Thursday, October 23, 2014

A Cindy Quickie

Just because I didn't have enough to do this week and had tons of time on my hands apparently, it was perfect timing for Cindy to be assigned the homework of building a replica of a native american home. Ay carumba!  Since she is Choctaw (and proud of it!) we got permission to make a "chukka."  As she started building it and I saw how all of our ideas of how to make it look authentic were starting to come together, I couldn't help but be impressed.  I said, "Wow! This looks it was made by a real Indian!"  And Cindy looked at me and said, "What do you mean?  It WAS."  And then she gave me the eel face:

Get it?

HA!  That was a great one, Cindy :)

And just for reference, here is the chukka in all its glory.  Be jealous, Pinterest.  I didn't even need you.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Luke Quickies

While I continue working on my recap of our trip up to Georgia to see my brother Dave over the past weekend, I thought I would blog two Luke Quickies for you.

Let me preface this first one by saying that our race for Florida governor is between Rick Scott and Charlie Crist...

One day out of the blue Luke asked me, "Mom, do you like Charlie Crist or Rick Scott?  Because Charlie Crist has made college more expensive and he doesn't even care about education." Well, I guess those ads are working on somebody!

While driving home from Georgia, there was a point when the car was completely quiet and we all seemed to be lost in our own thoughts.  Finally, Luke broke the silence by asking, "Mom, I don't get it.  They say you can add up to four lines for only 100 bucks, but what even is a 'line'?" I guess I have learned that a penny for Luke's thoughts is a great value :)

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Rise and Shout!

The BYU football team only comes to Florida every once in a while, so when they finally do come this way, I have to take advantage.  Me, my dad, and my brother Chris made the trek to Orlando to watch them play the University of Central Florida last Thursday.  Even though the ending was not what I wanted, (and we got completely ROBBED on the non pass interference call on the last play of the game) it turned out to be one of the more entertaining sporting events I have ever been to. Interceptions, turnovers, missed field goals, blocked kicks, sitting by my family, jockey jokes, cats and dogs living together, overtime- it really was quite a game to witness in person!  Although , the best part had to be getting to sing the BYU fight song three times, which is something I haven't legitimately gotten to do even once in a very long time.  Singing it after I get my paycheck each month doesn't really count. And a big thank you goes out to the BYU football team for scoring three touchdowns in a row, right in front of where we were sitting. It was a beautiful thing :)

Exhibit A of why I never take any kind of selfie. But, great face, Chris.

During the game my dad and I were reminiscing about going to the games at LaVell Edwards Stadium back when we were students at the Y.  And that got me thinking about something else...


10.  Crowd doesn't have to sustain substitutions
9.  Referees not allowed to home teach each other until after the game is over
8.  No intermediate hymn sung at halftime
7.  Open exercises for The Cougars are actual exercises
6.  Cheerleaders can't wear their maternity outfits
5.  Way more concession choices than just green jello and tots
4.  Elder Packer refuses to do the worm after field goals
3.  ESPN commentator never begins his call of the game by saying, "When the Bishop asked me to give this commentary, I was a little nervous..."
2.  Last timeout not used for closing prayer
1.  Cosmo not allowed to bring his two counselors

And now for 750 bonus points, please pick out which of the following I did NOT see while attending the BYU v. UCF football game:

a.  A 70 year old man dressed exactly like Waldo (of Where's Waldo fame)
b.  A UCF fan dressed as a Mormon missionary
c.  A guy wearing a cowboy hat he made out of a Bud Light container and duct tape
d.  Someone pay $18 for 3 lemonades
e.  An official numbered stadium bleacher seat designed for one (miles away from any other seat)
f.  A tiny UCF fan and a gigantic Tongan BYU fan being removed from the game for fighting
g.  A four foot tall referee
h.  A traffic cop being useful

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Speed Racer

Lest you think that Cindy is having all of the running fun around this place, here is proof that Luke is getting in on the act. Over the weekend he ran his first official race, the Pumpkin Fun Run in Bartow.  It was a half mile race for ages 7 to 12 and it took place around a lake behind my old high school.  (Wow, if anyone had told me during my senior year of high school that one day I was gonna bring back my own son for a race around what was then the underclassmen parking lot, I would have said, Do I know you?)  I wasn't quite sure what to expect.  Luke seemed neither excited nor terrified. Which, when you think about it, is a very Luke way to feel.   

The calm before the storm

Surprise! Ben (and Nathan) showed up!

I dare you to find Luke in this picture at the starting line...

After a little walking and stopping to help a kid who fell down (twice), Luke made it home!

After it was over I asked Luke, "How was it?"  He replied, "Boring."  
Yes, he is my child. But he wore his race shirt and his medal the rest of the day :)

Nice photobomb, Dad

Monday, October 13, 2014

Have you seen my soapbox? Oh, wait, here it is!

