Saturday, January 06, 2018

Handmade Gifts Are the BEST!

A wall mirror from Christian:
A dog bowl box from Coleman:
A beautiful hand-embroidered glasses case from Carolyn:
I love my birthday gifts!

Monday, January 01, 2018

Welcome 2018!

Happy New Year!
We watched the Tournament of Roses Parade and wished we were there.
Went for a walk at Little Mulberry Park and followed it up with ice cream per tradition.
Although Bruster's was closed! So we went to Dunkin' Donuts and gave the pups their scoop at home.
Coleman spent the night at a friend's house and spent most of the day in various forms of this:
We excitedly settled in for a great day of football!
 Tigers on the TV and jambalaya in the pot.
The agony of the Tigers defeat was nothing compared to the Sooners heartbreaking loss to Georgia in double OT.

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Hike to Mt. Yonah

Books I Read in 2017


85. A Man Called Ove-Fredrik Backman
The Women in the Castle-Jessica Shattuck
The Rooster Bar-John Grisham
The Bookseller-Mark Pryor
Trap the Devil-Ben Does
80. Beartown-Fredrik Backman
The Twelve-Mile Straight-Eleanor Henderson
The Lions of Lucerne-Brad Thor
Black Site-Dalton Fury
Independence Day-Ben Does
75. Eye for an Eye-Ben Does
The Last Refuge-Ben Does
Coup d-Etat-Ben Coes
Confessions of a Domestic Failure-Bunmi Laditan
Angel Killer-Andrew Mayne
70. Power Down-Ben Does
The Neon Lawyer-Victor Methos
The Alice Network-Kate Quinn
The Temporary Agent-Daniel Judson
Those Who Save Us-Jenna Blum
55. The Boston Girl-Anita Diamant
We Were the Lucky Ones-Georgia Hopper
The Naturalist-Andrew Mayne
The Dynamite Room-Jason Hewitt
Dark of the Moon-John Sandford
50. The Affair-Lee Child
Fools Rush In-Janice Thompason
Night School-Lee Child
Wives of War-Soraya Lane
No Middle Name-Lee Child
45. Time to Hunt-Stephen Hunter
Black Light-Stephen Hunter
The Master Sniper-Stephen Hunter
You're Next-Gregg Hurwitz
The Crime Writer-Gregg Hurwitz
40. Dead Zero-Stephen Hunter
Point of Impact-Stephen Hunter
The House Girl-Tara Conklin
Born A Crime-Trevor Noah
Cheap Shot-Ace Atkins
35. Soft Target-Stephen Hunter
Stone Cold-Robert B. Parker
Trust No One-Gregg Hurwitz
The Nowhere Man-Gregg Hurwitz
The Survivor-Gregg Hurwitz
30. Half Truths-Adam Hamilton
Burning Bright-Nicholas Petrie
Tell No Lies-Greg Hurwitz
The Drifter-Nicholas Petrie
Trouble In Paradise-Robert B. Parker
25. Family Honor-Robert B. Parker
Night Passage-Robert B. Parker
The Girl From the Train-Irma Joubert
News of the World-Paulette Jiles
Silver Bay-Jojo Moyes
20. Twisted River-Siobhan MacDonald
Orphan X- Greg Hurwitz
The Blackhouse-Peter May
The Knife of Never Letting Go-Patrick Ness
Forty Autums-Nina Willner
15. Zone One-Colson Whitehead
The Chemist-Stephanie Meyer
Payoff-Douglas Corleone
Losing Charlotte-Clay
Last Ride to Graceland-Kim Wright
10. Hidden Figures-Margot Lee Sheerly
Small Great Things-Jodi Picoult
Home-Harlan Coben
The Gender Game-Bella Forrest
No Man's Land-David Baldacci
5. The Bookshop on the Corner-Jenny Colgan
Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy-Eric Metaxas
The Lilac Girls-Martha Hall Kelly
The Woman In Cabin 10-Ruth Ware

The Escape Clause-John Sanford

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Georgia Swarm Home Opener

The 2017 Champions Georgia Swarm had their season home opener tonight with a ceremony to raise the championship banner and present the players with their championship rings.

Carolyn was a ring buddy so we arrived early for rehearsal.
Unfortunately, the opposing team had trouble getting out of Rochester because of the weather so everything was delayed.
So we got to hang out with professional lacrosse players and take photos and get autographs.
 2 Chainz warmed up with team!
 On the field pregame
 Stinger is always a crowd pleaser!
 Carolyn presented #31 John Ranagan with his ring.
My friend Mike let me wear his ring for a photo
 Raising the banner
 2 Chainz performed at halftime
and I channeled my inner rapper!
 The Swarm beat Rochester 14-11. It was a great game and we had so much fun!!

Friday, December 29, 2017

The Brogdon Cup

My South team at the National Lacrosse Classic this summer took first place, so we had the opportunity to play as TEAM USA in the Brogdon Cup.

Media Day
My friend Travis coached with me
It was so special to hear the National Anthem while wearing USA on our uniforms!
 Team Huddle
 USA Pride
Love these girls!!!
 Medal presentation
 Love when I can coach some of "my" kiddos on different teams!
Official team photo at the end of the tournament. While our win-loss record wasn't what we hoped for, it was still a fantastic experience!!!
The Florida weather was NOT what we expected-it was cold and rainy all three days of the tournament!
On the drive home, my odometer hit 123,456!
I mom, therefore I blog.