Saturday, August 25, 2007


Well, things are not so great here.....but they could be worse! On Thursday, Aug. 24, I was driving home from work around 10:45 am and noticed smoke coming off my roof. It was so hot that day that I thought it might be steam, so I kept on going. (I was heading for Wal-Mart) I only got a mile down the road before it really started to bug me, and I turned around. When I got to the house, I went in the side door to check things out, and saw that the house was filled with smoke. I only got about three steps inside before I saw cinders falling from the bathroom ceiling. I went back out and called 9-1-1. The fire department got there in 5-10 min. and had to break the door down to get in. They found Hunter's bedroom fully engulfed in flames, with smoke so thick they had to wear their heaviest equipment. And this was on one of those 100 degree days. I was just standing there in shock waiting for the flames to bust through the roof and take my whole house with it. That didn't happen though, they managed to knock down the fire before it took the whole house. My whole family came out and stood there with me. George was working up in Akron, and had to drive the whole way back down, he said he was shaking the whole way. After all was said and done, they said it was the ceiling light fixture in the bathroom that shorted out, and smoldered in the floorboards. Hunter's whole room is gone, and the girls room is heavily smoke and heat damaged. The downstairs is is water damaged, and smoke damaged throughout. The adjustors can't come until Monday because of all the flooding here in Ohio. So it has to sit there in the heat. The smell is almost unbearable. All the wetness and charred smell. Yuck. I just thank God that no one was at home. The most important things weren't in the house---my family.

For now, we're in motel. It could take up to 5 months or so until everything is finished. Talk about feeling misplaced. The insurance is paying for all that, though, so it's all good. I'm so thankful for all the people that have helped us so far. It's been an overwhelming process.

I'll try to post some pics later that we took at the house.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Hiland vs. Norwayne -- 1st game GO HAWKS!

Okay....first soccer game tonight. Belle has decided to put her game face on early, and is decidedly driving me nuts. She has put her tough face on and is walking around quoting the line from the movie 300.....


Help.....let's hope the game goes well! Let's just say she's super-pumped- - -to put it mildly.

I'll update you tonight on how it went.

UPDATE: we won!


Belle played center-mid, and forward. She did well, and did get called for a foul! I'm glad the first game and first nerves are out of the way. The whole team looked really good for the first game.

adios for now!

Monday, August 20, 2007

not much going on!

Life has been fairly uneventful the past week, aside from all the school shopping we did. We did get everything accomplished. New shoes, new shirts.....etc. All bought and waiting for wear. We went to the Holmes Co. fair on Saturday evening. The kids had a good time, but for me the magic has worn off. It's just not the same when you get older! I guess it's because we're not trolling the aisles for interesting people anymore! haha.

School starts this week.....I have to say that I am ready. The kids are too. It's always an exciting time. Belle's first soccer game is tomorrow night against Norwayne. She is so pumped, and so am I. I'm kind of nervous because it'll be her first soccer game ever! I think George is going too, so it should be a fun evening.

Well, that's about all my brain can concoct this morning. I guess I'm not feeling very creative...maybe I need more coffee......... I do have two school things going on tonight. We have Hunter's open house...the last one at Berlin Elementary! aaahhh! Then Selena has her junior high orientation at Hiland right after Hunter's. I guess that's a full evening. Maybe I'll do laundry in between there.

adios for now! maybe I'll post some pics of the soccer game on wed.

Saturday, August 11, 2007

purple haze!

As promised, here is the pic of Selena with the new 'do.....I have to say that she makes it look good!

Friday, August 10, 2007


Okay, I have to admit that I never used to like soccer. My kids may strike me dead for saying that, but it's true. I was always a basketball, volleyball person. So, when I ended up marrying one of the best soccer players in Maquixco, Mexico---I realized my nonchalance towards soccer had come to an end. Watching George fly around the field and score goal after goal may have had something to do with it. He was spectacular to watch---agility and grace wrapped in a nice-looking package. He had the opportunity to try out for one of the mexican teams, but he didn't go---why, you ask? Because we moved back up here to basketball-crazed Berlin, got married, and started a family. George's dreams of a soccer career trailed along behind us, like an umbilical cord that hadn't quite been cut, finally drying up and falling off. Our kids were born, and started growing up. Belle played one year of park district soccer in first grade, but didn't like it because they were mixed with the boys. Selena took to soccer right away, and played from first grade. Selena is a natural, and has a kick that could knock you flat over. Hunter plays soccer too, and gets right in there.

Belle played volleyball from 5th grade up until 10th grade. The summer before her sophomore year we traveled to Mexico. The world cup was going on and futbol fever was so tangible you could cut it with a knife. We huddled around small tv's out in the street to watch every game that Mexico played. All the adults and kids played soccer out in the rocky fields until they could play no more. George was in his glory playing with his kids, although his ankle hindered him some. Selena and Hunter were having the time of their life. And Belle, I could see, had been taken over--body and soul--by the soccer bug. She contemplated quitting volleyball tha
t year, but in the end decided to play one more year. She got through it, and by the end of that season told the coaches she was quitting to play soccer next year.

