Monday, December 12, 2011

Guess who scored free Chipotle for lunch?

Thursday, October 06, 2011

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Daddy - Daughter Date Night to celebrate Anna doing well taking the OAA test.

Sunday, October 02, 2011

Our little orphan Ashlyn.

Saturday, October 01, 2011

It's not the Prodigal Son, but Anna was ecstatic to once again find B, who was stuffed in with her sleeping bag, for almost 10 months.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

What a night of baseball

9 game collapse by the Red Sox
8 1/2 game collapse by the Braves.

Unbelievable night!

ESPN Story about last night...

When Alexander Cartwright drew up the first modern baseball rules in 1845, I don’t believe he envisioned players with $100 million contracts or games played on fake grass inside domed stadiums.

He certainly didn’t envision nights like this.

Four games with playoff implications, three going to the wire, three blown saves in the ninth, two games going extra innings, one game tied with maybe the most dramatic, clutch pinch-hit home run in history -- certainly one from a guy batting .108 -- and the final game ending on a blown save in the bottom of the ninth, completing the most colossal September collapse the sport has ever seen.

The clock had struck midnight. Jonathan Papelbon was about to close out Boston’s 3-2 victory to secure at least a spot in the wild-card tiebreaker game on Thursday. He’d struck out Baltimore’s Adam Jones and Mark Reynolds. But Chris Davis lined the first pitch he saw into the right-field corner, chugging into second with a double. Nolan Reimold fisted a high fastball into right-center that bounced over the wall for a game-tying double. And then Robert Andino hit a soft liner to left. Carl Crawford, Boston’s $142 million free agent, raced in, got to the ball inches before it hit the ground … and couldn’t hang on.

The Orioles had won. Collapse on the verge ...

Three minutes later, just after the result from Baltimore had been posted on the scoreboard at Tropicana Field, in the bottom of the 12th inning, Evan Longoria hit a low, screaming liner into the left-field corner that cleared the fences by a few inches. Maybe the most stunning few inches baseball fans have witnessed in a long, long time.

The Rays had won. Comeback complete.

We spent the past three weeks sweating and cheering every home run, wild pitch, bad call, bullpen blow-up, broken bat, diving catch, clutch hit, rally-killing groundout, triple play and rookie from Yale. Then this night arrives, a gift from the baseball gods.

How does this happen? How does a team summon up the mental fortitude to look at the scoreboard in the bottom of the eighth inning, see that you’re losing 7-0, know that your rival for the wild card is leading 3-2 ... and win? Yes, the Rays weren’t facing David Robertson or Mariano Rivera -- Joe Girardi wasn’t going to use his best relievers with the Yankees’ first playoff game set for Friday -- but I don’t care if they were facing guys from Scranton or Staten Island, it was an amazing turn of events.

They scored six runs in the eighth, capped by Longoria’s mammoth three-run shot deep into the left-field bleachers. But when Johnny Damon popped up with a runner on second to end the rally, you felt the energy sucked out of the Rays. That was their last chance.


It wasn’t. They had one more. With two outs in the ninth, Joe Maddon summoned the red-bearded Dan Johnson to the plate. He had begun the season as the team’s first baseman, ah hopeful anchor to the middle of the lineup along with Manny Ramirez, but hit so poorly he was sent down to the minors.

Back in 2008, Johnson had hit another dramatic ninth-inning, pinch-hit home run for the Rays in their first run to the playoffs, tying a game the Rays won later in the inning. Some called that win the most important of the season, the biggest win to date in Rays history. Johnson is one of those baseball lifers; he got some time in the big leagues a few years ago with the A’s, but has spent more time in Triple-A than the majors. He played in Japan in 2009, but the Rays brought him back last season as Triple-A insurance.

And Maddon sent him to the plate. He was hitting .108 in 83 at-bats. He also had zero hits in September. Cory Wade got him in the hole at a ball and two strikes, throwing his changeup that drifts away from left-handed hitters. He threw a ball and Johnson fouled off a fastball. Wade threw another changeup, but this one didn’t move. Johnson hooked it down the right-field line, over the wall -- just barely -- and into history.

By the way: That home run Johnson hit in 2008? It came off Jonathan Papelbon.

It’s easy to say this is what we love about baseball, but it’s true: Anybody can be the hero. It’s a theme I’ve written several times throughout the season. Evan Longoria is the biggest hitter in the Tampa Bay lineup, and he delivered a game of a lifetime. But he’ll get many chances to do that again. We’ll see him in the playoffs on Friday, we’ll see him in many All-Star Games and many Octobers to come. He’s starting to build his legend.

But Dan Johnson? He’s not even the 25th man on the Tampa roster. He’s more like the 32nd or 33rd or 34th man.

And that’s how baseball works. Papelbon and Crawford, big names with big salaries, can’t do the job in one ballpark. In another, Dan Johnson gets us to extra innings. Jake McGee gets out of a two-on, nobody-out jam in the top of the 12th. Evan Longoria swings … the ball heads toward the foul pole … it seems to will itself over the fence … a player is mobbed at home plate. Unthinkable elation. Unthinkable heartache.

What a night, my baseball friends.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Ashlyn in her new princess dress she got for her birthday from Gran.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Ashlyn enjoying a boat ride on Apple Valley Lake.

Anna is king of the world.

Monday, September 05, 2011

Little cooler day at the Nazarene National today.

Saturday, September 03, 2011

102 at Rumpke. Hot day at the Nazarene Nationals Softball Tournament. 1st Naz is 1-1. I am 2 for 4.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Down at the crik @ Knobels.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Monday, July 11, 2011

Anna has learned to ride her bike

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Day at Disney

We all met Mickey and Minnie!!

Ashlyn LOVED "It's a Small World"

We had fun on the tea cups.

Flying through the air on Dumbo.

Posing in front of Cinderella's castle.

Cinderella's castle up close.

We even managed to stay until the fireworks!!

Monday, May 09, 2011

Our summer project: A garden at the Reffitt's.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

A Good Day

Yesterday was a really good day. Up early and out to Honey Run Park to work on the trail out Leadership Knox group is working on. We finished the bridge, carried the wood for the bench up the hill and put that together as well.

Came home after that to get the girls and let Amber go scrap booking. The Dean's were nice enough to let Ashlyn come over for her nap and me the older girls went back to the trail. Jeff and the crew from Kenyon finished all of the grubbing. It was all done well enough that the girls and I were able to walk the whole thing with no difficulty. (Just a few thorns, roots and trees left to be cleared.) We then walked the other trail and made good use of the new bench as we sat on it to have our snack of oatmeal creme pies and capri-suns.

We then went and picked up Ashlyn and went to Taco Bell for dinner. We dropped off some dinner for Amber then stopped over at Hiawatha park and had a good time there for a little while. Than it was home for bath time and bed time snacks.

It was long tiring day, but one of those good kind of tired. The goodness has continued on to today with church this morning and watching Wendal for the Dean's as we went to Bob Evan's for lunch. Now a time of naps for the little ones (and Amber), playing outside for the girls and watching the Phillies win and Tiger making the Master's quite interesting with his big push today.

So glad that spring has finally seemed to make it here.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Daddy/daughter date at McD's.

Sunday, February 06, 2011

Honey Run Waterfall

Not quite cold enough to stop the waterfall.

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

So now I can update my blog via text or email. Hopefully I will more often.
Here is a pic of the girls after their 1st stay in a hotel after getting stuck in bad weather on the way home for Christmas. (Yes that was a very long run on sentence) :-)