I am alive. Just falling behind in this area of my life. Updating this small site.
This weekend was the soccer tournament.
Two fun filled days of soccer goodness.
Soccer goodness filled with siblings on the sideline, rooting for their family and friends.
There were picnics between games. And bees. But, I did not photograph the bees. There were lots of bees.
These two, are not suppose to play this position. Or, should I say, they have not. Look out. Double trouble.
They have a plan.
On Saturday we got to participate in five games. On Sunday, 2 games.
Caleb, unfortunately, did not place in the tournament.
Jonas' team got 2nd place. It was a good championship game. So close.
Alex's team. Wow. Tied at the end of the game.
Went into over time. Tied at the end of overtime. Then, each team gets five penalty kids. Five. Each. Penalty kicks make me nervous. Such pressure for the goalie. Oh. I should mention. Alex was put in as goalie. For the penalty kicks! I have no photos of this. The crowd was silent. I did not want to make him nervous. I do not remember play by play how it went down. The two goalies were supportive of each other. Wishing each other luck as they traded back and forth. Turns, blocking the penalty kicks. Finally, our last kicker. Alex. Got it in. Put us ahead by one. Now, they have one person left. Alex is in the box. Ready to block. The poor kid from Lawson aimed for the corner and missed.
They were pretty happy.
There are a lot of girls on this team. Lots of hugging.
The coach was proud of her two goalies.
Alex's team got third. It was a hard fought third.
It was a good season. Indoor soccer starts soon!
Marching band season is here!
Apparently some people go to these shows to watch football.
I sit with a friend and visit between musical numbers.
Sometimes the clapping gets loud around me. I kindly ask people to please quiet down, so I can have my social hour.
I did mention to one of the football coaches after the game.. It is good for the band when his team wins, so keep up the good work.
I went to school with that coach. He laughed, and said he knew it was important for the band to do well.
I am glad he has his priorities in order.
Work has started. Today is the Friday of week two. I am exhausted. Surely every year I am not this tired.
Way back when. Three weeks ago. Before I was so tired. I got up much to early and drove Caleb to see the Chiefs at the training camp.
I manage to show extreme patience for this very boring event. He is just so happy to be there. I spread out my blanket on a super steep hill, and sit there for two hours. Watching them do, who knows what.
Then the fun begins. Autographs. Jared sent me with four cards to get signed. Caleb assured he would help me. But, as soon as those players came, he shot up from the grass and rushed over. Leaving me to pick up all of our personal belongings and fend for myself. I am proud to say, I managed to fight the crowds and get two of the cards signed. This means, in case you are not following. I figured out who two people were, on my own! I think it is impressive.
Then, I got to sit back, and wait for Caleb to finish up. He only took about an hour.
Patience. I had such patience.
Did I mention I figured out two players on my own? So impressive.
This is our third year of going. We are getting to be experts in picking the seats, and getting the most autographs. It was also their last day of training camp. The weather was nice, they ended practice early, and the players were extra patient with staying out and signing things.
This guy is a K-State player. Keep your eye on him. Go Wildcats!
When did these boys grow up? Crazy. They are a freshman, junior and 7th grader this year.
They think it is so very very funny to scowl in their first day of school photo. Because it is not cool to smile about going to school. Everyone knows that.
Jonas was so excited that he learned to tie a bowtie. He reported that adults and all of the gifted kids commented on how great his outfit was.
The master of scowls.
He tried so hard to scowl, but, he is just too happy of a kid!
First day of school, six years ago. They were in kindergarten, third and fifth.
Grandma is the spotlight resident at her nursing home. Several family members gathered for pizza, music, and a slide show.
Grandpa always said to keep the traditions going. When Jonas plays piano, he changes keys several times, each time shouting out his new key. C. D. G minor. F sharp. We just laugh and laugh. I am not sure the audience got the joke. But, Grandpa would have laughed hard than us all.
Karli has never been to Grandma and Grandpa's farm.
Kaylee was probably two, the last time she went to the farm.
They are super comfortable in this environment. They run between wheel chairs. They talk to the residents. I have to think, this is a very good thing for these girls. They do not fear the elderly at all. Kaylee was mighty shy, and did not want to play the piano. Her dad and I gave her an excellent pep talk.
She is a very special lady, that deserves to be celebrate often.
They should have won. For sure. I told Alex the story, that when I was little, I was in this very talent show. I got third place. The first place winner was a tiny boy, who pretended to play the piano and pretended to sing to a tape. First place.
But, these two. I adore them. Alex and Sam.
It was very hot. When they were done performing, they got some cold beverages.
Their goal was not to win, but to beat these guys, Sam's brothers.
Awards time. This is serious stuff.
They did not win. The Skinnies (Sam's brothers, and a friend) beat them. They were robbed. But, they still got cotton candy.
Which, is what they were planning on doing with their winnings anyway.
Next year. You will win.
Here is a shaky video of their performance. Award winning performance.
In all of my spare time, I have been making quilts. Baby quilts. Rag quilts. I leave the house covered in fuzz from fabric. I am now drawn to the remnant bin in any store selling fabric.
Now, I am going to try to sell them.
I can be found on etsy.
I need to revamp a few things, I am in the early learning process. But, there may be potential to this.
Our first trip to Yellowstone.
Our most recent trip to Yellowstone.
When they are in like their 20's or 30's, I think I will have them pose the same as that first trip. Would that not be adorable?
When traveling, rather than having the kids stop and smile 101 times, and having half of them frown at me, because they are sick of photos, we came up with a deal. I get one photo of the day. They are all expected to smile. Now, I do take many others, sometimes people ask for a shot of just them in front of something. But, one group shot.
All in all, it is a pretty good system. I did bribe them with dessert once, if I could take a second photo. And once, I asked to take a photo and give up my photo the next day. I regretted that the next day, when we arrived at salt flats unexpectedly.
Sometimes, it is those unexpected shots, like when Ginnie climbed up on a tall rock, to be alone, and polite little Alex came and threw water on her, that I really enjoy.
We just finished an epic Western tour. We visted 6 national parks, 1 national monument, stopped by Portland for some VooDoo donuts, spent a couple days in Seattle and drove on a dusty Winnamucca road. We drove over 6000 miles. We had seven people in the van. Everyone had a suitcase, and we brought our food along. We also had one cot on hand for hotels that did not provide enough beds. We had laundry hampers and detergant, so I could do laundry along the way. Plus, crazy me. I take a huge camera bag, a laptop, a printer and a scrapbook, so I document the entire process.
Here is a view of the back of the minivan. I should have put the napkins back up on the side. But, this is it. On day 19.
Here is the 7th suitcase, and the cooler.
Again, day 19.
Not too bad.
We followed these people through part of Yellowstone. I feel I could really help them.