Industrial Softball Tournament!

Hey Everyone!

This was a great weekend, spent with family down at the ball park. We started off Friday night with a game at 8:30pm. We won that game by one point, keeping us in the winners bracket for the next day.

Saturday we started bright and early with a game at 9:15am. We promptly lost that game in the wet conditions, and weren’t feeling the best at that point. The next game couldn’t have been a more fun match up, because we played our other company team! We beat them pretty convincingly, but it was fun all the same. Now up until this point I hadn’t hit the ball very well. I was 3 for 11, which is terrible for me. I was in my own head and needed to snap out of that. Everett was my official bat boy all weekend!

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He really wouldn’t let that thing go haha. Later Saturday we played one last team. We beat them by 26 points and we were ready to play again Sunday morning. I hit really well that game and the rest of the tournament. What was interesting, was that my brother’s team lost and now had to play us in that game. We got there and the nerves were there. I knew their team was good, and I knew we had to hit well to win. In short we did. We won the game by a few runs, and secured a 3rd place finish.

Next on the agenda was the team that beat us before. We again had to show up and play the way we did the two games before. We did fall short yet again and lost to the same team twice. :/ we really wanted to beat these guys and didn’t get to. It just wasn’t happening, we had too many mistakes in the field and gave up too many runs. As far as my hitting went the last three games I went 11 for 11 with three home runs. That brings my overall stats for the weekend at 14 for 22 with three home runs. That is much better than what it was looking like at the start. We did spend the rest of the day watching that team lose terribly to the team that won it all, and that was fun! πŸ˜€Β  Everett was just chilling in his cousins little chair.

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Watching the games and having a bottle haha. πŸ˜€

We finally got together and had a family picture. My brother changed his shirt to root for us when he got back to the fields. My dad was on the other company team, and Everett and I.

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And finally, my main man and I holding the third place trophy! πŸ˜€

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That was a great way to spend the weekend. It was full of family fun, and great food. There were highs and lows but at the end of the weekend we were all proud of what we accomplished. πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

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May 1st!

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I don’t have too much for today, so we can just enjoy the fact that it is now May! Hopefully most of us are having better weather now and that will stick with us throughout the ensuing summer.

This is a big month for us as a family now. Everett’s birthday is in May. Mother’s Day is in May, Our dating and wedding anniversaries are also in May. So it is safe to assume that May will be full of friends, family, and good times. This May is special more so because it will be Everett’s first birthday. We are pretty excited and sad at the same time about that one. We are going to have a party for him and invite our family and friends, for a nice time. We are also going on a nice vacation in May. We are heading to Colorado! We are taking the cheap route of driving a small vehicle, and staying with family. It will be awesome, I really can’t wait much longer for that. I’m not sure what we will do there so if you have any suggestions feel free to throw them my way?!?

On another note I was able to finish hand painting the inside part of our back landing. This means I’m good to use the paint sprayer again and not worry about painting the house haha. I hope to maybe get some of that done tonight, as well as find out if I’ll need a bit more paint. Once the painting gets done I’ll have to get my dad’s power washer and spray down the garage and out back deck since we are having people over. We have done a bunch of yard work in the past 2 years and haven’t cleaned that area yet, so it just has some dirt and what not over it.

That is about it. That is our month in a nut shell. I hope you are planning some cool things for this summer. I’ll talk to you all again tomorrow! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

Christmas #2, #3, #4!

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This is going to be somewhat of a picture post, since it was super busy this long weekend. I hope you had a great holiday weekend. Well We better get this started!

Sunday we celebrated Christmas #2 It was with my wife’s grandparents, her mother, and her sister. They made the trip even though there was supposed to be a big storm. Thank fully we didn’t get much of it. Side note, speaking of storms check out Erie, PA. I live about an hour and a half from there and they got record breaking amounts of snow this weekend. like over 50 inches in two days. Wow!

Everett is hanging out with his great grandma and her nice boot, in this first picture.

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Later we decided to get the party started and do some gift giving. We, of course, needed a picture of our baby in front of it all. A little drooly but still cute!

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Although he really doesn’t know what is going on, and only wants to eat everything he touches, it still looks like he was pretty excited. He knew this wasn’t a normal day.

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Have you ever seen a 7 month old so excited to get a couple of DVDs?!?

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Opening gifts with his mom and grandma they decided it would be best for him to wear a ribbon until he could find a nice hat!

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Once he found a nice hat the ribbon was replaced and all was well within the baby world.

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I’m not sure he knew how to conquer this next tower of gifts.

