Saturday, September 21, 2013

Starting over....

OK, I haven't posted anything since March of 2011 and now its Sept of 2013.

I'm looking to start again.

Lots of thing have change, my daughters are growing up.  McKenna's in college, Delaney is a Senior in HS, of course Scout is just a nine year old but soon it will be just her.

She's playing softball on a travel team and she does pretty good.  She plays third and pitches.  Delaney plays volleyball with the HS.  She's real good!

Fixing to leave for the Alabama Game, so I'll talk more later.

See you guys!

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Rain, Rain, Go Away....

Well, it has rained so much here since Saturday. Our Saturday Opening Ceremonies had to be held in the Gym and we just got our Parade in before the rain hit again....

Yesterday's first game, if we'd played it, would have had to be played in boats.... AND the rain continues......

Here's a couple of Parade Pictures from opening day....

Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Here's some pics from the 2010 Softball season for Scout!

6u Champions at Hueytown Fastpitch Softball, 1st Pre-Area All Star Tournament Champions, 2nd Pre-Area All Star Tournament Champions, 2nd Place Area Tournament, 4th Place State Tournament in Gulf Shores Alabama

Champions Regardless!

2011 Softball

I'm back again, let's see for how long.

Been busy in softball again. Delaney is playing with the High School team (4 time state champs since 2005) and Sydney of course is full blast in 6U softball at Hueytown Fastpitch.

I'm sure I'll have pics soon of Scout, but here's a few of Delaney....

Monday, November 22, 2010


It's been a LONG time since I've been here.... McKenna's in college, Delaney in High School, and Scout's in 1st grade!

Me, I'm still at Coca-Cola and just growing older!

Does anyone still come here? Let me know... I may start coming back if any one is still around or are you all just Facebooking it?

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Softball Games Begin!

Our Middle School played there first game last night and defeated Bottenfield Middle School by the score of 18-2!! Delaney was the lead-off batter and scored the first run of the 2010 season!

In all she batted 1.000 and scored all but one time she was on base.

It's looking like it's going to be a GREAT season!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Softball Season Beginning...

Monday Night we had our first team practice as the Stray Cats! Sydney was so excited since our first practice had been snowed out on the Friday before. We started practice in a Gym at 5:30pm. When we walked out at a little after 7pm there was snow everywhere!! The cars and ground was covered and it had gotten COLD...

I thought Softball was a SUMMER Sport. It seems like everytime we play or try to practice we have to fight with snow and rain...

At least I have an indoor practice facility :)

Monday, February 01, 2010


I thought I'd come back and write some here. Work blocked Facebook and I really wanted some kind of outlet.

FB was better for me because I didn't have to spend a lot of time writing or thinking about what I was going to write, face it... I do most of this at work and don't have a lot of time.

But they blocked it and now I'm back here.

I bet there's no one actually reading this anymore so I think it will be just me for a while...

Monday, May 25, 2009


As you know, I haven't been here a bunch. I don't have a lot of time to post, so I've spent more time on Facebook recently. I have a Facebook app on my blackberry, so I can follow where ever I'm at.

I'm not gone for good, but if you want to see more of me, drop by facebook. Send me a friend request.. I'll accept :)

See ya...

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Catching Up...

OK, I haven't posted in a while...

Tuesday, Scouts 6U team the Hueytown Mustangs (as opposed to the Birmingham Mustangs which is Delaney's team) went wild!... They held their opponents to 4 runs (3 in the first, 0 in the second, and 1 in the third) while scoring 25 runs of their own. There's nothing like seeing 6 year olds catch popups, turning double plays and throwing girls out at first unless its watching every girl on the team hit the ball (unlike at the beginning of the season) and having 2 home runs and one of them a GRAND SLAM.

I love it!

Yesterday I heard about my Cousin Cindy, she's been on here a few times... she's had another stroke and needs everyone's prayers right now. She lives in Oklahoma, but don't hold that against her.... she still needs prayers.

My Dad had an Arteriogram (sp?) yesterday but the blockage they were looking for was only 30% and they didn't have to put in a stint. He's back at home now doing fine.

This weekend we'll be in Dalton Ga for Delaney's Softball Tournament, we've made plans for a hotel in Montgomery and we'll be seeing The Alabama Shakespear Production of The Commedy of Errors for our Anniversary. Then I've got to make reservations for Pigeon Forge for another Tournament. Pigeon Forge is on the Edge of the Great Smokey Mtns and its a tournament we love to attend!

