Wednesday, October 11, 2017

The Unsung Heroes of High School

There are really so many unsung athletes and heroes in
high school, don't you agree?
The coaches, the trainers, the school  managers
and the ones closest to my heart -- 
the cheerleaders!

Last Friday night, the Pius cheerleaders
traveled 2-1/2 hours away each way to cheer on the
football team!
These sweet girls were totally soaked to the skin, 
but cheered through torrential downpours and dropping temps!
Soaking Wet + Cold = Misery

Still smiling - but soaking wet!


Luckily, they all had packed an extra change of 
clothes so they could get out of the wet uniforms
for the 2-1/2 hour bus ride home!
So, home around midnight then quickly launder the cheer uniforms 
before bed, hang to dry and be up, in uniform and
back at the gym at 8:15 AM to cheer at 
volleyball until noon!
Oh my word!  Bless those girls hearts!

Cheerleaders don't get much credit for all they do.
They're not considered athletes by schoolmates [but they are]
as they put in long hours of training and practice just like the other
athletes and teams.
Yes, they have 6 AM practices at least once a week before classes!
So, I say . . . 
Great job Pius Cheerleaders!
You are all amazing!


While we're chatting about unsung heroes,
let's not the forget the parents who support and pay for 
everything, drive  their student athletes everywhere and often sit on freezing
bleachers to support the cheerleaders and the teams!
Thank you Parents! :)
You're pretty amazing too!

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Thursday, October 5, 2017

Well, Hello October!

So hard to believe it is October already!
Miss M has the countdown to
Thanksgiving and Christmas on
her iPhone and advises me daily 
on "how many days until . . ."
Yikes!  I already feel unprepared!
But, I'm reading about getting ready early
this year, so there's hope I will actually
be ready!



It's been forever since I posted anything about "The Littles."
So, it's about time, isn't it!


Catherine's brother got married in July and almost everyone was in the wedding!!
Oh my word, they are growing like weeds and
Jane and Walt are not so little!
Jane is in 2nd grade this year,
Walter in first grade,
Harry in preschool
and little Dorothy - 18 months old already!


They are such a joy and so hilarious!
Kids do say the darndest things -
Art Linkletter was right!



Such a fun swing!
Jane really works hard pushing
that swing for her brothers and sometimes
squeezing their adorable little heads together!


Friday, September 22, 2017

Saying Goodbye to Summer and Hello to Fall!

Is it just me or does it seem really impossible that
Summer is over and Fall starts today???


Wasn't it just last week that Mads and I were
out taking these 4th of July photos???
We did have a fun summer even though I
didn't really blog much or get any of those
organizational/clean-out-the-closet chores accomplished.
There's always winter for those tasks, am I right???


I suppose if we were enjoying cooler temps,
it would seem time for Fall.
However, humid 90s does not feel like the start
of Fall!
Pumpkin fever
No worries though, a cold front 
(those words almost make me shiver!)
 is headed our way on Sunday!


Yummy S'mores!

We're looking forward to pumpkins and s'mores and sweaters
and ponchos!
Ahhhh Fall -- we love ya - 
welcome back!
Mads with Plaid

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

A Cheer Report

My apologies - I have been derelict in my duties!
I have not been updating/overwhelming you all
with photos of my JV cheerleader!
BAAAAD Cheer Mom!

It's time to remedy that and post a bit about JV cheer!
This year is way busier than last and I thought last year was hectic!
The JV squad cheers at JV and Reserve games
 (football, volleyball, etc., whatever sport is going on)
and some Varsity games too! 

The JV squad also makes posters "GO TEAM WIN,"
hosts fundraisers and has a 6 AM practice weekly.
I kind of hate that 6 AM practice!

Aren't they so adorable!
Volleyball is my and Maddy's favorite sport!
It's so much fun to watch the girls (both the volleyball and the cheerleaders) -
 they are all so awesome.
And volleyball only takes about an hour -- very important
when there is homework to be done, and . . . 
there is always homework.


The JV squad is really the cutest and best of all 3 squads.
I am not kidding and am not in the least bit biased!
These girls and their adorable smiles and ponytails
get me every time I see them together! 

