Sep 27, 2020

Fall Volleyball at Sports City

Scout has been busy working out with Sport and The Beast, getting ready to play volleyball again. She was so focused, that we actually missed the tryouts for Fall Ball at Sports City. Fortunately, when I reached out to them, they found a spot for her as #1 on the Gold Team even though she had already missed two weeks of practice time.

So this week she made it to her first practice on the day before her first matches. 

Sports City has been really good about keeping guests in their facilty safe. I saw the lady at the front desk send half a dozen people back for masks before she would let them into the facility. She even sent out players!!

The kids can take off their masks only on the court during practices and games. Visitors can't take them off at all. Players are also only allowed one guests each, limiting the parents and allowing for social distancing. 

I worry so much about letting my kids back into the world. COVID-19 rages on, particularly in Utah right now. Some people laugh at the precautions and restrictions, but I welcome them. Grandpa is 85 years old now and probably in better health than I am. I want to keep him safe. 

I want to keep all of us safe. 

But I want my kids to do the things they love too. So we push forward and welcome others like Sports City and Club GSL who are looking out for us. 

Thanks for wearing your mask!

Sep 24, 2020

Sure Has Been a Long Day...

Actually it has been a couple of long days. Yesterday morning my sweetie and I climbed into my car for a quick trip to drop birthday gifts on Princess's doorstep and then swing by the fruitstand for some peaches. We were about 30 miles down the freeway when my car suddenly decided it didn't want to run anymore. 

After a few furtive attempts at restarting and some great coasting, we made it safely to an exit and a quiet side street. First we called our mechanic, then a tow truck, and finally Bossy. Thankfully, she was able to quickly arrange a long lunch so she could come and pick us up.

Not wanting our trip to be completely wasted, she ran us over to our favorite fuitstand. My sweetie bought a box of peaches and then Bossy negotiated 5 boxes of pears at $15 each. The price was fantastic, and we should have run straight home and put them in jars.

But we didn't. 

We got started around 10:00 this morning, first with the two boxes from Drama Queen's tree and then we continued working through these others. Sadly, we had to discard quite a few, but look what we did!

With cleanup? I put the last dirty towels and dishrags in the washer just after 10:00 pm. Like I said, a very long day... but a good one.

Sep 21, 2020

Becoming an Eagle

When 2019 ended, so did the relationship between BSA and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Sport was one of many young men who decided to quickly finish his Eagle.

You probably remember his project and making quilts to be donated to Primary Children's Medical Center.
Anyway, we scheduled his Eagle Court of Honor for March 29th. Obviously that didn't happen. 
So we have just been waiting.

Now exactly 6 months later, we have rescheduled and I am scrambling. I finally have all the right patches and badges sewn on the shirt and sash.
But I still have to finish the patch quilt he wants to show.
I'm sure proud of this guy ... so proud I don’t even mind.

Sep 19, 2020

Renaissance Man

Curly is a Renaissance Man. I think I've told you that before and even if I haven't, you have likely guessed it by now.

He is playing football for Bingham's Grid Iron A team and he has earned the coveted starting center spot. This requires practicing three nights a week and a Saturday morning game. Fortunately, that leaves us with two nights a week that he can use for other things. This past two weeks, he has opted to spend that time playing baseball.
Back in August, Curly's baseball coach asked me if Curly would like to play in just one more tournament. I reminded him that Curly was playing football and he would only be available on Tuesdays and Fridays. Thankfully (since I love baseball), they still wanted to put him on the roster.
His first game was supposed to be the day after Labor Day and then an unscheduled football practice pulled him from that game. I have to admit that I was a little more devastated than he was, but then a crazy windstorm across the valley that downed trees and severely damaged Drama Queen's deck, cancelled the game.
Curly missed the next two games, both losses and on Friday when he was available, they played the top team in the tournament. Sadly, they chalked up another loss 2-6. Then they rescheduled the "wind" out game for Tuesday. With all losses the first week, we totally expected it to be Curly's last game.
Then Tuesday rolled around. Curly pitched an excellent game and had 5 RBIs on his 2 monster hits!! They won!! But to come from last place to the Friday night championship game without Curly seemed unlikely. Then they won on Wednesday...
and Thursday...
And that brought us to tonight and one more game.
Curly pitched the first 2 innings and he helped score 3 of their 4 points, but they still came up short of the win. But for a second chance at a last game, 2nd place was not too bad.
Not too bad at all...