Thus, my life of total soccer immersion has begun. Starting in the spring the kids, including Hunter, went to every soccer open gym they held at Hiland. They were like kids possessed. George, who had never pushed ANY of his kids to play anything, let alone soccer, started to see what was happening. He was quiet at first, but slowly started to give them more and more tips, and start playing with them daily in the backyard. They begged him to play with them, and so evening upon evening of banging the ball around in the backyard started. Banging the ball in the house, on every wall we owned. I had to yell for some order because they were starting to knock things off the wall. Well, it wasn't that bad, but they do kick in the house, just not in the air!

So, last week soccer conditioning for Belle began. Selena doesn't start until Sept, same with Hunter. She came home sweaty, dirty, and with the most foul smell covering her that I've every smelled. She
just smiled and said she'd never been happier. She said she wasn't sure why she stuck with volleyball for so long. "Are you sad, Mom, because I quit volleyball?"...for volleyball had been my sport..."No way", I said, "As long as you love what you're doing you can do anything!"..... So as practice started this week, a new angle of her life had begun. One she seems to love intensely. One all of my kids seem to love. One I'm sure, has made their Dad smile inside, even though he won't show it.

So, as we prepare for long evenings of sitting on the sidelines and screaming for the kids, I feel very happy. Not happy because they are playing sports. But happy because they are doing what they love. E
ach one of my three kids has fallen into what they want to do. It's a natural progression of the falling away of things that don't interest them. Sometimes it's things that we did when we were young, sometimes it's not. For it's their lives, not ours. They have to do what brings their senses alive, what brings those dreams to the surface. I smile when George and Belle talk about soccer and what she can do to improve. It's making their relationship better, a relationship that has been marked, at times, with hard things and too many emotions. It's bringing them closer. What father wouldn't want to be closer to their 16 year old daughter at a time in her life when it's all about drama.

So, think of us as we go to up to 6 games a week. This will be the busiest season of our lives, and I wouldn't change a thing. They'll too soon be gone......

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Time for School Shopping

It's that time again. Tablets, pencils, crayons....all that good stuff that goes along with school shopping! Technically though, I only have one kid left that will be buying crayons this year. Hunter, my baby, will be in 6th grade at Berlin Elementary. Esabelle will be in 11th grade, and Selena will be starting at Hiland Junior High in 7th grade. When you get out to Hiland all you need anymore is a bunch of tablets and pencils. None of that fun stuff that you buy in grade school. tear....

Selena is looking forward to going out to Hiland. She's been nervous at times, but she has alot of friends and I know she'll love it. Some kids might have a tough time adjusting to the difference out there, but I know she won't. She just got her hair cut last week into a sweet funky cut. She also decided ot put a nice streak of purple in her bangs! She had wanted something like that for a long time. I have to say that it really looks cool. I'll take a picture and put it on here. She is definitely my punk kid.

School shopping has become a bit of a rite of summer for my kids. When Belle started kindergarten, I took her shopping alone for everything she needed. Then we ate out and saw a movie. I just wanted to make it a special day. We get EVERYTHING we need that day. We start with school supplies, then hit the mall to scour all the clearance racks. They are definitely good shoppers. We come up with some pretty cool stuff for cheap.

We usually eat at a nice restaurant for lunch, and then after we are tired at the end of the day, we get some ice cream. They like to go to Milk & Honey. Then we usually take in a movie if we have any strength left! I do the same thing with Hunter, just him and me. Except he doesn't take as long to look for clothes! He's more worried about seeing the movie.

I probably look forward to these days as much as they do. It's like a slow passing of their years with me. Belle only has two more years until she graduates---it's really hard to fathom. I wish I could slow it down, have a few more years to savor until they leave me. I'll just enjoy it while they are still here.....

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

8 Random Facts About Myself

Ok Tina......I'll play along!

The Rules:

1.Players start with 8 random facts about themselves.
2. Those who are tagged should post these rules and their 8 random facts.
3. Players should tag 2-8 other people and notify them they have been tagged.


I've been tagged, so I guess that means that I have to post 8 random facts about myself....hmmm........ let me think...................... :)

1. I have been to every state except for Washington, Oregon, Hawaii, and Alaska. Needless to
say we love to travel.

2. I was a Hiland cheerleader in the eight grade. Do I seem the cheerleader type!?! :)

3. My favorite foods are mashed potatoes w/real butter, and brownies. Brownies should have
their own food group. These should definitely not be my faves....I wear them daily on my

4. I got 100% on every spelling and vocabulary test I took in middle school and high school. I
also won the Jr. High Spelling Bee. People used to get mad at me because they said I ruined
the grading curve.......now if I just could've been that good in algebra.....

5. I speak fluent spanish. VIVA MEXICO!

6. I love to dig through trash. If someone leaves something by the curb and I think it's
interesting, I'll take it. Now if I tried to get George to stop and get it if he's with me, forget
it. He'll laugh and say, "You don't need any more trash to put in the basement, Babe."

7. I hate gardening.....period.

8. George and I traveled to Acapulco from his hometown in Mexico on $200. We found a room
to rent for cheap, and laid on the beach for three days. With $0 left, and 500 miles to home,
we took off and paid for the toll road in cassettes and jewelry. We paid for our gas, with 30
miles left to home, with a ring George had. Now that was an adventure!

That's about all the randomness I can think of for today!!