Sunday, January 24

Like I said in my last post, soccer season has resumed, and Meghan is playing again. Yay! And look who randomly got assigned to ref her game? Ha! Somehow, we had a feeling it would happen eventually, but not this soon.

There's no rule against having a sibling ref a game, so it was legal. Plus, Meghan's on a rec team, and Ryan is only a sideline ref (not the center in charge), so there wasn't much conflict. It was fun to watch him, though. You could tell he was bummed when Meghan didn't start, and happy when she subbed in. It worked out well!

And I was quite appreciative of the shirt color Meghan's team was assigned. Could they have made it anymore coordinated for me? I think not.

Go Stingers! (they won their first game)....

Tuesday, January 12

Yo

Welcome back! Oh, wait- it's me that's been missing. Ok- welcome back to ME!! I'm going to make a better effort to update the blog more often this year. And no- this is not a New Year's resolution. Blech! I never keep 'em, so why make one? ;)

I just uploaded some photos from New Year's, so I thought this was the perfect place to start. Behold, the one person in our family who knows how to have a good time:



Off to soccer practice...that's right- I'm a soccer mom again. Thanks, Meghan! :)

Wednesday, September 30

F-Bombs

D'Oh!

Ryan and Erin and I were talking, and Ryan out of the blue mentioned that he hears the F-word at school a lot. Erin was shocked and couldn't believe it. So here's the conversation that followed:

Erin: "At school? You hear the F-word at school?!"
Ryan: "Erin. It's Jr. High- you hear lots of stuff in Jr. High."
Erin: "Geez- I only hear it when Mom whispers it. And it's always in the car."
Ryan: (hysterical laughter) "You're busted, Mom."

Note to self- turn radio up in the car to mask my potty mouth...

Saturday, September 12

Welcome to Soccer Season!

So today was opening day for soccer. Funny thing is, I have no players this year, but I do have one tough referee!

Ryan took the referee certification course (18 hours) a few weeks ago and is now an official referee. He got assigned to three games today and had a blast! He was a sideline ref for two Girls' U11 teams (coincidentally, one of them was Meghan's former team, so he knew a bunch of the players), and a Girls' U12 team (he also knew a couple players on this team, haha).

During the first game, there was a dad on the sidelines getting frustrated with the center referee (the head guy) not making calls. Ryan has grown up with soccer and witnessed many pita parents, so it didn't faze him in the least. Some younger referees get intimidated, but Ryan just let it roll off his back. The guy (wearing a Notre Dame shirt) eventually yelled over to Ryan: "Hey- tell your ref to stop making stupid calls!" Ryan just looked at him, gave an acknowledging head nod, then turned to walk away. He then turned back around and said to the Notre Dame dad, "oh, by the way- go Big Blue." (Big Blue is the University of Michigan and they played each other in football today...)

The dad then says to Ryan, "Now I really have to kick your ass." I'm pretty sure he was kidding, but Ryan's not so sure. And while it was inappropriate for the dad to talk that way to a 12 year old referee, I thought the whole thing was hysterical when Ryan told me the story. I can totally picture the encounter and it's so typical of Ryan, I can't help but laugh. We did have a talk about future interactions with the parents, though...

Oh, and Michigan upset Notre Dame 38-34. Ryan was thrilled. ;)

Tuesday, July 28

Well, that was fast!



A fast summer break, that is. The kids started school yesterday- 7th, 5th and 2nd grades. Ryan is off to Jr. High, and the girls are back to the usual- literally, since they have the same teachers we've had in the past. Meghan has Ryan's former 5th grade teacher, and Erin has the 2nd grade teacher both Ryan and Meghan had. I love it when that happens! They know us and we know them, so it makes for an easy transition.

Ryan is thrilled with his teachers. So thrilled, his worst part of the day was "getting on the bus to come home." Fabulous! Meghan is happy with her teacher and classmates and also had a great day. Erin however, thinks she isn't cut out to being a 2nd grader. Her response to my question of how her day went: "How many days till summer vacation?" Yikes. Her problem? "Mom. I really don't think I'm going to be able to unpack my backpack and be ready as fast as the teacher wants. This is going to be hard!" I tried not to smile, but the seriousness on her face was priceless. I reassured her that it probably took longer than necessary because of all the school supplies she had to unpack and that seemed to pacify her. It should be interesting to hear her next complaint. The kid is always full of surprises!

