Friday, November 7, 2014

2014 Football Season

This has busy a crazy busy few months! As you can probably tell things are winding down a bit. I actually wrote 3 blog posts in one day!! This is the last for today, promise.

Just have to share some highlights and pictures of the kids football / cheer season.

First let me tell you how insane the schedule was. I had to make a Excel spreadsheet to keep track of all the kids.

All the kids were on different teams this year. Ugh. 3 teams, 3 practice schedules and 3 games each Saturday.

Emma - A Team - Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 530-7 pm and games on Saturday at 430 pm
Landon - C Team - Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 6-8 pm and games on Saturday at 1030 am AND noon
Chase - D Team - Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 6-730 pm and games on Saturday at 9 am

Things got really interesting during the end of the season with all the crazy Ohio weather and getting dark outside quicker. There were a ton of last minute changes. I literally had to write down the changes so I didn't take the wrong kid to the wrong time or date.

Honestly, I love it all. Every minute. All the crazy schedules. All the hot and cold weather. Ok, so I really didn't love the rainy weather but who does??  We had a fantastic season. I am going to admit something but only once and I will never repeat it. I am kind of sad that next year Emma won't be in Tallmadge Youth Football and the boys will actually be on the same team. That means no games or practices for Emma and the boys will be on one practice and game schedule. Boring. HAHAHA

Ok, so here are a few pictures!! Enjoy!



Matthew, Landon and Chase





Emma's squad

Matthew in the press box






3 Days in NYC

A few weeks ago the husband and I went to New York City for 3 days with NO KIDS! Can you believe it?? You heard it right. NO KIDS.

We are calling it our 10 year anniversary trip. Technically it's our almost 9 1/2 year anniversary trip, but whatever. Details.

We had such a great time. I only almost pushed him off the subway platform once. And hey, I think that says alot.

Before I tell you all we did and bombard you with pictures, here are something I have learned and noticed about NYC:

* NYC is a beautiful city. It was not dirty or smelly. People were almost always friendly. The unfriendly people were typically in the shops or restaurants that we visited. Kinda sad.
*There are not nearly enough public restrooms or trash cans. Nope. If you gotta go like now, good luck. Better wear Depends.
*There is seriously a Starbucks on every corner. Yum.
*The weekend was not nearly as busy as the week. Honestly on Sunday we talked about how there were more people in Vegas when we went. The Monday that all changed.
*I cannot for the life of me read a map. But I soon became the subway pro.
*Don't go explore Grand Central Station during rush hour then hop on your train to head back to the hotel. Seriously. Sardines. Tight. Gross.
*Using your phone to navigate does not work well. Neither of our phones could ever get an accurate location. Hence, reading a real map. Which to reiterate, I totally stink at.

Ok so here is the low down on all that we did! Mind you, we did walk 30-35 miles in 3 days and we honestly took the train a lot!

Times Square
Rockefeller Plaza (Top of the Rock)
FAO Schwartz
walk down 5th Avenue
Central Park
Horse drawn carriage ride in Central Park
Staten Island (drove by the Statue of Liberty)
Battery Park
Little Italy
Wall Street
Lots and lots of shops
911 Memorial
Lots and lots of food
Central Park Zoo
Opening Night for the NBA in Times Square

I am probably forgetting a ton. NYC has lots of things you kind of just walk by and snap a picture of. We did lots and lots of that.

Our favorite spot would have to be Little Italy. We spent a lot of time there and ate the most food there. Seriously. Homemade pastas. Homemade sauce. Homemade Italian desserts.

To Chase on his 8th birthday.......

 November 6, 2014

To my sweet son, Chase,

Your dad and I are two of the luckiest people I know. We were blessed with 3 terrific kids. You being the very last.

From day one you were quite the surprise for your dad and me. See, your brother, Landon, was about 9 weeks old when we found out that you were on the way. See. You were already doing your own thing even way back then.

Since the day you were born life has been just a little nuts. Having 3 kids make your hair turn gray very quickly. were a great baby! You reached all your milestones in your own time. Although you did have us worried when you were almost 6 months old and still not rolling over. Little did we know that you were just tricking us. You would roll in your crib at night but not in front of anyone. I should of known then that you were going to do what you wanted when you wanted.

Having you as our last baby was such a treat. You have always been sweet and snuggly. Always. Still are.

Your dad and I am so incredibly proud of the little man you are becoming. You have such a caring, compassionate heart. You are always there to take care of someone who needs it (well, except when it comes to Landon and Emma...LOL). I have even gotten notes and emails from your teachers that you help take care of kids who need it.

You always befriend everyone. Always. You see no difference in girls or boys, white or black, older or younger. That makes us proud beyond words.

You are such a goofball too. You know just how to make us all laugh. Just the other day while we were playing charades.....4 days later and I am still laughing over your "Sleeping Beauty" charade. I wish I would of video taped it.

I believe you are wise beyond your years. You know how to have fun and embrace the moment. That's something you are teaching me.

So sorry for blabbing on and on about you. You just make us so proud to call you our son.

We love you with all our hearts.

You will always be my Chasey.


Mom and Dad