Friday, August 22, 2014

Fun in the Sun.

Swanson family summer activities:
- Swimming off the Maui Mat
- Pontoon rides
- Learning the finer points of shoe tying
- Playing with Camp
- Swinging golf clubs
- Legos
- Swinging
- Dock jumps
- Cousin time

Birthday Olympics.

Cullen turned 6 on March 13th.  But let's be honest, the weather was horrible this winter and spring.  On March 13th, there was still snow and it was about 22 degrees.  So we convinced Cullen to wait for summer to celebrate his birthday with pals.  Cullen had lots of grandiose ideas when it came to his party:  football, swimming, water ballons, races, etc.  After hearing this, I came up with the idea of the birthday olympics:  obstacle course, water balloon toss, tug of war, dock jumps and three-legged race.  The obstacle course was hands-down the best event.  The course included:  hit the water balloon off the tee, potatoe sack, dizzy bat, jump over the Maui Mat, hop scotch, crawl through the tunnel, face squirt gun fire on the way to the finish line.  The kids loved it!  And the ones who were not racing loved barraging the racer with squirt gun fire.  we tracked times and wins on a scoreboard, and at the end everyone received a medal or two.  Happy almost 6 1/2 birthday Cullen!

Sunday, August 10, 2014

BGC Coach Pitch

Another season is in the books.  Cullen moved from T-Ball last year to Coach pitch this year.  Once again I coached his team and once again I showed the type of baseball acumen that is usually reserved for members of Cooperstown.  We had a blast.  The kids learned a ton.  Cullen had a great year.  The  year started with him wearing shorts and  t-shirt to the game.  By the end he had baseball pants and was wearing eye black.  He is a really good player and really has a passion for the game.  We would leave the field, hop in the car, and he would immediately ask if we could go home and play catch.  I was happy to oblige.  The season ended as good as it could.   Cullen was the last player to bat.  Bases were loaded.  He hit a rocket over the first baseman's head and he was off to the races.  There was a play at the plate, but he slid under Coach Sean's tag.  Grand Slam, season over.