Another Season Coming to a Close…

I am having a hard time believing it is December already. I would ask you where the year has gone, but chances are it has flown by for you as well. The kids had a wrestling tournament yesterday and will have their last one of the season next Saturday here at home. Like the rest of the year, the wrestling season went by too fast. Liam has a chance to practice with the high school team if he chooses to, but since that option is only open to 8th graders, the twins will be done at the end of the week.

I love watching these kids wrestle. I don’t care that we have to get up at 4am (and I am not a morning person) in order to get the kids to the bus on time. I don’t mind driving 2 hours (I do love a good road trip) to get to a tournament. My rear end does start complaining after several hours on hard bleachers, but a good scolding usually gets it to be quiet for a while. The headache that comes from being in a gym filled with screaming parents and teammates is only a minor inconvenience, so on tournament days, asprin is my good buddy.

I love watching so many kids of all athletic abilities getting out there on the mats and put every ounce of themselves into a wrestling match. I love witnessing their successes and my heart breaks a little for their defeats. But each week, kids from all different schools get better and better. We watch them all so much that we almost feel as though we know them, even if it is in some very small way. We root for kids we may never see again, simply because they are trying so hard to do something that many are not brave enough to attempt. And we always root for the girls. Always.

There is a passion in wrestling that I never knew or understood, and I am proud to say now that I get it. I understand what it is all about. And each and every time we pull up to a school for another tournament, I am grateful that we get to be a part of it. So to all the kids we have had the pleasure of watching over the last couple of months, I say thank you. Thank you for allowing us to be a part of your journey. I have loved absolutely every minute of it and am already looking forward to next year.

I know we still have one tournament left next Saturday, but I thought this would be a good time to share some videos with you. There is one of each of my kids. Please do yourself a favor and turn down the volume. The gym is loud, and we all get a little obnoxious when one of our own is out on the mat. Liam has improved so much since last year that it is almost hard to tell he is the same kid. Nathan has done absolutely amazing for a first year wrestler and has spent the entire season on the Hawks scoring team. And Catheryn, oh my heart, she is incredible. She has worked so hard this season and has accomplished so much. They all have so much to be proud of. I know that I am incredibly proud of them all, and nothing makes me happier than being their mama.

Go Fightin Phils!

The last time we went to a baseball game was back in 2010, right after we moved to Great Falls. We had gone to watch the Voyagers play, but the kids got bored, so we left early. We enjoyed the atmosphere, though, and thought there were more games in our future. But, as usually happens, time marched on and we never managed to make it to another game. So when Rob was given tickets to watch the Reading Fightin Phils, we were excited to go. Their mascot is an ostrich, and we were surprised to see two of them out in front of the ball park.

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The visiting team was the New Britain Rock Cats from Connecticut. It was a beautiful evening for a game with both the temperature and humidity very comfortable, especially compared to what they had been.

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There was constant entertainment during the game. At one point, they were launching stuffed baseballs into the crowd. Nathan had mentioned that he would like one and was wondering why they didn’t shoot any towards us. No sooner had I explained that there were many people in the crowd who would like one and not nearly enough balls for everyone, when one flew directly at us. One minute it was flying through the air, and the next it was in my hands. How on earth did that happen?!

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The kids were all excited about the ball and took turns playing with it throughout the game.

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The game was a little slow until about the eighth inning when the boys had to go to the bathroom. Up until this point, the score had been 1-0, Rock Cats. As soon as the boys left, the Fightin Phils scored two runs! They scored another run after the boys came back so at least they were there for some of the excitement.

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The final score of the night was 3-1, Fightin Phils. Everyone enjoyed the game and it made for a nice evening out. At the end of the game they put on a spectacular fireworks display. We were expecting a small show, but they went all out. I think it was one of the nicest shows we had ever seen! Needless to say, it was a great way to end a wonderful night.

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