Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Ahh, so awesome!
p.s. I am sorry that I do not have the song posted directly on my blog. Still not quite sure how to do that. So for now you have to just follow the link.
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Saturday, December 13, 2008
This was his second goal in the second game. Notice the ball in the net. Yea baby!
Monday, December 8, 2008
Being with the same team now for years (not sure how many now), I have never even given thought to moving to another team...until now that is. The other day I was asked by another team if I would consider moving to play with them. After the initial shock wore off of another team wanting to have me on their roster, I actually gave it some thought. Being a loyal person like I am, I am having a difficult time making this decision. I am honored that another team would like to have me play with them, however I still really enjoy playing with my current team as well. Oh...Man... I am not sure what to do.
Sunday, November 23, 2008
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I had my champion playoff game on Friday night. Even though we did not win we still felt like we were successful. Due to winning the past 3 (or 4) seasons, playing in the recreation division, we were forced to move up to the competitive division. Let me just say that the start of the season didn't look to promising for us. However, as each week went by we stepped up to the challenge and in the end, somehow, found ourselves playing for the #1 spot again. Wow! We amazed ourselves at how we all stuck together and ended up, overall, in 2nd place. The team that we played for 1st place is a great team and was known for "taking no prisoners" with scores like 5-0 or worse. However, in the last game we held them to a 2-1 final score. So, in our minds we still won.
Tyler ended his soccer season as well this weekend with his last game on Saturday. The score was 5-0, with Tyler contributing one of the goals. Way to go Tyler. He is really becoming quit the soccer player.
Kyle's soccer team plays continuously through the year until about March, however his first round of play also ended this weekend. They played a double header against two local teams. They lost the first (4-5) and won the second (5-0). (They took first place overall for this season.) Kyle also contributed toward the overall goal count with 1 in his first game and 2 in the second. He plays forward and most of his goals are scored on break-aways. He is really fast and usually out runs all the other teams players. It is really exciting and very fun to watch him.
Hockey is not over but on a 2 week break until December. Tyler played in a very exciting game this morning. They played the #1 team in the league and kept it a really tight game all the way to the end. They ended up taking the loss with a score of 2 - 3, but only because of very bad officiating. I am really not being a whiner with this one...really!!
I have never in all my life, of watching sporting events, seen a coach talk a referee into making a call that should not have been called. Yep, that's right. It was a young referee being intimidated by the other teams coach. The other team took a shot at Tyler (he is the goalie) with the puck sliding right behind him from one side to the other (from post to post). When Tyler realized that he had missed it he turned around and saved it on the other side of him. The whistle blew and the play stopped. Right after that a time-out was called and during that time the other teams coach disputed the call and convinced the referee that it was a goal (when it clearly was not). (I know it wasn't. I was sitting right behind the goal watching Tyler and saw it clearly....all the while the other coach was way across on the other side of the rink.) So, when the time-out was over everyone was confused (even the other team players) because the only ones that knew about the change in the call was the other coach and the scorekeeper. Even Tyler's own coach had no idea what was happening and let me just say...you could almost see the smoke coming out of his ears. He was MAD! It was amazing and unbelievable. I have never seen anything like that. I guess there is a first for everything. After all we are all human and intimidation does happen. Oh well. I hope we don't have the same ref's next time.
All in all it was a good weekend. I am looking forward to Thanksgiving and the much needed break through the holidays.
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Yes, it has been a lot of hockey and soccer lately. Things should start to slow down. Let's see, 2 out of the 3 soccer teams will be coming to an end after this weekend. The other one will be on break until after Thanksgiving. And Hockey...well the end of the season is still a few months away.
We have had a lot of professional hockey and soccer happenings too. Last night we went to see the ECHL Roadrunners play. Tyler's hockey team was invited to play in a scrimmage during the 2 intermission breaks. They all got treated like royalty, got to sit in the special seating area up next to the glass and even got free popcorn and drinks. And then tonight we are going out to cheer on our local team in the NJCAA (National Junior College Athletic Association) Division 1 National Women's Soccer Championship games. It is going to be another late night, but should still be a lot of fun.
We got some great pictures and video of the kids last night at the hockey game. I will get more tonight at the soccer game and then I will post them for you to see.
Friday, November 7, 2008
Here is a picture that he used for his presentation of him with our Cocker, Sadie. He was so thrilled and actually learned a lot about the dog breed. I have to say I was pretty impressed.
I am not sure what hit me but it was bad. I had a terrible headache and could not keep anything at all down. I am doing okay today, but after all that my body went through yesterday it is still trying to recover. I am very weak and sore. I am not used to being sick and it really sinks!!
