Thursday, February 23, 2017

State Cheer Tournament

Last week all of the cheerleaders attended the 
Nebraska State High School Cheer and Dance Championships!

It was an even earlier wake-up call than their usual
6 AM practices as they had to be at school and ready
to  roll out of town at 5:45 AM!

Do you see Maddy?  She's in the back line pretty far to the left.
The Pius X girls came in 3rd in sideline cheer and 5th (out of 10) in tumbling.
So proud of all the girls as they did a great job this year!  
I had no idea how much work and practice goes into 
cheerleading!  And the girls really enjoyed supporting the
team sports at Pius.
A little sad and hard to believe that cheer is over now.  
They have an end-of-the-year
potluck banquet in March, but no more practices until . . . 
tryouts for next year in early April!


Monday, February 13, 2017

The Yellow Balloon!

Red + yellow = fun combination!
Maddy received a red coat for Christmas and she
absolutely loves that coat!
Of course she would -- we live in Nebraska --
everyone loves RED here! :)

On her list of things to do recently was to go out to
our favorite spot near Holmes Lake and
do a photo shoot in that red coat.
For fun, we added a yellow balloon!

Timing was everything as we wanted a warmish day so we wouldn't 
be freezing and it couldn't be too windy!
We had such a day and even though it
didn't seem windy,
even a teensy little breeze
got that balloon a-moving!

It was fun though and it's so sweet that
she is still agreeable (sometimes) to having
me take her picture!

Also, many thanks for your sweet comments
and orders from Maddy's etsy shop!
We have been sewing up a little storm.
Go figure - her favorite shopping outing now
is to a fabric store! :)

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

My Little Entrepreneur!

Miss Maddy and Muffy have been big fans of Instagram
dog accounts
and doggie bandanas for quite some time.
They have won many contests and "modeling" gigs -- 
Muffy is the model and paid with many, many doggie treats!
Hmmm -- perhaps that could be contributing to her (Muffy's)
winter weight gain!

Muffy modeling the "Picnic Plaid" bandana
For the past six months, Maddy has been designing 
the perfect doggie bandana in her spare time.  She's tried the tie-on ones,
the snap-on ones, velcro, etc.,
but neither she nor Muffy were fans.
They often came unfastened or caught Muffy's fur.
So, they determined a slide-on over-the-collar
bandana would be the way to go.
Your doggie cannot escape the fashionable bandana look
when it is fastened over the collar!
Sooooooo, she and I developed a pattern of sorts
and hit the fabric stores!

We made quite a few winter/Christmas bandanas, but did not have the 
Etsy store up and running at that time.  
We've really become focused on the spring/summer line!  
Miss M went to work and figured it out and now she has her
own little storefront on Etsy (happyhoundcollection).

Some of the spring collection
My little sewing machine is getting a workout!
If you're wondering about the division of labor in this enterprise,
Maddy is the taskmaster/designer/cutter of fabric/etsy go-to-person,
packaging master and
I am the seamstress.  
One of our favorite fabrics with either pink or purple on the reverse.
We love some of the spring fabrics we've found and the bandanas
are totally reversible!  
We offer two sizes (mini --our Scottie wears a mini) and
standard  size for larger dogs.  By special order, we can do Jumbo
for really big pups!

Easter Peeps and pastel plaid on the reverse side!
If you have time and the inclination, check out 
her Etsy store (happyhoundcollection)!  
Or contact me through the blog and I'll see what I can do.
She's quite the little entrepreneur!

While it is a bit of work when I would normally be lounging
on the sofa watching The Real Housewives or cleaning house (ha),  it's
totally fun to do with Maddy and it reminds me 
of my sweet Mom and how much she loved to sew!
She'd be so proud of us!

Friday, February 3, 2017

Cheer Season is Winding Down

How did it go by so quickly?
Cheer season is winding down.
The freshie girls had their last cheering gig at school last night!
It was a freshman boys basketball game. 
 No doubt due to the
great cheering by the freshie girls, the boys
have had a very successful season!

Freshman squad - 2 girls weren't able to be there
The girls have the state cheer tournament coming up
in a couple weeks, so practices continue
a little longer.

