Archive for November, 2011


Turkey Dinner

November 22, 2011

Since we won’t be able to celebrate Thanksgiving on Thursday, the girls and I decided to make a turkey dinner today. We made turkey, stuffing, smashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, brussels sprouts, and gravy. Here are some pictures of the major players.

Here is the whole spread on the table for dinner. The rolls are teh only thing we didn’t make from scratch.

While at Wegmans, I saw some beautiful autumn flowers that I decided to buy. When I got them home and put them into a vase, they looked so tiny. At $8 a bunch, I wasn’t keen on going back and buying another bouquet or two. Then I went to Price Rite this afternoon and they had bunches for $4, so I bought a couple.

Here is the end result of my 3 bunches of flowers.

We had a great time together and the food was super tasty!

I hope everyone has a safe and happy Thanksgiving Day!


Happy Anniversary

November 20, 2011

Even though our anniversary is not actually until tomorrow, Jeff and I celebrated our 18th wedding anniversary last night. Erin has a hockey game in the middle of the afternoon today and tomorrow is nutty as most Mondays are, so the kids suggested Jeff and I should go out on a “date” last night. After looking around a bit on the Internet, I determined that I’d rather go to Niagara Falls and check out the Festival of Lights. So we all hopped in the Jeep and headed out around 7 pm. Our favorite steak house, Montana’s, closed in the US, has a location in Niagra Falls, so we headed there first. After a yummy dinner, we decided to take a ride on the 175 feet tall Sky Wheel. It is a ferris wheel with enclosed “gondolas” that give one a fantastic view of the falls!  We never did make it to see the lights, but we got a glimpse of them from the sky wheel.

Unfortunately, the pictures I took from atop this wheel did not turn out but I thought these two pictures of the wheel itself were pretty cool!

Both of us had a wonderful time and the girls made it even more enjoyable.  We didn’t get home until nearly 1 am, but it was a great night!


Team Silliness!

November 12, 2011

The girls had team pictures before practice a couple of days ago. While they were waiting for the photographer for their team picture, they did some silly things poses for me.

As the girls finished their individual pictures, they gathered to wait for a team picture. Here are a few of the girls.

Erin decided to be a turtle. Glad she doesn’t tend goal that way!


Then some of the girls piled on top of her…goalie sandwich!

Soon afterwards, Coach Morgan decided to show her own silliness.

Finally, I got the whole team, still being rather silly!

This afternoon they played a great game, coming back to tie the game at 4 after being down by 2 goals.




Hockey and College

November 9, 2011

The last weekend in October we went to visit SUNY Cortland with Erin’s hockey team. The plan was to tour the Cortland women’s hockey team locker room, have a team lunch, watch a Cortland women’s hockey game, see a bit of the campus, and then have a clinic at a nearby ice rink with some of the girls from the Cortland hockey team.

While there, the girls had a blast!

The girls got to go into the Cortland Women’s locker room and meet the coach and hear a little about the program. The little brother of one of the girls decided that he should be in the picture. He’s quite a ham! I spent a good portion of the day trying to capture another picture of him, but he is quick, so many of my pictures of him were fuzzy!

After the locker room tour, we had a while before the game, so we went to a local restaurant where we had a party room to ourselves. The girls made posters to cheer on the team and Coach Morgan painted their faces.

Coach Morgan did not paint her own face, but here she is smiling for me.

This is Blaze. He posed for me, then a short while later disappeared. I think the girls scared him away…

During the game I stood along the top rail with Morgan. It was pretty awesome to see the girls turn around to her and point out things in the game that Morgan had been working with them on in practice!

We invited a couple of the U10 girls to join us as well. They are in this picture. I love Erin’s wide open mouth in this picture, lol! She’ll probably have a heart-attack when she sees that I posted it.

Several people were convinced that this was her real hair!!! The Cortland girls noticed it while they were on the ice and said afterwards that they loved it!

Between the game and our practice, we toured the Cortland campus a bit. We didn’t get too far because this vending machine caught the girls’ attention. A couple of them even announced that they were going to go to school there because of this vending machine. I imagine that may change in the next 5 or so years…I hope.

Three Cortland ladies came out to practice with the girls at a nearby ice rink. The girls (all of them) had a great time. The Cortland girls told our girls that they were so happy to have them at the game. They loved all the cheering and celebration every time they scored. Erin had brought a small blanket into the game with her and each time Cortland scored, one of our girls would tie on the blanket like a cape and run around the walkway at the top of the rink with the rest of our girls chasing behind. It was quite a sight and the Cortland girls loved it!

It was quite a long day but all of the girls had a great time. Some of them told me they want to do it again. Good thing we have more college visits planned!