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All baseball games have been rained out for the past week so no sports news to report.
Last night Eric had freshman orientation at DeSmet. They had the boys stand up for different things such as if they had older brothers who went to the school, if they had a dad who graduated from the school, etc. Out of 311 boys, only about 20 stood up when asked to stand up if they were from a public school. Most of them are from Catholic schools. It was exciting being there though. He didn't test into any Honors classes, but he has all level 1 classes (one step down from Honors). He'll be taking Algebra, Spanish, Biology, World History, English, Communication and Drama, and P.E. It's going to be a tough first semester until he gets used to all the studying and homework!
Found out the other day I'll have a warrant out for my arrest if I don't show up for a court date in May. Turns out the person who bought my car (Jetta) didn't change the title to his name and got a handicapped parking ticket and didn't pay it. I'm going to get it all straightened out (I have the paper work to prove everything), but yikes that could have been interesting to get pulled over for a tail light out or something :) "Ma'am you're under arrest."
Today we went to buy Eric new shoes because the ones he has are not only falling apart, but they smell to high heaven. He's had them for 8 months so it's not surprising. He ordered custom shoes from Nike online but they still aren't here yet and it's been 4 weeks. Well, it turns out we won't need THOSE shoes after all. In fact, we need to find someone with a size 12 foot and whose name is Eric and who likes the number 42 - all on his custom shoes - because we found out today that he now wears a 13! He ordered the size 12 Nikes online thinking that he would go up 1/2 size by the time they arrived. Hah! How about a size and a half! I wonder if Nike will give me a refund :)
For a minute I thought I was back in California! This morning at 4:29AM our whole house felt the 5.2. Eric was all excited about it when he woke up for school, but he said he was a little scared when it was happening. I figured he just slept through it since he didn't come in to our room like I used to do when I felt earthquakes in California when I was younger. Larry thought it was hail. I thought it was wind for a minute but then I couldn't figure out how wind could shake the whole house. I finally said to Larry, "That felt like an earthquake." He said, "Really?" and went back to sleep. It was really weird being in the Midwest and experiencing that. It was something you become used to in California, but I think that's why it took me a minute to figure out what was going on. I've been here for 19 years and haven't felt an earthquake.
I went to a meeting at DeSmet for mothers of incoming freshman the other night. It was fun to see all the moms and how excited they were for their sons to be going there. I ran into my friend Liz, whose son Michael has been on Eric's baseball and basketball teams since 3rd grade. He is a very good athlete. It was nice to see a familiar face there. Eric's friend Charlie, who was his best friend from ages 2-5 (in daycare) is also going to DeSmet, but I didn't see his mom Mary there. I absolutely adore Charlie's parents, whom I see every so often because Eric plays against Charlie's teams in basketball and baseball. I'm glad I'll be seeing a lot more of them.
Liz and I exchanged phone numbers so we can sign up to volunteer for different things together. I think that's mostly what the meeting was geared towards...getting all the moms to volunteer for activities, auctions, dinners, fundraising, etc. They need a ton of help. Liz is also a stay-at-home mom. She's got to be THE youngest mom at the high school. She must be like 25 or something :) She's funny and fun.
At the meeting we found out that the boys will be in the same homeroom with the same kids and same teacher for all four years. At the beginning of August, each homeroom will go away to an overnight camp which will give them a chance to get to know the kids in their homeroom before school starts. They also hook the freshman boys up with an upper classman "buddy," who will also go to the camp. I love that. So when school starts they'll feel more comfortable and will already know at least the kids in their homeroom. They have several orientations, including one coming up on April 21st where they will get their test scores and meet the coaches for each sport, as well as a computer orientation where they get a lesson on their laptop (each kid gets their own laptop to take home), and also a day where only the freshmen have school so they can get to know their teachers and classes without the upper classmen there. The school also has several parent get-togethers - a Spring dinner, a pig roast, and a winetasting (I like that :) so all the parents can meet each other. It is very family oriented and sports oriented, and I'm looking forward to the next four years!
The Rippers lost all three of their games in this weekend's tournament. The good news? They've learned each other's names. The bad news? They only scored one run in three games. That is SO not good. The coach - always positive - says they should see this as their first three practices, considering they never practiced together on a field. More good news? I've learned after all these years of loving baseball how to keep score in a scorebook. I'm not sure why I never learned how to do it, but I definitely had the best teacher. My dad (thanks Dad!) was able to watch Eric pitch and play first while here to scout at the Cardinals game. First time he's seen Eric play a sport in 14 years. Dad, I scored the first game yesterday by myself and it was so much easier. But the second game I decided just to relax, watch and take some pictures, which I will try to download onto the Rippers website soon. www.iteams.mobi/rippers
The Rippers don't play again for another week and a half, but I'm thinking it may be a good idea for the coach to hold a practice or two? In the second game yesterday, when Eric was pitching, his first baseman and second baseman fought for a pop fly..."I got it!" "No, I got it!" Well guess who got it? No one. Also, his third baseman missed two really easy grounders that should have been outs. Poor Eric. Not only did he not get any help from his fielders; he got the only good hit of the game! He had a great hard hit to left field. He came into the dugout afterwards and said to the team, "Guys, that's pretty sad if I'm the only one who gets a hit on the team and I bat ninth!"
Boy does my pup have expensive taste. She ate two of my Blackjack phones in one week (see pic). This happened a couple of weeks ago and I still don't have a phone from the insurance company. For some reason they are giving me a hard time about getting a brand new $400 phone (after K.C. ate the first one - with no insurance) and then four days later putting in a claim for it. Hmmm, I wonder why? Are they questioning my ability to be responsible? :) Eric continues to remind me that he has never lost or damaged HIS phone that he got last year. It's amazing how my we rely on our cell phones. Talk about convenience! I don't know how our parents ever lived without them.
Okay, on to sports. Eric is supposed to have his first baseball game (3 day tournament) today. It's rained for I don't know how many days (or is it weeks?) in a row, so it's still iffy. Apparently it's rained 15 point something inches this winter up until today, which is DOUBLE that of last year during the same time. We may just skip baseball and go right into football season. If we do play, check out our team website (made by yours truly) later tonight or tomorrow morning and I'll report the score. www.iteams.mobi/rippers I still have some work to do on it since I just made it yesterday. I'll add individual pics under player bios, team pics and pics from their games.
I'm a married mom with one son, Eric (19), two stepchildren and a baby grandson. I met my husband on a blind date set up by friends. We dated for 10 years before getting married six years ago. I grew up in a small beach town in Southern California and have lived in the Midwest since age 25. I love it here! My passions are reading, sports, and animals. Thanks for stopping by!