Tuesday, June 29, 2010

T-Ball Time!

The time has come for t-ball to start again! Yeah! Matthew did such a great job at his first "game" tonight. This is our second year of doing t-ball through the Southdale YMCA. They play once a week for an hour. The first 1/2 hour is spent practicing the basics - catching, throwing, hitting the ball and running the bases (of course). The second 1/2 hour is spent playing a little "game." I put that in parenthesis because they don't track runs, and there really is no winner or loser. Each kid gets a turn at bat. You get one base for each person that hits, and then the last hitter for each team gets to do a home run. Both teams get two turns at bat, and two turns in the field.

Watching them in the field is hysterical. The coaches (a.k.a. parent volunteers) really try to space the kids out and put them in a position. However, as many of you know, once that ball hits the ground - they all go for it! Before long, the outfield looks like a pile of five-year olds on the pitchers mound!

Oh well, it is all in good fun. Matthew seemed to enjoy himself, and that is all that matters. The first picture on top is of him catching a quick drink of water before heading up to bat. The second picture is of him coming up on third base, and the third is him up to bat for the last time tonight. Enjoy!

Monday, June 21, 2010

Father's Day 2010

Happy Father's Day! What had such a fun weekend. We actually started the annual celebration on Saturday. We woke Arik up early with some presents, and headed off to Bryant Lake Bowl for some breakfast. It was awesome. It is, by far, our favorite breakfast place in the city. The kids love the bowling alley, and we love the food! It's a win win for everyone!

When we got home, we put the kids in the double stroller and went for a long walk. We started off following the creek, and then we crossed over the bridge and headed back to our house along the lake. The kids enjoyed our little pit stop at the beach park. They got to spend some quality time on the swings and slide before climbing back into the stroller.

On Sunday morning, we took another long walk. This time, we headed down Chicago to Turtle Bread. We split a sticky bun, had some coffee, and headed back towards our house along the creek. It was another beautiful morning for a walk.

As you can see from the pictures, we then headed off to Woodbury for some water fun at the Hanson's. Rod and Diane grilled up an excellent lunch, and set up all of this fun stuff for the kids. They had the pool out, as well as the slip 'n' slide. Everyone had a blast. Even the big kids (i.e Arik & Aaron) got in on the water fun!

Happy Father's Day to all of the great Dad's that we know! Enjoy the photos!