Archive for April, 2011

A Flagger at the Game, How Fun!

Last night we went to a Wyoming Calvary game and needless to say it was one that we enjoyed thoroughly. The game itself was exciting to say the least. The Cav’s usually have multiple scores by the end of the 1st quarter, but that was not the case last night. They started out struggling to score and the end of the 1st quarter left a score of seven for the Cav’s and six for the other team.

Chris really enjoys going to the games and he enjoys working them even more. He spent the majority of the last season cleaning the locker rooms after the game. Now most of you would think this is a terrible job for a 14 year old (at the time), but he really enjoyed it. It made him feel like he was a part of the team and he was able to spend time with the players. He felt important and they got to know him at the same time.

Well this season is no different. The first game (last week) he cleaned the locker rooms and really enjoyed it. This game he was able to run the flags on the field, throw out prizes to the crowd, and clean the locker rooms. Last night was an awesome night for Chris and one I’m sure he won’t forget for a long time. Below are a few pictures and a video.

Chris is the one in white by the blue dasherboard.

Chris is the one in right at the lower middle area.

Chris starts out on the right side of the picture and moves to the left.

Tournament Week, Final Day

Day three of the tournament was the end of the road for all of the teams involved. Josh’s team was playing for 1st or 2nd place when they played today. They played a very good game. They had a lot of good shots, good plays, and they had a lot of fun. In the end they came out in 2nd place.

It was fun to watch and it was wonderful to see Josh play. He’s improved so much this year and he’s had such a good time. He loves to play basketball and it showed with the scores he’s made, the rebounds, and the assists. All of which helped lead his team to the top where they placed 2nd in the city. It was an awesome season and one I’m so glad I got to see.

Now we’re off and running with track and he’s just as excited to participate in this sport. He in the beginning stages of track so he doesn’t know what he will do, but he’ll decide soon. His first meet in next Saturday and I can’t wait to watch him do is events. So here we go again. :)

Tournament Week, Day Two

Today was day two of the tournament and it was a wonderful end to the day. Josh’s team won and they are headed to the championship game. They play tomorrow afternoon at 3:45 pm. This game will determine 1st and 2nd place.

Josh has had a wonderful season and we’re so proud of him. He’s made scores, he’s assisted in scores and steals, and he’s rebounded. He’s learned so much since the season started and it’s been amazing to watch. He’s grown up and he’s picked up on plays that are brand new to him.

Tomorrow is the day they’ve worked so hard for, tomorrow is the day they’ve been waiting for since February. Tomorrow is the end of the season and it will be sad, but at the same time it will be happy because they’ll know they’ve worked their hardest to get to where they are and it’s all paying off.

So tonight I want to say congratulations to the Centennial #1 “B” team. You guys have worked hard and it shows. We’re looking forward to the championship game and we can’t wait for the game.

IEP Struggles

Parenting is not an easy job at times. Of course, there are days when it’s hard to believe you’re a parent, but those days are slim compared to those when it’s hard to be a parent.

Our youngest has been on an IEP since he was two years old. This school year is his first in the middle school setting and we’re very pleased with his progress. He’s brought himself up to grade level with his reading, he passed a math lab class and was taken out of it, and he’s made the honor roll all three quarters. He’s also on the well on his way to making the honor roll again.

Now this school year we chose to do the IEP early and we invited all of his teachers to attend. This gave us the ability to have them help set goals for Josh and it gave us a chance to explain how Josh is and how he does in school.

Recently I received a call from the school regarding Josh’s IEP for this year. They want to hold the meeting in May rather than August. This means we won’t have the ability to have his new teachers involved in the meeting. This is not good in my opinion, but I don’t have a choice in the matter. The IEP must be completed by August 23 which is the day before school starts.

I shared my concerns with the school and they have assured me we can hold the meeting in May as they want and then we can hold another one in August or September so the new teachers can be involved. If any changes need to be made we can submit an amendment to the original IEP. I’m struggling with this, but doing my best to hope it works. I just hope it does work. I don’t know if that meeting is what has helped Josh, but I’m not going to run the risk of that being the case.

A Perfect Start to the Tournament Week

Today was Josh’s first tournament game. The tournament starts out as a single elimination and then goes to a double if you win the first game.

Josh’s team ended the regular season with a record of 5 and 1. Not bad at all. Each of the games were very close and ranged from a win by two to a win by seven and then a loss of five. It was a wonderful regular season.

Now we’re in the tournament and it’s off to a great start. Josh’s team won tonight’s game and they’re moving on to the next game. It will be played on Thursday and we’re very excited to go.

