Sunday, October 7, 2012

Catching Up on Fun!!

I hope some day I can catch up on blog posts...maybe even stay current for a while! Not enough hours in a day!

There was so much going on in May and June with sports, school and other activities. I took lots of pictures and don't want them to get lost in the shuffle. So this post is dedicated to all of the non-sport activities I was able to attend and capture this spring!

Field Day!

I attended three field days this year! I worked the water station at 2 of the schools. I must say, it was a little messy but a lot of fun. At Ben's school I was just learning the ropes of the job and didn't get any pictures of Ben and his team.  Two teams had to fill up large PVC pipes with water, run and dump the water in a barrell. The challenge being the multiple holes that the kids needed to try and cover to save the water from leaking out on the way to the barrell.  The kids were such troopers. Most certainly embraced the wetness and mud. Others steered clear.

I raised my hand for this station again at Luke's field day. I figured I knew what to do and was wearing flip flops again so I was good to go.  This time, though, I had my camera wrapped around my neck and got many shots of the familiar faces that visited the station.  Here are a couple of my guy:






And a couple of him at the tug-o-war



I went to Chica's field day but they didn't have the same crazy water station. I didn't take a lot of pictures that day with my big camera but did get a couple with my cell phone.



Field day with my girl. #whatiamdoingrightnow

Beach & Bubble Day is always fun. I stopped in quickly and grabbed a couple more pictures...after the tattoos and silly facepainting.





Kite Flying!

As part of his Art class, Luke and his classmates all made and decorated a kite.  At the end of school the parents were invited to watch the kids all fly their kites. I got there just in the knick of time to see Luke take off with his kite. It would have been a bummer to miss these amazing expressions.














Kite flying day at school!

Those were sure some fun end-of-school events!! I wouldn't have missed capturing those faces for a moment!

Monday, August 6, 2012

My Soccer Girl

Chica finished her third season with her little soccer team this spring.  Most of her teammates are the same ones she's been playing with since last spring. Last spring she was four years old for the whole season...turning five after the season ended! This spring she was about to turn six right when the season ended. Two seasons and a year later....she was an entirely different kid out on the field. 

At the end of the fall season of 2011 before the crazy snowstorm came and put an abrupt end to her games, Chica got her very first goal. At that moment a lightbulb went off in her little head. She started this spring very eager to play. She liked all the positions.  I loved watching her play goalie. She anticipated the play and when she got the ball she would immediately run and throw it to a teammate....trying to giver her 'mates a chance to take it down the field before their opponents were ready.




On the field she did so many things better than last spring.  She ran faster, had much more stamina, didn't back down from her opponents, dribbled with her head up, used the 'pull back' she learned in practice and just overall played smarter! She really seemed to get it!











As I look at the pictures I took of her during the season I realize how many different hair-do's she had. She actually looked fairly put together and neat....which doesn't truly reflect how most of the time her hair is unbrushed. She gives me such a hard time with her hair!! Her hair was the neatest the day she let "Jackie do it".


Messy hair or not, this spunky thing is fun as heck to watch! And in the fall she'll be movin' up to U-8!


Saturday, July 21, 2012

Goat Rock


Over spring vacation the kids and I and some friends decided to take a hike.  Our initial plan was to hike the 'waterfall trail' behind my in-laws but when we arrived Grandma told us the trail was in rough shape from the October storm. Nini confirmed that the trail was covered with downed trees and unhikable. She then told us that we should head over to Goat Rock which was right in the center of town. Who knew?!


Up we went on Goat Rock trail.


We weren't really sure which rock was Goat Rock.  The kids posed on this rock thinking we had found it....but in fact we had not. Higher up we went.


We came to a clearing and an absolutely glorious view.  Grandma's and Nini's houses were straight ahead.





We admired the view for a while and continued on a little while longer and then turned around.  We thought we had found Goat Rock at the Vista. We found out later that we never made it to Goat Rock.

The kids were pretty hot but happy to play in the stream.  We had a great day hanging and hiking with our friends!

Friday, July 20, 2012

Escape

That time of year came again around April Fool's Day....when I could escape my motherly duties without too much heartache or pain.  I don't get away much, but I was certainly ready for a getaway.  My friend's parents got a place of their dreams in their favorite spot on earth....Gooserocks Beach in Maine.  Karen and I happily packed up to go on Saturday evening, planning on staying for two nights....arriving home for the kids to get off the bus on Monday afternoon.

We got to our destination and stopped to enjoy a nice dinner.  We ate at a restaurant that was too familiar....a place that she and I had taken our combined six kids about six years prior one spring before school ended (Jack wasn't in Kindergarten yet).  It was a much more enjoyable dinner without booster seats and kids meals.

We got to the house, I got the quick tour and then we went to sleep. The only thing we had planned for our two days away was an afternoon pedicure. We had some coffee and then left for a walk on the beach. Karen was so excited to show me the place that she had been coming as a child. She always said it was beautiful, but I was not prepared for the glorious sights that morning.

The beach was stunning. It was low tide and the beach seemed to go on  forever.  There were amazing ripples left in the sand from the tide.  The sky was a glorious blue and I was in heaven.  We walked and walked until we couldn't walk anymore and had to turn around.









There were many people taking their dogs for morning walks.....almost all were golden retrievers. Some ran up to say hello. Most were very focused on fetching their balls. We met this handsome boy, Finn, when we stopped to watch him fetch his ball from the water.  He was such a amazing dog.


I didn't want our walk to end, but eventually it did. We had walked through most of the morning and missed breakfast.  We stopped for a snack, had our pedicures and then had a great lunch. After lunch we went to see The Hunger Games and then got home just in time to get ready for dinner. 


On our way out of town Monday Karen showed me some more of the sights, including a fishing pier.



Our escape to Maine was just what the doctor ordered before the craziness of spring!