His 9th birthday. :)

Riding the wave of his love for the game, we had a bit of a Rockies theme.


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But the big gift was an even bigger surprise.

An awesome friend arranged for us to be able to go to batting practice before the Rockies game. And not just batting practice, but a tour.

Helton’s last game memorabilia. Um…I totally got teary here, then thought I might embarrass the family so I hid behind Hank’s camera for a while, taking pics.

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The post-game press room. Eli was trying very hard to NOT SMILE. Fail. ;)

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The All Stars’ wall. This particular name was there a few times.




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Coming out onto the warning track.
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Blackmon and Cuddyer.

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Spilly, chatting up the ladies.

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Tulo. Jeezopete. In the presence of pure awesome.

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Jeff Huson, one of the analysts for the Rox.

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Morneau, the new 1st-baseman, and CarGo.

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And then it happened. He walked on the field, stopping to chat about his broken finger, which is, btw, the SAME FINGER Holden broke earlier this year. Therefore, to Holden’s thinking, they are the same. He is Holden’s favorite, and Holden is cursed with my same inability to speak in the presence of those who are great.

Nolan Arenado.

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I told Holden to try to get his attention, but he melted into the ground. So I gave Ewan the signal, and he called him over. Sometimes, you just need your little brother to have your back.

Without the younger brother, we wouldn’t have had THIS.

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BOOYAH! Home run.

That’ll put ‘er in the books, boys.

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Unbelievably thankful for our good friend who made this happen. You know who you are, and you know how incredible awesome this was for our boy.

From the bottom of our hearts, bro.