Saturday, September 25, 2010

Thanks For Not Raining On Our Parade!

Melanie and her volleyball friends
Homecoming Day is always a wonderful time in Prosper.  And yesterday was no exception.  We had a blast with all of the festivities.  Not to mention the kids are always happy to get out of school early!! Gotta love small town Texas where the whole community comes home to participate in the celebration.

First here are the kids' mums and garters.  A Texas tradition that I think is totally cool and fun to get into. By the way, the ones my kids are wearing are very modest in size (well Nicole's is pretty dang big - but there are definitely bigger mums out there - worn mostly by the senior high school girls).

Nicole started off the day with a 6:00 am pep rally at the high school.  Our Homecoming football game was the high school game of the week here in Texas, so the news teams were there to cover the excitement.  Then the kiddos all headed off to school for a half day of "learning" before they were released for the parade.  This years theme was "Wild About Our Eagles" thus all the zebra print and safari themed floats. The 3 younger kids were on floats:

Melanie on one of the 8th grade volleyball jeeps
The tail end of Harrison's float.  It went by too fast :)
Ryder on his pirate float pre-parade
Pirate float cool parrot
Full view of pirate float
Now this meant that Darren and I watched the parade by ourselves (Nicole had to stay at the school so she didn't get all worn out before her 4:30 volleyball match).  Thunderstorms were predicted for the day, and it had been sprinkling off and on, so we decided to take an umbrella just in case.  Well, it didn't rain, but Darren had the great idea of opening up the umbrella and turning it upside down to catch all the candy that was being thrown at us from the floats.  The kids on the float thought it was super fun to try and make a basket, so we ended up with quite a bit of candy!!

After the parade we headed back over to the high school for the pep rally followed by Nicole's first district volleyball match against Farmersville (which they won).  Then home for pizza dinner and a break. Nicole headed back over to the high school in the evening for the football game (DON'T ASK about details of the actual football game - this year we will have to revel more in the festivities of the day - and who selected that we play ARGYLE of all teams for Homecoming?)

What a super fun day.  And the whole time Kenny Chesney was visiting our neighboring town of Celina which he featured in one of his recent music videos.  He really should have used his time more wisely and spent the day in Prosper!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Homecoming Fun

OK, so there has been a lot of this walking out my door this week . . .

Nicole and Emily - Twin Day
Melanie Mix-n-Match Day
Harrison Crazy Sock Day (or is he just plain crazy?)
Ryder Crazy Day - what you can't see is the wristband on his ankle (I know, CRAZY) and he is wearing his shorts backwards (you'd never know, except he tells you)
And I'm so very excited for tomorrow - Homecoming.  Everyone gets out of school early, and the 3 youngest kids get to ride on Homecoming Floats!!!  And throw candy (better that collecting tons of it!). And they will get to wear their mums/garters that I have been working on.

Harrison's Garter
Ryder's Garter
Melanie's Mum
3 Garters Completed
I don't have a picture of Nicole's mum yet, but it is a truly blinged out over the top Texas mum, and I promise to post pictures once I have them.

Go Eagles!!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Cousin Fun

Clayton, Ryder, Max, Emily, Harrison, Megan, Melanie, Nicole
Fort Worth Stockyards

I guess I need to send Jerry Jones a thank you card. As a result of him building a state of the art football stadium for the Dallas Cowboys, and for TCU scheduling a game against Oregon State there, my brother Win (a die hard Oregon State fan and alum) brought his family for a visit over Labor Day weekend!!!

We had a wonderful time hangin'out and visiting, touring Prosper, watching volleyball and football games, bowling at Main Event, and swimming.

Now their trip did have a bit of a rough start.  Before they ever boarded their plane, my nephew Clayton walked into the corner of a metal laptop table at PDX, and gashed his forhead open. Paramedics were called to the scene, and amazingly enough got him cleaned up and put back together just in time to board. So when they arrived, first thing the next morning Clayton got to visit our pediatrician and have his wound evaluated and glued shut. Of course this meant that he couldn't get it wet, even though we went swimming a couple of times. Clayton was great at following the doctor's orders and found ways to be in the pool without messing up the wound.

He even kept it dry when they posed for this adorable group shot!

Clayton, Ryder, Max, Emily, Melanie, Nicole, Megan, Harrison
Of course we musn't forget the OSU vs. TCU game.  What a blast!!  Emily, Megan & Melanie made some signs before we went.

And my brother Win, bless his heart, got us 4th ROW SEATS!!! That's club level my friends, and the view is magnificent when you're sitting that close!! We even got on ESPN :) in case you were watching!

They also got to meet Blossom.  Megan liked having her do tricks.

And she got a chance to help bathe her.

Clayton loved her too.  I think they need a Havanese puppy!

And what's a trip to Texas without some authentic western fun?  We visited the Fort Worth Stockyards where Clayton got to ride Big Jake, our very favorite Texas Longhorn.

It was so funny to hear the crowd that had gathered around when Clayton got up there. I overheard, "oh, isn't he so cute!" "Bob, take that boy's picture, he looks better than Jeffery did up there." Everyone's cameras were flashing when Clayton was on :)

One of the things we did at the Stockyards was get a group picture (per Grandma Hjordis' request). Darren brought the tripod, and we used the timer to get this one.

Then we all moved over in front of the water tower to get our best group shots. Darren set up the tripod, and pushed the button for the timer to start. What happened was that he got a picture of us not expecting it, and when he ran over and joined us the camera didn't take the picture of us all smiling (we couldn't see the timer light on the camera to know what had happened because it was so bright out). So we got this picture.

Caught unawares - and where's Darren?
We were so disappointed! So I tried adding Darren in at home.

The perfect group shot.  Darren was able to join us.
Words cannot describe what a wonderful time we had. We are so grateful for family, and for this chance we had to spend time together. Y'all come back now y'hear!!!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Pirate Policies

Taking a knee at a practice scrimmage

This is my baby's (sorry for calling you that Ryder) first year of tackle football.  I think I can safely say that no state in the Union reveres it's football as much as we Texans!!  However, the team Ryder is on values developing good kids just as much as developing good football players.

After last weeks team pep talk on humility and accountability Coach Rob had each of the boys come up and sign a contract that says they will be accountable for making good choices both on and off the field.

Coach Rob discussing Accountability Contract

Ryder signing team accountability contract
Coach Rob does an excellent job of keeping in touch with the parents and teachers of his players so that he can recognize their great accomplishments both on and off the field.  When they do something great, they earn a decal for their helmet.

Ryder's first decal
On the flip side, poor choices earn them some extra running, push ups, etc.

We're looking forward to a great year - both on and off the field!

Practice Scrimmage
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