Mar 28, 2011

On the Road Again...

....she just can't wait to get on the road again. Ok, I was pretty excited too :) 

Brooklyn had a weekend break between tournaments and we were [supposed to be] back at it this weekend. Their first game was scheduled for 9pm Friday night....no that's not a typo...9pm!! For some 8 year olds!! Our first Saturday game was schedule for 10am so we went ahead and got a room for the night in Southaven. My plan was to get there early and get a good nap before we had to be at the field at 8:15. After we got checked in, I was arranging our clothes/uniform for that night and I saw this....
Apparently there was a baseball team checking in that day also. Actually there were several teams checking in. Our window faced the entrance and we were lucky enough to get a room right by the elevator (ugh...but kinda ironic since I gave up elevators for lent. Thank goodness we were just on the 2nd floor). 

Finally we laid down. I don't think we ever really slept for longer than 15 minutes. We hit the field that night ready for an awesome tournament weekend. We played a team that was not aware this was a coach pitch tournament so they did not do so well against us. We won the game by run rule in the 3rd inning....13-0.

The next day we were set to be at the field at 9:15. We got to bed early and set the alarm for 7 to eat breakfast. That morning, Brooklyn got the pleasure of eating breakfast with the "cute" baseball teams she stalked the afternoon before. She was in heaven. The baseball dads and I were glued to the weather channel though while we ate. A storm was headed our way and it was already wet and cold outside. The 8am games were delayed until at least noon, so we decided to take advantage of the indoor pool and hot tub at our hotel!







After the dip in the pool we checked out of the hotel and headed to meet the rest of the team at Steak and Shake, yum! All the girls got to sit together and laugh and talk. Then we all got the bad news text....tournament weekend officially cancelled :( We were all so ready to get out there and show out on the field. I was ready to watch some pop flies get caught and watch some big plays at the plate. Everyone was ready. But it just wasn't meant to be. 

Now we just have to get back in the swing of things and get ready for next weekend. The Lady Wildcats are traveling to Batesville, MS on Sunday for four games! Big big day and I hope they have a blast. I am also a little relieved that we are just doing a one day tournament. It will be busy but it means Brooklyn gets to go to a fun skating party for the coolest twins we know!! Should be a fun weekend!

Here's a few more pics from Saturday when we were watching to see what we were doing next...  

Watching the rain and hoping it would stop

Being silly as usual :)


 

Silly Girl

With the time change, it has finally allowed enough time for Brooklyn and I to go to the park after I get off work. Last week we went two days (the only two days we didn't have practice). One day we just did a lot of throwing and catching. The second day, I decided we would throw a little then I would do a mile on the track. Brooklyn was feeling extra whiny that day so that was seriously a long long mile. She complained and asked how much longer the whole time I walked/jogged. It was only a mile, so it wasn't very long, lol. 


We finished up and as we were walking to the car I checked my Nike+ app. I told Brooklyn we had burned 108 calories on our walk. And her response?


"108? I think I burned ALL of mine. I'm hungry now, can we have Taco Bell?"

Mar 14, 2011

Who are we?

WILDCATS!

What do we do?
DOMINATE!

That is the chant I keep hearing over and over in my head tonight :) Well, that and the one about "chicken wangs" and breaking it down like Michael Jackson. I love hearing those chants in my head though. 

The first tournament of the spring season was this weekend in Jackson, TN right beside Pringles Park. Saturday we played two games to decide what seed we were in the actual tournament, and we won our first game 13-0. What a big boost for the girls! The second game was close, but we ended up losing 12-9 against another team from Tipton County. If you know T-County (particularly Atoka) softball, you know it is fierce. I am not one of the mom's that is going to break bad on you and show my redneck/country side, but I nearly came unglued with a few calls on the field. Luckily our coaches "informed" the umps that we were puzzled with their calls ;) By the final game of the night (the first game in the bracket) our girls were exhausted, and the Eagles ran away with it (with the help of some more fun calls....seriously, I thought they were calling a football game at one point).

We drove home at 8:30 pm, home by 10 and straight to bed....did I mention this happened to be time change weekend....fun stuff! Up at 7, out the door at 7:30, Walmart stop for new chairs, breakfast stop in Brownsville and warming up on the field at 9...whew. 
Our girls dominated their first game and played hard in the second game to pull out two big wins. And ya know where else those games got us?? The championship game!! That's right! First tourney of the spring season, first games with this group of girls together and we made it! Despite their best effort, we had one inning that really hit us hard and ended up losing the championship game. But tonight, I'm going to bed as one very proud momma!! A tired one, but a proud one. And if you are keeping track that's 6 games this weekend...and 12 hours at the ball field for us. My goal for the next game is to keep track of Brooklyn's statistics. Yesterday, she had a double, a single (error on first got her to second), an RBI and one out. No strikeouts, ladies and gentlemen!! I got so into it today it was very hard to know how they all did as individuals. I guess that is a good thing though. This is a team effort and I am so glad that we have a great group of coaches showing them that. We are very proud of be Lady Wildcats this year!! :) 

My little outfielder....softball ready!
 

Group huddle/pep talk between games

What a fun, amazing, great group right there!
 

Mar 4, 2011

Softball, Softball, Softball....

Softball season has kicked off at the Pink House! It's bitter sweet. There are lots of nights when we just want to go home and sleep or watch a movie or read, but we are either on the field or in the gym. I kinda love it though and I know Brooklyn does. 


This is Brooklyn's first year to play on a "traveling" team. They are called a competitive team instead of a traveling team, but for people who have ever been to Atoka....who doesn't call that ball competitive?? haha. So last night was the spring banquet for the Lady Wildcats. I have to say, I really enjoyed it. The 8U team wore khakis and a white shirt to the banquet to look alike. Then when their team was called out they got to put on the uniform shirt and walk out together. I nearly burst when they came out in their uniforms. Those shirts came in that very day I believe, so this was the first time any of us had seen our girls "dressed out". It sounds minor but it was a big moment for me. She looks so grown up out there playing this year too. Where has my baby gone?? She had a great time last night too, but I could tell it lasted a little long for her. By the end of the banquet she had rested her head on the table and was pretty much asleep as soon as we walked in the door.


Here are just a few pics from last night's fun:
Brooklyn with her Aunt April
 My baby and me :) Excuse the look of exhaustion on my face. It's busy week at work, and I was suffering through a migraine this evening....but it was ALL worth it to see my sweetie so happy :)

And this is the entrance to the banquet hall. I need to do a little photo editing so you can see this picture better but it will do for now. Every girl on the 5 Wildcat teams (ranging from 8U to 14U) signed that poster and gave it to the president of the organization as a thank you.
Games start next weekend and I personally cannot wait!! Go Lady Wildcats!!