Monday, September 8, 2014

A little about running

This weekend consisted of running. Lots of running.

Sprite ran her first cross country meet. It was a learning experience and I think she'll be more mentally prepared for the next race. Adam says running a race is half training, half mental stamina. There just has to something in you that says, "I will not quit". I don't have a shot of her from the race, at least not one I have permission to post. Hopefully for the next meet.

Puck had his first soccer game. It was fun to see him enjoying the sport again this year.

 (That's him with the bright green stripe down his leg. He tried goalie for the first time.)

Adam and Sprite did some cross country training on hills Sunday. Hmm...a 40+ year old body just doesn't bounce back the way it used to! But Sprite was also tuckered out, so maybe they just really ran hard!

Next weekend continues with more soccer, including the start of our school's Lion's Cup, which Sprite will play in. The boys will both have games, too.

I did not run, however, and I feel perfectly ok about that! I do have plans to run later this week, though, so I won't be left out for long.

How was your weekend?

Saturday, September 6, 2014

How we labored on Labor Day and some more stuff

Whew, this has been a week! It was only 4 days, but they were long ones. I know the bullet point post isn't for everyone, but since I've been up since 4 am on a Saturday morning, that's what's that.

  • I just saw my oldest baby out the door to her first cross country meet. That girl can run. I can't wait to see what she does.
  • 4 am you ask? I sat up straight awake at 4-dratted-o'clock realizing that while I had washed Sprite's cross country uniform last night, I forgot to put it in the dryer. A departure time of 6 am meant taht dryer had better get cracking. And since there was no way I was going to fall back asleep after that, I thought I'd be productive and get some emails done in the quiet of the morning. 
  • Labor day brought a should-have-been easy fix to our master bathroom toilet. Famous idea! Five trips to the hardware store later, we had a disaster zone in our bathroom, but at least we also had a working toilet! I always forget home improvement projects take at least twice as long as you think, and typically more trips to the store than you could ever wish. I'm very thankful, though, that we were able to re-install the same toilet and not have to replace the flooring, which is what we originally thought was going to happen after getting it up. 
  • I have now typed the word toilet more times than I ever should again. Hopefully.
  • Curriculum night for both lower and middle school was this week, too. I was really impressed with our kids' teachers. They are a great group of people! And I was also exhausted by the end of the evening, I forgot what a tiring place school can be. No wonder my kids come home wiped out.
  • Soccer has also begun for our kids this week. All three are playing again this year. It makes for a fun, but busy fall. The boys both have friends on their teams, and Sprite is playing for school this year (at least that's one practice I don't need to transport to!). What sports or activities are your kids up to this fall?
  • Well, is it finally cooler where you live? Fall welcomed us like a long lost cousin this morning. The windows are open, the A/C off, and the long sleeves were unearthed from the back of the closet. I am so glad! I was so tired of the sweltering heat and humidity.
Have a great weekend!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Salsa and such

Every summer my mom cans salsa and tomatoes. In the past, I've not been very interested in learning, nor have I lived here at the time of year when tomatoes are in season and bursting off the vine, begging for a play date with jalapenos, cilantro and onions.


In each family, there are those recipes that must be passed down or lost forever, and this is a big one in our family. My mom has her recipe written down, but I wanted to actually stand in her kitchen, peeling, chopping, filling jars, and seeing how the pressure cooker works with my own eyes. That hissing, clanking pot has always filled me with a little bit of fear. That's probably because when I was a kid, Mom would holler if any of us even came near the kitchen when it was working. Apparently, my Papa T (her dad) literally blew up 3 pressure cookers in his day since he would go off and forget about them. They must have filled her with a little bit of fear, too.

So we started last week, and I helped for 2 days, working with Mom to get things prepped for the 3rd day that I couldn't be there. This week we're at it again. Today was another salsa day, and tomorrow will most likely be just tomatoes. There is nothing like opening up a jar of vine-ripened tomatoes in the middle of a cold winter to pour into a thick chili or soup. Smells like summer right there with snow falling out your window. Perfect.

