Monday, October 10, 2011

Baseball, baseball, and BASEBALL!!

When I signed Aaron, Tyler (on the same team), and Ammon all up for baseball I had no idea how I was going to do it with practices and games as well as Emily in gymnastics.  I felt good about it, so off we went.  

With practices Mon, Tues, Thurs, Friday and games on Saturday we have all but lived at the baseball fields.  I really haven't minded it and have loved every second that the boys have built their confidence.  None of them have ever played and it has been so great to see the incredible improvement that all 3 of them have made.  It has gone from throwing the ball from the MITT (Ammon) to being able to throw in from the outfield to the pitcher.  Tyler is a NATURAL and has picked it up right from the start.  Aaron has all HEART and can throw and hit like the best of them.

I have watched every game and practice like its the world series.  I love seeing the excitement on their faces as they connect with the ball.

There has been quite a few games with Tyler and Aaron that they were the majority of RBI's.  So proud!

Ammon has been able to use those long legs of his and play center field brilliantly.  He provides a great back up if the infield misses the catch and has improved so much on his batting.

I told all the boys that all I wanted for
them in the baseball season was for them to improve even if it was just a little bit throughout the season.  They have more than surpassed that.  I think a lot of that has to do with the great coaches we scored.  The one to the left with Aaron is Coach Norm.  As in Norm Angelini.  A major league pitcher.  His son the head coach was drafted in the minor leagues and dropped out because he wanted a better life for his family.  It has been awesome!

Ammon's coach is great as well and has a great support too.  They have been really patient with Ammon and have taught him well.

Who knew that I would be as proud as I am.  Don't get me wrong, I am excited to get my nights and weekends back but I have a feeling that I will be spending a lot of time on the bleachers for many years to come!

Enjoy the video of Tyler clearing the bases below.  (I had strep throat so I sound like a fairy... ) :)

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Tuesday, October 4, 2011


I love the golf course.  I have never played with Martin.  Ever.  And yet, there is something about it when we drive by whenever we go to Target (which is NEVER I might add... Savvy does NOT kick her feet like crazy and squeal like a little piggie in excitement when we pull up into the parking lot and love to stick her little finger out and touch the magical red ball... okay yeah, it's all the time but what can I say...)  Anyway, I love to hear Hyrum spout out all the memories he has with his dad and brothers.  The girls have been crashing the party lately and its been kinda fun.

Ahh.  The sand trap.  Pretty sure they didn't mind the shower of sand that came upon them trying to get there ball out.  I have come to realize that the golf course is really just a big playground with the excuse to get dirty in a "clean sport."  Maybe that's why the boys like it so much. 

Emily and Aaron took it upon themselves to ensure the sand was properly cared for.  And then made sure that it wasn't....

I love, love, love, watching Martin put his CSU golf class to work in teaching the kids.  He is so patient and I love watching the kids learn from him.  This shot below kind of gives you the idea of what it is like to golf with the Michel family.  We don't take it over at all.... The employees are really kind to our family and have never left us feeling unwelcome.  So glad the kids can have a positive experience.

I love the above sweet tender shot.  I love how perfectly Martin towers over Hyrum as if to suggest that Hyrum is protected from everything around him.  Sports speak to this little boy and if you take the time to play one with him, you have him in your hand.  Love that little boy.

And then there's me.  My first shot.  Pro?  I think so.... ;)
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