Monday, June 23, 2014

Boys of Summer

Summer is flying by and I have been doing a poor job of documenting it.

Between soccer and baseball, I've had the boys in various camps. The first of which was Rhodes soccer camp. This is their third year.

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I only made them do a half day, since it gets so hot, and they were lucky enough to get invited to go swimming after.

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Well, one of them went swimming. Satchel insists he doesn't like swimming.

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Then the boys had a week off to goof off and do whatever they wanted, which was mostly playing video games.

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And more swimming.

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With some sweet treats thrown in.

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Then they each had a full week of camp. Satchel went to Bridges and Jiro went to cooking camp. It took Satchel a few days to get used to the action packed 8am-6pm schedule of Bridge Builders, but he ultimately he had a great week. Look, he even picked up trash!

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Jiro had a GREAT week. He loved cooking with Liz and brought home yummy treats everyday.

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Satchel seemed jealous to be missing out on the fun cooking camp, so I signed him and Jiro up for a class at Salud! Whole Foods' new cooking school over the weekend. It was great.

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This week they are doing Sky Zone camp, which so far is getting rave reviews.

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And there you have it!

Thursday, June 05, 2014

Liberty Soccer

So, the summer session of the fledgling Midtown Soccer Academy kicked off Tuesday at a little place you may of heard of called the Liberty Bowl. Yep!

The kids (and parents) were all "OOOOOOOOH!" and "AAAAAAAAAAAH!" It was awesome.

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The Academy was started by our buddy Seamus, with the help of former Man U superstar, Tony Posner. (I serve as the club's secretary.)

We are working with about 40 kids this summer on skill building. Seamus wants to get the players up to the ranks of the competitive kids out east ASAP. He focuses on the youngers (7-10).

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Tony is working with the older boys (11-14).

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I didn't get any good action shots, but you can see that the boys get a good work out! (Girls are welcome too, we just don't have but a few right now.)

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Please note Satchel's perfectly coordinated outfit and gear.

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And here is the beast looking quite angelic.

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I'm really excited about this, and hope the monkeys are too! Midtown moms and dads rejoice--we won't have to drive out east to partake in the City's competitive soccer ranks!

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Baseball

So a few weeks ago, I picked up Jiro from a sleepover at Evergreen Presbyterian. His friend had baseball practice and I was a few minutes late and before I knew it, I had a baseball player.

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The baseball coach is a friend, and just happened to be Jiro's first ever soccer coach. He did a flinch test with the kids to determine who would play catcher, and guess who passed with flying colors?

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Guess who also had a home run his first time at bat?

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Yup, Jiro. The coach is very much, "This kid's got natural talent!" Well, duh. Jiro is definitely my athlete.

It's been a pretty rainy season, so there have only been three games. Jiro hasn't single-handedly won them for his team, but he's held his own.

There's nothing cuter than him in his catcher's get up.

I've only managed one full game and part of another due to having my own soccer games scheduled at nearly the exact time each week. But, I am learning the lingo, and my short term memory is getting strengthened as I attempt to keep track of strikes and balls and outs.

Warren, who has always wanted a ball player, is thrilled. Now he just has to figure out how to get Satchel interested!

Update!

Six out of ten games were rained out, so baseball was a bit anti-climactic. Jiro had fun and they did manage to win their last game.

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Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Jiro, Age 10

This little cutie's birthday fell on the first day of TCAP testing. Kind of a bummer, but he took it in stride. Each morning he got up early to take a shower and help me with lunches so we would be on time.

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Jiro wanted his birthday dinner to be at the Grand Buffet by his Gigi's house. He loves the personal hibachi service there. The whole family (minus Warren, who was in California all week for work) came and we had a lovely meal.

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Present wise, he just wanted a game for the Xbox. I couldn't resist getting him a 5 lb. Gummy Bear after reading the reviews online. I have to say that biting into one is quite satisfying.

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Basically once the ears and nose are gone, it becomes overwhelming.

Jiro's party was the following Saturday. He wanted his buddies to go see Spider-Man 2 with him and eat dinner at the Pizza Cafe. As an added bonus, I suggested we go to Sweet Noshings to load up on contraband. At Sweet Noshings you can get candy in bulk, and mix and match at will. Sort of. (There are different prices and they prefer you mix within prices per pound, but that was not happening with this group!)

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It was a free for all!

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Thankfully the owner was cool about it. I could see dollar signs in his eyes because this is what $35 worth of candy looks like!

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We headed over to the movies and settled in. The boys were all quite content with their haul.

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I had to laugh at Alex, who I sat next to. He had a Tootsie Pop AND Sugar Daddy in ONE hand while his other hand stayed planted in the popcorn. (That happened after this picture was taken.)

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The boys all liked the movie but agreed that there was TOO MUCH KISSING! After the movie went back across the street to the Pizza Cafe.

