Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Turlock Soccer Tournament

 Evan had a soccer tournament in Turlock last weekend.  We spent the night in what turned out to be a gross little motel.  Poor Eric.  He tries really hard to balance low cost with high quality places for the team to stay.  Unfortunately, this place didn't quite hit the mark.  We were slated to stay both Friday and Saturday night, but we decided to drive home and drive back on Sunday.  Best decision ever!

This was me waking up at 5ish on Saturday morning.  I look lovely because I spent the night shoving Hudson back onto his side of the bed.  Poor little Chicken.  No one wants to share a bed with him!

 Now that Evan's team is U11, we are wanting to start keeping stats for the games.  I volunteered, and Eric bought me my own special stat book!  The coaches seem to be pretty happy about the information.

 Hanging out between games.  The new Pumas uniforms look nice!

 This is what Hudson does most of the time between, during, before, and after games!  Thank goodness for Wifi.

 We got home on Saturday night at about 4, and we were all in bed by 8.  As much as I didn't want to, I made myself get up at 4:45 a.m. to do my workout.  If we had stayed in Turlock on Saturday night, I would have made myself workout whenever we happened to get home on Sunday.

As hard as it was to get up, I am soooooooo happy that the exercise was done for the day, because by the time we got home Sunday night, I was DONE with everything!  We were so tired and worn out and cranky.  Well, that last part was just me!

 We left early Sunday morning to head back to Turlock stopping at McDonald's on the way out of town.  I resisted because I was drinking my Shakeology.  (Insert snooty proud moment for resisting temptation one time!)

 There's the beautiful red roof wherein lie the bacon, egg, and cheese biscuits, but there I am in the weird postage stamp drinking my shake!

 Once more, all the little brothers gather to play on a tablet.  I'm not sure what we are going to do when Hudson is too big to sit in the wagon!

 Winning the 3rd game!

 The boys played so well in this tournament.

 My amazing athlete.

 If I squint, I can almost see him at 18 playing this sport.  Sometimes he has such a maturity about him.

We made it to the Championship game against a Bay Area team.  This was the craziest game going into overtime and Penalty Kicks to determine the winner!  Unfortunately, we lost the PK's 3-2.  Sad as a mom, but so proud of the team and how well they played!  I was especially proud of Evan because sometimes he can get overly emotional, but instead he was helping to bolster his team.  Well done, Peanut!

 Waiting to get his medal.

 Guero and Diego.  Great teammate.

 Yes, boys, you are number 1 in my eyes!

 Evan gets his medal from his coaches.

 The defense leader.


My blondie.

We went to pizza as a team, drove home, and crashed.  It takes me two days to recover from these tournaments.  I'm really worried about the next one because it is the weekend before school starts.  I need to be on top of stuff and be completely ready for school before we leave.  Yikes!  Fun times and busy times.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Little of This, Little of That

 I crack up every time I see these two with their heads touching playing a video game on a tablet.  What else are little brothers to do during their big brothers' soccer practices or games?  Sometimes they run and play, too.

 I started working out and signed up as a Beachbody coach a few weeks ago.  I was 3 1/2 weeks into the program at this point.  I'm really proud for not missing any days.  Well, I missed one, but I made it up the next day by doing the missed workout in the morning and a second workout at night.  I don't particularly care for doing that, so it's easier to just get the exercise done and X it out!

 I'm following the P90X3 workout DVDs.  I like it for several reasons: it is only 30 minutes, I like Tony Horton, it is tough but gives me something to work towards, and I like the variety in workouts.

 The food is my weak area.  I'm trying to eat more veggies and whole food.  After we get back from Vegas, I plan to really kick my food plan into gear.

 I started a "like" page on Facebook called Forcey Fitness.  Click HERE for the link.  I want to inspire others and let people know that working towards a healthier future is possible.  I'm an ordinary, regular gal who is very busy, but still making a little bit of time to fit this in.

Buddy usually follows me out of the bedroom at 5 a.m. to watch me exercise.  He's very encouraging!

We had a soccer tournament this past weekend, but I'll share those photos in another post.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Escape Heat, Go Ice Skating

 And we are back at the ice rink.  We headed off to the rink on Monday afternoon to get out of the hot house.  I can't even describe how much I love being in a place that is 50 degrees.  A little piece of heaven in mid July!

 Hudson fell a lot, but also improved a lot.  He can skate pretty fast!

 Our friend, John, was with us for the fun.

 Yep, that's me gliding across the ice.  Love it!

 Hudson trying to put his gloves on his hands.  At first I thought gloves were silly, but later I wished I had some.  My hands were cold!

 After falling and smacking his hip, this one needed a hug from mom.  How can anyone say no to those eyes?!

 Got his hug and off he goes.

 What a cool kid!

 Why can't boys just stand there and smile to take a photo?  Because they are boys!

 This is the result of me saying, "Stop it with your hands!"

 Is it weird that I always look at their pants with a stripe down the side and think of the movie The Music Man?  The part where the kid wants his band uniform with a stripe down the side gets me every time!

We had a lot of fun and skated from two hours.  This kids want to go back again.  Summer is almost running out, so we'll definitely be back at least once more.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Where I Want to Live

Monterey.  That is where I want to live.  Or anywhere near the beach, really.  I've been thinking about it lately.  I'd even settle for living there during the summer only!

 We went to Monterey on Saturday for a day trip.  It was energizing.  It really helped recharge my batteries.  It was almost cold, and I loved it!  The boys were chilly so we got them a hot chocolate!

 Overlooking one of the marinas near the wharf.

 I'd never noticed this statue before.  I think it honored Italian fishermen.

 My babies.

 It was a day without any agenda whatsoever.  We let the kids explore and play on the rocks near the water while we waited for 11 a.m. to roll around so we could go eat clam chowder at The Fisherman's Grotto.

 Hudson goes to the coast for grilled cheese and french fries!  Not me!  Chowder bowl and garlic bread, please!

 We had a seat right at the window overlooking the water.  We had fun watching people kayak and paddle board.  I want to try paddle boarding.  It looks like fun and a GREAT workout!

After lunch we went to the park to play.  Then we bought new shoes at the outlets.  Then I met up with a friend I had not seen in over 20 years.  Then we went to the beach.  I just forgot to take photos of all that stuff!

We didn't leave town until after 8.  The boys were exhausted on the drive home!  It was a great day, and we are going back in a few weeks.  Yay!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Sleepy Hudson and Ice Skating

 The other morning Hudson woke up early.  I had already finished my workout and was relaxing on the couch checking Facebook.

It was by no means cold, but Hudson burrowed under a blanket with Harry and went back to sleep.  So sweet sometimes.

 Our fourth summer school field trip was ice skating.  Oh my.  Trying to get ice skates on 41 kids was no easy task! Every able adult was lacing up skates!

 By the time I got my own skates on and laced up, Evan was twirling on the ice!

 This was our third time skating this year, so I was feeling pretty confident!

 Both kids did well.  The majority of the summer school kids were clinging to the wall moving around the perimeter like ants.  My two were in the middle strutting their stuff.

 I do enjoy activities with my kids.  And this place is perfect because it gets us out of 105 degree heat.

 Perfect temps for a sweatshirt.

Most of the group with Snow Ball, the ice center mascot.  We got to take a little tour behind the scenes, so that was fun and interesting.

Next week is a movie at the Hall.  No driving or transporting kids.  Thank goodness!  I need a break from the stress of that.  Call me crazy, but I tend to worry when I'm responsible for 40-60 kids and they are fanning out in cars that travel fast on a freeway.  Shudder.  Thank God all trips have been uneventful.