Friday, July 31, 2015

No Basketball August

The boys finished their last of four basketball camps today and while Dylan out scored Sam on the camp evaluation, Sam earned the best rebounder trophy. Sam is a good rebounder, as is Dylan. They should have shared the award. I'm proud of both regardless. It is time to put down the basketball for a month and do other things. They also have one last baseball tournament this weekend and then we are completely done with team events until soccer and basketball start up after Labor Day.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Summer Ball

The Patriots won the summer league and were top seeds in the playoffs but we got knocked out by an inferior team we had beaten three times in the last 9 months. They were hitting everything and we had a ref determined to get Sam out of the game with fouls. Both things combined to sink us 58-55. It was a shame but it was only summer league and we were missing a key player.

The boys played hard the entire game and while disappointed, they held together well. I almost lost it when the other teams coach questioned my integrity (claiming I was't marking fouls correctly) while keeping the score book but I forced him to apologize which he wasn't thrilled about but he realized he had no choice. He's a jackass.

At this point we are in basketball hiatus until September which is good. They need a little break before practices start again in a month and games begin in November.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Ice Cream Taco

The boys are back in town.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Home Alone

The boys have been in California since Saturday and Nicole has been out there since Wednesday. I've had two days in the house by myself and I'm finding it difficult to entertain myself. It's an odd feeling to be here by myself and I miss the crew. I think I'm going to binge on movies tonight and eat waffles and sausage for dinner. Yeah, that's the plan.

Sent from my iPad

Monday, July 20, 2015


Good show but a little too packaged up and sold as some sort of un- followable story. They do have some really good songs.

Sunday, July 19, 2015


We trained up to New York on Saturday and met Patty and Steve for Hedwig and the Angry Inch. It was a good show but it was hard to process at first since I was a big fan of the movie. All and all it was very entertaining in a Rocky Horror or Passing Strange kind of way. It was obvious that a fair amount of people seem the show before.

The boys left for California with grandma a couple hours after we left and made it there about the time we were sitting down for some dinner after the show. They have another week of basketball camp in front of them. This time the Golden State Warriors camp.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Patriot Fans

The boys played their 3rd basketball game of the week tonight and won again. They both played well and combined for 11 points, Dylan hitting a nice three pointer early in the game. The team has had a pretty successful summer season. Playoffs begin in a week or so.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Dinner dates

Some shots from our last dinner in Chesapeake.

Fun Weekend

We are back from Chesapeake without a win in the tournament but some good memories. We ended up losing a rain postponed game the morning 7-6 but the boys played well. It was a nice little getaway.

Saturday, July 11, 2015

On the Mound

Sam eyeing a strike.

He's Out

Dylan fielding a hard grounder to first and getting to the base before the runner.

Better Outing

The Legend had a game at 11 this morning and after 6 and a half innings they are tied at 6 and scheduled to finish the game tomorrow morning. Rain rolled in and shut down play for the rest of the day. The boys looked much better today with Dylan making some clutch plays at first, Sam hitting a home run and pitching three successful innings. We are up against a wall with the tourney and will likely be heading home around noon or sooner in the morning.

Tough Game

Everything started well with the Legends scoring 3 runs and Sam shutting Glenn Allen down in the first but then the wheels came off. Sam lost the strike zone, fielding was horrible and the bats fell silent. We ended up losing 18-3 in four innings. We go back at it at 11am this morning.

Thursday, July 09, 2015

Long Journey to the State Tournament

Here they are in 2nd grade. I think they still enjoy the game that much.

Tuesday, July 07, 2015


We only had five kids tonight against a team that brought 12. While we lost 50-40 it was a pretty close game considering Dylan, Sam, Scott, Jacob and Marco had to play the whole game. They were pretty winded at the end but we're closing in before they just ran out of juice.

Saturday, July 04, 2015

Above a Rainbow

If you look really hard you can see the rainbow we flew above on our way back to DC today. It was a very empty and on time flight. We had a great time in Minnesota but it's good to be home.

Friday, July 03, 2015

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Greetings from Gull Lake

Camp Fire

We ended the day with a camp fire and s'mores.


We played whiffle ball too.


We golfed, we go-karted, we swam and we paddle boarded today. Good day up north.