Sunday, February 20, 2022

Poison Ivy Arizona Tournament

We started our long journey of about 4 hours at 10 am we were driving to Arizona. Sadly I broke my arm and could not play but my mom still kindly drove me so I could support my team.



When we got to the hotel we were shocked by the bad smell and the cold boring pool. We had seen pictures of the pool online and it was nothing like this. The hotel was full of smokers and the smell was even up by the rooms.

We ended our first night by watching a Marvel movie and having dinner in bed.


 
On the next day we were looking for something to do before the game started. We drove around Bullhead City and Laughlin and took pictures with some sights.
Finally it was time to head to the fields for our first game.

Once we got to the field's my team started to warm up and get ready for the game.

Then once the game was over we sadly lost but had lots of fun chatting and waiting for the next game.
During the game it started to get cold and turned dark but by the end our team still lost again.
After the second game we went to a nearby Italian restaurant for pizza, pasta and more.
Then we all headed to a pizza place and got sugar rushes, our coach bought us all Shirley Temple's.
We didn't get to sleep in at the hotel since we had to be up early for our morning game. 
We decided to stop at Dutch Bro's and I got one of the best smoothies ever.
Then at the next early game Abby sadly broke her leg and we were all very sad for her when she had to leave early.
Then after the second to last game we all headed to have some fun a a restaurant and chill. Our coach planned some really fun games for us to play after lunch. She is the BEST!

Our last game was trying to get the marshmallows out of the cereal it was very hard but very fun.
The team had one more game that night but we headed home since it was a long drive and too late to drive home after that game. I had a great time but was bummed I could not play.












Saturday, February 12, 2022

Farewell to LaMesa

After Goppy broke her hip and moved to Belmont Village we got her house ready to place on the market and sell. Luckily it is a really great time to sell a house. Our friends Kerri & Brian listed the house and within three days of showings we had eight offers. The house ended up selling for well over listing price at $930K. 
Then it was time to empty the house of all the belongings. Talk about TORTURE. 
Alex and I wanted the family heirloom, garage fridge. Yes we kept all the photos and magnets too. 
Eric was tasked with selling the furniture and belongings. Then at the end of two garage sales we still had a pile of stuff and plenty of trash. 
I think we did 6 truck loads to goodwill. The kids really pitched in. They swam in the freezing pool and somewhat warm hot tub one last time while we did all the work. Goppy got to facetime from her new home and see the progress. 





 

Sunday, February 6, 2022

Cookie Time

 Nothing says happy new year resolutions more than selling girl scout cookies to everyone on a diet. 

We did a lot of booths and "lemonade"stands this year. The booths are in front of grocery stores and lemonade stands we did at a local park corner that gets lots of traffic. 
The girls are pretty independent with sales. They can do all the orders and handle all the money. They just need gentle reminders to keep on track and not goof off and socialize the whole time. 

On our final day selling we had gone a little crazy. Our troop leader had ordered an additional massive load of cookies the week before sales ends. 
It was pretty stressful to try to get them all sold in one week. By the last day we had only random flavors left and it took some convincing sales pitches to get people to buy. 
A lovely woman bought out our last 7 boxes of caramel delights! We all shouted and cheered for her to thank her for buying us out. Now we hopefully have enough funds for some fun camping trips and outings. 



Monday, January 24, 2022

Gemma's Broken Arm

 We started off the New Year with a bang. Or maybe a crack. It was sort of a tumble / jumble.

Gemma and Liv have been doing cheer stunts at recess with some friends putting together a routine for the talent show. This routine has been side lined many times by various members of the cheer squad getting sick with Covid. Mind you NONE of them have any cheer stunt training, they just watch it on TV.

One cheer stunt practice at our house with Liv and Lily as the base and Gemma in her usual spot as flyer ended up with her on the floor. She landed on her right arm/shoulder and immediately was in pain. The next morning after visits to pediatrician, radiology for Xray and then the orthopedist she officially has a broken proximal humerus on her right arm. 
Sadly for her there is no way to splint or cast this fracture. You wear a sling and keep checking xrays to make sure it is healing. No moving the arm for 5 weeks. Then gentle exercises to start. 
We made do with getting a sling with markers she can have her friends sign.  Sadly she has to miss soccer for a while and sit out a couple tournaments.