Then of course we've already made reservations for June to spend a weekend at the beach with two other families at a Beach House in Gulf Shores! Can't wait for that one.

Then a Weeklong trip to Panama City Beach, FL in July for the USFA World Series. If you don't think we'll spend some days on the beach there, then I'll send you my liquor bill! :)

Lots of fun coming up this summer.... now if I just have the money for all this!

Thursday, April 23, 2009


Well kinda, sorta....

15 Years ago tonight, I went out to see a friend band play. It was a friend from my previous job and he was playing at a local restaurant/lounge....

Shortly after I got there, I was talking to the wife of one of the band members and she told me (pointing at a table) that there were some more people from where I use to work...

Looking over, I saw a beautiful blonde sitting at the table and I immediately asked her who that was.... Then wanted her to introduce me....

Then the band kicked into a slow song, and I told her "never mind, I'll introduce myself" and went to ask her to dance...

That dance has lasted for 15 years and I Love It!

Happy Anniversary of the first day that I ever laid eyes on you Cheryl... I love you !

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Congratulation's Bobby and Sharon!!

Congratulations on the birth of their 5th child!!

Sailor Zen Parker McDonald
9lbs 21 inches

Donations welcome!! LOL

LOVE This!!!

Friday, April 17, 2009

A Friend sent this to me...

She said this is why you should always "twirl" in front of the mirror before going out for the day!

This made my day!

Thursday, April 16, 2009

A Mile of Pennies....

If you read Cheryl's blog a while back you learned what a penny can really do!

The Children at Church went on a mission a while back to collect a mile of pennies. In case you don't know how many pennies are in a mile, its 84,480 pennies. At the end of the year, they had exceeded their goal collecting 106,000 or $1,066.

With this money they purchase a Cow, A water buffalo, two goats, a flock of chickens, ducks and geese, a share of a pig and a rabbit. WHY?? It was all to benefit Heifer International and the goal to end world hunger.

All animals that were donated were pregnant and so carry on the benefit...

Well, read about it yourself her in this article from the Western Star (4/8/2009).

(Click it to Big It and see Scout!)

Or go here and read Cheryl's story.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Happy Anniversary!!!

It's not only Tax Day but it's my Mom and Dad's anniversary!!!

44 Years??? I think that's right.

44 Years and as of today, they haven't killed one another. Wow!

I hope you have a great day Mom and Dad!!!

:) I love this pic!!!

Monday, April 13, 2009

Easter Fun

Hope everyone had....

A Wonderful and Blessed Easter!

And I hope you aren't getting as gray as I am.... :)

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

This last weekend...

Wow it was busy!

Saturday Scout had a makeup game at 11am. So I got the whole team there at 10am to start getting ready and it turned out to be a high scoring game. We can only bat 10 players each inning and managed to score 7 in both the 2nd and 3rd innings! Final score was 18 - 17 our way and we didn't even get to bat in the 4th inning because we were already ahead!

I jumped in the car after that game and headed to Morris (30 minute drive) where Delaney was starting her second game of the day... They won the first game of ellimination and ended up playing till around 7 that night before they lost the championship game by 2 runs. Which was good considering they were down by 6 at one point.

McKenna had prom Saturday night and she and her date were beautiful! They left with another couple and had a breakdown before getting to dinner. Cheryl got our car to them, and they were off on there way again leaving me and my brother-in-law to tow their car back home! :) Which of course we did...

Sunday, we slept through church... but managed to get everything set up for Scouts 5th Birthday party!!! Some of her team came to the party and I think everyone had a great time with a limbo contest, and musical beach towels, and lots of food! Despite the rain, it was a great party to celebrate Scout turning 5!!

The girls left the party and went to our church's annual easter celebration where they hunted for eggs, played games, did face painting, and rock to Rockin' Ryan (our celebrated church DJ).

When we got home, everyone was ready for bed... so it was an early night for our household...

What did YOU do this weekend?

Thursday, April 02, 2009

Proud Moment....

Last week, Delaney's Middle School Team played in a game and she didn't get into the field the whole day. It depresses her when she doesn't get to play but she always takes it in stride.