GOOOO BOLTS!

Friday, September 15, 2017

Have You Met the MathElf?

Quick post before the weekend hits - and
we are definitely ready for a couple days off of 
school and work!
But, before we get started on all things fun . . . 
Have you met the MathElf?



I heard about it from a neighbor whose daughter in 
Houston is one of the Elves!
MathElf is an app where students can talk with real-life math tutors
to help them understand and solve difficult math problems.
Miss M was skeptical about an on-line tutor on the iPad --
in fact, she thought I was a little crazy when I told her about it.
But, we tried it and we liked it . . . a lot!
In fact, we love it!

Find it on the iTunes store to set it up and get going.
We have already used it numerous times.
People -- it has saved my sanity!
I don't know about you, but it's been a really long
time since I've done high school sophomore level geometry.
I've tried assisting in math issues previously and it hasn't been pretty.
In fact, it's been a real struggle for me.
So, imagine my delight when I listened to Maddy speaking over the
iPad with a math tutor who used a white board to totally and
fully explain how to do the math problems she was couldn't quite figure out.
It's such a great system and app!
I highly recommend it if you or your student have any
questions about math.  

Topics covered are Pre-Algebra, Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, Calculus,
 Statistics, SAT/ACT/ASVAB, as well as earlier stage math levels 
that are not among the ones that are listed.
They can work on elementary, high school and beyond math
and they are available 24/7!

Since I am such a fan of MathElf, they
provided me with a special discount code for any 
readers who may wish to try them out.
Enter this referral code when you sign up and you will
 receive 45 minutes of free tutoring!
Use the code  AQ5OVD
  If you have any questions about our experience, leave me
a comment or shoot me an email!  
We Love the MathElf!

P.S.  MathElf did not ask me to post about their service. 
I reached out to them for permission -- I love it that much! :)

Monday, September 11, 2017

Chicken Taco Salad!

I rarely post about our meals and my cooking because . . . 
I'm awful at meal planning, prep and meals in general.
Not kidding - I'd rather drive-thru or bake than cook a real meal.
But, Maddy and I are attempting to 
plan a few meals here and there.
We've found our favorite!
Chicken Taco Salad
It's the Pioneer Woman's Chicken Taco Salad!
It is so delish and so easy -- I really
have to have easy and fast and
this dish meets both of those requirements!
We make a few adjustments to the 
recipe as we don't always like
tomatoes and don't have avocados on 
hand.  We do use fresh corn on the cob!
 I don't think I could figure out avocados anyway!  
Isn't there a secret key or way to open avocados?
And then what do you do???
Chicken Taco Nachos
We even went a little further and
made Chicken Taco Nachos!
Wooo hoo - call us crazy!

 This is on the menu every single week!
And every time we prepare it,
Mr. Tennis says
BEST MEAL EVER!  
Go me!  :)

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

And Now She's a Sophomore!

So, now she's a sophomore!
Maddy's first day of school was last month -- 
of course, I'm still trying to catch up!
Rainy on the first day of school this year
so couldn't get our typical outdoor photo!



She was excited to get back to school --
not really!
Truth be told, we both felt like it was way too 
early for school to start on August 16!
But, no one from school asked for my opinion!  :)

The start of sophomore year seemed a bit easier 
in some ways.  At least, she didn't have to struggle with that
locker combination lock this year - it was a breeze!


And just after school started was the solar eclipse!
Here in Lincoln, we were in the totality area so 
it was a huge, huge thing.  We'd been
hearing about it for months!
I bought my special glasses ages ago.
School planned a special outing for 
some students and others had hotdogs and chips
on the football field! 
 How fun was that!
Bill  Nye, the Science Guy, was in Beatrice --
very close to Lincoln!  If only I didn't have
to work, I would have been there!

Unfortunately, it was a bit cloudy that day, but
still very cool how it got all dark and nightime-ish and
then it was like morning again!
The next day was totally clear and 
would have been a better day;
but like the start of school, we can't
pick and choose the date when a total solar eclipse 
will happen!
No matter, it was seriously cool and 
as they said on the Pius t-shirts . . .
Totality Awesome!