Sunday, September 17, 2017

The Weekend

Yellow is finding its way into the leaves making for a beautiful drive as I do my 3-4 times a week drive to Nashville and hockey is kicking into high gear. Matthew was in St Louis this weekend and Hannah was in Nashville. Matthew's team is being introduced to the high speed of AAA and Hannah's team for the most part is making the transition from House League to Travel League. Hannah's team fared better this weekend of the two.

Hannah also seems to have her own little fan club, another team from Huntsville was playing after her game and the players were all standing by the glass cheering her on. It was sweet. One of the hard decisions about leaving figure skating was not being around the girls she skated with...The hockey director pitched she would lose 10 friends but have 100 new friends and he was right. Of course, being a cute girl among a throng of boys doesn't hurt.

Other side notes, Hannah was asked for her phone number by one of the players on the other team. He asked in front of his friends putting her in the position of being kind or humiliating the poor little guy. First thing she did after the game was let the boyfriend know before he heard it from one of her teammates.

I tried to watch Matthew on, the first game the wifi kept disconnecting on their end and the second game had terrible audio but I know a good a whooping when I see it, audio or no audio. The Coach has his work cut out for him before the HUGE CCM Tournament in Nashville. Sadly, I will miss this Tournament.

I have a picture of my little darlin' making her first trip to the Sin Bin. It was a bad call more of a stick getting entangled not tripping...but funny none the less...

Benefits of livestream for the oldest sister is watching in bed with her best friend

Monday, September 4, 2017

New Team New Season

And we're off! Matthew has bumped his game up to AAA and is now playing for the Jr's a bit of a drive for practice but it's a really good fit for him. I wasn't sure if we had made the right decision until this weekend. I am now convinced this was a good move for him. (I do enjoy the time in the car with him driving him to practice...they may all change when it starts getting dark before we leave and I just want to stay home for the rest of the evening. I am by nature a homebody). New team, new season, and now checking.

One of the player's parents do a livestream so if you want to watch the games from this past weekend or live in the future, you can sign up here:

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I encourage you to watch/listen just for the commentary, it is hysterical! The dad doing the commentary is excellent. I would pay for this but it's free! Even better!

The first period of the first game was a bit rough for Matthew but he got his mojo back for the next two games. The third game was abysmal for the entire team, today's game they clicked and wow! Excellent. Huge win.

A few pictures for you....

Saturday, September 2, 2017

This is It!

Today is the big day! Greg turns 55 and Matthew is playing in his first Jr Preds game. I am praying for the best, I am hoping I can post on Monday that we won all our games...but I did hear the FL teams are tough from one of our Hockey Board Members. The woman knows her hockey so I hope they're tough but we are tougher.

Hannah's hockey is progressing nicely, she has a natural talent and could probably play college hockey if she applied herself but she would rather read a book...and that is okay with me since she can't get injured with an academic scholarship.

Greg is working on his third Master's Degree. This one is for unmanned aircraft, he is staying up late most nights and I am not quite sure if this is the season to take this task on...he is getting job offers from his papers. One was for a place in MS and one in NV, both extremely interesting jobs but I am not sure he has met his children....they would not take kindly to moving. At all. To be honest, I have zero desire to pick up and move again, ever...once I lose my faculties, my children can put me in a Nursing that point, I won't even know I have been moved. But, until then, I'm not budging.

Speaking of things that fly in the air, Matthew's Rocket Team Coach asked if Matthew was still going to be on the team this school year. He wasn't going to have a team if Matthew was not on it. He will be and his rocket is already designed, it even has a name, Rocket Lobster (suggested by Hannah's boyfriend).

You are now all caught up on the two things that dominate our lives...sports and academics.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017


The moon has covered the sun and many days have passed since I took these pictures...

The kids were released early from school (the school didn't want the liability of retina damage). It was a lot like celebrating New Year's lots of build up for a wee moment in time...but fun. Although I had to keep chasing two people off the couch to go watch.

Nothing really new in our lives, both kids are busy with hockey practice. Matthew has his first games this weekend. It is perfect timing. It is Greg's birthday. What better way to celebrate than watching M have his first AAA Jr Preds hockey game? I have a coupon for Magiannos dinner for four...I think the weekend is shaping up very nicely. I wonder if we can get a trip into McKays? This would be the Trifecta of life.

It's a girls' night with the boys off to Nashville. I am in pajamas enjoying the remnant rain of Harvey. I am not sure whether to watch my Netflix DVD or read a book. It's such a rarity that I am home on a Wednesday is like a great big present.

I love rain...although if I lived in Houston, I probably would panic at rain cloud in the future. It is odd how all these lives have been completely changed in a matter of days.

As you can see the boyfriend is still in the picture. (Get it? In the picture? Ha! I crack myself up!)

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Roo in Peru

Yeah...I stole these off of Roo's FB page. Did I ask? Oh, heck no!

We will have to get her to write about her experiences but in the meantime...A picture is worth a thousand words.

Thursday, August 10, 2017


Poof! Gone. I had a post here but it disappeared. I was looking at my blog and there was this big empty space. No words. No photos. Nada.

Guess I am going to have to make something up and pretend it was here all the time. What is new in our lives? The kids are back to school, excited about the solar eclipse on Monday...really excited about the solar eclipse since school is letting out early so they are not liable for any retina damage for wayward students or defective glasses. The bad news is the weather forecast is cloudy. We are praying for the clouds to hold off. We will have 97% visual for the eclipse here. 100% in Nashville, which could explain the shortage of hotel rooms this weekend. Matthew has practice all weekend and I didn't want to drive back and forth. My travel agent (the spouse) always does the booking and neglected to get a room for this...yesterday, was a scramble. The rest of the story, you don't want to know.

Okay, the space is filled and kids need to get out the door for school. Have a great day!

Back to School

In case you haven't figure it out yet, I am not one to be constantly on the go...yet, I am. I didn't quite have my act together for Back to School pictures this year. No cute chalkboard sign with year and grades, to banner, not even a yard flag, in fact, so out of the loop that I didn't even notice Matthew's Back to School picture had his eyes closed. Hence, a do-over was in order, but it took about 3 separate times to get a decent picture. I present to you....Attempts 1, 2, and 3 of Back to School pictures.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Just Pics

Just pictures for now...we got home at midnight, school starts this morning, and I am really tired and barely capable of lifting my cup of tea this morning...

Found this on the Motion video...really doesn't belong here but I'm too lazy to give it its own posting...It was a "Where's Matthew?" moment...stop and rewind....yep! That's him!

You never know what you'll find and it sells polar bear stuffed animals (inside joke)

First Day...wonderful food made by Chef Scott and some cousin hockey

Drivin' Uncle Scott's pickup...oh yeah!

We have arrived at the Waterloo Blackhawk Camp

Hannah, Uncle Scott, and Matthew

Stolen SnapChat's how I operate

A little family resemblance


Off Ice Session 

Off to see the geese...ended up throwing rocks

Scott captured these action shots

Keeping the cousin happy with laps

End of Camp Evaluation Wait

Didn't catch the closed eyes...oops

Uncooperative Subject

Finishing up the AP Assignment for Summer...Procrastinator...Right here...of course, it may have been done a wee bit faster if she had put the phone away...

Home after midnight and back to school first thing