Thursday, April 13, 2017


Good morning, Spring is here, the dogwoods are in full bloom and a good thing...I started my 3 trips a week drive to Nashville for Matthew's hockey. The drive is so beautiful. I am thankful. It is a really long drive. We left right after he got home from school and got home just short of 11:15 p.m.

Matthew really wants to play with the Jr. Preds team. Judging by the first night of Camp, he would fit in well. However, if he plays with them, it would mean 4 trips a week to Nashville and travel. I am going to see how the next two months go before deciding. Their tryouts are the first weekend in June and I should have a better idea how I will feel about it then.

This morning, I am very tired after not sleeping well on Monday, the trip to Nashville, and serving at our Church's youth night. I am slacking and skipping my exercise class since I have a haircut appointment.

Tonight, back to Nashville. I will enjoy the dogwoods and redbuds. If Greg comes and drives...I'll try and take a few pictures. The scenery is breathtaking. Tennessee really is God's country.

Saturday, April 1, 2017


It is 1:00 on a Saturday afternoon and I have absolutely no idea what to do with myself...I am rarely home on a Saturday...what do people do at home on Saturdays these days?

Matthew and Greg are off launching the rocket Matthew designed for his school's Rocket Team.

Hannah is at the library with her group for a Science project.

Lauren is in Birmingham doing training for her mission trip to Peru in June.

I am at home...kind of lost. I will have to retrain myself on reading quietly on the weekend and watching old movies with a cup of tea...

Speaking of movies, Hannah and I went to see Beauty and the Beast this morning...for the second time.  The girl loves the movie and sings the soundtrack...most of the time she isn't sleeping.

A couple of from last night's hockey game and one from this morning...

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Girls Hockey Day

Enjoyed Girls Hockey Day with several players from the area. We started the day with off-ice training at the Ninja Obstacle Academy, headed to the Huntsville Iceplex for some skills training and a scrimmage, then wrapped up the event with the Huntsville Havoc hockey game. A lot of organizations were represented and helped to make this all possible - North Alabama Hockey Association, Southeastern Amateur Hockey Association, Total Package Hockey, Point Mallard Ducks, University of Alabama Chargers, Nashville Girls Hockey, and the Huntsville Havoc.

Friday, March 17, 2017

2016-17 Team White

Matthew was able to get permission to play up and help out Hannah's team this past season. It made for some great memories.  The kids had wonderful coaches. Coach Sawyer didn't yell, Coach Ortiz played for the Havoc, and Coach Trimble saw Hannah understood the game so was able to impart his hockey wisdom to her.

My favorite memory is Matthew assisting Hannah for a goal but watching the two of them on the same line was pretty amazing also. All in all, this was my favorite hockey since Matthew started 6 years ago.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Spring Break

Spring Break is here and we are slugs. Matthew has a cold, it is really cold outside (little snowflakes have been floating down the last few days), and we have been sitting by the fire. It is a nice break...pajamas until noon...I have read a is delightful.

We ramp back up on Friday with hockey in Nashville. But this break is nice...I had ideas of working in the yard, scrubbing baseboards, etc. Those plans went out the window when I couldn't open the windows due to the frigid air that comes tearing through when just a door is opened. I am reminded of all the big plans I had as a kid growing up in CA....hours of laying in the sun...turned into huddled up in a blanket...the weather always turned cold during Spring Break...and so it still does.

I will make a cup of tea...cuddle with my kids and savor the lack of plans for the day.

Thursday, March 9, 2017


I am not sure where the time day it is January, the next it is March...that being said, I cannot remember much of what we have been up to...I do have pictures...some I stole from the kids' snapchats to me...I am going to post and hopefully, I will have some time to actually write something this weekend...


Friday, February 24, 2017


I have not had a great week. I have not had fun parenting this week. But I love my children. I don't like people who call out people and drama on Facebook.  However, I had an issue and decided to deal with it head might as well know about it too.

I don't like confrontation. I will go a thousand miles out of my way to avoid it...but when it comes to your kid, you have to take the plunge. I try to follow God's Word when it comes to our kids, I take Hebrews 12:6-11 to heart. Matthew lost his Captain C this week. He was given a chance to get it back last night, he made a bad choice and will probably never get it back. I fully support his coach taking it away. He did it because he cares about my son's character. Matthew will be a better man because of it.
I also try to keep a humble spirit, I am not always successful but I try. I do not posts how many goals Matthew made at each game. They are team goals. Did I ever reward him for making goals/assists/skating with puck? Yes, he used to be afraid to do these things. He no longer needs these encouragements. Did I post he was captain of the team. No. My daughter did and tagged me. I teach my children "Show me your friends, I'll show you your future." I have to apply this to myself.
To the parents who have taken pleasure in his discipline I ask you to unfriend me. To the parents I know by name who have done this...I did the unfriending last night.