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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

B-ball Videos

Poor E...he's in bed right now. It's 10:18 AM on a school day and he has just had it. After a day of school and an intense hour-long workout at Hammerbodies, he had a 2 1/2 hour basketball practice, with suicides at the end. I think we'd better make sure he doesn't have both in one day again. That was a bit much. He doesn't miss school very often (since I give him Dayquil when he's sick and send him on his way), so I'm giving him a break today.

Eric, Rashad and Charles in Memphis (don't they look thrilled?)


I took this video of #52 on one of the teams we played because I want to see his birth certificate that says he's 15 (in dog years maybe!)
video

The rest of these videos I did on YouTube because I kept getting booted out of the Internet the other way. For having an HD camcorder, these videos are so grainy. Losiento mucho.

Team huddle (Eric is the tall one in the back)...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DNsNXwsQQ9M

The lady you hear in the background? Her son is on our team. She stands up and yells the entire time and actually uses a sweat rag to wipe off her face...that's how wound up she gets.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tHS87kWBx-Y

Eric is #42 and yes he's the tallest on the team.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ejV6-TpoZw

The Majestics roster... (E is listed as 6'5", but they already need to update it and may have to update that frequently)
http://www.eteamz.com/stlmajestics/roster/index.cfm?subsite=3250972&print=1

See "15's" for teams coming to St. Louis for tournament this weekend. Eric's team is the Majestics.
http://www.stlsportscenter.com/my_documents/Adidas%20All%20American%20Committed%20Teams.pdf


Okay, enough basketball.

I love this...

If I Didn’t Have a Dog...
I could walk around the yard barefoot in safety.
My house could be carpeted instead of tiled and laminated.
All flat surfaces, clothing, furniture, and cars would be free of hair.
When the doorbell rings, it wouldn't sound like a kennel.
When the doorbell rings, I could get to the door without wading through fuzzy bodies who beat me there.
I could sit on the couch and my bed the way I wanted, without taking into consideration how much space several fur bodies would need to get comfortable.
I would have money .....and no guilt to go on a real vacation.
I would not be on a first-name basis with 6 veterinarians, as I put their yet unborn grand kids through college.
The most used words in my vocabulary would not be: out, sit, down, come, no, stay, and leave him/her/it ALONE.
My house would not be cordoned off into zones with baby gates or barriers.
My house would not look like a day care center, toys everywhere.
My pockets would not contain things like poop bags, treats and an extra leash.
I would no longer have to spell the words B-A-L-L, F-R-I-S-B-E- E, W-A-L-K, T-R-E-A-T, B-I-K-E, G-O, R-I-D-E
I would not have as many leaves INSIDE my house as outside.
I would not look strangely at people who think having ONE dog/cat ties them down too much.
I'd look forward to spring and the rainy season instead of dreading 'mud' season.
I would not have to answer the question 'Why do you have so many animals?' from people who will never have the joy in their lives of knowing they are loved unconditionally by someone as close to an angel as they will ever get.
How Empty My Life Would Be!

Monday, March 30, 2009

I just have a quick minute to update, as we just got home from Hammerbodies (trainer) and are on our way to basketball practice.

We got home from Memphis at 8:00 last night and I've been doing laundry and such, so I haven't had a chance to download pics and video from my cameras yet, but I'll do that tomorrow.

Memphis was a lot of fun, and all I can say is, it's a good thing I like basketball because I saw lots of it. Eric had three games on Saturday. They won one and lost two. On Sunday, they won one and lost one. Not bad considering they only had three practices. The kids just learned each other's names.

Before the first game on Saturday, Eric and I were watching the game before his. He leaned over and said to me, "This is not basketball." AAU ball is so much different than high school ball. It's so quick and crazy; it's like street ball. After playing, Eric said, "It's like playing with a bunch of little Kobe's running around." These kids are really good. It'll be good for Eric, but he just needs to get used to the pace. He only played a few minutes of each game. The coach mostly played the kids who were on the team last year. E was discouraged at first - "I'm not going to Tennessee." (They have a tournament there next week). He said, "Why should I if I'm just going to sit on the bench." I felt bad for him, but later on the drive home he said he's not going to give up. (That's good because I wasn't going to let him anyway!)

Got a call from our realtor about my house that we're supposed to close on this Wednesday. He said the lady who is buying it is in the hospital in a diabetic coma. It turns out that she will be fine. She is stressed out because of the move (she's moving from Omaha), she is 70 years old, doesn't have any children or family, and she's just a wreck. She was having second thoughts. Poor thing. I feel for her, but I don't want my house payment anymore!

