Friday, April 6, 2018

Cheer Banquet 2018

Hi y'all!
I'm a bit behind due to spring break and other stuff . . .
but didn't want to forget the
end of the year Cheer Banquet!
Yes, it's true, cheer is over for the 2017-2018 school year!

Missing sweet JV cheerleader Christine who was ill

The banquet is a fun evening and dinner for the girls
and parents and it's not a potluck!!
It's catered and seriously YUMMY!
Plus, I didn't have to cook a single thing!

We watched a video of the entire cheer year and the 
graduating seniors all spoke on their future plans.
The first thing that each senior said was,
 "Thank you to my Mom and Dad for supporting me in cheer, 
sending me to Pius and paying for all the cheer uniforms and activities."
The banquet was held on the night of some of NCAA final 16 bball games.
There may or may not have been a few dads watching games
on their cell phones!  Mr. Tennis didn't watch, but he did manage
to check in with one of the other dads who was watching! :)

And the girls got to dress up a bit.
I worried for weeks about what I would wear -- silly  me  --
no one is really looking at me anyway!
But somehow, you'll be happy to know, I managed to get my 
hair looking good!  I think by now you all know how focused 
I can be on my hair!

Anyway, it was loads of fun!
The girls are adorable!
Maddie won the JV Squad Spirit Award!!!
The Spirit Award is voted on by her fellow JV squad members and 
represents the cheerleader with a great attitude and spirit 
 throughout the season!
She was so surprised and pleased.

JV cheer squad has been incredibly busy and demanding.
We are all enjoying a break from the twice weekly
6 AM practices and multiple games three times a week!
It's been an adventure and
she's made some life-long friends and memories!

Monday, March 19, 2018

Have You Seen These??

Thank you all for your kind comments about my
blast-from-the-past prom story!
Maddie still does not believe my dress looked so fabulous!

So, here we go --- from the oldies to new-fangled things . . .
have you seen or heard of a heated eyelash curler???

Yes, they do exist and Maddie is trying one out!
She has long eyelashes that are very, very straight
like her beautiful straight hair!
Attempting to use an eyelash curler has not worked
very well for her . . . as in - did not work at all!!
So, when I saw this one posted  as a favorite on Preppy Empty Nester,
I mentioned it to Maddie and it immediately
went into the cart on Amazon!

Will be sure and update how it works!

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Flower Power!

While we are waiting for spring to finally arrive . . . 
(shhhh - snow/ice predicted on the weekend),
I thought it would be fun to repost here a
story that I sent to Story Worth.
Story Worth is a subscription service given as a gift 
to me and to Mr. Tennis.  
Each week, we receive a question to answer about our earlier years, so
as to provide our kids and grands with a bit of an idea as 
to what it was like growing up back in the dark ages!
At the end of the year, a little book is generated!

Recently, Miss M submitted a story question asking about my prom experience.
It was such a hoot thinking back on it.  
I just wish I had a photo
of my most incredible dress. 

Since it's nearly prom season, here's my prom story for your reading enjoyment!

Prom is so magical and exciting and fun, but . . . 
I didn't go to prom when I was a junior in high school!
  I'm afraid my dorky hair and quiet studious self kept any cute guy from inviting me to go!  :) 
Also, there were not any cute guys at my high school anyway!
 But, when I was a senior, I took the plunge and asked a college guy that I knew and he said yes! 
  I had already graduated from high school as I finished all my requirements 
a semester early, so after my January graduation, I went to work to earn some
 extra money for college.   
I knew I really wanted to make an entrance back at the high school prom, 
since I hadn't been there for a couple of months. 
 Instead of one of the pastel puffy-fluffy dresses that most girls were wearing (including my twin),
 I found a fabulous multi-colored flowery fitted dress like this one, only a long version.  
It was so incredible-- absolutely stunning!  
Everyone at prom was talking about it.  
I know they were flabbergasted at my gorgeous dress as many girls 
asked "where on earth did you find that dress???"

The prom theme that year was based on the song "Precious and Few" -- 
I can still sing a few bars - which drives Maddie crazy!
  I did my own hair and it looked really good (for me). 
 It was fairly straight with some soft beachy curls - very similar to Megan Markle*!
 I went with a group of friends and their dates.  
We went out to eat before prom  (Johnny's Cafe - yes named after Nebraska's own Johnny Carson)
and then to the dance where I boogied and did the "swim" and twist!  It was so much fun!  
Afterward, we went to one of the boys homes and had some 
more food and played board games. The highlight of prom was really my dress!  
I can still picture that gorgeous flowery dress -- it was really special!  

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

More Cheer!

As you may or may not have guessed, cheer is winding down.
The last JV basketball game was a couple weeks ago and 
now the schedule is silent except for the cheer banquet
to be held later this month.
Truth be told -- we don't miss the 6 am practices!

So, here's to the JV cheer squad -- they were fabulous!  
Love this sweet group of girls!
They did an amazing job under sometimes difficult
and exhausting circumstances and loads of cheer commitments!

These four girls (above) all went to elementary/middle school together
so have been together since kindergarten!
Don't they all have the best smiles!

Maddie and Caitlin

Emily and Maddie

Skylar and Maddie

Maddie and Rachel

Maddie and Christine

Maddie and Annie

Maddie and Maia

I've been so blessed with watching these girls cheer and
getting to know their families!

Friday, March 2, 2018

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday to my oldest son!
His birthday was a couple of days ago and
he turned 33!  Wow -- what a fun age!

Birthday lunch with Catherine -- that cake!! Yum!
Hoping to get together with him sometime soon
to celebrate his bday and his oldest daughter's 8th birthday, 
but it seems like I've come down with 
Round 2 of Influenza!  Oh joy!!

Happy Birthday Philip!

Friday, February 23, 2018

The Weather in Nebraska

I haven't really chatted with you about the weather
very much this winter, have I???

After learning that our very own Nebraska groundhog
predicted an early spring, I've been eagerly awaiting
sunny skies and warm temps!
I've been sorely disappointed! :( 

Usually in February, we have some really warm (for February) days. 
Not this year!
We've had frigid temps and more snow this month
than we've had the entire winter season!
AND -- even worse --- more ice!!

We had at least 2 inches of ice last night on top of 3 inches of snow!
The side streets are like a lovely, chunky ice rink and very slippery!

Guess what -- more snow is predicted 
for Saturday afternoon and evening!

I am not so patiently waiting for spring -- 
hope the weather is better where you live!

It's going to be a while yet before we see daffodils but we are
keeping the hope alive!

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Happy Valentine's Day!

Happy Happy Valentine's Day!

Just saw these photos of what some of those message hearts should say! 

AND . . .

From the website Magnificence in the Mundane!

Love these hearts!!

Hope you all have a wonderful day!