Storm Q did her best and we took all she could give and had a blast!
The kids were out of school for two days and we got to hang out and play in the snow. After I got everyone all bundled up, I finally made it outside planning on spending a good amount of time shoveling our driveway. We got over 9 inches of accumulation at our house and with our double wide, extra long driveway, I knew Rusty and I would have our work cut out for us. But our neighbor, Susan, bless her, came over with her snow blower and blew most of it off our driveway. I had a killer back ache later that night. I can't even begin to imagine what kind of pain I'd still be in if we had to do it all by ourselves. Thank you, Susan!!! She even did a portion of our side walk, our neighbors to the east and across the street. What a woman!
Cade busied himself getting our sledding hill ready for launch.
So we made it through our first season of basketball season through Cade's school. The sixth grade division is touted as more of an 'instructional' division in the Topeka Parochial League. While this may be true in theory, it hardly seemed the case on the actual court. Our sixth grade has only 9 boys in it. Total. Of those 9, only 6 went out for the team. Doesn't make for a very deep bench. Of those 6, only 2 boys who had any previous basketball experience. So. Two boys on his team knew how to play basketball. Ordinarily, since it's an 'instructional' division, that shouldn't matter. You might expect that a few other teams would have a few less experienced players as well. Well, you'd be wrong. The teams we played were actually pretty good. I mean, really, really good. That's great for Hayden in a few years. It means that the basketball program will have quite a few outstanding players gunning for them and it will be amazing to watch once all those boys are playing for the same team. But for us, it was a difficult pill to swallow. Although frustrated by our lack of numbers, we did our best to support our boys and sit through each and every game where they were out-played, out-scored and just plain out-numbered. When the other teams are running set plays and defenses and running up the score and 3 of our 5 guys are still working on dribbling without traveling or catching a pass without turning it over, it makes for a really long game. To be fair, Cade seemed to really enjoy being a part of his school team and getting to hang out with his friends more. He didn't really enjoy getting beat mercilessly every game, though. And that's tough for a parent. When you try to get them involved in sports at a young age to instill a certain respect and interest for physical activity and a sport that you enjoy, only to have them have a season like this one really stinks. Makes you feel if you had known how things would turn out, you would have definitely done things differently. Oh well. We survived and we really aren't too worse for the wear. Pretty tired, but we'll make it. Cade also got to play a few games with the 7th grade when a few of their players were unable to play. Completely different experience all together. Despite the few minutes he got to play those few times, you could just tell he appreciated having a winning chance. It was also good for us as well. Just a few shots from some of the games:
Remember waaaaay back during the last week in December when we FINALLY got some snow? Well, just the week before our neighbor told me about this secret sledding spot just around the corner in our neighborhood. Why hadn't we heard of this before!!! This is the perfect spot to take the kids. Only a handful of people there, not too steep and a minute away from our house. Now, granted, it's a bit of a trek to get to once you park, but it's worth it.
This is the view from the top. Lydia couldn't believe 'HOW BIG IT IS!'
OK. Look. I'll admit that wasn't my finest performance. But I made you laugh, right?
Of course the ONLY video they got of me that day would be the one where I made myself dizzy.
The photos below prove my skillz on the hillz.
That. Was fun.
We tired Lydia out. Those treks back up the hill in the freezing cold can make a 5 year old cranky.
She looks so little in Daddy's arms!
Her poor attempt at a thumbs up. I know it looks like she's not happy, but she, as well as the rest of us, had a blast. And now that we've discovered this little gem, it's just our luck that we haven't had any snow since.
Long time. Been a bit busy. Tues/Thurs basketball practice, Mon/Wed/Sat basketball games, Wed night dance practice, Thurs night cheer practice, Sat morning cheering. Christmas seems like it was a lifetime ago.
So here we are at the famous (more like infamous, really) Boleski Christmas gathering.
While this one was maybe a little more classy than previous years, it was still pretty sassy and very smart @$$y!