Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Ticket Taker

Tonight was my night to take tickets for the girls' basketball game at Bethany.  Doug was originally signed up, but he had been given four seats to the Notre Dame vs. Louisville game this evening.  As we knew that we both couldn't go, he asked Cam if he wanted to take a couple of friends and go with him.  Cam invited JJ and Conner.  They were both excited to attend the event as neither had been to a Notre Dame game before.

I got to Bethany at 5:20 ready for my duty this evening.  The job wasn't too difficult, and those buying tickets were friendly.  Those type of situations have always been challenging for me as I am not extremely outgoing.  I did my best, however, and kept control of the cash box through all of the junior varsity game and half of the varsity one.  The girls played Concord and did well in both games.  Meg played three quarters of the JV game and did a fantastic job.  They ran an unique substitution pattern in the fourth quarter that brought Meg off the bench every offensive possession.  It wasn't quite enough to win, but they did close the gap.

Varsity lost as well in a long, close game.  It was well after 9:30 by the time Meg and I got home.  We stopped and picked up a pizza as neither of us had eaten much.  The Notre Dame game went into two overtimes.  Doug usually tries to leave early to beat the traffic, but it was too exciting for that tonight.  They were able to make it home close just before eleven, happy that they went.  Cam headed straight to bed and Doug was thankful for the left over pizza.  I was too tired to stay up with him.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Our school did not have Martin Luther King Jr., Day off today.  It was one of the few as the majority in our area were not in session including Bethany.  If it was up to me I would have given the students the day off.  I realize that most would not use the time to honor Dr. King, but all would realize that he was an extremely important part history to have a day named in his memory.

Since Meg and Cam were off and I wasn't, I had first thought of taking the day off to be home with them.  As Meg had practice and Cam wanted to play games with my parents, I decided that I would teach and do my best to bring Dr. King into our classroom.  We had done some background research on the Civil Rights movement and Martin Luther King, Jr. last week in preparation for today.  On this day we focused on his quotes and what he stood for and against during Success time.  We talked about pacifism and our dreams for the world today.  My math classes had to do Martin Luther King, Jr. math research.  They had to find the answer to such questions as:  Dr. King married Coretta Scott.  What is the sum of the year they got married to the number of children they had, divided by the number of brothers and sisters Dr. King had?  In all they answered ten math questions that also gave them knowledge about the civil rights minister.  While they working on their assignment I played the entirety of his speech from the March on Washington.  I don't know how much they will take out of our lesson today.  I do hope it was enough for them to remember that "It is always the right time to do what is right."

Sunday, January 14, 2018

A Guest Priest

Father Andrew has been in India since the New Year and won't return until February.  So far we have really been impressed with the guest priest.  He brings humor to his homilies.  They are long enough to get his message across, yet short enough to hold our attention span.  We appreciate him stepping in while Father has been gone and look forward to hearing him for the next few weeks.

After mass we spent the rest of the day at home.  For the first time in a long time I did not have to spend the entire day doing laundry.  I had finished it all Friday and was thankful for a break.  Doug had to work for most of the afternoon, but didn't mind as there was football to watch.  Cam played PS4 and caught up on Impractical Jokers.  Meg had a friend over that she went to dinner with as she decided not to enjoy Doug's corn beef and cabbage.  I believe the purple potatoes scared her off.  Cam and I thought it was very good, however.  

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Papa Vino's

Today was a celebration for Cam and Meg.  They had both had a successful day.  Cam qualified for the individual state championship for the third year in a row.  There weren't as many players in his division as in the past, so he was done earlier than normal.  That gave him plenty of time to relax this afternoon.  We found out later that Kayden and Evan qualified in their division as well which meant that he would have  others to hang out with on January 27th.  The first year that he went to state he was the only one that qualified.

Meg had a great day as well.  Her basketball team played Trinity Christian.  It was a varsity only game and Meg played a little less than a quarter.  She made the most of it scoring four points and had a three pointer that went in and out of the basket.  As we were already in South Bend, we thought that the best course of action would be to enjoy a nice family dinner at Papa Vino's.  We hadn't been there in quite some time.  It was just as delicious as we remembered and the conversation around the tale was lively as always.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Elearning Day Part 2

Every school in our area was closed today due to ice and snow.  Wawasee called it well before 6 a.m. Bethany started with a delay, but ended up cancelling by 7 as well.  Cam and Meg did not have a virtual learning day.  They were told yesterday that they wouldn't have one and would make it up on a future snow make up day.  Thus, Cam and Meg had a day to relax.  The noise of the ice hitting Meg's window woke her up early.  She tried sleeping in my room for awhile, but ended up back in her bed around 8:30 a.m.  Cam woke up at 8.  One of his friends texted him about the snow day.  Yesterday Cam had said that there was no way there would be a snow day today.  His friend wanted him to know that he was wrong.

