Friday, November 19, 2010

End of Cross Country

Any sport season is a long affair. Conditioning and practice before the season starts and then the weeks and weeks of the sport itself. Cross Country ended about a month ago and last night was the awards ceremony marking the end of the end.

(The program called it an Awards Banquet, but being that it was only desserts brought by the families, "banquet" is a bit of a misnomer. I'm just saying.)

Here's The Girl getting her second year varsity award and her scholar athlete award. She had a rough season with her knee, but she ran every race all the way through.
The Boy getting his first year varsity letter and his scholar athlete award. He says that his favorite part of season was the bus rides home from the meets.

One of the things that I love about cross country is how close these kids are to each other. You can tell they really enjoy each others company.
Most of the boy's left before I could get a group picture, but here's some of the lovely ladies with their amazing coach.
I've said before that I wouldn't run even if I were chased. You can't help but admire kids who run as much as these kids have and can still smile about it.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

New Lunch Bag

A duct tape lunch bag only lasts about a quarter before it starts looking really sad.

Here's The Girl's new bag that I made yesterday for her.

Now her lunches can go to school in style.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Marco loves leaves

It's not easy to photograph a leaf crazy dog.

Especially one who just discovered how much he loves leaves.

And who has a ball to throw around.
And occasionally lose said ball in the leaves and have to dive in after it.
And searches and searches...

And finds it again!

Monday, November 01, 2010

Trick or Treat with Mystery Inc.

On the radio they were having a debate on when you were too old to go trick or treating. Some communities are actually cracking down this horrible crime. My opinion has always been, "Geez! It's just candy. If you're cool with begging for it, then I am cool with giving it to you!" I would like to see a costume. I would like to hear Trick or Treat followed by a Thank You, but that's not a deal breaker around here. Last night we had one group of six foot tall costume-less boys show up. Much less than we usually get. I'm not ever going to kick up a fuss about that. (Now the mommies collecting for the invisible kids who are "in the car"...That I have a problem with.)

The teenagers in my life went out on Trick or Treat night but they were collecting canned food for Trick or Treat So Kids Can Eat again.
As you can see they were the Scooby Doo gang:Shaggy, Daphne, Velma and Fred(rica). They couldn't find one kid to agree to be Scooby. Bummer.

They collected a ton of food, coming back to the house to unload the Mystery Machine when it got to heavy to pull before they headed out again.

Again this year we gave out glow stick bracelets. It's a huge hit and it's come to the point that some neighbor kids are expecting it. Can't let the kiddos down now!

Kids are thrilled to get a glow stick. But this was the first year I had not one, but many kids instantly put it in their mouth. What is up with that? It's glowing! What makes you think you can eat it?

We got more glow ball connectors with our order this year and made a couple of pumpkins to hang in the trees.
They looked so awesome that we are going to have to buy even more glow sticks next year to make even more pumpkins. I wonder if I can buy just orange? (Note: Tiny investigation yields the answer is Yes!)

Finally the jack-o-lantern part of Halloween.

The Girl's...

A bit gruesome...or romantic. Hard to tell.

The Boy's...
Just plain scary.

And my pumpkin snowman all lit up with his own glow bracelets.

Insanely cute, if I do say so myself. Trick or Treaters were going nuts for him. Kids posed with him and got their pictures taken. That was a surprise. My favorite part was when then tiniest kids would walk up to him and they were the same height. That killed me everytime.

Now it's time to go score clearance stuff and store it for next year!