Friday, October 30, 2009

Scraptacular Fall Fest Crop NOV 9th-15th

Announcing our Fall Fest Online Crop! This crop will a whole week long running from November 9-15th. We will have lots of challenges, make-n-takes and games plus LOTS of prizes. There will also be TWO winners this time for our grand prizes!
Mark your calendars for this awesome event! You won't want to miss it! More details to follow soon…

catching up...

Maybe one of these days I will be able to write in the blog every week...
We have had a very busy month!!

Katie's U11 club team won the Wilson Tournament!! This is the first time they have ever won a tournament. I am so proud of how they played. They all seemed to work together and play as a team! Katie's skills have really improved since playing with FC and she really showcased them in these games.

We got to see Nicole play in a game as well. She is really turning into a great soccer player!!! Keep up the good work! and... it turns out that Katie's homeroom/science teacher's daughter plays on Nicole's team. Mrs. Kline got to see Katie play and was very impressed.
Katie's U12 club team came in 2nd. It's disappointing because they broke down for a quarter and lost a game which caused them to come in second. Some of the girls on that team are VERY selfish and are not team players... Katie played incredible soccer against girls 2 levels above her. The U11 girls that played up for them played their hearts out and never gave up!

I was away at the crop for a cure that weekend. (Luckily it's local and I got to see 5 out of the 7 games she played) It's an amazing crop which raised over $5000 for the American Cancer Society. (i even won a snuggie!!! it's a joke between me and Katie, so i entered the drawing for it and actually won!!! i must admit... it's very warm!) i had a great time with some good friends.
We went to Roadside America with Mike, Michele, Nicole, & Tyler. I wasn't sure what to expect, but it was really neat! I thought it was just going to be model trains on display, but they have a HUGE village set up. There are buttons for the kids to push to make things move in the display as well. I was surprised how intrigued Nicole and Katie were with it. I knew Tyler would love it! It was adorable to see his face light up when he saw the trains!

Katie had basketball tryouts for 5th grade basketball. They have an intramural team and a travel team. I think she is going to make both teams. She has really matured as a player and makes good decisions! She, of course, was very aggressive which doesn't hurt! I overheard her old coach make a comment about how coachable she is all the time! We are so proud of her!! During a scrimmage she went against the teacher who was running that station. She didn't back down and really guarded her well. The teacher actually came up to me and commented how impressed she was with Katie's intensity. Again... another proud moment!
We had girls night out and saw Cirque du Soliel with Mom. We were lucky enough to get tickets on the floor at the Sovereign Center in Reading. What an amazing show!!!! Katie LOVED it!! My favorite part was the acrobatics and Katie's favorite part was the clowns.
Katie's school has a neat event for her grade... The 5th grade sleepover. She had a BLAST! They had activities for the kids, but Katie's favorite part was being with her friends. They even made a coffee cake for the breakfast on Saturday morning. She was a bit tired the next day... They went to bed around 12:30am and were up around 6:00am. Ray and I took the opportunity for a childless night and went to dinner at Austins and then watched The Proposal.
We went down to the Franklin Institute with Randall, Michelle, Jonathan, Monica, & Mikey. We had a great time! The Body World exhibit was a bit revealing... but it was cool. They had skeletons with muscles, cartilage, etc... AND they were anatomically correct! There were a few male and female skeletons. The males looked like they had 3 penises because there was no sack around the balls... Katie kept pointing it out to Mikey. He came up to me and told me he thought I needed to have "THE TALK" with Katie. I just love what kids come up with!! After I explained the sack was missing, she understood. She still thought it was gross... Wheewww... I have a few more years of innocence!

We missed out on 2 opportunities to go pumpkin picking because of this horrendous rain we have been having lately, so we had to jam it into last Sunday since Halloween is tomorrow! We went to Wilcox Farm in Boyertown again this year. I like supporting local farmers whenever we can. We picked a few gourds and a few pumpkins (Katie said we had to have 4 since there are 4 of us in the family). We went on a tractor ride with Mr. Wilcox driving. He would stop it throughout the ride and tell us some stories. I didn't realize he bought the farm in 1946!! I love listening to him. He seems like such a kind soul, a genuinely nice man.

We left just enough time for Katie to get make it to her FC game. She was supposed to get changed in the car... one problem... she left her clothes at home! We had to go from Boyertown, to home, to Fleetwood. (We were originally only 15 minutes from Boyertown to Fleetwood.) Oh well... we made it in time and Katie had a phenomenal game! They won 3-1!!!

After the game, we ran down to the zoo to try to catch a glimpse at the new baby orangutan. NO LUCK... they are still keeping momma and baby in seclusion. They said probably a few more weeks. Since it wasn't too warm out, most of the animals were very active!! This was also the first time at the zoo with my new camera!!! I got some incredible shots! The tigers were extremely spirited! They were constantly on the move. I could just sit and watch them all day!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Spoiled Rotten!!

Well... I am completely spoiled! Ray bought me a Canon Rebel T1i. I LOVE IT!!!!! He also got me an external flash, awesome lens, bag, memories cards, and extra battery packs. It was so hard to be at work knowing it was at home! I have a LOT to learn, but here are a few of the pics I took playing around with it...

I cannot wait to use it outside! The zoom lens is going to be amazing for Katie's soccer games!!! (good thing she has 7 games this weekend! I will get a lot of practice!)

Friday, October 2, 2009

It's the most wonderful time of the year....

I can honestly say, this is one of my favorite times of the year... I get to watch my Flyers AND my Phillies!!! The Phils clinched the NL East on Wednesday and the Flyers start the regular season tonight! Anyone who knows me can tell you that I am extremely PASSIONATE about hockey. It all stems back to my childhood and watching games with my Nana. Some of my best memories are when we were watching the Phillies or the Flyers together. I miss her terribly!

We have a busy weekend ahead of us. Tonight we are going to Kauffman's Chicken and back to our best friends' house to celebrate Michele's birthday. Tomorrow Katie has 2 soccer games (back to back in different locations!! this should be interesting! hopefully there are no cops at that time!). Then we are off to Mom's to celebrate her birthday. Sunday, Katie has a game in downingtown. Hopefully Kelly, Patrick, & Olivia will be able to make it since it's the same place Olivia plays Lil' Kickers.

Hope everyone has a terrific weekend!

Thursday, October 1, 2009

WOO HOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 3-PEAT! NL East CHAMPS, again!!!!! (and with 4 games left in the season!) and where are the Mets - at home watching sports center?!?!?!?!

We miss our VOICE, but he is looking down on us with a smile. How sweet was that! The entire team paying tribute to Harry.

They don’t call him the FLYIN’ HAWAIIAN for nothin’!!!!!!