Gotta go!

Friday, March 27, 2009

Goodbye...Hello...and Goodbye Again

Hello. Goodbye.

Just kidding, but that's pretty much the way it is. Got back from Miami at 4:00 yesterday, took Eric downtown to basketball practice from 6:00-8:00 PM, and in an hour we are headed to Memphis. Oh yah! So exciting! First I have to head downtown to pick up two boys on the team who need a ride. I told the coach I could probably fit two of the smaller kids on the team in the back seat. Who does he give me but the two tallest kids (besides Eric, who is the tallest). So if you're driving down Highway 55 and see some lady's face crammed up against the front windshield, that'll be me. Honk, and wave.

Miami was awesome. We stayed at the Loews in South Beach. Let's just say I would definitely stay there again :) I'll try to post some pics when get back on Sunday. In Miami we went on Larry's friend's boat. It was beautiful. Had three bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and a kitchen with stove, microwave, dishwasher, etc. The captain took us for a cruise around the coastline. We would have gone fishing, but it was too choppy and windy.

Okay, gang. That's it. I'm taking my video camera to Memphis and will try to take some video of the games and post them here. They've got a game at 10 tomorrow morning and another one at 3. If they win, I guess they play on Sunday as well. Go Majestics!

I left a picture of myself for my husband so he remembers what I look like. Poor thing.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Miami and Memphis

Hi all,

Just a quick post to tell everyone I'll be gone for a few days and probably won't post. You'll have to get your fix elsewhere. I'll be lying on the beach in Miami tomorrow afternoon. We get back from Miami on Thursday, and on Friday Eric and I leave for a 4-hour drive to Memphis for a weekend basketball tournament...his first with the Majestics.

Gotta get up at 4:15 AM for a 6:00 AM flight, so I'd better get to sleep. It's 9:30 PM right now and Eric still isn't packed. Oh well. I'm going to bed. He's a big boy.

Until next time...

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Messy Rooms and March Madness

Just a reminder to everyone - Be sure to scroll down so you don't miss any blogs. Most of the time I just email any recent posts to my dad and siblings, especially if the post is about something only they might be interested in. So if you're not like my dad, who checks the site everyday (love you Dad), be sure to check older posts in case I posted some news you don't want to miss (because my life is so exciting). One of my friends said to me, "I didn't know you sold your house!!" But she saw the picture of my dog's new haircut. Well....there you go.

My niece Maysie (age 8) with her dad Frank


Actress Reese Witherspoon's favorite joke (and now mine):

What did the O say to the 8?

"Nice belt."

I don't know why that took me so long to figure out, but when it finally clicked I thought it was so funny (probably because it's so corny and took me so long to figure out!)

I love this saying: No one is more cherished in this world than he who lightens the burden of another.

Has everyone seen Slumdog Millionnaire? Okay...just checking.

I've already signed up to be a follower on Amanda Amberson's blog when she does one. Nobody makes me laugh more than she does, and I would love to be a fly on the wall at her house. She is a hoot. I can't wait for her blog. WAITING, WAITING, Amanda!

Eric is not enjoying my library book choices of late, especially after I asked him to clean his room, with consequences if he didn't follow through. He chose the consequences, which was doing his own laundry that was all over his floor. After two days of laundry that should have taken an hour, he said, "Mom, enough with the parenting books. Seriously."

If he doesn't like it, I must be doing something right. Right? And the best part is that now he knows how to do laundry!

Let the (March) Madness begin! When I dropped off Eric at school today he told me all of the b-ball games that I "have" to watch...who is playing and what times they are on. Goin' to the couch now. Okay, so maybe I'll iron while I'm watching :)

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Decorating and Diets


My mom was in town to help Larry with his condos. The cabinets and granite and floors are in. She had two days to pick out paint and light switch plates and knobs and handles for bathrooms, kitchen and bar for two separate colors of condos...a dark colored one and a light colored one. There are 6 total - 3 will be dark and 3 will be light. Mine and my mom's favorite is the light one, but they are both beautiful. I'll take pictures when they're finished.

This picture is of my mom, working until the last minute, picking out paint for the condo lobby before I drop her off at the airport. Yesterday they left at 9 in the morning and got home at 10:30 last night. The employees at Lowe's had to kick them out. There aren't too many people who could spend as much time together as those two and still be on speaking terms. My mom is a perfectionist and spends lots of time making decisions, and he doesn't understand why anyone cares what color a switchplate is or the difference between a creamy white and a white white. But they've been doing this for so long that they've figured each other out. Plus he knows that the results will be worth it. This is the fifth project she's done for him (us)...the beach house, my house, his apartments in Clayton, the ones in Chesterfield and now these condos. Next project: OUR HOUSE!!