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After dinner, we went back to the house. The boys had a brief Nerf War outside, then commenced playing Xbox. In the morning, I sent them all to the park for some mandatory sunshine, fed them breakfast burritos, and then took them home.

When Warren returned later that evening, we ate the awesome chocolate strawberry cake my friend, Launa, made. And with that, we concluded birthday season!

Friday, April 25, 2014

Satchel, Age 12

I have a freaking 12 year old! he's been acting like it for awhile so that mitigates it a bit. He is very much 12 and I will say that 12 is not my favorite. He still has moments of utter sweetness and delight, but wow, yeah. Puberty. Not ready!

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We started his birthday a bit early since we all had Good Friday off. He really wanted to go to Flight and try the molten cake. As a bonus, he also had this giant hamburger featuring a brick of fried mozarella cheese.

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I love that he is a foodie. He described the molten cake as "life changing."

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The best thing to come out of the meal (for me) is his now regular use of the word "charcuterie."

After lunch I dragged him and Jiro to the Brooks for the Dali exhibit. I don't think he wanted to admit that he enjoyed it.

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Saturday he was super grumpy and had to be sent home from the opening of the awesome new bike gate in Overton Park. Thankfully, Jiro was a trooper.

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Before he left, I showed him my Christmas gift to the family. His response, "OMG that is SO embarrassing. Can you get my name taken off?"

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Warren and Jiro continued on to a party and Satchel took a nap. When he woke up, the two of us had a lovely afternoon that included lunch at Swanky's and a shopping trip to Sports Authority. Despite not being too sporty, that is where he prefers to do his shopping. The uniform of choice for 12 year olds? Anything Nike on top, Under Armour shorts and Nike "elites" (which are socks), and Nike shoes. (Not sure how Under Armour dethroned Nike in the shorts department? The tween/teen girls/women are ALL about the Nike shorts.)

He wanted a new hoodie, but we couldn't find one in an acceptable brand. I was so like that at age 12.

I have to say, he looks pretty cute.

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As you can see above, we spent Sunday with family, celebrating his birthday with a little egg hunting. Then he was FINALLY allowed to go to Game Stop and spend his birthday money AND the Christmas money he's been saving on an XBox. His life is now complete! (Or so he says.)

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Oh, and there is nothing wrong with his knee. He wears that to cover up his birthmark.

We attempted a nice family dinner on Monday, his actual birthday, to culminate the festivities, but it was a total fail.

It's just going to be one day at a time around here for awhile.

Happy birthday to my beautiful boy. I'm going to do my best to weather the puberty storm along with him!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

42

It's birthday season in our house as three out of the four of us have April birthdays. Mine is first and I turned 42, which apparently is the best number ever, and the meaning of life.

When you get to be my age, you buy your own birthday presents. I went with a new iPhone and a box of Raw Girls food including super yummy salads, quinoa burgers, taco salad and juices!

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I started the celebrations a few days early. My weekly Tuesday night with the ladies was dedicated to my birthday. Gifts included bourbon and a soccer gift certificate. They know me well!

Wednesday we had a lovely extended family dinner at Skewer, followed by ice cream at Ben & Jerry's. Here is a rare photo of Tracey & I together.

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My meal was pretty too.



Here's me and my mom, while I tried to teach her to take a selfie.

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Thursday I rested up for the actual day, which was Friday. Naturally, I took the day off to shop and daydrink with my birthday twin, Colleen. This was our third year celebrating this way!

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In addition to multiple whiskey smashes at Hog & Hominy, we also had the buffalo pig tails. Yum!



The crispies on top are sliced pig ears. It was weird, but really, really tasty.

After shopping and thoroughly catching up, I left Colleen to meet up with my BFF Marlinee at Second Line.

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A few others joined in and this is the only other picture fit for public consumption. (Max and I were recreating a picture of he and Marlinee on their first date.)

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Saturday was the season opener of Rock-n-Romp at Mud Island. It wasn't really birthday related, but thanks to the power of Facebook, I received many salutations. And Central BBQ! And Tom's Tiny Kitchen pimento cheese!



Chip snapped this pic of me and my newspaper husband, Richard.]

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And my pal Julie got artsy with this one...(I borrowed Jiro's sunglasses.)

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Saturday evening, I went to a cookout compliments of Highballers Julie & Lauren. We had a Mexican fiesta theme and it was super fun. Tee not only prepared a feast, he also played bartender.



The more Highballs that get involved, the longer the party lasts. (It was also Weetie's birthday celebration!) We had a great time enjoying a perfect spring night.



The birthday celebrations concluded on Sunday, with Memfeast. It was held on Broad Avenue and guests got to choose the design for the water tower. It was amazing! There was SO much food.



Warren, who spent the day slaving in the yard, was especially happy!

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Thank you to everyone who took the time to wish me a happy birthday either in person, on Facebook, by email, text or phone call. I feel very loved!
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