Just when you thought the fall sport season was coming to an end ... Bud's team has made the playoffs, even though their last regular season game isn't until Sunday. My husband's team also has a chance to make the playoffs IF they win on Sunday.
So what's the problem? We were invited to a wedding on November 9th and that is the 1st day for playoffs games to be played. Before we RSVP'd 'yes' to attend the wedding, I reminded my love of the possibility that there would be playoff games that day but he blew it off, assuming the game would be played during the day. However, for whatever reason, all of our regular season games have normally started at 6pm so we really have no reason to think the post-season games wouldn't follow in the same time slots.
The earliest games time would be at 3pm and my husband's team's game would follow, starting around 5pm. So yeah, we'd be REALLY late to the wedding that starts at 6pm.
I think I watch too much television but I can't help it. Once the fall TV line up hits, I'm completely and totally engrossed in TV. And thanks to the invention of the DVR, it makes TV viewing easier and more enjoyable because you can fast forward through commercials. Simply being able to press that button saves so much time. You can watch an hour show in 40 minutes or less. For a busy mom like me, that's golden.
Here's what my TV line-up looks like:
Monday: Mom, Castle, The Blacklist, Hostages (My Husband records The Voice)
Wednesday: Back in the Game, Chicago Fire
Thursday: Big Bang Theory, Sean Saves the World
Sunday: Revenge, The Good Wife
I also watch a few shows that are still on hiatus, including The Following, and Dallas.
I think that's it? I don't watch any reality TV, although I will watch some of the Voice once they narrow it down to the final rounds. I don't like investing that much time into a show to have my favorite voted off early on! That goes for American Idol too.
I also really enjoyed The Killing this past summer. Apparently it was the 3rd season of the show? But I had no idea ... had never seen it advertised before. But I gave it a shot and it filled the summer void left by my favorite crazy dude, Joe Carroll. I think I might be bad luck for some shows because when I start watching them, and really enjoying them, they get canceled. I'm still mad about the canceling of Smash!
Another downside to never being home, is never cooking. I guess that can be a good thing, depending on how you feel about cooking. I like cooking for the most part but my picky family has definitely sucked the joy of cooking out of me.
On Monday I took the dog to be bathed, ran to the grocery store, made a quick pit stop in Target for a birthday gift for my nephew, picked up the dog and went home. I spent several hours AT HOME in the peace and quiet while the boys were still at school. It was blissful.
Instead of throwing out the almost rotten bananas yet again, I decided to make Banana Bread. Because I actually had time to make banana bread!
It is so good! I bet you have lonely bananas sitting on your counter right now so you should make this bread too. If you're lucky like me, no one else in the house likes banana bread so you don't have to share. I used my mini loaf pan to make them more personal-sized and so I could freeze one loaf. I also added some chocolate chips to one of the loaves just because.
3-4 smashed bananas
1/3 c butter, melted
1 c sugar
1 egg, beaten
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp bakingsoda
pinch of salt
1 1/2 c all-purpose flour
Mash bananas and add the melted butter. Mix well. Add sugar, beaten egg and vanilla. Mix well. Sprinkle baking soda and salt on top of mixture. Mix well. Then add the flour and mix thoroughly.
Pour into grease loaf pan(s) and bake at 350 for up to an hour.
If you use the small loaf pan like I did, mine took about 40 minutes to bake in my ancient oven.
Bud scored two rushing touchdowns in his game the other night. To say he was on cloud 9 would be an understatement.
I really love that he went from not wanting to play, to signing up late, to sitting the bench (but still on the varsity squad), to increasing his playing time, to starting, and finally, to scoring two touchdowns! It's been quite a transformation these past few weeks. And although it's been crazy busy, I'm so happy he rediscovered his love for the game.
I don't go overboard on seasonal decor for a few reasons but the main reason is TIME. There is not enough of it to plan it out, execute, and then take it down so your neighbors aren't silently cursing you on December 10th when you still have pumpkins on your front porch! It does happen. You are probably thinking of a certain house near you right now!
