Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Soccer game photos

Saturday the 26th was our third soccer game. It was 80 degrees outside and really pleasant. Everyone was slathered in sunscreen – except me. I put some on my face and neck but I usually do not burn or even tan so I didn’t put anything else on.

Joey did AWESOME defensively and was awesome at keeping the ball out of their goal. At this age they do not have goalies yet.

He also scored one goal. He did great!

IMG_2811Joey following closely on the ball.

IMG_2845His teammate Evan. Love this pic.

IMG_2862Great shot of Joey kicking the ball.

IMG_2871Joey going after the ball.

IMG_2883Justin playing with Kylie.

IMG_2905Evan is the star player on the team. Here he is scoring a goal and a little celebration dance.

IMG_2909Kieffer is in Tai Kwan Do – if you can’t tell by his kicking style. Look at the expression on the kid’s face who is almost getting kicked!

IMG_2926Joey scores! His teammate Joula giving him a celebratory pat.

IMG_2934I love the expression on Evan’s face (we have two Evan’s on the team).

IMG_2940Joey’s tooth was loose and he ran up to us in the middle of the game to tell us. Then he proceeded to play with it during down time.

IMG_2964Another one of those priceless facial expressions.

IMG_3009You would think Joula is in karate too with that kick.

IMG_3020Another shot of Kieffer kicking the ball.

Lately we have been getting Justin involved in cooking dinner. We had a stuffed meatloaf for dinner that night and Justin helped make it and did a great job! One of the benefits of making dinner is you are more apt to eat it! He loved the meatloaf!

IMG_3033Justin helping put everything into the bowl.

IMG_3034The meatloaf being made. Good job boys!

2011-03-26_15-18-07_276I realized that I DO burn – see my arm? Guess I better put on at least spf 15 next time I go out and sit an hour in the sun watching soccer!

First baseball game and Joe’s birthday celebration!

Recently I was talked into having Joey join a baseball team. If you know me well then you know I have a hard time saying no.

Anyway, not sure if I blogged about this yet, but I was talking to one of the dad's at soccer practice about Joey. We had gone to the park that weekend and we were playing baseball with the boys and Joey was slugging the ball straight back into the woods. I was telling him that we were at the park and Joey was doing great hitting and he nearly begged us to join his baseball team because he needed good hitters. I was hesitant because Joey was already playing soccer and last time he played baseball he was extremely bored, though it was 2 years ago when he was 5. He told me that he’d have Joey as catcher which involves a LOT of interaction and that if Joe was willing he’d love it if he could be an assistant coach.

I mentioned the idea to Joe who wasn’t keen on it at all. It didn't take long to convince Joe to have Joey join and have him assistant coach (since Joe LOVES baseball).

I can honestly say I think that Wednesday and Friday are Joe’s two favorite days of the week. He gets to play baseball with the kids and he gets to coach them.

Joe asked Joey today what his favorite position is and he still said it was catcher.

When we got to the first game on Friday, March 25th we found out it was league rules that the catcher has full catching gear on. It was a big surprise to us and to Joey. Joey was actually was in tears when he found out he had to wear all of the equipment. It didn’t take long for him to warm up to it. The kids were very jealous he got to wear all the gear and soon he was very proud to be the catcher.

2011-03-25_19-12-53_450Joey not too happy about all the gear he needed to wear.

IMG_2756Joe with Joey – in full catching gear. Let me tell you – it is the biggest pain to put it on. There was a mother dedicated to taking it off and putting it on when it was his turn to bat.

IMG_2766Justin was bored out of his mind. He loved playing in the red dirt and was quite muddy when he was done. Here he was burying his car.

IMG_2772Joey waiting for the pitch.

IMG_2774Joey making it to first base and Jack’s dad giving him a high five!

Joe’s birthday was also on Friday so, as you saw in an earlier post, Justin was adamant about making the birthday cake all himself. So we had cake for Joe. Just a small family get together late that evening.

IMG_2796Joe, the boys and his birthday cake. I love this one of Joey, even though it’s blurry.

IMG_2803The boys celebrating with their dad! Happy birthday!

Friday, March 25, 2011

More book of me questions…

480943_old_books_1What was your hardest subject?: It was social studies or history. I honestly can tell you I just didn’t care. I had one high school teacher that made history out by giving examples of people in class being certain people in history. I was finally able to grasp some of what happened by thinking about those stories but most of it just didn’t interest me.

What subject was the easiest for you? What (or who) motivated you to love that subject? Mr. Edgeworth in 9th grade biology made me love science. He was hard as HECK but he was a wonderful teacher that loved what he taught.

