Saturday, May 26, 2018

Baseball Season

After two months of twice a week practices and weekly games the baseball season is winding down for these boys.  Coming off of basketball I wasn't sure how this was going to go but I'm really glad we did it.  Having two children in sports is much more manageable then four.  They had back to back practices so that really cut down on the number of times we had to drive back and forth.  Penelope and Scarlett even made friends with other girls who had a brother on Tucker's team.  In fact I think they might have enjoyed playing with their friends during baseball equally as much as the boys liked playing.  Not once did they regret not signing up for baseball. 

I enjoyed the weather and sitting an chatting with the other mom at Tucker's practice.
Leon did awesome at his games, I'm so glad I took this video of his very first time up to bat.

He has came a long way since then.  He now touches all the bases and doesn't pass his own teammates.  But he does run home as much as he can even though they are really only supposed to run one base.

Tucker's games were so different than Leon's.  An hour and a half felt like forever sometimes.  The pitchers in general had a hard time getting the ball over the plate, so it was just like watching walk after walk after walk.  There was a game where Tucker didn't get the ball once, and he was walked both times he got up to bat, and everyone after him walked as well.  
Baseball is just a lot of pressure.  It seems like the game just rotates who is under pressure the whole time.  Where as other sports seem more like a group effort.  
Tucker really wanted to pitch but the coaches didn't choose him to do that this season.  I think in the end he was ok with that.  On this last game he got to play first base, which he was really excited about.  Even when playing first he only got the ball once.  I think there was only 2 or three hits from each team the whole game.

Even though sometimes I was bored I really could see the value that this game was bringing to Tucker.  Their team lost most games, and not all the boys took it well.  Tucker also struck out one time and during that same game he missed a big ball that gave the other team a home run.  It was a rough game for him.  I was worried about him emotionally, but he handled it ok.  He didn't cry or get angry like he could have but I know he was feeling bad.  It is important for the boys to learn how to deal when they make mistakes, when they lose, or when their teammates make mistakes while the stakes are so low like this. 

During this last game Tucker was the very last batter and the bases were loaded.  I could tell he was nervous but excited.  We really encouraged him to swing at anything he thought he might be able to hit and it worked.  He got a nice hit.  In fact he made it all the way to third, and brought in three RBI's.  Their team won! Wahoo, he was excited.

Friday, May 25, 2018

Hamagin Space Science Center and Log House

It was time for another Woestman Academy field trip.  This time to the Hamagin Space Science Center in Yokohama.  
This play was pretty awesome!  There were tons of school groups there but I did see a couple other families.
This place had lots of floors and different rooms to explore, it reminded me of the Seattle Science Center.
One thing that was funny was we noticed that we would basically have the room to ourselves as we looked around and tested everything out.  Then about 30 kids would rush in and it would be crazy for ten minutes and then they would leave.  Then it would be nice and quiet again for a few minutes before the next rush.  I love how we could stay in each room as long as we wanted.  Everyone gets a turn in our school :) and more importantly we had the time to really learn and have fun.
Many of the exhibits didn't allow pictures, so you will just have to trust me on how fun it was.

After a couple hours there was walked across the park to the log house.  We've been once before but it was time for another visit.

I was a little more brave this time and hung out down below in what I call the crawl space area with the kids for a bit.

Calista even made a Japanese friend.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Scarlett's Doll Party

Scarlett's seven year old 18" doll birthday party was a huge success!  The invite I made says American Girl doll party but Scarlett doesn't have any of those and I think only one of the guests had actual American Girl dolls.  We just asked all the girls to bring their favorite doll.
For decorations we set up the dolls we have and just did a lot with pink and hot pink.

I made a fake doll photo booth prop for the girls.  It was fun for everyone to pretend they were the doll in the box. 
My kids decided not to smile very big because their actual dolls don't have big smiles.
Tucker and Leon even got in on some of the fun.  They actually stayed upstairs the whole time friends were over until the cake and ice cream.  It was perfect.

Once each girl came in we outfitted them with a party had and of course a mini party hat for their dolls as well.  Bob and I made these by just cutting a circle then taping it to a triangle.  I then glued a little pom pom on top and we cut holes in the sides for string.
We took more pictures with our photo props, but mostly that was just me and Scarlett before people arrived.

As people started to come we brought them to the kitchen where everyone had time to make themselves and their dolls matching bracelets. 

After that I took a group picture while Bob reset the table.  We had a little snack time.  Everyone got a heart shaped PB&J and a mini one for their doll of course.  We also had mini cups for the dolls.
The next little game was a big hit.  I was surprised how much time they wanted to spend playing "duck, duck, doll."  Which is exactly like duck duck goose but the dolls tap each other on the head.  About ten minutes in all the dolls were on the ground and the girls were just playing, but they really loved it.   They were also so mature about trying to pick girls who haven't been picked and no one got upset if they weren't picked in a while. 
Next we let the girls each decorate a mini cupcake for their dolls. 
Presents are always fun.  Calista even found some abandoned dolls to play with.
Lastly we ate cake!  Amazingly Calista slept in for the first time and I had enough time to make it before she got up in the morning.  I was really happy with how it turned out.

For thank you gifts Scarlett and I made big and little heart cookies.  
It was a lot of fun for everyone including me.