Wednesday, November 25, 2015

On Thanksgiving Eve

I was looking back at last Thanksgiving Eve on my blog and it was remarkably similar to today, Thanksgiving Eve.

I took Trevor to the movies, the last Hunger Games movie and then I came home and made a pie. Last year I took the boys to see the 2nd Hunger Games movie and then came home to make a pie.

And as I reflect today on my many blessings, I am so thankful that today was like last year. I am blessed that we have had a relatively uneventful year.

I am fortunate that I have the same family sitting around the table this Thanksgiving and they all are healthy and well.

I have the same job as I had last year and although I don't always love it, I am thankful to have it.

My boys are happy, healthy, smart and fun. Although it has been a huge challenge for me getting used to Trevor being away, I am abundantly blessed to be their mom.

I am blessed to have a wonderful, supportive husband who loves me for me, even if he drives me crazy on a daily basis.

And no, life has not been all roses. There has been some sad, some really sad, bad things but today I choose to look at all my blessings and for that I am thankful.

I hope everyone has a blessed Thanksgiving.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Team Captain

Nolan's coach pulled him out of the locker room after practice.
From where I was sitting, it did not look good. Nolan is shy and was looking down and there was not even a hint of a smile on his face. I was pretty concerned because N does not take being called out well at all.
After the conversation with coach, he went back in the locker room to get dressed in his street clothing. I went down to meet him when he came out of the locker room so we could get his skates sharpened. He was smiling and I was relieved. 
He got a big smile on his face when he told me that coach asked him to be the team captain. He is responsible for shaking hands with the opponent's coach and the refs. He will be leading the team in warm ups and providing a positive, encouraging attitude on the bench to his teammates.
This is just what this shy boy needs. He is going to be taking a step out of his comfort zone and that is a great thing.
He is a great hockey player and has had a very strong start to the season. I am excited to see how this Team Captain continues to grow as a player and strengthen his character.
We are so proud of you, Nolan.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Life Lately (according to my phone)

So life lately has been consumed with hockey and practices, work and school, but we have managed to fit a few other things in our days.

First, my heart is hurting for all of us. What happened in Paris is so incredibly sad and scary. My heart is with the people and families of those touched by the tragedy in Paris.
Trevor received his first varsity letter. I am so proud of is dedication and hard work he put into playing soccer. School alone was a huge adjustment and then to add soccer on top of that was a huge commitment. He did it all well with only a few bumps in the road. I am looking forward to him coming home next weekend for a full week! I have definitely gotten more used to him not being home day in and day out but I still miss him just as much as I did after first dropping him off.
Last weekend, Griffin and I squeezed in a little Mommy/Griffin time to go see the new Peanuts Movie. We both loved our time together and the movie. I thought it was really cute and Griffin was laughing out loud. We both love our little dates.
Griffin has been waking in the morning and without being asked brushing his teeth. He even makes his bed. I think he has a thing or two to teach his older brothers. I am still reminding the big boys to brush their teeth and forget about making the bed!
Griffin went with Dad to a big brothers/big sisters charity event, Kids and Claws. He got to meet, eat dinner, play ball and hang out with the Red Claw basketball players. He had fun trash talking the pro players. He is all about basketball for the moment.

Nolan was invited to go to a rock climbing wall with one of his buddies. I was not surprised that he wanted to go but I was sure he would never climb one of the walls. He tends to have a fear of heights so I though no way would he do that.

Boy was I wrong. He started out on the easy walls but quickly moved up to the more difficult walls with small grips and ledges. He loved it and can't wait to go back. I am amazed by my boys daily!
Griffin has been selected to be the star of the week this week. He had to make a poster to tell about himself. He was so excited to do this. He and I worked on this little project and as you can tell his is very proud of his work!

And today we have hockey! It is going to be a tough middle school game, but fun none the less. Yesterday, Nolan and his huskies team won 11-0. Nolan had two goals and three assists.. which made for very happy boy. Way to go Nolan!

Monday, November 9, 2015

Hockey Season has Begun

On Sunday Nolan played in his first
hockey game of the season.
He had two games: Huskies and Middle School.
His Huskies team had a very successful first game winning something like 13-2. Nolan scored 2 goals and assisted in a handful more.
Nolan is on the A team for middle school this year. The play is much faster in middle school and the competition often tough.
The first game of the season was against Portland and the boys did a great job with a tie game of 1-1.
We are so happy to be back in the rink spending our weekends (and week days).

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Trick - or- Treat

We had a great Halloween with
great friends
and lots and lots of candy.

The boys did our neighborhood and then a few more. Rob was driving them around and when I asked why they were going to more houses Nolan's friend told me Halloween only happens once a year.
So I would say if you measure Halloween success based on candy alone, the boys were extremely successful.
Their smiles, excitement and stories also tell what a great night it was.

And, of course, we missed Trevor (as we do every day) but we spoke with him this morning and he seems to have had a great Halloween weekend with dances and movies.
This is all just the kick off to the most wonderful holiday season. Bring on the good cheer and festivities!

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Weekend with Trevor

On Thursday, my mom and I made the long trek up to MSSM to spend parents weekend with Trevor.

I had the opportunity to meet most of his teachers, which was great. This school is so different from our local school that it was good to get some perspective. Trevor is doing well. Most importantly, Trevor is very happy there.

I got to watch Trevor play in his varsity soccer game. The first high school game that I have been able to watch Trevor play in. Although they did not win, they fought very hard. It was so exciting seeing him play in a varsity game.

And the best thing about the weekend, was I got to bring Trevor home. He goes back to school on Tuesday, but it is so nice to have him home for a few days.

We all miss him so much, especially Griffin. He is glued to Trevor's side when his is home. It is so sweet but so sad all at the same time.

Saturday, October 17, 2015


Every leaf
speaks bliss
to me,
from the
autumn tree.

Monday, October 12, 2015

Weekend in review

We started the weekend by going a college hockey tournament.
It was great fun. Nolan had a blast with his buddy and one of his hockey coaches was working the game and gave them pucks and broken sticks.
Saturday and Sunday we spent at Nolan's hockey tournament.
The boys played with heart but ended up losing all of their games.
Obviously, they did not let that get them down.

After soccer we had family dinner and watched a little football.

Today we had to run a few errands. Nolan and Griffin had fun trying on hats and glasses.
All in all, it was a great weekend.

It would have been perfect if Trevor was around. I am still missing him a lot, maybe even more now than before. I am not sure why but I have been losing sleep thinking about him. He is happy which is great but I just feel such a disconnect.