Saturday, April 18, 2009

Spring Football

Georgia Tech had its spring football game today. Scott dressed out on the white team. I probably need to explain a little about what Scott has been doing on the football team. I explained Scott's tryouts as a kicker here. Well when practice started last fall they needed another cornerback on the practice squad. So they took all the walk-on kickers and did some speed drills and jumping drills. Scott's time and jumping height were the best of the group so they pulled him off of kicking and put him as a cornerback. Remember that Scott had never played football in his life - knew nothing of rules, plays etc. This was a little daunting. To add to this there are several reasons why playing cornerback seemed a bit unrealistic for Scott. Suffice it to say that if you saw a picture of all the cornerbacks you would understand. He was also told he could move back to kicking in the spring. But Scott worked very hard to learn this position and made an impression on his coaches and fellow players. When spring practice started he did begin practicing with the kickers. This lasted a day or so and then he was pulled back to cornerback and told he could still practice kicking before practice, but during practice he was needed as a cornerback. This isn't really a situation where one argues about such things.

Which brings us to the spring game today. We were thrilled when Scott actually got to go in and play and he did play for quite bit of time in the 4th quarter. He was credited with two tackles (it was neat to hear his name announced in a reasonably crowded stadium!) and all in all did well. We were able to go down on the field after the game and Eric and I met two of his coaches. They both complimented us on what a fine young man he was and how impressed they have been with his work ethic on the team. We are really proud of what he has done to be where he was today. Who would have thought he would actually play as a cornerback? Sometimes God takes life in a funny direction...

In the photo below he is on the right side (looking at the picture) upside down - you can barely see the 4 on his back.

He is on the left side in this picture (again just the 4 visible):

She should have had this on at the recital.

P.S. Matthew and Peter were wrestling around on the field and Matthew's bottom tooth got knocked out. So we can say that Matthew lost his first tooth in the end zone of the Georgia Tech Football Field!

End of an Era

Last night was the annual piano recital. For Amy it was her last one as she graduates this year. My mom has taught all the children when they started out and then when they have gotten through the beginner stage they have moved to Mrs. Champness. Mrs. Champness is retiring this year and this was her last recital. It was a little sad to realize she will not be teaching the younger ones, but we are very thankful for the years that we had with her. She was a wonderful teacher.

There was a nice reception for her after the recital marred only by the blood-curdling scream of Elizabeth who emerged from the nursery area with her face covered in blood. It seems she was on some sort of 2 seater rocking toy contraption and when the other person fell off, it came up and smacked her right in the face. She had blood flowing from her mouth and nose - which, following in the steps of her older brother, is probably broken. (Scott has broken his nose more times than I can remember.) Hopefully when people look back on Mrs. Champness last recital they will have fond memories of her and not of that child with blood spewing everywhere!

Friday, April 17, 2009

Liberty Bell

Today some of our home school group headed to the Circa History Guild. This is a new museum in Roswell with a mission of " trying to disseminate historical knowledge to the masses and rekindle the American spirit. We're trying to remind everybody what it means to be an American and how extraordinary and miraculous the founding of this country was." (Interesting to go the same week as the tea party!) They currently have on loan a full-scale replica of the Liberty Bell. We had a great talk given by their curator, Bill Potter, and then all the kids were given the chance to ring the Liberty Bell. Circa has many other interesting history artifacts and we had a great time of learning. This is one place we will be going back to.

Tea Party Atlanta

Wednesday night we headed down to Atlanta for the Tea Party. We really didn't get any good pictures, but it was encouraging to see so many people there. The estimate was 15-20,000.

" does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people's minds.." --Samuel Adams

Easter at Gramma and Papa's

We celebrated Easter at my parents which is an annual tradition. Besides food and fellowship the day always includes two Easter egg hunts - one for the children and one for the adults. I must confess that in this bunch the adult hunt is rather competitive.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Egg Hunt

My mom usually organizes an egg hunt at Westminster so the younger kids and cousin were over there this morning doing the hunt and various activities. They had a great time.

Thanks Miners!

Doesn't this look good? It was!!!!!

Friday, April 3, 2009

Cousins' Birthdays

This past weekend we celebrated my nephew's one year birthday! He and Grace are 5 weeks apart. Aren't they cute!

The babies back in the winter at Stone Mountain.
He is not always amused by her.

Just a few weeks before Donovan's birthday we celebrated Matthew's and Dawson's birthdays. They are 2 days apart and the best of friends.