1157754_optical_microscope_5Then there was Mr. Edgeworth. He taught physics. I loved that class too. In fact, I love it so much I carried my first and only straight A+ all through the year in his class.

I then took advanced Physical (AP = college level) and had my brother’s best friends father tutor me in it. It was a very hard class, but with the tutoring help I did well. Plus his dad loved tutoring me and being challenged himself.

By far, science was my favorite subject. I would say computer class was just about even. I took a basic programming class and fell in love with computers about that time.

The book of me….

There is this GREAT scrapbooking idea book by Angie Pedersen called ‘The Book of Me’ and it gives you ideas on how to create scrapbook pages that are about yourself, since most of the time, we don’t write about ourselves. We always write and create pages about our kids. 

I’ve decided that while my scrapbook time is limited, I’ll use my blog to answer the questions that are in the book. There are hundreds of questions in the book so of course, I’ll only address a few at a time.

Where did you go to Elementary School: I actually went to two elementary schools. In 1987 my parents decided to move out of the city and to the country.

I completed preschool – first part of 3rd grade at Lathers Elementary in Garden City, Michigan. We lived a block away from the school so I would walk home.

I remember there being some bullies on the corner the way I used to walk home so I used to have to walk the long way around the block to avoid them.

There was a time where the neighbor kids told me there was a guy driving around trying to give the kids candy. One of my friends said she yelled and ran as fast as she could home. I’m not sure if they were making up stories or not but I had a hard time walking by myself after that.

When I was in the third grade our parents moved us to Howell, Michigan. I went from living in the city and knowing everyone around me, to living in the country and having literally 4 houses on our street. My house occupied the entire side of our street. We had four and a half acres of land, a river and a pond.

This city girl was suddenly thrown into the country. I learned to catch frogs and I remember there were HUDREDS of crickets that year that I caught and threw in a bucket.

100_0031My parent’s gardens.

I enjoyed country life. I enjoyed the cows down the street. I enjoyed the room to ride my bike. I missed the sidewalks. I missed my friends from the city and most of all, I had issues making friends at my new school and missed my friends back from the city. I felt like I was popular in that school and was a nobody in the new school. That was hard to swallow.

Third grade was a hard grade for me. Not only did a switch schools but at both schools the teachers were constantly disciplining me for talking too much.

Luckily by fourth grade the heavens shined down on me and I was finally blessed with a great teacher and things started looking up for me.

Providing you with entertainment…at my expense.

Tonight is one of those nights where I’m standby for issues at work, so I have a lot of down time while waiting for my tasks. So I’ll fill out a few questionnaires – so you can learn a bit more about me.

Name: Briana


Do you have any nicknames: Growing up everyone called me Bree. I am not fond of Bree anymore and prefer being called Briana, but it still sticks. I think hubby still calls me Bree.  I hear a lot of MOM and my hair girl (Beth) pointed out it was cute that Justin calls me ‘Mama’. A friend in HS called me ‘Britt’ because a kid at Karate that I taught could not say ‘Briana’ correctly and called me Britt. My mother used to call me ‘Queen B**CH of the universe’ – I’m sure I got that nickname being an angel after all!

Pretend you are 15. Name three songs you’d put on a mix tape for your boyfriend: I’m guessing on this because I don’t remember when these songs came out but probably ‘Everything I do’ by Bryan Adams, ‘Rush Rush’ by Paula Abdul and ‘Patience’ by GNR.

4765282_stdIn case you had no clue, that’s Rainbow Brite!

What was your favorite cartoon as a child?: I think I loved Ducktales. I loved Rainbow Brite, Care Bears, Jetsons, Popples, Fraggle Rock, Inspector Gadget (Go go gadget legs!), Heathcliffe, Garfield, the list goes on.

I know I did NOT like Smurfs and Muppet Babies and it was because they were an hour long and my attention span was not that great back then (and perhaps now too!)

What super powers do you wish you had? The ability to know what people were thinking. I have a feeling that after awhile, like Edward in Twilight, that wouldn’t be a good thing to have.

Cooking Lessons…and more

Yesterday was one of my most favorite days of the month! Why is that? We hired a maid a few months ago to clean the house and she comes every other Thursday. She cleans the house up and down and when she leaves around 6:30 Thursday evening the house is sparkling!! She changes the sheets, does the showers, floors, windows, just about everything! She has even climbed a ladder and cleaned our ceiling fan of dust that is 20 feet high in our living room. We <3 her!

