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Oooh, Laws!

Duh nuh nuh nuh nuh nuh! You say it's your birthday? [/Farmer Ted] entrenous88 will get that, because she's AWESOME like that. Happy Birthday! (there's a little sum'in sum'in coming at you later...) I will administer the birthday spankin's upon your arrival here in Texas in a mere three weeks, whoot!

ION, we signed #2, my eldest daughter, up for softball. Last night was the first game against the Ladybugs.

This is the recreational league, specifically chosen for the FUN factor, not the competitive factor. Parents aren't allowed to heckle, be asses, etc., and kids learn first and foremost how to PLAY and have FUN. \o/ That being said, and also throwing in that this is the first year of play for 75% of my kid's team (the 9-10 year old division, aka 3rd and 4th grades.)

HOLY CRAP THE OPPOSING TEAM'S PITCHER. Now. 1) we didn't realize it was FAST PITCH softball. (for those who don't know, that's the underhand pitch that is SO BAD ASS and only in girl's league. I'd like to see some boys attempt that.) 2) I didn't realize a 10 year old could be 5' 6"!!! I am not exaggerating. I casually walked past her and my kid greyed and nodded, "yep, she's as tall as Mom."

She got up on the pitcher's plate (they don't use mounds) and threw a practice pitch. The WHOLE STADIUM OooooOOOooh'ed. 10 years old, and can throw at 50 MPH. Um... She had SIGNALS for her catcher! They all had signals! The wipe, rub, thumb, clapclap signals! (Random: my husband and I do this around his mother all the time, like we're talking about her surreptitiously. The final clapclap is key, hahahaha.)

Needless to say, the Blaze (my kid's team) lost. But! They had fun, and my kid got two fouls and a baseline hit off this monster, so \o/, again I say \o/. Hee! #2 has a definite ability to throw, we just need to show her how to choke up on the bat a bit more for control, and she's going to be terrific. (I mean, she IS terrific already, but there's nothing wrong with getting better.)

Emily and I are off to the dentoost to make her pearlies more... pearly. I want a strawberry, spinach, bleu cheese salad today. Hmmm.


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Apr. 3rd, 2007 02:58 pm (UTC)
Whoo!! She's such a good athlete - swimming, biking, basketball... She TOTALLY gets it from her bio-dad, as I am NOT adept at team sports.

*passes on the attaboys* :D
Apr. 3rd, 2007 01:50 pm (UTC)
5'6", 50 MPH pitches? What the frilly heck are they feeding that kid?
Apr. 3rd, 2007 03:00 pm (UTC)
DUDE, I KNOW!! My jaw literally dropped when I saw that first pitch.

(And there was some controversy - our coach was all upset on behalf of our team, and the girl, too, because she should be on the select league, not the rec league. And she could catch like nothing, too. Most of the girls dropped 60% of the balls/didn't catch them. SO she was out there just casually plucking the ball out of the air!)
Apr. 3rd, 2007 02:41 pm (UTC)
(Random: my husband and I do this around his mother all the time, like we're talking about her surreptitiously. The final clapclap is key, hahahaha.)

*DYING* I am totally stealing this idea. Also YAY # 2!
Apr. 3rd, 2007 03:01 pm (UTC)
Heeee! I love how goofy it looks out of its normal place. :D

(And we're going to give #2 a femmemullet and sign her up for field hockey so I can have a gay child. Hahahaha.)
Apr. 3rd, 2007 03:10 pm (UTC)
Awwww, thank you for the birthday song!

But I am not lending you my panties, nohow.
Apr. 3rd, 2007 03:17 pm (UTC)
then you'll never get Jake Ryan if you don't step up to help a geek like me.

Apr. 3rd, 2007 03:20 pm (UTC)
*pounds on fogged-up glass cube coffe table*


Also, awwwwww, to Sporty Spice #2! I'm impressed, because I've only ever played softball in gym.
Apr. 3rd, 2007 03:51 pm (UTC)
You got 5 grand? I don't have 5 grand! "So don't hit anything." Ho hooooo, don't hit anything.

Hahaha Sporty Spice! I'll have to tell her that. (Oooh, be sure to tell her about the sport you DID participate in when you come, because she will be all *chin propped up on fists* enthralled!!)

<3 a million!!
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Apr. 3rd, 2007 03:53 pm (UTC)
The pitcher was TOTALLY out of place! I just got an email from the coach telling us that the umpire told her coach that she should be on a select team, not rec. Like... she had the skill set of a high school or even college player. Amazing to watch, sad for my team :)

(I'm not a good team mom, because when the game's over, I'm ready to GO. Also, I don't have a team jersey like some of the others. o_0 where did they even come from?!) Go go Nathan! I'm sending you mental thoughts of bleach and laundry soap for those possibly muddly clothes post-practice. :D

Oooh, lookit yer new icon! Pretty!
Apr. 3rd, 2007 06:23 pm (UTC)
OMG CAN I PLEASE BRING MY GLOVE AND PLAY CATCH WITH #2!?!? I'm not even kidding. *begs*

Also, any kind of reference to "Sixteen Candles" is an automatic win. How much did I want Jake Ryan to come for me after a wedding?!?! SO MUCH.
Apr. 3rd, 2007 06:34 pm (UTC)
YES YES YES!!! Oh my gosh, she'd LOVE THAT. (I think there's even a game that weekend you're here!)