Here are a few pictures from the regular season.

Menu Monday: April 4

Well it’s another Monday. Today I’m going to share our meal plan for the week. Kevin and I have been doing a lot of thinking about money the last few days and we’ve come up with a plan that we’re going to implement next week. I’m really hoping it will work and save us money.

You see, we don’t like microwaved hamburger so there are a number of meals that we enjoy having but we throw away a lot of the meal due to the amount of ingredients it takes to make it. A prime example of this would be the meal we’re going to have on tomorrow. So what we’re going to do is try to cut the recipe in half and we’re hoping it will be enough to feed us and yet not have any left overs remaining. I’ll let you know next week how it goes.

Monday – Breakfast
Tuesday – Chris’ meal
Wednesday – Monte Cristo’s
Thursday – Chicken w/ cheese and bacon bits
Friday – Take out
Saturday – Tator tot casserole
Sunday – Pizza

Do you eat left overs or do you throw them away because of something like us where we don’t like it warmed up? Leave a note in the comments and let us know.

Family Time: Playing Darts

Spending time together as a family is so important. Your children need to know you care about them and you want to spend time with them no matter what you have going on. If you’re as busy as I am you know spending time with your family can be a challenge, but it’s important you find a way to make it happen.

One thing we enjoy doing is playing a game of darts. My hubby has an electronic dartboard which saves us time because we don’t have to keep track of the score. The board takes care of it for us which gives us more time to play.

Kevin’s board has a game that we really enjoy. The first person to reach 321 wins, but the difficult part of the game is that your score can go to zero quickly. If someone gets the same score as someone else that person goes to zero and the person that hit that score gets to continue on. It’s a lot of fun and brings a lot of smiles and laughter to the room.

So if you are not spending quality time with your family, you need to find a way to make it happen. Even if it’s only 15 or 20 minutes, you need to make it happen. You’re children will thank you for it.

Check out this Fun Project I Found

I found this fun project on a site I visit regularly and I just had to share it with you. This would be fun for all ages I’m sure but definitely for those children between the ages of 8 and 12. You’ll have to let me know if you try it and how it turns out.

I found this project on Colleen Bain’s site. You can click here to visit her site and see all of the wonderful things she can do to help you if your child is struggling with learning difficulties.

Make a Homemade Lava Lamp!

They’re mesmerizing, colorful, and make any room look retro. But lava lamps can also be a great way to teach your child about science. This homemade version won’t look exactly like the one in the store, but, then again, not many kids can say they’ve made their own lava lamp!

What You Need:

* Empty and clean 16 oz. plastic soda bottle
* Soda bottle cap
* Vegetable oil
* Food coloring
* A large Alka-Seltzer tablet
* Water
* Flashlight (optional)

What You Do:

1. Fill the bottle 3/4 full with vegetable oil. Add water to the remainder of the bottle, almost to the top but without it overflowing. Add 10 drops of food coloring, to make the solution appear fairly dark.
2. Cut the Alka-Seltzer into 8 pieces. Drop one of the tiny pieces into the oil and water mixture. The mixture will start to bubble.
3. Wait until the bubbling stops and add another piece of Alka-Seltzer. Continue until there is no more Alka-Seltzer, and the bubbling has completely stopped.
4. Screw on the cap of the soda bottle. Tip the bottle back and forth and watch the wave appear.

The reason this homemade lava lamp works is because the tiny droplets of liquid join together to make one big lava like blob. Place a flashlight with a bright beam under the bottle to illuminate the bubbles for maximum visual effect.

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Yay We Made it to Friday!

I’m thankful it’s Friday as it’s been a long week. I’m looking forward to this evening though. We’re going to the Cav’s game. The Cav’s are the indoor football team for Casper and they are so much fun to watch.

The games are very fast paced and exciting. They really get the crowd involved and that makes it even more fun. The boys enjoy going because they throw things into the stands and they enjoy trying to catch them.

Some people may not think this is a good way to spend quality time together as a family, but it is for us. We need to do what we can to spend time with our boys and if football games are it then that’s what we do. We enjoy cheering on the team and being together.

I’m not sure what the weekend will bring, but the weather on Saturday is supposed to be really nice. It’s supposed to be in the upper 60’s and possibly 70. Yay! Bring on the nice weather. Hope you all have a great weekend!

About Corrie


My name is Corrie and I'm from Wyoming. I've been married to Kevin since 1993 and we have two wonderful boys.

I'm a Virtual Assistant and a Ghostwriter. I love what I do and I enjoy spending time with my family.

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