Sunday, April 13, 2008
We begin regular season games this week, which means 2 games each week (for each team) and possibly practices. So, basically we're at one ballpark or the other! Claire has played 1st, 3rd and shortstop but enjoys 1st base the best. Nolan's team doesn't play positions, but after he made the first 6 outs, we told him to let the other kids get the ball. He stood on the field, legs spread apart, huge wad of gum in his mouth and waved his hand "I'll let someone else get it this time, then I'll get it again. Then I'll let someone else." I was just glad he did! They're actually both great little ballplayers, which really comes as no surprise (more so relief, probably!).
The Demons had a rough weekend, losing all 3 games in the weekend series. They're still half-a game back from first place (if you know how that all works, then congratulations. I kind of get it, but mostly just nod my head and say "okay").
I, personally, am already in a summer state of mind. It was actually cool this weekend, a breezy 68 degrees! My dress code these days has included sandals and capri pants, so the cooler temps were actually a shock to me. But still, I'm counting down the days until the kids are out of school & we can stay up late (to enjoy all the ballgames we go to, instead of rush from here to there). I'm looking forward to swimming, hot weather, green market and lazy days. I'll still work full time, but my hours will be relaxed as will the demands of my job. Bring it on baby! (And for those of you in an, ahem, colder climate.... I send you warm wishes. Miss you, but not the weather!)
Tuesday, April 01, 2008
Kelly headed to Nacodogches, Texas (you pronounce this one like it's spelled, unlike Natchitoches) to play Stephen F. Austin State University. They won Friday, 12-10. Claire, Nolan & I planned to drive over for the game on Saturday afternoon, have dinner with the team and drive home. It's under 2 hours away and with school on Monday, I knew we needed Sunday to "re-group".
Well, Saturday's drive took a little longer than expected. Let's just say I'm not buying stock in Mapquest any time soon. Sure, if I had really thought about it, or looked at a map, I would have realized that the directions didn't make a lot of sense, even if they did take us where we wanted to go. Mapquest had never let me down before, but, if you know much about me, then you're aware of the fact that I'm directionally-challenged. Long story short, our 90 minute drive took us three and half hours! A friend, and fellow coach's girlfriend, came along for the ride. We finally arrived at the ballpark at the top of the 7th inning. I was frustrated and exhausted but pleased the team ended up winning. We had been invited to stay the night at the team's hotel and watch Sunday's game. The prospect of getting back into the car on Saturday to drive home seemed like no fun, so we took the offer, ate dinner with the team at Fuddrucker's and stayed the night.
Sunday we awoke to pouring rain. After a few hours (and a trip to Starbucks for me - I hadn't had Starbucks or Caribou since moving here!) we headed to the field, not knowing if they'd play or not. The game was to start at 1pm, but by 2 o'clock I was ready to head home. Before we left, however, we'd heard reports of flooding on the way back to Natchitoches. We decided to wait for the guys, not feeling so comfortable driving in the bad weather.
The game was called and we finally left around 3pm. A friend who had left earlier called to tell us that bridges were out on the usual route (she was stuck!), so we informed the charter bus driver and decided on another route. We headed home and drove for about an hour before we were stopped. State troopers had shut down a bridge due to the flooding, (it was raining most of the day, and continued to do so) so we sat for about an hour before exploring our options. We tried every direction (as Nolan said: that way, that way, that way, this way) but bridges were washed out every way we went. We found a bit of shelter in a local church who provided coffee, cookies and a gym to run around in before we learned of an open roadway. After some treacherous roads and a lot of prayer, we finally made it home late Sunday evening. With no "re-grouping" time, we all slept in a bit and got where we needed to be, if a little later than usual.
It was definitely a memorable trip, but one I hope not to duplicate any time soon. Actually, the Spanns are done with road trips for the remainder of the season as the kids will begin to have games of their own to play on the weekends. We'll probably be recovering long after the season is over, but we're still loving it.
With an off-day for Kelly yesterday and a rain-out today, we've actually all been home at bedtime 2 nights in a row! A record for us lately. And with more rain in the forecast, we may even get more quality time. Now if I'd just go to bed... Good idea. Goodnight!