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  • Smoke signals
    4-30-17 It turns out Tess is coming down with something so she didn’t go to church or to her pitching coach’s practice. I am hopeful she’ll feel better enough to go ‘throw the ball around’ tomorrow because I really want to get her on the mound. I want to teach her how to “own” it. […]
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  • What am I doing wrong?
    4-29-17 Since our Sunday “friendly” was canceled, our coach got us a double-header for Saturday night. It looked like most of the girls were going to be able to be there but I was kind of bummed because we had plans to watch the last season game of the rec ball games that evening but […]
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  • Dad to the rescue
    4-28-17 Tess wanted to go out Friday night, Friday night……a night we NEVER go out on, and practice pitching. Her dad was going to catch for her and since he hadn’t caught for her in about 2 years, I told her to exercise extreme patience as he got used to it again. After all, the […]
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  • Pitching lesson
    4-26-17 Tess and I was at the cage before her pitching coach so she warmed up as usual. Now her warm-up pitches were cut from 7 to 5 and so we moved quickly to her middle warm-up and then her windmill warm-up. She even decided to do some squats and pitch before she got on […]
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  • Trying things out
    4-24-17 I’ve already written that sometimes I really hate catching for Tess and this was one of those nights. She wanted to argue about me not catching her balls but mind you they were going far right or far left. Ummm, excuse me but I’m on a bucket that’s not on level ground so if […]
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  • Softball friendly
    4-23-17 We had to get up at 5:00 in the morning to arrive at the field by 6:45. It was a 35 minute drive from our house to the field but there was no traffic and we found our way just fine. The girls warmed up and were ready to play their first game which […]
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  • Old cleats
    4-22-17 Saturday morning practice. We made it on time but did not go out beforehand to practice pitching on our own. I had hidden Tess’ standard cleats so that only her metal cleats were in the garage and I whispered to Ike that she was going to start screaming about her shoes in 3….. 2…….. […]
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  • My life: Softball & Tae Kwon Do and Teenagers
    4-21-17 It was Friday and Tess wanted to get some pitching practice in AND Ike announced he wanted to go to the make-up Tae Kwon Do class. Geez! I was extremely tired and didn’t want to do either but off I went with Tess first. We were going to have about 45 minutes for her […]
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  • A real catcher for Tess
    4-20-17 Tess had her travel ball batting practice tonight and her pitching coach wanted to work with her a bit more on Thursday. Batting went fine as usual. One of her teammates went in for her lesson but it only lasted 30 minutes. Then her pitching coach saw one of his players, then he saw […]
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  • Bruises
    4-19-17 “Tess, wake me up at 5:25 from my nap so we can go to your pitching lesson.” “Ok,” she said. Well at 5:25 she was nowhere in sight but I was up and getting ready to leave at 5:30. At 5:28 she came in yelling that it was time to go and I said […]
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  • Pitching for 12U
    3-23-17 I was going to be juggling taking Ike to Tae Kwon Do and Tess to batting and I didn’t have anyone who could help me tonight so I figured out a way: Ike would drive Tess and I the 16 minutes, 10.7 miles (yes he’s learning to drive and has his permit) to her […]
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  • #ImLookingAtThePlate
    3-22-17 True to her word, our coach gave us the entire weekend off and it was great! Wednesday was Tess’ pitching lesson and her coach was a bit late and no one was there to let us in. I always text him the morning of the lesson to remind him we are still coming but […]
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  • Practice then Double-header
    3-25-17 Practice I had texted Tess’ coach to let her know we’d only be staying about an hour for practice on Saturday because Tess was fighting a cold and since she was going to be playing a double-header tonight, she would need time to go home and rest. We found the park and was getting […]
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  • Thursday batting lesson
    3-16-17 We had our first Thursday batting lesson and……only 4 girls showed up. It was the newest player, Tess, the coach’s daughter at another player. They still went on for two hours but I’m so glad I didn’t stay in the car because it was nice chatting with the other parents. I even got a […]
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  • Pitching lesson & pep talk
    3-15-17 Tess’ brother was supposed to catch for his sister tonight but even though I warned him to get ready, he suddenly had something to do just as we were going to leave so I said forget it. Tess, as usual had a pretty good practice. I just think it took her longer tonight to […]
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  • Sunday friendly
    3-12-17 The time changed early Sunday morning and we had to be at the ball field at 7:45 a.m. for “friendly”. By 8:00 a.m. it was already HOT and I could only imagine how the girls were feeling. I convinced Tess to bring her “mister,” the plastic bottle that holds ice, that you pump with […]
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  • pitching practice
    3-8-17 Tess had another great practice tonight. She was able to move through her warm-ups rather quickly and then…..well…..the introduction of something new. For some reason, whenever she is taught something new, she panics (I guess) and then the strikes become everything but. This “new” thing was simply two walk-thrus (which she has already been […]
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  • pitching practice on our own
    3-6-17 We got a notification that our Monday batting practice was cancelled. Woo hoo! The reason is because we had just played 3 games on Sunday and the girls needed a break. Our coach is going to try and schedule us another day at the cages sometime during the week so that we don’t have […]
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  • Sometimes I really hate catching for my daughter!!
