Tonight was Christian's final t-ball game of the season. I'm going to put up some pictures from the game, because they're really different from the last pictures I put up of his games not too long ago. I was standing a little more to the left this time.
It was fun to see Mike coach first base. Here Christian is up to bat, and Mike is at first.
He was safe!
There are two things que me gustan mucho mucho in the pictures from tonight's game. Christian's intensity comes through as he is focusing on the game, what others are doing, and what he is supposed to be doing. I also love his expressions. The two go hand in hand. Here he is scooping up the ball and eyeing third; he knew a runner was coming...
He went to throw it...
but he didn't when he saw that their guy was so close. He held it instead. He knew what was going on, though. I like how his hair is so long that it curls from under his cap...
He's speedy. I think I mentioned that before.
A reminder from the base coach: "As soon as the bat hits the ball, RUN!" Mike's advice is pretty much always good like that...and seriously, you have to tell them over and over.
All of the other people on the field are intently looking towards first base, paying no attention to Christian...this picture makes me laugh a little...
Coming home...see the third grader
pitcher chasing after him? The boys on the opposing team were bigger than our guys. But that doesn't matter if you're part cheetah.
Dude didn't have a chance. "BOOYA," as Christian would say...(is anyone else laughing because I just said,"Booya!"?)
Poor Eliana; I forgot her shoes. The truth is I thought they were in the car, so I didn't grab a pair as I left the house. I was wrong. Since she was stuck in her stroller she needed entertainment. I believe she had some.
The coaches were great about rotating positions. Christian was playing right field here, picked up this ball...
and knew exactly what to do with it...look at his face!
Stomp! On the base...but look how close that was!
The boys played a great game against a team that had bigger players who seemed older, and had obviously been playing t-ball for a while. Several on our team were rookies. As far as scores go, they didn't fare as well as their opponent this game, but they had a great time and made some very good plays. In fact, one little boy caught a fly ball so the batter was out; he jetted over to second base and got that dude out; then per coach's instructions dashed to first and got player number three out because no one told said player he couldn't take second. Three outs, just like that! I would have taken pictures but Murphy said that I had to help Eliana right at that moment with her blueberry bar-it was stuck in the wrapper.
Even though the game was over, the evening fun was just beginning. We headed to one of the team member's homes for a pool party and some great food. Everyone had such a good time. My favorite parts included watching Mike laugh with some other dads, seeing Christian have so much fun with his buddies in the water, watching Michaela play with some of the little girls who adore her, and being the only adult in a bathing suit in the swimming pool. Especially that last one.
I hope you didn't think I was going to put a picture of my pre-Florida self in a swimsuit in this post.
This might have been Christian's favorite part...
His tongue is green. Trophies and medals, of course.
We're proud of this little man. We have had the greatest time watching the boys play this game. And I have to say, I'm beginning to enjoy baseball.
Dad? Get up! Dad?! Can someone help him get back in his chair, please?