Monday, March 31, 2008
Again, I'd like to thank Mr. Stevens for focusing on one negative situation during one of the biggest lacrosse tournaments in the southeast. Mr. Stevens choose to ignore the other 45 teams that played in the tournament, the hundreds of thousands of dollars these out of town guests spent in our local hotels and restaurants and the efforts of hundreds of volunteers to put on this event of this magnitude. Well done Mr. Stevens.
Sunday, March 30, 2008
Our Varsity team played a team from Brentwood, TN in the championship game but lost in sudden death over-time. They had a really, really good goalie but the rest of the team was nasty and obnoxious. We had a "little" altercation on the field and I'm particularly proud of Connor C. He's probably one of the most laid back kids I've ever met but this kid from Brentwood kept mouthing off to his own teammates, our players and even our parents (he actually yelled at our parents and told us all to shut the "F**K up" multiple times). He got into Connor's face and Connor let him have it! I don't condone that kind of behavior on the field but boy oh boy did this kid deserve it.
KJ had fun today w/ some of the player's little sisters.. They kept her occupied which was good. T's varsity team lost both their games today but we were proud of her; she was one of the only girls to take a couple of shots on goal. Hey, if you don't shoot, you can't score! She was a little bummed and disappointed which is kind of unusual for her. She normally doesn't let the score get her down. I'm not making excuses for our girl's team but you can definately see we still have some work to do compared to some of these other out of town teams. Our coaches are all volunteers and have "real" jobs, we practice 2 days/week whereas some of these other teams practice every day. Plus, some of these teams have been playing together for years as compared to us "newbies." We'll get there. I keep telling T just think how good they'll be when she's a junior or senior (keep in mind she's only an 8th grader, the other T on our team is an 8th grader and Victoria is a 7th grader!).
After the tournament end, all the local coaches and refs sat on the observation deck atop the big "party" bus and had ribs. I don't know if I was just really hungry or what, but these ribs were the best ribs I've ever had in my life. I think they were from Golden Rule BBQ.
So, back to the real world tomorrow. I have to help Chris unpack the U-haul and re-stock the store. T has lax practice AND a softball game. Her next lax game is Wednesday but w/ Dance Team try-outs looming, I think she wants to go to Hip Hop class instead. Tuesday is Toopid Tuesday (I can't think of anything else that rhymes w/ Tuesday) . . . Chris has lax games, both girls have dance, and I'm sure someone's got a softball game to go to. I hope it rains. We really need a night to just chill as a family.
Saturday, March 29, 2008
Last night we loaded up the U-Haul w/ stuff from the store to take to the lax tournament. This morning Chris unloaded and set everything up at the fields and started off w/ a bang. The buses dropped all the kids and their parents off right in front of our tent and we were inundated from the get go. T-shirts, shorts, sticks, gloves, cups (athletic supporters) mouthpieces...you name it, we sold it. I met some really great kids today, I met some really rotten kids today (and their rotten nasty parents). T only had one game today and she was a really great help in the tent (flirting a bit w/ some of the boys). KJ was bored out of her mind but was a really good sport. I tried to keep her busy w/ bubbles, sticker books, Mad Libs, etc. It was a really long day and Chris was able to load everything back on the truck before the rain hit.
Back at it tomorrow bright and early!
Friday, March 28, 2008
Thursday, March 27, 2008
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
"Once you say you're going to settle for second, that's what happens to you. " - John F. Kennedy
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
T & KJ both had softball games. They both lost but KJ had some awesome hits! I mean BIG hits. She played Catcher a couple of innings. T's game was weird. I think they messed up the clock or something and because I was doing Dugout Mom duty @ KJ's game, I missed most of T's game. Anyway, it was a nice night and it felf good to be outside.
Spoke to Chris and he said his game vs. Huntsviille was tough but they won. Not sure if that was JV or Varisty (I'm assuming Varsity).
Both girls have their regular dance lessons tonight and both girls have softball games. There's no way in hell they're going to make it to dance. Chris has lax games tonight in Cullman (they're playing Huntsville and Cullman was a neutral, half-way point) so he's out of the picture for tonight. I feel bad that we'll be missing his game. I really like to go to his games and cheer the boys on / be moral support for Chris. I like to think that he coaches better knowing we're in the stands. :-)
We've been watching John Adams on HBO. We've TiVo'd it and now we're all caught up. I can't wait for some of the other shows we watch to start up again: Desperate Housewives, My Name is Earl, Entourage, etc. Lost has been really, really good this season.
Monday, March 24, 2008
Can't believe yesterday we were wearing capri's / shorts and today the girls wore sweatshirts to school. Poor T. she came down the steps wearing the sundress Chris bought her on the beach Saturday. It was 33 degrees this morning so I made her go back upstairs and change.
So much to do today AND both girls have practices tonight .... KJ has softball and T has lax.
PS: OMG!!!! Stupid crawfish is STILL ALIVE and KICKING!!!!!
Sunday, March 23, 2008
Tons of e-mails to catch up, tons of laundry to catch up on.
