Wednesday, April 30, 2008

The Scream Machine

We have been trying to teach Trent how to ride a bike since he was 6 years old. He just could never get it. Brett is not the best teacher and Trent is not the best listener, so that makes for a disaster. Trent normally ends up crying in the end. We have had this bike for almost 2 years. It's a very cool bike, but it was just too heavy for Trent and too big. Brett has been hinting that he wants to get Trent a motorcycle in the next couple of years. I told Brett that we wouldn't worry about that now because Trent doesn't even now how to ride a bike and that's first on my list.~ Yesterday I get home to this.........

This is a picture of our driveway. AKA The Scream Machine.

If Trent can ride down the Scream Machine little Taz thinks that she can too.....
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Friday, April 25, 2008

True Story:
After a mother asked her 4 year old daughter to please pick up her toys the little girl responded," NO, Pot-Head." Mother said, "What! We don't say that or call people names." Without missing a beat the little tilted her head, rolled her eyes and said, "It's just a plant."

Thursday, April 24, 2008


I am so glad that those CRCT tests are over. We have studied and studied from them all year. Tuesday was Reading, Wednesday was Language and today was the dreaded Math. I have prayed everyday during the testing hours for Trent to do well. I sure hoped it worked. I asked him Tuesday how the test went. He said, "Mom, it was easy." I hope that that was the case. Reading isn't his strong suit. But we have been working on it all year and he has improved drastically. Next year is that "pass or fail" year. It's hard to believe that he will be in the 3rd grade and Alyssa will turn 5 in November. I have been working with her reading too. She demands to do "homework" every night that Trent has it. She knows her sounds and we are blending them together and getting ready for K-4 in the fall.
Because of the CRCT we have not had any ball this week. Since we had practice and three games last week it has been a nice break. But I think Trent missed it. Besides loosing their game last Thursday the guys have been playing extremely well. They won Friday 32-12 and Saturday 20-7. I think that I mentioned before that Trent has been awesome in the outfield but has lost something going up to plate. After striking out 3 times on Thursday, Brett sat him down and they watched the Braves. I could hear Brett say, "OK Trent, look at the way Chipper is standing." "See he is not lunging for the ball." " See his feet, they are planted." Then Friday when I got home from work there was a mini hitting camp going on the front yard. Whatever Brett did must have worked because he slammed one Friday and Saturday his ball hit the fence. I think he is trying too hard to hit it OVER the fence, because last year we promised him $100 if it goes over. Maybe he is under too much pressure.

Monday, April 21, 2008

Say It Ain't So..... It's Offical....

This is worth the repost.....
IRVINE, Calif. -- Ryan Klesko is retiring after 16 seasons in the major leagues, agent Joe Sambito said Friday.
Klesko, an All-Star in 2001 with San Diego, hit .260 last season with six homers and 44 RBIs in 362 at-bats for the
San Francisco Giants. He played in only six games the previous year for the Padres because of shoulder surgery. The 36-year-old became a free agent following the World Series and didn't sign.
For his career, Klesko batted .279 with 278 homers and 987 RBIs. His best season was 2001, when he hit .286 with 30 homers and 113 RBIs.
He spent seven seasons with San Diego after playing his first eight years in the big leagues with the
Atlanta Braves.
The news of Klesko's retirement comes after a February report in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution in which Klesko told his former Braves' teammate
Chipper Jones he was opting for retirement. Jones and Klesko played together in Atlanta from 1993-99.

Since I can remember I've been a huge fan of his. I loved the fact that whenever he hit a home run, even the simplest of fly balls would force him to toss his bat aside, lean back, throw his hands up in the air, and then stride along to first base. I'm not sure what this season will be like not having him to root for. It just won't be the same. My junior year of highschool, when the Braves got really, really good my parents let us ditch school for parades and airport reunions. It was awesome. It is very, very sad that this part of my childhood is gone. Is it weird to morn the loss of a child icon? Ok! I know I was all about him in my twenties and thirties,,,, hardly a child. I know alot of people had their idols/crushes...whatever you want to call it. JFK, Elvis, Wayne Newton, Donny Osmond, Dorthy Hammel, Dale Murphy, Michael Jordan, Kirk Cameron, Ricky Schroder, NKOTB, See we all had someone. Well he was mine. I am so thankful that I had a chance to chase him around the ATL for so many years. Thanks for the memories............

After spending the off season looking for employment and not finding a full time gig Ryan Klesko has decided to retire according to former teammate Chipper Jones. Klesko spent most of his 16 year career bouncing back and forth from first base and the outfield to accommodate other players on his teams.

A fifth round pick pick in the 1989 amateur draft Klesko appeared in his first game three years later on September 12, 1992. He failed to collect a hit in his first 14 at-bats and returned to Richmond for the 1993 season. Klesko responded with an outburst of 22 homers and an .881 OPS upon his demotion and again received a September call-up.

