Wednesday, January 27, 2016

A Luke Quickie

I finally decided on the next show to binge watch on Netflix.  Much to the kid's dismay, I have been making my way through "Frasier," which they find horribly boring and way over their heads, and which I find to be fabulously well-written and intelligent.  Well, today while we were riding in the car and waiting to pick up Cindy from after school band practice, Luke and I were listening to Dave Ramsey (yet another show that my children bemoan).  As we sat in silence waiting for Cindy and listening to Dave, finally Luke spoke up and said, "Oh, I get it!  Dave Ramsey is kind of like The Frasier."  And I will be calling Kelsey Grammer "The Frasier" from now on.

Monday, January 25, 2016

A Fancy Concert? I Will Bring My Fur

Every once in a while you see a story on Facebook that never seems to get the traction it really deserves. Let me now share with you one of those stories.  Last week I had a local friend post a few selfies of her and her husband on Facebook from their date to the Lakeland Center where they saw Jackie Evancho in concert.  It appeared to be a lovely evening.  About two hours a later that same night, I saw this picture from them on Facebook from the same concert, along with the caption:

"Carmen with Jackie Evancho's biggest fan!"

And that is when the needle fell off the record. 

Come to find out, this interesting woman had to bring her pet raccoon TO THE CONCERT because it's blind, can't smell and had to be fed every two hours.

I am just gonna put this handy eye chart here because right now you are thinking, "Wow, my eyes need to be examined because I thought that said that a lady brought a pet raccoon to a concert and we all know that is impossible and ridiculous."

Go ahead, cover one eye, check the results. 

My eyes are fine.
What the heck?

But when you really think about it, of course there was a raccoon at the concert.  This is Polk County.  That concert wasn't going to declass itself, people!

The moral of this story:  

Raccoons are shifty.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Have Miracles Ceased In Modern Times?

I say unto you, NAY! Friday night Jacob's soccer team (finally) beat Berkeley Prep School to advance into regional Sweet 16 play for the state of Florida.  For the first time ever in school history! We have almost beaten that team so many times that part of me still doesn't even believe that it happened.  Amazing!  Next game is Tuesday, where we face off versus a very good Academy of Holy Names, Batman. 

And here is the link to the story in the local paper:  McKeel is Amazing; Nanner, Nanner Berkeley

Saturday, January 16, 2016

I've Been Waiting So Long I Thought the Care Bears Were Here

It only took six years, but it happened!  It finally happened!

McKeel once again became DISTRICT CHAMPIONS!
On the same field, against the same opponent from six years ago.

Hard fought, well deserved.

That's right, we're #1

Jacob, Greggers and Kurt

This is a screenshot of the front page of the online local sports page.  
And a prime example of how Jacob flawlessly keeps his reputation of being ridiculously intimidating intact.

I won districts once.  It was awful.

In his defense, this "picture" was taken from the beginning of a video interview so he was basically standing there waiting for the reporter to begin talking.  I am just happy that this team and coach are finally getting the accolades and attention they deserve :)  On to regional quarterfinals, ON OUR FIELD!

Friday, January 15, 2016

From Deep In the Amazon

What would our lives be like without Amazon Prime?
I'll tell you what they would be like, they would suck.  

I mean, we would be living a world where our outdoor fires 
had to burn in their regular, natural colors.

But instead, for a mere $8.78, I get to have a 12 pack of Mystical Campfire Colorant 
shipped to my door and my fire now burns blue and green and red.  

And that's the color of capitalism.

Feel the freedom

Friday, January 1, 2016

I Had a New Year once...

This was the first page of my Grumpy Cat 365 page a day calendar.  
I love this calendar so much. 

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Finally, This Coaching Thing is Paying Off

Right after Christmas, Jacob was begged to coach a girls competitive soccer team in a tournament down in Fort Lauderdale.  To sweeten the deal they said they would pay for a hotel and he would get reimbursed for mileage.  We are not ones to look a gift team in the mouth, so he agreed and the whole family got to tag along. Which made for a nice little mini vacay in the sweltering December heat.

Luke is a very calm and even keeled kid, but if you want to see him go a little nuts,
check him into a hotel and show him his bed.

We kept the hotel room cold enough for Cindy
to wear her new hoodie from Grandma and Grandpa Bingham
Killing time at the soccer park

100 bonus points for finding Cindy in this picture

The sunny weather was enough to fool Cindy into happiness
and she accidentally smiled in this photo

I can find batting cages like a drug sniffing dog finds cocaine

The route from our hotel to the soccer fields took us right by the temple every time

Day 2 of the tournament was a long one, so the kids and I snuck away for a day at Hollywood Beach.  Wow, it was gorgeous and the weather was sunny and warm.  Our Gulf of Mexico selves were not used to the "giant" Atlantic coast waves, but Luke was in absolute heaven.  He would still be there if I didn't drag him out when the parking meter was up.

Meanwhile, this is what happens when Cindy realizes that the lifeguard is flying the purple flag to warn everyone of jellyfish.  

I will  

Eventually she got up the gumption to go in and battle the waves.  And Luke finally obeyed my command to take this obligatory picture:

Seagull punching knows no coastline.

As far as beaches go, this one was pretty incredible.  I definitely would love to go back sometime and walk/bike/skate/saunter down the boardwalk there.  So let's find another tournament, shall we?

Monday, December 28, 2015

And Now For Something Completely Different

Here is a picture of Luke "dressed" as a snowman at the Cub Scout Christmas Pack Meeting.

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Christmas In 8 Pictures or Less

Let's face it, no one is truly as interested in your pictures and memories as you are, so I will make our 2015 Christmas re-cap short and sweet.

Santa brought scooters....

Kids got stockings...

Weather was WARM....

There was a lot of delicious cereal....

"Bounce Off" was the surprise game hit of the year...

Nate and Linn's bow and arrow also beat all expectations...

Cindy smiled in a photo....

Jenny Ellen saved the day with a family photo :)

Friday, December 25, 2015

Children Roasting in Their Long-sleeved Styles

If I had known back in October that we would be shooting for record heat here in Florida this Christmas, I definitely would have chosen different pajamas for the kids this year.  

Here's hoping that they can actually be needed at least once before summer!


Normal smiles? A Christmas miracle!

Aaaaand......the miracle is over