Thursday night I went to the BYU football game over in Orlando and did not get home until about 2am.  Needless to say I was not exactly moving at lightning speed on Friday morning.  In fact, I decided to sleep in a little and make everyone's life a whole lot easier by checking my kids in to school about 30 minutes late. The policy at McKeel is that if your child is tardy, meaning, they come to school any time after 8:35am, they get a "fine." (They work on an economy system at McKeel where they earn fake "money" for coming to school every day and then they have to write checks and are given fines for infractions of the rules. Yeah, whatever.) Here is the issue: on Friday when I checked them in late, Cindy received a fine, right there in front of me at the front office desk (by a very smug office lady) after I signed her in. Why?  Because my explanation of "I wasn't feeling good and needed more time this morning" is not an APPROVED reason for her to be tardy. According to the handbook, having a note from a doctor's office is the only reason a tardy will be excused.  On what planet does this makes sense?  First of all, my child is ten.  They know that, right?  She has no control over my decisions.  She also has no control over whether I lose my keys, get a flat tire or even whether or not she might need a little extra time in the bathroom one morning. Things happen. But secondly, and more importantly, I AM THE PARENT, you buffoons!  Do not tell me what I can and cannot do with my child or what is and is not acceptable as an excuse to be tardy.  I. don't. owe. you. an. explanation.  I can take my child out of school at any time, for any reason or be late at any time for any reason. You don't get to be a part of that discussion. Furthermore, this policy also essentially means that at McKeel it is better to miss and ENTIRE day of school and NOT receive a fine, than it is to come to school 30 minutes late and be penalized. This makes absolutely no sense. Almost as much sense as a car line that crosses itself twice and feeds back into....itself.  I mean, who in the world would come up with something like tha- oh, right.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

You Know Why I Love Florida?

Because here you buy a trampoline in October to "get ready" for Winter. 

Let the wild rumpus start!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

I Think I Have Made An Enormous Mistake

A few weeks ago I registered Cindy to run the Color and Glow 5K with me on November 1st out near the Lakeland Airport. I thought to myself, Self, "What better way to introduce your daughter to running than by doing a race with you that is not timed AND allows you to get doused with glow in the dark paint at the same time?"  So the next day we began our first official day of race training. If you are supposed to start small, then we are overachievers who started microscopically. After two laps of the small loop in the neighborhood behind our house (running for 60 seconds and then walking for 60 seconds for a total of 8 minutes), Cindy was pretty much done. And by "done" I mean talking about how her shoulders hurt, how the heat was going to kill her and how she felt like they she was "definitely going to throw up."  The next week we did some training over at the practice track at the high school, which had very "mixed results", shall we say. Finally, this past Saturday, in order to properly celebrate the one-day, freak-of-nature October cold front we got, I took the kids up to run around Lake Hollingsworth.  Luke was completely pleasant as he made his way around. Cindy on the other hand actually uttered the words, "I hate you, Mom" by the time it was over.  So I guess you could say things are going really well!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Now That's Using Your Melon

I really, really hate admitting this, but I actually did learn something incredibly useful from the stupid Yahoo homepage this summer.  I am probably a thousand years late in knowing this fact, but what you see before you is, indeed, the very best way to cut and serve a watermelon:

Wedges: OUT.  Spears: IN.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Golazas Galore!

We have now completed two full games of Luke's soccer season. And it is already going so much better than last year, simply by the virtue of the fact that the other kids are not all seven feet taller than Luke.  In fact, he is one of the taller ones on his team this year!  Selfish me has not been taking a lot of pictures, as I have been simply watching with my actual eyeballs, but I did manage three okay shots so far.  Today Luke had a hat trick!  I have been so amazed by his progress.  His footwork is very good for his age and surprisingly, he can be pretty aggressive.  He did take a swift kick to the thigh today, which brought tears and a nasty spill, but he shook it off pretty good after a hug from Mom :) 

Taking on the world, or Conner, the giant kid from Kindergarten who is now an ogre

The Luke special: the breakaway.  In the background, The Jacob special: Looking intimidating.

Definitely not my best work, but this happened just before Luke scored his first goal today.
He psyched out the goalie and put it in on the side he was not expecting :)

Definitely the best part of the games.  After Luke's first goal, these two did a chest bump.
Ryan is the best teammate ever!

Friday, October 3, 2014

If I Don't Do This Now, It Will Never Happen

It dawned on me that I never actually finished my epic "end of summer" 
post during September like I promised.  
But I finally got most of the pictures imported and well, that may have to suffice.  

SUMMER OF 2014: The year we did some stuff

Planted some cactus
(which may have died, don't tell Grandma!)

Luke learned to dive! Three cheers for someone else having the pool!

Playing some Plants vs. Zombies Risk for the first time.  
Which we got for Christmas.  7 months ago...

Visiting the SPCA or "Kitten Shop."  Watch out for Skipper, he's nuts.

Dad's birthday! While grandma burned her finger in the background...

Cindy making some sweet moolah with Uncle Rico.  Actually, we did a small yard sale 
and here she is selling shells she collected at the beach 10 for $1.  
Right after I told her that NO ONE was going to buy them.

Double Bingham ball with Uncle Chris and cousin Wyatt!!!

Building robots and painting the Duck Dynasty version of the Enterprise.

Mid-air cousin time!

A little shopping for Cucuface's birthday...

Being exhausted...

Cindy sells seashells down by the garage door, while Luke guesses the speed of 
an upcoming pitch at the baseball game.  Either way, you make a dollar.

Lego temple!

Olivia time!

Grandma and Grandpa time!

Getting to see snow time! And by snow I mean sliding your finger along your skate
 after two laps and collecting a tablespoon of crushed ice.

Cindy's sweet shop, open for business!

Indian crafts to celebrate our heritage!  Tomahawk chop!

Luke and the most exciting dream catcher in the universe!

I interrupt this post to bring you an adorable picture of my niece, Olivia:

And now back to our regularly scheduled posting.....

Swimming in grandma and grandpa's wading pool

Trying sodas of every flavor, including this one which, according to Cindy, 
tastes like "cooking spray."  Mmm, mmm good!

That day my mom caught World Cup fever...

I caught it too! Luke, not so much.

He had important sleeping positions to try out....

And bead scorpions to build...

Real scorpion suckers!

And some cousin time.  

How would you rate our summer, Addie?
Me too.

***Disclaimer:  I did not take all these pictures in just a few days. Cindy really does have just three shirts she will wear.  Ever.  And one is a bathing suit.