Monday, May 28, 2012

Oh the Places You'll Go !!!

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams ~Eleanor Roosevelt
 
Friends Since Kindergarten !!!
What a wild, weird, wacky couple of days!  Don't even know where to begin!!  It's all good but honestly, it's all kind of gone by in a whirl!

My mom and dad arrived safe and sound Wednesday afternoon; my brother flew in Thursday morning.  T had a breakfast bright and early Thursday AM and from there they had mandatory rehearsal downtown.  She came home from rehearsal, got ready, took some photos and my brother and I drove her to UAB.  My brother went in to save some seats while I waited out front for a friend who accidentally left her family's tickets at home.  For some reason, right before we left the house, I shoved our two extra tickets into my purse "in case someone need them."  How weird is that??

Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you'll land among the stars. -- Les Brown

The graduation ceremony was very nice and they did not waste any time.  We were done in an hour and a half?  Maybe a hour, 45??  Over 600 kids in the graduating class and everything was very well organized.  The kids pulled a funny prank on their Principal...as they went up to get their diploma, they put Mardi Gras beads around his neck.  Mr. Hulin is from New Orleans and they had photos of him from his early, crazy college days hanging off the beads.  Then, the very last student with a Z last name, put a jester hat on his head. 





I thought I was going to be an emotional wreck but was not.  I teared up a few times but never broke down and sobbed.  My dad, on the other hand, was very emotional.  My brother and I couldn't help but think if my dad was just happy to be there.  You know.  After "the Event" and all.  Plus T is the first grandchild on my side of the family so everything she does is going to be momentous. 

Believe there are no limits but the sky ~Cervantes
We all slept in on Friday morning and spent the day at the pool before we headed out to our favorite restaurant, 26, for our 7 PM reservation.  T has been fighting a really bad cold and I think she was pretty out of it by the end of dinner.  She's been attending graduating parties for the last two weeks straight plus working so it's going to catch up with her eventually. 

My bro flew out Saturday afternoon after stocking up on lax equipment from the store.  My parents left very very early Sunday morning and took KJ back home to PA with them.  She'll fly home by herself in two weeks and thinks she is the bomb.com. 
Oh, the Places You'll Go!
Congratulations! Today is your day.
You're off to Great Places!
You're off and away!
You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes
You can steer yourself any direction you choose.
You're on your own.
And you know what you know.
And YOU are the guy who'll decide where to go.
You'll look up and down streets.
Look 'em over with care.
About some you will say, "I don't choose to go there."
With your head full of brains and your shoes full of feet, you're too smart to go down any not-so-good street.
And you may not find any you'll want to go down.
In that case, of course, you'll head straight out of town.
It's opener there in the wide open air.
Out there things can happen and frequently do to people as brainy and footsy as you.
And when things start to happen, don't worry.
Don't stew.
Just go right along.
You'll start happening too.

OH! THE PLACES YOU'LL GO!
You'll be on your way up!
You'll be seeing great sights!
You'll join the high fliers who soar to high heights.
You won't lag behind, because you'll have the speed.
You'll pass the whole gang and you'll soon take the lead.
Wherever you fly, you'll be the best of the best.
Wherever you go, you will top all the rest.
Except when you don' t Because, sometimes, you won't.
I'm sorry to say so but, sadly, it's true and Hang-ups can happen to you.
You can get all hung up in a prickle-ly perch.
And your gang will fly on.
You'll be left in a Lurch.
You'll come down from the Lurch with an unpleasant bump.
And the chances are, then, that you'll be in a Slump.
And when you're in a Slump, you're not in for much fun.
Un-slumping yourself is not easily done.
You will come to a place where the streets are not marked.
Some windows are lighted. But mostly they're darked.
A place you could sprain both you elbow and chin!
Do you dare to stay out? Do you dare to go in?
How much can you lose?  How much can you win?
And IF you go in, should you turn left or right... or right-and-three-quarters?
Or, maybe, not quite? Or go around back and sneak in from behind?
Simple it's not, I'm afraid you will find, for a mind-maker-upper to make up his mind.
You can get so confused that you'll start in to race down long wiggled roads at a break-necking pace and grind on for miles across weirdish wild space, headed, I fear, toward a most useless place.

