Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Friends for All Seasons finish...

This is by Lizzie Kate.  This was a quick, fun stitch.  I love how the birds are included in each season.  This will be a Christmas gift for a dear friend of now passes on to my  Sweetie for framing.  I can't wait to see what he comes up with!


Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner!!!

As you can see, this tired, slightly-sunburned, not-so-little fellow won again!  This was his first tournament after our all-too-brief respite from tournaments.  He's been chomping to get back to competing, so this was great fun for him.  As long as he's having fun and is willing to put in the needed work to do well, we're happy to support hm in his goals.  This tournament was extra-fun for us beause lots of Ian's friends were also in this tournament.  The extra-good thing is that the kids were all participating in different age groups and levels, so none of them were playing at the same time.  This enabled all of us to go cheer for each other's kids when they played.  It was so much fun to have our own built-in cheering section!!  We were all pretty fried by the end of the tournament, but I wouldn't trade the memories for anything!  I was suprised at how nervous we all got for each other's kids...I always get nervous when Ian plays, but I thought that was just "mama love".  I got almost as nervous and excited for the other kids in our group as I did when Ian is on the court.  Fun, fun, fun!  :)
I sometimes moan about all the coaching and practices and running here and there and getting tournament-ready, but at the end of the day - this is my life and I love it!  I really do love it!  I am blessed beyond measure - and I'm not taking that for granted.
I hope that each of you can say that you love your life too!!!!  :)

Game On!!!!


(PS - yes, I do nag him all the time to wear sunscreen.  His body was fine, but his face got burned.  We just purchased a separate face cream , sun-block to protet his face when he plays - here's hoping the cream helps!)

Sunday, September 05, 2010

A wee bit of stitching...

We've had a great time just taking some time off...but it's also been good to get back into our school/tennis(and for me, stitching!) vibe.  Ian's league play starts on Friday night and we'll be back to tournaments in a couple of weeks!  Homeschool is going great - homeschooling is definitely not for everyone (10 years ago, if someone would have told me that I would ever be a homeshooler, I would've thought that they had gone "around the bend" and not come back!)  It works for us though and we're enjoying the opportunities that it provides us.  We're getting back on a roll...and it feels good.

I'm trying to get myself in gear and get started on some Christmas gifts - this Lizzie Kate design will be for one of the sweet folks that help with my mom.  They don't do the "internet" thing, so  I feel pretty safe in posting this.  (If you're my sweet "D" in Ohio and you think I'm making this for you for Christmas - please forget you ever saw this, okay???)   :)

We've been having fun enjoying the awesome waves that the beach has been offering here this week.  Hurricane "Earl" got close enough to give us some "gnarly" waves - the highest in our county in a few years, but not close enough to do any damage. (great situation!)  Due to my knee issues, I didn't get the courage to take my board out, but I live with a couple of "surfer dudes" who think this was a WONDERFUL week!!!  :)

I've really been having fun doing a bit of blog-hopping, I just love seeing what everyone is up to - there are some lovely, talented people in "blogland".  I also SO appreciate the wonderful comments that have been left for me.  Ya'all just say the sweetest things!  May ya'all be blessed in bunches!