Thursday, January 04, 2007

Happy New Year! Sam was gone, and Joe was grounded so we made him take a photo of us. This was about 9:30 pm! We knew we'd never be able to stay awake until midnight. So we fired up the hot tub, popped open the champagne and spent a little time outside with Joe to bring in the new year. Unfortunately we were awakened at midnight with loud explosions coming from our backyard. I think our neighbors behind us must be German! They were shooting off fireworks that were so loud we thought we were back in Unterschleissheim, were fireworks are a tradition everywhere.  Posted by Picasa

I can't believe it, this is the only photo of Robin's parents we got while they stayed with us a few nights at Christmas. Here Robin and his mom and dad are trying to figure out how the wine bottle opener works that Robin bought me. Posted by Picasa

OK, I have to admit, this is a funny photo with the name of the gift in the photo! But what this is. . .one of the things that Joe loved eating in Germany was the roasted sweet almonds that you could buy hot on the streets. So I found this "nut roaster" at Target! We'll let you know how it turns out. Joe had opened his stocking first before this gift and couldn't understand why he had 2 bags of almonds inside! Now he knows. Posted by Picasa

Joe sits in his new gaming chair and checks out just one of his new soccer balls! Posted by Picasa

Gracie got a stocking filled with doggie stuff and she couldn't wait to get into it! Posted by Picasa

Sam got lucky this year and Santa brought him a new computer. Too bad for Sam that his mom and dad gave him SAT and ACT software so he can prepare for his college entrance exams! Posted by Picasa

Here we are with my dad and his wife, Linda. we had a great time out in the country at their place before they headed back off to the warm climate of Florida. Posted by Picasa

Sam and his cousin Davis look on as Grandaddy checks out one of his gifts. Posted by Picasa

Robin and Joe hang out on the sofa at my dad's place. Posted by Picasa

Mom, my sister D'Anne and myself. We wish our sister Dinah had been able to be here. Posted by Picasa

We spent a day celebrating Christmas with family. It had been a while since we had done this. Here are Sam and joe with their Nana. Posted by Picasa

Sam's favorite all time team is Manchester United and a couple of his friends gave him the new scarf! Posted by Picasa

Sam's buddies on his soccer team thought it would be funny to give him all pink soccer gear! They decided that if anyone forgot their shin guards at practice they would be forced to wear the pink ones! Posted by Picasa

Sam spent some time thinking about his 15th birthday in Germany last year and he thought that one was more fun because he almost caught the restaurant on fire with the tissue paper from his gifts hitting the candle on the table! I thought this party was great I guess because I spent 5 hours in the kitchen making fondues! Posted by Picasa

Sam turned 16 in December so we had a fondue party with some of his school and soccer friends. I heard later that some of the kids ate so much they felt sick. . .many of them had never had fondue before. We had 4 different cheese fondues including one with a German flavor and then 2 dessert fondues! No excuses for being hungry this night! Posted by Picasa

Friday, December 01, 2006

Joe wanted to be Superman for Halloween. .. .I'm thinking this might be one of his last years for trick or treating, but he missed out on it for 2 years in Germany! Posted by Picasa

The next time that Joe plays in a tournament I plan to count how many headers he takes. I began to worry towards the end of the tournament when I must have counted a dozen headers he took in a single game! The player behind Joe in this photo is huge, but the Texans shut him down and kept him for scoring. Posted by Picasa

there it goes. . . Posted by Picasa

Joe's got him. . . Posted by Picasa

This tournament invites only the top teams in the nation so the competition is quite fierce. The Texans scored only 3 goals in the entire tournament and allowed only 1. In the end, the Texans were defeated in the semi final game by Solar, another Texas team. Posted by Picasa

Joe during the first match of the tournament. Posted by Picasa

This is the location of all the tournament games. . it was a spectacular facility with soccer pitches, baseball diamonds, an stadium for basketball, plus more. The weather was perfect for the tournament too. Posted by Picasa

Joe waits in line for the safari ride. Posted by Picasa

With the bug eyed glasses and the braces, Joe looks a bit different, don't you think? Posted by Picasa

Caitlin drives a jeep in the safarai adventure at Disney's Animal Kingdom. Posted by Picasa