Sunday, November 23, 2008

I came across a really cool web site and thought I would share. Some of you may have already heard of it or seen it. If you haven't, then take the time to watch a few of the videos. The guy has a lot of interesting view points and things to say...he'll keep you laughing, too.

The web site is called What You Ought to Know.
You can find it here:

The end at last

This weekend marked the end of 3 soccer seasons and a much needed hockey break.

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 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

Never Would have made it doing NaBloPoMo!

Jeeesh! Wow it has been a long time since I last posted anything. Where has the time gone? Not sure...I guess if I had to quickly look back on things...oh yea...Hockey and Soccer (that's our life right now). I am so glad that I did not commit to NaBloPoMo this November and put the pressure on myself. Actually, I have never done NaBloPoMo. Maybe next year...or maybe I might pick my own month to try and post everyday. If I do that then it would be like training for when next November comes around and I might be able to do it. hehe. aahhh we will see.

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

Kyle's report

Kyle had to do a research report on Cocker Spaniels for his class at school.

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.

Being sick is for the birds

For the first time in many many years I had to leave work early due to being sick (well the few years that I have worked in those many many years. hehe) . I could not believe that I had to do it. I work at a school and the last thing I wanted all the kids to see was me losing my lunch.

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

Time change on clocks...even in AZ...

Yep, that is right...we had to go around and change all the "time zone settings" on all our atomic clocks around the house. We always forget about doing that until we wake up the next morning and get all confused. We thought that we had an extra hour to sleep this morning until we realized we were looking at our atomic clock by the side of our bed. Opps! I had to get my wrist watch just to double check the time and make sure all the clocks were right. We have more atomic clocks than I thought!