The Stewartville-Racine Sharks were in a marathon playoff game vs the Winona Chiefs last night. The winner continues on, the loser's season is over. After 14, yes 14 innings, and 4 hours 17 minutes of play the Sharks couldn't pull off the win. They lost a heartbreaking nail biter of a game ending their season and any chances of returning to the state amateur baseball tourney for a third straight year.
This is the intersection by our house. They are finally working on replacing the street. It's a pain trying to get through and the noise is driving our dog nuts, but it will be nice when they are finally done and we have a new street!
James once again came through for me for this weeks assignment for the photography workshop I am taking. His fee: doughnuts! I think I can handle that :) The first one is in front of a low wall in the park. The second picture was behind one of the elementary schools.
Just a couple of images from a quick little impromptu photoshoot at the park. Technically not great photos since his body is leaning out instead of in and the dreaded limb chops (GASP!) in the first one, but I still like them :) Too much to try and keep straight!
James has been a lot of help around the house taking out the garbage, picking up after the dog, cleaning up, taking out the cans, mowing the lawn, watering the plants and pretty much anything I have asked him to do. He's been a lot of help with my photo scavenger hunt keeping his eye out for items on the list, holding my little clickinmoms signs and posing for silly pictures. Today James was a lot of help with the new photography workshop that I am taking by sitting as my model while I practiced taking pics of him...turn this way, hold this up, smile, stop making silly faces, sit up straight, yes you can have pancakes as soon as we're done. I may be biased, but I sure am blessed to have such a GREAT kid :) Thanks James...I appreciate everything you do!
I have been participating in the Clickinmom's 2010 photo scavenger hunt. There's an ever growing list of hundreds of items to capture, but it's not as easy as it sounds. You must take a picture of each item and have the words clickinmoms 2010 visible somewhere in the picture. All of the pictures must be taken during the month of July. This is so fun! I may not win, but I am having fun trying to get as many items as I can and it is definitely helping me to become less shy about asking to take pictures of people or things. Thanks to everyone who has helped me along so far, especially James. This is my entry for heart shaped food.
My tire has been slowly losing air for awhile now. I knew that I needed to take it in to be looked at, but I have been procrastinating. I came out to my car today to find it completely flat and with Brian gone I was going to have to change the tire myself...for the first time. God has definitely been watching over me. I found this patch with the cords showing, in addition to another area with a hole in the outer part of the rubber and an completely bald inside tread. Irresponsible car owner here! Now I will be driving around with this sad looking spare until I can get new tires :(
The Gear Daddies were the headliners the first night of the St John's Block Party.
This is lead singer, Martin Zellar. If you are a hockey fan, you will know him as the creator of the Zamboni song!
This is Nick Ciola. He used to play amateur baseball with Brian in Austin.
We LOVE the Gear Daddies and try to catch their reunion shows anytime they are in the area. Unfortunately, Brian had to miss out this time as he was at wrestling team camp with the high school kids he coaches from JM :( I had a great time however, catching up with our friends Troy and Jenny! LOTS of laughs, dancing, drinks and people watching...good times!
I made it through the funeral this morning, I made it through back-to-back baseball losses, I made it to Rochester on a crappy tire all for drinks with my dear friend Kelly Girl and some red velvet cake from Whistle Binkies On The Lake!
\ This evening I attended the visitation for Jerry Hammill. He tragically was taken from this Earth far too soon. Tomorrow will be a tough one as his family and friends say goodbye. Rest in peace Jerry!
I went down by the baseball fields to capture some cattails for the clickinmoms scavenger hunt. While I was there I noticed several beautiful wild flowers in the ditch. It's funny how many times I have walked by and never even noticed them. This was a sooc shot that caught my eye because it almost looks like I processed with a texture or something. The soft colors and haze is different from what I normally attempt to capture.
Today was the 4th of July, a day to celebrate! Unfortunately the weather didn't want to cooperate for the festivities in the park this afternoon, but thankfully the rain held off just enough to get the parade and fireworks in tonight!
On another note, I am praying for the Schmoll/Hammill family with sudden tragic loss of Jerry this morning. Please keep this family in your thoughts and prayers.
James ran the city summerfest run this morning while Brian and I volunteered to work the race. They ran a 5 mile, 3 mile and 1/2 mile kids fun race. This is James finishing the 3 mile race in 53rd place out of 282 runners in a time of 24:40. Way to go little man!
When it's only $1.99 for a 12 pack we stock up! Lucky for us it's still on sale for a couple more days. Last time it was this cheap we had a wall of pop in our basement. Can you say caffeine addiction???
James is signed up to run in the Stewartville Summerfest Run this Saturday. He really loved his first year of cross country last fall and the kids are encouraged to participate in the event while the parents/CC bosters work the race. I didn't realize how fun CC would be and I am really looking forward to another great season. This is a page from the cross country scrapbook I made for James last year (there's a picture of us together and his fist varsity letter.) He lettered as a 7th grader! He really found a sport that he enjoys and is perfect for his skinny body type. I couldn't be more proud of my little runner :)
I have always had a love for photography so after years of just enjoying other people's photos I figured that I should focus more on my own :) This is my second year of doing a 365 day photo blog. I learned so much my first year and I am excited to see what this year brings!