Monday, September 29, 2008

Ebersole Football - Week 3

One more week of football down. It was a great week for both boys. Austin won his game at Schuylkill Valley on Tuesday afternoon. He was pretty excited about it. They played the game at Schuylkill Valley and that's about a half an hour away from us, so that makes it really hard for us to make it. Austin said it was okay that we didn't go because they won & the only game they lost was the one we went to at home two weeks ago. Much to his dismay, we will be going to the Wilson game on Tuesday. Wouldn't miss it for the world.

Aidan played yesterday against Central Catholic Youth Organization. It was a good game overall. He played offense & defense for most of the game.
Aidan is circled in orange - on top of the pile.
I tried to put circles around him in the photographs so you can pick him out without me having to give a long explanation as to which child he is in a sea of white jerseys.
The score was tied 0-0 with 10 seconds left in the game. Mifflin had the ball on the 50 yard line. They snapped the ball - the ball was tossed to another member of Aidan's team and I thought Aidan got tied up tackling on the line when from out of the blue, here he comes. Running in front of the ball carrier and then hurling himself Superman style at two members of the defense, knocking them down. The clock ran out, and the boy ran in for a touchdown. Talk about exciting!

Will post again after Austin's game & will try to make the circles darker.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008


10 Things I Want to Do Before I Die:
*Travel around Italy
*Own a house
*Be truly happy with myself
*Find a church that "fits"
*Get my husband & sons to also attend aforementioned church
*Make sure that everyone I love knows how much I love them
*Be a good example for God
*Get rid of all the clutter - physical & emotional
*Travel to Alaska with my husband

9 Places I Last Spent Money:
*Middle Creek Wildlife Refuge
*V&S Sandwiches
*Bowmansville Post Office
*Bowmansville Fire Company
*Conrad Weiser High School
*Fashion Bug
*Wayside Farms
*Horst's Farm Market

8 Sounds I Routinely Hear Around My House:
*Dogs doing various activities
*Food Network
*"Mom! Aidan is ___________!" fill in the blank
*"Austin is a jerk!"
*"Oh...I forgot."
*Refrigerator opening
*Front door slamming
*Dump trucks passing

7 Real Restaurants Where I Last Ate Out
These are the two I can remember before that - it's too long ago!
*Park Place
*Wellsboro Diner

6 Things I've Recently Scratched Off My To-Do List
Haven't been doing a whole bunch with my to-do lists lately.
*Joined a Bible study
*Write thank-you notes
*Get out fall table runner & placemats
*Got down to my goal weight (and what a way to do it)
*Made appointment to get my hair done
*Drug out my Flylady book again

5 People I Don't Know but Would Like to Hang Out With
*Barack Obama
*Rachael Ray
*Paula Deen
*Anita Renfroe
*Cowtown Stacy

4 Songs That Make Happy
*Fly Like An Eagle
*Copa Cabana
*My Tribute

3 Things I Hate To Do:
*Say goodbye
*Discipline my children

2 Things I'm Really Good At:
*Laundry (I know - pathetic right?)
*Scrapping & Stamping (remind me to get back to doing that sometime in the future)

1 Bad Habit:
*Beating myself up

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Ebersole Football - Week 2

So, we made it through another week of football for both sons.

Aidan had his game on Sunday against Kutztown. We played at Governor Mifflin & let me tell you it was H-O-T! The thermometer on the field was reading 110 degrees. Those poor kids - by the end of the game they had a tough time finding eleven kids to play. They were beat.

Aidan had a good game. He had another terrific run of about 40 yards and several amazing blocks.

Aunt Merry, Scott, Aunt Sherry & Uncle Mike all came to watch Aidan play. He IS quite entertaining!

I had to throw in this picture of my handsome husband in coaching action! Isn't he cute!

Aidan's team won 6-0, but the person who made out best was the guy who drives the Mr. Softie truck. I'm pretty sure our family spent about ten dollars on his delicious, refreshing treats!

Then on Tuesday, September 16, Austin had his first home game versus Exeter. It was kind of surreal to sit in the Governor Mifflin Stadium and watch my oldest son play football. We sat on the 50-yard line so we could check out which seats we want to reserve when Austin plays High School football.

Austin is number 40 & he may not be the biggest kid on the team, but he plays with his heart, knows the plays frontwards & backwards and always gives 100 percent.

Austin is two yards to the right of the 50-yard line with his helmet off.

Getting his water from Aidan.

When you look at the pictures, you may think that the kids in white look REALLY big. Keep in mind they could be 7th, 8th or 9th graders. Governor Mifflin has a junior high team which is 7th & 8th grade and they have a separate 9th grade team. I don't think Exeter has that.

Austin is on the field, far end of the line, standing up.

Austin played really well. And despite his valiant playing, they lost...22-0. I still enjoyed watching my baby play his hardest at a game he LOVES.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

10 Questions

1) Right now I want: To be totally recovered & able to eat more than two tablespoons at one time.

2) I wish I knew how to: Talk to my children & solve all their problems.

3.) When I want to indulge myself, I: Sleep in or eat something I shouldn't

4) You’ll never see me: In a bikini!

5) A childhood memory that I love: Riding to Waterside in my mom's yellow car & having my own cup holder.

