Thursday, July 21, 2011

Summer Reading

I don't know if you've noticed or not, but I've done some reading this summer and discovered a new author or two to enjoy. I'm not the only one.......Connor has also discovered a new author and a new series of books this summer.

The Edge Chronicles written by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell was a recommendation from the librarian. Connor had seen a kid at school reading it and thought he'd give it a try. Well, he can hardly put the books down. They have about 350-400 pages each. He is on book 5 in the series and we have already checked out the remaining books in the series from the library so that there will be no waiting when he finishes one and is ready for the next. The last book in the series is about 2 1/2 inch think and it isn't in large print. I am so proud of him and his love of reading. Hopefully all this reading will pay off with a big prize from the summer reading program. Only time will tell.

Until next time,
Live~Laugh~and Love

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Places in Kentucky

Last Spring at the Southern Kentucky Book Fest, I picked up a copy of this book

Connor loved it and quickly decided on the one place he just HAD to visit this summer: THE LOUISVILLE SLUGGER MUSEUM.

It was almost the only thing he talked about the entire month of June. We finally made the trip last week with some good friends who aren't even real baseball fans. We ran into construction and made a wrong turn or two along the way but enjoyed our selves just the same.  

 Connor enjoyed the factory tour (NO PICTURE TAKING ALLOWED!)  and the museum tour of memorabilia and wax statues. He got to pose with some artifacts. What fun!!
 Jennifer really enjoyed the Norman Rockwell art display....once again NO PICTURES ALLOWED. Dylan couldn't wait to get a look at the Galvanized Glove. Here is a shot of the boys and the glove looking down from the 2nd floor. Pretty neat stuff.

 We also enjoyed the batting cages. I even took a turn. The attendant asked whether I wanted baseballs or softballs. Softballs. He then wanted to know if I wanted fast pitch or slow pitch. Slow pitch. He gave me a quizzical look. I might be showing my age, but when I played softball, we still played slow pitch. Considering it had been so looooooooong since I picked up a bat, I didn't do too terribly.

 I had such a good time in the cages, I was able to convince Jennifer to give it a try. HARD TO BELIEVE!! 
 The attendant gave her a few pointers and in she went. She even made contact and hit a few. Dylan would not be persuaded to give the cages a try. He just wasn't interested.

After a quick trip to the gift shop and a loooooooooooooong drive out of the way, we finally made it home. We had a good time and can cross the Slugger Museum off the list of 101 Places to visit in Kentucky.

Until next time,

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Unlocking a New Favorite Author

My sister and her daughter have both been telling me for some time now that I needed to read Karen Kingsbury. They have raved and raved about her writing. I have looked for some of their recommendations at the library but haven't been lucky enough to find the first book in the series they recommended I start reading. Thankfully, my friend, Theresa, loaned me Unlocked. WOW!!! It is a great book. I haven't finished it but only like a few chapters. It is an awesome book about a boy with autism. It has made me realize how very blessed we are to be Keaton's parents.

If you're looking for another author to try, you can't go wrong with Karen Kingsbury!!!

Until next time,

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Boys of Summer

After the regular baseball season ended, Rob and Connor had the opportunity to continue coaching and playing. Connor is a member of one of the all star teams. Rob is an assistant coach. This is really our first experience with tournament play. I don't count the one time last year he filled in on a team when they were short players. The coaches were able to get enough financial support that the team got some spiffy uniforms, matching helmets and bat bags. Pretty nice!!

 The team's first out of town tournament was last weekend. Thankfully it was close enough we could drive home between games. It was terribly HOT, but the boys had fun. Connor wouldn't admit it, but he was a bit nervous. They play again this week in town. Yeah!! Less driving.

 Up to bat.

 Ready to run.

Connor heading on home.

Let's play some baseball. Until next time....