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This past weekend the Jenkins fam headed to Centralia for a 24-hour excursion.  The reason: Reese’s 12U Spice (Red) team played in the Toys-for-Tots softball tournament.

It didn’t go well.

Spice lost 14-0, 17-0, 8-1 and 12-0 in its four games, most of which last no more than two innings.

That’s 51-1 if you’re doing the math in your head.

As for Reese, her performance was adequate.  She went 1-for-3 at the plate in those four games, the highlight being a first-pitch-of-the-game single to left field in the final, Sunday morning game.  Spice managed only four hits total in the four games, so she had twenty-five percent of them.

Pitching was another matter.  She started the first game and struck out two and allowed one hit in her one inning of work.  But she gave up eight walks and five earned runs.  Truth be told those numbers are probably a bit off: the hit that was recorded as a “triple” was actually a dropped ball by the right fielder, and had that ball been caught the inning may have come out quite differently.  Still, eight walks in an inning isn’t good.  She appeared later in the third game and walked the only two batters she faced.

We have some work to do on her control.

We did get a few nice photos courtesy of team mom Katrina Rockey:

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Finn Sets a Chin Up PR

Double digits, reached.

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Halloween 2018

A few photos:

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I saw this on Facebook and thought it so good I decided to memorialize it for Finn on the family blog.


1. Never shake a man’s hand sitting down.
2. Don’t enter a pool by the stairs.
3. The man at the BBQ Grill is the closest thing to a king.
4. In a negotiation, never make the first offer.
5. Request the late check-out.
6. When entrusted with a secret, keep it.
7. Hold your heroes to a higher standard.
8. Return a borrowed car with a full tank of gas.
9. Play with passion or not at all…
10. When shaking hands, grip firmly and look them in the eye.
11. Don’t let a wishbone grow where a backbone should be.
12. If you need music on the beach, you’re missing the point.
13. Carry two handkerchiefs. The one in your back pocket is for you. The one in your breast pocket is for her.
14. You marry the girl, you marry her family.
15. Be like a duck. Remain calm on the surface and paddle like crazy underneath.
16. Experience the serenity of traveling alone.
17. Never be afraid to ask out the best looking girl in the room.
18. Never turn down a breath mint.
19. A sport coat is worth 1000 words.
20. Try writing your own eulogy. Never stop revising.
21. Thank a veteran. Then make it up to him.
22. Eat lunch with the new kid.
23. After writing an angry email, read it carefully. Then delete it.
24. Ask your mom to play. She won’t let you win.
25. Manners maketh the man.
26. Give credit. Take the blame.
27. Stand up to Bullies. Protect those bullied.
28. Write down your dreams.
29. Always protect your siblings (and teammates).
30. Be confident and humble at the same time.
31. Call and visit your parents often. They miss you.
32. The healthiest relationships are those where you’re a team; where you respect, protect, and stand up for each other.

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Take a listen:

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Finn Turns Ten

Not really — his official birthday isn’t ’til next weekend.  But we did celebrate his first decade on Earth with a paintball birthday party in Snohomish.

A few photos:

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First Day of School 2018-19

And suddenly, the kids are in sixth- and fourth grades.  Reese is in middle school, and now she takes the bus.

Time she is a-flyin’.


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