I am going to try and play in my weekly soccer game this evening. I love playing so I am going to try. I will go and if it doesn't work then I can at least watch and cheer! We are down to the wire in the season and working our way through the playoffs. We won our last game so we are moving on to the next round, that game is tonight. We will see how it goes.
Sunday, November 2, 2008
Friday, October 31, 2008
This was the only meeting that the Coyotes and Penguins will have all year and we had to miss the game. It was a real bummer, specially since we were offered tickets...right on the glass!!!! We had other commitments that we had to hold up to so we had to regretfully turn them down. Oh well. That's the way it goes. Being true to your word and fulfilling your commitments is more important than a game...right?
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Monday, October 27, 2008
My hubby, being the smart person that he is, knows how to find the good seats for some awesome deals. Not sure how he finds them, but he does. For this game he found us seats right behind the "home" net. Way cool!! Nothing beats being close to the ice.
Thursday, October 16, 2008
The Coyotes have already played their first 3 games with a record of 2 wins and 1 loss so far. It is going to be an exciting season as the team has many new players this year. There are a hand full of new veterans on the team that were picked up through trades and such as well a few new starting rookies. The players that are going to be fun to watch, in my opinion, are the rookies. The NHL is expecting one of our rookies, Kyle Turris, to be one of the top in the NHL this season. They are already even picking him as one of the top contenders for the Calder Trophy Award which is the award for the top rookie of the year. He is definitely on track with 1 goal and 3 assists in only 3 games. Amazing!
The interesting story, for us, about Kyle Turris is when the Coyotes realized that they were not going to the playoffs last season they had Kyle come in and play in a few of the last games of the season. His very first NHL game that he ever played in was at the coyotes last home game of the season against the Dallas Stars. Well, being the last home game, playing against the Stars and it being a first game for a new rookie we thought..."ok, we are going to that game". All season long we had been promising Kyle (our son, Kyle) that we would get him his own player jersey with any player name that he wanted on it. So, with it being the last game Kyle got his jersey and he ended up choosing "Turris" for his name on the back. Well...after the game that night we were standing outside where the players were leaving the rink when a lady approached Kyle (our son) and asked if she could take a picture of him with his new jersey that he was wearing. Seeming kind of odd we reluctantly agreed. When we asked what her reason was she said that she was Kyle Turris' mother and it was the first time that she had seen someone wearing a jersey with his name and number on it. She, being a "mom", took the picture and told us that she was sending one to Kyle for him to see as well as putting one in his scrapbook. HEHE! Overall, pretty cool. So, I guess Kyle (our son) will forever be pictured in Turris' scrapbook as the first fan wearing his NHL name and number. I often wonder where that picture is today. Was it really used in his scrapbook? Hummmmm...Maybe someday we might have another opportunity with Ms. Turris to find out. :)
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Wish I owned one of those beach houses in the back ground. ;)
Watching the waves and the sunset.
Finding the seashells.
Watching the surfers.
Being on a year round school schedule we get a 2 week fall break. It was a most needed and relaxing time. The first week we spent at home doing absolutely NOTHING! It was great. I actually went a full 2 weeks without filling the car up with gas. That has not happened in a long time.
The second week of break we decided to hit the road and travel to our usual vacation destination...Southern California. This time in CA we headed to Anaheim to see Mickey! Yep, Disneyland! It has been a few years since we were there last so we thought...oh what the heck! :) It was a great time. They have opened a couple new rides since we were there last. The boys have grown since then, too, so we ALL got to enjoy a few rides together as a family. No more height restrictions anymore. Yea!! The one ride with the tallest height restriction is the Maliboomer and I can not remember how many times we rode that thing. Whew! It was fun but there are only so many times that you can be shot straight up in the air.
The boys discovered Pin Trading while we were there. Here is Kyle with his first 2 pins that he traded. He had many more by the time the week was over. I have to admit, it is fun!
The boys in the dog pound.
The boys with one of their favorite characters. (Chip or Dale...not sure which one it is.)
In the "O" of "CALIFORNIA".
On another one of the favorite rides...Big Thunder Mountain Railroad! ...in the back of the train of course!
Friday, October 3, 2008
In just a few hours we will be on the run and going non-stop. It is going to be kind of hard to get going after, literally, doing nothing the past few days.
Let's see...we have 1 hockey game, 3 soccer games and soccer pictures. And...oh yea...church, too.
I will try and update with pictures and comments on how it all turns out.
