Journal


I haven’t posted much lately, but here’s the result of this past season in baseball.

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It was a fun season with two of my brothers, Doug and Matt on the team. We lost the first game of the season to the Kooy Brothers team and forfeited the fifth game due to a shortage of players, but won the rest of the games. The final game of the playoffs was a close come from behind walk-off win against the Kooy Brothers.

 


 

Smalls: I was gonna put the ball back.
Squints: But it was signed by Babe Ruth!
Smalls: Yeah, you keep telling me that! Who is she?
Ham Porter: WHAT? WHAT?

Well, it’s been four months since I’ve had time to write anything much. I have a little bit of time today, since I have the day off, but I’ll still be busy. I wish that I had some more time to write, but most of the time that I would have had available is now being taken up with writing minutes and such, since I took on the task of being the clerk to council at our church. It’s not too difficult of a position, but it does take away from some of your time – especially if you are the type of person who is picky on details as I tend to be, and not so much a natural writer.

On other fronts, my daughter Niamh is in Jr. Kindergarten now. She goes twice a week and is enjoying it. William is in Grade 1 now, and he seems to like it as well. He doesn’t seem to mind going every day of the week, and he seems to be flourishing this year. We bought him a bunch of “Bob Books” and he really enjoys reading them, so his reading skills are rapidly improving. He also pays much better attention when we do devotions at supper time and can usually repeat most of the details of the Bible stories that we read.

Alana just had her birthday yesterday, so I bought her “Corner Gas: Season 004”, and went out to get her ice cream from the Marble Slab Creamery. On Sunday we will celebrate her birthday with my parents, brothers and sisters in law after church.

Anyway, I should probably get to writing the minutes of last Tuesday’s meeting, as well as notes on the home visit on Monday…

A fairly quick update of the last couple of weeks.

On Saturday, William and Niamh finished off their swimming lessons for the season. On her third try Niamh finally passed her course, and William passed his as well. Niamh will start her next lessons in the summer, but William will be playing baseball instead.

Also on Saturday, Alana went to a community garage sale and picked up a bike for Niamh. We have a few kids bikes, but Niamh is still too small for them, so Alana found a 12-inch rimmed bike for her to learn on. So after brining the kids back from swimming lessons, I installed the training wheels on Niamh’s new bike and helped her learn how to ride.

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Well, the new baseball season has arrived, so I’ll do a quick summary of the first few games. I’m on my brother Doug’s team this year, and it looks to be a fun year, despite the start. We lost our first two games, first against Matt’s team by two runs, then by another team by about 8 runs, or so. Last night we played our third game and earned our first victory by a score of 31-10. Hitting-wise, I’ve started out okay, with nine singles, two doubles, and one triple in 17 at bats, so it’s a .706 average and .941 slugging pct. Fielding has been okay, but could be better. In the first game I played second base for one inning and all I can say is that I’m back in the outfield now. William will be playing T-ball this year again, but that won’t start for a few weeks. It will be fun to watch him again.

Alana and I have both been under the weather a bit for the past couple of weeks or so. Headaches, and sinus infections seem to be generally what is bothering us. I have been feeling a bit better the past two days, though, so I’m thankful for that. William missed two days of school last week due to a flu. He was throwing up quite a bit, so Alana had him on Thursday and I worked from home on Friday so I could take my turn. Niamh started complaining of a headache in the middle of the service on Sunday morning, and she had a high fever, so Alana took her home and she stayed in bed all day. She decided to throw up as well, once on me (which is fairly easy to clean up at least). Yesterday she wasn’t feeling to well when she woke up, but seemed to get better quickly after that. She seems to be doing pretty well right now.

So there’s a little update on some stuff. I haven’t had much time to write much else, but other than that, the kids are finishing their swimming lessons up this week, and we finally got off dialup (we cancelled our satellite TV service as well, since we don’t watch much anyway, and would prefer watching what we can better screen on DVD anyway).

After a few weeks, I suppose it’s good to put in an updated entry.

I must admit that I probably spent too much time watching the Winter Olympics. They aren’t all that important, but they are fun to watch. Canada took in a record (for the Winter Olympics) 14 gold medals, including the Men’s and Women’s hockey gold. This was a nice change from earning no gold medals in the previous two Olympics held here. The United States also did well, earning a record (for the Winter Olympics) 37 medals total. The ski cross and snowboard cross events were pretty interesting to watch and the hockey matches (particularly in the Men’s tournament – the Women’s matches were mostly blowouts) were great to watch as well.

Near the end of the Olympics, Alana and I went 5-pin bowling with William and Niamh at an event for Alana’s work. The men’s curling final was on while we played. It was the first time bowling for both of the kids, so they had to get used to it a bit. Niamh is still pretty small, so her balls took quite a while to reach the pins. A couple of times we had to throw another ball to get it moving again. The rails were up, so there were no gutter-balls. William did a bit better, and ended up with a decent score. Alana and I didn’t have our best games – we haven’t played in quite a while – but I think Alana must have beat me in the end. The kids didn’t care what the score was, though, and they seemed to enjoy it. We ran out of time in the end, so we couldn’t finish our game (we had to finish a game of BINGO before we could move on to the full game and that took us a while), but we all had a good time anyway.

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Well, I haven’t had the most pleasant past couple of days or so…

On Tuesday I found out (in the middle of our elder’s meeting) that one of the members in my district passed away. The normal method of communicating the funeral arrangements to everyone in the church is for each of the elders to call all of the members in their district and give them the information. Since I am Bob’s district elder, his wife called my house to give me the arrangements to pass on. Since I was at the elder’s meeting, Alana passed the information along by calling my mother, who called the church and let us know. We received the information after 9:00, so we didn’t have much of a chance to call anyone that night.

The next day, on my way home, I decided to take the back roads because they are much more pleasant to drive on with their lack of traffic and better scenery. Most of the roads were fine, but one road wasn’t all that well maintained and had a decent cover of snow. As I crested over the final hill, there was a car coming from the other direction who seemed to be close to my lane, so I pulled a little closer to the side as we passed by each other. At this point, the car started slipping and I turned the wheel a bit to keep on track, but it seems that I overcompensated a bit. The car moved abruptly towards the other side, so I turned in the other direction – trying to regain control – but that would not happen. The car turned wildly now in the other direction and I knew there wasn’t much that I would be able to do to, but I tried anyway and managed to turn the car back again, but at this point, the car had had enough and spun out and into the ditch. I remember slowly sliding into the ditch and wondering whether the air bags were going to go off or not. They didn’t.

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A quick entry (maybe) about what’s been going on in the past few weeks.

Earlier on in the month, while there was still snow, the kids and I went tobogganing a few times (once with Alana as well). It’s too bad there’s not much snow lately, so we haven’t had much of a chance in the past little bit, but I’m thankful for the lack of snow in other ways (i.e. for driving purposes). William also got a new (for him) pair of skates and a hockey helmet (both for free – I don’t know how Alana finds these things), and he got to go skating a couple of weeks ago as well.

Niamh went to the eye doctor last week and she’s now started wearing a patch for 2 1/2 hours each day. The glasses haven’t gotten rid of her lazy eye yet, so this is the next step. They expect that since we caught it relatively early (so they say) that the patch should be sufficient.

The kids have both started swimming lessons again. Niamh is redoing the course she took several months ago, while William is moving on. Being older, William seems to be progressing quite well, but I think they both enjoy the lessons quite a bit.

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