Spring Training

Alyssa and I had the opportunity to attend two Washington Nationals Spring Training games. I was in Orlando for a work conference so was able to extend my trip a few days to make a couple of games and Alyssa was able to fly down to meet me. Thursday, March 22, 2013 we went to Braves Spring Training Stadium and were surrounded by Nats fans! What an experience! We lost the game, but had a blast with our new friends. The couple in front of us gave us their season ticket holders parking pass for Friday’s game. The parking pass saved us $7 and gave us great parking for Friday’s game in Viera. We got to the game about an hour early and scoped out the stadium. I bought a spring training hat and we enjoyed the game. But, we lost again!

As we were leaving we noticed a group by the fence. I remembered reading about the fence. This was supposedly a great place to wait for Nats players as they leave the locker room. We decided since there would be traffic getting out of the park and we were in no hurry we might as well wait. And we are so glad we did! The first person to come out was Denard Span!

Denard

Not the best photo, but you can see the fence area that they come up to! The kids were a little hesitant, but once they realized who he was (thanks to a couple of parents), they rushed to get his autograph.

Next up came Ian Desmond. Since I was off to the side of the group, Ian ended up standing right in front of me allowing me to take a few great pictures! This is my best one.

Ian at Spring Training!-001

Next came Adam LaRoche. I was dying a little inside!

Adam

What an amazing experience and they were fantastic with all the kids out there waiting for them. I was hoping to see Ryan Zimmerman, Tyler Clippard or Drew Storen, but I was happy with Denard, Adam and Ian!

I am beyond ready for baseball season! I’m excited to see Gio pitch on Wednesday night! Go Nats!

Gio

Spring Wreath Project

I found this ribbon wreath project on pinterst and knew I needed one. I decided to make a Nationals Baseball wreath for baseball season. I got my coupons and headed out to the craft store. I got some fun (and cheap) ribbon and the styrofoam wreath. I double checked the idea from tatertots & jello blog and started to cut the ribbon into 4.5 inch strips. I used straight pins instead of hot glue. If I were to do another one I would use thicker ribbon.

Baseball Wreath Project

I really wanted a curly W or something to add to the wreath, but then I decided I could make a fancy flower out of the baseball ribbon I had. I started pinning and loved how it turned out.

Baseball Wreath Halfway

Here is the finished project! I’m actually kind of nervous to put it outside! It has been windy, but hopefully by Opening Day (April 1) the wind will have died down. But at this point, it might be an inside wreath! We will see.

Baseball Wreath

Go Nats!

Social Media Marketing: Going back to 1985!

For my Social Media Marketing class through ELI, we had an extra credit assignment to go back to 1985 and spend 24 hours “unconnected”. When I first looked at the assignment I said no way! I actually don’t think I even read past the first sentence before I decided I did not need the extra credit. I had no plans to do this, but I was on my way to Idaho with my sister to visit our grandma I was telling her about the project. She suggested I start now, since my phone was already off. I realized this would be a good time to start my “unconnected” project, since I had to have my phone off for the 5 hour flight anyway! Why not just keep it off after I arrive?

I was halfway to Idaho when I realized I was reading a book on my kindle, definitely something I would not have been able to do in 1985. We landed in Denver and had a quick layover. We realized I had to turn my phone on because I had my aunt’s phone number in my phone and she did not. So we made a quick phone call to our aunt to let her know that our flight was on time and the phone went back off. I had brought a library book as well so I went back to reading that book for the flight from Denver to Spokane. When we got to Spokane we found my aunt, our bags and were on our way to Idaho. I don’t think we were even out of the airport for 30 minutes when I decided I could not take it and turned my phone back on. It was about time I updated my statuses on various sites to let the people know I had arrived in Idaho!

I would give myself an F+ for the project!