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Weekend Activities

We have been having a lot of fun the past few weekends. They have been wonderful occasions to unwind after busy school weeks. One day trip that we went on was to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.

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The boys were all smiles.

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Don’t let the photo of the boys above fool you. Stephanie might be the biggest baseball fan in the family.

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Grandma and Grandpa met us there too. Somehow, we neglected to get a picture of Susan and Dave who also joined us at the hall.

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One could spend days at the Hall of Fame just going through the displays containing memories and stories of great yankee legends. There was some memorabilia from other teams as well. It was a great day.

Steve and the boys have also taken the opportunity to do a little fishing around the region in recent weeks.

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Here is Sean on the shore of Cayuga Lake. The most recent header for our blog shows Nate on the pier of Seneca Lake.

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Nate landed this nice largemouth bass.

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At Cayuga Lake Sean landed this beauty!

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Sean was gracious enough to let Steve hold his bass so that he would know what it is like to hold such a big fish.

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We were very excited when Stephanie found out at the last minute that she could get four free tickets for the Syracuse vs. Minnestota football game this past Saturday.

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As you can see we had great seats. We weren’t sure what to expect with “free” seats, but were pleasantly surprised. It was the first football game at the Dome for all of us and it was really cool to experience the roar of over 48,000 people in a confined space.

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The boys were already big Cuse basketball fans, but I think this experience opened their eyes to the world of football. Hopefully Syracuse is able to turn their program around this year.

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One of the highlights was the opportunity to see the debute of the gritty new quarter back Greg Paulus. He made some very tough and exciting plays throughout the game.

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Look for Lindsay!

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The game could not have been more exciting. At the end of regulation the score was all tied up. Not_a_happy_ending_for_the_Cuse

It’s never good when the visiting team does this at the end of overtime. It was an unfortunate ending to a great game, but was a wonderful experience none the less.

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Well, the formal league and post season play has now come to an end for Sean’s baseball season. The season culminated with his All Star team earning second place in the double elimination district tournament made up of 10 regional teams.

The team they faced in the championship had beat them earlier in the week in the semi-finals, putting Sean’s team in the position of needing to win the final game of the loser’s bracket on Wednesday night, which they did. 

As Thursday’s game time approached it was revealed that Sean was going to get the ball as the starting pitcher in the championship game. The opposing team in the championship game had scored 18, 21, 11, and 11 runs in the games leading up to this one. Needless to say, we, along with his coaches and teammates were anxious to see how Sean would manage this challenging situation. While they ultimately were not victorious in the end, Sean pitched the best game of his young career. He took a 1-1 tie into the 5th inning before giving up a few hits and turning the game over to the bull pen.

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What a wonderful season it has been!

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Sean had the first All-Star game of his young career. His team played an outstanding game getting the win 14-2.

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He personally had a great pitching outing, securing his team’s first win.

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Well, the spring sports season has been going strong for over a month now for the boys. Sean is playing his third year of Little League baseball, and Nathan is in is first year of Lacrosse.

This morning there was a “Lax on the Lake” lacrosse tournament in Penn Yan – which was a confusing title since you couldn’t see any lakes from the fields.  Apparently Keuka Lake was just past the trees. The boys played three games throughout the day and played great, finishing the day 2-1.

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The best win of the day came against Ithaca 4 to 3. Here Nathan, or “Nate” on the lacrosse field, puts a move on one of the Ithaca players.

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Here Nate is on attack!

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Sean’s team is off to a great start this year with a record of 7-2. Above, Sean is catching. We are very proud of the leadership that he is demonstrating on the field with his younger team mates.

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Sean has helped his teams in many aspects. Here he is on the mound.

While their participation seems to keep our family busy this time of year, the boys both seem to be thoroughly enjoying themselves.

Hope you and your families are having a wonderful Spring too.

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Boys Being Boys

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Nathan has been enjoying his “boyhood” as he has been practicing a lot with his Lacrosse team. Here he is in the black shorts defending his goal during a scrimmage.

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Sean has been having the itch of a “hunter gatherer” as this picture demonstrates an eagerness to get the garden started.

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We received  a wonderful invitation from Dale to travel over to Canandaigua Lake for a fishing outing for the boys.

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Dale had the catch of the day with this 1lb. 5oz. bass.

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Sean finished a close second with this 10 oz. crappie.

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Nathan’s catch of the day was two bucks that he caught blowing around the parking lot at Applebees!

Here’s to boys being boys….arr arr arr!

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Sean celebrating his 10th birthday on St. Patrick’s Day. 

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Nathan racing by on his new skate board…oh dear.

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Sean took his support for the Syracuse Orange to the next level.

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If you look closely, his new braces are sporting the SU colors.

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After a lot of hard work, Nathan earned his Wolf badge.

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Nathan (and Steve) recently built a new bird house for our yard.

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It was hung with care on Tuesday evening.

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…and to our delight, the house had its first traffic on Thursday. 

Also on Thursday, Nathan’s class reenacted the Last Supper in costume.  Click below to link to his teacher’s web site and see Thursday’s slide show, and several others!http://www.myteacherpages.com/webpages/SSchading/

We hope you have a wonderful Easter!

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