Saturday, November 28, 2009

Crop Addict December Kit

Whoa - this kit rocked my world!! Thanks Debbie for another great kit!

Check out the fantastic kit & kit option for Dec over at Crop Addict!

Here is the Kit:

Here is the Kit Option:

Here are my layouts - love them all!!

Second Grade Christmas Party - 2008

Yummy Hot Cocoa - Oct 2009

Sledding - Oct 2009

Decorating the tree - Nov 2009

Christmas Eve 2008

Thanks for stopping by - hope you had a great Thanksgiving & are enjoying your long weekend!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

If there is such a thing ...

as a good loss - yesterday's game was a good loss.

Seth's 8-yr old football team went to the Super Bowl for the third time in three years. The first two they won ... this year the setting was exactly the same as the past two Novembers ... Seth's team lost to one team during the season ending at 7 -1, the team they lost to was undefeated at 8-0 and they met that team in the Super Bowl and played their hearts out to earn HUGE wins (2007 vs. Dolphins 52-19, 2008 vs. Hawks 40-12).

We knew this year's game would be a tough game with the weather forecast for cold temps & snow ... They boys knew it would be a tough one against a team that was blowing people out all season with huge scores yet holding them to a single touchdown if even one each game (Seth's team lost 14-38 to them); but they knew that they were staring across at a group of 8-yr old boys just like them.

It was a tough fight ... it was a struggle - for both teams.

At half-time the score was 0 - 0

Seth's team came into the third quarter and scored early on FINALLY 7 - 0

Late in the third quarter the Hawks scored a touchdown but didn't get their extra point 7 - 6

The game continued as a struggle (I kept eyeing the nearest trash can with the nerves churning in my stomach - sheesh if I felt this way I couldn't imagine how the boys felt out there) ... finally with FIVE plays left in the game the Hawks scored again but didn't get their extra point 7 - 12. When Seth's team got the ball back they only had two plays left to get about 60 yards ... it didn't happen.

As our parents rushed the field making a tunnel for the boys to run through telling them they played amazing & it was one of the best games of their lives we were met with sad faces and tears ... not just tears sobbing boys, hurt boys, boys who wanted the win but fell five points short.

All boys receive trophies for playing in the Super Bowl - this year this one doesn't say Super Bowl Champs and that's okay; but when I was met at the edge of the field by one of my favorite 8-yr old boys on the team and he held up his trophy and told me " I am throwing this one away." My heart broke. I looked him in the eye and told him that this trophy was just as important and good as the other two. That he needed to be proud of this trophy and set it upon the shelf next to the other two because only TWO teams make it to the Super Bowl each year and they have made it for THREE IN A ROW! No one else has earned three trips to the Super Bowl in three years and win or lose they were the best of the best! That our team didn't even lose by ONE TOUCHDOWN 12-7 is a shootout and a fight. That trophy should inspire them for years to come because their sadness & hurt will build their character and help them bring it again next year; part of being a champion is losing - I was glad that Seth was standing next to his pal and heard it all. Then I made Seth & his pal hold up their trophies for a photo ... last night when I downloaded the photos off the camera you can see the tear rolling down Seth's pal's cheek.

Every time one of Seth's coaches have to make a speech to the boys about a lost game, my respect for them goes up one notch. Our football head coach is so knowledgeable about football, about coaching and is full of passion and love of the game but the bottom line for him is about one thing - the boys. So our head coach's speech brought tears to nearly every parent and guest on our sideline when the tears fell from his eyes as he started "I am glad you boys are crying - it shows you care, it shows you feel the game ..." that he loved each and every boy out there and he would go to war with any of them by his side because they didn't lose from lack of trying or lack of heart - they left it all out on the field as a team. Yes, a 240 pound 6' 3" tall southern football coach shed tears with his 8 -yr old football team - that is something I never thought I'd experience.

They had a wonderful, wonderful season, Seth's team returned to the field with 10 players from last year (only 9 original players from 2007) and 7 new teammates, 5 of them never touching a football and 1 never even watching it on TV ... so to come this far together in only one season is such a wonderful experience for the boys!


A photo from the pre-game party:

the post-game speech:

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Scrappin' Sports Stuff

Here are my first two projects for Scrappin' Sports Stuff! I loved working with the Teresa Collins Products!

Here is one of my projects featured on the Scrappin' Sports Stuff Blog, with instructions and links to the products in the store.

Thanks for stoppin' by! :)

Thursday, November 05, 2009

Play-off mohawk!

It started during 6-yr old tackle football ... what better way to motivate a bunch of 6 yr old boys than to bribe them with 'if you make the play-offs you can shave the coach's hair into a mohawk' ... that year each of the boys took a swipe at the coaches hair to make it a mohawk and about half the team also had mohawks and they became SUPER BOWL CHAMPS!

