Friday, December 31, 2010

2010 A memorable year in ways I'd like to forget

Goodbye 2010

Things have been trying all around I've seen it, lived it, heard it and read about it all around.

Friends of mine have had parents pass away, have been fighting cancer, and dealing with serious stuff every day.

Chris's lack of work til August and my sister's brain aneurysm make this a memorable year in ways I'd like to forget. My gray hairs and wrinkles - I seem to have many more now!! - have been hard earned; in the scheme of things, held up to the stuff that others have had to endure - that's nothing.
At one point Andie asked me if she'd thanked me for all I did for her while she was hospitalized and in recovery and I couldn't even say it without losing it .... she thanked me by fighting and staying alive!! this holiday season would have been so different had things turned out otherwise... EVERYTHING would have been so different...

The support that you have all given our family is greatly appreciated and will never be forgotten - I can't thank you all enough for pulling me through all of this.
With Andie's recovery - she's searching for her own place again and now Chris is working at a great company so things are definitely moving forward.
I'm so looking forward to the new year.

This post has been brewing in my mind for a while but I didn't want to jinx anything by posting too early. I usually think the topics over and then just write it as I type - so if it seems disjointed so be it. Now that the new year has arrived in some parts of the world and Josh and I are hunkered down here at home watching Chitty Chitty Bang Bang I'm all ready to start 2011.

Thanks for all of your love and support and Happy New Year, to everyone!!

Thursday, December 30, 2010

guest post by Chris


Josh's Dyna-Mite team was in a tournament over the weekend. While his team did not do well (uh...we did not win a game or score a goal!!) he played VERY well. Considering he has only been back on the ice for under a month. He had a number of breakaways and hit the post at least 4 times in 3 games. He also subbed for another team and scored a goal in that one (they won that 5-4). At the end of the weekend the teams pick players to perform in a skills competition. Fastest skater, shootout and goalie.
Coach Craig and I picked Josh as our shooter based on his sheer number of chances and the fact that he hustled the entire weekend.

3 shooters, 3 goalies, 2 shots per shooter. Most goals wins for shooter, least allowed (obviously) wins for the goalie. After the 3 rounds round we had a tie. 2 goalies let in the same # of goals and 2 skaters tie with the same number of goals. So Josh goes into sudden death against his buddy Billy from the other Dyna-Mites team. Billy is younger but truth be told, is a better hockey player. His older brothers have played for years. JOsh goes first, First shot by Josh, GOAL! First shot by Billy, SAVE! Second round, 2nd shot for Josh, SCORE. Second Shot for Billy, SAVE. So now shooter is decided (winner Josh) but the goalies are still tied as each let in one vs Josh! Long story short, we went another 3 rounds before goalie was decided!
In the end after Josh was awarded his trophy he threw his gloves in the air and skated around ala the Stanley Cup.
I was the MC so I can not comment on the fans reaction during the event but I am told (Lyn can confirm) that as Josh scored he slated along the boards and banged the glass (fans lined the glass).

Lyn brought up a very good point last night. Unlike most of us, Josh does not seem to be intimidated by the spot light. As the MC I could see the tension of the kids faces. Not Josh. Goal or no goal is skated back into the line for his next shot with a HUGE smile on his face.

A very proud Coach, MC and Papa

PS- One last note...all his shots were NOT just skate in and fire the puck. On a few occasions he made sweet moves, got the goalie to commit and scored.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Strange happenings on Meadow Creek Lane

As I sat down to look at emails I got a little weirded out when I noticed a car slowly going back and forth on the street... what the heck?? What should I do?
Wait a minute... add that to the neighbor's trash and recycling cans in strange locations the past few days and I'm beginning to think something's up until I realized it's the boy next door learning to parallel park!
Now I get it, take all the time you need Timmy, I'll gladly stay out of the way in the mean time!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

The Village That Shall Not be Named

The Place that shall not be named
The Village
____ Village
You Know Where
Un-named Village

These were going to be my suggestions for new names for the Philly Christmas Market until I just read:

Whatever it's called our dance group is scheduled to perform there this Sunday at 2:00 ... unless someone finds something wrong with that!