In the last inning, our team had gone from a 6-0 lead to a 7-7 tie and everyone was sitting on the edge of their seats... We got a girl on and they called on Delaney to bunt her around. Laying down the perfect bunt she was not only safe at first but advanced to second on a bad throw. The next batter is hit so the bases are now loaded.

On a hit the girl on third is out on a force at home. So Delaney is now at third.

Then on a wild pitch, Delaney steals home and slides in under the throw to win the game 8-7!

It was exciting and it taught her that everyone has a job and when they put you in to make the most of it!

(Click the article to make it bigger)
I love softball!

Friday, March 27, 2009

SCREWED..... anyone have a screwdriver?

Well my brackets need a screwdriver.... Duke and Memphis lost completely killing my bracket since I had Duke winning it all....

I think I'll delete my shortcut to ESPN's Tournament Challenge now!

Also one of my sweet little softball players hit her head on a piece of furniture and had a mild concussion. Which of course means she won't be at our game tonight to hit home runs..... Really messes up my game plan (rely totally on her).

Cheryl of course is saying "lets see just how good a coach he is now!!! Blah...

Whish me luck tonight!

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

The 6U Mustangs Finally Fall

The 6U Mustangs (Scouts Team) finally lost a game last night against the only other undefeated team in the park by the score of 17 - 14.

We had a 2 run first inning and that killed us. We average about 6 runs per inning but Wii Hit held us to 2 our lowest scoring inning to date. But the next inning we came back with our largest scoring inning to date and scored 8 more runs to make the score 11 - 10.

Scout on Second

In the last inning Wii Hit score 6 more runs and held us to 4 runs.

We didn't hit well last night and had quite a few overthrows at first which we normally are like a machine from circle to first.

We'll get them next time!

Monday, March 23, 2009

Old Age getting to me...

I went to my hunting club to work saturday Morning... on the way home I got a call from a friend who needed some help. Seems like he was digging a post hole through solid rock... kinda makes it a little hard. :)

While driving out to where we were digging the hole, we were talking about our age. We were talking about how he was a year older than me (he was 43 and I was 42). Somehow he brought up the year he graduated, which was the same as me. Which led us to the year we were born, which was the same. Then to an argument about our age which didn't take long because he was RIGHT!


I told him he didn't have to tell me that. I was perfectly happy thinking that I was 42 for the next 10 years....

It's the pitts getting old!

Friday, March 20, 2009

I rule.....

so far I've only missed one game on my bracket! (Damn that Michigan!)

I'm leading the ESPN group (Blogger Hacks) and I RuLe the BrAcKeT Challenge... (I better brag now because I'll suck it up the next round).

Spent half the day playing in the sun! Wish I could do it again!


Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Pretty Days...

The rain has finally moved on and the temperatures yesterday were in the 70's.

We had a great practice and then just hung out and watched the kids play. They played ball by theirselves for about 30 minutes before (inevitably) one of them got hit in the face by the ball and died.

Well, maybe she didn't die, but you would have thought she may have.....

It was a beautiful evening and I enjoyed just watching them....

Life is good isn't it?

Friday, March 13, 2009

OK, Not Fair

This is just not right.

Opening day was rained out. We played two games then had a bye (an off night). Now on the day that our team (Scouts Team) was to play... we woke up to a nasty, cold, wet day. We were really looking forward to playing after the last 3 days of practice!

I think my girls are on top of their game and need to be back out on the field.

Maybe the rain will quit, and we'll get a chance to play at 6pm tonight...

or maybe not....

Look at Scout's perfect form. Watches the ball into her glove, makes a perfect throw to first!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Sorry, I haven't posted much...

Things seem to get busy in the spring. Delaney playing softball, Sydney playing softball with me coaching her team (4 days a week of practice or games), there's Brett's baseball games (McKenna's boyfriend), Church activities, and of course, School activities for both McKenna and Delaney.

It's usually rather busy around our house and when you can find a second to just relax, you do it. I found myself Tuesday night in my pajamas going to sleep while the rest of the house was watching American Idol!

While things seem so busy and sometimes I say "I'd just like a day to myself", I also find that I get extremely BORED when there's nothing to do.... I guess you just get use to the hustle and bustle.