    3-13-17 Our coach cancelled our batting practice for Monday again. In fact, our batting practices moved from Mondays to Thursday which was better because most of the time we either had “friendlies” on Sunday or tournaments all weekend so we needed a break. But, Tess wanted to go pitching so of course I had to […]
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  • HOMERUN!!
    3-5-17 I know, I know, it’s been A G E S since I blogged. I’ve just been busy? I’ve just been too lazy? I just haven’t done it – good thing I don’t have a publisher and deadlines to meet or I would have been fired a long time ago. But enough about that, let […]
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  • Softball organization’s Christmas Party
    12-18-16 Today was our Travel Ball team’s annual Christmas party. I had known they did this from previous posts on social media sites so I was looking forward to it. Tess’ team was exchanging gifts and try as we might, we were going to fashionably late! I had to do Tess’ hair, which made me […]
  • Pitching practice with “the man”
    12-14-16 I told Tess she was going to have a pitching lesson with the owner of our Travel Ball team and she just about busted a gut like I knew she would. We got there and he began teaching her how to pitch…..ALL OVER AGAIN. She had new warm up drills to learn, new ways […]
  • Batting practice
    12-13-16 This was one of the first practices we were able to make with this team. It was at the batting facility Tess used to take lessons at so we were familiar with the location. Unfortunately there are just two batting cages and a pitching cage so the girls had to start with their “batting” […]
  • Friendly
    12-11-16 We had a practice on 12/6/16 but Tess and I didn’t get the info about it until about an hour before because the coach had changed cell phone numbers but forgot to put us back in as a contact. Unfortunately we were driving back from L.A. and were not going to make it. There […]
  • Toys for Tots Tourney part #2
    12-4-16 We found out we had to be back early in the morning again today. It was still very cold and everyone was bundled up in blankets, coats, hoodies, hats, gloves, etc. I kept score again and learned something new. They had substitute players and I learned that they batted but didn’t field and in […]
  • Toys for Tots Tourney
    12-3-16 This was going to be our first real tournament! I had already told Tess about it and she knew days ahead of time. Why did she throw a fit the day of saying she didn’t want to go, blah, blah, blah and blah, blah, blah. I am so sick of this! She has been […]
  • Softball camp
    11-25-16 Tess made me take her to the park on Thanksgiving to practice her pitching. I didn’t want to go; didn’t she realize I had sooooo much still to do before we ate Thanksgiving dinner? I guess not but I should be glad that she wanted to practice, right? We practiced on the field and […]
  • No regrets
    11-15-16 At the advice of a Travel Ball coach, I took a softball team this fall season to develop my daughter as a pitcher, to give her every opportunity to get better and better. We lost every single stinking game but I have no regrets. I don’t regret taking the team, or regret coaching. I […]
  • Last practice of the season
    11-13-16 So all four of the other coaches were not going to be at our last practice. That meant that I was going to have to run it myself. I had ideas and I knew I could do it but I didn’t want to. I decided to make it fun by having a parents vs […]
  • Double-header & 3 coaches missing
    11-12-16 Today was going to be our double-header game and we were missing 3 coaches. Luckily another coach who had been helping our team periodically was available so I was going to have to be on the field. No worries. I so wanted to do well. After all, these were going to be our last […]
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  • 9-10-16 Tonight was our first scrimmage game against another team. Our head coaches weren’t there but we female co-managers held our own. We were up to bat first and our girls did great. We were down 3 players so there were no subs tonight. Tess was so so on her pitching. Strikes here and there […]
  • Venting leads to good things
    9-1-16 After Tess was talking about quitting and other nonsense, I vented to her pitching coach and her “travel ball coach to be [I hope]” and anyone else that was pertinent, like my co-manager. Well after my e-mail to her “travel ball coach to be” he sent a simple text Wednesday night saying ‘practice at […]
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