Sunday, March 31, 2013


The First Home Game

For those of you that don't know, it has always been a dream of Shawn's to work in the world of professional soccer. He is a business man at heart, and has always wanted to combine his love of business with his love of soccer. 

About 2 years ago he and his friend Rui started talking (in our local coffee shop) about how to bring a professional soccer team to Phoenix. As with any new venture, there have been many starts and stops and not a little hair pulling. However, I am proud to say, they have made it happen. The first home game was Saturday.  I have to admit I got a little misty eyed as I looked around at the sold out crowd and realized that all of these fans, all of these employees and all of these players were there because of an idea that started in the local coffee shop. 

AJ's team got to be ball boys for the game. We all met at the Phoenix FC office and then walked to the field together from there. 

There is a very enthusiastic fan club that threw a parade right before the game. They have their own large section in the stands and they took their cheering very seriously. It really pumped up the crowds and I am sure spurred the players on to their win.

The boys each got a t-shirt to wear to the game.

At the game, Charlie and I got to sit in the VIP tent. We are not really VIPs, but we know a few. The view was fantastic. We were right behind the goal, and could see everything.

This was also AJ's position for being ball boy. He had a theory that he would see more action if he was behind the goal. It didn't quite pan out the way he had hoped, but I think he had fun.

This was the visiting team being led onto the field by another team from AJ's club.

And then our team came out. AJ's team led them onto the field.

We even had fireworks during the National Anthem.

Here is one shot of the actual game. I didn't get a lot of shots of the game because Charlie was being Charlie and was keeping me on my toes.

Finally, here is a post game picture. Shawn and the rest of the group have worked so hard the last two years trying to make this happen. I couldn't be prouder.

Check Out The Wing Structure

Sunday, March 24, 2013

A Hamster Field Trip

We took Peng out to the back yard for a little exercise.  First, we checked for hawks. 


I was able to give two gallon bags full of spinach away. 

Fairness is Very Important When You Are Five

We were driving on the highway yesterday and a car passes us. Charlie, outraged, yells "Hey! No cuts!"

These Are The Types Of Texts You Get When Your Wife Teaches 3rd Grade

Can you please pick up a quart of milk? I need the container for a math lesson and we are out of milk. 

Why are we out of milk? Because I forced the kids to finish the milk so I could have the gallon jug for the same math lesson.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

AJ's Civilization Project

For school, AJ had to create a civilization from scratch, complete with a religion, history, resources, trade, government and artifacts. 

This was the artifact part of the project. He made models of a house, pottery, a medicine bag and jewelry. 

Great Grandma and AJ's Birthday Celebration


We are very into forts at our house lately. Here are a few:

Here is the floor plan drawn by Charlie. (I have trained you well, young Jedi.)


And more baking.

Rocket Launch

AJ's class launching their homemade rockets. 

Read Across America Door

My class read Frindle by Andrew Clements, so we decided to use that theme for the door contest at our school.  The story is about a kid that makes up a new word (Frindle) for "pen"and what happens to him and the new word.  

 I had each student make up a new silly word, and then make a dictionary entry complete with what part of speech it was, a definition, a picture and an example sentence using the word. Then we compiled all the new words and made a class dictionary. ( That is the purple book in the center.) Each student got a copy.  Then, I had the kids write their new word in a sentence on the colorful cards.  We didn't win, but I loved how it turned out. 

Picnic On The Porch

What's Up?

Well, I Thought It Was Hilarious

One of AJ's birthday presents.  (He actually does like it, he was just choosing to act like a teenager at this moment.)