Wednesday, July 3, 2013

End of the school year

The week before school got out
I spoke to the classes at
the charter school that
my kids attend 3 days a
week:River Springs Charter

It was fun to share my
Olympic stories with
the different classes and
to see how proud my boys
were to have me come to
their school to speak.

Jake's class
Luke's Kindergarten Class
 Drew's Class: 1st grade
 The best was when Drew
raises his hand and tells me
that he never knew I met the
President.  I guess I need to
show him the pictures now :)

After doing radio at the
Women's College World
Series, I was able to make it
home for Luke's graduation.
He is now a big 1st grader!
 Time flies when you're having
fun, and especially when you
have 3 boys, and homeschool,
and travel, etc.  :) 
They are growing quick, but
we are making memories all
along the way!!

Super Regionals 2013; Tempe, AZ

 Kentucky and ASU met up
in Super Regionals in Tempe
 ASU has won 2 National
Championships in the past
 5 years and were the favorites
 ASU Coach Clint Myers
wanted to talk hitting while
I was there- I was his
student for a minute :)
 The great thing about traveling
to Tempe was how close it
was to home.  Tommy drove
the boys after school got
out and joined me for the
weekend.  They stayed
busy while I studied, prepared,
and worked.
 I was excited to work with
Cara two weekends in a row!
We had just worked together
on 7 games the weekend
so it was so comfortable
working with her.
 Her dad also drove out
from CA so we all hung
out when we weren't
working.  We even let
the family in the press
box for a bit :)
 Tommy was very excited
to have a Dunkin Donuts
in the area!

The boys and Tommy went to
the movies, swam in the hotel
pool, and played lots of games
on the kindle fire.

 ASU ended up winning the series
and advanced to the WCWS.
Kentucky battled and played
very well.

After the games were over
we went to a nice dinner
and walked around a mall.
It was nice to have some
family time just hanging out.
We saw these 2 huge dogs
and the boys loved them.

Karate & Open House

Drew and Luke finished their
second month of Karate.

They enjoyed it once again-]
and Drew wants to sign up
through the studio.  We will
try soccer first this fall and
see how that goes.
 We also celebrated Open House
so we could see all the work the
boys had done in their classes
all year.

 They all had great teachers
this year- Drew'steacher,
Mrs. Whitlow, definitely
pushed him to be his best
and brought out a lot in

 They had a lot to show us:
reports, papers, art, etc.

 Drew did a great job on
his Sea Otter Habitat- he
made his sea otters out
of clay.
 And the boys each got their
awards for runnin 100 miles
throughout the year!  I was
so proud of them.

ESPN3 College Softball Regionals

This is how every weekend of
commentation starts:
a desk full of notes; pages
of information on the teams/
players I am covering, and
many hours of studying!

 This is how it looks when it's
game time!  I was able to
reunite with Cara Capuano
who works for ESPN.
We worked a Super
Regional together 4 years
ago and this was our first time
working together again.
 We had a beautiful view
from an amazing pressbox!
Kentucky has a new stadium
that is state of the art in
every aspect. 
 Our Regional Site was
very well matched!  We had
Kentucky, Virginia Tech,
Notre Dame and Marshall.
We had great games the
entire weekend.
 I enjoyed meeting with the
coaches to get more info
on their teams.  And I was
able to see the Hightower
family from West VA.
 After speaking in W.Va
in March, it was fun to
see the Marshall coach,
Shonda Stanton, and her
team.   They played very
well in the tournament and
it was their first appearance
in the post season.

I was most happy to cover
the Kentucky Regional
because that is where my
college Roommate and
one of my closest friends
lives!  Jenny (Dalton) Hill
and her family were all
at the game- and Jenny
announced the games on
the radio in the booth next
to me! 
 The Marshall coaching
staff and team:
 This view was amazing!
 Kentucky was the team to
win and advance to Super
Regionals in Tempe, AZ
 This is the ESPN crew who
does all the hard work behind
the scenes.
 VT coach Scot Thomas was
a pleasure to talk to and work
 The trip home was full of
adventure- my flight was
delayed due to weather and
therefore I would miss my
connecting flight.  So I couldn't
get home til the next day.  But
I had to take a taxi to another
airport and ended up riding
with another passenger, Abby,
who was also heading back
to her family in LA.  It was
10pm at night and we were
getting close to our destination
when the car started slowing
down on the highway.  The
gas wasn't working and as
soon as we pulled off to
the shoulder, smoke started
rising out of the front hood
of the car.  We opened the
door and got out quickly.
 After waiting 20 min in the
dark and trying to explain
where we were stranded,
another taxi picked us up!
We still had smiles on our
faces and luckily the rest
of the trip went smoothly.
It was nice to not be alone
and to visit with Abby.