Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Our little shining star.

Please mark your calendars for Saturday, November 8, 2014.  Brendan's troop will be hosting its annual Thanksgiving in the Woods.  As part of the weekend events, the Troop will be holding a Court of Honor to recognize the accomplishments of the boys.  Brendan has just earned his Star rank, and will be one of the Scouts recognized at the event.  We're so very proud of him. 

The event is quite a lot of fun.  The boys cook a traditional Thanksgiving dinner and we get to socialize and enjoy the fruits of their labors in a cozy cabin.  There is a small fee to attend, so we will need a firm headcount no later than October 8, please!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Amended Fall Soccer Schedule

The team has tinkered with its schedule a bit, so instead of trying to update the old post, I'm making a brand new one, with the caveat that this one is also subject to change at management's discretion :)

Saturday, September 2, 2014 - 9:00 am - vs. Soccer Vision - Field 15

Saturday, October 4, 2014 (double header)  - 9:00 am - vs. Internationals West - Field TBA

                                                                       - 12:00 pm - vs. Erie Admirals - Field TBA

Saturday, October 11, 2014 (double header) - 9:00 am - vs. NEO - Field TBA

                                                                       - 12:00 pm - vs.  Liberty - Field TBA

Sat/Sun October 25/26 - Season Finale Tournament - Exact Schedule/field numbers TBA. although I can tell you that the tournament itself will be at Lodi.  And will be wet.  And possibly snowing.

So, that's it (for now).  Just four more Saturdays of fall soccer in Brendan's club soccer career!  This time next year he will (hopefully) be playing for the Jackson High School team.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Back to the land of the living

It's been three months since I last posted!  Man, has it flown by!  This summer was totally action-packed!  We (collectively) went to boy scout camp, horse camp, bible school, day camp, paintball camp, cub scout camp at the church, soccer camp (anyone noticing a theme?), fireworks three days in a row, boating, Cabella's, Sluggers & Putters, Dave & Buster's, the Columbus Zoo, a Columbus Crew game, two soccer tournaments, the Cleveland Orchestra at Blossom, Cedar Point, and finally, back to school.   Whew.  I'm sort of tired just typing that.

Two of us had surgery; one of us is no longer wearing a cone of shame and has been given a clean bill of health. 

It was great, but I'm ready for pumpkins and bright red leaves (according to my Grandfather's detailed observations, they should peak somewhere around October 12), and apple cider.  We got a Oriental Trading catalogue in the mail the other day that was full of Christmas stuff and I could barely contain my glee!

So, you know what's coming next, right?  The soccer schedule!  You know you love it.  Here 'tis:

Saturday, September 13 @ 9:00 a.m. vs. Ambassadors - Lodi - Field TBA

Saturday, September 20 @12:00 p.m. vs. Croatia Cleveland - Lodi - Field TBA

Saturday, October 4 @ 9:00 am vs. Internationals West - Lodi - Field TBA

Saturday, October 11 - (two games)  vs. NEO @ 9:00 am and Liberty @ 12:00 pm - Lodi - Fields TBA

Saturday, October 18 - Tournament.  I spoke with Mike and I don't think this date is correct.  I'll update when I know something more.  Actual game schedule TBA.

Wear boots, bring an umbrella, chair, and a blanket, etc.  You all know the drill :)

Also during this time, Nathan has a standing hockey lesson on Wednesdays at 5:30 pm, and Brendan practices Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday at 6:30 pm.  Feel free to drop by and observe if you have nothing more exciting going on!  I have to say, watching Little Gretzky is quite the treat.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

This weekend (6/6)

Brendan's last* two soccer games:

Saturday, June 7 - 12:00 p.m. - Brendan soccer vs. Cleveland United

                            - 3:00 p.m. - Brendan soccer vs. Galaxy FC
That's it, I guess?  Probably some running around, getting ready for both boys' upcoming summer camps.  Maybe boating if I'm lucky.  Realistically, I suspect our boat motor is going to have to be rebuilt.  Again.  It'll likely spend a lovely boating season sitting in the parking lot at Portage Lakes Marine.

* Caveat:  There is a possibility of one more game taking place on Saturday, 6/14.  It's a make-up game from one that was cancelled earlier in the season.  The other team hasn't confirmed yet.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Road Trippin'

Last weekend, Mike and Nate went camping with the Cub Scouts.  They played games, went fishing, did archery, BB guns, and slingshots, got to see Air Bear (the Akron Children's Hospital emergency helicopter), chatted with the boomerang guy, and had a couple of campfires and treats.  He even silk-screened his own t-shirt!  It's adorable.

While they were busy, Brenny and I went on a road trip to the Ohio Caverns.  After his soccer game, we stopped at the gas station for drinks and snacks, and hit the road.  We had so much fun!

Brendan, standing in front of the "Crystal King,"
 one of the largest stalactites in the world

Sorry for the crappy cell phone pictures.  It wasn't a very camera-friendly place.  Brendan is still exasperatedly gloating that he was smarter than me and convinced me to change out of my flip flops into sneakers.  Who's the adult in this relationship, again?

Monday, June 2, 2014

Box Top Club

Nathan ended the year with 298 box tops, earning a total of $29.80 for his school!  Thank you to everyone who collected and sent them.  He got to go to a special popsicle party, with extra recess, during the last week of school for being a member of the "Box Top Club."  We really appreciate it. 

Keep saving them - we're already starting our collection for next year!

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Summer 2014 Schedule

My Mom asked me to share the boys' summer schedule, so here 'tis:

Saturday, June 7 - Brendan's last two soccer games of the season.

- 12:00 p.m. - Brendan soccer vs. Cleveland United

- 3:00 p.m. - Brendan soccer vs. Galaxy FC

Field assignments for both TBA.

Wednesdays, through July 2, 2014:  Nathan's hockey lessons.

Other stuff:

Week 1 (June 2-7):  Both kids with Papa
Week 2 (June 8-14):  Nathan - Bible School; Brendan - fun school [There is an outside chance that he'll be at a youth leadership training event for Scouts this week.  He's currently waitlisted.]
Week 3 (June 15-21): Both kids at fun school
Week 4 (June 22-28):  Brendan - scout camp; Nathan - fun school
Week 5 (June 29- July 5): Brendan - fun school; Nathan - Horse camp! [He'll actually only be there 6/29-7/2.  It's a shortened week for beginners]
Week 6 (July 6-12): Both kids at day camp.
Week 7 (July 13-19): Both kids at day camp.
Week 8 (July 20-26): Brendan - Paintball camp!; Nathan - day camp
Week 9 (July 27 - August 2): Brendan - soccer camp; Nathan - day camp
Week 10 (August 3-9): Both kids at day camp
Week 11 (August 10-16): Both kids at day camp

August 18 - Back to school!

There you have it.  Eleven short weeks and it's back to the same old homework grind.  Sorry the descriptions above are a little vague.  This is still a public page and it feels weird giving a roadmap to their whereabouts when we won't be with them.