Thursday, July 2, 2009

Peanuts and Cracker Jacks

Last night Nate and Coop had the honor of throwing the first pitch at the our local semi-pro baseball game. The kids have all been apart of a program that encourages reading from birth, especially to help with school readiness by age five. Each month the kids under five years old get a hardbound book in the mail with their name on it. The nationwide program is called Dolly Parton's Imagination Library. Our local chapter provides these awesome monthly storytimes where the kids get read to, snacks, and another free book.

I got a call Tuesday asking if Nate and Cooper would like to have the honorable treat of throwing in the first pitch at Wednesday night's game.
When I told Coop that he was asked to throw in the first pitch he immediately started rambling on about what he wanted to wear...his new baseball clothes that Grannie just gave him for his birthday. Nice arm Coop! You've got to click on this picture to blow it up. Nate's face expression tells it all. He was very nervous about this opportunity and wasn't sure he wanted to participate. Nate is a cautious kid but very talented kid. After putting on his game face he chucked that ball with all his might and made it straight into the catchers glove. The crowd went crazy! As you can tell from the picture "the crowd" was pretty minimal. We've never made it to a game that early in our lives. After each of the boys pitched, one of the real ballplayers autographed the boys a ball.
This ball will be treasured! We got home around 9 pm and put the kids all to bed. Chloe was totally wiped out and broke the family sleeping-in record (which isn't hard to break) by waking up at 11:30 am today. She had a morning snack of a bottle in bed at 7:15 am and then went back to sleep. I was wishing all morning that we could have swapped places.
We all had a great time at the game. We missed Alex who is away at 11 year old boy scout camp.


Mama Nirvana said...

What a fun, fun day! You're so right -- I would just love to lounge in a dark, cool room with a beverage and blanket.


emily a. said...

That is awesome. Alex will be so envious when he gets back.

Leah said...

11:30???? I can't even believe that! Nice work Coop and Nate!

Birch, call me about the focus point, I know how to fix it.

Robyn said...


And I'm with Leah - 11:30? Holy Cow. Bet you wished you a mother of one that day.

Your photos are great too.

Matt's Blog said...

What a great story to remember for him!