Klesko did a hit this time and by the end of the 1994 season had proven he was regular player after hitting 17 homers and a posting a .907 OPS. He was a huge part of the Braves 1995 World Series run after hitting 23 homers and posting a career best 1.004 OPS in the regular season. More importantly Klesko hit 3 home runs in the 1995 World Series against the Cleveland Indians which catapulted the Braves from bridesmaids to brides for the only time in the ’90s.
As an Atlanta Braves fan as a kid Klesko could have done nothing else in his career and I would have loved the guy. How often does your team win a World Series after all?
Klesko played 153 games in 1996 swatting a career best 34 homers and driving in 93. It appeared that overlooked Klesko, along with Chipper Jones, would be driving forces for the Braves for years but in 1997 Klesko dropped to just 24 homers and a .261 average but again topping the .800 OPS threshold. In 1998 he dropped to just 18 homers but posted an .833 OPS.
In Klesko’s last season with the Braves he hit .297/.376/.532 and with his 21 homers appeared to be a part of the teams future until he was traded away with Bret Boone to San Diego for Quilvio Veras, Wally Joyner and Reggie Sanders.

Those in the media gave us the perception that the Braves were getting the better part of the deal but the Brave fans knew that Klesko was a superior player to Sanders and while Bret Boone had not began to take his ‘roids he was still a better bet in the infield then Quilvio Veras. As for Wallyworld, Wally Joyner was nothing more then a bench player at this point in his career.

I’m not sure if Klesko was pressured or not in Atlanta but he seemed relaxed upon his arrivial in San Diego. Ryan would move to first base full time once in San Diego.
He immediately made the Braves regret his trade as Reggie Sanders was struggling to hit over .200 while Klesko mashed 26 homers, drove in 92 RBI and hit .283 with a .909 OPS.
The following season of 2001 marked his only All-Star appearance, a strike out and a RBI sac fly. Klesko would finish the 2001 season with 30 homers and topped 100 RBI for the only time in his career at 113.

The 2002 season was much of the same for Klesko as he topped .300 for the second time in his career and remained the force within the Padres lineup. He set a career best with 162 hits.
The Padres moved Klesko back to left field before the 2003 season, in order to get youngster Sean Burroughs in the lineup at third base and Phil Nevin at first. This was Bruce Bochey’s idea for injecting more offense into the lineup. While Nevin was a start at third the defensive ability of Burroughs was supposed to be something amazing thus the move across the diamond. Burroughs had been a highly thought of first round pick in 1998 but ultimately turned out to be a slap hitter who was known more for his glove then his stick.
Injuries then began to hammer Klesko. His number took a hit as he would hit just 21, 9, 18 homers over the next three seasons. In 2006 he played in just six games for the Padres, his last with the club.

His final season in the big leagues was spent in San Fransisco. Bruce Bochey had recently taken the Giants job over a contract extension in San Diego. Klesko hit just six homers in 116 games for the Giants. It was reported that the Boston Red Sox had interest in Klesko this winter but a deal never got worked out.

Ryan Klesko was better then we give him credit for. A career .279 hitter he smacked 278 homers and the man knew how to draw a walk posting a .370 OBP for his career. His .500 SLG speaks well about his ability to move runners around the bases as well.

The player most comparable to Klesko oddly is former teammate David Justice. Looking at their stats it’s easy to see that Justice had a few more homers but who would have known that Justice finished his career with an almost identical .279/.378/.500 line? Some would point out Klesko playing two more seasons but when you factor in a September call up in 1992 and four at-bats in 2006 it’s easy to see that these two are almost identical. Klesko played about 100 more games over the course of his career but Justice actually had 14 more at-bats.
Klesko ranks 90th All-Time in Slugging Percentage which is pretty impressive to me. While I know the numbers change I’m surprised at how many current players he ranks ahead of.
Perhaps the only disenchanting thing with Klesko is those injury riddled years from 2003-2006. Klesko missed over two years of big league time. _ Quoted from Behind the Dugout.

For those with little girls.......

Alyssa received this as a gift. Over the weekend I finally hooked it up to the computer. She had a great time with this. You can program the phone so it is customized. The look on her and Trent's face when the phone rang and she said.

"Hi, Alyssa it's Barbie. Can Emily and I come over to play with you and Trent." It was priceless... It says tons of phrases and even leaves voice mails when you don't answer.

Alyssa Story.....

We were all outside on Saturday. I briefly went in to get something to drink. When I returned Alyssa was gone. I called and called for her. Our yard is 2 acres so she couldn't have gotten far without me seeing her. That's when I noticed our neighbors door wide open. I ran over there and she had just let herself in. She said she wanted to pet their cat. After explaining to her that she just can't leave and go inside someone's house without asking she looked at the and said, "Mom, I wish AuntaGail (thats what she calls her) had some kids to play with... Believe me... So do I.....


