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!


Landon


Landon


Matthew, Landon and Chase


Emma


Emma


Emma


Chase


Emma's squad


Matthew in the press box


Emma


Chase


Landon


Chase


Landon

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
Chinatown
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.

Anywho.......you 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.

Love,

Mom and Dad

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Life Isn't Fair

Yup, I am 34 years old and finally figured it out. It makes me want to chuckle. During my discovery I thought a lot about my children. It was then I had my epiphany. For real.

My 3 children do NOT need to be treated the same. No equal treatment for all!!!

Now hang on, let me explain. It's actually a very short explanation.

I have 3 kids. 3 different kids. 3 kids who are all individuals.

How in the world can I treat them all the same? They are all 3 completely different. They all 3 have different behaviors. They all respond to discipline differently. There is no way to parent each kid the same.

If Emma gets in trouble (which is funny because he hardly ever does), I can't punish her like I would Landon or Chase. If I sent her to her room, she would just read for hours. The smart thing to do would be take away her books and Kindle.

If Landon gets in trouble (which is like 50 times a day), taking away his books would be the opposite of a punishment. Same for Chase.

So basically, my kids are 3 different people, I need to treat them like 3 different people. What is great for one of them will not work for the others.

Simple.

yeah right!! It is so much easier said than done. But we are working on it. Daily.

And that, my friends, has been my big discovery. Change is in the works.

And now I leave you with the kids 2014 Football / Cheer pictures as a thank you for keeping with me.


Chase - 2nd Grade


Landon - 3rd Grade


Emma 7th Grade

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Untitled

I don't even have a title for this one.

So lately I have been having nightmares at all hours of the day about my dad dying. Within the past week the nightmares have also been about my grandfather.

I am not quite sure what this is all about. It's happening all time and it all sorts of places. My mind just kind of wanders. It makes me incredibly uncomfortable and incredibly sad. And it happens all the time. Maybe knowing that my grandma is going to pass soon has brought this on. I have no idea.

I relive details of the deaths. The days leading up to the deaths. The days after the deaths.

And I'll tell you this.....I don't like it. Not one bit.

With my dad I am just playing it out moment by moment. I see faces. I hear conversations. I smell the flowers they had at his funeral. I can see it as clear as yesterday.

With my grandpa I see different things. I see my family (extended). I hear us laughing. I hear us bonding. I hear more laughing. Honestly it was one of the best weekends I can ever remember. We made alot of great memories all hanging out together. Everyone is always so busy, it was nice to stop time and just be a family. We let all the bickering and pettiness go and just hung out, remembering my grandpa.
I remember exactly what I wore to the funeral and how stupid it looked. I wish I could change my outfit.

These memories have been haunting me. I use the term "haunt" because I don't want to keep reliving all this. I don't want to feel sad anymore. I feel like such a little kid typing that. "I want what I want and I want it now." I know I don't have control over this. I need to let it ride out. But first I need to know why this is happening.

My dad was not the greatest father. Well, he really wasn't a father at all. However, he is one part of two people who gave me life. I can honestly say that I do love him. I just wish I would of been able to know him better. A few years before he died, he confessed a lot of things to me. That talk really helped me deal with alot of emotions from the past. It helped me move on. It really helped cope after he died. That was the last time I saw him alive. I wish I could of known my "sober" dad.

My grandpa was hands down the best grandpa any child could ask for. I try and keep his memory alive by telling my kids stories. It usually backfires. My kids never met him, so they really don't know who I am talking about. They seem uninterested. It hurts my feelings. But guess what.....I am going to keep telling these stories. My kids WILL know who my grandpa was and all the greatness about him.

I am hoping by writing this post, these visions and smells and pain will subside. I love both of these men but I don't want to feel sad anymore.










The very last picture I will ever have of my dad and I.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Virginia Beach Vacation!!

So yeah, I am totally aware our vacation was the first week and June and now it's almost August. But, hey, I have been a busy girl.

This year we had a little bit of a different type of vacation. We went with 3 other families and all stayed in one house. Let me tell you, I was nervous as anything. I have done the vacation together thing twice before. One was a complete disaster and the other was OK. But now with 3 other families!!! We had a total of 12, 5 adults and 7 kids.

End result: Completely AWESOME.

Yep, we had good and bad days. Kids had good and bad moments. Overall it was great. I think the adults got closer but it was really the kids who bonded more on this trip. It was overwhelming at times to sit back and watch the friendships flourish. At times I even got teary eyed watching them interact.

So now let me leave you with a few of the 3500 pictures we took. Yes. Seriously. Between my husband and I we took just over 3500 pictures. And yes, we did have lots of time.


My adorable family


Matt forced me to go kayaking.....and I hated it. Well, ok, I went willingly but still hated it


Cool chalkboard at our beach house


Selfies with Stacy during our sunset dolphin tour


the 4 girls


See. See the amazing bonding. This picture actually brings tears to my eyes.


Crab night!!!


More bonding!


Probably my most favorite picture out of the 3500 we took. All the kids.


Family Lunch date


And Chase.


April - pumping gas (it was either this or when she fell in the Ocean, your welcome April)


These Kids......


Seriously, these kids......

And that's all I will make you see for now. But feel free to come one over to my house, we can go through all 3500!!