Sunday, September 23, 2012

David Morrill, Soccer Player

David has been asking to play soccer for a while.  He played on a team 5 years ago, and we hadn't signed him up since then for a variety of reasons (mostly time and money, two of those things you never have enough of).  Last month we decided to go for it, went to sign up, and had to put him on a waiting list.  A spot opened up, we took it, and David was finally on a soccer team again!

Now, David has told me that he plays soccer at recess pretty often over the years.  Apparently he's learned a thing or two, because he's really quite good!  I was worried that being on a team for essentially the first time as a 9 year old would put him at a disadvantage, but he's actually quite a valuable member of the team.  He's a great back (that's what it's called, right?), and has stopped the other team from scoring many times over the 3 games they've played so far!

Nathan had an ear infection on Saturday (I took him to the urgent care after the game.  Dan was busy signing with the Portland Opera, or we would have been able to divide and conquer.), which meant he was extra cuddly.  Which meant I was able to take some pictures rather than chase him around the whole time!

 Here's a good action shot of David running to get that ball going the other direction!

 This is David after making a good play and being cheered for.  This is one of the reasons I'm SO glad we finally signed him up.  Look how good he feels about himself!

 And this is after his team scored a goal.  Think he's excited? :-)

Another good action shot

After a few minutes I remembered that my new camera takes good videos, so I took a few.  I got several where David isn't involved in the play, but here are a two where he gets a good kick in there!

Around this time Nathan changed from just being clingy to being cranky, so I had to stop with the picture/video taking.  David ended up playing all of the first 3 quarters and the middle of the 4th quarter.  They play 6 to a side, and there were 3 or 4 boys sitting out, so he definitely got to play more than his share!

Thursday, September 20, 2012


First off, I'd like to say that I got a new camera for my birthday (thanks, Mom & Dad!).  I'm going to use it as motivation to start blogging more regularly.  But I'm not going to stress about catching up.  I may throw a few old ones on here, but mostly just go forward as a new bloggin' woman.

Yesterday, for those of you that don't know, was Talk Like a Pirate Day.  And to celebrate, Krispy Kreme was giving out 1 free donut to anyone who talked like a pirate, and a dozen to anyone dressed as one!  OF COURSE I had to take advantage of that!

Four years ago for Halloween we had a pirate in the family (Look at how little they are, especially cute Katy!  She was just shy of 17 months old, so just a bit younger than Nathan is now!).  Between the parts of that costume, some other stuff we had on hand, and some fabric I was given several years ago (and made into a skirt in 20 minutes!), we came up with 2 cute pirates!

This is Katy's pirate pose.  She's holding an imaginary sword.  Obviously.

 So, I went in expecting to get 2 dozen glazed donuts for my 2 pirate kids.  They only gave us 1.  I think that was kind of stinky.  It said "limited to one per guest, per visit."  Hello, they are separate guests!  I didn't make a big deal out of it, though (but I did tell the family that was coming in while we were leaving that they should go in separately if they wanted more than 1 dozen!).  I had assumed we wouldn't get the additional donuts for talking like a pirate since 2 dozen is a good amount (with half a dozen people in our family that's 4 apiece), so we did get those after all, and found out that those weren't limited to glazed!  So we ended up with 1 dozen glazed, 1 maple bar (mine), 1 with sprinkles (Nathan's, and yes, he did say "arrr!"), and 3 "kreme" filled for the other kids.  Pretty good for free!!!

Katy kept trying to stay in character for pictures.  This is one of several of her saying "arrrr!"  I wonder why that hasn't caught on in place of "cheese"...

 We got a real smile out of her!

The last time we went inside a Krispy Kreme was when we told them we were expecting Nathan, so it's been a while.  The kids were really fascinated by watching the donuts being made!  I'd never noticed that you could see all the way from the dough getting dropped onto the conveyor belt, through rising, and of course the cooking and glazing.  Today while eating one Ryan said "It's hard to believe this starts out as just dough."  He also wondered what their secret is.  Don't we all?

 Nathan enjoyed his chocolate with sprinkles!

After several attempts, I got another one of Katy actually smiling, with her partially finished donut in hand.  I'm impressed with how her costume turned out, especially considering the fact that no money was spent and less than half an hour (including cutting, sewing and gathering all the parts).  Hopefully she'll wear the skirt for dress-up sometime too!