a much faster pace than I ever could have imagined being able to do before.  In fact, it was much faster than I expected us to run as well.  I had planned that we would try and run at about 7mph, or 8:34min/mile, coming at around just over 32 minutes...... that's what I had thought and planned on anyway!  But no way.... we had a great morning, and a fantastic run, both of us.  I managed to finish just a bit quicker than Evan, as Evan lost his wind in the final sprint to the finish line, while I was able to hang on just a bit longer.  I finished the race in 28 minutes and 39 seconds, which gave me a pace of 7.85mph, or a 7:38min/mile, and overall came in 12th place!  :-)

Yes, I am very happy about our run yesterday.  However, you may notice that I have talked only about myself and Evan, though I mentioned that Brad was also running with us.  Well, unfortunately, things didn't go as planned for Brad.  He started out well, and stayed strong for quite a while.  However, at some point, his hip started bothering him, and ultimately caused him to have to stop  and walk for a while.  He attempted to run again a bit later, but things didn't improve greatly.  He did push himself to run out the end, but was not very happy with how things went.  He came across the line at just a little over the 32 minute mark.  I was really bummed for him, as I know how much he wanted to run a really strong run, with a good overall pace, and more than that, to be able to finish this run with Evan and I.  It didn't happen yesterday.... but I am convinced that it will happen soon!  Perhaps in two weeks, when we head out to run the 5k run with the fuzz, to support local law enforcement agencies!

So, there you have it..... me bragging up my boy once again!  I am sorry to keep on all about him.....OK, no I am not!!!  As long as Evan keeps doing such amazing and wonderful things, I will continue to brag about him here!!!  I love that boy, and am so proud to be his dad.

Next run is on Saturday, April 23rd... the Fun with the Fuzz 5k, in Bellingham!!!

Sunday, April 3, 2011

April Showers.....

April is here.  And just like we learned growing up, "April showers bring May flowers"..... indeed, Aprils has started out living up to this popular phrase quite well.  In fact, the forecast over the next two weeks here seems to be following right along!  I am so sick and tired of the rain....... I so badly hope that the second half of that phrase requires lots and lots of sunshine to make happen!

My bicycling thus far this year is nearly non-existent when compared to last year at this time!  I long to ride more miles, but I have struggled with the wet and the cold and the wind this year....... no doubt, I will be a great snow bird when I retire!!!  :-)

BUSY!!!  This will be the word we use most frequently for the next five months now!  With Spring comes the busy and crazy and hectic and fun time in our lives, where we spend all of our time making our lives revolve around school and sports activities.  Evan is playing both baseball and soccer, while Sierra is taking on t-ball for the the first time this year.  After much pleading from both Evan and his best friend Jacob Roosma, I have taken on the role of head coach for the soccer team.  So, here we are, heading into April...... and this is what our month kind of looks like already:

This next week is spring break for the kids, so no school...... and two kids who will be bored at all times if we aren't working hard to find things to entertain them!

TUESDAY - the boys head to Canada for hockey night.  Uncle Brad won tickets to the Abbottsford Heat game on Praise 106.5 , and the girls will have girls night while we are gone.

WEDNESDAY - soccer practice for Evan, as well as baseball practice

THURSDAY - baseball practice again for Evan, and t-ball practice for Sierra

FRIDAY - heading south to Seattle Prime Outlets for a shopping day.

SATURDAY - Lynden 6k Fun Run at Bender Park in the morning, and Evan's soccer game in the afternoon.

April 16th & 17th - weekend baseball tournament in Lynden for Evan's team!

Sierra's first t-ball game on Saturday, April 23rd.... along with Evan's soccer game!

Sunday, April 24th is Easter!!!

Tuesday, April 26th...... Tracie and I go to see the performance of "CATS" at the Mt. Baker Theater!

Saturday, April 30th..... Sierra has her second t-ball game, and Evan has his last regular season soccer game

In between these dates are practices for all three sports, covering at least three days of each week, and sometimes five of the days!!!  Of course, we haven't yet dealt with our taxes, which obviously MUST be done, and soon!  And as always, other things will come up without a doubt..... and somehow, we will find a way to fit them in somewhere!!!  :-)

Yep, April is here..... the first quarter of this year is behind us already!  What am I doing here right now?  I have so much to do.....