I'm not really going anywhere here... I just I'm making excuses as to why I don't post often... hmmm, does anyone really care? :)

ADD ON... While I never thought I'd like Facebook. I find myself on it more now, just because I don't have to think up a post. It's like commenting all the time. You just don't have to spend a lot of time with it. The bad part is All of you guys aren't there.

If you have a facebook account feel free to send me an invitation. gary k wray in Birmingham, AL

Thursday, March 05, 2009

Sydney's Team

the Hueytown Mustangs (Delaney's team is the Birmingham Mustangs... ) Won their Second Game Tonight!! We are Now 2 - 0!!!!

Sydney went 2 for 3 and scored both times she got on base!! She actually put the ball in play all 3 times! I'm so excited that we are hitting the ball! That makes for a good season as long as you are hitting...

We're off till next Friday. So back to our regularly schedule hum drum...

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Sydney's Team

The Hueytown Mustangs won their first game tonight!! Our season starts with a big "W"

Every girl on the teams had at least one hit!

Yes, I'm proud!

Monday, March 02, 2009

2009 All State Choir

Delaney has been so proud to be picked for the 2009 All State Choir. Only 2 students were picked from HMS and she was one of the two.

She has practice, ran between softball and Choir practice and finally the big weekend was this weekend! Of course this was also the opening weekend for Sydney's Softball, which I am coaching her team. So I missed the big performance. My wife and McKenna took care of me taping the performance and here's the results! The shaking gets better after the first song....

Sunday, March 01, 2009

First Snow!

Here in Alabama we NEVER get snow especially in daylight hours! Imagine how excited we were!

Monday, February 23, 2009

A little Entertainment...

Just a video of our skit night at our Family Life Retreat this last weekend... It's a little long, but there's some cute skits.

Hey guys don't forget the Joke contest below! Don't let Lorrie win by default this year (especially with THAT joke!!). Last Day is Friday the 27th!

Wednesday, February 18, 2009


Three contractors are bidding to fix a broken fence at the White House in D.C.; One from Illinois , one from Tennessee , and a third from Kentucky. They all go with a White House official to examine the fence.
The Tennessee contractor takes out a tape measure and does some measuring, then works some figures with a pencil.

'Well', he says, 'I figure the job will run about $900: $400 for materials, $400 for my crew and $100 profit for me.'

The Kentucky contractor also does some measuring and figuring, then says, 'I can do this job for $700: $300 for materials, $300 for my crew and $100 profit for me.'

The Illinois contractor doesn't measure or figure, but leans over to the White House official and whispers, '$2,700.'

The official, incredulous, whispers back, 'You didn't even measure like the other guys! How did you come up with such a high figure?'

The Illinois contractor whispers back, '$1000 for me, $1000 for you, and we hire that guy from Kentucky to fix the fence.'

'Done!' replies the government official. And that my friends, is how it all works!

And Here's another

The very first ever Blonde GUY joke. And well worth the wait!

An Irishman , a Mexican and a Blonde Guy were doing construction work on
scaffolding on the 20th floor of a building.

They were eating lunch and the Irishman said, 'Corned beef and cabbage! If I
get corned beef and cabbage one more time for lunch, I'm going to jump off
this building.'

The Mexican! Opened his lunc h box and exclaimed,'Burritos again! If I get
burritos one more time I'm going to jump off, too.'

The blonde opened his lunch and said,' Bologna again! If I get a bologna
sandwich one more time, I'm jumping too.'

The next day, the Irishman opened his lunch box, saw corned beef and
cabbage, and jumped to his death.

The Mexican opened his lunch, saw a burrito, and jumped, too.

The blonde guy opened his lunch, saw the bologna and jumped to his death as

At the funeral, the Irishman's wife was weeping. She said, 'If I'd known how
really tired he was of corned beef and cabbage, I never would have given it
to him again!'

The Mexican's wife also wept and said, 'I could have given him tacos or
enchiladas! I didn't realize he hated burritos so much.'

(Oh this is SO GOOD!!)?

Everyone turned and stared at the blonde's wife. The blonde's wife said,

'Don't look at me. The idiot makes his own lunch.'


We haven't done this in a while....Send me your BEST Jokes and my lovely wife will pick the best joke and I'll find a prize for you. Last time Lorrie won a nice Coca Cola Thermos. I'll see if I can come up with something different this time. OH, Deadline is Friday, February 27th! You can leave them in my comment section or email them to .

Make um good!