Thursday, October 31, 2013

Brendan's Christmas Choir Concert

will be Tuesday, December 10, 2013, sometime between 6pm and 9pm.  They are divided into groups, one goes at 6:00, the other starts at 7:30.  I don't know which one he is in but I suspect it is the latter.  Mark your calendars.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Winter 1 Soccer Schedule

I am so excited to tell everyone that Brendan will be playing the first indoor Winter session at the SportDome in Jackson Township!!!  Whoohooo!  Not only will he be close enough for people to easily attend his games, but we will no longer have to leave at 6:45 am for an 8am game!  So, take advantage of it while you can.

The boys are playing "up" one age group, in the U-14 division, because the level of play at the Dome is a little less competitive, so they want the kids to keep being challenged (and not get lazy).  So, the games should be pretty exciting to watch.  I just hope some of our smaller kids don't get trampled by 14 year-old giants.  Not that I expect that to be a problem for the beanpole living in my house.  Anyway, here is the schedule:

Friday, November 8 - 7:00 p.m. vs. Canton United Boys 14

Friday, November 15 - 7:00 p.m. vs. NCYS

Sunday, November 17 - 3:00 p.m. vs. Strikers

Friday, November 29 - 6:00 p.m. vs. Perry United

Friday, December 6 - 7:00 p.m. vs. Lake White [Brendan also has a school dance - the Jingle Bell Ball - this night.  Aaaaaugh!  I'm not ready to have a teenager living in my house!]

Friday, December 13 - 8:00 p.m. vs. Canton United Boys 12

Sunday, December 15 - 1:00 p.m. vs. Stark Fusion FC

Sunday, December 22 - 2:00 p.m. vs. Wizard Hogs

Sunday, December 29 - 3:00 p.m. vs. Strikers

Friday, January 10 - 6:00 p.m. vs. Eagle Select

As you can see, they play ten games, so that should give everyone lots of chances to come.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Travel: Hocking Hills

This weekend we went for a little getaway to Hocking Hills. It was outstanding! We stayed at the Appalachian Quilt Cottage in Fiddlestix Village ( It's a collection of little buildings (and a train caboose!) about five minutes from Ash Cave.

The cabin is actually an old farmhouse that was built in the 20s. As Mike pointed out, at one time it probably held a family of 14 but now they're like, "sleeps four!" It was absolutely perfect for our little family. It had a full kitchen, with dishes and pots and pans, and the fridge was stocked with bread, eggs, milk, orange juice, butter, granola, peanut butter, and jelly. The only teeny complaint I have is that even though it was a pet-free place, there must have been a cat in our bedroom, or near the linens at some point, because the first night there I had a terribly asthma attack and genuinely thought I was going to die. The second night I had to sleep on the couch because I still couldn't breathe. But otherwise it was lovely :)

We hiked.

We climbed rocks.

We walked across streams on logs.

Some of us fell in.

Annnnnnnnd, we cuddled adorably with our brothers.

Saturday afternoon it was cold and rainy and gross, so we hung out at the cabin, playing chess, reading books, putting together puzzles, and shaming Brendan into playing Monopoly with Natey.

Sunday we did some more hiking, and saw all sorts of awesome stuff. We tried to go horseback riding, but they were booked up for the entire day. We had a little picnic lunch, and headed for home. It was so lovely! Those kids are the best.

Now we're home and have leaves to rake. Ugh.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

CASA Soccer Tournament this weekend!

Soccer Tournament 10/26-10/27

This weekend is the end-of-season tournament! They’re currently scheduled for three games. If they do well, there might be more added. I’m not really sure how it works exactly. So, the three games we know about right now:

10:15 AM vs. Cleveland United – Field 15 2:00 PM vs Ft. Wayne United – Field 13

Sunday: 9:00 AM vs. Cleveland Galaxy – Field 12
PLEASE NOTE that the fields are numbered differently than usual for the tournament. I have a PDF map that I’m going to try to attach here for everyone. But, generally speaking, Fields 12 and 13 are right next to the indoor facility, and 15 is the first field on the corner of the back lot section.