Monday, January 28, 2013

Snow Lacrosse

What a silly boy!
Playing Lacrosse in the snow...
wearing shorts….
when it's 16F degrees outside.
You ask.
Because his football got stuck in the tree.


Sunday, January 27, 2013


My husband is a high school teacher.
Every year the students and faculty look forward to ONE particular RIVALRY football game.
They celebrate the day before with a HUGE pep-rally.
The stands are filled with students.
There are no seats to be found!
Whenever a play is stopped, the band plays loud, inspiring tunes.
At the end of the game, the Raiders celebrate a VICTORY

Thank you for visiting!

Friday, January 25, 2013


Each week I look forward to Friday.  It's the beginning of the weekend!
Looking back on my week…
This is the coldest our area has seen the last two years.
Hubby went to a hockey game without me with a friend.
While I cursed his name watched the game from home.
Brandon took a slap shot and broke his expensive favorite stick!
My grandmother moved into a retirement center.
She is lovin' it!

Happy Friday!
Enjoy your weekend friends.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Out Door Hockey Rink

It's not every day that a hockey player gets to play in an outdoor rink!
Outdoor rinks like any other hockey rink with boards and a roof.
There are aluminum walls around a portion of the rink to protect the ice from rain and snow.
Not quite Pond Hockey, but still fun to have the outdoor experience!
If you look close I'm standing up not facing the boards.
To my left is Brandon's girlfriend.
The temperature was about 40F degrees and the wind wasn't bad.
Our team won 7-0!

Monday, January 21, 2013

It was an accident!

Ever see those cement blocks in a parking lot with a light pole on top of it?
Who would be dumb enough to drive so close to one of these bright yellow cement blocks
trying to line up the car after pulling in rather crookedly?
 Ummm, yeah… that would be ME!


Sunday, January 20, 2013

Eckley Village

Eckley Miner's Village is an example of a planned 19th century industrial coal mining town.
Companies often designed and constructed rural communities to house their employees in close proximity to the collieries or factories at which they worked.

Today Eckley Miners' Village represents the lives of immigrant anthracite coal miners and their families as they lived through the industrial revolution. 


Thursday, January 17, 2013

How NOT to be a Super Mom!

A friend is struggling with being a mom, wife and juggling her career at the same time.  She turned to her friends and asked for ideas to make things easier.

Any woman who takes on the selfless and unconditional responsibility to nurture the emotional and physical well-being of her kids and manages to do that successfully amid the chaos of running a household and often juggling a career has to be a Super Mom! Right?

I asked myself what I thought it meant to be a Super Mom.

I personally think being a Super Mom is a notion and not reality. She is a woman who has been programmed to 'do all' and 'be all' for everyone.  Women have been taught to maintain a clean home, feed our family healthy foods, be the nurse, the care-giver, the taxi driver, the chef, the counsellor, the coach, the motivator, the boo-boo kisser and the list goes on.

She is also a completely stressed out and unhappy Mom with a family that is also not happy.

Then I asked myself what I thought it took to be a GOOD mom.

She is a mom who knows how to say No!
Someone who asks their family for help and can delegate tasks.
A loving yet firm parent and who can be spontaneous.
A woman who cultivate friendships with moms of all ages for support and advice.
A woman who understands that in order to take care of her family, significant other, and/or business, she must care for herself too!
A mom who can enjoy being a mom!

I asked my boys their opinion. 
(Ahren, 23)

Me: "Ahren, what do you think makes a good mom?"

Ahren:  "Taking kids on vacation like The Please Touch Museum, Cape Cod, or Disneyland.  Where are we going this year?"

Moocher.  :-D

(Zachary, 17 years old)

Me: "Zach, what do you think makes a mom a good mom?"

Zachary: "Google it!"

Me: "Come on Zach. What do you think makes a good mother?"

Zachary: "A cool Mom is the best Mom."

Me: "Am I cool?"

Is rolling of the eyes really an answer?

(Brandon, 15)

Me: "Brandon, what do you think makes a mom a good one?

Brandon: "Some one who helps with homework.  By the way Mom, I have an essay due tomorrow. Can you help?"


I asked my husband.

Me: "Honey, what do you think makes a good mom?"

Todd:  "A woman just like you!"

Points award to this man!


I can handle being a not-so-cool travel agent, homework-helping kind-of-Mom.


Friday, January 11, 2013


My oldest son stopped in yesterday during his lunch hour.  Ahren works for a pest control company.  He was explaining to me that his first job of the day was baiting a farm for rats.  He left the bed of the truck open because he was taking things on and off of it.  He came out of the barn to get more supplies and saw a goat on the back of his truck.  Yes people, you read right!  A GOAT!  Ahren tried getting the goat down, but he was stubborn and wouldn't budge.  Ahren had to call the office and get another technician help him get the goat off the truck.  When the farmer returned and Ahren told him what happened, the farmer replied "Oh yes, the goat likes to take rides in my truck".  huh?

I went to Staples to get a bunch of things laminated for my daycare.  The Staples employee ended up laminating three things on top of one another.  Sorry Staples…. THAT WAS N.O.T. EASY!

Brandon had a hockey game Wednesday night.  I know I am his mother and I know I am supposed to be supportive.  Sorry baby, but your on-ice performance sucked!  Go get 'um next time!


Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Hockey is BACK!

This hockey fan has been extremely frustrated!  The NHL canceled the entire 2004-2005 season because of an owner's lockout of players, and played a shortened 48-game schedule following a lockout in 1994-1995. This season has also suffered a lockout.  FINALLY, after a long four months, the NHL and NHL players reached a deal and the hockey schedule will be announced this Friday!

During the lockout I was able to enjoy the sport through my son.  He plays for two teams and we are busy almost every weekend.  In the past my husband has taken beautiful photos of my son playing. This year he has been helping in the score box, so I haven't been getting those precious photos that I love!  

I took some photos but they are no where near the quality that hubby takes. 

I will take what I can get though…. 
                                   just like I will take half of an NHL season over nothing at all!