Thursday, May 23, 2013

Yes, I know I have 3 kids

Forgive me.  I know my reboot of this blog has been very "Collins centric".   I started it during the final stretch of the baseball season, so it was at the forefront of my mind.

I'll begin to spread around the subjects a little bit more.

Oh, by the way.....

Collins hit an inside the park home run in the championship game.  They won 11-10.

  He finished his 6U rec league career with a record of 36-6-1, including a #1 finish this year and a runner up the season before.  They finished 3rd in his first season.
Of course, it's a team game.  He has been on some great teams and has had great coaches. 

The All Star season starts tomorrow night, on Nana's birthday. 
Go Canes...

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

So far, so good (I have some parental bragging to do)

I want to acknowledge what's been going on with the kids here at the end of the year.   This is supposed to be informative, but may sound like bragging.  I'm very proud of them.

The awards day at school has been going great.   Grace won more awards than she has ever won before.  She won an award for Music, and for Art.   She also won an award for having all A's and B's all  year.
She got a medal for her work in the gymnastic class, too.

 Collins got an award for having the Biggest Heart, which is my favorite that he he has ever won...well, maybe a close second to the watermelon seed spitting contest he won in preschool. 

Speaking of winning, Collins' team won their 3rd round playoff game against the Giants.  Collins went 2-3 with a double and a run scored, but even better than that, he played great defense.  He got at least 4 outs when he was playing 3rd, including the great throw he made to 2nd base. Defense has always been a weak point.  Collins is a good hitter, but it was nice to see him flashing the leather, too.

Collins has the championship game tonight.  His end of the season party is tomorrow.  He has an All Star scrimmage Thursday.  He has his first All Star game Friday night in a tournament, and he has 2 more games on Saturday.  I hope he loves baseball more than ever after this....hopefully, it won't backfire and make him hate it.

Hobgood Braves vs Hobgood Mets tonight.

If the Mets play like I saw them play yesterday, we're going to be in trouble.   We played the best defensive game of the year yesterday in order to beat the Giants.  We need that same type of game tonight. 

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Playoffs....the final frontier

Well, Collins' team made it through to the 3rd round of the playoffs.  They won a rough game against the Rockies, 10-9.  Today's game was rained out, so they have to play tomorrow NIGHT at 7pm.  If they win, they have to turn around and play on Tuesday. You can't tell how the kids are going to perform on a week day game.  Hopefully, they won't all be worn out from school. 

The All Star team just had their team pictures last Saturday.  I believe they may have a tournament game as soon as this next weekend.  There isn't going to be a break. 

With the games rained out, the girls went shopping.  That left us boy at home.  We rented the Star Trek movie (the 2009 remake).  It was Collins' first time watching anything Star Trek.  He seemed to like it, I was a little surprised he made it all the way through the movie.  I had to fast-forward through Cpt. Kirk trying to score with an alien.

I was almost Collins' age when I saw The Wrath of Khan in the theater. 

We might go to see the new one in the theater.

I showed a few minutes of a goofy Star Trek show from the 1960s.  Collins' laughed when Abraham Lincoln showed up in space.  I was cringing. 

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Collins' 6 yr old season.

Well, it's playoff time again!!

The 6 yr old Hobgood Braves finished in 2nd place.   They were #1 almost all year, but they lost the penultimate game of the regular season, which was against the #2 Mets. The game was rained out 2 times, and was finally played during the week last week when Collins was out sick.  Obviously, Collins is the straw that stirs the drink.

Now, it's playoff time. 

The Braves get a 1st round bye.

In the 2nd round, they'll play against the winner of the Rockies/Phillies game being played this week.
If they win that, they'll play the 3rd round game on Sunday...quite possibly against his old coaches and the Giants.

Win that, and the championship game is on Monday.   I gotta tell you, I'm sick to my stomach nervous already.

After that game, the season is over and we will direct focus onto the All Star team.  It will be good for us parents, since we've gone into baseball withdrawals after each of the last 2 seasons have ended.

The season next fall will have to move up to the softball fields, because Hobgood is renovating the baseball fields.  Spring 2014, we'll be back at the baseball fields, on the 7 yr old field this time.

I gotta tell you, it's going to be sad saying goodbye to the 6 yr old field.  I know I can turn anything sad, but it's hard not to get nostalgic when you are having so much fun with like minded people, and your kids are growing up.

Collins' teams have an all time record of 33-6-1.  He missed 2 games due to illness, one was a win 2 seasons ago against the Yankees, and then the loss last week against the Mets. 

He finished 3rd in his first season, and 2nd last season....and now the playoffs this season.  Can they finish strong and become champions???

We will see...

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Not to bash Tebow....but

Tim Tebow, despite the fact that he is a freaking gator, is a tremendous role model.  He is a smart, loving, athletic, motivated Christian who places his faith in Jesus and isn't afraid to admit it.

However, I'm hearing a lot of sympathy for him because he's not in the NFL. 

Not to pile on, but it's all his fault.

I know he wants to be a starting QB, but there are only 32 men doing that in the entire world.  I don't think he's been given a fair chance either, but he could be in the NFL right now if he would accept another position.   I would be thrilled for Tebow to be a Falcon if they would hire him as a fullback, H Back, wham back, goal line QB, etc.  

He won't do that.  His PRIDE is getting in the way.  I know he is trusting GOD to lead him, and that's what he needs to do. 

I don't feel sorry for him, though.  Maybe GOD is teaching him humility.  If he wants to play football, and leads to sign up to be a player and quit waiting on a QB position. 

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Collins Turns 7

Huge day today.  I went to Collins' school today for his birthday.  When I came home, we went to Chili's for this birthday.  We had birthday cookie cake and presents when we made it back home.

His teacher told me a story about one of his classmates losing some money that he was going to use to buy a bracelet for a fund raiser.  Collins comforted him and let him have HIS bracelet.  I am more proud of that than I was him making an all star team.