The weekend – especially Saturday – was busy. Jam-slam-packed busy but also super fun times. I dropped Kayli and Zach off to play at our neighbors’ house at 9am and continued on my way to join Matthew’s/our little league team. We were playing our first out-of-league team and had no idea how we’d stack up (plus it was only our 2nd game this season as we’ve already had five rain-outs. Good thing they over-scheduled us like crazy, I suppose).
The games now are SO much fun. I love watching our pitchers – these dinky little 8-10 year old boys who get so intense and so focused. You can sometimes see their mouths moving as they mumble to themselves trying to shake off another batter just walked. And because it is kid-pitch, there are plenty of bad pitches which result in stolen bases. The games are way more entertaining than coach pitch.
Matthew’s first at-bat today was a doozy. He stunk it up big time at practice yesterday making no contact. I told him then, he got it out of his system so he’d be ready for today’s game. Mmm, I know wassup. 2 outs, bases loaded and a full count on him. He hit a solid double, scoring three for our team. Rock star. His 2nd at bat, he ‘wore’ the pitch nicely catching the ball with his booty. Third at bat, the pitcher hit him in the belt. (A lot of kids get hit with a kid pitcher too). The sun even came out during our game and best of all, we won! 20-11!!
I left our baseball field and met up with our neighbor Melissa at a different baseball field (where their team was getting ready to play), I picked up our younger two and their youngest one, brought everybody home – lunched ‘em, put theirs down for a nap and spent a couple of hours getting ready for Zachary’s birthday party.
We had 12 boys (and a handful of little girls) join us for Zachary’s ninja-themed party. Stringing ribbon across the walls and doorways, Mike and I made a ninja training course in the hallway upstairs. The kids enjoyed climbing under and over and through that. We made a pin-the-mask on the Zachary-ninja (Mike actually photo-shopped Zach’s face on). The first kid who was blind-folded placed the mask perfectly on the poster Zach’s…crotch-region. Let me tell you this was the funniest possible thing EVER to twelve 7-10 year old boys. It was pretty hilarious. Our last organized activity was Ninja Bingo (including the picture of Ninja Zachary). I just googled images of different ninja-y things (including Lego Ninjago, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, etc.)
After the party, I brought our neighbors’ daughter home to put her to bed while they went out for a date night (we swap months – watching each others’ kids and getting to go out). I must admit, I didn’t mind leaving the crazy birthday party mess behind to sit in their blissfully quiet, clean and ninja-free home.