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Drew had his first practice of the year today with his coach pitch baseball team. Baseball in February is a concept I need some getting used to. That's not how we did it growing up in Illinois. Of course, there you'd likely have to shovel the field in February while in Oklahoma summer baseball is for the truly masochistic, so spring ball it is with February practices.
Drew in mid side-step getting in front of a ground ball.
Drew catching a fly ball. The blue glove has seen its last days for Drew. He got stung a little playing catch due the 1970's era mitt not having the padding it used to, so we'll be shopping for a new glove next weekend when the league has coordinated a sale with a local sporting goods store.
Not to take anything away from Drew's two prior coaches who were excellent with the kids, but this year's coach is really great, probably because he actually coaches for a living. He's a big guy who doesn't yell. He simply has a command and tone to his voice and demeanor that lets the kids know he's serious but, at the same time, he's not anything like some of the insane-nazi coaches we've come across in the league. He's starting from the most fundamental aspects of the game including, here, simply how to get into the batter's box and position yourself for hitting.
Finally, the team finished with some finer points of base running. We're looking forward to have a fun season.
Work has been insane this week and the weather was great today, so I took a walk around LaFortune Park after work today. It was just the therapy I needed. Not to mention there was a snow storm going on in Chicago, so I got to text the above pic to Aunt Donelda for a little added fun.
After church and lunch, it was a beautiful day for some bike ridin'! Landon spun around the driveway on his tricycle.
Will divided his time between his much loved scooter...
...and the Spider-man bike.
Drew tore up and down the street on the boys' new Trek FX Boys bicycle. Seven speeds up front on a twist-handle shifter. Way cooler than the one-speed, banana seat, bolt-on boy's bar bicycle that I rode as a kid (although I really liked it at the time). One of the advantages of being the oldest is getting to use more new stuff first and having to suffer fewer hand-me-downs. I imagine though that it all works out in the end as the youngest has more cool stuff available to him and at an earlier age. For example, Landon will always have had certain electronic devices around, whereas Drew had to wait to get them.
I have finally completed a major upgrade to the forums with many new features and performance enhancements. The primary new feature is that members can now easily upload images and files to the forums. The long put off upgrade was from phpBB 2.0.23 to 3.0.10.
All forum members should have received an email notifying them of the upgrade and asking that they come back and take a look around. If you don't remember your password, you can put in your email address and a new password will automatically be sent to you (I don't have the ability to look up your password.)
The registration procedure has been simplified and made easier but will still provide the same level of security. So, if any Danz family members or close relatives would like to join the forums just click on "Register" on the forum page and follow the instructions. You will have to provide a "justification" wherein you'll tell me a little about yourself and about your own Danz family. Each registration is then personally approved by me so as to avoid spammers and mischief makers.
With a little contribution from everyone, the forums will continue on to become a great resource for Danz family history and genealogy. It is my intention to permanently manage the forums and hand them down to one of my children to do the same.
Today/this week started with sunrise at the office. It is my opinion that no day should ever start with sunrise at the office. It's just wrong.
Landon is only two, but when he's in the mood, he is perfectly capable of finding the iPad and taking it into another room where it is quite, starting up Netflix, sifting through the myriad of available shows and firing up a favorite cartoon, in this case Curious George.
The iPad and Netflix are one of the greatest combinations of modern times. The two have really increased my TV viewing over the past year which had dwindled to almost nothing but some Myth Busters with the boys on the weekends. Now my rotation includes Archer, Breaking Bad, Dexter, Downton Abbey, and Tudors (the latter of which are properly referred to as Downtown Abbey and Twodoors).
I finally got around to a long overdue upgrade to Movable Type 4.37. The upgrade brings numerous back-end improvements, fixes and tweaks. Most notably is that comments are back on for all posts which I had to turn off in December due to the amount of spam the blog comments were receiving. I am now utilizing a different method of combating the spam and anticipate it fixing the problem.
I'm not a violent person, so I would never wish ill will on anyone including spammers. But, let's just say I'd really love to sit on the jury of someone who did do a spammer great physical harm.