The Waiting Place... ...for people just waiting.
Waiting for a train to go or a bus to come, or a plane to go or the mail to come, or the rain to go or the phone to ring, or the snow to snow or waiting around for a Yes or a No or waiting for their hair to grow.
Everyone is just waiting.
Waiting for the fish to bite or waiting for wind to fly a kite or waiting around for Friday night or waiting, perhaps, for their Uncle Jake or a pot to boil, or a Better Break or a sting of pearls, or a pair of pants or a wig with curls, or Another Chance.
Everyone is just waiting.
NO! That's not for you!
Somehow you'll escape all that waiting and staying.
You'll find the bright places where Boom Bands are playing.
With banner flip-flapping, once more you'll ride high!
Ready for anything under the sky.
Ready because you're that kind of a guy!
Oh, the places you'll go!
There is fun to be done!
There are points to be scored. There are games to be won.
And the magical things you can do with that ball will make you the winning-est winner of all.
Fame! You'll be famous as famous can be, with the whole wide world watching you win on TV. Except when they don't.
Because, sometimes, they won't.
I'm afraid that some times you'll play lonely games too.
Games you can't win 'cause you'll play against you.
All Alone!
Whether you like it or not,
Alone will be something you'll be quite a lot.
And when you're alone, there's a very good chance you'll meet things that scare you right out of your pants.
There are some, down the road between hither and yon, that can scare you so much you won't want to go on.
But on you will go though the weather be foul
On you will go though your enemies prowl
On you will go though the Hakken-Kraks howl
Onward up many a frightening creek, though your arms may get sore and your sneakers may leak.
On and on you will hike and I know you'll hike far and face up to your problems whatever they are. You'll get mixed up, of course, as you already know.
You'll get mixed up with many strange birds as you go.
So be sure when you step.
Step with care and great tact and remember that Life's a Great Balancing Act.
Just never forget to be dexterous and deft.
And never mix up your right foot with your left.
And will you succeed?
Yes! You will, indeed! (98 and 3 / 4 percent guaranteed.)
KID, YOU'LL MOVE MOUNTAINS!
So... be your name Buxbaum or Bixby or Bray or Mordecai Ali Van Allen O'Shea, you're off to Great Places!
Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting.
So...get on your way!
---Dr. Seuss

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Boo?? Yay!!

Just a bunch of random stuff in no particular order:

-probably not a good idea watching the senior class DVD today.  I'm PMS'ing, very stressed and emotional and I should never watched that damn DVD.  Cried like a baby.   I starting bawling 10-15 photos into it.  Didn't even have the soundtrack playing.  So wonderful seeing all the fun, silly photos of the kids over the years.  I was emotional over kids I didn't even know. (I'm not sure if this is a Boo or a Yay!)
Senior Night 2011
-Tbone had a great time at the party last night.  She said the band was absolutely awesome (Fly by Radio) and everyone had a lot of fun. She said a lot of kids that normally wouldn't dance were out on the floor.  One of the mom's made the most amazing cake.  She had a little mishap setting up but if they hadn't said anything, I don't think anyone would have noticed. T thought her phone had been stolen during the party but she called the hotel this morning and they had it.  Someone must have turned it in.  Thank you kind, random stranger!  (Yay!)

-so apparently one of the local radio programs here in town has been talking about my husband.  A lot.  And I'm not really sure how I feel about it.  I don't listen to this particular radio station but plenty of folks we know do and crack up over the fact that they talk lax and mention Champ.  Couple of friends last week told me they referred to him as "The Guru."  This week he was "The Legend."  Too funny.  I think it's wonderful for the sport but this week someone told me they actually referred to Champ by his name.  That bothers me a bit.  I kind of feel violated. Like maybe our family privacy has been compromised (I know that must sound very ironic coming from me -- I have a blog, FB, twitter, Pinterest, etc. but I think it's different when I can control what I put out there, not have our family name put out there by someone else.  Make sense??).  Oh and this radio program is syndicated.  So folks all over the country (?) can hear it.  And it's also available on XM radio.  (maybe a little Boo?  a little Yay! for the sport). 

