Saturday, September 28, 2013

Take Me Out to the Ballgame

The same day the kids ran their first race, Jackson had his first baseball game! He is on a team with several friends from his old school, and a couple of their dads are coaching, which makes the whole experience that much more fun. His team is the St. Louis Cardinals, and Audrey dressed in red to support them...not that they actually keep score.

Ross isn't officially coaching, but he is on the field helping at every practice and game. We're now in our third week of the Fall season (2nd game due to a rain out), and Jackson got his first hit during a game today! There's a pretty wide range of talent on the team at this age, so I think it's awesome to watch kids spinning in the field, as well as getting good solid hits. That's what's supposed to happen at this age!

Audrey has had fun watching a little, but she mostly enjoys playing on the bleachers or at the park by the field. She also loves getting to see the other siblings. It's been a lot of fun so far!

There are a few more pictures in the album.

Off to the Races!

It's been a busy month since the start of school. A few weeks ago Jackson and Audrey ran their first race, which was the Galveston Daily News Kids 1K. We got them up early and headed to Galveston where we met up with their friends, Buzz and Elke. They picked up their packets, participated in the warm up, sang the Star Spangled Banner, and then lined up for their race.

Ross ran with Jackson, and I ran with Audrey. They both took off when the race started. Jackson and Ross quickly got ahead, but Audrey ran strong. I looked over at some point, and Audrey's cheeks were bright red. She looked concerned. She didn't seem to know she could walk if needed. I told her it was ok, so she quickly slowed to a walk. I thought for sure that meant we'd walk the rest of the race, but within a few seconds, she was running again! She did this a few more times, but she was determined to run as much as possible. When we neared the finish line and everyone was cheering, Audrey got serious and ran hard across the finish line. It was adorable! Ross said Jackson did great. He ran the entire way! Although, he was less excited about the attention at the finish line.

The 4 kids did awesome. They enjoyed a little fruit to refuel after the race, and then had a blast jumping on the bounce houses and playing around. They were rewarded with a donut of their choice before we headed home. It was a great first race! I think we'll be doing this again...