Chris & T drove in from Pensacola Friday night. We played some mini golf and it was nice to have my family together again. Saturday, unfortunately, was a rainy, dreary day. We still managed to have fun on the beach. We had a good breakfast at our favorite little Greek place, did some shopping and spent some time on the beach before the rain set in. The girls were out in the water and a dolphin came right up to them. I have some really cool pics to post. We had lunch at a place called the Beached Whale and the power went out right in the middle of our lunch. Basically, all of Ft. Myers Beach lost power. Saturday night we went to Bahama Breeze for dinner (I love that place and can't believe the one on Hwy 280 closed down!). We were on the road bright and early this morning.
Glad to be in my own bed. I think I've been home 36 hours in the last 2 weeks.
Friday, March 21, 2008
Chris & T-bone are on their way from Pensacola. Chris said the place Julie & Glen rented was gorgeous! I guess Chris tried to stop in Tallahassee today and have lunch w/ his 2 neices at FSU but they were busy.
T was asked to attend a "casting" for Allstate in Chicago on Monday afternoon. Unfortunately for us it's a 10-hour car ride or a $400 flight (times 2 tixs). Guess we'll just have to miss this one but it's cool that her name/face is getting out there.
Thursday, March 20, 2008
Cousin Heather left this morning but her flight to Cleveland was delayed almost 2 hours. She called later today to say that she had finally arrived in Cleveland. She originally had a 4 hour lay-over but would still be able to make her connection to Charleston.
KJ and I rode the bikes down to the volleyball courts to watch Pop play in a sand volleyball tournament. Pop's team came in 4th place. We all came home for some lunch and then Pop, Grammie & KJ went back down to the pool for 3 PM volleyball. I stayed home and finished my book in peace & quiet.
Grammie's making tacos tonight and I have no plans until Lost comes on at 9 PM.
Big news to report today (unfortunately, no pictures!): KJ dried dishes this afternoon. Yes, you heard correctly. KJ DRIED DISHES TODAY.
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Julie called me yesterday; t-bone's not been feeling so hot in Pensacola. I think she's got a little of the crud she had before Spring Break ... a lot of phlegm and mucus and it drips down into her throat and into her stomach and results in an upset stomach. I guess she had a fever, too. Julie ran and got her some hot chocolate, some soup and some Musinex to break it all up. t took a long nap yesterday and I spoke to her last night. She was still stuffed up but she said she felt a lot better. I spoke w/ her again this morning and she sounds even better. I spoke w/ chris this morning and he isn't doing so great. He sounds really stuffed up, too.
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
Last night we played mini golf at the Jungle one (as opposed to the Castle Golf or Pirates Golf). Afterwards we had ice cream.
Tonight we might play some tennis depending on how Heather feels. She's getting the beginnings of a sinus infection.
Monday, March 17, 2008
Sunday, March 16, 2008
Cousin Heather had some travelling snafus yesterday. Her flight out of Charleston, WV was delayed due to fog so she missed her connection in Cleveland. She was able to get a flight into Tampa so Grammie, KJ & I drove up there last night to get her. Unfortunately, Heather's luggage went on to Ft. Myers w/ out her. Sooooo, on the way home last night we decided it was easier to stop by the Ft. myers aiport and grab the luggage rather than wait for the luggage to be delivered some time on Sunday (we all know how well that didn't work out for me in Cabo!). I ran into the Ft. Myers airport to use the potty and by the time I came out, she was wheeling her her luggage around.
Today me, Heather & KJ went to the beach and were able to find a great parking space. It was very foggy and overcast the whole morning but KJ still had a blast in the water. We had lunch @ Wahoo Willie'sand KJ got a dolphin Henna tattoo on her ankle (so classy!).
KJ somehow managed to chip her front tooth at the beach. She came out of the ocean and said her tooth really hurt. Sure enough I looked and she has a big chip out of her (permanent) front tooth. So classy!
Tonight we're heading over to my Aunt Babs and cousin Michelle's. She has a beautfiul inground pool on the canal and I know KJ will spend most of the night in the pool. She's such a water baby!
Friday, March 14, 2008
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Saturday, March 8, 2008
All of my stuff is laid out but not officially in the suitcase. While we were running errands today, Chris picked up his suit and did some last minute shopping. He bought 3 new pairs of shoes, some dress shirts and ties to go w/ his new suit, some shorts and a couple of Tommy Bahama shirts. He will be quite tropical.
I am SO ready for this trip. I need sun and lots of liquor. 1 tequila, 2 tequila, 3 tequila, FLOOr!!!! ha! ha! ha!
Friday, March 7, 2008
My afternoon at the spa was wonderful, very relaxing. I loved my mani & pedi and the spa was beautiful.
Grammie & Pop made it safe and sound from Ft. Myers, Kendall & Chris got haircuts and T is, what else, partying.
I have too much last minute stuff to do tomorrow for it to snow.
Thursday, March 6, 2008
I got my haircut this morning and then met Chris for lunch (which we haven't done in a long, long time!).
