Saturday, December 29, 2012

Happy New Year - Now, go watch a soccer game.

So, Winter II is about to start, and we just got notification of the first games of the new year!  I'll continue to update as the calendar fills out, but if I recall from last year, we weren't really given a whole season's worth of games at a time.  They just dribbled in as they scheduled them.  So, here's the first two weeks' worth (sorry for the weird formatting - I just cut and pasted it out of our team manager's email.  I'm feeling lazier than usual.  Also, angry and bitter about being up at 6:30 am on a Saturday to go meet with a client.):

1/5/20132:00 PM Multiplex 212 Boys Division 1vs.Cleveland Select 12
18909 South Miles Road
Warrensville Heights, OH 44128

(this place, if you don't remember from last year, is not in the nicest part of town.  Lock your doors :))
1/12/201312:30 PM  Lodi 212 Boys Division 1vs.NEO

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Merry Christmas!

Hope everyone had a lovely holiday!  I'll post some cute pictures later, including my darling husband trying to open a bottle of wine with a vegetable skewer!  You know, just typical Bickis shenanigans.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Bren's birthday cake

Created by a friend of mine - the awesomely-talented Becky Klein:

All of Brendan's friends pronounced it the Coolest Cake Ever.  I agree :)

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Christmas lists

If anyone still needs ideas, right now both kids are really into Skylanders - a game for their wii.  They already have quite a few, and are getting some more for Christmas, but here is a reasonably-updated list of the ones they don't yet have:




Wrecking Ball
Slam Bam
Drill Sergeant
Hot Dog
Fright Rider
Stealth Elf
Lightning Rod

Also, yesterday we visited a new toy store in North Canton, by Goodwill.  Natey had his eye on a number of lego sets, some knights and dragons, and some individual lego guys.  He really really wanted some troll things that were on display in one of the rooms.  Apparently they've been discontinued, but the store proprietor said he thought he might have some in storage in the basement and would try to get them out over the next couple of days.  Call for more details and let me know if you buy any of the things on this list so I can mark them off.  Thanks!

I took a couple of pictures with my cell phone.  They're not great, but you can get the general gist:

Monday, December 10, 2012

Long-term planning

Three tournaments coming up in the next six months or so:

Boys Cleveland Indoor Classic - March 9-10
Boys Northern Ohio Cup - April 20-21 (I think this is at Lodi)
Memorial Day PSI tournament May 25-27 at Pacesetter Park (this is in Toledo, OH)

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

This weekend (12/7)

the alarmingly early edition . . .

So much stuff to do.  I have no idea how we're going to cram it all in.


7pm - Brendan's birthday party with friends


8:30-11am - Brendan volunteer Breakfast with Santa for Scouts

2pm - Olivia's birthday party

3pm - Bren soccer game

7:30 pm - Nutcracker with grandparents

Reminder: Christmas concert

There's been some calendar confusion, so I wanted to clear it up and remind everyone that Brendan's Christmas concert will be Thursday, December 20, 2012 at 7:30 PMDo not be alarmed if you see people leaving just as you are getting there.  The sixth grade is divided into three communities, A, B, and C.  A's concert begins that same night at 6pm, so all of those children and parents will probably be leaving just as you are arriving for B& C's concert, which begins at 7:30.  Good luck with parking, and as always, if you're there first, please save as many seats as you can!  Brendan comes with an entourage :)

I expect it to last about an hour and a half. 

In other news, we just got his interim report card, and he has As and Bs in every class, so feel free to praise him excessively when you see him :)

Monday, December 3, 2012

So, I've been trying to figure out . . .

how to casually work into conversations that whole wheat flour, while healthy, makes a terrible roux, without alerting people to the 35th and 36th signs of the pending apocalypse:  I actually can cook, and have opinions about the proper consistency of a roux.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Happy Birthday to you!

Today, one of the greatest things to ever happen to me turns 12 years old.  I honestly can't believe it.  When you bring home a squalling little bundle of joy from the hospital, everyone tells you to enjoy it, it goes so quickly.  That's very hard to believe when you're bogged down in the minutiae of every day existence.  All of the pediatrician appointments, music classes, weekend hikes, summer camping trips, boy scout meetings, and school Christmas concerts individually seem to crawl by.  But then, all of a sudden, you look back, and *poof*!  His childhood has flown by! 

He started midde school this year.  Next year he'll be a teenager.  By the next presidential election he's going to be old enough to have his temporary driving permit.  In 2019, six short years from now (and only half the time that's gone by already so quickly) he'll be walking across a stage, flipping a tassel on his mortarboard, and grinning out onto the crowd with those beautiful dimples, as he moves on to a totally different stage of his life.  A stage that involves parents as advisors and fundraisers, but not providers of the day-to-day supervision and care that we wrap him in, sometimes too tightly, right now.

People often say to us "I don't know how you do it."  Honestly, most days, I don't either.  But here's my secret:  I love it.  I sit at soccer practice and watch him run, with those long, loping strides across the field, and my chest tightens with raw pride.  I watch him laugh and be goofy with his friends at boy scouts and can't help but smile.  I see him cuddle under a blanket in the back seat of the car with his brother on yet along long ride to the middle of nowhere to play soccer in the rain and there's nowhere I'd rather be.

My kids have allowed me the privilege of watching two miracles unfold.  You simply can't put a price on that.

This makes me laugh.