Blog Archives for category Sports & Exercise

Archery…now with Gramma!

He was five for five!

Owen showing Gramma how to do things.

She hit the target with all five arrows!

 

  

Owen and mom shoot arrows!

Practicing their positioning and stance.

       
   
 

During the last five minutes of class the parents were invited to shoot. Owen immediately wanted me to try and I totally wanted to! I initially grabbed and held the bow the wrong way and Owen helped me out. As I typically do, I had beginners luck and hit the board on my very first shot…then missed the next four (but only by a smidge). It was fun!

 

Sparty’s opening day means…

      

Owen is trying archery!

We let him choose what class he wanted to take at the community center and he decided on archery!

I’m doing something brand new!

I’m trying an 8-week yoga class at the local rec center! I’ve wanted to do this for awhile now, so when I saw it offered and found out we live super close, it was a no-brainer!

I think I did pretty well considering I have about zero bendy-ness. :) I’m looking forward to the upcoming classes!

Len Summer Christmas 2017

Nick and Gracie making Christmas M&Ms (the rest went into Lisa’s monster cookies).

Just a few brats to cook…

All the kids like to fish but they say Aubrey is the one who loves it the most and is the best at it. She apparently gives lessons to other kids at their house!

Katie caught a fish!

Someone took an unplanned jump into the river (learning you can’t walk on lily pads):

Drying off…

I think this picture is a tradition.

And the mandatory annual family Christmas photo! Every year they give us grief about taking it… And this year with the craziness of the move I didn’t post it immediately and they were all asking about it!! So there. :p

And the annual kid comparison—Katie is getting closer to Aubrey but Aubrey is still ahead (which should be the case, as she’s almost 9). And as usual, Owen is definitely taller than Gracie…

But I think he beats Nick this year!!


Last year:

More fishing!

After a campfire and s’mores it was time for bed. The kids decided to all sleep in the living room… Poor Timmy. :)

 

This is what learning to ride a bike looks like.

  

Tom was going in late so I got to take a walk with Owen!

  

The final 2017 Angels baseball game!

Father and son before Owen’s last at-bat (where he got a slamming base hit—watch in the video below)!! We joked that we should have taken him to a big league game earlier because it obviously affected his game play!

Sidenote: just look at his face! OMG, I didn’t even see it when I took it because their faces were in shadow. I finally saw it when I edited the photo! He is such a hoot!

During the game, the kids signed frames for all four coaches:

The coach got each player a holder for their game ball:

 

Swarming the food table like ants!

Tom getting his thank you:

And we got the team and player photos:

Of course we had to pick a position early in the season…had it been later, we would definitely have picked first base. 

Owen’s first big league baseball game!!

Lisa and Lori are huge baseball fans and Tom has wanted to take Owen to a professional baseball game since we’ve been here, so it seemed fitting that they all go together while Katie and I stayed home. I wouldn’t have minded going, but I know Katie would have gotten bored (she’s used to being able to run around and play with her friends during Owen’s SHORT games, so I couldn’t imagine her sitting for a three-hour game) so I kept her home and took her to the Friday Night Swim instead.

Owen even had the right cap to wear as one of his previous baseball teams was the Nationals! (He thought her had a shirt, too, except we determined that was the season they only got plain red shirts with logo caps.)

They got home about 11:30 (there was an hour metro ride home after the game) and Owen was STILL excited when he walked in the door. I’m so glad they got to go and he got to see everything!

Trail walk with my girls!

Lisa and Lori came down for the weekend since they hadn’t yet been here and we’re (obviously) moving soon! So, I did what I do and took them for a walk on our neighborhood trail!

Probably one of our last family trail walks…

At the halfway point, we detoured toward the new sidewalks along Lorton Road, which took us over a huge hill where the grasses were as tall as Owen!

Stopping to check out a reclaimed water pond.

Katie kept complaining that her hips hurt or her legs hurt… Until we suggested she run ahead to check out the trail and she was off like a shot!

And since we’ll likely never be right here at the sign again…

I can’t believe we have a measly five weeks left…

Owen’s Game Ball #2

Owen totally rocked first base today and earned another game ball!!

And WOW did he earn it. He was amazing to watch—he totally looked like a pro out there with one foot on the base, arm stretched out, catching a throw from third base like it was nothing and easily getting the out. Or leaving the base to catch a throw and easily making it back to base for the out. I think he got all three outs one inning! We are so proud of him!!

  

I really wish I could get video of him playing first base, but every time I’ve tried, nothing happens or it’s a bad play (of course, right?). And I don’t really want to record the whole inning. But we have one game left so I might try…

And this was little sister during the game—such a monkey. 

   
 

Close call in baseball!

When calls are impossible to tell the ruling defaults to the runner so Owen was safe, but I’d been recording so I could go back in slo-mo and check it out: 

  
Even with video replay it was super close, but it looked like Owen had his foot on the base and the other guy was inches away from tagging him. 

Baseball game with Gramma and Grandpa!

Gramma Jean and Grandpa David came down to watch the kids while we did house hunting stuff… And they arrived in time to go to baseball with us!

Weeknight baseball!

 

Baseball Tonight

Angels baseball pics

Katie and I stayed home while the boys went for team pictures.

A friend sent this. We are really going to miss these people.

Guess who got the game ball tonight?

The game ball is a VERY big deal to the kids this year…and Owen was VERY upset that he didn’t get it at the last game where he had some good fielding plays (it actually was between him and someone else, but the coaches went with the younger player because he had shown more overall improvement). So, we had our fingers crossed that he would do well this game…and he did. He did AMAZINGLY well. All the moms in the stands even said he should get the game ball! So when the game was over, Tom motioned to me to come video…so below, you can see Owen being presented the game ball! And here he is, proud as ever. :)

The game ball, for awesome fielding, including two great outs playing first base!

He was also two for three (I guess in baseball that would be .667!) batting tonight!

And me and bug during the game: 

  

Baseball morning

This is how Katie keeps busy during baseball games.