Thursday, October 2, 2008
The morning started off with heading out in the back yard to groom the dogs. Yes, that is right...I wear the hat of "dog groomer" some times. It has been a while since I did it last and didn't realize that my clippers were really dull! So I spent most of my efforts using the scissors. Uugg! Boy, that was a long process. I guess it is time to invest in new clippers.
After all that, I decided I would take the kids on a nice bike ride...being a really nice day and all. So, we cleaned up, ate lunch, aired up the tires in the bikes and we were off. Not really knowing where we were going or what our destination would be, I thought "I bet the kids would love to ride to McDonald's and get an ice cream." And I was right. They thought it was an awesome idea...that is until my tire blew out about half way there. Uuttt ooooo! They were very disappointed and upset, to say the least. In fact one of them (I will not say who) asked if he could continue on his way and meet up with us later. HA! I was amazed. My first thought was "how selfish", but then again they are kids and they wanted their ICE CREAM!
So back home we went...walking! Most of the stretch from our house to McDonald's is farm land and walking/biking paths. However, there is a short distance that we have to share a busy road with cars. I get really nervous when having to share the road with vehicles and it is only worse when the kids are with me. At one point I yelled up to Tyler to move over off the road. He obeyed but in the process turned a little too hard, lost his edge and down he went. All was well until he realized there was blood. Oh my! I have to admit there was A LOT of blood and the funny thing is, the scrape was only about 2mm long. That is all! It was a good thing I brought along some hand wipes with me, otherwise I probably would have ruined the shirt I was wearing. It took forever for that thing to stop bleeding.
All in all, it was an adventurous day! We even got to meet one of the many wild coyotes that are out here. Well, we didn't really stop and say hi but we were just a few feet from it. I have to admit, it did make me a little nervous. It was more scared of us...but still.
Now we have one more thing to add to the "to do" list..."fix tire on bike". Hopefully we will make it to McDonald's next time.
I plan on getting this book and checking it out. I imagine that I will find stories very similar to ours through out this book. Should be good!
With the release of the new book she has been on various talk and news related shows. Here is a clip of her on CNN.
Here is another clip of her on Good Morning America.
C'mon you know who you are... :) So, is it? hehe!!
I can not believe that it is already that time of year...even Tyler said today..."man, 2008 has gone by really fast. I can't believe it is almost over." Without thought, I said, "yes, it has." then it hit me...I was amazed that he (at his age) even thinks those thoughts or is aware of time and the calendar year and how fast it passes by. He is 10 years old, it should not surprise me, but it does.
Sunday, September 28, 2008
With the new season comes a new team of players and a new team name. Tyler is now an Ice Dog! Go Dogs! A well known song came to mind today as the Ice Dogs skated to a Shut out victory..."Who let the Dogs out...Who...Who...Who...Who let the Dogs out"!!! Come on, I know you can hear it...Sing along... :)
At the end of each game the coach recognizes and awards one player from the team as "Player of the Game" and gives them a Game Puck to keep. Well today Tyler was the "Player of the Game" and got to bring home the Game Puck! He worked hard today and played one of his best games ever.
Wow! What a game! Way to go! I am so proud of you!
Save in action!
Final score board!
Celebration right after the final buzzer!
Player of the Game!
Here are some pictures from our first game.
Monday, September 22, 2008
Monday, September 15, 2008
Tyler's Hockey Story
Toward the end of this past hockey season, the rink held tryouts and selected players to play on their competitive travel teams. We looked into letting Tyler tryout, thinking that he would have a pretty good shot at making one of the teams. After further investigation we discovered that the commitment level was more then we all could handle right now so we opted to stick with him playing in the house (recreation) league instead. One day when we walked into the rink we were approached by one of the hockey directors wanting to know why she didn't see Tyler at the tryouts. We told her that it was not the right timing and that maybe next season we would consider it again. About 1 week later we were getting ready to head out after a game and were approached by one of the travel coaches who wanted to personally ask Tyler (and us, as parents) if he would reconsider playing travel and offered him a position on his team. Regretfully, we still declined but I have to say we were blown away!!
Just the other day the new house, recreation league began. When we showed up to the first practice you would have though, for a moment, that Tyler was a celebrity. The coach kept going on and on how he was thrilled to have Tyler on his team. He told him that he was the first player that he selected as well as the first overall goalie to be picked. (the coaches get to draft players in hockey, kind of like the professional sports and the NHL) I could not believe it. Wow!! Yes, I am a proud mom!! You Rock Tyler!!!