Here are my sweet girls...acting as if they like each other


Eric went to the nutrition portion of his Hammerbodies training session today. It was funny when the guy asked what Eric eats for after-school snack and a snack before bed. "Uh...ice cream and...uh, ice cream." Hmm...okay, what do you eat on the weekends for dinner? "Umm...Taco Bell or Popeye's or McDonald's."
And WHY is it that you can't gain weight?? I don't get it. But the nutritionist does. He said Eric can eat ALL of those things, but he ALSO has to eat protein and carbs in addition to the junk. So it's fine, but he also has to give his body the foods it needs. He said Tyler Hansbrough (plays for UNC) came in there and weighed 185 and when he was finished with them he weighed 245. Eric has 4 1/2 percent body fat. Wow. I think I have that in my big toe. He's got lots of work to do, but he seems willing to do it. The training-training part (weights, etc.) starts next Friday after we get back from Miami.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Bad Days and Bad Haircuts


This is KC with her new haircut. Notice her model-esque legs. Have you ever seen America's Next Top Model where they do makeovers on the girls? Most of them like their new look, but inevitably someone ends up crying. KC is that girl. Her new haircut has affected her self-esteem, her personality, her demeanor. She has turned into devil-dog, attacking her poor sister without provocation. The short haircut was out of necessity. She was so matted. Poor baby. It'll grow out, but in the meantime, Stella must take the brunt of KC's resentment over her new look.

Please check out the Williams Family blog on my blog list to the right. Especially if you think you're having a bad day. I don't know why I look at these blogs. Krista asks me that all the time. I think it's because they make me appreciate how blessed my life really is. Here is my bad day: My dog got a short haircut and because of that she is suddenly fighting with my other dog. I've got ants in my food cupboard and had to take out all the food and spray ant spray and then wipe it down. I called Laclede Gas to turn the gas back on at my house in Brentwood and by the time I got over there, they had already been there and couldn't get in so I had to call them again. Okay, now here is the Williams' Family's bad day: Two weeks ago they had a child (their 1st child born last year was stillborn). His name is Jonah and he was born with an extremely rare skin disorder called Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB). They think it's possible their first child had it. Jonah is the cutest baby, and his parents are awesome. I think God picks out special people to deal with difficult situations like this because, really, these parents truly are amazing. Their bad day is now going on two weeks and they aren't sure if their baby is going to make it. Check out their website...just for a minute. You'll feel blessed.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Tournaments and Travel

Eric made the Majestics team! Sprained ankle and all. There are 15 kids who made it, but I'm sure some of them will drop out after the coach gathered the parents and told them it will cost at least $500.00 and there will be lots of traveling. The $500 doesn't include shoes but does include uniforms, tournament fees and hotel rooms. Here is their tournament schedule:

March 27-29 Memphis Invitational (Memphis, TN)

April 4-6 Adidas Invitational (St. Louis?)

April 10-12 Knox Vegas Heat Invitational (location?)

April 24-26 King James Shootout (Akron, OH)

May 1-3 Greater Midwest Classic (location?)

May 15-17 State Championship (location?)

May 22-24 Specie Run-N-Slam (Ft. Wayne, IN)

June (?) Mac Irvin Challenge (Chicago, IL)

July 10-16 AAU Nationals (Clarksville, TN)

Their first practice is this Saturday from 4-7 at McClure High School. They will probably practice twice a week - Thursdays and Saturdays.
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I like this joke by Elizabeth Miller:

"Hello, Mrs. Miller," said the bearded guy behind the counter of the bagel shop.

My husband looked at him but drew complete blanks. "I'm sorry, do we know each other?" I asked.

"Yeah, you was my English teacher."

Leaning over, my husband whispered, "Good job, honey. Good job."

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

HURDLES, HOTELS AND HEIGHTS

Stella at a doggie playdate. Not her cup of tea. She is definitely an introvert.

KC, on the other hand, was busy jumping over hurdles...




One of Eric's tryouts...




This cartoon is in honor of Ryan and Eric.


E made first cuts last night for the Majestics. He sprained his ankle though, and was hobbling a bit when I dropped him off at school this morning, so I'm not sure what his plans are as far as trying out again tonight.

At the trainer's yesterday they measured him and he is just a bit over 6'5", so with shoes - and according to him - his official height is 6'6".