Friday, April 18, 2008

Ok, so I won't post about every game, but I have to tell you about the game Trent played last night. Somehow we have lost our "power hitter" but we have gained a defensive machine. Crazy as it sounds. I literally was sick to my stomach the entire game. We were playing our rivals the "Bulldogs." (Maybe it's just the name...) Even though we had just beat them 15-6 in the 7/8 Tournament we knew that it would be a close and nerve racking game. And it was. Normally there are no more than 6 innings in a game (or 120 minutes) At the end of our 6 innings it was tied 7-7. But noooooo the Bulldog coach just insisted that we play one more inning. So there we went to play the 7th inning. Defensively it was the best game we had ever played. There were pop ups caught and great decisions made all over the field. In the top of the 7th they had no outs and bases loaded. Wham. Right to Trent. He caught a line drive and then stepped on third for an unassisted double-play. Then noticing that the 2nd baseman was running toward him he takes off towards 2nd only missing the player by an inch. 1 more inch and he would have had an unassisted triple play. It was awesome. The player on 2nd was more than twice Trent's size and Trent actually should have out ran him. After the game I was praising Trent for the play and said "Man, Trent you almost had that kid @ second. " His response, " I know mom, its Cannon. He is my friend." So in the end Trent didn't make the play because he was his "friend." Boy, when you are out on the field, you have no friends.~~~TAG HIM.......

In the end we did in fact lose by 2 runs. Only if my kid wasn't so nice......

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

School Pictures

I got Trent's school pictures yesterday. It isn't a great picture but it totally captures him and his personality. He begged me to let him wear his favorite shirt. It wasn't his normal "polo" type pitcure shirt but I said what the heck. It will be neat in 20 years to have a picture to remember that shirt that he loves so much to wear. His hair looks really dark in this picture. He is starting to look so much older.......

Here is his class picture. I LOVE these pictures. They look like a bunch of Misfits.Funny.... (Except for Ms. Lyons~)

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Why Women Cry..

A little boy asked his mother, 'Why are you crying?' 'Because I'm a woman,' she told him.
'I don't understand,' he said. His Mom just hugged him and said, 'And you never will.'
Later the little boy asked his father, 'Why does mother seem to cry for no reason?'
'All women cry for no reason,' was all his father could say.
The little boy grew up and became a man, still wondering why women cry.
Finally he put in a call to God. When God got on the phone, he asked, 'God, why do women cry so easily?'
God said:
'When I made the woman she had to be special.
I made her shoulders strong enough to carry the weight of the world, yet gentle enough to give comfort.
I gave her an inner strength to endure childbirth and the rejection that many times comes from her children.
I gave her a hardness that allows her to keep going when everyone else gives up, and take care of her family through sickness and fatigue without complaining.
I gave her the sensitivity to love her children under any and all circumstances, even when her child has hurt her very badly.
I gave her strength to carry her husband through his faults and fashioned her from his rib to protect his heart.
I gave her wisdom to know that a good husband never hurts his wife, but sometimes tests her strengths and her resolve to stand beside him unfalteringly.
And finally, I gave her a tear to shed. This is hers exclusively to use whenever it is needed.'
'You see my son ,' said God, 'the beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, the figure that she carries, or the way she combs her hair.
The beauty of a woman must be seen in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart - the place where love resides.'

Thursday, April 10, 2008


Congratulations to the 7/8 Ola Mudcats for winning 1st place in the Opening Day Tournament 15-6 against the Bulldogs!!

Of course the game was rescheduled for the same night as Dee's Rehearsal Dinner so I missed the game. But Brett said that they just played awesome!! TRENT even got the gameball. He was soooo excited. I asked him if he thought he was going to get it. He said, "I didn't know but I was praying." I think that game ball meant more to him than any other one that he has received.

Trent getting his 1st place medal.

Great team shot of the 1st and 2nd place teams! Go MUDCATS!

Sunday, April 06, 2008

My sister, Dee, got married! My other sister, Laurie, and I sang a song. We decided to stand behind the rows of people versus in front. But after the ceremony no one believed it was us singing and thought it was a CD playing. I guess all of those times singing together while we cleaned the dishes growing up finally paid off.

Wedding Photos

Deanna Jean Bennett

Deanna and Emily

Alyssa and Papa

First Dance

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Father/Daughter Danced
Does He Dare? (No he didn't)
Brett and his mom and Alyssa
Mr. and Mrs. Trae Bennett
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My nephew, Trey, was so sick the entire day with a high fever. My sister, Laurie, ended up taking him home early.
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My oldest sister, Laurie and my neice Ashley and Alyssa.
Mom's good friend Lenore.
My best friends since 4-ever. Carey, me and Kimberly.
Larry, Dee, Trae and Molly. (Pop-Pop and Aunt Nanny)
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More Great Pre-Wedding Pictures!

This is a picture of my mother and her brother and sister. (Uncle Dan and Aunt Linda)
Deanna and Grandma.
My mom and Dad. Don't they look awesome??
Dad and Trent.
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Here is a great picture of my parents granddaughters. Ashley (14) , Emily (6) and Alyssa (4). Don't they look so sweet and innocent?
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