the past few weeks have been a whirlwind of work, stress, and baseball. lots and lots of baseball. i love it! tyler is having fun playing with a bunch of old friends on his team, and alex is becoming a leader on his team too. we often have to tell him to tone it down, though...he thinks he's the coach sometimes! alex's team is undefeated, and all of the boys are pretty good hitters. we are hoping to get to play some teams who will give them a challenge...so far that's not the case, and coach is having to work to not run the score up. our club chose to give the pinto program away last year, and these kids have lost a year of learning from not being in PONY baseball last year, and it shows. hopefully next year will be better for the other teams. t had a double header in a town about 45 minutes away last weekend, and they lost their first game and won their second...the two teams were total opposites! the weather was crazy-one minute it was sunny and the next it was pouring down rain. i'm still stressed about my job...one day they say i'm there til the end of the year, and the next it's til the end of april...frustrating and nervewracking. the kid i work with is in NO WAY ready to be on his own, and the special ed dept. is dragging their feet about me staying because of the money. another example of our school districts not giving kids what they need. my car is out of commission too--a cracked head--it is EXPENSIVE as heck to fix, and is taking a long time because we are coming up with money here and there, not all at once. i'm hoping the next couple of weeks will take a positive turn!
i'm like the suckiest blogger on the planet lately! we have been sooo busy, and even though i usually compose posts in my head as things happen, i haven't been good about putting them down. here is a rundown on what's happened lately:
~we just got back from three nights in disneyland with my mom, stepdad, brother, sil, niece, nephew. it was a BLAST! we were there last year too, and my mom and stepdad gave it to us for christmas again this year. this year was better, honestly. we didn't feel like we had to see EVERYTHING in three days, because we had been last year. we spent a lot more time at CA adventure, and we did take advantage of the early arrival for mickey's toontown this time, watched the electrical parade, and the fireworks so we felt like we did a lot of the traditional stuff that we hadn't done last time. everyone was good about taking breaks and going back to the hotel when we were tired, and meeting up later. we just did what worked for our families and it was great. my faves? hollywood tower of terror, indiana jones (still), soarin' over california (did it twice) and pirates (three times). i skipped the thunder mt. railroad which i hated last year, and also still love the grizzly river rafts-there was no line so we did that twice too. it was not very warm, so we swam some, but not a lot. it was nice seeing disneyland in the cool weather, though! one of my favorite things was walking around downtown disney at night and listening to the different musicians. the fireworks started as we walked back to our hotel so that was cool. all in all? disney is awesomely fun, but also exhausting!
~both boys have started ball. t has been practicing twice a week since jan., and it has really paid off. he is much stronger with all of the core conditioning they have done, and he is hitting really well. he's playing a lot of outfield, which is fine with him. he likes it. he is on a new team, which is a combination of our old team and his coach's old team...which means that my husband doesn't have to coach both t's team and alex's. this team is turning out to be very good, and they won the preseason tournament in their division. they are doing more traveling and will have a LOT of games. after the PONY league, they will go on to the metro parks league for fun, which lasts into summer. alex's team is turning out to be great. coach is lucky to have picked up a bunch of pretty good kids, so we will probably do well and maybe go to a couple of 8u tournaments if the parents want to. we are excited to be back playing PONY, because last year was somewhat of a disappointment just doing metro. they will get way more games, and it will be much more competitive. the jamboree is this weekend, and then they will start regular league play. t has had a bunch of scrimmages so that's been fun. it's still kind of cold, though! sunday will be the pitch, hit, and run competition. alex is entering for pitch and hit. GO NIGHTHAWKS (T) AND BLUE RAIDERS (ALEX)!
~i still have my job. it's been very frustrating having to constantly justify to the special ed department why i need to be working with the kid i help. i've been lucky to be there for this long, but it's month to month, and is very nervewracking not knowing if i will be employed or not! my co workers are awesome, and want me to stay so badly! i hope to be there through the end of the year.
~BOTH of our cars broke on the same day! mine has a light that comes on and says it is overheating, the temp. gauge goes all the way up, but no steam or anything comes out. coach's truck quit running while we drove up the road near our house (luckily). we know a mechanic who works at a gm dealer, so he fixes them for us at a huge discount, but his was still almost 500 bucks. mine is not fixed, and will not be until we have more money to do it! he is hoping it's something simple and will not charge us if it is. i've been driving my stepdad's navigator since they are in cali still, but they come home tuesday, so i will be carless. should be interesting! how YOU doin'?