2011-03-14_19-58-00_649Remember these? I used to have hundreds of these growing up in the 80s! I saw these at Walmart on 3/15! Too funny.

On 3/18 Joe and I decided to go out to dinner at La Hacienda Ranch – our favorite place to eat in Dallas. The one we go to is in Frisco. The boys enjoy the kids meals, we enjoy the tex-mex and then afterwards we insert quarters so the kids can ride the horses and bulls!

2011-03-18_20-37-10_337Joey on the electric horse pulling a buggy.

2011-03-18_20-37-16_138Justin riding the horse.

2011-03-18_20-38-24_576Joey riding the bull. Sorry for the quality of pics. It’s dark and my camera phone isn’t the best.

2011-03-19_13-40-20_978Joe brought me home roses, just because he loves me! Isn’t he sweet!!??!

2011-03-19_18-41-34_242Joe bought this wine and it’s made in Washington. I really, really liked the taste.

2011-03-19_20-51-11_818Did you happen to see the moon on 3/19? It was GORGEOUS! If you missed it, or it was too cloudy – you really missed out on a spectacular sight.

Mark your calendar. On March 19th, a full Moon of rare size and beauty will rise in the east at sunset. It's a super "perigee moon"--the biggest in almost 20 years.

"The last full Moon so big and close to Earth occurred in March of 1993," says Geoff Chester of the US Naval Observatory in Washington DC. "I'd say it's worth a look."

"The full Moon of March 19th occurs less than one hour away from perigee--a near-perfect coincidence1that happens only 18 years or so," adds Chester.

From Nasa’s website…

We grabbed the boys and took them outside to see it. When it first came up it looked orange. I talked to my mother, who lives in Michigan, and her moon looked orange too. It was glowing so brightly. It was quite a sight!

On 3/21 I decided to finally make applesauce with the apples I had that were over ripe. I asked Justin to help. Lately he’s been quite needy of attention and really enjoys helping me with household chores and baking. He helped me cut the apples with the apple corer/slicer. He then helped me shred them and then pour them into the pot to cook. He was so proud of himself!

2011-03-21_18-10-14_98Justin putting the apples in the food processor.



2011-03-21_18-12-40_261Taking a moment to smile at the camera for me.

2011-03-21_18-13-38_861Helping me scoop it into the pot to cook.

2011-03-21_18-19-43_597One of his chores is to use the floor vac to vacuum the tile floor. Here he is picking up.

Justin must be learning about careers at preschool. He’s come home multiple times lately telling me he wants to be:

  1. A doctor
  2. A dentist
  3. A dad (he’s told me this over and over)
  4. A fireman
  5. A police officer

It’s so cute when he tells me he wants to be a dad.


All Joey has been doing is playing pokemon since we got him the strategy guide for it. Mom has also become the coolest mom ever because I’m able to show him how to get past parts of his game that have him frustrated to no end.

2011-03-22_17-22-04_668Back to playing ds… His favorite way to unwind…or wind up depending on how well his game is going.

IMG_2739On 3/22 Joey had an art fair at school. We purchased a frame for his art and we love how it turned out. In fact he wants his room to be repainted purple and lime green – which actually match the color in his painting. Sorry for the reflection from the lights. I tried to move the angle of the camera to get rid of it and it didn’t work well.

IMG_2740Joey and his art, different angle.

IMG_2741Joey’s painting

2011-03-22_21-43-55_516That evening I had my hair colored back to my natural color with honey and blonde highlights put in it. I’m still not sure I like it dark. I am so used to light brown hair.

2011-03-24_07-42-40_234Justin wanted me to take a photo of him wrapped up in his favorite ‘blankie’. This blanket goes everywhere – even to school and back every day.


2011-03-24_12-07-40_141This is Joey’s school work – the left side is the wants column, the right side is the needs column. Notice the television under the needs section!

Today is 3/25 and Joe’s birthday. Joey has his first baseball game tonight.

Justin was insistent on making Joe his birthday cake.

IMG_2743Justin pouring in the cake mix.

IMG_2746Justin pouring in more ingredients.

IMG_2747Look at his smiling. He’s so proud.

IMG_2749There goes the oil.

IMG_2755The best part!!

Joey has been very, very moody lately. He usually gets really irritated if you bother him while he’s playing his ds. I’m about to start putting time limits on it if his attitude keeps up. It’s really starting to make me mad. Other times he’s super loving and wants to cuddle. Maybe it’s a seven year old thing. Either way, it’s really annoying! I can only imagine I was ten times worse growing up!