Wednesday, April 22, 2015

This Weekend (4/25/15)

This weekend is going to be awesome! 

Saturday, April 25:

10:00 AM:  Nathan lacrosse game at the football stadium behind JMMS.

??????:  Brendan has a soccer game on Saturday at Lodi.  I don't know the exact time yet, but pretend it's at 12pm for now.

Sunday, April 26:

Nate has his first house league hockey game at Center Ice.  That time is also TBD.  I'll update when I know more.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Weekend recap

Man, this one was a doozy! 

On Saturday, Brendan played 2 games up at Lodi at 11:30 and 2:00.  They played the first game against CSA, and beat them 9-1!!  It was so cool!  They've had a lot of changes going on over the past month or two.  A bunch of their players have either moved to a different team with the same club, or moved to another club entirely.  We were already operating on something of a skeleton crew, so we felt those changes pretty acutely.  But, on the bright side, we've had four or five talented young men join the team recently.  Although that is awesome and exciting, it takes awhile for the boys to get used to playing with each other.  They've only trained together 3 or 4 times leading up to this tournament.  Add in the transition from indoor to outdoor (HUGE field size difference, different rules, etc.), and this weekend could have been a disaster.  So, we were really proud of the way they played the first game, and pleasantly surprised by the outcome.

We played the second game against the Internationals - a really tough team.  Add in the fact that one of our former players is now playing with them, and the boys were really hoping for a victory.  Although they played hard, they made a few mistakes, and ended up losing 2-1.  The weather was lovely, but we forgot sunscreen, and now we are all a lovely shade of pink.

We came home, raced through dinner, and went to the Palace Theatre downtown.  Nate's school had reserved the entire theater for a private showing of one of my favorites: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe!  It was so cool!  That theater is amazing, and they have done such a great job conserving and modernizing it without losing its essential charm and character!  The PTO did a raffle before the movie, and Nate won an enormous (and highly coveted) stuffed lion!  He was so excited!  You could just hear his little voice ring out "THAT'S ME!" as soon as they read off the numbers, lol.  Brendan ran into a friend of his, and they took turns sneaking out of the theater during the showing to eat Turkish Delight.

Afterward, we stopped for ice cream at Taggart's, and enjoyed some delicious Bittners.  One of Nate's friends was so tired, she fell asleep on the table.  We didn't make it home and in bed until 10pm, after having left the house at around 9am. 

Sunday morning they had a third game, against a Pennsylvania team populated mostly by 6'4" giants, one of whom barreled through the line of parents sitting on the sidelines and nearly ended up in my lap.  The other team got two goals against us in about 2 minutes.  We rallied back with one goal later in the game, but it wasn't enough.  That was the only goal scored against that team in the entire tournament!  With one win and two losses, we weren't eligible to move on to the semi-finals, so we headed home to enjoy the lovely afternoon.  Nate and I walked down to the school playground and swung on the swings for a bit, and then came home and took a nap.  Mike made dinner on the grill just before the rain storm rolled in, and now we're enduring the Ridiculous Olympics until bedtime, which, for me, will be sometime around 1am thanks to that nap.

We had such a great time!  Next weekend is more of the same.  Kind of trying to decide if it's even worth it to get the boat out of storage this year.

Lacrosse Schedule

We have an official lacrosse schedule for Nathan!  All games are at the stadium behind the middle school.  If you need more specific directions, call us.

Saturday, April 25 - 10:00 AM
Saturday, May 2 - 10:00 AM
Saturday, May 9 - 10:00 AM
Saturday, May 16 - 10:00 AM
Saturday, May 23 - 10:00 AM

Hope to see you there! 

The coach also tells us that in addition to the game they play against Hoover (like last year), they are also trying to schedule a game against Green.  I'll update as that information becomes available.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Sometimes it is so hard being me.

I got an email about a month ago from Brendan's school saying that they were going to offer a special extended deadline to order yearbooks until April 15.  This would be the "no, seriously" deadline, because the original one was back in January.  I kept making mental notes to really, really do it this year, instead of the annual ritual of completely blowing the deadline and then frantically trying to secure one of the handful of "extras" that they buy for parents like me, but which are only available on a first-come, first-served basis. I like to call them the Irresponsible Mom edition.  Very highly sought on Ebay.

So this year I was going to DO it!  We were going to order it ahead of time!  I was going to be RESPONSIBLE.

As late as yesterday, I was still purposely leaving the weekly school announcement email marked as "unread" in my inbox, as a reminder to just order the stupid thing, already.  This morning, to my horror, I checked my email and saw that email, all bright and shiny and mocking my total and utter lack of responsibility.  I frantically opened it, and clicked the link, thinking they might've built in an 8-hour window for procrastinators just like me.  No dice.  "Unavailable for purchase."  But wait!  There's also a 1-800 number!  I called it, fully prepared to beg and plead, and generally do whatever was necessary to order a stupid yearbook.

A very nice young man answered, and I gushed out my sob story immediately.  He looked up Brendan's name and said "Um, you already ordered one.  In October."

And that, my friends, is pretty much the story of my life, as illustrated by one five-minute window.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

This Weekend (4/17/15) Lodi Tournament

Saturday, April 18:

- 11:30 am vs. Cleveland Select - Field 13

- 2:00 pm vs. Internationals - Field 14

Sunday, April 19:

- 9:00 am vs Beadling - Field 11

- 12:45 - Semifinal - Field 25 [NOT SURE IF WE'LL ACTUALLY MAKE IT INTO THIS GAME]

- 4:30 pm - Championship - Field 24 [NOT SURE IF WE'LL ACTUALLY MAKE IT INTO THIS GAME].

No lacrosse this weekend.  No hockey, either.  It's an all-Brendan weekend.