Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Catching Up

I realized I was remiss with my blog/letter to family/somewhat diary whatever you prefer to see Kanga's Corner is a few days away from the end of July and there just wasn't much happening in my cyber corner. I uploaded some pictures so I have something to work with here...No idea where this post will end up once I click to add a picture. It's like reaching into the Halloween bowl, you just never realize which treat will emerge...

Ohhhh...this is a good treat...
See previous post for clarification on this...

Screenshots...the next best thing to actually taking the picture yourself...or how to be a really creepy stalker...but I'm a mom so we will go with the former

HOW did I forget to post Roo's Birthday??? Oh dear...

My friend asked me to check her house while she was in Canada for a month....M decided her mailbox need painting...and I may have pointed him in the direction of the lawn mower...and he may have pointed H in the direction of the edger

Saying Goodbye. Time for the cat to go live with Roo, my allergist, eye doctor, and CRNP are finally happy

And that's a wrap, you're pretty much caught up....Motion is tomorrow and August is just around the corner, a short visit to IA for a hockey camp...and then it is back to school!

Soooo...This happened...

Now you see it....

Now you don't\

Bye Bye, Hair! Matthew has proclaimed he will never go back to long hair again...unless he discovers his hockey skills have diminished...then he will grow it back. Who knew he was the Samson of Hockey?

Introducing Rotter

"Ship Names" who knew? My favorite middle child who is into "shipping" people (she's a lot like Jane Austen's Emma) has now been 'shipped.

Meet Rotter

One night while teasing H about her crush, Robby, 'ship names were bantered about...this one stuck.  A combination of Robby/Otter. (Hannah acquired the nickname Otter after she connived  a candy bar out of me on a trip to Whole Foods.  Our fascination with the cute candy bar evolved into a 30 minute drive of otter puns. "My Otter Daughter" Gorilla Glue) 

You're probably wondering about the boy...Hannah has been eyeing him from afar at the Ice Rink for quite some time, enter a few meddling mothers, and voila', you have a Rotter. Hannah liked him because he was cute, smart, and athletic but the deal was sealed when she found out he could name all the flags...she pronounced him as "Just my type!" He's very sweet and says "ma'm" so I am hoping a little bit of his excellent manners will rub off on my two...especially Matthew.

(We really like him, he's an excellent fit for Hannah. He's a keeper.)

Workout Wednesday...I mean Tuesday

I love my Tuesday/Thursday Workout Group...our FB page is Watch Your is supposed to be about us watching what we eat but I think it refers more to the mumbling and grumbling we do under our breath about our trainer. (Not really, Dave is a sweetheart but you can see the kind of grief he might get from some cheeky women)

It is definitely easier to exercise when you have really nice, funny, caring women to meet and do 100 butt to tire squats with...and once a month we go out to much for watching our mouth.

Class was over and I laughed that these three were strutting like Charley's I made them hold it for a Kodak moment. 

Wednesday, July 19, 2017


Summer has come, Summer is almost terms of school terms of heat? Yikes! I'm not a heat and humidity lover, I think it comes from growing up in the desert...nice and dry, cool nights, no flesh eating blood sucking bugs.

Next week, the kids are off to Motion. I am envious. There is nothing like watching 16,000 teenagers with a passion for God. It is beautiful.

The following week, Matthew has a hockey camp in Iowa. We will get to see some family, he will get to play some hockey. The one glitch to the plan is the kids will miss the first day of school. I never dreamed school would start on the 7th of August when I signed him up for Camp. Both kids hate the idea of missing the first day of school. We may end up leaving Camp a day early to be back by the 7th. It's a long drive and we went to squeeze as much family/hockey into the few days as possible.

Hannah has developed a soccer interest...I think it has more to do with a boy that plays hockey and the soccer ball "was really pretty." More about "Rotter" later. But we like the boy, he is good for her.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017


I had big plans for an uneventful week...things were switched up and the kids ended up in hockey camp. So, my week at home is at my second home the rink...

I got my head wrapped around not being home and then Hannah was not up to going today soooo...I got to stay home. How wonderful...How marvelous...How absolutely magnificent.

H has a friend over. He helped her finish painting her furniture, they kicked a soccer ball, and now he is being subjected to her favorite movie, Beauty and the Beast. What a trooper!

M is on his way home with a friend from hockey camp, dinner is ready and waiting. It's the simple things in eating at home that can just make a day seem really special, when absolutely nothing newsworthy or social media posting has taken place.

Friday, June 30, 2017

One Girl and Thirteen-ish Boys

H was asked to play the U14 Bantam Travel Team because they need someone who can skate...enter the ex-figure skater. When asked, H gave a vehement "No." When I was asked if she could help with tryouts, I said yes since the Coach is a friend and we help out friends. Boy, did I get an earful from that girl because I didn't ask first...In fact, I gave them both of my hockey players to use as fillers. H ended up having fun and changed her mind about playing. Special permission was needed for her to play since is she is 15 and not the normal 13-14. Permission granted. The "boy" in her life wanted to be the one to tell her she made the team so he made her a video. I really hope this loads because it is the sweetest thing and will make your heart so happy. It won't matter if the team loses every single game, this video will make the whole season worthwhile. (And just so you know, every time I throw Hannah into something she doesn't want to do, she has fun! I know my girl!)

Okay, so the video was too big to attach BUT the link works! Click above!

The Peru Crew

I love the faces on these young people...hard work, good attitudes, 3 days with no water, and willing to do it all again for LOVE. Hope for the future.

Sunday, June 25, 2017


There is nothing sweeter than when your kids get along. M is helping H update her bedroom furniture. I wish I had the video H Snapchatted...Hysterical!

This is when Matthew got home from Robotics Camp, I may have to frame it

Practice Video

Jr Preds First Skate of the Summer. Take 1.





Matthew had his first practice with his new team. One of his teammate's parents built an ice rink in their barn for him and his brother to practice in....I tried to imagine what it would look like, my imagination fell far short of the reality. I felt a little like Cinderella entering the ball...but still wearing the dress the birds and mice made...they even own their Zamboni....Wow!

Thursday, June 22, 2017

The Boys are Away...

and the Girls will play. H and I have enjoyed a quiet week at home with no boys. We watched Beauty and the Beast with popcorn (well, that was interrupted but that is a whole other story). We watched Percy Jackson The Lightning Thief and revisited The Parthenon in Nashville, we met my friend for dinner, took H to the dentist, for a blood draw for Lyme disease, she has been taking Driver's Education, and so on.

Today is a rainy day, thank you, Tropical Storm Cindy. I have more stuff to do around the house...a lot of shredding so I can find the dining room table Greg has hidden. I don't know what it is about engineer's and their organized piles of paper. Perhaps another post?

Hannah will be getting a little facial today and we will stop by Lowe's to get the necessities to paint her bedroom needs to be updated. (It was Lauren's furniture from the 90s so yep, time to bring it into the 21st Century).

Oh, and still waiting for the Lyme Disease results, not really worried about it...found it early enough, I think. (it was attached to her scalp and she found it while putting her hair in a ponytail...we were on an ice cream run when she said "What's this bump?' AAAAggghhh! I have seen that before on Matthew. I put Greg in charge of getting that thing out of her and then he let it crawl on his hand...I do not understand men. That thing is vile!)

Roo in Peru

Roo went on her second mission trip and this time it was out of the country. I did my usual stealing of Social Media photos to document her trip and I am in the process of trying to figure out how to swipe a video off her FB page.