Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Nothing says it like a Romance Card

I was shopping in Target last week and happened to pass by the card isle.  
The Valentines Day cards caught my eye. 
They weren't the typical love cards you would think a husband or wife would purchase for their spouse.
But no matter who you are, there was a card for you…

For the food lovers….
For the frisky...
For the elderly….
For those living in sin….
For the medicated….
For the spoiled rotten….
For the loving husband who knows his roll in the marriage….
Have fun shopping for your significant other this Valentines Day.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Weekend Recap

Brandon had two games this weekend. By hockey standards, that's an easy weekend.  Friday night he played for his high school team.  
Saturday's game was with VFC (his travel team) and they played against the top team in their league.  VFC was the underdog and had three players missing due to injury. 
The Quakers bench is stacked!
Valley Forge Colonials only had 10 players.

My favorite play of the game! Brandon checking an opponent so hard that he flew up into the air. {Proud Hockey Mom Moment!
It was a competitive game. The boys hung in there but lost 7-5. 
They didn't hang their heads though! These boys are tough!

I got to see my all time favorite hockey player (#10 Philadelphia Flyers - now retired) John LeClair.  He was coaching his son and team: Junior Flyers.
 Also on the Jr. Flyers is the son of Chris Gratton (another former Flyers player).

After the hockey game we stopped at a sports grille restaurant for lunch.  The atmosphere was cool. We were surrounded by sports themes.  Of course my favorite is the hockey wall of fame.
The menu consisted of a lot of hamburgers and fatty foods.  I tried a creamy potato soup that didn't turn out to be creamy or good
 Unfortunately I don't think we will be going back there again.
Saturday night was date night.  We went to The Movie Tavern.  It's a movie theater where you can dine and watch a movie at the same time.  The seats are leather and comfy.  They have a TV tray that swivels and a cup holder.  You can even order WINE!  :-) And there is a little button you press if you need more wine service.  
My hubby, me, my BFF and her hubby went to see Underworld in 3D.
Don't we look silly?

 Sunday was a day to relax.  
I tried to scrapbook, but Corbie kept getting in the way!
At least I got my blogging done…   

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Sunday In My City - Willow Grove, PA

Last week it snowed a bit in our area.  My husband went out to take pictures of the scenery.
Click HERE to see more of his breathtaking photos.

Don't forget to check out Unknown Mami's blog to see other views of the world.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

VFC vs Quakers

The Quakers are leading the division of league my son plays in.  VFC played well, it was impressive.  The last time they played the Quakers they lost 0-10 (ouch).  The boys came out on FIRE this game and for a time they were even winning the game.
This is my son hip checking a boy right off his skates. Wahoo MOOSE!


Friday, January 27, 2012

Lake Placid

Brandon's hockey team got to participate in a tournament at Lake Placid.  Lake Placid was where the 1980 Olympic games were held. The USA hockey team were the underdogs and went on to beat the Russians.  This accomplishment was considered a miracle.  Hence the name of the movie "Miracle on Ice".  
Although VFC team was listed as a B team, they played up to A for the Can Am Tournament.

Friday Fragments

Happy Friday!!!!

My husband snoring could wake up the dead.  I exaggerate not!  I am the type of person who needs it to be so quiet you could hear a pin drop.  For the last two weeks he has been sleeping on the couch because I cannot sleep with the loud snoring.  I found this product in Target and tried them last night.  
They work!  My husband was able to sleep in our bed again!
He was so excited.
I slept like a baby!  
Our cat Libby is a bit protective of her food and water dishes ever since we got our new kitty, Corbie.

