Thursday, February 9, 2012

Super & Silly Soccer Shenanigans!

Our Soccer season ended last night; we were in the second round of playoffs and lost to a very good was a disappointment, but considering that we barely won a game last year ~ I was extremely pleased with this year's performance. The only two games we lost in our district were lost in double overtime - 0 to 0 and they had to go to penalty kicks to determine the winner.  (I know this means nothing to non-soccer players ~ so just know that we did WELL!)

If I had to name Sara'circumstances beyond thier control,, the team had a terrible season last year despite the girls playing their hearts out...fortunately, the school stepped up to the plate and replaced the coach ( not easy to do in a small school, when the coach teaches at the school) and we started this new season with nowhere to go but up, but with little expectations....not that we didn't believe in the girls and they didn't believe in themselves, but after the rough year they experienced last year...we were taking a "wait and see attitude".

It is always nice to be pleasantly surprised!  We won the first game, then the second...the girls really LIKED their new coach and they RESPECTED him ~ it was actually fun for them to go to practice again and fun to go to the games...

Sara is a very physical player and the photos I get are quite comical!  This is her "karate kid" kick! Anyway, back to my the season wore on, we kept on, tournaments...
it was unbelievable.

Another move that Sara is good at is "headers"...I often comment that I am glad she has taken her SAT and ACT before soccer season became active!  Not too sure how many brain cells are left after that ball hits her in the head at the speeds that it travels...OUCH! 

A coach that has the ability to take a team that has previously lost every game and instill the love of the game back into them, the will to win and yearning to congeal as a team is amazing in my book...
He is a true leader!

A great book about leaders is "Endurance ~ Shackleton's Incredible Voyage" by Alfred Lansing.
Ernest Shackleton set sail from England in August of 1914,  for Antarctica where he planned to cross on foot the last uncharted continent.  In January, 1915, after battling its way for six weeks through a thousand miles of pack ice and now only a day's sail short of its destinations the Endurance became locked inside and island of ice.  For ten months, the ice moored Endurance drifted northwest before it was finally crushed.  But for Shackleton and his crew of twenty-seven men, the ordeal had barely begun! It would end only after a near- miraculous journey by Shackleton and his crew through over 850 miles of South Atlantic's heaviest seas (in rowboats and frigid waters) reached the the closet outpost of civilization.  Even when they found land, they still had to scale a 10,000 foot glacier, get to the other side and make it to a whaling post to be rescued...the whole ordeal took two years in sub-zero Antarctic weather! Truly amazing, the will of the human spirit, and the leadership that Shackleton had.  All 27 men survived the ordeal! If you haven't read this book ~ you should! It will make all your problems seem trivial! 

But for Sara, we don't have to experience the frigid, cold weather as we are in the new season of Sprinter.....Soccer is over ~ she just tried out for Drama and is now deep into Drama practice as well as Indoor Track practice!  It never stops!  

She does have some fun moves! 

 But the best move of all is when she takes it down the field....

and kicks it in the goal!!!!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

We have a new season ~ "Sprinter"!

Yes! Sprinter.....Where Spring and Winter collide in a mixed up 
weather world of 75 degrees in February!

 where both hollys and azaleas the same time

The grass is  green.....

The Holly bushes are blooming red.....

But oh, the fashion dilemmas....what to wear? linen or wool? tank tops or long johns? sunglasses or ear muffs? Not to mention the food problems as well....who wants chili or
 vegetable soup in Sprinter?
What do we eat? It doesn't seem right to be eating salad, snowballs and Popsicles yet...

No, Sprinter deserves its own fashions and its very own is time to get creative people....
We have a new SEASON!!!!!! The retail stores and restaurants are gonna love this one! 

Everything blooms in Sprinter ~ Camelia bushes, Japanese Magnolia trees, Roses, Impatients, Pansies, Hollys, Azaleas ~ all at one time....

Your kitchen door is always open to enjoy to enjoy the wonderful 70 degree air....
my cute little Maisy is very confused about this.  She is not used to this door being open, because in the summer it is too HOT, and in the Winter it is too COLD, but in SPRINTER, it is just right....ever the polite dog that she is....

she won't come in without an invitation!
She will only poke her head through the crack and wait for me to say...

"Come in Maisy!" (and let's go shave those paws of yours, so you will quit looking like the  "The Grinch!)

In Sprinter - we don't need coats! Now, this is fun as we always get to show off our cute clothes!  And look who came to visit this weekend from Philadelphia and got a taste of Sprinter...Aunt Julie and Maggie!  Miss Maggie is sporting a dress that I smocked 18 years has been through 
Elizabeth, Sara, Ellen, and now Maggie!
Before I was a knitter ~ I was a smocker...and a prolific one with three girls to clothe! Now there are a lot of nieces that are still enjoying my creations!  
It is so wonderful to see her in it! 

She and Ellen caught up on the last "three months" of Maggie's busy life! 

Here she is, doing the "Raspberry" and cracking all of us up! 

Including herself! I think Julie and Maggie liked our new season! Unfortunately, it was a quick trip and they are now back in the north where Sprinter does not exist!

In Sprinter, we can study on the roof, as the sun sets, in short sleeves.....

And, last but not least, Sprinter is allowing us to grow all sorts of things that we don't usually grow at this time of year.  Today, I made my FIRST green smoothie and used real locally grown strawberries, locally grown kale (by my good friend Anne and owner of Fred), and fresh blueberries.  

 I have enrolled in the Whole Foods Kitchen Online Workshop course given by Heather on the "Beauty that Moves" blog which gave me  the courage to add kale to our smoothies today.......

Cheers to "Sprinter"!!!!
Bottoms Up!!!!
(It was yummy folks)

Friday, February 3, 2012


This Moment:
A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. Inspired by - Amanda Soule 
If you have a moment to share, please leave a comment with a link! 

(from 1941 - the year famous for "the attack on Pearl Harbor")

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Penny Party

It is Catholic Schools Week and in addition to celebrating that, our school is celebrating the fact that it is 100 years old!  There are not many establishments that can claim that fame!  One of the ways they are celebrating  is by having an old fashioned "Penny Party"!

In this house, we have a lot of pennies....

Back in the day, children would each bring a penny to school and play games with them...we started going through our change bowl and, boy ~ we have a lot of pennies.  We were hoping to find a wheat penny but so far, no luck.  

We are still working our way through this pile so there could be one in there
just waiting for us to find it! 

I am interested to see what games they play with them at their school! 

It is also the 100th day of school!  The younger ones celebrate by decorating hats with 100 objects and boy, do they get creative!   I did not have my Nikon, but snapped a few pics with my Ipnone.

Howdy Folks! 

100 pennys

100 strips of paper

 100 googly eyes

100 Lego's

100 buttons

100 erasers ~ I could go on all day.....there was no end to the creativity! 

Ellen didn't have to make a hat, but she did come home from school looking like this...she and her friends made a flower wreath for their head....I am guessing you can do 
that in February "Only in Louisiana"!