Tuesday, July 22, 2008

IMS to State!

The IMS baseball team made it to state, so we played last night at Principle Park in Des Moines. The game was supposed to start at 8:00 p.m., but the 6:00 game was postponed over an hour and a half due to rain, which meant that our game start time was 10:15 - at night!!! We were very fortunate to be staying really close to the ballpark, so the team and the kids and I didn't leave the comfort of the hotel until we needed to...thank goodness we didn't have to sit in a cold ballpark while we waited for the rain to clear. I have a few pictures to post here and some links. IMS won in 5 innings (12-0) - a great game to start the state tournament with! The first link is to the IMS website - there are some good pictures of the game last night: http://www.iamenno.pvt.k12.ia.us/baseball.htm. The second link is for a video highlight of last nights game. Click on the "IMS No-Hits Gehlen Catholic" words and it will go through a highlight of the game. http://www.iowastatebaseballchampionships.com/aspx/videoclips.aspx

It's pretty cool! Here are my pictures - not very professional, but it's the best that my camera and I can do!

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Summer Fun

Thursday night proved to be another good night for the IMS baseball team - they beat Keota 22-2. So now they play tonight in the District Final.

Yesterday the kids and I spent a lot of the day outside in the shaded driveway at my parents house. Both Jesse and Meredith had fun riding their bigwheel trikes, and Meredith did ride her own bike for a bit. It will be nice to have a shaded driveway - someday!

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Baseball News

Our life seems to revolve around the baseball field - so I'm pleased that tonight we have a night free from baseball games and everything else that seems to take our evenings!

Kent's baseball team finished off their regular season play last Monday and Tuesday. By my count, they ended up 24-1 for the season, but I could be wrong. Regardless, they lost only 1 game and ended up winning their conference.

On Monday evening we had the team over for supper - all 18 players plus the assistant coach and his wife. To say that we had a full house would be an understatement. I didn't count exactly how many burgers and brats we had, but I think it was around 70 pieces of meat. Luckily I jumped in line after most had seconds, but before they went back for thirds, and I was able to get a burger for myself and one for Meredith...we definitely had no meat leftover! I had had nightmares of under cooking the food and giving everyone on the team food poisoning. Their first game of tournament play was last night, so they would have been out of commission for that had they gotten sick! But thankfully everything was prepared as it should have been, so no one got sick. :)

The game last night was at 5 p.m., so they were able to play the full game before the rain came. I guess out of 8 games in IMS' district and the other close district, only 2 games were played. We all got soaked as we waited to see the final 3 outs of the game and then when we ran through the rain to our car, but we didn't mind the rain since we got the win! IMS beat Highland 6 to 1, so IMS will go on to play Thursday night. Here's the website link to see some good pictures and read the write up from the game last night: http://www.iamenno.pvt.k12.ia.us/baseball.htm

As I said at the beginning, baseball is basically our life right now, so I don't have too much to add that doesn't have to do with baseball!

I do have a video clip of Jesse playing. Towards the end he does his coyote howl - isn't he too cute??