Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Monday, September 27, 2010

Football Frenzy

Friday September 24, 2010
WCHS Wildcats v. VV Monsoon

Brendan, Bric & Colin before the game

Before the game...during the pre-game talk in the locker room, Ryan hangs back to let the head coach talk up the team. Here are some of the coaches and the trainer waiting for the team to take the field.
The coin toss...we are playing our in-district rivals...the MonsoonThis game is one of the biggest of the season...WCHS has not lost to the Monsoon as long as they have been playing. This year it was at VV...just a hop, skip and jump from our house. Lots of hype and smacktalk throughout the week for these bragging rights.

In the stands waiting for the kick off...our side of the stands were packed...not an inch to move. And we were LOUD! The loudest I think I have ever heard Wildcat fans!

Ryan's Defense coming out pumped up and ready to hit somebody

Time out with the boys

I ♥ this series of photos...Getting the crowd pumped up!

So this was the story...I didn't get a lot of good pictures...1...I was WAY nervous...and 2...this game was WAY exciting. No time for pictures...only cheering.

The Monsoon scored first and was up most of the game with a score of 7-0. In the 3rd quarter the Wildcat defense got a safety...making the score 7-2.

KNOTS in my stomach...ugh...then in the 4th quarter we finally put it in the endzone to make the score 8-7. We went for a 2 point conversion but didn't get the score stayed 8-7. With less than a minute in the ballgame...the Monsoon had the ball and were driving it down the field. Ryan's defense was strong but tired. They threw a pass and were getting close. They only needed a field goal to win. With 7 seconds left on the clock...the defense SACKED the quarterback and that was the game....

WCHS WINS!!!!!And this is the photo you get since I was jumping up and down cheering my heart out!!

Everyone stormed the was such a great win!

They turned the scoreboard off quick...I didn't even get a picture!

Ryan & the boys with Monica and Silvia

Ryan & Mitzi

It was an amazing game...I left with a huge smile and no voice...which is the way I should always leave a game!!
WCHS Wildcats 8 -
VV Monsoon 7

And we have bragging rights for another year!

Saturday September 25, 2010
Cobras v. Rhinos

I was trying to get creative with the cheerleaders new poms...I am the Team photographer and thought I could get the girls to make a C with their poms...too frustrating! We will try and practice before I take the next shot! So for now I put the poms in a C on the ground!!

I think this was the hottest of hottest games we have played this season. It didn't help that it was at 2 o'clock in the afternoon with no shade and the temp was well over 100*. They were also running over an hour behind due to an injury at an earlier game. So the timeline goes something like this...
12:15pm: at the field for warm-ups, practice & weigh ins
2:00pm: game supposed to start
3:10pm: actual kick-off
5:10: game finally over
5:30pm: getting into the car to head home
And we were outside the entire time...and the boys were in full pads the entire time...I think they were worn out before the game even started.
We played our game on one the practice fields at the University of Phoenix Stadium...the home of our NFL team, the Arizona Cardinals.
Colin on the bottom of the pile!

Colin making his block

Colin ready to snap the ball

Did I mention how HOT it was?! It was all we could do to keep these boys hydrated. There were sprayed down, dowsed with water, iced towels on their necks and heads. Normally they have to keep their helmets on all game, even on the sidelines, but today coach said they could take it off when not playing to cool down.


And this is every football mom's worst fear...her son going down and not getting up...there were injuries...lots of injuries...too many injuries on Saturday. Not just at our game, but all over the league. I heard 2 ambulances had to be called for broken legs. We had 4 kids leave the game due to injuries...this is our quarterback...not serious, but a helmet to the side that knocked the wind out of him and left one heck of a bruise. He did not finish the game. I was a football mom whose son was injured last season...NOT a fun feeling. All of the Cobras' injuries were non-serious and they should all be back Tuesday (thank goodness)...but man alive, football is a serious sport.

Back to the game and back to some hard hitting
Here is Brendan making his block
Looks as though him and the other kid are jumping right off the groundAnd that was the game...the looonnnggg, HOT game.
And sadly the Cobras could not bring home a win.
Cobras 0 - Rhinos 26
Next week is homecoming for the WCHS Wildcats...always a fun week...but they have a tough game...
So let's get tough!!!
Until next week...
Let's Go Wildcats!
Let's Go Cobras!

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Project 365

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A Picture a day for 365 days...a year's worth of fun!
I hope you have as much fun seeing a peek into my week as I am posting about it!


Sunday Ryan took my car in for an oil change and car looks so very pretty...Thanks Ry!


Monday after school the boys & I stopped at Wal-Mart for some quick groceries. And because they had each earned close to 30 stars since the first day of school (and they both got amazing progress reports) they each got to pick out a new video game.


Remember that gift card I won last week??...well Tuesday we put it to good use for some yummy subs. And the best part is the deals they have going on...3 footlongs for $12 & 1 footlong for $5...that got us dinner on Tuesday after practice and lunch for Wednesday...can't beat that!

Sadly no photo for Wednesday...Ryan had football...he came home...we all ate (very quickly) and then he left with Colin to head to the freshman football game...I went to my parents for an hour to help my mom download crazy night = no photo...

Thursday I helped inventory, separate and deliver over 500 tubs of cookie dough. This was our big fundraiser for the boys' football team.

Friday~245/365 Friday Night Lights

WCHS Wildcats vs. VV Monsoon

our in-district rivals


Saturday was HOT. The boys played their game on the practice fields of the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium.

This is what Sara says on her blog about Project 365...
"I am attempting to take one photograph each day of this next year. My hope is to be able to slow down and see the small things, become a better photographer and to be reminded of the many blessings God sends my way! "

Well said Sara...thanks for letting me tag along!
Join in with Sara...It's not to late to join the fun!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Out of Africa Wildlife Park

A few Sundays ago the boys and I ventured about an hour and a half north to the Out of Africa Wildlife Park. My best friend and roommate from college and her family was visiting Flagstaff from Michigan so we chose this as a meeting point for the day. This was the first time we had visited this park. It's like a zoo but more authentic to the safari animals original dwellings. Most of the animals had been rescued as well.
The boys ready for a fun day
Brendan, Colin & Julie's son Lucas

As we went into the park we were all handed carrot sticks that we could either feed to the giraffes or camels.
Here are the boys trying to convince the giraffe to come over for a snack

The giraffe above didn't come over but one of his friends did which totally made the boys' day!

That black thing is his tongue..very long!

Picture of the boys at the top of the park with the mountains in the background


All 3 of the boys were able to 'pet' a python. See the bulge by the tail...they had just fed him. Yea...there was NO way I was going in there...thanks but I will use my zoom lens!
(Colin is at the very top of the pic, Bren is in the green shirt & Lucas is in the hat and orange shirt)

They had a 'Tiger Splash' demonstration which was very cool. They were not trained so it was like watching them in their natural habitat (well as close as you could get to it) They were chasing toys and running and jumping in a pool too. The boys loved it and there was a lot of ooohhhing and aaaahhhing!

Our admission also took us on a tram ride through the park were we were up close and personal with a lot of the animals such as camels, giraffes, zebras...just to name a few.

It was a long but fun day!

One last photo of me and Julie in the parking lot before saying good bye...sadly we only see each other every other year...and that's if we are lucky!