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My 16 month old son chugs water from my glass as we sit and watch my middle son’s football practice on July 19, 2012.

 

Yesterday was the third practice for the Falcons in our area’s pee wee league dispite the blistering temperatures outside.  The board has mandated eight hours of conditioning before these young all-stars can suit up in pads for practice so our middle son’s coach has strategically scheduled four, two hour practices this week.  Tonight, the five and six-year-olds will fulfill their last hours in the coaches back yard in-ground pool.

Last year, this team’s coach was amazing.  From the first night with the boys, he gained their respect and attention by firm, yet encouraging coaching.  He encouraged team and unity along with hard work and attention to football technique.  It was really amazing what he was able to do with such young boys.  He actually lead them all the way to be league championships to claim first place!  This year he moved up to the next age level with his son but the assistant coach for the team stayed back to coach the other team members who didn’t move up.  SWEET!  We have had good practices with similar leadership as last year.  I can’t wait to see what happens this season with this team!

Pee Wee Falcons at the start of their 3rd practice, first practice getting on the line.

 

They worked for about 10 minutes and all of the kids were successfully lining up as if going to war with their coaches.  I think this year is going to be just as amazing as last year!  The only thing they need to work on is their hustle to and from each play, but honestly, it’s to be expected this early in the year.

They are proving to be trainable! That’s awesome!

 

My oldest son was placed on a developmental team this year, the TITANS!  He is VERY excited because last year his coaching was lacking.  They didn’t get the sweet taste of victory last year, not one time.  He wasn’t confident that he wanted to play this year because let’s face it, it’s not fun to lose all the time.  Because we want him to be involved in something we encouraged him to give it a go one more time and he is very thankful that he did.

Tuesday when I sat in on his practice, I could tell that he had some learning to do.  This team is hand selected and trained up to be the best.  Never once did I hear any of the coaches shouting or yelling.  The boys are there because they want to be.  They try hard because they want to be the best.  They work hard for their coach because there’s an unspoken respect there.  It’s truly amazing!  They spent their first practice breaking off into groups containing three to four boys to work on technique.

Detailed Technique Drills and Coaching

At the first water break, the boys hussled over to their water bottles, filled up and then ran back to the field with a training mission on their minds.  This picture was taken after less than a half hour of practice.  Take note of his soaked head and focus in his eyes!

Mouth full of cold water, he takes a minute to rest before going back out for another rotation of drills.

 

I am so proud of my boys.  I can’t wait to see what personal goals they blow out of the water, the excitement and pride in their little eyes as they defeat their fears and reservations.  I am looking forward to those chili mornings at the football field, the caravans to out-of-town games and the smell of window chalk!

Cheers,
Andrea



I was on twitter today right before heading out to plant some flowers and saw Myra ( @blessedlife2) had posted about a contest a mutual “follower” was having:

“RT @decor_chick: Hey everyone come enter today’s giveaway and get your pantries and cupboards organized! http://bit.ly/H7sgtb

I jumped on the chance to enter!  I would encourage you to do the same if you are anything like me.  I want an organized kitchen but simply lack the know-how on how to go about doing it.  I have the best intentions of getting everything in order but end up making things worse.  My good friend Michelle has given me a few things to help organize my pots and pans, thankfully or I may have gotten pulled in by the monsters who live among them!  My canned goods cabinet is even worse off than my pans!  At dinner time we basically decide what we’re going to have as sides by what’s at the front.  To be perfectly honest I’m not even sure whats at the back of the rows of canned foods.

So what is this giveaway for?  It’s for a product that helps a person organize their canned goods.  It’s similar to those soda can organizers for your fridge except it’s for your canned goods in your pantry/cabinets!  It rotates your stash and keeps things nice and tidy while doing it!

Click either the link on the tweet above or go to www.decorchick.com to enter for your chance to win a set of 4 can organizers!  There’s even a discount code listed on her blog good for 10% off of your order at www.canorganizer.com if you aren’t the lucky one who wins.  That’s a pretty good deal.  The products are priced reasonably to start with, but who wouldn’t like to save a little bit?

I hope you all have a great day!  As for me, I’m heading out to finally get those flowers planted. I love spring!

Cheers,
Andrea



{March 31, 2012}   Helping Cale!

I can barely put myself in the shoes of the parents of this little girl.  She goes to my boy’s school and is the same age as my middle son, Gage.  It breaks my heart at the thought of a sweet baby going through something as horrible as a cancer fight.  Tonight is her benefit dinner and auction.  If you are in the middle Tennessee area and want to help, be at College Street Elementary at 4 for the BBQ dinner, auction starting at 6.  Dinner is $6 a plate.  All proceeds go to the family to help with expenses during this time.

I have heard of several area business who have given donations for the auction.  Below is a list of what I know of for sure:

  • Miche
Miche handbag and gift certificate donated for Cale's benefit auction.

I am donating a cream base, Leila Shell and $25 worth of gift certificates for the auction. Total retail value of $95. Gift certificates may be broken up and given as gifts or used as one lump gift certificate.