I wish I could have gotten KC on video when she was chasing a huge yellow lab from our backyard. This lab was just running for its life. We were all laughing hysterically.

Eric, his friend Addison, and myself are leaving for Miami for a few days of sunshine for spring break - March 23rd through the 26th. Staying at the Loews Hotel.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Okay, real quick:

E didn't make the Eagles, which he knew he probably wouldn't. Three separate parents have told me that the coaches already know who they are going to pick before they even have tryouts. They pick the best of the best from all over. Again, Larry Hughes, Bryant Allen, and Tyler Hansbrough played for them. I am SO proud of Eric though because he definitely gave them a run for their money. The 12 or 13 that did get picked looked like grown men, with huge gigantic muscles. Supposedly they were only 15, but they looked like they were 18. Only one kid they picked was white. One black kid who was about 6'9" didn't make it, nor did a little guard who I was certain would get picked. He was quick and hustled and was just all over the court, scrambling for loose balls. He was so disappointed. A kid named Demetrius who Eric played with in CYC made first cuts like Eric, but didn't make the final team. We have seen the same kids at all of these different tryouts. So Eric isn't the only one not making it. He's got one more tryout tonight and I'm sure we'll see all the same kids there who haven't made the other teams.

Taking Eric after school today to a sports performance training center called Hammerbodies. It includes a nutrition session as well. Hopefully he'll be dedicated. After that we're off to basketball tryouts.

(Hi honey...remember me?)

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Well, Eric did not make the baseball team. He was a little bummed but knew he wasn't a great hitter and also some of these kids can throw really hard, so he wasn't surprised. So on he moved to....

BASKETBALL

At 4:00 today he tried out for the St. Louis Eagles. They are the best AAU team in the nation. Last year they won the National Championships.

http://www.stleagles.com/2007%20St.%20Louis%20Eagles/Camphistory.htm

Here is their schedule from last year.
http://www.stleagles.com/2007%20St.%20Louis%20Eagles/2007schedules.htm

They play all over the country. Blake Ahearn and Tyler Hansbrough played for them.

Anyway, Eric tried out for them at 4:00 and made the first cuts. 60 kids tried out (not that it matters, but only 10 were white). They were alley-ooping and dunking. It was crazy. So Eric was very proud of himself for even making it through to tomorrow. His friend Mike, who plays for DeSmet's maroon team, got cut tonight. He's really good too, so I was surprised. They are both trying out for a different team (Gateway) tomorrow from 12 - 2. The Eagles' second tryouts is from 4 - 6. Then there is another team called the Majestics that Eric is trying out for and that is on Monday or Tuesday. So Eric is preoccupied with basketball right now, which is good. Doesn't have time to be sad about not making baseball.

Will let you know how tomorrow goes. His hopes aren't too high for making the Eagles, but again, he's happy to have made first cuts. It was a great experience for him.

P.S. Here I thought he was tall until I walked into that gym. Wow. They're ALL tall!

Friday, March 6, 2009

No Axe YET!

Update: Picked up E from tryouts tonight. The next cuts are going to be posted tonight. The coach came up to him afterwards and said, "You weren't on my list of kids who made it, but after seeing you pitch just now, I want you to come to tryouts tomorrow at 8:00 AM." So he was this close to getting cut and his pitching saved him. At least for today :)

Now he won't be able to go to the Swarm basketball tryouts that are at 8:00 tomorrow morning, but he'll still try out for the Eagles at 4:00.

But CAN YOU HIT??

Eric said that the 130 kids who tried out for baseball include kids trying out for the JV team, i.e. sophomores and/or freshman who think they can make the JV team. There were 40 kids cut yesterday, so Eric is one of 34 left. He said of the 34 kids, 19 of them are trying out for pitcher. E ended up trying out for 1st base after all. Not sure why he decided to do that. I guess he figured his chances were better if he also played another position. Said he did really well fielding, which doesn't surprise me. He's got great "soft" hands and it's hard for anyone to miss a 6'6" target over there. I asked how he did with hitting...this is funny...he said, "Well for me I did great, but compared to the others..." Like I said, he's no Albert Pujols. I don't know when the next cuts are - maybe this afternoon - or how many more cuts they will have or how many kids they will have on the team. Stay tuned.

Brentwood lost by 30 points last night. Yikes.

