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3 Things Thursday {2.9.17}

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Last week we went to family reading night at the little kids’ elementary school. I just love their teachers so much. Zoey is a little behind but she’s getting there. Mason is doing amazing. He had such a hard start with reading. He had the speech delay and it affected his reading. He was far below grade level in reading for all of Kindergarten and First Grade, and then below grade level for the first semester of 2nd grade. Then he was proficient but just barely. In January, he tested well above grade level! I couldn’t believe it. He is the 2nd highest reader in his class and in the Top 5 in all of 3rd grade. I’m amazed at how much work his teacher has put in with him because let’s be honest, that didn’t happen at home. We read but there is a shortage of time so he does a lot of his intensive reading at school. 

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We are down to the last few weeks of basketball. What’s that sound? Angels singing. I’m so tired. Tyler has his last regular season game tomorrow night and then the playoffs. Mason has his last regular season game on Saturday and then the playoffs. I’m ready. This has been a long long season. Football season is long but basketball season is a brutal grind. 2-3 games a week plus practices every other day including Saturday…it’s long. Tyler had a great game on Tuesday- he got several blocks and some nice assists before fouling out. Mason had a really good game on Saturday- he also had some blocks, several steals, and a bunch of rebounds. Still can’t get him to shoot the ball but he did bring it up the court a few times so progress. Ha!

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I made the most delicious S’mores Brownies for the Super Bowl on Sunday. SO GOOD! We had a house full of people and a whole lot of teenage boys so I had to have a lot of food. We ended up grabbing some of the take n’ bake pizzas from Sam’s Club for $5.99 each (they are soooo good), plus a whole lot of chicken wings, some amazing Philly Cheesesteak sliders, and these brownies. I think I gained 10 lbs. But it was so worth it. I’ll have the recipes for the sliders and the brownies up on the blog soon.

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3 Things Thursday {2.2.17}

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Poor Mason has been battling the sicks for a week so I took him down to the minute clinic at Target on Friday. Never again. This place was so awful. When we got there we were #3 in line. 2 hours later the PA on duty came out to announce that she was taking a lunch break. She only managed to see 2 patients in 2 hours. At the MINUTE clinic. I was so hot. So were the 7 people in line behind me. I packed up my sick kid and headed for another urgent care where they have real doctors with time management skills. He was #8 in line and we were seen in less than an hour. Poor kid has a severe sinus infection and double ear infections. He finally went back to school a couple of days ago. 

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We had another exciting week of basketball for the boys. Tyler’s game was amusing. They were playing a conference rival team, one that we beat badly in football this year, and it was an ugly game. One of their players (who was also a football player) was committing some ugly hard fouls to the point that he injured 2 of our players pretty badly. Tyler played the first half and was supposed to sit out the second half because they had played a game the night before as well. Instead, coach sent Tyler back in to “handle” the fouling player. Tyler handled him all right. He flat out tackled this guy into the stands. I mean, full on football tackle. It was awesome. Tyler hopped right up, stared the guy down, and walked away. The entire gym went silent. Then the applause and cheering started when the other guy needed help getting up. Normally I don’t advocate for my kid to do stuff like that but we have 2 players out for the playoffs because of the flagrant fouls (fractured tailbone and dislocated shoulder). I snapped this picture of Tyler laughing when the guy finally got up and made it to the free throw line. Some of the other varsity football players who don’t play basketball were there watching and they were chanting his name. And there were no more flagrant fouls in the game. The football coach was watching and I think he might have cheered the loudest. Ha!

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Mason’s game was a bit more sedate. Ha! He had a great game. His coach has worked a lot on defense this year, which is Mason’s favorite thing ever. He loves defense. He had 5 steals, 11 rebounds, and 4 blocks. And 4 fouls. Ha! That’s my boy. His team won again so they are 6-2 and headed to the playoffs in a couple of weeks. 

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The teenager, y’all. I know he’s tired. He’s very busy and he works hard. But there are times that I look at him and think “I’m going to have to apologize to your future wife”. This is the text exchange that we had a few nights ago. I mean, really? 

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3 Things Thursday {1.26.17}

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We attended Tyler’s varsity football end of year banquet last week. The date had to be changed three times but we finally got it done. It was so much fun. I loved seeing all the guys together again. The coaches told funny stories about stuff that the parents wouldn’t have known about otherwise and gave out awards. Tyler won Best New Player for the year, which was awesome. Next year he’s going to try for All Conference. He didn’t qualify this year because he switched positions in the middle of the season this last year. I think that’s stupid. Anyway- I’m counting down the days until football starts again. I just love it.

