Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Game #3: Community v. Crandall

Another win! I hope this winning streak continues! I will say this much: I am excited for Tyler to grow up and be able and interested to sit through a whole game. I realize "he is only 4" but holy wow is it hard to concentrate on a game and watch a toddler at the same time. This really isn't any surprise... this is all I've known for the past two years.This community game was supposed to be a blowout for both teams - Casey's JV team won 82-40 and Varisty won 72-55. The Varisty game was neck and neck the entire game until the last 5 minutes or so and Crandall really kicked in their last bit of steam. I wish I could describe in perfect detail what Community's head coach was like... he would pull players out while free throws were being shot and yell at them so everyone in the whole gym could hear. He looked like ex-con meets walker texas ranger.. big mustache, bald head, skinny.... weirdest thing. I felt bad for his players. If that man coached my son, i would probably become as loud as him yelling to pipe it down a little!Anyway, attached is a video of the Varisty game tonight.

Game #2: Alvarado v. Crandall

Well game number two was a win for both JV and Varsity! We played Alvarado High School. Casey's game was a complete blowout and Varsity was a win by 10 points. So proud of my pirates! My poor baby Tyler was not feeling well so we had to leave early, but of course his best friend Kendall was there, and they were able to get a little playing time in. We play our 3rd game tonight - hopefully we will win again!

Mrs. Kathy's Pumpkin Bread

I was lucky enough to know Kathy Hildebrandt. Kathy is the mother of my good friend Steffani, and passed away this year from breast cancer - we all miss her hugs, her smiles, her abundance of love, and her great cooking! I was honored to receive Kathy's pumpkin bread recipe ... and have made it every year for the holidays. In Kathy's memory, I thought I would share with y'all this amazing recipe. We love and miss you Kathy.

Mrs. Kathy's Pumpkin Bread


3 cups flour

3 cups sugar

3 eggs 1 cup oil 1 small can pumpkin 1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon ground cloves

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon nutmeg

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon all spice

Directions: Beat eggs, sugar, and oil in a large mixing bowl. Stir in pumpkin. In a separate mixing bowl, sift all dry ingredients together. Slowly mix in dry ingredients into the sugar/oil/egg mixture. Mix with electric mixer for at least 15 minutes - the longer you mix, the lighter and tastier it is. Pour mixture into bundt pan and bake 1 hour at 350 degrees or until a knife comes out clean if stuck in the middle.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Game #1 Crandall v. Lewisville

Well we won tonight! Both JV and Varsity! They seemed like two totally different teams than what was demonstrated during the scrimmages (for the better)! We were rebounding, not turning the ball over, and most importantly, making our shots! Tyler made it through both games much better than the past - i am hoping that his old age of 4 is going to keep him more in his seat rather than up and down the bleachers! He has a new friend, Kendall, who's brother plays on Varsity - that keeps him pretty busy most of the time until they start getting into double trouble! One of the mom's brought two ring pops for them and they sweetly ate their ring pops and watched a movie. After the movie, Tyler decided to show Kendall his muscles ... not sure if she was impressed. Anyway, I am really proud of our Crandall Pirates! We'll see what happens this season!

Little People

I often wonder at what point does the innocence you have as a small child go away... when everything is harmless - you look up to everyone - life is only made up of dreams and possibilities. Today I am making a point of listening to my son and understanding what he says and when he says it - not letting our life interfere with his amazing thoughts. Life gets so busy - i need to realize the importance of allowing myself to "Just Be." In the long run, i know Tyler and I will have a stronger relationship because he knows that I LISTEN.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Basketball Begins!

Just love this.

New Day

I decided to start my first blog. I tend to have a lot to say - and to write it down seemed like a pretty good idea.
Currently, Casey and I are living in Seagoville, Texas. We live in a three bedroom apartment and i spend all of my time here, working from home. I work for Feliciano Financial Group as a Sales Assistant - working on my series 7 license is the top of my priority list, and then will come my 66 license. This will allow me to make recommendations to clients regarding their financial portfolios - just one step closer to being a financial advisor.
Tyler will be turning 4 in December. I can't believe how fast time has flown by. He amazes me with what he says (good or bad) - he is just like a sponge that i can't seem to ring out - he just keeps absorbing everything about life. He makes me so proud. I fall more in love with my little baby every day that passes by. He is becoming a little boy - a day i never thought would come.
Casey just started his second season as Crandall High School's basketball coach. He is the 1st assistant to varsity and the head JV coach. So far things are going ok - of course there is drama in any job you have, but overall, things are going alright!
I find everyday how much i appreciate and love my life. My family is the most important thing to me and without them, i would never be who I am today.