-in unrelated radio news, the radio station I do listen to in the mornings mentioned that plastic surgery among 13-18 year olds has increased over 500% in the last couple of years.  That's amazing.  Nose jobs?  Lipo?  What in the world does a 13 year old need to have "done??"  Botox?  Injectables??  I'm going with a (Boo) on this one. 

-in other awesome family news, KJ made the 7th grade volleyball team last night!  Whoop!  Whoop!  Very, very proud of her and her teammates! We left the party a few minutes early last night so she could check the list posted at the school and then took her to a celebratory dinner @ Johnny Rockets. (Yay!)

-Rangers lost (Boo).  I saw the word "ass-hat" used a lot last night when describing the officiating.  But next game is back at the Garden.  (Yay!)

-in Ole Miss Miscellaneous, I was behind the Ole Miss baseball team bus yesterday afternoon which was fun.  Then, T received her ID card in yesterday's mail.  That was weird.  The thought of her heading off to college makes my heart hurt sometimes.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Life's a Beach

Yay!  Think I'm finally done with my new tablescape!  (Who am I kidding???  I'll be tweaking it for the next couple of days.  Every time I walk by I rearrange something or re-position an item).  The table is a little different than last year's.  Last year I had my big hurricane vase filled with shells and a candle and used some rope accessories for a nautical look.  I had lent the hurricane vase to a friend recently so it was unavailable when I was working on this year's table. 

The subway art photos were a new find this year as well as the sand dollar accent plates.  The blue charger plates I also use for 4th of July.  The blue margarita glasses were a a steal at Home Goods.  I bought them way back in the winter and they were marked down to $2/each.  I have some cobalt blue champagne glasses but I can't find them anywhere.  I must have packed them up real good!











And here's the entry way (which has already been changed around twice since I took these photos earlier today).  I still have a couple of family beach photos that I put in the entrance way. 

Thursday, May 17, 2012

It's OK Thursday . . .

It's OK . . .

Its Ok Thursdays


...to have 3 Graduation Parties on Saturday, a Tea on Sunday, another get-together on Monday, another Grad party on Tuesday and my own child's high school graduation next Thursday and not have ANY thing to wear.  ARRRGGGHHH! 

...that I really, really enjoyed my Vinnie del Rocco today. 

...to be really, really excited about my family coming in to attend aforementioned graduation. 

...that T bought two super cute Ole Miss game-day dresses today.  Still doesn't help my aforementioned wardrobe situation. 

...to have random young men approach me at the mall while I'm on line getting a smoothie and ask if I'm Champ's wife.  Never know what to say...."why yes!  Yes, I am!"  What if the kid didn't get a lot of playing time?  "Um, sorry!  You've obviously mistaken me for someone else!" 

...to pull the parent card and force T to get her wisdom teeth done.  Wow.  She is not a happy camper. 

...to be sad about Donna Summer's passing.  So many of my middle-school memories have Donna Summer songs playing in the background. 




Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Senior No More

Tbone is officially done with high school!  I never in a MILLION years thought I'd be one of those parents lamenting the day their child graduates from high school.  I always knew this day was coming.  Just never really thought about how I'd feel about it.  Although I like to plan and be prepared, I don't ever really "worry" about the future (I have a husband who does enough worrying for the both of us).  I'm much more of a fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants kind of girl.  I like to plan lists and be organized but I totally recognize there's only so much I can do and all the planning in the world really doesn't amount to a hill of beans in the long run.  Which brings me to T. 

We've got a lot coming up the next week or so and I'm kind of glad we're getting it all done at once.  We can enjoy the summer and all the fun that comes with it!  We've got a bunch of parties to attend this weekend, a tea and then another big grad party.  She starts her new job on Monday, she's registered for rush, she's picked out her dorm room, she graduates next week and the week after we're headed to campus for Orientation/Registration.  And the poor thing is getting her wisdom teeth taken out after that.  It's a lot to take in but I'm glad I won't have too much time to dwell on it or get melancholy. 

