Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Quote of the day

When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.~ Ansel Adams

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

I heart faces Challenge

This is Jackson on his 1st birthday.....

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Saturday, June 26, 2010

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Happy Birthday TiTi!!!

My beautiful sister is 41 today!!

Summer Vacay Day 1

The troups are up early this morning and it looks like a rainy day. Think it will be a good day to regroup and tomorrow we start our early morning walking routine....I love rainy, lazy days.....

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Schooooools' out for


And it is going to be a busy one!!!!!!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Monday, June 14, 2010

Horoscope of the day

You need to try something new today -- it could be anything from a new restaurant to a new way of looking at your career. It may also be a good time for you to move forward with a romance.

this is so true! I went out to lunch with Chris and totally ordered out of my comfort zone.....I am usually a chicken type of girl, I got the beef melt.....

Saturday, June 12, 2010

3-D Movies

So, I have never sat thru a 3-D movie before. Yes, I have been to the Tree of Life at Disney and watched that AWESOME show, but never have sat thru a full fledged movie. I'm torn. At first I thought, this is awesome, it is so cool, wow. Then my eyes started to hurt. Sam was making grunting noises and I thought, oh no, a repeat of our Stomach Bug week....then we settled into it and relaxed and it was ok. Then we had to end it with a fast paced fight scene and my eyes hurt again. Then the credits rolled and I was like ok this is not so bad, so creative, so high-tech........So, I'm still torn. I'll have to wait till the next one. Oh yeah, this was Shrek III and the next one will be Toy Story III, where is my crazy faced smiley when you need it.....

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Unwanted House Guest

Yes, we have had the pleasure of "The Unwanted house guest". He is mean, violent, smelly and an inconvenient pain in the ass! Yes, Christopher had the stomach bug on Sunday, I thought I got rid of him and then in the early hours of Wednesday he slithered back in and attacked me! I haven't thrown up like that since, well I'm sure there was alcohol involved so we will leave that one alone.....then he has the nerve to attack Sammy. 15 times my poor baby threw up and had diarrhea, poor Chris, he had to clean it up! So, I am doing ok today. My sides feel like I have done a marathon workout, but Sammy is still miserable! The only good thing to come of this is we haven't eaten in 2 days but I am feeling my appetite is coming back. I hear a milkshake calling me!!!

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Great Game!!

Hoosac Valley defeats Southwick to advance
By Neil Benjamin Jr., North Adams Transcript
Posted: 06/08/2010 07:04:01 AM EDT

When Zach Larabee doubled to lead off the bottom of the sixth inning, Hoosac Valley's center fielder knew he had to score.

He just was unsure how.

Thanks to a perfect sacrifice bunt by Nick Bourdon and line-drive double by Slayter Aubin, the Hurricanes (13-8) broke a scoreless tie, then plated three more runs to defeat Southwick 4-0 in the Western Massachusetts Division II semifinal Monday.

The date and time of Hoosac's semifinal game has not yet been announced, but should be in the coming days. The Hurricanes will face the winner of Palmer at Greenfield.

The runs came just in time, as Hurricane pitcher Justyn Tworig tossed a three-hit gem but wasn't getting any run support. Rams starter David Jones stifled the Hurricanes for five innings before Hoosac finally got on the board.

"That was small-ball," Larabee said. "We weren't hitting up to that point, so we had to find other ways to score."

Aubin was a bit more philosophical in his recount of the inning.

"I've been working with my dad all season on my hitting," he said. "I knew a ground ball or fly ball would get the run in, but I just saw my pitch and went with it. That's really all I can say about it."

After Larabee scored, Southwick's defense fell apart. Garrett Alibozek reached on an infield single, followed by Cody Morris reaching on an error when Rams shortstop Joe Kucienski bobbled the grounder, loading the bases. Robbie Burke reached on a fielder's choice, but Aubin was thrown out at home. Corey Meczywor reached on another Kucienski error, allowing Alibozek to score.
Fittingly, Tworig came to the plate. He took an off-speed pitch and lined it past second base, driving in two runs and giving him a four-run cushion for the final inning.

"My off-speed stuff, my change, was really good [Monday]," Tworig said. "My pitches were making it over the plate and I kept their bats guessing."

Hoosac's defense matched Tworig's effectiveness throughout. Second baseman Tanner Bird quickly put a stop to the Ram's rally try in the second inning. With Mike Ratchford on first, Nick Smith hit a grounder to Bird, who thought enough to tag Ratchford and throw to first to get the double play.

In the fourth inning, Bird made a fantastic leaping catch on a hard line drive hit by Jones which would have landed in the gap. Larabee made a few nice catches in the outfield, and the Hurricanes played what coach Bob Rivard called "the best defensive game of the season by far."

"Tanner did a great job at second for us," Rivard added. "The whole defense was solid. We had a nine-day layoff and I thought that would make us rusty, but we focused a lot on our defense in that time and it worked."

The errors commited by Kucienski marred an otherwise flawless defensive game on both sides. Southwick finishes the season at 13-9, but second-year coach Tim Karetka was pleased with his team's effort and had high praise for the Hurricanes.

"[Hoosac] put the ball in the right places," he said. "It's a bittersweet end for us because we started the season 0-3 and were outscored 33-3 over those games.

"But Hoosac has a great shot at winning it all, absolutely. They didn't make any mistakes, and that's what good teams do."

Aside from the three hits Tworig gave up, he walked just one and struck out seven, showing the flashes of brilliance he featured in 2009.

In the second inning, Robbie Burke almost got Hoosac on the board. With Alibozek on first, Burke hit a towering fly ball to left field. It appeared as if it was going to leave the yard, but Rams left fielder Anthony Falcetti made a diving catch over the wall to rob Burke. Burke finished with a double, but Alibozek led the team with two singles.

Aubin finished the day 1 for 2 with a hit by pitch, but after the game he was raving about how well his squad just played. Though Hoosac had 12 wins in the regular season, most on the team agree the Hurricanes were too inconsistent.

"If we play like this, no mistakes, then we can win it all," Aubin said. "It's so important. We haven't played many games without mental errors all season. It helps our confidence going forward."

Rivard had advice for his squad going into the semifinal round. It's the same thing he's been telling the players throughout the year.

"As long as we don't give other teams extra outs, we'll be fine," he said. "When we make errors, teams get extra men on base, and that makes it harder for the pitcher and the defense."

Saturday, June 05, 2010

Quote of the Day

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

~ Mark Twain

Friday, June 04, 2010

Follow up with Doc....

Sam had a follow-up visit yesterday w/ Doc StClaire and he was worse. So we had another ultrasound done and there is alot of fluid around his testicle. He called and switched his medicine and wanted to see us first thing this am. And to top it off he said no food and drink after midnight. Well, we all kow what that means. Surgery! Well, luckily, the new medicine did his job and he said he looked better. So bedrest for a few days (it's hard lugging that big 5 lb nut around LOL!). So looks like alot of movies for us...back to see Doc on Tuesday.....let's eat!!!

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Memorial Day Fun

Well, it started off with a bang! Or should I say, SCREAM! Poor Sam woke up in pain complaining about his "tennis ball". Yes, I know he will be 10 yrs. old soon and he should use the correct terminology, but it is kind of, after the 3rd time we heard him say "I'm dying", Chris whisked him off to the emergency room. 3 hours later, turns out he has an infection and needs to see a urologist on Thursday. They will do an ultrasound on his Kidney to make sure it is working properly. So off we go to the lake! It was a beautiful and relaxing day. I hung out with Danielle's mom and we had a good time. We tubed, and drank and got to know each other better. Family, sun, wine and friends, good times....