I STILL want Jake Ryan to come for me. In every sense of that word. My stars, but that boy is STILL good looking. (The hair! The boots!)
Apr. 3rd, 2007 06:49 pm (UTC)
You know how Bela Karolyi was a hard-ass coach? I make him look like an ass-pansy. Jus' sayin'.

(I would love it if there was a game because spending time at the ball field is heaven to me.)

I saw "Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken" because Jake Ryan was in it. Did you know he has two teenaged kids now?!? WHAT. Ooo, next time I have a Mr. ONS, we're totally going to role play the end scene of "Sixteen Candles." TMI? Probably.
Apr. 3rd, 2007 06:51 pm (UTC)
HEEEEEEE! He's also in "Mermaids" and I always felt bad for him for having to kiss Winona Ryder - she always sounds like she has a sinus infection.

TWO TEENAGED KIDS? Oh, I feel old.

I want to make out with your icon. (And there's no such thing as TMI with me. Unfortunately. *g*)
Apr. 3rd, 2007 07:15 pm (UTC)
Don't let her Stoney. Seriously, you do not want your child learning softball skills from Lee. Remember the face full of ball- THINK OF THE CHILDREN!


I started playing fast pitch at that age, and played through college. It's a great game, and lots of fun. Go kid go!

Apr. 3rd, 2007 07:19 pm (UTC)
NOTED. *buys duct tape for Lee's hands and mouth*

I didn't realize fast pitch started so early, but then again, I live in the 'burbs where there are select soccer teams for FOUR YEAR OLDS. ?? Way to start the competitive nature early!

I freaking love softball. I played catcher for a while - until I couldn't make my knees work like that anymore. *g*
Apr. 3rd, 2007 08:01 pm (UTC)
I was a catcher until college, when we had three catchers on the team and I got moved to second base because I wasn't the best of the three :) I got to get rid of the gear in hot hot hot weather, so I wasn't about to complain.

Competitive anything at 4 is wayyyyyy too early. There's no skill development and time for fun!

Oh. I hate to ask but if I posted some picture of the plants in our yard, could you give me your best guess about what they are and what the heck I need to do to keep them from dying?
Apr. 3rd, 2007 08:05 pm (UTC)
"if I posted some picture of the plants in our yard, could you give me your best guess about what they are and what the heck I need to do to keep them from dying?"

Okay, that's like my MOST FAVORITE THING EVER. Yes, please! I love helping!!
Apr. 3rd, 2007 08:12 pm (UTC)
There are things that are PRUNED, Stoney. PRUNED. I have no idea what they are or why on earth I would need to prune them.

We also have a retaining wall that drops almost 6 feet and our dogs have figured out not to jump off it, but we're thinking of planting some shrubs along the edge in the event of children. You know, provide a visual cliff and all that :) So I will pick your brain as long as you will let me.
Apr. 3rd, 2007 08:20 pm (UTC)
GOTCHA. Oh, man, pick away! Screen of shrubs, gotcha. (Let me know when you get pics which direction is north/south, etc.) I'm on the job!

(Pruning - you're good for now - let everything bloom/bud/leaf out first!)
Apr. 3rd, 2007 06:28 pm (UTC)
Um...I, uh...I was 5'6" at the age of 10.

Mind you, I'm still 5'6".

However, at no point in my life did I have a 50 mph fastball.

Cool for #2 getting hits off the artillerist!

And if you can't get your hands on strawberries, go for granny smith apples and candied walnuts with the blue cheese. Many yum.

And thank you for tip-toeing yesterday! :D
Apr. 3rd, 2007 06:35 pm (UTC)
Shoo-wee! That's TALL. I mean, my kiddo is a tall girl, but she's only 5'1"!

Oh, I love that idea of granny smith apples and candied walnuts. (Or pecans) Goodness, I love food.

How are you feeling? Getting back to your normal time zone? My husband travels extensively, so I know the pain you're in, poor baby. *hugs*
Apr. 3rd, 2007 07:09 pm (UTC)
A ringer at that age? Whoot!

Doodle tried little league for one season and hated it. Way too much standing around for mr. ants in the pants.
Apr. 3rd, 2007 07:17 pm (UTC)
R, this kid was ASTOUNDING! And while there's a lot of standing around, it helps that #2's best friend is right fielder. *g* 10 year old girls have LOADS to talk about, evidently. :D

(The boy is about to start golf and swimming. Much more to his talents.)
Apr. 3rd, 2007 08:43 pm (UTC)
A real mom, a loving mom, would kneecap that pitcher.

*looks sadly at you*
Apr. 3rd, 2007 09:16 pm (UTC)
What's funny is how in my home state, that's not far fetched. O_O

There's a game tonight, too. I'll be sure to bring my ninja stars and mace. I can't hide the mace as easily, but do I really want to? Intimidation is a weapon in and of itself.
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