Friday, July 3

Wait- there's what in it?

Ryan is a major pita when it comes to food. Anyone who knows him already knows this, so if you don't, just take my word for it. If you look up picky in the dictionary, "Ryan" is the first definition. His middle name is "suspicious" in that he doesn't trust us when it comes to new foods. "What's in it?" is a common question, and if there's the slightest hesitation in our answer, he'll immediately say no thanks and go make his own food. We've gotten used to it, and his pediatrician seems to be ok with it, so we don't make an issue. Eventually, he'll either learn to eat new things on his own, or his wife can deal with it. Muahahaha!

Last week, Meghan and I decided to make cookies. I wanted to use up some butterscotch chips that had been sitting in the cabinet for a few months, so we made Oatmeal Scotchies. We figured we'd be the only ones to eat them, but were pleasantly surprised when both Sean and Ryan gobbled them. Ryan obviously didn't hear the name of the cookie, or he never would have eaten them knowing there was oatmeal in it. When we told him, he took it in stride and said, "Huh. They were good. Even knowing what's it them, I'd eat them again." Cool.

So last night, Meghan and I wanted to make cookies again. I had some old bananas I wanted to use up, so I found a recipe for Oatmeal Banana Cookies. Again, assuming that Meg and I would be the only ones eating them, we doctored the recipe a bit to suit our tastes. We added extra cinnamon, switched the white sugar to brown (I was out of white), added chocolate chips and even threw in some ground flax seed. We made no secret of the ingredients, and made them in front of everyone. Once they were out of the oven, Ryan promptly had 2 1/2 of them. We were shocked. Still are, actually. He must have been clueless, cause he didn't believe us when we told him there was banana in them. He even broke one open to look for evidence, and was still doubtful. I laughed and told him he could sneak these whenever he wants. And they totally smelled like banana, so I'm not sure why he was surprised...

Here's the recipe, if anyone wants it (from Allrecipes.com):

Oatmeal Banana Cookies
Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3/4 cup shortening
1 cup white sugar
1 egg
1 cup mashed bananas
1 3/4 cups quick cooking oats
1/2 cup chopped nuts
Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
2. Sift together the flour, baking soda, salt, nutmeg and cinnamon.
3. Cream together the shortening and sugar; beat until light and fluffy. Add egg, banana, oatmeal and nuts. Mix well.
4. Add dry ingredients, mix well and drop by the teaspoon on ungreased cookie sheet.
5. Bake at 400 degrees F (200 degrees C) for 15 minutes or until edges turn lightly brown. Cool on wire rack. Store in a closed container.

And here's what I changed:

Altered Oatmeal Banana Cookies
Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 heaping teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup mashed bananas (I used two lg bananas)
1 3/4 cups quick cooking oats
1/4 cup ground flax seed
1 cup semi-sweet mini chocolate chips
Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
2. Wisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, nutmeg and cinnamon.
3. Cream together the butter and sugar; beat until light and fluffy. Add egg, banana, vanilla, oatmeal and flax. Mix well.
4. Add dry ingredients, and mix well. Stir in chocolate chips and drop by the teaspoon on ungreased cookie sheet.
5. Bake at 375 degrees F for 13 minutes or until edges turn lightly brown. Cool on wire rack. Store in a closed container.
They have the consistency of a muffin top, so don't expect your typical cookie. Enjoy!
I think I might try these again and next time add macadamia nuts and white chocolate chips...

Thursday, July 2

Thanks for the idea, Guy!

Anyone ever watch Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives with Guy Fieri on the Food Network? We happened to catch it this week and one of the 'dives' featured was a breakfast place here in Phoenix. It caught our interest, so Sean and I headed out there this morning. I was a little worried that we might have to wait a while, but we walked right in- whew! We talked to the waitress a bit and she said it's been crazy-busy since they were featured. We laughed and said that's what brought us there. The couple next to us also saw the show and came out of curiosity. At one point, we saw Dan Majerle (sports bar owner, former Phoenix Sun) finish his meal and leave. Oh- we're trendy!

And if you're wondering, yes- the building is a former Taco Bell. They converted it and added an enclosed patio. We sat outside, despite the warmth (not too bad) and humidity (yikes) to enjoy the rain passing through. Fun!