Do you have any handcrafted recipes handed down in your family?

Monday, August 25, 2014

Back to school and everyone's happy!

Sprite 12 years old

Scamp 10 years old

Puck 7 years old

This is our 2nd year at our "new" school and Scamp said one of the best things about it was that it wasn't a new school. Last year was tough, and they made it. This year, they were all actually glad to be going back to see their friends. We're so glad!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Play ball!

I'm going to try and play a little catch-up here.

Baseball season ended a bit later than expected due to a few rain-related make-up games. Scamp made his first hits of the season, got on base a handful of times, and topped it off by catching a pop fly!

At the last game, the coaches gave each player a wooden bat and they all signed their bats.


We even had a bat-boy in the family a few nights.


Saturday, July 12, 2014

Summer so far

We are in the throws of summer.


The soil-grown tomatoes are coming in and you know it's summer.
Heat lightening and real, live crashing storms, fishing at 5am, lazy dog-days that only cool ever so slightly when night comes.
Farmer's market, shorts and flip-flops, swimming and out-of-town visitors.
Boredom-induced fun and fights.
Late nights with the fireflies.
Dog shedding like crazy and the cat doesn't know to stay out with the heat and humidity, or stay in with the almost-too-frigid air-conditioning.
Rainbows and baseball.


It's summer. It's nearly halfway over. Or we have half of it left. Depends if you're a half-full, half-empty kind of gal. I sway between the two, some days thinking these warm days and nights could last forever, sometimes angsting over buying school supplies.

We've had some fun trips so far, little day-, or couple of day-trips.

Lambert's cafe. A first for our family.

Summer has been relaxing, refreshing and just plain fun!

Summer, I like you more than I usually do.
Rainbow at our last ball game.

Friday, May 23, 2014

What we do on Mondays

I have always, always said "One sport a season." If you're anything like me (and I'm sure you are because most of you are sensible people!), you hate, hate being super busy, right? Super busy=Super crazy town.

My kids have always played soccer in the fall and spring. This winter, Scamp mentioned something about wanting to play baseball so I looked into it. He really does love baseball, books about the sport and facts about the players and teams. Playing America's Passtime seemed like the next logical event.

It turned out baseball was going to be pretty intensive as far as practices and games went but we were willing. So, when we got closer to the spring, I asked him again if he wanted to play soccer or baseball, and somehow we had a Fourth-grader-Mom-old-person-generational conversation mix-up and I swear to you I heard SOCCER. So he didn't get signed up for baseball.

Because remember two sports=super busy=super crazy town=insane and very unhappy mama.

Bu apparently, I misunderstood. He did want to play baseball. Not soccer!! Oh boy. I think at one point we were both in tears.

A few days after the above mentioned misunderstanding, our friend, who is also a baseball coach of some other Fourth graders, serendipitously asked if Scamp could play on their team. Scamp had missed most of the practices, but they could use another player and games were only on Monday nights with no more practices scheduled and could he please play? I looked into the baby blues of my second born and something snapped. I caved. CAVED.

Sure you can play baseball AND soccer! Sure I'll run around an extra night of the week! Sure I'll pack a supper each Monday because they need to be there by 5:30 and it's a double header and our whole family still needs to eat! and Sure it's ok if you stay up until 10:00pm on a school night because did I mention there are double headers every Monday.

So, ok, yes it's a total pain to have something else to go to during the week. And yeah, eating at the ball field isn't always awesome, especially when the wind blows dirt in our mouths. But it's not all bad. It can actually be pretty fun. And the best part is that Scamp is having a blast. Awesome

Up to bat

Usually, we'll all stay for the first game and then either Adam or I will bring him home after the second game. Last week a friend even brought him home. It's been a good experience.

And as for the other two...Well, I'm happy to say they are following in my own childhood footsteps quite well by learning how to entertain themselves at the ball field. That's what I did for approximately 99% of the first 12 years of my life. My big brothers played nearly every sport conceivable for kids back then, and I didn't. I learned that dirt can be fun and there are always other siblings around to play with.

What the siblings do