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Oct '06

Casey and Quinn Experience Soccer!

Casey has been talking about soccer for a long time, but has been hesitant to join a soccer team. We found a soccer clinic program run through Kids Love Soccer and hosted by our local recreation center. We signed both Casey and Quinn up for the soccer clinic. It runs about seven weeks on Saturday mornings. We attended the first session last Saturday. The weather has recently turned cold and cloudy, but that did not take away from the experience.

Quinn’s session was first and he had an awesome time! It was a lot of fun to see him running around and trying to use the inside of his foot to kick the ball and not his toe. His teacher was amazing! She was able to control twenty 3 and 4 year olds with ease!!!

Casey’s session was next and he also had a great time! Casey was able to convince two friends from school, Cole and Cash, to joint the clinic with him. Casey luckily got the same teacher that Quinn had.

It was a great morning of soccer and the apprehension that both Quinn and Casey had faded away quickly. In fact, Quinn, Casey Cole and Cash stayed after practice and played soccer for another hour!!! After that we bought the kids shin guards and soccer socks. The next day (Sunday), Casey wore the shin guards and socks around all day!!!!

I posted pictures and some video clips in the gallery: Album: First Soccer Practice



Posted by Bill on October 5th, 2006 at 4:49 pm

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Oct '06

New BatesCentral Pictures Website

Yes, I have been woefully deficient at updating our website. Yes, I have promised and promised to upload new pictures. Yes, I have thrown myself at your mercy before… that is all in the past! I will now live up to some of my past promises. The new BatesCentral Gallery site is online!

I was planning on customizing the gallery site to look and feel more like our main site, but I just can’t seem to find the time. Regardless, it will now be a lot easier and less time consuming for me to post new pictures online. Oh, don’t get me wrong, I still won’t be great about posting pictures immediately ;-), but I will be much better!

Features of the new gallery:

  • Better organization into albums
  • Movie clips (okay, the old gallery had them too, but they are much cooler now!)
  • Pictures and albums are searchable
  • There is an RSS feed (for the real web geeky types)
  • Has a way cool random picture and most viewed picture
  • You can upload directly to PhotoWorks and Shutterfly (the quality I use on the web is good for 4×6 and 5×7)
  • More features will be added as I play with it

I still need to improve the look and feel a bit. I think navigating around the gallery pages could be more intuitive. For now, I thought it was good enough to go live with the site and improve it as I go.
To get to the new gallery site you can use the link in the “Pages” section of the website or use this BatesCentral Gallery link.



Posted by Bill on October 1st, 2006 at 10:48 pm

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Oct '06

BatesCentral Gallery

Our Bates Family pictures have moved!

You should be automagically redirected to our new gallery pages. If the redirect does not work, please click the BatesCentral Gallery link.

Posted by Bill on October 1st, 2006 at 10:10 pm

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