Thursday, May 29, 2008

Boy Wonder hits first Grand Slam Homerun!

Well it was just a matter of time!

Boy Wonder has had an affinity for baseball since he was 18 months old. He once batted a dozen eggs around the kitchen with a wooden spoon. So proud of himself; he exclaims, " I WHACK the ball Momma!" I say, "Yeeees, you did."

He has been playing baseball since forever in the local recreation league. He has not yet shown any interest in joining a travel competing team; as Teen Queen does with softball. Last year he hit quite a few out of the park homeruns, it was his first year in Jr Baseball (kid pitch). The year before that, he hit a few out of the park in machine pitch. This year he has hit MANY out of the park homeruns and the season has just began. 1 game he hit THREE out of parkers, a week later he hit 2 in one game. A first on both occassions for us. Well, last night for the first time, the bases were juiced and ready to go. His teammates jumped off the bench, cheered for him and were VERY excited that he would have a chance to do a grand slam. He hardly ever gets more than 2RBIs on a homer, as the coach has him batting 2nd. Boy Wonder calmly approached homeplate, took a deep breath and smacked the snot out of the ball and WHOOOOOOOOOOSH....far over the deep left center fence...never to be seen again!

Funniest thing is; he never tries to hit a homer, it just happens. He just has incredible strength. Of course the fact that he goes to the batting cages at least 1x a week once spring begins doesn't hurt. Next year he will move up to intermediate level. I am not sure how that field differs (size) from the one he currently plays on. He also plans to play for his Middel School team next year.

I am one very proud momma!

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

WOW! What a wicked week...

This past week was super wicked busy. I am talking INSANELY hectic since before Mother's Day. Sadly, I was unable to do much KAL/lace knitting. I did however manage to get a little bit of walking crochet/knitting done. I have not yet taken photos of finished work, but soon. Nothing mind boggling, just a few cotton market bags to lessen our consumption of those weak plasticky things they call bags at the grocery.

Mother's Day weekend was spent with just me and the boy wonder. Teen queen was on a trip to Gatlinburg, TN with her school chorus to perform and play around. Rambo was at drill. Very quiet and no drama... nice.

This past week was filled....FILLED with field trips, rehearsals, recognition/promotion ceremonies for both kids. Plus toss in a couple baseball games just for good measure! :o)

Happily both kids have progressed to their next school of higher learning. Teen Queen is on her way to High School and Boy Wonder is off to Middle School. *whew* For this family, elementary school is a thing of the past!

Now onto high school....*shudder*

School is out until mid August for us. Now comes all the competitive softball tournaments, fast pitch world series in Florida, baseball games, family golf tournament, training....and hopefully lots of yarnie goodness for lil ole me! We will be on the go and we will love every crazy, hectic minute of it!

Saturday, May 03, 2008

Talk Derby to Me

Oh yah! Go Baby, Go. Talk Derby to Me (in your best Poison tune)

Louisville and the first Saturday in May = DERBY. For many it's par-tay time. For us, it's just another day.

For me, it was the day I blocked my MYSTIC LIGHT Shawl! Here is mine done in Dream in Color Smooshy Yarn - Lipstick Lava colorway.

I enjoyed everything about this KAL. The pattern, while easy to follow it had it's challenging areas, such as cables and knitting pattern on both sides. The yarn, fabulous; first time I had ever worked with it. So soft and very easy to work with. While it did rub a wee bit of red on my hands while working, that's normal for brightly hand dyed yarns and fibers. Before I blocked it, I rinsed throughly in cool water til it ran clear, so it's all set now.