Friday, November 28, 2014

Football Playoffs 2014

Our mighty Trinity Tigers finished as 3A Division II District 12 tri-district champions for the first time since 1988!  Words cannot express how proud I am of Coach Smith, his coaching staff and the wonderful athletes and all the time, sweat, blood and tears {literally!} they have put in this season.  We really enjoyed following them each Friday night to cheer them on loud and proud!

Our bi district playoff game was on Friday Nov 14.  The day started with a pep rally - Owen was coaxed into talking into the microphone for the team captains!  His short and sweet message was "Go Tigers"!

Owen is fortunate to have so many great young men to look up to.  They are kind enough to let him walk through the tunnel and sit with them during pep rallies!

Manuel{#77} even lets the coaches' kids sleep on him on the bus ride after the game :)

Some of the team moms made spirit signs and displayed them so that the team could see on their way out of town.  Three of the cutest coaches' kids I know:

The team was escorted out of town by the police and fire department.  The community supported the Tigers!


My handsome coach husband pre game :)

Out of the tunnel and ready to play!

Our boys of Fall - ready to take on the Crockett Bulldogs

Jaxon, D'Andre and Owen - their coaching daddies' biggest fans!  {Notice the hats - it was freezing!!}

Head sets on, ready to roll...

The Tigers came out strong and well prepared to play.  The game was back and forth until the Bulldogs pulled ahead at the very end of the fourth quarter.

"The game of life is a lot like football.  
You have to tackle your problems, block your fears 
and score your points when you get the opportunity. "
-Lewis Grizzard  

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Owen's first ER trip

They say that there is a first time for everything.  I'm honestly surprised {and very thankful} it took over five years for Owen's first trip to the ER!  After all, he has always been rough, tough and ALL boy!!  After dinner on Thursday evening I told Owen to follow me so that I could start his bath water.  He wasn't being rambunctious per say but began to run down the semi lit hallway just a few steps behind me.  All of a sudden I heard  a terribly loud "THUD!!"  His head had collided with the wall corner.  Without looking back yet I knew this wouldn't be pretty.  He never cried; just rubbed his head.  As soon as we entered into better light in the nearby bathroom I discovered that there was blood coming from an open wound.  I was completely shocked that it wasn't bleeding much more profusely.  I should probably mention at this point that Daddy Coach was scouting a game out of town and that he is much better at keeping calm in these situations :)

I panicked a little but couldn't decide whether or not I should take him to the ER.  I put Owen in the tub and then proceeded to call every nurse I know including my Aunt Kay, my fellow coach's wife, Melissa, and one of my best friends, Mandy.  I spoke with Mandy briefly.  I then called Dr Dewbre, our favorite central Texas pediatrician.  I am SO blessed that she is always just a phone call away and is always so willing to help!  She gave me her best advice and asked me to send her a picture.  In the meantime I texted with Jarrod but he was adamant that no medical treatment was necessary.  

Facebook is often a brilliant tool for quick information!  Our fabulous school athletic trainer, Chelsea, saw a photo and we started instant messaging.  She could definitely sense my anxiety and called right away.  She selflessly offered to drive to our house {after 9pm} to take a look and to offer her expertise.  Upon arrival and one quick glance she stated that it needed treatment.  She was so sweet to accompany us to the Huntsville hospital ER.  The triage nurse wrapped Owen's head like a "mummy" and asked him how it happened.  After that we waited a few hours before being seen again.  Little man got in a cat nap!

Once we were finally taken back he continued his nap until the doctor appeared.  She was super gentle and kid friendly.  She gave him two staples.  Owen was such a brave boy and didn't cry once.  After it was over he was rewarded with tons of fun stickers and two full size candy bars {and even enjoyed one for breakfast the next morning}.

On Friday he was excited to show the football players his staples!  Next week he will have them removed.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Halloween 2014

Happy Halloween from Elsa and Peter Pan!!

{Sometimes they get a little wild and crazy...}

Emma was Elsa {just like every other girl in America!}

Owen was Peter Pan {he rocked this costume!!}

Emma was bummed from the moment we realized that Halloween fell on a football Friday!  Luckily for her {and everyone involved!} our church and community postponed the fall festival and trick or treating activities for the following evening.  We cheered loud and proud and our Tigers beat the Bulldogs and secured a playoff spot!!

On Saturday evening we started at our church's annual Fall Festival.  We enjoyed dinner, fellowship and games!

{Owen's first cake walk!}

The police department blocked off a downtown block and hosted a  fun event.  Local businesses set up booths and handed out candy to the kiddos.  We ended the night with some old fashioned trick-or-treating.  The kids returned home with plenty of candy and even shared some with us :)  One yard was decked out in all things Halloween.  We were just knew the kids would skip that house but Owen marched right up.  The mechanical skeletons didn't phase him!

A great time was had by all.  We sure love this Elsa and Peter Pan :)