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September 30, 2012.  Ben had a really good day at the plate.  In his three trips to the plate in today's loss to the Yadkin Angels, he was hit twice and walked once, so he didn't have a lot of good pitches to swing at.  But when he had good pitches, he was swinging his bat, hitting four foul balls, three in a row during his last at bat against a pitcher throwing pretty decent heat.  I liked that he was swinging the bat and going for hits, yet letting the junk pitches fly by.  Defensively Ben played second base all six innings and had a pretty decent game.  The loss gave the Braves a 0-4 record for the season.

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012.  When I mentioned in a recent post all the kids that we have around the house, I forgot to include our good buddy Brett and little Sammi!  Time is flying by so fast, I can't believe how old Brett looks in these photos I found on Jackson's camera.  Jackson will be getting braces in a few short weeks for Pete's sake!  That doesn't seem possible.  Ben was elected to be his classroom's Student Council Representative.  I am very proud of him and the young man he is turning into.  At our first scout meeting of the year, I had planned on the Webelos II leading the Pledge of Allegiance, but none were in uniform.  Ben, who was in uniform, raised his hand and asked if he could do it.  On his way up to the stage he asked "It is just the regular Pledge right?"  A young Tiger cub followed Ben's lead and joined him on stage.  I was very impressed. 

Jackson has started attending meetings with the Beacons at our church.  For one of the recent meetings, we went to Deana and Martin's house in Kibler Valley.
This was my third visit to the house in one week.  We hosted Dinner Club there the night before.
And my SRVCC paddling group met there the previous weekend.

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012.  More photos of the boys and their cousins. 

And in other big news, Ben is very happy to have his very own pet, a Dwarf Siberian Hamster named Napoleon.  He brought him home on September 8th, 2012.  Personally, I think Amy enjoys him more than the kids do.


Monday, September 24, 2012.  One of the things I love about this stage of our life is how much the boys enjoy our time together in the evenings.  Jackson and I play a game of basketball almost every day.  Ben and I throw baseball in the yard or play Pro Mini-Hoop in his bedroom.  This weekend at a reunion for the neighborhood Amy was born in, we played soccer, threw football, threw baseball and went on adventure walks by Swift Creek.  At the reunion, there were a lot of great stories about the fun everyone had as kids on their neighborhood streets.  It sounds a lot like the neighborhood we live in now, where the kids congregate in front yards or ride the streets in packs on their scooters.  We also have some great little kids around the house these days, like baby Nolan, little Anne Rachel and our awesome neighbor Joe, plus our other awesome neighbors SKV and ECV and our nephew Bronx. 

Monday, September 9, 2012. The Braves lost to the Cana Tigers in their first game.  For a team with this much youth and lack of experience, I thought they played very well.  Ben played 2nd base all 6 innings and batted lead-off.  He struck out once, hit once, walked once and scored once.  In other news, Ben has a new pet of his very own, a Dwarf Siberian Hamster named Napoleon.  He bought it in Winston-Salem after a day spent bouncing with his brother at the trampoline park.  I think Amy and Jackson are just as taken with Napoleon as Ben is.  Not sure what Ruby Sue thinks about him.  And in pet news, Zorro is doing much, much better.  He is on two different pain medications that have seemed to help him tremendously, both with his neck spasms and his arthritis.