Thursday, May 21, 2009

Too Long

It has been entirely too long since our last blog entry in the Robinson review. Enough of the fluff stuff, here is the rub.
Erin finished her tumbling season (e.g. the end of the school year) with her review in the Canyon View High School auditorium. Her group’s part was short but did not lack entertainment value. Even when there wasn’t tumbling to be done, Erin took it upon herself to dance to the music. Amy even took video with the intent of posting a short clip on this blog, but the computer with the video camera software has an advanced virus. We posted a photo of Erin in her tumbling regalia instead. By the way, have you ever seen a 5 year-old who can do a one-handed cartwheel? Erin was my first.
The Robinson Family boys have also returned from the annual spring fishing trip at Lake Powell. Suffice it to say, the company was great, the food divine, and the fishing meager. Despite doing little damage to the fish population I kept busy changing lures for Tyrel and taking hikes up out of the canyon.
The trip was rejuvenating for me. I am reminded of a quote by Luis Marden who wrote, “Fishing is solace… the opposite of war, a civilized, gentle, and healing occupation.” I wouldn’t mind trying to be a sport fisherman for a living, but then it probably wouldn’t be fun (I’d still like to try).
The fairer half of the family (Amy and Erin) reveled in the spoils of the tropics during a visit to Hawaii. I have a personal theory that the amount of fun you have is directly proportional to the degree to which you were sunburned. Having said that, Amy had more fun than Erin. Thanks Stacy and Jarod.Tyrel and the Mountain West little league continue to have a “growing” season. They are just shy of the half way through a season with a heady 2 wins. I contend boys learn life lessons from sports. Despite playing on very experienced teams the last two seasons, Tyrel is now learning good sportsmanship and how to help his younger teammates. These experiences will pay dividends at some meaningful point in his life.

Finally, Amy volunteered to help with Erin’s t-ball team and then seemed genuinely surprised when she was informed that because of a lack of volunteers to coach, she had become the coach for Erin’s team by default. I used to contend that nobody was more excited for t-ball than Erin, however, I have now taken the position as the most excited person for t-ball. It should be good times all around.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Baseball- Good & Bad

Little League is now in full swing for Tyrel. After three games into the season the Mountain West Computers team is still looking for their first win. Tyrel plays pitcher, catcher, 2nd base, Short Stop, and 3rd Base. He is most excited about having a lively bat this year. Truthfully, I am probably most excited about this as well. All of his coaches have spent lots of time working on his hitting. In addition, Tyrel and I take 2-3 days a week for more hitting practice. In Little League games this has been tricky since he sees very few hittable pitches from the left side of the plate. As a result, he has been working of hitting balls outside the strike zone. This has paid dividends as he has reached base every time he has come up to bat.
The Fusion baseball team Tyrel plays on placed 2nd in their most recent tournament in Panguitch. This tournament is named the Ice Breaker, and for good reason. The first day the weather could not have been better- between 60-75 degrees with little to no wind. Day two was a different animal. It started cold and ended with colder storms yet.After a 20 minute rain delay (I was surprised it wasn’t snow) Fusion found themselves defeated in the championship game. Despite their 2nd place finish, they played well, played hard, and most importantly, had fun.
Tyrel has declared baseball his new all-time favorite sport. Funny thing about 10 year-olds is that they live in the moment. When soccer is going, that is his favorite sport. The same applies for basketball, football, fishing, etc. Oh to be so “in the moment.”
One thing is for certain, there will be lots more baseball to come!

Monday, May 4, 2009

Hunting at the Hospital

A lot has happened to the Robinson Family since the last blog entry. Of the most significant, was our hunting expedition at Valley View Medical Center. For those of you scratching your head, I’m talking about the kind of hunt a pregnant mother finds herself a part of around 17-19 months of a pregnancy. This is a hunt for kibble and bits. Our hunt ended with a glorious absence of such leading us to believe we will be having a little girl!

The whole experience this time was different than with our other two children. We went into a big room where they started the process by dimming the lights. I was watching over the shoulder of the radiologist when I was told to turn around. Confused, I took my time before turning around only to find the same images displayed on a large flat screen TV!

Now I was mad. If I would have know beforehand that they were going to dim the lights so we could watch the show on a big screen, I would have brought popcorn and a drink. Maybe next time.

Erin couldn’t be more excited with the logical conclusion of a sister and is already scheming about all of the things they can and will do. Tyrel, on the other hand, is holding out on a mistake by the doctor. Either way we are all anxiously awaiting a new member of our family.