One of the perks that a parent doesn't even
realize until it happens is that by going to the
freshman sporting events to see the girls cheer, we 
were also able to watch and see freshman 
teams in action!
Football season was a blast - even on those chilly days!
Freshman Girls volleyball and softball was so fun!  
Tennis - always a favorite of mine. 
 Love that the girls cheer at more than the main football and 
basketball sporting events. 
Freshman Girls basketball was pretty amazing to watch
and the Freshman Boys Basketball have been on
fire - winning every game!

Their coach brought them each a cookie!
Really going to miss seeing these adorable
cheerleaders and chatting with the other
freshie moms!

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Is It Always About Shoes or Shall I say Glass Slippers?

When the story is Cinderella, yes, it is often about the shoes or
really I mean, glass slippers! :)
Last weekend, Maddy and I went to our performing arts center to see the
Rodgers and Hammerstein's Broadway production of Cinderella! 

Cinderella - photo from website.

It was fabulous!  The singing, the dancing, the jokes! It had such a fun way of
looking at the story we all know and love and some very funny parts!
It was really quite an amazing performance with a couple of special hidden messages.

At one point, the Fairy Godmother says to Cinderella, ‘If you have a dream, then very soon thereafter you’re going to have to fight for it. Otherwise, how would you know the dream is yours?’
  Isn't that the truth!  It also had a message of being kind and generous to
others and that more than one point of view is not only acceptable,
but often a very good thing!

We had great seats in the first row. 
It was a perfectly magical way to spend a Sunday afternoon! 
If it comes to your city, run, don't walk and get tickets!

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Winter Formal - A Fun Cheer Fundraiser!

Winter Formal 2017 - Hollywood Glam!
Every winter the cheerleaders organize,
decorate and put on a fundraiser, known as the Winter Formal!
Every cheerleader and cheer parent is required to "volunteer" and
attend the fundraiser!

When you attend Catholic school, you get your picture taken with the Pope!
It took place last Saturday and was loads of fun!
The freshie cheerleaders had two morning basketball games
to cheer at and then help with decorating in the afternoon with the dance
starting at 8:30 that evening.
Did high school dances start that late in your day??
They sure didn't in mine, but that starting time gave the students
time to go out to eat before the dance.
Lots of kids go to fast food joints --  not some fancy sit-down
restaurant.  Too funny!

Freshman cheer squad -- love these sweet girls! Aren't they adorable!
Most students go stag or with friends and even those
with dates appeared to ditch their dates after
coming in to hang out with their friends!
I was a ticket taker and then a chaperone! :)
In case you're wondering,
 no, I did not have to send any students to the "re-teaching" room
for inappropriate dancing!
 Probably helped that the school principal
walked through the dancers during every slowish song! :)
The cheerleaders did a great job on decorating and running
the fundraiser and now we freshie parents know what to expect and plan for
next year!

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Yippee Skippee TGIT/TGIF! What Happened to My Eyebrows???

Has this felt like a really LONG week
in a really LONG month to you too?

At the beginning of the week, we had that crazy ice storm to contend with 
and if you know me at all, you
know I was awake worrying
about driving at least 2 or 3 nights
in the past week!
Yes, I am that neurotic person who
drives about 10 mph when it's icy out!
Thank heavens the ice has melted . . . for now!

The ice on the trees was sooo pretty as it melted!
With high school back in session for a couple weeks now,
Miss M is deep into homework
and cheerleading as the
cheerleaders are getting ready 
for a state competition in February.
So, if the poor girl isn't doing homework, she's
either getting up early (6 am practices 2x a week)
or staying up late (sometime 8-9:30 pm practices).
The struggle is real people!

Even Muffy has better eyebrows than me!
In other fun(ny) news, I had my eyebrows dyed the other day.
Have you ever done that?
I have done it before and now I remember why I didn't do it more often!
Yes, my eyebrows took on a life of their own!
Looked a bit like someone drew them on with thick brown crayons!!!!!!!
Maddy could hardly keep from laughing as we left the salon!
Mr. Tennis looked at me all night long like I was possessed!
Later, Maddy said they looked fine -- just reminded her of a walrus!
Now, after a couple days, I believe there has been much
improvement and they don't look so brown Crayola-ish or thick!

Hmmm- what maintenance procedure should I try next?
Would love some eyelash extensions (have also tried those), but
they are pricey and take a LOT of maintenance to keep up!
Guess I had a case of the saggy baggy blues and needed a change. 
Maybe next time I'll
book a flight somewhere warm!
Learn from me and just buy a good eyebrow pencil!
Happy weekend!