The web-stuff on the front door was a good idea at first ... now with opening and closing the door, it's starting to sag a bit and really stretch out. I think it will last two more weeks but it will be the first thing I pull down, probably on Halloween night!
I bought some supplies to make a really nice Fall wreath to get me through Thanksgiving. I should probably get moving on getting that little project finished!
I'm aware that one day I will miss all of the running around that comes with having children, especially as they get older and have a more active social life. But man, what I wouldn't do for a time out right about now.
Between work, school, soccer, football, tournaments, games, scrimmages, and the seemingly endless fall birthday parties? I'm exhausted. Every fall is this way and every fall I look forward to it but then when it's here, I look for a way out! I have issues.
I think we could all benefit from an 8th day of the week. A day that there is no work or school. A day that there are no games or practices. A day that all stores are closed. A mandated day to do nothing. How heavenly would that be?
Not many people can say they love their in-laws, but I do! I'd be lost without them.
I have spent much time over the last
couple of days pondering that which is in front of me, but I continuously return
to the weekend and the events of Saturday night.
I can not revisit those moments without
thinking of those who really made it happen. There is no way that I could
ever thank you properly or completely for the unselfish manner in which you all
The hall, the decorations, the birthday
cake and all the amenities that accompanied the presentation . . . . . . could
not have been any more complete or presented with more caring then you three so
I am so fortunate to have you three in my
life, in my thoughts and in my heart forever.
The question on the test was: "The opposite of a hypothesis is..." A. A decision B. A bandage C. A result D. Scientific study
Bud chose scientific study and when I asked why he said, "because a
hypothesis is a scientific guess so if u study it, you'll probably
figure it out so that's the opposite of a guess!"
Our first hosted sleepover went well, although not much sleeping went on. Around midnight, I attempted to get them to settle down - and they were all laying around playing on their devices - so I thought they would soon fall asleep. That was a wrong assumption to make. But really, how could they not be tired after being at school all day?! However long they stayed up (there are still conflicting reports about that) they were quiet because they didn't wake me up!
My "smart" 11 year old stayed up all night. He was adamant he was not tired, even when I begged him to take a nap (since he had a football game at 6pm that night.) All it took was a 5 minute ride to the field and he was dead asleep in the car ... but he powered through the game but totally crashed after that. I had to wake him up at 10:30 on Sunday morning!
The Sweet 16 party went really well. The decorating we did was just enough and made the place look nice. She had a great time dancing with her friends!
And the cake? The cake was just a-w-e-s-o-m-e!
A big thanks to my talented BIL (who only made one small photoshop mistake! Do you see it?) and his SIL's cake decorating abilities!
Wishing my baby boy a super awesome 9th birthday!!
We love you kid and your sense of humor. You make us laugh every day. It's one of things I love most about you. Don't grow up too fast, okay?
p.s. I'm sorry I called you "Boo" in front of your friends at soccer practice. I didn't do it on purpose but you know that is my nickname for you! You will always be my Boo ... but I will try to remember to not do it in public.
I've been a blog slacker this week ... but I suppose it really doesn't matter. The big Sweet 16 Party is tomorrow night so wrapping up all the loose ends has been time consuming, along with our normal weekly activities and homework requirements. And throw in a 12hr stomach bug!
For added fun (?), Boo is having some friends sleepover tonight for his 9th birthday which is tomorrow. Go big or go home, right?
A sleepover is easy enough though ... pizza will be ordered, a movie will be picked up and popcorn will be popped. Cupcakes were baked (and Gunner helped himself to 8 of them... he's an asshole sometimes!) I purchased the boys flashlights so a game of flashlight tag will be played. And if they want, they can go swimming?!
Yeah ... the pool. It's finally fixed. I can't even recall if I discussed the pool woes here but the liner has been repaired and the liner lock track was replaced. It takes some time to refill a large pool (can't wait for that water bill...). The water was treated and the filter is running. Once that's all good to go, we can close the pool the proper way. I suppose it's good the weather warmed back up?! They just might be able to get one more swim in!