Sunday, November 25, 2012

Is there any other way?

This weekend we did nothing but eat, sleep, and breathe baseball.
It all started with a scrimmage from Ethan's Blaze team. It was awesome for us because it was right here at Snedigar by our house. :) They played really well. It was a little strange because they didn't play with 3 outs, they just kinda kept going through the order each inning. Strange..
 It was super awesome because Ethan got to CATCH! He is usually the primary Shortstop for Blaze but he really wants to be the catcher so coach gave him time behind the plate for the scrimmage allowing for other kids to get some practice at short.
 Ya... he did awesome.

He caught this kid stealing! It was AWESOME!

Then we headed over to Big League Dreams for some Raptor baseball. The boys played in their first USSSA tournament this season. It was so much fun! I think everyone has really missed the tournaments.

 Spencer has been playing more and more in the outfield because he is fast and has a strong arm. So far it seems to be a good fit!

 We ended up winning the whole thing! We actually ended up run ruling all but 1 team. Ya, we are pretty good.
 Afterwards we all pitched in for some pizza and met up at a neighborhood park for some family fun! It is always fun to be with our Raptors family. Everyone just gets along so well! The boys, of course, decided to play wiffle ball, because 5 games in 2 days wasn't quite enough.

Unfortunately Spencer got "injured" aka: got out when he thought he should be safe. He will grow out of this right???

Monday, November 12, 2012

The Linn's

1990: Clockwise starting from top: Adam, Daniel, April, Cory, Mikaela, Nicole
Once in a while we get the good fortune of having all of Dan's siblings in the same place in the same time. That happened to occur last weekend. Unfortunately, it's because Cory is moving up to Oregon but it gave a reason for April to come into town to help collect him. On Friday night, we all met up for dinner and then hung out at our place. It's always fun to hear them laugh about the crazy times of their childhoods'. These are memories to cherish.
2012: Back row: Nicole, April, Kaela
Front Row: Daniel, Cory, Adam

The kids with their Dad, Bruce.

Then we all got in for a group shot! 1 Grandpa, 6 kids, 4 in-laws (one is MIA from the pic), 13 grandchildren.
It's times like this, when everyone is together and we can just have fun, laugh and be ourselves that make everyday worth it.
Families are Forever


 My little brother Devin is a grandpa! His dog-daughter Raja had 11 puppies on October 27th, so me and the kids used their day off today (Thank you Veterans!) to go visit the grand-puppies. Oh Man! They were sooooo cute!
Olivia named this puppy Bread Pudding

 The boys threatened to never leave Devin's house but eventually I got them out of there. They kept begging to take one home. ha! 

 Ryleigh was the little dog-whisperer, she got them all cuddly and snuggly on her lap. They were quite content there.
Olivia just loved that they didn't bite her or try to run away (hey! It's the small things)

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Rawhiders Football

So our first year of tackle football was eventful. We were lucky enough to be put on a great team with great coaches! I volunteered at the beginning of the season to be the team manager (what was I thinking!?) and so I was super involved with the team. I found myself not only having fun, but truly loving all 26 boys we had on this team! Next year we will have to disband since some boys will be going up a division, and others will be staying put but I am so thankful for the opportunity that we all had to come together for one amazing season.
haha! The boys!

 We went undefeated this season. It was a "perfect season"! At the beginning it was easy, we seemed to be blowing my teams, in fact we didn't have a single team score on us until our 5th game. We were getting to the point, in some games, where we couldn't allow the boys to score anymore points for fear of "running up the score" which could cause trouble for our coach. Finally we met up with some competition in the Eastern Conference Championship, that game was closer than anyone was comfortable with, but we pulled out the win.
Junior PeeWee Conference Champions!!
But this past weekend was when we finally met our match! We played a team from the west side that was also undefeated. Someone was going to know heartbreak for the first time, and I was not wanting to console 25 boys.
Spencer #40 (left) on the O Line. Ethan was home with the flu :(
This game definitely came down to the wire. We were up 14-12 with 2 minutes left in the game. The other team had the ball and they were 1st & goal (at the 5 yard line!).  They had been gaining a yard or two on us all day when they went up the middle, so this was very stressful. Somehow, we did only allow them ONE YARD on each down! We stopped them! However, we still had 52 seconds left and they had just turned over the ball on downs at the 1 yard line. We had to get the ball out of our end zone to prevent the safety.
Our O-Line created a nice little hole for our QB and he got right through... and then we took a knee.

WE WON!!!!
I am so incredibly proud of all these boys!