Wednesday, June 22, 2016

1st Season of T-Ball

Last month. we kicked off Liam's sports career with t-ball!  We have a tee & bat at home, so of course we did some practicing before the season began.  Conor volunteered to be the coach, which made the whole experience even more special!  Watching him be so patient with all the kids & share one of his greats loves was so sweet (and sexy!).  The coach role looks real good on him.  And when the snack sign up sheet got passed around that very first day, I was giddy.  I take the role of "baseball mom" quite seriously.  Bringing team snacks just seemed like a whole new milestone.  How was baby old enough for this?!


I had anticipated spending our evenings on the baseball field, watching the sun slowly go down.  But no.  Not at all.  Because this t-ball league was played in a field house, womp womp.  There were teams everywhere and it was a bit chaotic.  Not what I had imagined at all.  I was actually a bit disappointed in the league.  They really simplified the sport (just running to one base per hit) and didn't keep score (which you couldn't really, since the kids didn't run all the bases even if their was a "grand slam").  I hate how many people are trying to take the competition out of sports; it's a bit ridiculous to me.  Liam was ready for something a bit more advanced.  Next spring I will definitely do my research and find something that will be a better (more competitive) fit of us and where they actually play on a field!


Regardless, Liam still loved it!  He takes direction really well & always seems to be improving.  He was determined & fast.  He also spent plenty of time goofing off with his friend Quinn.  But let's be honest... there is lots of waiting around in baseball...


And while t-ball was all about Liam, my "job" was strictly Finn.  He wanted to play so bad.  He wanted the bats, the balls, the bases.  He wanted to run with all the big kids.  He was busy.  We had to spend half of our time outside, because it was just too exhausting to have him close to the action.  One time I may have been busy chatting it up with one of the attractive (british) dads, while Finn completely escaped.  Luckily I have sweet friends who are also watching my kids, and she managed to snag Finn for me, phew!  So while big brother played, Finn typically man handled as many baseballs as possible; he's got a grip & throw already.





The "season" only lasted a month, but that was perfect for our first start.  We are filling the summer months were swim lessons currently.  Then come Fall, he'll be in soccer which I am most excited for!  Sports were such a big & important part of my childhood; so this new stage with Liam, is just the beginning!

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  1. So cute! I love how Finn wanted to be part of the action so badly :) He will get his turn in no time!

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  2. Such amazing pictures, so sweet your husband coaches. I bet Finn is all about being like Liam!

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  3. That's too bad you didn't get your typical t-ball experience. While I agree that they've dialed down the competitiveness it's nice for their to be options depending on your kids ability and interest at 4. And I would have been all over snack sign up too!!!

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  4. aww that is disappointing. I am a competitive person by nature, and that would have been disappointing to me too! Hopefully next year you can find something better! :)

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  5. Oh Laura, how cute are they?! I love the boys all decked out in their baseball gear. This is something I know Andy and I look forward to some day as well. I love that your husband was the coach. I'm with you on the winning stuff, and sorry it wasn't outdoors! Hopefully soccer will play out better for you guys in that sense.

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  6. I'm sorry it was disappointing, but it looks like he enjoyed it! I really miss watching my son play T-Ball. He played baseball for 5 years then moved on to basketball and now wants to play lacrosse!

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  7. Well at least Liam's picture makes it look like he got to play outside! ;) I totally agree with you about the way they're taking the competition out of sports...it's sad! Arden just got done with indoor soccer and Nash was literally climbing the walls to get in. They just want to be big!

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  8. Omg, I LOVE his official picture though!!! Could he be any cuter?! Bummer it wasn't the best league, but at least you have lots more years of sports ahead of you :)

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  9. I think this is Seth's dream too! He wants Mason to play baseball so bad, especially since he's left handed. Sadly, I think we might have to crush his dreams of Mason becoming a famous left handed pitcher for the Angels but we'll let him dream for a little while longer until we see how he does playing!

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  10. That is so awesome that your husband volunteered to coach! I would have been bummed about the indoor fields too... That is strange, I have never heard of that before. Your little guys are too cute!

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  11. I totally agree with you on the competitive aspect. I'd have been like...you only run to one base? Excuse??

    Lol about the british dad ;) ;)

    But yeah, baseball is our favorite sport over here so I loved everything about this post. Maybe there will be some softball in our future, but we're all still really holding out for a Finn of our own who can play! :P

    Also- Mabel already throws/tosses a ball impressively well too. It's like, what?!

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  12. oh there were some lols with the British dad bit.
    Baseball is really overwhelming. When we go to the park and there are 12 fields with kids ALL over. It definitely seems chaotic. None of the other sports seem so...spread out? Good first season though! And now you know what to look for next time.

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  13. I love your photos! Isn't it crazy how quickly they go from being babies to playing sports and doing "big kid" things? It's like a lifetime happened in a few years. Personally, I appreciate when little little childrens' sports are not competitive. Maybe it's our area, but parents here seem to compare and compete about every.little.thing and everyone pushes their little children so hard and fast, so it's nice to not have it imposed. Also, Owen is competitive and I like that he's told it doesn't matter sometimes. It's new to Keith and I because we're not competitive at all.

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  14. so cute!! i can't wait for nora to be able to play sports or take classes without me. it's too hard to do those with another little one on your hip or in a sling. and really, what is cuter than little kids playing sports?!?!

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  15. What wonderfully precious photos! It looks like he's having an amazing time! <3

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  16. Love how you are getting him so involved. We tried swim lesson ls recently and it didn't go very well. For some reason Myles is terrified of the water now :( I am really hoping to get him into t-ball after he learns to swim though, which I'd like to be sooner rather than later!

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  17. Cash starts t-ball in a few weeks! I can't wait to watch!

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  18. Bummer with the inside play, but what a milestone!! You've got me so excited - Tyson has his first sports experience this summer (soccer camp) and I'm afraid I might lose it. There's no way they're old enough for all this!! But so many lessons to learn and skills to master.

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