I've seen a lot of friends post on FB or tweet about upcoming graduation.  And it's starting to get a little depressing.  T still has a full 2 1/2 months, almost 3 months, before she heads off to college and I don't want to wish her away.  I want to enjoy the summer with her and stop agonizing over the end of high school.  She has a wonderful, exciting new chapter of her life coming up and I want her to enjoy it and look forward to it.  A friend recently asked me if I'm sad.  Yes, of course I'm a little sad.  I'm very proud of her, too.  I am proud of the beautiful young lady she's become and I know she has many adventures ahead of her.  I was sad to see her last lacrosse game and I was sad to see her last dance on the high school stage.  But the same friend also gently reminded me that although we're experiencing a lot of "lasts," just think about all the wonderful "firsts" we've yet to experience. 

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Happy Mother's Day

Despite the rain, I had a wonderful, adventurous Mother's Day!  Cosmo and the girls woke me up with breakfast in bed, mimosas, a dozen GORGEOUS roses and a gift card to Barnes & Noble so I can load up my Nook and then we were off to our Zip Line adventure at the Red Mountain Park!  It was rainy and muddy but that kind of added to the overall experience.  I think the rain helped keep the heat down and the bugs away. We were so muddy we had to stop at Old Navy on the way home and buy some cheap flip-flops so we could grab a bite to eat without muddying up the restaurant.  Now the girls and I are trying to think of something fun & exciting for Father's Day!  The girls are thinking bungee jumping but let's be honest.  The Cos girls like adventure while Cosmo kind of likes to keep his feet on the ground.  Zip lining was fun but I don't see BASE or bungee jumping in my husband's near or immediate future. 

Last night was the Alabama / Mississippi All-Star Showcase.  Cosmo didn't coach either game last night but he and KJ helped iHigh.com with the broadcast of both games.  KJ filmed and Cosmo commentated.  Then, T ran the video for the boys game (KJ did a great job with the girls game but got a little nervous filming the boys game....it's a little faster and she had a hard time keeping up with camera).  The rain held out for most of the girls game but was an absolute deluge for the entire boys game.  T-bone was recognized as an All-State selection for the 3rd straight year and scored 5 goals last night.  She went out with a bang.  I couldn't take the rain any longer and left after half-time and the All-American announcements.  So incredibly proud of Z!  He truly, truly deserves the honor.





Saturday, May 12, 2012

Zippity-Do-Dah

Took down my Spring table decor and packed everything away until next year.  Started working on my Summer beach-themed table.  This is one of my favorites because the dining room is painted a nice blue and the dishes and accessories compliment the color very well.

Got some Spring cleaning done today while I was in the dining room . . . mopped all the hardwoods and took down the sheers to wash and hang back up.  I also need to do that in the family room and our bedroom. 

So, these Senior Year "lasts" are totally killing me.  Monday night was the band banquet and Thursday night was the Dance Showcase.  Probably the last time T will ever dance on stage again.  It was very bittersweet and the senior dance was very beautiful.  I cried really bad and just couldn't stop hugging her afterward.  One of the mom's sitting in front of me was there to watch her son's girlfriend and she turned around, took one look at me & T and starting boo-hoo-ing, too.  The son plays lax w/ Cosmo and the mom said she didn't think she'd be this emotional. 

Tonight is the Alabama / Mississippi All-Star Showcase and at half time of each game they will announce the players that are recognized by US Lacrosse as "All-State."  Hopefully, Cosmo will have an extra special presentation to make during the half-time of the boys game.  He has a player that has been nominated for All-American.  It is a HUGE deal.  There have ever been only two lacrosse All-Americans for the state of Alabama (Brye for athletics and Jeremey for academics; Brye is now the captain of the Naval Academy football team).  All-American is the player who exemplifies all the best qualities of the sport.  I know Cosmo already knows if the kid got it or not and he's not saying.  I hope he did.  He's a very special young man and is a leader on and off the field. 

This may or may not be my last blog post ever.  I may not survive the Mother's Day activities my family has planned for me.  If it's not raining, the plan is to go zip-lining.  If it rains, I'd really like to see the Avengers and have a big bucket of popcorn. 