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Saturday was a hard momming day for me. I had to miss both of Mason’s basketball games because Tyler had football practice at the field during the same time frame. I felt horrible. And of course, Mason had 2 amazing games with lots of blocks, steals, and rebounds. He wasn’t upset that I missed it but mom guilt, yo. Tyler had a great time at practice. It was the first off-season field practice and they let the rising freshmen attend. Tyler looked like a giant next to them. It was hilarious and one of the smaller guys was lined up across from Tyler when he was doing some nose guard work. The little guy flinched and jumped everytime Tyler came up out of his stance. Tyler kept patting him on the shoulder to calm his nerves. Poor little kid. He’s out of his league lining up across from Big Red. 

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Mason turned 9 on Sunday. My little dude is a big boy. He wanted a family party only this year with ice cream cake and spaghetti for dinner. I love this kid. My sister and her family came and we had a great time. Mason is such a funny little guy. He’s smart, determined, stubborn, and fearless. He loves basketball and football and let me tell you, he’s counting down the days until mom lets him play tackle football. He wants to play cornerback and he’ll be a great one! He loves Pokemon and Beyblades and funny animal videos on YouTube. I can’t believe my boy is 9. One more year until double digits. Sob. 

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3 Things Thursday {1.19.17}

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Friday was an in-service day at Tyler’s school so he had the morning off before the basketball game that night. We packed a month’s worth of stuff into that one morning. He saw the dentist, then the dermatologist, and then had blood work done. Tyler unfortunately has cystic acne and it’s severe. We’ve tried just about every prescription and non-prescription treatment out there and now we’ve moved on to Accutane. He starts it this month and he’s so ready. I’m not, but he is. So he has to have blood work done every 28 days to check his levels and we went ahead and got month one bloodwork done on Friday. I had to go back with him since he is a minor and I snapped this picture of him waiting for the tech. He looks like a giant baby in a highchair. I laughed so hard at this. Then I sent it to everyone I know. 

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So we had a busy weekend of basketball. Tyler had a Friday night game and Mason had a Saturday morning game. Both were insane and intense and involved crazy parents. Tyler’s game was against our conference rivals and those games never go well. The other team’s parents were absolutely off their rockers crazy. The game went into double overtime and we lost by 2 points because of a non-call on a bad foul. One of our players was slammed to the ground with .5 seconds left on the clock but the foul was not called. When his teammates tried to help him up a dad from the other team threw a water bottle and hit our player on the court. It all escalated quickly from there. Parents were on the court, a referee was almost tackled, and police were called. It was insanity. Parents be crazy. In this case it was even worse because half of our team are also football players and half of their team are also football players. We beat them 42-0 this year in football so they brought some of that anger onto the basketball court. Their players recognized our football players immediately and it was ugly. 

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Then we went to Mason’s basketball game on Saturday morning and met some more insane parents. Now these kids are 8 & 9 years old. I’m fairly confident none of them are going to be the next Lebron James. Yet there always seems to be at least 2-3 crazy parents who are just over the top. I mean, heckling little kids while they’re playing is just wrong. They made 2 of our players cry and one kid refused to go back in the game. Absolute insanity. I’m so glad Mason plays on a team where the parents are respectful and show some class during games. 

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We had to do a Sam’s Club trip this weekend because my kids eat a lot. While we were in line Matt nudged me and nodded towards a man in the line opposite of us. He had 6 big cases of Clorox, a large bag of Domino Sugar, and a shovel underneath. Basically he had a murder clean up kit in his cart. He was covered in tattoos, including 2 huge face tattoos, and nobody made eye contact. I have questions. But I’m pretty sure I don’t want to know the answers. We left as quickly as possible. I’m unclear how you cannot buy 3 bottles of cold medicine in my state but you can buy all the supplies to clean up your murder scene with nary a question. It seems wrong.

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3 Things Thursday {1.12.17}

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While we were snowed in all weekend I did some organizing in my closet. Well, mainly I was just hiding in the closet but I figured while I was in there I might as well organize some stuff. I made a whole shelf for my fleece tops and pants. And I realized I have a LOT of fleece. I should be ashamed at the sad state of my wardrobe choices but I’m not. I love fleece.

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I’m part of the Facebook groups for my kids charter schools and we were discussing the potential for a snow day on Monday. A friend who is also a teacher at the school texted me right after I posted that I just wanted to not have to wear real pants on Monday. This was our text exchange. I love my friends. They really get me.

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We finally went back to normal schedule yesterday. It’s so hard getting back into the routine mid-week. Tyler had basketball and then Mason had basketball right after. Those kids were crazy. You’d have thought they were cooped up for 3 weeks instead of just a few days! The poor coaches. Ha!

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