In addition to this auction item, I am offering 10% of sales to be donated to the family if anyone wants to host a Miche Home Show in Cale’s honor.  Contact me right away if you want to do this because other’s have already taken me up on dates for other events and my calendar is getting tight.

 

  • Green Thumb Lawn & Landscape
Impatients and $105 worth of Lawncare

Inpatients and $105 worth of Lawncare. Three gift certificates good for $35 each of lawncare. They may be used by one person or broken up and given to others who can use them.

 

  • Fireman Lawn Service
3 certificates up to 75 value full service lawn care up to 1 acre

3 certificates up to $75 value full service lawn care up to 1 acre.

 

If I find out of other items to be auctioned I will add them to the list.  Please come out and support this family.  They really need our help.

 

Cheers,

Andrea Warren



{January 19, 2012}   Two Boys, One Room, HUGE MESS!

Who knew that two boys could make such a HUGE mess?!  Good night!

Our family has recently started using a family schedule.  My oldest boy is in the process of being diagnosed ADD, my husband is ADD and the rest of us have the responsibility to help them function as part of the group.  My husband and I sat down and decided the best way to do that was to set out guidelines of when certain tasks would be completed each day of the week.  This is what we came up with:

6:30 am: Wake up and do morning routine (make bed, feed dogs, let them out to potty, brush teeth and get dressed)

7:30: School

3:15-4pm: Free time

4-5pm: Chores

5pm: Dinner

Following Dinner: Homework

7:30 Night routine & Free Time (shower, brush teeth, set clothes/school supplies out for the morning)

8:30: Bedtime (get drink, go potty, hugs/kisses, lights out)

So far it’s worked pretty well.  We have a chore chart that the boys use for the 4:00 time slot.  I will post pictures of that another day.  The other items are routine responsibilities that have to be done everyday.  For each of these areas on the schedule, we award poker chips for work completed.  At the end of the night, we allow them to count their tokens and change them in for something in the prize box if they have gotten 20 (or any multiple of 20) or save it to cash out on payday.

HOWEVER…there are moments I still want to pull my hair out!  Take this picture for example:

Pictured is my oldest son (carrying the telescope) and my youngest son.  My middle son is standing behind me.

Let me back up a second.  Last week, son 1 and son 2 decided they were going to rearrange their room without me.  The beds, dressers and toy boxes were put in “the perfect place.”  Trying not to crush their ambitions, I let it be.  After all we have to pick our battles, right?  A few days later?  A new design and this picture is the end result of their “creativity.”

Now this is a huge room.  The picture doesn’t do justice to the true magnitude of the mess.  Under the beds…I’m pretty sure something tried to grab me and pull me under there.  The wire cubes in the lower left hand corner of the picture…completely overflowing with I don’t even know what.

At 3:30 we put a halt to free time and made everyone meet in their room.  From that time until 9:30, we put their room back together.  My husband’s Job: Whip cracker. The boy’s job: Salvaging anything they could before I took over. My job: Trash bag patrol! I was able to get a total of five bags of trash removed from their room. Doodles, old homework, grocery receipts, Christmas wrapping paper, toy instructions, broken toys…you name it.  I took the following picture at 8:45:

Today when they get home, we are tackling the closet areas and finishing up some of the tasks that didn’t get completed last night.

What are your family’s secrets to keeping everything tidy and in place?  Do you use a reward system?  Do they have set chores for each day?  Do they perform their tasks on their own or with guidance?

Cheers,
Andrea



{January 13, 2012}   The Enigma I call life!

The who, what, when, where and why of my blog!  Let’s dig right in!

Who: Andrea, independent representative of Miche.  I am a mother of three and have been married for 9.5 years (gasp! Is that possible?!)

What: My goal for this blog is to keep my readers up to date on the latest fashions and style trends as well as introducing you to hot new products and reviews.  I also want to share my experiences with being a mother and wife.  Ultimately, when someone click on my blog, I want them to leave feeling like they have learned something and can apply what they have learned in practical ways.

When: I will be posting blogs on Fridays and very possibly other days in between.

Where:  You can find me many other places on the web:

Why: I became a mother for the first time in the summer of 2003.  After that I struggled with finding myself and making myself feel like I could dress and act in a way contrary to the stereotypical mom.  This blog will no doubt ooze with embarrassing and funny stories of myself as I have found my way and lessons I have learned while getting to where I am now.

In the spring of 2004, I experienced the first day of being a stay-at-home mom.  Over the past 8.5 years, I have gone in and out of the work place.  It’s difficult providing for your family when your heart yearns to be at home with your little ones.  I know, girl!  I’ve been there.  That’s what lead me to Miche, actually.  Last March, I gave birth to our 3rd son and knew that I had to make a job (in home childcare) transition into a career all the while taking care of him!

 

I have read so many blogs and watched vlogs on youtube that I felt like it was my turn to give back to society in a meaningful, supportive way!  Feel free to follow my journey.  Promise me one thing:  if you learn something or find something funny, interesting or intriging, let me know by commenting or linking to my blog.

Cheers,

Andrea



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