Friday, May 11, 2012

Sometimes it's very, very hard being a Northerner living in a Southern world.  I will always have one foot in the North, one foot in the South.  I will always being a Catholic living in the Baptist Bible Belt.  I'll always get strange looks on Ash Wednesday because of the stuff on my forehead.  I'll always have to explain confession and communion, why we baptize our kids as babies and why my cross has Jesus on it and yours doesn't.  However, this isn't about North vs. South or Catholic vs. Baptist.  This is about basic human rights and freedoms and the US legislative system at work. 

I have seen so many negative, nasty FB and Twitter posts about the recent events in NC.  I have seen people supporting the decision handed down in NC and I have read posts bashing the ignorance of the residents of that state.  I don't know if it's the Libra in me.  The Northerner living in the South in me or exactly what it is.  But I can totally understand both sides of this story.  I have always supported Gay Rights.  Gay Rights, to me, isn't about homosexuals or deviant activity.  It's about people with very basic human needs and very basic human rights.  It's about people being free to love.  Free to be in a loving, committed relrelationship and not be judged or persecuted.  It's about recognizing that it takes all kinds of folks to make the world go round:  tall, short, white, black, straight, gay, Jewish, Christian, Buddhist, etc.  Legalizing same-sex marriages doesn't not, in any way, shape or form, diminish the relationship I have with my husband.  It does not make my marriage any less of a marriage.  But, to be compassionate to all involved, if the definition of marriage is the union between a man and a woman, then perhaps we should be recognizing the legal "union" or "partnership" of same-sex individuals. 

I guess growing up in New York has made me a little more open minded about things like this.  It's made me more respectful toward other cultures, races and religions.  And honestly, I grew up in a very conservative household.  We didn't have major discussions at the dinner table about human rights, same-sex marriages or anything like that.  It was just understood.  Basic respect was ingrained in us and we didn't have big family pow-wows about it.  It was just implied and expected that my brother and I were to treat everyone respectfully and equally.  The family down the street was Jewish and celebrated Yom Kippor.  The family across the street was Greek Orthodox.  The girl next to me in Math class was Russian Orthodox.  My best friend in 6th grade, Joanne, was Episcopalian.  No big deal.  We went to different events at each other's places of worship, we went to food festivals during the summer at different churches, the schools didn't serve meat on Fridays during Lent and everyone loved bagels and matzohs. 

So, it hurts my heart when I read posts or tweets about gay rights in NC.  I try to put myself in other people shoes when stuff like this comes up and I have to think:  how would I feel if my child was in a same-sex relationship?  Or my sibling?  Would I be a good person and love them no matter what?  Or would I tell them that they are an abomination and their emotions are against the law?  I truly believe, in my heart of hearts, that homosexuality is not a choice.  I do think we were all born this way, whatever "this way" may be.   I just don't understand how someone can claim to be a good, upstanding Christian and not accept the differences in others.  It just goes against every principal I was raised on.  I may not like your lifestyle or understand it, but I will defend your right to live it. 

I do, however, have problems with Obama's timing on all of this.  I'm not so much bothered by the fact that his daughters (allegedly) helped him see the light on this topic.  The timing of his support is suspect and coincidental. 

Which now brings us to our legal system.  What happened in North Carolina was a perfect example of the imperfect American judicial system.  It went to vote, it didn't pass.  The American legal system at it's best.  Or worst.  Guess it just dependis on what side of the fence you're on. 

Thursday, May 10, 2012

It's OK ...
Its Ok Thursdays

...that T-Bone picked up her cap and gown yesterday.  And the graduation announcements have been mailed.  Really.  It's OK. 

...that a co-worker sanctimoniously told me she'd never read "50 Shades of Gray" because books about sex are gross and inappropriate.  Hmmm....same co-worker who had an extremely loud, hour-long conversation the other morning with her husband about why she wouldn't have sex with him the night before.  Trust me.  It was pretty graphic, gross and inappropriate for the workplace. 
...that my 12 year old likes to sleep with me when Cosmo is out of town.  It's kind of nice.  Kind of.  Except she's a loud sleep-talker.

....to not have slept well the last couple of nights (see above).  I guess I can sleep when I'm dead. 

...to have completely and totally confiscated hubby's new car.  I think he's driven it just a handful of times.  He's so good to me and has finally admitted I look so damn cute in that car!!!

