Monthly Archives: January 2009

Oh My!

What Mick Hubert, the Gator radio announcer, says during most games is what I was thinking this morning as my kids went off to school, once again decked out in orange and blue.  But this morning I should have taken a picture.  I think they went around the house finding anything they could with blue or orange on it.  The boys both left wearing gator pj pants that they received from their grandmother one year for Christmas (and which I don’t usually allow out of the house unless maybe if they are getting the newspaper). They topped them with gator t-shirts, jackets, socks, and my youngest even wore an orange and blue Santa style hat. 

It’s great to see them having fun with it all.  They have enjoyed getting to know the game of football better by playing it since our return to the States year before last.  And I’m glad that our gator team has had some good role-models, like Tim Tebow, for kids to look up to.  As we watched the game last night, we noticed several times when it seemed like players were intentionally trying to hurt others on the opposite team.  It’s sad that people feel they need to do that in order to win. 

I am a huge rule-follower, to the point where it drives my husband crazy when we are playing a game and can’t remember a rule.  I will drag the rule sheet out of any board game or even go to the internet if we can’t find the rules in order to play the game the way it is meant to be played.  I feel that rules are in place for a reason.  Sometimes they may need to be changed if they don’t work, but in general, if you follow the rules, I feel that the game (or any situation) makes more sense and flows right.  When people cheat or don’t follow the rules, it slows the momentum and can get frustrating.

The boys each have an event tomorrow.  I can’t wait to see my youngest in his first basketball game in several years.  He’s tall for his age (5’8″ at age 11), so sometimes I think he gets a lot of pressure on him from others who think he should be the next Michael Jordan.  I try tell the kids to just have fun when they’re out on the field, but they see how serious it all can be, especially on tv.  But in the end, I think if they feel like they’ve given their 110% and that their teammates are doing the same, even if they don’t win, they are enjoying the games.

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Ay Oh, Let’s Go!

The kids left for school this morning decked out in orange and blue.  They don’t care that the colors here are very similar to that other Florida school.  They proudly wear their Gator colors everywhere they go.  We are anxiously awaiting tonight’s game.  It should be a great match up between last year’s Heisman winner and this year’s. 

We are a big sports family.  My oldest son’s first word was “ball” probably due to the fact that my husband started tossing  a ball around with him as soon he was able to hold one.  He started his first league sport (t-ball) when he was 4 and has continually played some sport each season since.  My other two fell right in behind him when they turned 4 as well.  As much as I like watching college football and professional baseball, I love watching my kids play more than anything.  My oldest is steadily improving his times in swimming, and my youngest has his first basketball game this Saturday.  My daughter is waiting for softball season to begin again in a couple of months, so for now she will be on the sidelines with her dad and me. 

I sometimes miss playing a sport; I enjoyed basketball, softball, volleyball, and soccer as a kid.   But they weren’t as organized then and, in my small high school, were a bit limited.  I started running on the high school track team my senior year and have enjoyed keeping that up as much as possible over the years since.  I like it because it’s an individual sport.  No one has to rely on me, and I can do it whenever and wherever I like.  The downside is I have to drag my own behind out the door or to the treadmill; no one’s calling me to say that it’s time for practice.  And if I don’t get off of this computer and get my shoes on now, I won’t get in my run for today.

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Argh, Matey

The kids are slowly getting back into their routines.  Two of them already have big projects due Friday.  My oldest is up before the crack of dawn each day for swim team practice.  I sure am glad he can drive now!  Since he didn’t keep up with it over the break, he’s having to play catch up.  I think his bed will see more of him than anyone this week.  I seem to be getting a little better sleep at night with my pick up of activity during the day as well.  It’s so fun to be lazy over the holidays, but it puts a toll on my body at the same time.  I think I like the way I feel after a workout better than after stuffing my face with a plateful of cookies.  (No, I am not crazy, ‘cuz eating the cookies is way more fun!)

