Baseball ended this weekend very, very much to the boys' disappointed and to mine as well.
This is the first time in months that I've stared at a blank calendar and frankly I don't know what I'm going to do with myself. Last night, I painted my toes. We're taking a break from organized sports until fall ball starts in August. I think there has to be a balance between making time for sports and making time for family vacations, fishing, and basic down time. Down time is something that I think many families don't schedule and should.
The season ended with the Beavers 3-14. Two losses, one tie, and then, 14 straight wins. That is one helluva first Little League season.
Here's Soren in his final game Monday night. Afterward, the team enjoyed cake and an impromptu trophy ceremony. Coach Matt had something great to say about each and every member of the team and I appreciated his effort to get to know all of kids on a personal level. He took them to a JUCO game, he gave constructive and gentle criticism, and he gave enough high-fives to make his hand bleed. It's not easy to coach 11 six-year-olds into a winning team. So, hat's off to him!
Soren and Jonas received trophies. And, they both had an after celebration at Bananas Fun Park.
I'm sort of torn about the idea of getting a trophy just because you played. It sort of reduces the value of a trophy. But, at the same time, the trophies really boosted their self esteem. It was something tangible to keep and carry around to show off to all the grandparents.
We celebrated with one final meal from the concession stand. A big thanks to everybody to everybody at Monument Little League who inducted us into the ball family. We had a blast and we'll be back as soon as the leaves start changing.