Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Catching Up

Whew! It's been a whirlwind around here for the past few weeks....and I don't see it letting up anytime soon. Crazy, crazy time of year!

2 weeks ago, Megan & I headed to Orlando for a special occasion...


Ree "The Pioneer Woman" Drummond was in town for a vacation book signing... we just love love love her!


It was an hour & 1/2 drive from our house & started at 6pm, so of course we left the house at 11. :) We stopped & had lunch, did a little shopping & grabbed a spot. We were about 20th in line, which afforded us not only a spot upstairs where her Q&A session took place, but a seat in the 4th row! Score! I'm not a good judge of crowd sizes but I do know that they ended up having a group upstairs, then rows & rows of people wrapped around downstairs. For once, my paranoia about being everywhere early paid off!


She brought her daughters... they are more beautiful in person . And she was super duper nice & gracious & self-deprecating. All the things you want "celebrities" to be when you meet them.

The ladies RIGHT in front of us in line to get our books signed snuck in a PUPPY!



A FREAKIN' PUPPY!

So, so cute! But, let's face it, a puppy right ahead of us, made us completely forgettable. :)

But she really liked Megan's shirt!

It wasn't a puppy, but it was something.

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The following week, was Ben's Principal's Honor Roll Breakfast



They did a little video of each of the kids who made straight As. Isn't he cute?



Too bad the sound wasn't working.

Michael's been out of town for the other Principal's Honor Roll Breakfasts, but Ben & I were glad he was able to make it to this one.



So, so proud of that boy! (Ben's pretty great too!)

The next morning was ANOTHER awards ceremony at Ben's school. Ben got a trophy for making Principal's Honor Roll for the first 3 quarters of the year (4th quarter grades aren't out yet)



He also got an award for winning The Battle of the Books. :)



Woo Hoo Ben!!!

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Last Friday was my dad's birthday. I was totally remiss in that he didn't get a "Today's the Day" post. Sorry Dad!!! But, how 'bout this?...


Last Friday was the Day!


not enough?


Here's a cute picture for you then.


Happy Birthday Dad! We're celebrating this Sunday.

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This past weekend, it was time to enjoy the Florida Sunshine... and 95 degree heat!



State Cup Weekend had arrived! Jordan's team won the Semi Final after 2 double overtimes & 7 PKs, so it was time for the BIG SHOW... The State Cup Finals!!!

Jordan REALLY wants a State Cup Championship!

The year before she joined her team, they won State Cup.

When she was 16, she was 2 minutes away from winning a State Championship, but the other team tied it up & her team ended up losing in PKs.

Tragic.

Her high school team lost 1-0 in OT in the Regional Semi Finals to the eventual State Champions.

Tragic.

This is her one LAST chance at a State Championship.


The girls were down 2-1 with 10 minutes left. It was looking kind of grim, and then...




JORDAN SCORED!!!!


and about 5 minutes later, her teammate Zoe scored again!

And then...


the whistle blew!!!





2010 U-18 FLORIDA STATE CUP CHAMPS, BABY!!!!





Jordan had quite the cheering section at the game. Of course Megan came to cheer her sister on...

And Michael's parents were there. Michael's brother & his girlfriend came & braved the heat. Heck! Michael's sister, Amy even flew in from Cape Cod to cheer J on!

Here are Jordan & her teammate, Kara with their old former coaches, Andy & Vickie, who are some of our closest friends. Jordan & Kara have played together since they were 11 years old.

Oh yeah! Ben was there somewhere too... trying to read his book in peace. But, I have a feeling Brachy wasn't letting that happen.

Because of this State Cup win, we will now be travelling to Baton Rouge in a few weeks to cheer the girls on in Regionals...




Woohoo!




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Last night was Ben's first Middle School band concert. Look at my little drummer boy!



It was a great show. Full of all the usual squeaking & squawking that middle school bands are known for. :) But, thankfully, drummers don't squawk.

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Megan got a job! Unfortunately, that means she'll be living in Gainesville this summer, but summer jobs are hard to come by these days, so she was fortuate to get one. Plus, I get the feeling sleeping on our couch was getting kind of old. She'll be off weekends though, so I'm sure we'll see plenty of her.

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As if that is enough, today is Jordan's last day of high school...

*sigh*

It goes by so fast. I swear, I just dropped her off in Mrs. Foley's kindergarten class.




The next few weeks are going to be even more crazy with college orientation, graduation, graduation parties, Regionals & the World Cup (not that we're going, it will just occupy a lot of conversations among the Beth's Blog Bunch). And then we'll throw Father's Day in there for good measure. :)




See ya soon!

2 comments:

WPMomOf2 (jen) said...

whew, you are a busy woman!!! :) Lots of fun memories for you and your family!

Chris said...

Congrats, Jordan, on winning the State Cup, and good luck at Regionals!

Congrats, Ben, on doing so well in school and looking awesome on the drum!

Congrats, Megan, on having a job for the summer!

Last but not least, congrats Beth and Michael for raising such amazing kids!