Here is a few pics from 6 yr old football play-offs:

Our head coach from 6-yr old football moved back to Ft. Worth after that season ...We kept the team together and the tradition lived on in some of the boys during 7-yr old football. Seth was afraid to get his hair cut while he was 7 ... I think the mohawk & then having his head shaved to the skin traumatized him LOL!!

They went on to win the SUPER BOWL at 7 yrs old ... they were told not to expect it as back to back champs only happened one other time in our league's 40 yr history but they did it!

Here is a great photo of mine from last year:

NOW at 8 yrs old ... the mohawk is back as the boys make their run to be back-to-back-to-back SUPER BOWL CHAMPS! aka THREE-PETE!

Here is Seth tonight (The lady tried to do a #55 and a W in his hair but I think she did #95 ... Rick is going to try to fix it tonight):

Oh the things we do for football! :) GO WARRIOR BLACK!!

Friday, October 30, 2009

November Crop Addict Kit!

This kit is FAB*U*LOUS! Oh my - Debbie's kits are so packed full of goodness you can't help but love your layouts!

Here is the kit on sale at Crop Addict and the Kit Option Add On - get them before they are sold out!

Thanks for stopping by! :)

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Winter Storm Warning in Autumn!

We are on our second SNOW DAY here! Very unusual for October! Here are some photos from this morning:

This is the snow on top of the dog house. This ruler is 15" long!
The front of our house after I shoveled (AGAIN!) around 8:30am Thursday morning!

Seth & Charlie (our neighbor). Seth is about 4'6" tall & it comes to his mid thigh! And if you look behind Charlie, our other neighbor has an advertising sign in their yard & it's nearly covered!

Our Great Dane, Ninja out exploring around 6:30am Thursday morning.

The house across the street from us ... see their Honda Accord - lol!

Fun stuff! :) Good thing we have a bye week for Seth's football this week 'cause this stuff won't be melting anytime soon! :)

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Project 365: Oct 19th - Oct 28th

Oct 19 2009
Seth & Oswald

Oct 20 2009
Seth's overnight bag to spend at his pals house - this is HUGE since Seth went through a period of sleeping issues - but he is GREAT now!

Oct 21 2009
SNOW! We have already had a few of these dustings ... worries me that we are going to have a long cold, wet winter!

Oct 22 2009
Seth wasn't feeling well this afternoon, so I picked him up from Day Camp & he relaxed on the sofa.

Oct 23 2009
I kept Seth home today from Day Camp to make sure he would be better for his game on Saturday & to return to school on Monday from his two-week fall break, so I had no excuses for not exercising! :)

Oct 24 2009
Seth is the black ball on the ground - he caught an onside kick ... his second this season! YAY!

Oct 25 2009
Seth eating carmel & apples!

Oct 26 2009
Back to school means back to homework! Two weeks off will really spoil a boy! :)

Oct 27 2009
Seth rec'd an MVP metal for Satuday's game!

Oct 28 2009
SNOW! Major winter storm ... in Oct !! As of about 5pm tonight we had 12" and it was still coming down. Seth's school was closed today so we stayed home - watched movies & played games! Love days like today! :)

As always, thanks for stopping by! :)

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Project 365: Oct 11th - Oct 18th

Another Project 365 update!

I found my missing two photos from my last update - they were on my other camera! YAY!

Sept 15 2009
How cool is this - I had to run to the AT&T store and when I was leaving this dragonfly landed on my antenna ... he stayed on there for quite a while.

Sept 16 2009
Seth & I had to run to the store & I loved how the sky looked as we were driving home.

Oct 11 2009
Seth went to the Bronco game with his pal Scott - Seth was super excited to go to the Broncos vs. Patriots because the Broncos wore their 1960's yellow & brown Throwback Uniforms!

Oct 12 2009
Every once in a blue moon a train will cross my commute home - I cannot stand it! Look at the traffic problems it causes - this photo was taken from my rear view mirror! (I actually hit it TWICE in this week - ugh! )

Oct 13 2009
Seth & his pal Michael rec'd co-offensive MVP metals for Saturday's game! WTG!

Oct 14 2009
The long awaited SuperTarget opened near us! We celebrated by dropping $40 on a Monster Truck Lego set for Seth! lol!

Oct 15 2009
Our family in books right now - Seth is reading Matt Christopher's Football Double Threat, Rick just finished I hope They Serve Beer in Hell and I am reading The Eleventh Victim by Nancy Grace.

Oct 16 2009
Our annual trip to the local corn maze with the football team! This year we had the whole team show up- that's great!

Oct 17 2009
Seth's football game on Saturday - we won 39 -0! Great job!

Oct 18 2009
Seth & his pals on the trampoline filled with leaves - when they were done the leaves were completely destroyed!

Thanks for stopping by! :)