I was up at my normal time.  As I didn't have to have my plans on the elearning website until 9 a.m. I had plenty of time to use the elliptical.  I made it a mile today which I was happy about.  I spent the rest of the morning and afternoon answering emails for elearning.  While I was doing that I also had time to do all of the laundry in the house and even played a game or two with Cam and Meg.  Meg was extremely happy for the day off.  We got home really late last night and she didn't have time to finish studying for her history exam.  Today she got that done, plus reading for English and an assignment for Physics.  She even had time to do so free reading.  Earlier in the week she had finished "To Kill a Mockingbird."  Today she read more of her new book "Antisocial."

Doug went into work this morning after basketball.  He said that it was slow going.  The roads weren't much better at lunch.  His drive home was easier until he got to Kosciusko county.  The roads were once again slick.  He had picked up Little Caesar's for Cam and Meg for dinner.  I usually go out to get lunch on snow days, but today was too icy for me.  Meg said she was ok with it as she had her Taki's and pizza.  Doug and I went to Huntington's for dinner.  It was packed.  Thankfully, the owner realized we needed a table and made sure we were seated.  We all played games when we got back.  It was a fun way to spend the rest of the evening.  

Thursday, January 11, 2018

A JV Win

Today was a really long day, but one that produced a win for the girls' junior varsity team.  The game was played at Blackhawk Christian in Fort Wayne.  I had never been there.  It was quite the drive during rush hour.  My Dad and I left plenty early, but made it just before the game started.  We were glad that we got to see the first game.  Meg played very well scoring four points to give Bethany the lead that they worked hard to hold on to winning by one point in an intense game.  

The varsity team won a close one as well.  Both games took longer than normal with a lot of fouls called and time outs taken in the fourth quarter.  It was well after nine before we left the school.  We ran through the drive-thru on the way home.  Thankfully, traffic was a lot lighter, so the trip was easier.  Meg talked the entire time.  She gave us her thoughts on basketball first and then talked a lot about the classes that were presented today at chapel concerning interim in March.  Meg's first pick was a Civil Rights trip to Memphis and Raleigh with Mr. Kauffman.  We thought that one sounded awesome and were glad that she felt that way as well.

Doug and Cam were in bed when we got home.  Doug had county council tonight so he was unable to go with us to Meg's game.  Cam had a fun night at Grandma's.  They played IUopoly. It was after eleven by the time I crawled in to bed.  It was definitely a long day, but a fruitful one.  

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

One Foggy Night!

Cam returned to tennis tonight at the Warsaw Racquet Club.  He said that he felt rusty at first, but after ten minutes or so he was back in the swing of things.  The only other issue that he had was with his knees.  He had told me that they had been bothering him after PE on Tuesday and they definitely hurt tonight.  We know from what Dr. Allen told us after Cam's diagnosis of Ogden Slaughter's disease in the fall that tennis will give him the most pain.  Cameron said that it was tolerable, so he will continue on for now.

While Cam was at tennis I ran to get groceries.  It had been really foggy today and was fairly thick when we drove to tennis.  It seemed to be getting better when I left Walmart.  Our drive home from Warsaw was pretty uneventful until we got to Milford.  It was like we hit a wall of fog when we got to Mishler's funeral home and stayed that way through the rest of our drive home.  I slowed down to less than 20 miles per hour, watched the yellow lines in the middle of the road and Cam kept his eyes on the white line on the side.  I definitely held the steering wheel tight.  I don't know if my knuckles turned white, but it sure was tense for several miles.  Thankfully, traffic was light and although it took twice as long as usual we did make it home without incident.  Fortunately, Meg got out at 5:45 from practice.  There was just enough light to make her trip a little easier although she said she never got above 30 miles per hour.  Doug was home the earliest and had no problems at all.  I was definitely feeling blessed to have all of us home safe and sound tonight.