Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Birthdays..

Its funny how the older I get the less importance I put on my birthday.  Not that I don't want to be acknowledged, but I just don't want the big fan fare.   And knowing me you know I've never been big on a lot of attention.

Yesterday I celebrated my 37th (goodness I'm getting old) birthday in the nicest way possible.  Greg sent beautiful flowers to me at work (and a bunch of ladies gushed).  After work I went to my weekly hour of adoration, some quiet time with God is always appreciated.  Then we went out for dinner to my favorite julington creek restaurant,  Saucy Taco (and had a yummy apple blueberry cider).  Once we were back home Greg and the kids sang Happy Birthday and we ate cake as I opened lovely cards. 

I received some sweet and funny texts, and some friends posted some facebook messages.

A perfect start to a new year.

Me

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Birthday girl...

Rebecca celebrated her 7th birthday at the bowling alley!   She loves to bowl and she chose the place herself.

She invited a handful of her school friends to come.





























She had so much fun





And wrote all her thank you cards herself.



On her actual birthday we woke her up really early (5:20 am!) because Greg really wanted to sing happy birthday to her before he left for work.



We got her a new devotional and a necklace.   And I was able to download the movie Frozen onto her ipod.



As soon as Greg left she hunkered down and watched most of it by the time we had to get up and go to school.



We celebrated that night with dinner out, her choice!



We are so blessed to have this strong, independant, young lady in our lives.


Sunday, March 9, 2014

Soccer

I haven't posted a soccer update in a really long time.

Last season we moved up our whole team and played U12 at the Y.



 Bigger players to play against...






























We considered ourselves to be in the middle of the pack, instead of winning every game 15-0.
































Most of our team was still 9 years old, but we moved up anyways.









































We made it to the play offs, and still managed to come in second!































Instead of playing winter 3V3 we tried out a soccer camp held by Westside Soccer, and tried to scope them out as a new place to play.  Our little core group went twice a week.  They learned so much and had so much fun.


So we did it.

We jumped.

We signed up at Westside for the new season.

It has scary.

We received some calls and texts from both kids old teammates asking if we were coming back this season.  I'm glad we had been honest with everyone since the beginning about not coming back.


And now we are two weeks into the new season.  Our old core is split up, because here you HAVE to play your age group.  Some moved to another soccer organization.  Some stayed at the Y.

Matthew tried out, and made, a select team (B).  It's a step above recreational, and he gets to travel within the area to play other Select B teams.   He is being challenged in the fact that Greg isn't coaching him anymore, and that he has teammates he doesn't really know.  Though thankfully his buddy Gavin from our years at the Y also made the B team.  Some of the skills they are learning are amazing, yet at the same time it's really frustrating to see them not practice other skills we think are really important.


And Rebecca's team.  Well.... how can I say this nicely?... It's.... challenging.   We moved her over to Westside just so both kids were playing within the same system.  A whole new team.  All new people we don't know.  And teammates that seam to not know a thing about soccer.  And a coach that has never played or coached soccer before.  Greg immediately stepped up as "assistant coach", so maybe something can be learned and salvaged.  I'm not sure Becca will be back next season, or if she'll go back to the Y with Greg as her coach.

Thankfully the skills she's learned in the past are still ever present.































She still dribbles with determination.
































Her coach quickly realized he had hit the jackpot with her.  Poor baby is now in charge of all throw ins, corner kicks, and goal kicks.































It makes for a long, tiring game for her.  I think she sat out maybe 5 minutes the whole game?


Look of tired frustration.


































Greg was at Matthew's game in Mandarin during her game, so I kept trying to coach from the sideline.  Which is such a huge no no at Westside.  But oh well.  Poor girl needed some guidance and cheering on.

And it payed off.   Towards the end of the 3rd quarter, while losing 10-0, she stole the ball, dribbled down the field, she took a shot.... (she's there, in the middle of that opposite team mess trying to get her down)...






























She scores!
































That seemed to rally her team, and another little boy scored two more points for our Fire Lions, and we only lost 12-3.

Here she is at one point, tying her own shoe.  Love her!
































So that's my soccer update.

Matthew has another game today out at the beach.  We'll see how that goes, and what the future brings for our two little soccer stars.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

sharks

We went to a free Sharks game Sunday afternoon.  They were raising pet food for the humane society and letting us season ticket holders pick up our tickets and parking passes.

We tailgated with friends...


Then danced with them...

And ended up on the jumbo tron with them...


We had an amazing time watching the Sharks, as always.  This will be our second season as ticket holders and we know we have an exciting season ahead of us!