Kyle's Soccer Story
Back in April we decided to let Kyle go through the try out process for the local club soccer team. We were hesitant to let him go through with it as we had heard that it was a pretty intense process and we were not familiar with it enough to try and prepare him for it. The tryout process was broken up into two parts, or rounds. We told Kyle that we would let him go through the first round then see how things were. Kyle ended up doing great, however after the first round it was determined that there were not enough players in his age group to form a team. Because of this they gave the players the option to "play up" an age level and tryout for the team in the age bracket above theirs. I am not too sure but I think Kyle was one of the only ones that stayed and took the challenge of competing with the older players. Once the tryouts were over we were told that we would be receiving a call to let us know how the players did. A day or two later we got a call from the coach of the "A team" letting us know that Kyle made his team. We were thrilled but a little surprised at the same time. We had no expectation of what would happen when he started the tryouts, almost 2 months prior. I guess we should have known that once he started there was not turning back for him. So now he is playing on the top team in the age group above where he should be. Wow, Kyle!! You rock!! Keep up the hard work!
Sunday, September 14, 2008
*Tyler recently had the privilege of participating in a Skills Camp that was put on by the Phoenix Coyotes.
Here is Tyler and Kyle with Peter Mueller, one of the NHL's top rookie who plays for the Coyotes
This is Tyler with Sean Burke, one of the Coyotes former Goalies.
Here is Tyler in action at the camp.
*We recently found a goalie coach for Tyler. Here he is with his coach on the ice learning some new stuff.
*Kyle is in full swing with his soccer team. They just finished their indoor season, had their 1st tournament last weekend, and are now on to their fall (outdoor) season. They took first place in indoor and 2nd place in their 1st tournament of the year.
Here is Kyle with his team after winning and coming in 1st place in his indoor league.
Kyle with his team at half time.
Kyle's new number, #14 (he was #7 but since that number was already taken he chose #14, "double sevens")
*Tyler is also playing on a recreation soccer team this fall. And...oh yea, I am the coach once again. Tyler is really excited about it! He has not played on a soccer team in almost 2 years.
*My soccer season started this weekend.
* Hubby has been hard at work lately (more than usual) with more travel than he has had in a while.
*We volunteer at our church with highschoolers and lead a small group Bible study during the week with them.
*I am working a 5 day week this year at the kids school as a playground aide. This does not leave me as much time to get a lot done around the house but the kids like me being there everyday. I like it too, plus the little bit of extra $$ is nice (specially in this economy).
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Monday, August 11, 2008
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Here is one of the actors during part of the skit.
Sunday, August 3, 2008
There has been So much that has happened since my last post. I guess that is why you have not seen a post from me lately. I have been Buuusssyyyyyyy!
First Off I have to say a BIG belated HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my first born, Tyler! He celebrated his DECADE birthday on July 27th. He had a great time and still wishes it could be his b-day. (Then again, I guess every kids does.) Here is a picture of him with his new goalie hockey bag. I have to say...I don't think that he was too thrilled with the new bag. But he did need it. Doesn't that count?
He was most excited about his new gaming head phones that he got. I think he talked about these day after day until he got them. He was VERY excited to get these.
School STARTED here last week, too. Yep, our summer is officially over. Bummer! Even though it seems like we had a short summer, I am perfectly ok with it because come October we get a 2 week fall break. Tyler is now in 5th grade and Kyle is in 3rd. Here is their "first day of school" picture.
They both love their teachers. Tyler has another male teacher, Mr. Mattis. He is very funny and seems like he is going to make it a fun filled year of learning for him, and the class. Kyle has the same teacher that Tyler had for 3rd grade, Mrs. Johnson. She is wonderful and we are SO SO happy that she is teaching our child again this year. It should be a great year.
Well, with the start of school there also comes the start of my part time job. I work at the school part time as a playground aide. For some reason, this seems to be viewed as the low ranking job at the school. I am not sure exactly why that is, but let me just say that no matter what people think or say about it...I love it (most days, ha). I love being with the kids and getting to know them. Last year I worked 2-3 days out of the week, however it looks like I will be able to pick up more days.
Now for the hockey and soccer updates...Well, we are almost to the end of another hockey season. We have a few more games before we start the play offs. This season will officially be over at the end of August. It has been a rough season as we have not won many games. The last game we played was one of them that we did win. In fact, Tyler almost got his first shut-out. The other team was able to get a puck past him with only 11.6 seconds remaining in the game. It was a bummer, but we did still get the win. Way to go Tyler!!
Soccer has started for Kyle already. He has been practicing with his new team for about a month and is now playing on an indoor league with them too. This should be an exciting year for Kyle as it is his first year to be playing on a club team. Tyler and I will also be playing soccer again this fall season. We don't start until September.
Guess that is all for now.....I will finish catching up later.