Ya Ya Yahtzee!!! {2-20}

For more fun entertainment during the snowfall, we borrowed some dice from Tivey’s and played a game or two of Yahtzee.  I actually only played one game (this adult with ADD struggled to stay focused).  The kids played twice.

She wasn’t feeling the best today, but she joined in and played like a trooper.  She even rolled a Yahtzee I think.

She made the cutest faces as she prepared to roll each time.  I didn’t capture the one that we loved the most, but she had a good time playing.  Maybe one of the reasons I struggled had a little to do with keeping track of two players at the same time… or it could have been that I had too much help from Chad as I played.

Not sure if he was getting ready for the big game or if it had started.  This was the second of the two games played.

Work and Play… Play and Work {2-19}

A quick game of UNO during the snow fall on Saturday/Sunday.  We were blessed with 14 inches of snow this weekend.  We were also blessed with friends visiting.  Good to see them and can’t wait for their return.

And the work commenced.  Camden worked hard with Chad to shovel snow and move vehicles so the city guys could come by our street with the plows.  It is nice since we are an emergency route, our street is usually one of the first plowed.

Just a few tears for me (so far)…{2-14}

I received an email the day of this game reminding me that Trevor looks to me for strength sometimes and today just might be one of those days.  I knew in my mind that he would be happy with a win and fine with a loss.  It was the rest of us that I worried about on the loss thing.  Anyway, I was taking pictures and trying to capture the moments that I knew would fade over time, but I wanted to hold onto forever.  I held it together as much as I needed to and I think only one or two people realized I shed a couple of tears. 

Here you find the final chest bump by Cole and Trevor.  I had Jacki help me maintain focus but not letting my head move as they jumped.  A lesson learned from previous games.

The final starting line up huddle for the Class of 2011.  Trevor, Tate, Cole, Andy, and Daniel…  Thanks for many great wins, some heartbreaking losses and lots of fun watching over the years.  Hard to believe I was one of your first coaches.  That makes me giggle just a bit.

And he leaves the floor.  Thanks Trevor for being a super son.  You played hard and made us proud.

Who cut the cheese… {2-13}

I will not tell a lie.  It was I.

Emma needed to bring treats for the Valentine’s Celebration this year.  I decided something a bit different than sugar was in order so we made meat and cheese with crackers.  But to make it more fun, I pulled out my trusty heart shaped play doh cutter and cut the cheese (and meat) into hearts.  As soon as I started cutting I knew what the blog post title for today would be.

Okay, so I lied a little.  We did make sugar treats too.  Sugar cookies with pink frosting and sprinkles.  Am I super mom?  NO way.  Pillsbury cookie dough (pre cut), store bought frosting and sprinkles from Christmas a few years ago.

And  here is one of Emma delicately putting the sugar sprinkles on her cookies.  It was hard for me to keep up with them.  I was the frosting girl and they did sprinkles.  I wanted pictures so I had to slow them down so I could snap a few.

And the sweet taste of success.  This was at the end of the frosting and sprinkle session.  I didn’t let her put any cookies on the done plates after she licked the plate.

And, now we are done.  The girls had a good time.  I stayed calm through the entire event and we finished 4 dozen cookies in no time flat.  We may just have to do it again next year.

Round 2 – District Tournament {2-12}

The Bulldogs had a tough second round in the tournament.  It was painful to watch and I felt super badly for the boys.  They just didn’t come together at the right time of the year as the best I can come up with.  Okay, I lie.  There is more to it, but I will keep my ideas and thoughts to myself on part of what happened.

Trevor and Andy played hard (as did the other players). I have struggled all year to get a picture of Andy in focus.  Since we are quite possibly one game away from the end of the season, here is something close to focused and sort of close to an action shot.  Andy was an integral part of the year even though he didn’t score a million points.  He just played hard… always.  As far as Trevor goes, there were times during this game that he was super frustrated.  It was painful to watch as a mom.  I wanted to fix it, but moms can’t fix everything. 

Round 2 – District Tournament {2-12}

The Bulldogs had a tough second round in the tournament.  It was painful to watch and I felt super badly for the boys.  They just didn’t come together at the right time of the year as the best I can come up with.  Okay, I lie.  There is more to it, but I will keep my ideas and thoughts to myself on part of what happened.

Trevor and Andy played hard (as did the other players). I have struggled all year to get a picture of Andy in focus.  Since we are quite possibly one game away from the end of the season, here is something close to focused and sort of close to an action shot.  Andy was an integral part of the year even though he didn’t score a million points.  He just played hard… always.  As far as Trevor goes, there were times during this game that he was super frustrated.  It was painful to watch as a mom.  I wanted to fix it, but moms can’t fix everything. 

Opening Round… District Tournament {2-11}

The beginning of the end…

I have probably been saying this for weeks now.  It is going to become more and more a motto around here.  Or is it the beginning of the beginning?  Trevor is growing up and moving on.  So, here is the start of his final three basketball games.

Emma is all geared up in her hat and glasses for the game.

And Olivia has her hat and wig… ready to go.

And Chad stole the wig.  I have a couple more images of him with his Bulldog hat on as well, but I liked this one because Papa is in the picture too.

I don’t know for sure if he missed this or made it.  It is all becoming a blur at this point.  Just liked that I got a shot of him taking it to the hoop.

Trevor’s job for many games this year was to ‘face guard’ the opponent’s high scoring players.  What did this entail?  Chasing them around the floor like stink on… you know the phrase.  This doesn’t show what it looks like very well.  It shows him and Justin B from Scranton (who he held to 3 points for the game).  Justin’s average was 18 points per game this year.

A little summer sun… {2-10}

It is hard to believe how much her hair has grown and how long winter really is.  She has been asking about summer time activities for a few weeks now.  Mom, remember that swimming pool… Mom, remember that sprinkler toy… Mom, remember when we went and played in the water…

Little does she know it is going to be a long time before we get to do any of those things.  Emma’s next blast from the past post has everything to do with summer as well.  More to come on a day I forget to get the camera out.

Ball Handling and Some Champions {2-9}

The blast from the past for today comes from the 2005-2006 basketball season.  Trevor was wearing the 15 jersey and they were in 7th grade.  Only 6 boys played that year and they won the championship game against Mott/Regent.

Here is a very dark (underexposed) image of Trevor learning to do what he did best all of this year, handle the ball and be the floor general (his term in the newspaper). Wow, look at him protect the ball.

And, here are the champions from the tournament.  Coaches for the year, Cory Davidson and Mark Kunze.

More basketball… and there will be more…{2-8}

We traveled to Hebron for the Bulldogs final regular season game.  Tournaments begin on Friday in Bowman.  It will be strange having the games in town this year.  We usually have to drive to Dickinson three times in 4 days for basketball games.  Not sure what we will do with all the extra gas money (ha ha).

Here he goes out for starting line ups.  He was NOT first today so it was a bit different.

I don’t know if Nana noticed, but it is quite possible Trevor fouled this kid on the shot.  But I don’t believe the refs noticed or called it.  My mom is something else when it comes to the games and her ideas of what is fair and unfair in it.  This picture just made me think of her.

And… what was this 45 year old doing on her birthday?  Spending it at her son’s ball game as well.  This is another image taken by Olivia.  She is doing pretty well with the heavy camera and lens.

Happy Birthday Tami!