What a way to end the season - AYF State Championship game - our 49ers versus the West Valley 49ers from the Phoenix area - in the wind and pouring rain. But nothing could stop our boys. It was an intense game and they earned every yard they gained!
By the end of the fourth quarter, the game was still tied at 7-7 and into overtime we went. The other team won the toss up and had first possession of the ball and four downs to get through the ten yard line and into the end zone, but with a lot of determination our boys were able to stop their drive to score.
We had a number of penalties that pushed us back to nearly the 30 yard line, making each drive more difficult... but the boys stuck to it and gave it everything they had!
And that was the final play - the drive that won the game!
I'll post more from the end of season party next week! xo Happy weekend xo - Jess
This was the most exciting game of football we have ever witnessed. Monkey Boy's team has went undefeated all season and were playing against the Tucson Rams (another outstanding and undefeated team) for the title of City Champions. It was an intense game and went into two overtimes. We won an incredible fete with a touchdown to end the tie for 24-18!!!
Tomorrow his team will play the West Valley 49ers - the Phoenix City Champions - for the State Championship title. It's going to be intense!!!
I received an email from Buggy's Choir teacher last week saying: "It is a joy having your daughter in choir every morning. She is a bright young student willing to help out in class and answer questions. The move to alto has been working out extremely well and she assists the students sitting next to her with vigor and success. Thank you for supporting the arts and its inclusion in your daughter's life. This email is to inform you that she has earned the privilege of attending and participating in the SUSD Choir Day."
Last week was one of the busiest on record for our family, and getting to see Bug perform was quite the task, but it was worth it. She had been out of regular school classes all day for the Choir Day events, then she was cheering for the SMS basketball team's game after school, and from there she had to run to the auditorium and change into concert attire and be ready to perform for an audience that evening. She's worked really hard and we're thankful she has chosen to enhance her talents and share them with others.
My friend Josie, of Be Encouraged Photography was kind enough to come photograph our special reunion last month. Here's a few of the images she captured for us. The mustache story goes like this: I told him he couldn't come home with a mustache, so when he landed in the States and joined a commercial flight, he picked up some fakies at the airport kiosk... and had the children surprise me with their own mustaches!
Happy Veterans Day to all those who've served and continue serving. And may God bless their families at home who also sacrifice for their service. XOXO - Jess
One day I'll take the time to get a 'good' picture of her in uniform. She was running out the door to school the morning of the Pep Rally and I stopped her to snap a shot or two. She's growing up so fast! xoxo - Jess
The kids came up with some great costumes for Halloween this year. Monkey Boy was set on dressing up as Randall Cobb - his favorite NFL player. Luckily his jersey arrived the afternoon of, and he was able to complete his get up. The only down side was the jersey we bought him wasn't designed for pads and he couldn't wear his football gear underneath - but he was still one happy kid in his Cobb jersey.
Buggy was all over the place as usual. Halloween night she was THIS candy kid above. In the days leading up to Halloween she was also dressed as a nerd, a masquerade princess, and NFL super-star Aaron Rodgers for different parties she attended. I love that she just knows how to have fun and enjoy herself no matter what.
Didn't get but two shots of Freckle Face as she jetted off to her various Halloween activities this month - at least she was the same character every time she ran out the door. She was a fox. I helped her make that fox mask and her tail was the cutest part of her costume but she wouldn't ever let me take a picture of it.
Military Man and I dressed up as Packers Fanatics and 'tailgated' in our driveway handing out candy and tattoos to little trick-or-treaters. The kids went out with their friends and then returned home to sort through their trick-or-treating treasures.
One of their dad's favorite Halloween traditions is carving pumpkins. They set to carving their pumpkins the first day he was home. Unfortunately, it was still a little too early in the holiday season and the pumpkins rotted out before I could take pictures of their finished projects.