Summer CSA week 6, and our craziness continues…

Whole chickens again!!!!

This week’s contents:


Summer CSA – w/ add ons ūüôā

  • 1 whole chicken
  • 1 pint blue berries
  • 1 head leaf lettuce
  • 2 ct cucumbers
  • 2 zucchini
  • 1 head red cabbage
  • about 3 tomatoes
  • 1 lb apricots
  • 1 bunch carrots
  • 1 container Firelands Cheese Curd
  • Green Onion Bratwurst
  • Mayfield Gouda Cheese
  • Ohio Strawberry jam

I have plans for this chicken — involving a crock pot, the carrots, cabbage and some noodles ūüôā ¬†I’ll let you know how it turns out! ¬†The cheese curds are one of my favorite snacks. ¬†I could sit there and eat almost the entire container if I don’t stop myself and when I saw the green onion bratwurst?? ¬†I just couldn’t resist buying those as well! ¬†I’ve also been waiting for the cabbage. ¬†Ours in the garden are doing really well, and I suppose I could have bought some at the grocery store, but I knew we would be getting them soon. ¬†Dinners this week are going to be awesome! ¬†Oh, and Tammy? ¬†If you are reading this one. ¬†I won’t be able to make the apricot upside-down cake this time either —- those didn’t last one day!

This weekend was also ANOTHER weekend dominated by sports – baseball, football and a little bit of running thrown in for good measure.

After picking up our CSA package Friday evening then grabbing my kids from their Mother’s place we headed off to the ball fields. ¬†This weekend we had one game on Friday at 6:15, two games on Saturday (one at 9am and then one at 12:30pm followed by skills competitions at 3pm), and then we were supposed to play three games on Sunday (one at 9am, one at 11am and one at 2pm – depending on if we won at 9am). ¬†And we had to try to squeeze in a football camp there somewhere!

Love that they do our National Anthem at the beginning of these tournaments.

It is tough being a “Rec” team for Eastlake Youth Baseball playing in these tournaments. ¬†While the heads of some of the tournaments try to discourage “travel” teams from playing in them, some times they have to let them.. unfortunately we seem to always end up playing them! ¬†Our kids played tough but unfortunately fell short of winning by, I don’t know… 10 RUNS! ¬†They made some great plays, but they also made some great mistakes! ¬†Despite it all, the kids seemed to enjoy themselves.

Day 2 of baseball weekend —

Weren’t we just here a few hours ago??

The kids were still pretty juiced for today’s games. ¬†The first couple games are just to get us into the standings to see who we play on the final day — win or lose, we still play this afternoon. ¬†Unfortunately, another game, another loss. ¬†I think it is safe to say it was lost by coaching. ¬†Players were sent to steal bases when they clearly would have no chance of making it, other times players weren’t sent to steal bases (home included) when they clearly would have made it as well as a several other silly mistakes on our coaching staffs part. ¬†Again tho — the kids didn’t seem to mind. ¬†We lost this game, we lost the next game, and then there was the skills competition. ¬†Players from every team had their chance to shine – home run derby, fastest base running and fastest pitching. ¬†I don’t have any pictures of it nor do I even know who really one because I happened to dump some water over Emily’s head. ¬†Which lead to one of our player’s Mom’s, with whom I happened to go to high school with, taking her to fill up water bottles and try… TRY to get me back. ¬†Before long there was one of the largest water fights I’ve seen in a while! ¬†Parents and kids were all involved. ¬† Everyone had a blast!

After the games and water shenanigans it was home to rest up for our big games tomorrow, right? ¬†NOT! ¬†We ended up heading over to some close friends of ours house to visit. ¬†What was originally supposed to be an early night, didn’t….

Need I say more why it wasn’t an early night??

Ever see fireworks launch into a garage door, exploding and showering sparks on top of and beneath and around a car, before blasting down a street between neighbors houses??? ¬†Thanks Kellie, John, and Angelo — love you guys!

Kids found new ways to play with the “sparklers” while us grown-ups tried NOT to blow up the garage, car, neighbors house, etc…..

I had to wake the kids up early the next morning so that we could be at the ball field by 8:30am… maybe last night was not such a good idea. ¬†The plan for today was to play at 9:00. ¬†If we won we were to play again at 11:00, then if we won again we were going to play at 2:00pm. ¬†Well, our 9:00am game was tough (again) and we lost. ¬†It was interesting tho, our coach go thrown out of the game for sticking up for the rules of the game — ump was definitely in the wrong, but on the field – he is boss. ¬†Jeremy was also having a rough time focusing and missed some key plays at short stop, and went 0 for 2 batting. ¬†This loosing thing was taking a toll on him. ¬†He has been complaining about his heel hurting lately and being frustrated with the day made it an easy excuse for him. ¬†I don’t really know how badly it hurt, ¬†“luckily” we lost at 9:00am so we didn’t have to play at 11 because today was our first FOOTBALL CAMP!!!! ¬†We are playing for Eastlake Youth Football this year. ¬†I was hesitant to let the kids play because of the commitment involved. ¬†They have this camp, meet the team night this Tuesday, a three-day football camp at Eastlake North High School starting Tuesday morning, uniform pick up on Wednesday, and then it really gets busy. ¬†They have practice Mon/Tues/Wed/Thurs from 6:00pm – 8:00pm every week until school starts. ¬†Then they ease back off the kids and “only” practice three days a week for 2 hours a day w/ games on the weekends. ¬†this schedule continues thru NOVEMBER!


Jeremy’s heel quickly felt better as soon as we got here. ¬†I think him and Emily (That’s right Emily is playing tackle football with the boys) were both REALLY nervous about this camp. ¬†Especially Emily, she was the only girl there!

Emily down and set

HIT IT Emily!!

She pushed that sled much harder than the boy. ¬†So much so, that it started turning and the boy quit first! ¬†Jeremy did a great job as well, but Emily was the talk of the camp with the coaches in her division! ¬†This camp lasted 4 HOURS in near 90 degree heat, these kids were spent! ¬†They were given t-shirts, water bottles and food afterwards – ¬†While leaving I was saying good-bye to some of the other parents and they were talking about Emily ūüôā ¬†One of the boys in the division above hers even said to his mom, “She throws better than I do!”. ¬†Rock on Emily – so proud of you!

Of course a post from me wouldn’t seem complete without a running update. ¬†I’m supposed to be in taper mode for Burning River, but I haven’t gotten in all the miles I should have – so I am taking every opportunity to get out and run! ¬†After watching this camp for about an hour and chatting with one of the mom’s whom again, I just happened to go to high school with (Eastlake is smaller than it seems), I found out that it was 4hrs long. ¬†I’ve got time for a little run!!! ¬†6.97 miles, time – 59.48, avg. pace – 8:38/mile — check it out here.¬†

What did you to active this weekend?? ¬†Share your story ūüôā


7 thoughts on “Summer CSA week 6, and our craziness continues…

  1. I didn’t know you were a baseball mom! Your photos were all too familiar – always a 4th of July tournament and fireworks. This year we got onto the roof of an office building near Disneyland and could watch from there. Make the cake someday!

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