....that people have waited until the very last minute to buy their Mother's Day gifts and are now calling in a panic for gift cards.  C'mon people.  Get it together!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Lots of Trouble

Wow.  I've had nothing but problems with the new blogger.  Can't post, basically can't do much.  IDK what's going on but I'm not happy.  Am I the only one experiencing this?  I'll be in the "posting zone" typing away and then BAM!  When I hit the Save button I get an error message and lose everything.  Doesn't matter if I save early and save often or wait until the end, I lose everything and get frustrated and don't blog.  Meh.

It appears that the Blogging Gods are with me today so here goes:

Holy Crow we have been the Crazy Cos Fam for a while now and it doesn't look like it's going to let up anytime soon.  The next two weeks are consumed with graduation stuff, graduation teas, graduation parties, buccanette teas, award ceremonies, banquets, end of year parties, you name it. 

The last couple of weeks have been all about lacrosse.  T scored her 100 goal (and then some), we had senior night for both the Boys & Girls Varsity teams, both the girls AND the boys teams went to the semi-finals last Friday and both teams, unfortunately, lost by one.  Both were extremely exciting games and both teams should have won. 

The girls went into triple over-time and lost by 1 in sudden death.  They played a helluva game and had an incredible season.  Those girls left it all on the field and couldn't have played any harder.  Yes, they were upset but it was really OK.  I think they were more sad that it was over, not necessarily that they lost.  This team has come SO far.  T's sophmore year they didn't win a single game and this year they had an almost perfect season. 

The boys game against Grissom was a whole different story.  The refereeing was AWFUL and they called "no goal" on a shot that was clearly a goal.  I mean CLEARLY.  Not only did they call "no goal," but the Grissom goalie knew it was a goal and threw his stick and ball up in the air in frustration immediately following the shot.  HE totally knew he gave up a goal.  And that right there was the game changer.  So, not only we were robbed of a goal, but they didn't call unsportsman-like on the goalie and give him a penalty.  Needless to say, it got kind of ugly fast. 

Saturday is the 2nd Annual Alabama/Mississippi All-Star Showcase for both boys & girls high school players representing the best players from both states.  This is an elite event and it's so tough on Coach.  Naturally he thinks all his players are superstars and wants to nominate them all.  5 of his boys made the team.  Unfortunately each position has limited representation so for some of the kids it's one of those "it's an honor just to be nominated" type of things.  At the game they will announce All-State selection and this Showcase is a great opportunity for some of the underclassman to get some playing time in front of college coaches.  T made the girls Showcase team and it would be awesome if she was selected for her 3rd consecutive All-State. 

Open to Interpretation

Ask ten people what the beach means to them and you'll get ten different answers. To some it's soothing and relaxing, to others it's vibrant and exciting. Whether your beach is the Gulf, the Pacific, the Atlantic, Miami, Venice Beach, The Jersey Shore, Myrtle Beach or somewhere in the Caribbean, most people will say the beach evokes wonderful memories with family or friends.

I'm starting to think about my summer/beach dining room tablescape (some people meditate or pray when stressed, some eat, some enjoy a little retail therapy, some knit, some collect stamps or coins to relax. I decorate my dining room table.).

The beach conjures up many different images for me . . . sunsets, soft sand, blue skies, white fluffy clouds, brightly colored umbrellas and beach towels.

I found these photos while surfing the web (ha! I made a phuny!) and this is very, very similar to what I've done in the past. I have a beautiful burlap runner embroidered w/ soft blue sand-dollars, I have the same hi-ball bubble glasses with starfish accents and my margarita glasses are similar (maybe a darker blue).







I also really like the clean lines associated with the following tablescapes . . . the pure white combined with the rough textures of baskets and burlap or seagrass. So fresh and simple.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Bucket List Update

I think it's important to take stock of where you are at certain times in your life...the good, the bad, the medicore.  Instead of worrying about all the things you don't have or didn't do or didn't get to see, I thought today I would reflect on all the great stuff that I've been blessed with.