We got one of those “As Seen on TV” Iron Gyms for Christmas this year from Santa.  My sons and husband decided to put it in the doorway between our living and family rooms.  Surprisingly, it’s not too obtrusive and it’s very stable.  The only one of us who can even do pull-ups is my husband.  I think our oldest can come close, but the rest of us need some help.  Once I get up there, I can hold one for a little while, but the youngest two aren’t quite that strong yet.  My husband offered our youngest a monetary reward if he can do one pull-up.  So each time he goes through the doorway, he gets set by hanging from the handles, pulls up with all of his might, and says, “Look, did you see that?  I came up a little more!” 

That reminds me it’s time for my workout – argh!

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All is Bright

I thought I’d be sore this morning after getting back on the treadmill yesterday.  Not so much, though I am tired.  After my walk/run, I started taking down the Christmas decorations in the house.  Up and down the stairs and in and out of the attic, that was my workout.  By the time everyone got home, I was pooped.  My husband was  sad to see that Christmas is officially over when he walked in and the tree was gone.  Today I had planned to take down the lights outside, but Mother Nature decided to cry on us and give me a horrid sinus headache, so the lights and the white spiral tree and the 3-foot tall candy canes will remain outside for one more day.  I guess the family could sit on the front porch this evening if they want to take in the bright lights one last time this season.

My husband just called from work and said we need to schedule our final military packout.  Just over five months now.  I began getting ready for that over the holiday break by tackling closets throughout the house and discovered we need to have a huge yard sale in the spring.  The closets look good now, but the stuff that didn’t go back in them is still sitting outside their doors.  So, while the Christmas decorations wait, I’ll guess I’ll work on packing up those things today. 

But first – the treadmill.

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All Is Calm…

…once again.  As much as I love it when the kids get to take breaks from school (I can sleep in with them, there’s no rush to do homework or projects, we can play games all day or watch tv or do nothing, and there’s a more relaxed atmosphere around the house), I get another kind of calm when they go back to school.  There are no squabbles to break up, there aren’t quite as many messes to clean up, and I don’t have to yell, “Close the door!” every time they go in and out to play.  The best part is I get my schedule back.

I do better when I have a schedule.  When things are in order, I am more calm.  When new or unexpected things pop up, I sometimes don’t initially react well, but I eventually deal and adjust as necessary.  I’ve had to learn to do that a lot in the past 17 years.  This next and last military move has been on our minds since we arrived here in Virginia.  I know things will be fine; it’s going to be a little different, so I have to prepare for that.  I like to have all my ducks in a row, so when I’ve said that I’m nervous about this or that, I’m just getting ready for what’s ahead.

And what’s ahead right now is getting back to the gym.  I’m on my way out for a jog right now.

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Quietly Ringing in Another New Year

Already into day 3 of 2009, and I’m having fun just hanging out with the family.  The boys decided to go north to the snow Monday and came back on the 1st.  My daughter and I rang in the new year catching up on missed episodes of 24.  Since we were overseas so long, we missed a lot of series and found Netflix while we were in France.  We caught up on a few and are now able to watch them in real time on tv. But there are still others like 24 that we are still catching up on.

It was quiet around here for a few days, but my daughter and I enjoyed hanging out and doing girl stuff.  We went to an outlet mall one day – those are dangerous places!  We did get in our exercise for the day.  That’s one thing I haven’t done in a while.  It sure is easy to get out of the habit and get lazy.  I get up each day and think I need to start running again, but my body says, Oh, let’s just wait.  I know I need to, and I have set a date.  The kids go back to school Monday, and it will be the best day to make my new year’s day.  I also need to start eating better.  The holidays have brought lots and lots of chocolate my way, and anyone who knows me well knows I cannot say No to chocolate.  But I do say No to fruits and vegetables very easily.  I think I could live on bread, pasta, and chocolate. 

Well, that will all stop Monday.  I am going to post my resolutions on my bathroom mirror where I will see them every morning and night.  But for now, I have a couple more days to enjoy and relax with my family before real life begins once again.

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