And, of course I have to find a funny hockey picture to make my week all that better.
(Photo Credit goes to a FB friend)

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Thursday, January 26, 2012

Visit from Aunt Martha

Last week I had a meltdown. 
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I felt like a crazy lady. I was so up and down and all over the place. Then I realized it is THAT time of month,  which I bitterly lovingly refer to as "Aunt Martha".  The week before I start my period I become that mad insane crazy lady. My husband can attest, I don't have normal PMS either! He will ask me as timidly as he can "Is Aunt Martha coming?".
This month was worse!  
The week before Aunt Martha was to visit my doctor took me off of one medication and upped another.  I forgot to take my antidepressant for two days.  I was doing well and decided I didn't need the antidepressant anymore. 


In a few days I was going through withdrawal and cycling from happy, crying, raging, confused, sad, depressed… and the cycle started all over.  This pattern got worse over a course of a three day period.  I finally realized I needed to start taking the antidepressant again.  The day after I began my dosage I feel 100% better.

It is amazing what one little pill can do!

Now if that amazing pill could keep Aunt Martha from visiting!!!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

8th grade Dance

Last spring Brandon had his first formal dance.  He went with his (now-x) girlfriend, Jenn and friends, R.K. and Samantha.

Brandon and I spent HOURS looking for a pink tie that would match Jenn's pink dress.  It was impossible to find that shade of pink in a tie.  So we settled with a light pink tie.
Samantha, Brandon, Jenn, R.K.
The pictures were taken in our back yard.
It's funny to look back on these pictures because Brandon is now a head taller than Jenn.

They made a cute couple, but Mommy wasn't ready for her baby to get serious.  I was kinda happy when the "relationship" only lasted 6 months.


Remember I told you about my son, Zachary?
He is my golfer!
Zachary spends a lot of time with his Dad on the golf course.
This course was in Williamsburg, VA while we were on our summer vacation.

If you look close in this picture you can see the golf ball in the air.

My handsome boy!

Monday, January 23, 2012

Mistakes Hockey Parents Make

As a Hockey Mom, I have seen so many CRAZY parents!  They yell obscenities at the referees, some have gotten kicked out of games or even gotten into fights with other team parents.
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I know I'm not perfect.  I do however, cheer positively and energetically (according to Brandon a little bit too energetically)!

Here are some of the No-No's of what a Hockey Parent should NOT do!
  1. Lecturing their child about the sport's techniques and strategies when they themselves have never played the sport.
    • These parents think their child 's sport looks easy and fail to appreciate the complexity, difficulty and challenge of their child's sport.
    • I'd like to see THEM on the ice!
  2. Trying to coach their child FROM the STANDS when they are not a qualified coach.
    • I think these parents expect too much in performance
    • These parents display poor sportsmanship.  
    • They yell insructions and coaching comments and only distracts or confuses their child.
    • Kids imitate their parents behavior (good or bad)!
  3. Taking their child's sport experience too seriously.
    • They are vicariously through their child's ice hockey experiences.
    • Failing to see the value of sports lessons as preparation for life itself.
    • Seeing what is lacking in their child, and not encouraging what is good.
    • Rushing their child's early ice hockey technique development is not healthy. It should be the slowest and most careful period of all.
  4. Unrealistically overblown assessment of their child's talent.
    • Placing their child into sports situations where they cannot succeed.
    • Simultaneously having too many coaches, trainers, etc. who conflict in approach and technique.
    • Making their child inappropriately play injured or sick.
    • We've all seen these parents who think their child is the second coming of Christ (no offense to Christ).
As a parent have you ever seen an inappropriate mom or dad act like this at a sporting event or any other event your child has performed in?

Click here for a great article from Alpha-Mom regarding youth sports.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Sisters 1974

In 1974:
Flyers won the Stanley Cup vs. Boston Bruins!
Top TV show was 'All in the Family'
Minimum wage $2.00 an hour
Gas cost $0.63 a gallon
A stamp cost $.10

In 1974:
 my sisters and I liked...
Pop Rocks
Paint by Numbers
Sock Monkey
Holly Hobby
 Banana Seat bikes
Big Wheels
Weaving Loom
Kenner's Play-doh
and Each Other!

Tami Faith, Tori Hope and Tiffani Charity