Thursday, August 14, 2008

Katelyn was pitcher on her softball team. They took 3rd in league and 4th place at STATE. It was the first time two teams from our city placed in the top four at STATE. The blue jays took 2nd place. She pitched game after game in the hot sun. I was so proud of her. When she puts her mind to something she is an unmovable force. That same week was Dance Tryouts. Katelyn would get up around 7:00 am go to dance, learn her routine, come home, change her clothes and we would drive to the ball park. She would play game after game, by the time she crawled in to bed it was about midnight. She would start it all over again the next day and this went on for three days. When the dance team list was posted on Friday. She made two teams higher then the one she tried out for. (This is only her second year in dance.) She had been so worried because she didn't get to practice her dances. When she found out she was amazed and giddy. Like I said "when she sets her mind on a goal, watch out!"

June- Baseball and Softball

Baseball and Softball were a big part of our summer. Chase lives and breathes baseball. He played coach pitch with all of his friends on the Giants team. He is our little lefty and he usually plays second base. He had the greatest time playing with his friends, laughing and seeing who had the best slide going in to home. They couldn't leave with a CLEAN uniform.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

June- South Dakota Family Vacation

South Dakota was a huge hit with the family. We visited Mt. Rushmore (the President's Heads is what my family called it), with Mimi Simkins, and the Cloward Family. We rode the 1880's Train to Keystone and it felt just like going back in time to the gold rush. Little old men would be outside waving to you as you passed by their homes. They were even there an hour later when we went by again. (I wonder if that was their job.) he he. We rode into Deadwood and learned about it's deadly past with the out laws of the Wild Wild West. We even watched Wild Bill Hickok get shot in the back playing cards. Ok, so it was a reinactment, it sure felt real. We were able to see wild bears roam by the side of our car in Bear Country and we were in a terrible hail storm on June 1st. We didn't know until later that it was a tornado. Wow! We sure had a delayed freak out session. The hotel we stayed at was just outside of Custer State Park and across the street were The Flintstones. Ya Ba Da Ba Do. The Highlight of the trip was roasting smores INSIDE the resturant at the Cowboy Cafe. Chase askes daily when we are going back to South Dakota.