Yup. Got a brand spanking new camera for Christmas. 
Hubby and I cruised to Puerto Rico, St. Thomas and St. Martin.
I am and always will be a daddy's girl. No question.
I love Central Park any time of the year but it is definately magical in the snow!
Pulled an all-nighter at the Senor Frogs in Cancun!
Swam with the dolphins in Cabo. Cosmo wouldn't have anything to do with 'em.
I was blessed with not just one, but TWO beautiful daughters!
Stood atop the Eiffel Tower with Daughter #1; quite an accomplishment since I'm not a big fan of heights!
Loved going to the drive-in when I was little! Always went in my pajamas in case I fell asleep during the ride home.
Sweetest place on Earth and home to some of my favorite rollercoasters.
I've been fortunate to have a dad and assorted uncles who have taught me to how to shoot, how to throw and catch a baseball and basically hold my own and still be feminine. 
One of my favorite all-time cities.  I would LOVE to go back to London!!!
Check (and I'd do it again!). 
There is nothing like Christmas in NY! The hustle, the bustle, the tree, the skaters, the store displays on 5th avenue, The Rockettes!
Cosmo & I took the girls for a carriage ride in Atlanta and had so much fun!
Yeah. I smoked a cigar. I was at a bar with a bunch of co-workers before a Cincinnati Reds game. It was disgusting and I'll never do it again.
Love London. I could live there.
Threw a coin in the fountain; so beautiful!
From what I've been told, my 40th b-day in Vegas was GREAT!!!

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

If Nautical Nonsense is Something You Wish . . .

. . . then you need to check out the beautiful photos on Bright, Bold& Beautiful's recent post for some inspiration! 
http://www.brightboldbeautiful.com/2012/04/30/nautical-decorating-ideas/

Where is George Jetson when you need him???

Thursday night the boys celebrated their Senior night at halftime vs. Spain Park.  Largest group of Seniors the lacrosse team has ever had:  14!  Last year, there was 1 senior.  We had both the boys and girls fill-out a little questionnaire about their accomplishments and after-high school plans to announce during half-time.  It's always impressive to hear what these student-athletes have been up to . . . GPA's, ACT scores, National Honor Society, volunteerism, student council, Math team, Debate, various academic awards, scholarships, etc. 

Friday KJ and I headed to Atlanta for the big Regional volleyball tournament.  Holy Cow!  The venue was huge and a bit overwhelming but the girls had fun.  After Saturday's pool play they were ranked #1.  Sunday morning they won in a tie-breaker against CCJ (Capital City Juniors out of Montgomery) but lost in a tie-breaker to Alliance.  KJ and I decided to have a nice lunch in ATL before heading home. 

Friday T-bone played against Vestavia and lost by 1.  Coach said it was a good game but kind of physical.  Apparently T got slashed and hacked to bits.  After the game Coach and T went to Joe's Crab Shack to listen to a friend's band and hang-out.  One of the boys plays lax for Coach and we have known the other boy since Kindergarten.  Coach said they were awesome! 

Saturday Coach hosted a team from GA and lost but he said it was one of the best games his boys played all year.  The neat part of the game was the SWAG the two teams exchanged.  The GA coach had called Coach and mentioned that they like to bring gifts when they play out of state teams.  So Coach found a couple of shooting shirts and t-shirts and all the captains exchanged SWAG.  The GA team were Bucs too but more like Tampa Bay Buccaneers. 

Sunday was also a big lax day.  BSC played in some kind of Championship game so of course Coach had to go watch some of his former players against Colorado.  JV also had a game and then finished up with their team party.  Whoop!  Whoop!  One party down, three or four more to go!!  T's lax party, T's Bnette Tea, KJ vball party and Varsity Boys party. 


Crazy, crazy week coming up:  middle school vball meeting tonight, KJ has travel vball practice Tuesday and Thursday (Thursday is party night -- parents vs. kids).  Wednesday we have a lax double-header:  Girls Varsity and Boys Varsity.  Friday T has a game and possibly Varsity Boys too.  Saturday is our friend's son's wedding and Sunday is championship day and KJ has a b-day party.  I need lots of vitamins for the upcoming week, a case of Red Bull and a clone.  And maybe a flying car so I don't hit any traffic.  Or maybe the DeLorean used in Back to the Future???



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