Me



Trying a blogging app

Trying an app.... I'm not sure what i will do

phone posting



So I found this poem.  

Also, trying to learn to post from my phone.  I'm never home, so getting pictures and writing posts from my phone will revive my blogging.


Let's keep our fingers crossed....


Me

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Counting Stars

I'm such a contradiction all the time.

Let my kids listen to "what does the fox say?"  NO WAY!

Let them listen to and sing along to OneRepublic?  YES!

Their new cd came out this summer.  And within two days, this happened....




"Counting Stars"


[Chorus]
Lately I been, I been losing sleep
Dreaming about the things that we could be
But baby, I been, I been prayin' hard
Said no more counting dollars
We'll be counting stars
Yeah, we'll be counting stars


[Verse 1]
I see this life
Like a swinging vine
Swing my heart across the line
In my face is flashing signs
Seek it out and ye shall find



Old, but I'm not that old
Young, but I'm not that bold
And I don't think the world is sold
I'm just doing what we're told



I feel something so right
By doing the wrong thing
And I feel something so wrong
By doing the right thing
I could lie, could lie, could lie
Everything that kills me makes me feel alive



[Chorus]
Lately I been, I been losing sleep (hey!)
Dreaming about the things that we could be
But baby, I been, I been prayin' hard (hey!)
Said no more counting dollars
We'll be counting stars
Lately I been, I been losing sleep (hey!)
Dreaming about the things that we could be
But baby, I been, I been prayin' hard (hey!)
Said no more counting dollars
We'll be, we'll be counting stars



[Verse 2]
I feel the love
And I feel it burn
Down this river every turn
Hope is a four letter word
Make that money
Watch it burn



Old, but I'm not that old
Young, but I'm not that bold
And I don't think the world is sold
I'm just doing what we're told



And I feel something so wrong
By doing the right thing
I could lie, could lie, could lie
Everything that drowns me makes me wanna fly



[Chorus]
Lately I been, I been losing sleep (hey!)
Dreaming about the things that we could be
But baby, I been, I been prayin' hard
Said no more counting dollars
We'll be counting stars
Lately I been, I been losing sleep (hey!)
Dreaming about the things that we could be
But baby, I been, I been prayin' hard (hey!)
Said no more counting dollars
We'll be, we'll be counting stars



[Bridge 4x:]
Take that money
Watch it burn
Sink in the river
The lessons I learned



Everything that kills me makes me feel alive



[Chorus]
Lately I been, I been losing sleep (hey!)
Dreaming about the things that we could be
But baby, I been, I been prayin' hard (hey!)
Said no more counting dollars
We'll be counting stars
Lately I been, I been losing sleep
Dreaming about the things that we could be
But baby, I been, I been prayin' hard
Said no more counting dollars
We'll be, we'll be counting stars



[Outro 4x:]
Take that money
Watch it burn
Sink in the river
The lessons I learned

The End

July quickly rolled into August and before we knew it summer vacation was winding down.  We packed a lot of fun in those last two weeks.

Matthew and Ansley (Rebecca was too young) did a mini three day Apple Camp at the Apple store at the St. John's town center.  This years camp was video making.  They received free shirts, patches, and wrist band thumb drives.

The first day they played on Ipads and Apple computers and make music sound tracks.

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The second day they brought in either video or pictures from home, put them both together, and added graphics.
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They both had a great time, and I know next year I will probably fudge Becca's birthday so she can go too.  :)

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A new bouncy house place opened in Mandarin.  They had a free admissions day, so the kids played and bounced, and I watched Netflix.  Oh sweet Netflix, where have you been all my life?!
"I Volunteer!"
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We did our favorite 5K, the Stadium 5K.  Rebecca ran the kids 2 miler, that only went around the outside and then a lap on the field.
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She and I then played and bummed around while we waited for Greg and Matthew's heat to start.
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They had bouncy slides.
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The young man manning this football throwing station must have been bored out of his mind because he kept letting Becca throw all 5 balls, until she managed to do all 5 without missing.
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We were all clearly impressed.
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Greg and Matthew both had great times.  Matthew ran it solo.  He said going up and down all those ramps were hard, but he had a lot of fun.
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They both placed first in their age groups :)
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With only a week left, we crammed in some bowling....
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Finished both 3V3 seasons...
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Some boogie boarding....

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Some pool time at both Ansley, and the Y's pools....
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Went to a Jags game, thanks to the YMCA....
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And got Matthew's school haircut.
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Our awesome free summer vacation was over.