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The rest of the day was spent catching up with one another and having a nice meal. It was nice not to have to travel back for Christmas for once. His aunt got him this nice Teddy Bear and it was a challenge to get him to pose in anyway with it. It was his veryΒ  first Christmas morning, and Christmas #3 was held by just the three of us. πŸ˜€Β  He was trying to eat the tags and bow the whole time. haha.

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Later that day we prepared for Christmas #4 with my side of the family. Thankfully they only live one city block away. Before we left we tried to take a few family selfies, if anything they are memorable.

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My two brothers, my parents, sister in-law, niece, and brother’s girlfriend were all at my parents house as well. Here is my dad feeding Everett his bottle.

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We again had a nice meal and were able to catch up with one another. We also had the Steelers game on since the rest of my family are Steelers fans. Makes sense right? I’m the odd one out. We loaded the car at the end of the night and headed home. We had our first Christmas experience as parents and I would say it was a huge success. We will have to do it again sometime πŸ˜‰

I forgot to mention the boy got a ball pit! At first he was pretty terrified and I almost passed out blowing it up, but he came around and so did I!

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Lastly here is my baby boy hanging out in his crib yesterday as happy as could be!

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Again I hope you all had a great weekend, and were able to spend some time with your loved ones. If it is as bitter cold as is it here, bundle up and stay safe. If not, well…I’m jealous haha. Have a great day! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

Welcome Home Tour!

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Today is the day. My wife and I will be heading back to Ohio for the Zac Brown Band concert tonight. For those of you who are new here, my wife entered a Facebook contest and won two tickets to one of the shows. We took a trip Monday to grab them and tonight is the night!

I have a company physical at 3pm this afternoon. From there I will be picking up my little buddy and bringing him home. With any luck my mom will be there so we can leave. We will be cutting it close when we finally get there.

We are both pretty excited. She is excited that she won something, and that it is something she has always wanted. I’m just excited that I have something to do, and good music to listen to.

I’ll report back Monday with a concert/weekend post. Depending on the content I may make two posts. Who knows haha.

I’ll see you all then, enjoy your weekend! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

Industrial Tournament!

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Compared to yesterday this post will be short lol.

Today marks the start of the 38th Annual Terry F. Ristau Industrial Memorial Softball tournament! Most people in this area wait all summer for this tournament. There are four divisions, in this slow pitch softball tournament. They have a men’s open bracket, co-ed open bracket, industrial men’s bracket, and lastly an industrial co-ed bracket. In order to be considered ‘industrial’ everyone on your roster must work for the company that your team is based on.

There has been a major shift in how many teams are in each recently. It used to be strictly ‘industrial’. In the past decade they have added the ‘open’ teams. For a while they played together until some very smart people realized it was very unfair. The ‘industrial’ teams had restrictions on who could play, therefor having a very restricted pool of people to choose from. This all while the open teams like the Legions and other clubs could choose anyone from anywhere.

This year there are only 8 ‘industrial’ men’s teams, I am on one. In total I want to say there are about 30+ teams throughout the four divisions. That is pretty impressive for a small city.

My company always rents a pavilion and has food catered each year. We are in for some more good food! Our first game is tonight at 8:30. To make it a little more interesting we play against my brother and his team. We normally play on the same team all year long so we know each other very well. It is rare that we are not on the same team, let alone have the chance to play one another. Usually we get going and end up on different ends of the bracket, but we can’t do that if we start out playing each other haha. To be brutally honest they are a team that consists of people who play all summer, and have played as a team more often. They are proven, so far, as the better team. Good news is, it is slow pitch softball and none of that matters haha. This year we have a couple summer help kids playing and a strong team. I think we can take them!

I will be pitching for the second year in a row, and really hope I don’t catch a line drive to the face or family jewels! It is a real possibility, but should be able to be avoided. Just the shear small distance the pitcher is away from the batter is scary, then you have a big yellow ball hurling back at you.

The last two years haven’t been good to us as a team, but we have also struggled to get guys to sign up. the first year I was with this company they didn’t even think they would have a team. To make matters worse we couldn’t hire summer help because we had a downturn in sales. We won 2 games and lost 2 games that year. Last year we had a better team but worse luck. We only won 1 game and lost the next 2. This year I have more optimism than both of the prior years. We have a few young studs and the remaining good guys on our team. With only 8 teams in the bracket this year we may have a fighting chance. Who knows!

That is all for me, I hope you have a great Friday and a great weekend! I’ll see you all again Monday! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€