Wednesday, April 30, 2008

What sports is all about...

Folks, I know sports are competetive and all, but this is what they are all about. Enough can't be said about what a classy act this young lady did, nor about how little winning and losing really means.

Its nice to win, but it is simply AMAZING to have the opportunity to help someone else like that.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Great weekend

This weekend was such a wonderful weekend. Spring is in full swing here in GA and we took every advantage of it Saturday and Sunday. Saturday we spent the day at the park with some friends along with a picnic. When we went home we decided we would also go out for dinner with our same friends. Just a good relaxing fun day. Today the hubby hit the golf course early while Syd, Ethan and I went to the Big Shanty Art festival. It was perfect, they very much focus on the kids, so it's mostly free stuff with some other inexpensive fun stuff too. Ethan very easily shimmied up the rock climbing wall.....I swear he's more than half monkey. Syd is still broken, so we cheered him on. She really enjoyed watching the different dance troups up on stage do their thing. Lots of fun local arts and crafts to see. Frozen lemonade is awesome when it's warm out!!! Last but not least, Sami came home from her trip to D.C. She had an amazing time and just wonderful experiences. I'm really glad she had fun but am so happy to have her home. We really missed her. I hope everyone else had a great weekend too.

Friday, April 18, 2008

Mr. Doke ROCKS!

The teenager is off on a 5 day trip to Washington D.C. with the high school orchestra. I am so happy for her to be able to have this great opportunity. While there, they will visit the White House, capital, Smithsonian Museum, Jamestown settlement, enjoy a teen night improv dinner theater, a day at Busch Gardens with a festival performance, and lots of time bonding on the long long bus ride with fellow students. As some of you know, Sami has a boyfriend who is also in orchestra and along on the trip. Let's just say, I was nervous. Great kids, but lets just say I lost more than a little sleep.....Until, we had our manditory student/parent meeting the night before they left for their trip. First of all, the principal was going along as a chaperone and he himself is a force to be reckoned with. Well, then Mr. Doke, the orchestra teacher extrodinare made his speech with a fantastic conclusion. He calls out "Samantha and Daniel, raise your hands!.....All the way.....higher" then looks at all of the chaperones going and states "they're the ones, the couple." Now I do have to say I felt a little bit bad for them being singled out in front of everyone, but I can sleep at night now! Thank you Mr. Doke for being an amazing teacher and for helping parents sleep better at night. You Rock!

Monday, April 14, 2008

NHL playoffs

I LOVE this time of year! We don't get as much GOOD hockey here as we'd like because of location. We are die hard Red Wings fans which makes it difficult to be in a southern state that doesn't really understand the sport. Now, I'm not dissing on the players, but the fans. We have been to several Thrashers games. Like fiends, we need a fix, but the atmosphere is just not the same as Hockey Town at the Joe. Well the 2nd period is starting in game 3 of Red Wings vs. Preditors....gotta go! I LOVE this time of year!!!

Spring Break 2008

This past week was our spring break....finally! I don't know about other parents, but the BEST part of spring break, beside sleeping in, was not having to make lunches everyday. I don't know why I hate it so much, but I get so tired of trying to get creative everyday and remain healthy. Blah! Usually we don't go anywhere on springbreak because I have this thing about massive crowds. But this year we went to Savannah, GA for 4 days. We actually stayed on Tybee Island in a rented cottage. It was a very beautiful cottage and huge. We didn't much like the beach there, it was kinda smelly and didn't really feel like a beach.....but we weren't there for that so it was fine by all. We had a great time roaming around Savannah for 3 days discovering the amazing history and seeing the gorgeous houses/buildings. We even went on a ghost tour, which of course resulted in me and 3 kids in a king sized bed that night. LOL! Cozy! Unfortunately Darcy couldn't join us, he had to work, like a bazillion hours, so we did miss him. We will have to go back soon and see more. Hope everyone had a restful springbreak.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

House of pain

Well, leave it to the Price Crew to never be too far from an ER. It all started a few weeks back with Ethan. I picked him up from a friends house after an overnight when I noticed a large red bump on his forearm. When inquiring what it might be, he replied "I think it's a zit and it's been there for a few days." Well, after inspecting it and explaining to the monkey that zits don't happen on your forearms, I realized it was either a very large splinter or a bite of some sort. I did what they always tell you and circled it with a pen when we got home to be able to check the swelling. Sure enough, the next morning it was WAY outside the penned circle. His forearm was huge and very painful. We went to the doctor that day and sure enough, he was bit by a Brown Recluse spider. Fabulous! While I'm slightly freaking out, he's proud as a peacock with the knowledge that this will leave a scar. Boys!!! I won't give you all the gory details, but he was on very strong antibiotics and it eventually drained on its own. Thank goodness, otherwise that would have been it's own trauma. Let's just say I don't gross out easily, and even enjoy pus at times, (I'm in the medical field), but this was nasty!!! Brown recluse bites kill the flesh and let's just say, he can proudly display his scar. Thank God it was on his arm. And I am greatful it hasn't scarred him emotionally, because he is right back down in the creek where I am sure he encountered this mean arachnid.
Now for child injury #2! A little over a week ago, Syd was skateboarding down the "suicide hill" with a neighbor and her brother. Now, it's really not that bad of a hill, but it's not for wimps either. I would be more worried however, this hill has been in our lives for 5 years and my kids are very well acquainted with it. She had on a helmet and wrist guards, as I am a stickler for safety. However, she did not have on elbow pads! Yup, broke her right elbow! Poor kid, she took a hard fall. Now, we are quite aquainted with our orthopedic guy, so when he came into the exam room, the first thing out of his mouth was " What took you so long?" This is especially true for Syd. This is the 3rd time we've been to him for her. I did ask if we were nearing the limit when he has to call child protective services. He reassured me they can tell the difference between active (clutzy) kids and abused ones. Thank God!!!
So, I am officially burning this skateboard, as it is the same one that Sam fell off of 3 years ago almost to the exact date and broke her wrist. (Hence, why Syd had on wrist guards). I think I have learned........all kids must be bubble wrapped before playing outside.