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Thursday, August 28, 2008

A few new pics



My niece Maysen; Eric in Manhattan Beach showing off his school(s) - USC and DeSmet; Eric catching up to his 6'8" and 6' 5" uncles (won't be long!);
Eric and Mark
in Manhattan Beach

Friday, August 22, 2008


Well E got cut from the team during these 3rd cuts. I am so proud of him for trying out and working so hard these past couple of weeks. He was not upset at all about not making it. I think he and I are both a little relieved that we don't have to worry anymore about injuries like this, which happened yesterday during tryouts. He went to tackle someone and ended up on the bottom of a pile. Someone's cleat got up under his helmet and he got a shiner :) It'll make him look tough when he gets his school picture taken next week :)

Thursday, August 21, 2008




E made the second cuts in football. They ended up not having to do first cuts because enough kids quit before they could get cut. So they had tryouts again yesterday and posted the list today and Eric made that cut. Now they have a third cut in the next couple of days.

Now I can't forget my other "children." Here is an overview of what THEY have been up to... (See pictures) That is KC sitting amongst the remnants of her cardboard breakfast and then that is also KC tearing the stuffing out of the pillow that Stella is lying on.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

E's first day of school!


E started school this morning. It's sort of a trial run they do for the freshmen only, so they don't have to feel so dorky around the upper classmen while trying to find their classes and lockers. Doesn't he look so cute?
He made the first cuts for football. Yesterday they had tryouts with pads and helmets. Today are final cuts so we'll let you know.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Oh boy...

E started football this morning. He was so excited about trying out for wide receiver. Even though he played quarterback for two years, he didn't want to play it in high school because it's too much pressure. The coach needed some "throwers" for the receivers and asked if anyone had played quarterback. Eric's friend Danny piped up, "Eric can play quarterback." Eric was so mad, but he didn't say anything about not wanting to play quarterback because he didn't want to disappoint the coach. When I asked how he did, he very unenthusiastically said, "Really good." So I don't know what's going to happen now. I mean, if he's good at it and they need quarterbacks, he should play. But I understand about the pressure. Stay tuned...

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Home Alone

Eric woke up yesterday morning and said, "I feel taller." So we measured him and he is 6'3" without his shoes and 6'4" with shoes, so he grew another inch. He was 6'2" but told everyone 6'3" because that's how tall he was with shoes. Jason's friend RT was here when we were measuring him, and RT, who is about 5'8" said, "I wish I could wake up one day and say 'I feel taller. I think I've grown.'" It was pretty funny.

Amazingly, after going to FOUR different stores, we found size 14 football cleats. No actually, I think they are size 13, but they run big and should last through October. So I'll let ya'll know how things went after football tryouts this Tuesday.

Jason and Larry left for California this morning. Larry is going to help with the installation of a kitchen and parking spots, including a fence, for Jason's frat at USC. Eric also left this morning for his DeSmet retreat and will be back tomorrow afternoon. HEAR YE, HEAR YE....I AM ALONE!!! It's really weird considering we've had about 10 people in the house at all times for the past week. It was amusing when yesterday I was driving Larry's cousin's kids, his nephew and his aunt to the airport and halfway there we got a call saying that their flight was delayed for five hours. Back to the house we went! Just when I thought we were getting rid of them! Just kidding. They were really fun to have around. The kids were so easy and so helpful and fun. But anyway, imagine how quiet our house seems to me right now. It's just me and the girls (A.K.A. Stella and KC).

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Nice to be back

Had a great time in Italy. Came home to our lively puppy, who thanks to great vets, has earned back her name "wiggle butt." Unfortunately for Stella, I spoil KC even more because she almost died and I sooooo appreciate having her back. The week after we got back from Italy we had a 90th birthday party for Larry's dad. Fifty people were invited, including relatives from California. The party was great, as was the food, and we got everyone and their walkers down the front steps safely. The next morning we all went to Lake of the Ozarks, where everyone went boating, tubing, skiing and got too much sun. Now we're home and some of the California cousins are still with us. Today Larry is showing them how to have fun. I have no idea what they are doing...something about 4-wheeling. I don't really want to know. :)

Eric decided yesterday to try out for football next Tuesday. Running back and defensive something or other (end?) Tonight he has a basketball league that is every Monday and Thursday night through August. He tried on his basketball shoes that I got him last month for DeSmet basketball camp and guess what? Right! They don't fit! Now he wears a 14. So off to the store for football cleats, basketball shoes and baseball cleats (for fall ball). Nike, he's ready for his contract whenever you're ready!
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