We're all over the place tonight. Chris has 2 games tonight vs. Spain Park (JV & Varsity are both playing). KJ has a practice softball game and I have a parent meeting at the Freshmen Center (counselors have been talking to the kids all week about classes for next year, etc.). T is babysitting for the 2 little girls down the street.
Tomorrow evening my folks should arrive, I have my mani & pedi in the afternoon and Saturday will be spent at the ball fields (KJ has a softball game and Chris has a lax game in the evening). Like I've always said, nothing but fun & games in our household.
P.S. The GD crawfish is STILL alive!!!
"But words are things, and a small drop of ink,Falling like dew, upon a thought, producesThat which makes thousands, perhaps millions, think." -- George Gordon Byron
"Never does the human soul appear so strong as when it forgoes revenge, and dares forgive an injury." -- E.H. Chapin
Wednesday, March 5, 2008
Both girls made it to school on time today. I've mentioned this a couple of times in recent posts because I rec'd a phone call from the attendance office @ T's middle school. She has 7 late check-ins this semester. 3 unexcused check-ins / tardies = 1 unexcused absence. There have been a couple of times I've let her sleep in (i.e., last Wednesday when she wasn't feeling so hot), I know I checked her in late the day after we came back from her Chicago photo shoot but I'm not so sure about the rest. So, needless to say, I'm making a concentrated effort to get the girls to school on time.
Last night was our crazy dance night. While one daughter was at dance class I took the other daughter bathing suit shopping. The both really needed at least one new suit for Spring Break. T bought a super cute black, white & yellow bikini at Aeropostle. KJ bought a brown polka dot tankini at Justice. I also had to buy T a new dress for the National Junior Beta Club induction ceremony Thursday morning. She owned nothing but jeans and t-shirts. I haven't bought anyone new Easter clothes because we will be driving home from Spring Break on Easter day. Not even sure we'll make it to Church on Easter Sunday. While KJ & I were at Justice I also walked over to the new store, Ulta. It's kind of like a Sephora but w/ a little bit more variety. Ulta carries high-end make up brands as well as Cover Girl, Maybelline, L'Oreal. Ulta also carried OPI and Essie nailpolishes (luv, luv, luv Cajun Shrimp by OPI -- I wear it on my toes ALL summer). Anyway, I signed up for their free beauty rewards program and they gave me a goody bag w/ full-size products -- a vanilla hand & body cream, an eyeshadow, a tube of hair color protecting conditioner and a tube of hair gel. You know how I love my freebies!
Sun is shining today but I don't think it's going to get very warm. Off to playschool!!
P.S. Crazy Cajun Crawfish is still alive and kicking.
Tuesday, March 4, 2008
If you want to keep the peace in your environment remember this.... PEACE BEGINS WITH YOU
The scripture says: "A soft answer turns away wrath."
Remember -- When you're smiling the whole world smiles at you.
God is Love,
Rec'd a neat e-mail yesterday. Chris's adult neice Lisa cut 16" of her hair and donated it to the American Cancer Society to be made into a wig. Very cool.
Girls made it to school on time today. I have a bunch of laundry, cleaning and packing to do. My parents should be here Friday so I need to get their room ready, too.
Lots of rain and wind last night. KJ slept on our floor. She's been so excited this week about her Expo project for school. She did a project on Dance and I think the winners will be announced today or tonight @ the PTO meeting. I meant to take of picture of her project but she had to hand it in last week. She did a big tri-fold presentation board and researched ballet and tap terms, pictures, and info on famous dancers.
P.S. Crawfish is STILL alive.
I don't believe that the solutions in society will come from the left or the right or the north or the south. They will come from islands within those organizations, islands of people with integrity who want to do something. --Karl-Henrik Robert
Have compassion for everyone you meet,even if they don't want it.What appears bad manners, an ill temper or cynicismis always a sign of things no ears have heard,no eyes have seen.You do not know what wars are going on down there where the spirit meetsthe bone.--Miller Williams
Monday, March 3, 2008
Sunday, March 2, 2008
JV and Varisty both had tough losses to Christian Brothers on Saturday. This was only JV's 2nd game and Christian Brothers is a tough team. We've had so many practices cancelled due to rain and this is the first year of lacrosse for most of the JV team. Our boys will need to work on their stick skills a little bit more. However, JV totally stepped up to the plate on Sunday and spanked the Houston, TN team. Big time. Varsity lost to Houston by a heart-breaking last minute goal. It was an exciting, give & take kind of game.
Saturday night we all went downtown to a Memphis Grizzlies basketball game. We had great seats and had fun hanging out w/ the kids. After the game we walked over to Beale Street and had drinks on the patio at the Hard Rock Cafe. T walked to Coyote Ugly w/ a couple of boys on the team. Of course, they didn't get in (good thing. Knowing T, she would have been up on the bar showing off her hip-hop class moves).
Lots of sun in Memphis. My arms, neck and forehead are fried. KJ got to play w/ her friend Rose all day Sunday. Tthey went to pre-school together and now Rose's brother plays on the JV team. I think the girls will also be making their 1st Communions together.
Busy, busy week coming up. Lax games, softball practices, parent meetings, blah, blah, blah. Cabo coming up, too! Yippeeeee!!!!