6) 2 things I do every single day: Take my medicine & brush my teeth.

7) Happiest moment of 2008, so far: Being with my family at Potter County.

8) Describe yourself in 3 words: Fun-loving, dedicated, stubborn

9) 2 scrap related goals for this year: To scrap...period - nuff said

10) You have $40 that you MUST spend on yourself – what do you do with it? Go to the book store.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Bye-Bye Wound Vac

It is with a heavy heart (HA!) I must report that my K.C.I. wound vac is on its way back to wherever it is it came.

As of yesterday, I am done with the wound vac therapy. All I have on my stomach are two layers of gauze that are soaked in saline and those two layers of gauze are covered with about four layers of dry gauze & tape.

I still have my feeding tube which should come out on Monday, September 15 when I see the surgeon again.

So I am almost "good as new" and no one is as happy as I am!

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Aidan's Opening Day 2008

Today was Aidan's first football game of the 2008 season. We played at 11th & Pike Street in Reading.

They got to wear their new jerseys today but had to hand them in at the end of game because they need to have numbers added to the sleeves. I'm not sure who picked white for the color of the jersey, it obviously was not a person who regularly does the wash.

And check out his new cleats! They are predominately white & they have slots on the side so you can slide in these pieces of plastic of different colors. Of course we have one shoe with maroon & one shoe gold. They look pretty sweet. I'm not thrilled with the white, but I didn't pick them!
The whole team did really well, although tackling was a little lacking. I have a feeling that practice will be pretty grueling this week - think tackling drills over & over again.
Aidan had a good game. He had a 50 yard run in the first half on a third down & 20 to go.

His team lost 12 to 7. He wasn't that upset about it, but it did wear him out. He came home & promptly passed out on the sofa - still in his football pants, girdle, cup & sneakers.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

I've come to realize....

1. I've come to realize that my boobs are getting smaller each week (much to my husband's dismay!).

2. I've come to realize that my job is not that important in the grand scheme of life.

3. I've come to realize that when I'm's been so long since I've driven...I don't pay attention enough.

4. I've come to realize that I need a haircut & some stylin'!

5. I've come to realize that I have lost my sense of self.

6. I've come to realize that I hate it when I don't know what I want and when I finally figure out what it is that I want, I don't know how to get it.

7. I've come to realize that if I'm drunk, I can't make it to the bathroom on two feet - crawling is a better option.

8. I've come to realize that money can't buy happiness, but if you don't have sure can be miserable!

9. I've come to realize that certain people go above and beyond friendship.

10. I've come to realize that I'll always be missing home.

12. I've come to realize that my mom is the strongest person I know.

13. I've come to realize my cell phone is not a necessity.

14. I've come to realize that when I woke up this morning I only have a few more days with the wound vac!

15. I've come to realize that last night before I went to sleep I had a headache - for the first time in months!

16. I've come to realize that right now I am thinking about cleaning everything!

17. I've come to realize that my dad is the most hardworking, smartest & forgiving person I know.

18. I've come to realize that when I get on the computer I need to set time limits.

19. I've come to realize that today I am so blessed.

20. I've come to realize that tonight I need to express to my husband & sons that they are the best & I wouldn't know what to do without them!

21. I've come to realize that tomorrow is Friday - YIPPEE!

22. I've come to realize that I really want to make life perfect for my sons.

24. I've come to realize that life is too short & it's not my plan - I'm not in charge. That's hard to admit!

25. I've come to realize that this weekend is going to be so much fun - Family Time! Maybe we'll make some salsa!

26. I've come to realize that the best music to listen to when I am upset is - something upbeat - Nickelback - Flo-Rida - something to take my mind off whatever is upsetting me.

27. I've come to realize that friends are indispensable & irreplaceable.

28. I've come to realize that this year has been full of surprises & I look forward to each & every day to come - no matter what the challenges.

Light at the End of the Tunnel!

My visiting nurse was here on Wednesday & thank goodness - there is an end in sight!

She seems to think that by Monday, September 8, 2008, my incision on my stomach should be pulled together enough to be done with the wound vac. HALLELUJAH!

The next step will be a saline or gel dressing until everything is "back to normal".

The nurses that come to the house keep asking me if I want to look at the incision - because "it's so healthy & pink looking", I just say - no thanks. I will look at it when my insides aren't on the outside.

I hope I can get my stamina back up relatively quickly. I was putting clean clothes away the other day & by the time I was done - I was physically exhausted. I did not enjoy that in the least bit. When this wound vac is off for good I need to start an exercise regimen so I can get back to the level I was at eight months ago.

I am also looking forward to being able to clean to the laundry room/office. Come - *you*know*what* or high water, that room is getting clean. I need to set a time frame as to when we will have it done. Thanks to Tricia, I don't have all the Sizzix stuff to contend with anymore & I know that it is going to good use. I have also been behaving myself when it comes to bringing new treasures into my house (being "homebound" does have some advantages), but I need to go through the stuff I still have & decide what I want to keep & what needs to go. It was really easy telling my Mom to just get rid of stuff when I was in the hospital because I couldn't see it going out the door. Now I'm home & let me tell you - IT'S HARD!

I will probably post more tomorrow. Austin has his first real football game at Red Lion today. I don't think I will get a lot of information from him, but I will post what I get.