Eric told me last night, "Mom, you need to sign me up with a trainer." I said, "I will." We had discussed that he would start really working out with a trainer after he finds out whether or not he makes baseball. He said, "No, I mean TODAY." When I asked why, he said the assistant principal came up to him yesterday and told him to be sure to really start working out and eating a lot. He said, "You've really got your height goin' for you so use it to your advantage." I mean, they've got the whole school hounding him! It's funny. You just can't ignore how tall he is, so it's like they are really counting on him for basketball next year. I said to Eric, "Wow, no pressure or anything, huh?" He just laughed.

Met with some people yesterday about the dog park. See my dog park website on the right.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

TRYOUTS...SPRING...AND MILKIN' IT

Ummm....somebody has not been keeping up to date on their joesgoals.com chart. Not to name names, but *he* claims he's been concentrating on baseball (if that's what you call watching TV after school) and hasn't had time to play basketball or work out.

Surprisingly, he made first cuts today, and I say that because when the coach was watching him yesterday during tryouts, Eric threw a pitch that sailed over the catcher's head. So he pretty much thought that was the end of it. Guess the team needs a pitcher who will keep the batters on their toes. :)

AAU basketball tryouts on Saturday for the Swarm from 8-10 AM (thank goodness for coffee) and the Eagles from 4-6 PM.

Tonight, Brentwood plays Maplewood in the District semifinals. These teams are rivals and the matchup always makes for an interesting game. Maplewood beat the last seeded team by 70 points the other day. Brentwood only lost to Maplewood by 8 the last time they played them. Hopefully Taylor will be on his GAME! Go Eagles!

On a side note, I'm really sorry for the cows who are impregnated and have their babies taken away from them right away only to be hooked up to milking machines, but soy milk just isn't workin' for me.

Did you know we change the clocks back an hour this Saturday night? Do you know how happy it makes me when it doesn't get dark until 7 or 8 o'clock? Do you? I don't want to hurry the passage of time (Lord knows I'm old enough as it is), but the fact that I survived another year of winter makes me feel like KC's tail when she sees us...wiggle, wiggle, wiggle. That reminds me of when Maysie asked me if KC has a battery in her butt. It doesn't stop. Anyhoo, that's how happy I am. Yeah SPRING!!!

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

GIRLS GONE WILD

The latest Girls Gone Wild video?











No supervision?











Showing their cup sizes?











SPRING BREAK ???











NOPE....

What happens when my dogs are left alone too long.....

This was yesterday.




"Somethin' wrong, mom?"



Stella running from the crime scene...


Baseball tryouts: On Monday Eric tried out for his primary position of choice, which was pitching. They mostly just went through their windup. Yesterday they tried out for their secondary choice. Before school, Eric's secondary choice was 1st base. At 3:00 he decided not to try out for 1st base because he feels he can't hit well enough and didn't want to make a fool of himself. He's no Albert Pujols, and with 130 kids trying out, I can't blame him. He asked the coach if he had to have a secondary position and the coach said no, so he tried out for pitching again.

With the 32 degree weather yesterday, I think Eric was wishing he wasn't trying out at all. It was hard as a mother to watch the boys trying to blow into their hands to stay warm. The wind was blowing and it was absolutely freezing. They have to wear white t-shirts with assigned numbers on them, with only a long sleeved shirt underneath. Eric said he could hardly feel his hand around the ball.

I don't know how one coach can watch 40 kids pitch at one time (10 groups of 4) and decide who to cut. I guess they can tell by their mechanics. I don't know when first cuts are, but I DO know that it's supposed to be 50 today, so that's good news.

Monday, March 2, 2009


****If You Think I'm Hot, You Should See My Mom****

Boy, I must have been in a BIG hurry to do my errands when I wrote the last blog. That or it's been so long since my days as a secretary that I forgot how to type. Yikes. Lots of typos. Oh well, I'm over it.

Bought E a book called How to Win a Sports Scholarship. He's having fun reading it, and I figured it would get him motivated to study and work out. On that note, Taylor Dee (my "adopted" son), got a letter from Stanford inviting him to their camp this summer...for academics. Woo hoo!

Baseball tryouts start today. I'm glad it's not me out there in 32 degree weather. Thankfully it's supposed to warm up a little this week.

I read a book yesterday (finished it in one day) called You Can Help the Animals. I think I'm a vegetarian now. You would be too if you read this book. I went to the grocery store and bought soy milk....soy milk! I won't tell you what they do to cows (and pigs and chickens), but for today I am a vegetarian. I did buy Larry and Eric a couple of strip steaks for dinner last night, but I was happy with my meatless meal of mashed potatoes and sauteed portabella mushrooms.
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