The weather here has finally cooled off enough for us to turn off the air conditioning -- Hooray electricity bill! This means we can do more and more outdoors.
Saturday, we walked down to our neighborhood playground so Josh could practice baseball. He had his first team practice on Sunday (more on that later), so he wanted to go "practice fielding."
Of course Sam had fun too!
Saturday evening, after the kids were in bed and after dinner, Rich and I stoked up the new Chimnea we bought earlier this summer and have been waiting for the day to use it.
Gotta love auto timer for self portraits!
Sunday we did a bit of yard work -- we had a dead tree in the back yard -- just right for chimnea fuel!
Josh had his baseball practice in the afternoon.
He did really well -- considering most of the team is a head taller than him and all have played either t-ball or baseball before and this was his first time. He got a bit upset after his second at bat. He hit the ball and it fell right in front of home plate -- what would have been an excellent bundt! He didn't know if he was supposed to run or not, then when he started running to first base, the first baseman was on his way to tag him, so Josh started running back to homeplate and he was tagged out. He was upset because he didn't know what he was supposed to do.
I felt really bad for him. He was really upset and said how hard baseball was and that he didn't want to play anymore. It was really heartbreaking! But, when I caved and said we'd go home, he didn't want to. He got his glove and hat and went back out on the field and did great!
It's really hard for him because he wants to be good at everything and he wants to be good right away -- and he is. But he still needs to practice. I was really happy when on the way home from practice he asked if he and Daddy could go down to the diamond one day and practice there. Deep down he knows he needs to practice, but it's so disappointing for him when he's not "the best" right away! But, since he is so much like his father, there is no doubt in my mind that he will want to keep trying and trying and end up a good player!
You can find more weekend pictures here.