Thursday, October 8, 2015

A Special Visit!

Last week I was away a few days 
on a special visit to see my Dad, Al, 
who lives near Cincinnati.
It was such a wonderful visit!
Did I tell you that my Dad recently turned 92 years old!

My sister, Amy, who lives in Florida joined me there, so we had
some "sister" time and "Dad" time.
Amy and I enjoyed seeing him and visiting him and
having lunch with him a couple times at the
assisted living facility where he now lives.

It's such a nice place - the aides and workers 
genuinely care about the residents.
Bonus -- they make a tasty grilled cheese for lunch!

When we weren't there visiting Al (aka Alberto or Albert),
we did some power walking, power shopping and
power wine-tasting!
Yes, that trip had it all!

Our big disappointment was that our sister who 
lives there was out of town, so we
didn't get to hang out with her.  :(
On our next visit, we will introduce
her to all of our "power" activities!!  :)

However, we did get to enjoy some time with one of 
her cats!  I'm afraid I scared the poor kitty
with my rather loud rendition of
"Here kitty, kitty, kitty!!"
She finally came out from her under-the-bed
hiding place a couple days later!
Sorry kitty!

All in all, 
it was a very good visit  with my Dear Old Dad!

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Family Photos and So Long September!

Adios September!

Maddy and me
Both Maddy and I commented this morning that
September just zoomed right by!
Being busy with work, school and volleyball, not to mention homework, 
made it a fast and fun month!

Me and the Mr.
Before the month ends and we move on
to all things "fallish", I wanted to finally 
share some family photos we had taken in July!
Yes, call me slow!  :)

The whole big family!
Philip and Catherine arranged the family photo shoot as 
birthday gifts for Mr. Miata and me -- such a
wonderful idea and much appreciated.  

The Originals!

I may be a teensy bit biased, but I think
they turned out fabulous!

My biggest problem now is
choosing a favorite!

Friday, September 25, 2015

The Mascot -- Goooooo Eagles!

Yes, we have a mascot!
Although there are only 10 girls on the 8th grade
volleyball team, there is a regular cheering section
and team mascot!
Can you guess what type of bird?

I gave it away in the title, didn't I?
Yes -- an Eagle!

Oh my word -- this kid kills me!
He is hilarious -- cheering, dancing and
getting the small crowd cheering, singing and 
bleacher dancing along with him!
He sings, he flaps his wings, he attempts cartwheels!
He's an 8th grader too and usually
has a couple of side-kick friends with him.
They may not admit it, but I think the team kind of likes him!

Did I tell you yet how much I love 
8th Grade Girls Volleyball!

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Welcome Fall - Welcome Pope Francis!

Fall photo from 2011 -- our leaves have not turned or started falling yet!
Wow -- what a special day -- 
Pope Francis visits the U.S. and
we officially say goodbye to summer
and welcome to Fall!

So exciting to have the Holy Father in the United States.
Back when I was very young, I saw Pope John Paul II in Philadelphia in his
Pope-mobile riding around in downtown Philadelphia.

 I was working on the 25th or 32nd floor of a very large building -- 
your probably guessed that, right!
I quickly jumped on an express elevator and got out to the street just
in time to see the Pope drive by and bless the crowd.
I will never forget the excitement in the air and the special
blessing of the Pope.
Later, during that same visit, my Mom and sister attended a
Mass in Des Moines, Iowa.

Wish I was in Philadelphia again to see Pope Francis.

Our very own Bishop Conley from Lincoln was there 
and sent this photo!
Praying for a safe trip for Pope Francis and all those 
who traveled to see him.

Monday, September 21, 2015

A New Sport!

This year Maddy decided to spread her wings, expand her vision
and try a new sport -- claiming a spot on the
8th Grade Girls Volleyball team!

Practices started in early August and games just started last week!
It's really the first time she's been involved in a team sport.
Her other athletic endeavors have been individual sports -- 
tumbling, cheer, tennis -- that type of thing.

All photos credited to Volleyball team Photographer/Mom - Cathy Bender

Volleyball has been great!  She's really enjoyed it, learned a lot
and loves the team experience!
It's a relatively short season -- with only 8 matches
over four weeks.  They play on Monday and Tuesday nights
either at their home gym or another Catholic school gym.
Practices continue on every Wednesday and Sunday.

Maddy is No. 5
I never realized volleyball could be so exciting at
the 8th grade level!

Their first match last Monday was a close one, but they lost.
The match on Tuesday was a real nail-biter and
every point won by the Eagles (Maddy's team) was
matched by the other team.
Until . . . 
the very end when the Eagles took over and won!

The girls are so sweet and supportive even when some points are lost,
serves are out and returns are missed.

Love watching my girl learning a new sport! 

Thursday, September 17, 2015

The Littles aka The Grands!

This is a post all about "the Littles" also known
as The Grands!!

They are a darling trio and we had some family photos
taken in July, so I wanted to share
their adorable cuteness with you!

Miss Janie - the oldest is now 5 years old and in kindergarten!
She loves seeing her teacher and friends every day,
learning to read and having chocolate milk at lunch!

Mr. Walt is 4 and going to preschool 3 days a week!
He was so happy to start school again and be reunited
with his preschool teacher from last year and all his buddies.
His only wish . . . that he would be able to have chocolate milk every day!

Little Mr. Harry turned 2 in August.  He is cuteness+
with a sweet and snugly personality.
And he operates pretty much at one speed - fast!
He plays big, runs fast, has never met a fence, stair or barricade
that he can't climb or take down.
Since Janie and Walt are in school at the same
time 3 days a week, Harry gets some 
fun one-on-one time with his Mom
and is attending an itty-bitty 
music/dance/jump class!

Here's the whole family  -- with big news -
a new little grand expected at the end of March, 2016!
Congrats to Philip and Catherine!

Monday, September 14, 2015

Summer's Last Blast!

Last weekend - Labor Day weekend
-- the official end of summer!
Boo hoo !

We had one of the best summers!
While I worked until about 1 or 2 pm every day, Maddy
slept late, took the pup for a walk, tidied up the house
and watched a movie or show on Netflix.
Add to that her zoo crew duties and some sports camps
and the summer flew by!

Mads and I spent a ton of time at the pool -- not during the heat
of the day getting all sunburned, but instead in the evenings,
and we often had the whole pool to ourselves or shared it with
only a few others.

The last couple weeks, the weather changed and it was a
little chilly for August, but we were determined
and continued to hit the pool, even
with its shorter hours after school started.
We became such regulars that if we were a little late, the lifeguards
started calling to make sure we were on our way! :)

Labor Day was the last day of pool-time fun
 and sadly, our pool (club) is closing forever.

On one of the last nights there, I was
able to get these silhouette photos
with my iPhone of some folks going off the high
diving board!

We will really miss that place!