11 November 2010

Sometimes it is worth it!

Becca skates in the morning before school. That means that if we are where we should be, we are out the door by 7am to be to the rink and get her dressed and warmed up for her 7:30 lesson. We are not where we should be very often.

This morning we were running late, barely made it to the rink by 7:30. Got to the rink- no skates!! David brought her home from the rink last night while I had my board meeting and took her skates with her. Quick call to David and the skates are on their way. David was only about 10 minutes away, so he was there pretty quick. Oh no- Becca wore her footies home last night and left them in her room. Only had one extra, so she skated with one footie and one bare foot. I told Coach Amy that we were a disaster. She disagreed in that polite way that people have, mostly to make me feel better!

I guess the crazy morning worked out for Becca. Started by warming up her sit spin. Then they did sit, change, back sit. It was beautiful! Let's try flying camel. FLYING CAMEL??? Okay. She did it- not well, but it was a flying camel spin. Practiced that a few more times. Next move on to the axel. She had landed a cheated one on Tuesday, but the axel is one of those things that one day you do it, and you might not see another one for 6 months. I was a hopeful mom, but realistic. Right now the axel is the holy grail of Becca's skating group- they are all busting their behinds to get there. It is almost monumental- like the axel transforms you into a 'real' skater. My baby is a real skater. She landed 2 more good ones today. She was given the green light to practice them outside of lessons. A couple more flying camels, and then they started working on her Double Salchow. Yeah, that needs a little work. :) But she is on her way. She was so proud of herself, and Coach Amy bought her a cookie at the snack bar. 2 axels and a cookie for breakfast? That is a pretty good day!

07 November 2010

Stand Up.. Be Proud.. Shout Your Name.. Out Loud..


I thought I had a better handle on what to expect at Becca's cheer competition today. I have had a lot of experience with Becca competiting at skating, but I was really unprepared for how over stimulating the cheerleaders, yelling fans, and loud music could be. I left totally exhausted, and all I had done was sit on a high school bleacher for 4 hours!
Becca's team was called 'mini'. They don't compete at that level, it is strictly exhibition. The girls did great and seemed to have a wonderful time!
I feel like their program was a pretty good mix of cute and attitude. The squad is girls from Kindergarten to 4th grade. When she cheers for football games only the girls that are Kindergarten to 2nd grade cheer, the 3rd and 4th graders have their own football team. They were combined for competition purposes, and we were still the smallest mini squad by a long shot! They did great!
The Wolverines also had a squad that competed at the 5th & 6th grade level and the 7th & 8th grade level. Both of those teams took first place in their divisions, so it was a pretty good day for the Wolverines.

Mostly I am just glad that this is the end of cheer! Becca really likes it, so we may do it again next year, but for now it is over!!! The play is over, and all that is left is skating. I feel like I have gained tons of free time!! :)
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05 November 2010

James and the Giant Peach

I went to my first middle school play tonight. It really was better than I had expected it to be. It was dark- really dark, and the kids talked faster than I thought was possible. Overall, they got the story across really well and they seemed to be having a good time.

Tomorrow is a big day- a football game, 2 birthday parties, and the encore performance of James. I am going to need my rest tonight for sure!!

04 November 2010

same stuff different day!

Okay, so it is only the 4th and I have already missed a day. Whoops! What this is teaching me is that there really isn't anything all that interesting that goes on in my life! :)

I think we had the last cheerleading practice of the season tonight. There is a game on Saturday and the competition on Sunday. If the team wins Saturday, then the final game is the November 11th.

The final rehearsal of James and the Giant Peach was this afternoon. There are shows tomorrow night and Saturday, and then middle school returns to normal!

Tomorrow morning is Dads and doughnuts at Becca's school. It is beyond unreasonable how early you have to be to these things. I went to Moms and muffins 10 minutes early last year, and the entire cafeteria was full and they were frantically trying to find over flow space. I guess I am glad that we have a school with a lot of parent support. I am the Friday Folder mom for Becca's class, so I will head to school right before they start.

It is amazing how I feel like I am constantly running and yet there is nothing going on.......

02 November 2010

I read this on the internet earlier today. The sacrifices that these women made are so inspiring to me! They were strong, they were brave, and they were willing to stand up for what they believed in. I am so thankful that they paved the way for my voice to be heard today.

This is the story ……
of our Mothers and Grandmothers who lived only 90 years ago.

By Lu Kembel, Tucson League of Women Voters

Remember, it was not until 1920 that women were granted the right to go to the polls and vote.

Women picketing for the right to voteThe women were innocent and defenseless, but they were jailed nonetheless for picketing the White House, carrying signs asking for the vote.

Women marching for the right to voteAnd by the end of the night, they were barely alive. Forty prison guards wielding clubs and their warden’s blessing went on a rampage against the 33 women wrongly convicted of ‘obstructing sidewalk traffic.’

