Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Topher's Birthday

Topher loved his jumper!



I know I always can't believe how fast time flies, but I really can't believe that Topher is 9. It seems like just yesterday that I was lugging that big lug around all day. I guess the saying is right that "time flies when you are having fun," or maybe I will coin a new one, "time flies when you have too many loads of laundry to do, too many spelling tests to give, and too many kids to yell at!" I think I like that one better, probably more appropriate to the last 9 years of my life anyway. Just kidding, I love my kids, but since yesterday I told Topher and Anna they were in prison camp for being so lazy and lying about when their work is done, maybe right now isn't the best time to write about how much I love Topher, but really I do. He has always been so sweet and such a much needed calming influence in our lives. After I was finished ranting about how they had no privileges and couldn't be trusted to even clean under the train table-the nerve! I asked Topher how his day was. He started to cry and said that it was now horrible because he couldn't watch TV. He almost had me until he mentioned TV, then I just laughed. Topher's birthday was last Sunday, the ninth and then on Monday he asked me what I was bringing. I had no idea what code he was speaking in or about, and then he almost cried again and said for his birthday, of course! Well, his birthday was already well off my list, but I did whip up a batch of cupcakes and grabbed some pretzels since the school has gone nazi over unhealthy snacks, and Sharon and I went in to the classroom. They were watching "Balto," which I have never seen, but Topher kept talking about it like it was some kind of a documentary, isn't it about a dog? Anyway, Sharon screamed because she wanted to sit in some girl's desk, and it wasn't pretty. He had fun showing her off and eating his cupcakes, it was cute to be in his classroom.
This post is really pretty random, I can't sleep, but maybe I shouldn't be writing things for posterity either. Let me get back to how great Topher is. Topher is really smart, and he just started the gifted and talented program for the district. The program is different than when I was a kid, they take all the kids from each grade and they go do stuff for about half a day once a week. He really likes it and is quite proud of himself for qualifying. He took an IQ test and had to pass above a certain mark, so he was thrilled with himself and wants to tell everyone his IQ. I tried to explain that it is a private thing, like how much your house costs, and he was not getting the picture since he ran up to our neighbor the second he got home and told him how high his IQ is.
Topher is also a good little athlete. He thinks he is going to win the Heisman some day which is great. He was really lazy in his basketball game the day before his birthday, so I told him if he got 10 rebounds and made two shots I would buy him a candy bar-what a great reward for sports performance, but whatever. Anyway, he did great this past week and really hustled and worked hard. It is really fun to watch him play.
Well, that is about all for now. Topher had a fun birthday, we love him a lot, and look forward to another great year!This cake took forever to make and didn't even look that good, which is a bad combo! He liked it though, so that is what is important. He had the most fun putting all the action figures around for a battle scene.

Monday, November 10, 2008

More Basketball

Saturday was another day of basketball games. This time the boys conflicted, so I went to Topher's, and Jay went to Jacob's. Topher's team lost by two baskets, but he did a good job. He had to play 3 quarters so he was really tired. Jacob kind of reverted to his deer in the headlights look at his game. Maybe next week he'll get fired up-who knows? It is cute to see them play and to see how much they improve.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Humble Pie


Yesterday I started something new, a women's city league basketball team. It is with a bunch of ladies that all play at the church 3 times a week.
So, I guess you could say I am a bit cocky about playing basketball at the church with the ladies since I can pretty much do whatever I want when we play-see I told you I was cocky! I can shoot, pass, dribble, whatever, and it pretty much works for me. Well, we started our season last night and I got handed a big fat piece of humble pie! When I walked in the gym, I almost messed my pants when I saw who we were playing. They were Amazon women! They had 4 girls well over 6 feet tall and well over 200 pounds-some may have been pushing 250, I was so overwhelmed I could hardly look at them! You can see a couple of them in the background of the picture-they are huge! Then, somebody told me that their guard started at BSU last year and was WAC conference player of the year-a little out of our league to say the least-but since we were in the same league, our little team was in trouble! Needless to say, I was not able to do whatever I wanted with the ball last night! When I dribbled in front of the best basketball player I've ever faced, she was practically making a lay-up before I even realized she had stolen the ball! It wasn't good. I worked so hard fighting my way across the key to get posted up, and then these "women" would shove me about 5 feet out of the way, and I am not easily shoved, so they were big I tell you BIG! We stayed tied until 12 points which I consider a huge moral victory, and then it all fell apart. Final score, 55-22. I did make a basket, and I had some good defensive stops. The refs called absolutley nothing, so I was hacking away like crazy! It wasn't good though because the big ladies were throwing elbows like crazy when they got a rebound, I thought one of them was going to break my jaw at one point. We had a lot of fun, and we just laughed at how bad we are, but it was really fun to go play this morning and to be able to sail in for an easy lay-up (I guess I didn't eat quite enough of that pie!)

Basketball Season Begins

Last Saturday, we started basketball season for the boys. Jacob's game was first and I was really worried about him because all he did in all of his practices was act clueless-I suppose it wasn't an act, he really was clueless! So, we had a little pep talk on the way to the game, and Jacob came out like an animal! He was so aggressive on defense, it was great. He just walked up to people and ripped the ball out of their arms. He kept getting called for fouls because in Y-Ball you can only guard your designated guy, but he was all over the place. He was cracking me up! He loves having a uniform and he is really excited for his next game.
Topher's team is really good. The pictures weren't very good, but you can get the idea. I was really proud of the crossover dribble he did, he has improved so much. He actually posts up now, and he blocks out guys so that his teammates can drive to the basket and get an open lay up, he's doing great. It was a fun way to spend a Saturday watching our boys have so much fun playing basketball!

Halloween


We had a great Halloween this year. It was soo warm, it was fabulous, except that both Topher and Anna said it was too hot to wear their wigs, but they still looked great. We had a get-together at my parent's house to eat the goodies the kids baked with my mom that day, and then we got ready and went trick-or-treating. We did our street together, and Jay had to carry Sharon the whole time because she was terrified of Anna and could never figure out who she was. After that, we went down to a big haunted house in our neighborhood, and then I let the "big kids" trick-or- treat alone. They thought they were really big time and they all did well together. They went through the haunted house again and had a great time.In case you can't tell, Anna is Elpheba, from Wicked. My mom made a great costume and Anna looked great. On Wednesday before Halloween, Anna and I were out getting supplies for a book report and we saw at Barnes and Noble that they had a darling book tote with a Wicked design on it, well, of course they were sold out. My dad was in New York flying back the next day, so I called my mom to see when his flight was. She told me it was at 8 AM, and I figured that was that since it was after 10 at night in NY at this point. Well, my mom called my dad, he found a Barnes and Noble that was open and had the bag. Don't you just love NY?! He jumped in a taxi and bought the bag. She was really happy to have her tote to go out that next night! Topher is a sumo wrestler, and when I brought the costume home without him picking it out since everything he wanted to be was sold out, he almost started to cry. He tried it on though and loved it. We thought he looked hilarious. The funniest was that he walked like a fat person swinging his legs out wide so that his "thighs" wouldn't rub-he looked great.
Jacob was "Super Why" from PBS. He really likes to read, and Super Why has "the power to read," so Jacob loved it. His costume was sold out, so my mom had to make his too, but his wasn't as big of a deal since he has on Hulk pajamas backwards and women's underwear. He looked cute though and really liked it. Sharon pretty much hates Halloween. She is scared of everything and she wouldn't wear her hat, oh well, maybe next year.I put a picture of Jay in so you could see him "post-shave." You can see the scar pretty good in real life, but he thinks it makes him look tough-whatever! We had a really fun Halloween!