San Antonio Trip

Thursday, November 20, 2014

The San Antonio tournament was last weekend and it has taken me nearly this entire school week to get somewhat caught up. Extra emphasis on the somewhat. And just in time to spend Thanksgiving break plunging into untold levels of complete and utter chaos! Our closing date is less than a month away, so it's time to pack and all of that. The real challenge is that we have to convert the garage back into a garage ASAP (because of...reasons? The buyer's appraiser needs to see it re-garage-ified for their loan? Something like that.) which means that I have to figure out where to put the boys and all their stuff until we move. This whole process makes my brain hurt. Which translates into stress nightmares and/or lying awake in the middle of the night worrying terribly over nearly every student in the upper school. I'm not exactly what you would call "good" with "problems".

BUT the San Antonio tournament was pretty fantastic! And I refuse to be thwarted in blogging about it just because I didn't bother to get around to it in a timely manner and I can't stop composing admittedly obsessive checklists!

Aaron had the brilliant idea of renting a vacation house in San Antonio instead of a bunch of motel rooms. It cost the same (maybe even a little less) but was much nicer, and we didn't have to worry about room checks or shenanigans. Everyone was together all weekend ("This is SO GOOD for building team chemistry!" quoth the Coach) and they didn't have to spend as much money on fast food because I was able to cook a lot of the meals at the house. It was genius, all around.

(I'm not sure what it says about my life that cooking, picking up after, and washing jerseys for a dozen boys was the most restful, relaxing weekend I've had in a very long time, but it was.)

Aaron likes to put us in lots of tournaments early on because it helps him fine tune the team and see what issues need to be addressed before the district games start. We had our ups and our downs, but placed fourth in the tournament, with one of my babies getting First Team All-Tournament!

So we figured out some things to work on, got to see lots of progress from last year, and created lots and lots of camaraderie. The boys also: visited the Alamo and learned some stuff (haha! Surprise educational experience!), had a lot of  impromptu rap battles in public places, ate a lot, stayed up too late playing video games, learned how to play Apples to Apples, kicked some serious butt on the court, and explored ways to handle adversity. I was awfully proud of them!

Weekend Wrap-Up

Monday, November 3, 2014

Halloween weekend wrap-up and photo dump!

Friday was all about the pumpkins...the girls told Aaron what they wanted their pumpkins to look like, and he carved them to order before they decorated them. Considering how much he doesn't like to carve pumpkins, carving three is pretty much a small act of heroism!

Their masterpieces and their costumes:

Because OF COURSE we did Frozen for actual Halloween night. It was an inevitability, and I didn't see any point in fighting it. So I just went with it!

(I did make the Olaf costume for Phoebe, because I can't help myself and I didn't like any of the mass-produced ones I found. It's just a party dress, a hoodie, some brown sleeves off another shirt, felt and buttons. The hoodie part held up so well in the wash that I have a feeling we'll be wearing it a lot in coming months!)

We had our usual little pre-trick-or-treat party of glorious chaos...

And our equally glorious post-trick-or-treat candy fest...

After which we watched Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets until we crashed. Avalon has been eagerly waiting a WHOLE year to see the next Harry Potter movie, and she fell asleep right before the end.

The next day kind of followed in that vein...we were all worn out and had to take it easy for a day. The children may possibly have slept in their costumes, and they MAYBE didn't change out of them until it was time to go to Grammy's birthday party that afternoon. We just needed a day like that!

After church on Sunday the girls went to play at my mom's house and Aaron and I went to see the Stolen Shakespeare Guild's production of The Mystery of Edwin Drood, thanks to our awesome friends and co-workers. One of whom was in the show, and kindly advised us of the best place to sit. Which coincidentally was the exact place where one of the actors repeatedly showers the audience with fake snow...

I couldn't get a picture that really showed the scope of how COVERED IN FAKE SNOW we were. I'm still finding it in my hair!

After that there was really only enough time in the day to make a quick batch of chili and give the girls baths. We were all worn out before eight, and it was really dark, so clearly the only thing to do was show the boys how to make s'mores over the fire pit before calling it a night.

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