They beat Lucy Burns, chained her hands to the cell bars above her head and left her hanging for the night, bleeding and gasping for air.

They hurled Dora Lewis into a dark cell, smashed her head against an iron bed and knocked her out cold. Her cell mate, Alice Cosu, thought Lewis was dead and suffered a heart attack. Additional affidavits describe the guards grabbing, dragging, beating, choking, slamming, pinching, twisting and kicking the women.

Thus unfolded the ‘Night of Terror’ on Nov. 15, 1917, when the warden at the Occoquan Workhouse in Virginia ordered his guards to teach a lesson to the suffragists imprisoned there because they dared to picket Woodrow Wilson’s White House for the right to vote. For weeks, the women’s only water came from an open pail. Their food–all of it colorless slop–was infested with worms.

When one of the leaders, Alice Paul, embarked on a hunger strike, they tied her to a chair, forced a tube down her throat and poured liquid into her until she vomited. She was tortured like this for weeks until word was smuggled out to the press.

So, refresh MY memory. Some women won’t vote this year because – Why, exactly? We have carpool duties? We have to get to work? Our vote doesn’t matter? It’s raining?

Mrs Pauline Adams in the prison garb she wore while serving a 60 day sentence.

Last week, I went to a sparsely attended screening of HBO’s new movie ‘Iron Jawed Angels.’ It is a graphic depiction of the battle these women waged so that I could pull the curtain at the polling booth and have my say. I am ashamed to say I needed the reminder.

Miss Edith Ainge, of Jamestown, New York

All these years later, voter registration is still my passion. But the actual act of voting had become less personal for me, more rote. Frankly, voting often felt more like an obligation than a privilege. Sometimes it was inconvenient.

(Conferring over ratification [of the 9th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution] at [National Woman's Party] headquarters, Jackson Place [Washington, D.C.]. L-R Mrs. Lawrence Lewis, Mrs. Abby Scott Baker, Anita Pollitzer, Alice Paul, Florence Boeckel, Mabel Vernon (standing, right))

My friend Wendy, who is my age and studied women’s history, saw the HBO movie, too. When she stopped by my desk to talk about it, she looked angry. She was–with herself. ‘One thought kept coming back to me as I watched that movie,’ she said. ‘What would those women think of the way I use, or don’t use, my right to vote? All of us take it for granted now, not just younger women, but those of us who did seek to learn.’ The right to vote, she said, had become valuable to her ‘all over again.’

HBO released the movie on video and DVD . I wish all history, social studies and government teachers would include the movie in their curriculum I want it shown on Bunco/Bingo night, too, and anywhere else women gather. I realize this isn’t our usual idea of socializing, but we are not voting in the numbers that we should be, and I think a little shock therapy is in order.

It is jarring to watch Woodrow Wilson and his cronies try to persuade a psychiatrist to declare Alice Paul insane so that she could be permanently institutionalized. And it is inspiring to watch the doctor refuse. Alice Paul was strong, he said, and brave. That didn’t make her crazy.

The doctor admonished the men: ‘Courage in women is often mistaken for insanity.’

Please, if you are so inclined, pass this on to all the women you know. We need to get out and vote and use this right that was fought so hard for by these very courageous women. Whether you vote democratic, republican or independent party – remember to vote.

Helena Hill Weed, Norwalk , Conn. Serving 3 day sentence in D.C. prison for carrying banner, ‘Governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed.’

01 November 2010


It's national blog posting month! I am going to try to post every day for the next 30 days and see if I can bring this blog back from the dead!!

Things have been hectic here. Becca decided to try cheerleading, and she really likes it. She is about done for the season, I think she will be finished this weekend. She is really cute doing it! That is her friend Meadow in the picture. She is in kindergarten this year, so it seems that Becca is still a bit on the small side!! There are 9 girls on her cheer squad, and they seem to have a good time together.

Cameron is doing the middle school play this weekend. The production is James and the Giant Peach, one of his favorite books from when he was younger. He wanted to be on the stage crew, but the director has a rule that even if you want to be on the crew you still have to try out. He has a small extra part as a townsperson as well as his crew duties. I think he is really enjoying being a part of the play. You don't get a lot of information out of him at this point.

The pumpkin bread is almost done and I need to head to bed for the night. More later. :)

02 June 2010

Happy Birthday to this guy!

Happy Birthday Cameron! This is the oldest picture that I have of you on my computer- you are so old that you were born when I was still using *film* LOL! I can not believe how fast the time has gone and that now you are 12 years old. I hope that this is your best year yet!!!

I had to throw in this picture of Becca because I miss the bows!! Notice my children coordinate, but do not completely match. I can't believe I used to have the time to mess with stuff like that! Now they are lucky if they get out the door with all of their clothes on.
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