Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Look'in A Bit Squirrely

We learned something new this year. Squirrels aint good pumpkin carvers. Efficient maybe, just not artistic.
The wife thought she would do a little Fall yard decorating prior to Halloween and Thanksgiving so she bought a small bale of straw, some fake plants and a couple small scarecrows. And added two obviously delicious pumpkins. She set it up for all to see at the front corner of the house. It didn't take long for our furry neighbors to take notice.

Peter Peter Pumpkin Eater chewed through it. Not sure if it was his wife or not but one climbed inside to eat the seeds. Last I saw they were all doing well.

They didnt mess with the second pumpkin until we hauled the first one off. They chewed the top of that one until the stem fell off.
We will prolly have volunteer pumpkin plants popping up all over the yard next Spring.
They ate the neighbors Mums.
Soon they will be knocking at the door collecting protection money.
I hope all you and yours have a Blessed Thanksgiving Day.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Arrrrrrg Gimmee That Booty

I have mentioned before that Little A made the Pirates cheer squad for football at Middle School this year.

Soooooooooooo!! Here we go.

The girls did well at the football games this year. We met the other parents and as a parent you had to do time in the concession shack for one game. Luckily the nite I worked slinging hot dogs it was cool because it was really hot inside over the grill. 

The girls spent long days at the dance studio and practiced hard after school. We had a good time attending the games. The cheerleaders always put on a good show.

But we didn't always get to see it.
This couple showed up at half time. I was a bit ticked. But they were elderly and the sun was really hot. Luckily our team never got near midfield and lost by a bunch. So we could see them stuck down near their own 20 yard line.

I also mentioned last post that they competed in a Cheer Competition last week.

It was the local county cheer championship. I was not prepared for the parents of one team. We sat dead center of the gym then they filled in around us. Then one woman started passing out cowbells to the team parents. It was loud and a bit annoying but they did cheer for every other team as well.

All the teams did well. Some were better than others. A few drops here and there. In the end the Pirates cheered their way to 2nd place. Good job girls.

Well now I am going to mention that this weekend they competed in the Cheer Sport Championship.

It was downtown. I don't like going downtown, but getting in and out weren't too bad. There were a billion girls and most girls had two parents there plus some siblings. That makes like a gazillion people with spirit. But that was brought back down by the event staff that was hired from Grumpy Guards R US. I know they were there to keep the girls safe but hey dudes, Cheer up.

While the County competition was good the Regional brought in some much better teams. Our team changed their routine to move up a notch because they didn't have anyone to compete with at their level. My girl weren't thrilled because they had only practiced it twice.

In the end the Pirates were able to pull off 1st place with an energetic and almost flawless routine. We did not win the overall session. An older team did that with a pretty amazing routine. Congrats to the Pirates coaches.

Now a shout out to the Routines that brought the house down. Two All Star teams with special athletes came in to compete. They were comprised of physically and developmentally challenged kids. When they hit the stage their faces lit up and they were ready to roll, literally as the routine included wheel chairs and tumbling. Some kids did their on moves while some performers required someone to stay with them throughout to help and guide them through the steps. Major kudos to those people that made the commitment to help bring that joy to these kids. Amazing job kids.

If you had ever told me I would enjoy going to a cheer competition I would have laughed. But I admit I did.

Great Job everyone.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Get Outa Town

Thing were crazy here the last couple days. Working some OT to get a blade scanner reconfigured and out the door. Completed some side work and delivered it. Moving daughter, again.

The youngest is done with cheering the football games for this season so this morning we went to her 1st Cheerleading competition. I obviously didn't watch the movie "Bring It On" enuff. Especially the competition part of it. I was not prepared. Anyways we finished that and then went to move the oldest daughters washer and dryer.

I am whooped. So whats a guy do to rest? Hit the road Jack.

We got home late so now I am packing. I fly out tomorrow morning for Buffalo, NY. Balmy destinations are options this time of year in the industry but I didn't get to pick. I should be there about 4 days. The forecast for tonight? 60% chance of snow.

I've never been there. Any suggestion for food joints??

Y'all have a nice Sunday.