Tuesday, September 18, 2018

0-2 on the Night

Cam and Meg both had games this evening.  Since Meg's game was away and Cam's was home we had to split up.  It was easier for Doug to get to Trinity, so he took that game.  Mom and I then were available for Cameron's against Westview.  Both Cam and Meg's teams played hard, but just couldn't find the net.  Cam's team looked as though they were going to pull off the upset at first when they quickly found themselves with a 2-0 lead.  Unfortunately, Westview woke up and preceded to dominate the rest of the game winning 5-2.  Cam took the loss pretty hard as two of the shots deflected off of him and through the goalie's hands.  It was tough to convince him that those were good, hard shots and it would have been hard to stop either of them.  We also realized that when the ball was continually in front of their goal, it probably didn't matter much.  Thankfully, there was a volleyball game afterward so he had time to hang out with his friends before we took him home.

Although Meg's team lost 2-0, she felt very good about how she played.  She said that she was aggressive to the ball and played hard.  Many of Meg's teammates were upset afterward, but Meg didn't take the loss personally.  Trinity had already beaten LaVille, so she knew it would be difficult to pull of the victory.  She and Sarah called me on the way home to check-in.  Meg gave me the highlights and then was happy to find out that we had brought back Little Caesar's for her.  Doug was afraid that she would be upset that he didn't stay afterward to talk to her.  With two games ending at the same time he wasn't sure that he would be able to get out of the parking lot.  When Meg saw him leave, she knew that he was "trying to make good time by beating the traffic!"

Monday, September 17, 2018

Save the Drama for the Llama

One year in high school or middle school Brett's drama club all bought shirts that said "Save the Drama for Llama."  It was an interesting shirt and the quote stuck in my mind over the years.  Today would have been the perfect one to bring that shirt back out as Meg needed it.  Navigating high school can definitely be challenging especially for girls.  Drama seems to find groups of them from time to time and when it does it can be all consuming.  Doug was proud of the way Meg handled it today.  I know that these experience will help prepare her for life after high school.  I will be happy, however, when this situation has been resolved.  For now I will remain thankful that Meg has a supportive friend group to help her through this situation.

Sunday, September 16, 2018

IU Football & Soccer

Yesterday Cam texted me from his retreat.  Nothing was wrong, he just needed me to tape the IU vs. Ball State football game.  As I was on a walk and Doug was jogging I wasn't sure at first how I was going to make that happen.  Thankfully, the DirectTv app allowed me to record even though I wasn't at home and Cam was able to catch every minute of the game once he returned from the retreat.

It wasn't much of a game as IU destroyed Ball State.  That left Cameron and Cal talking non-stop about IU football.  By the end of today Cam had predicted that they would finish the season at 10-2.  Parce had even texted about the game.  I gave him Cam's thoughts about the season.  He wondered if Cam meant IU soccer instead.  That definitely could be the case as they are ranked in the top five in the nation and dominated the game against Wisconsin today.

Cameron had talked about staying at home this afternoon to watch IU soccer, but instead joined my Dad at Maxwelton for his third nine holes of the weekend making the most of the Big Cup.  Our DirectTv app came in handy for IU soccer as well as Cam could watch the game in between shots.  He caught the end of the game at home and immediately predicted another run for the Hoosiers as national champion as soon as it was over.  No matter how IU soccer or football finish their seasons this fall, it has been exciting start for both.  Cam and Doug even made plans to see the football team in action next Saturday against Michigan State - Cam has already started counting the days.

Saturday, September 15, 2018

A Soccer Free Weekend

For the first time since Labor Day weekend we had a soccer free weekend scheduled.  Doug, Meg and I appreciated the down time as it had been a busy time for us all.  Meg filled her time by spending the night at Jackie's, hosting a movie night at our house and mini-golfing with Liam.  She did join Doug and I for mass on Saturday night and finished several different projects for school and home as well.

Cameron had a soccer game at Lakeland Christian Academy this morning, but was unable to play in it.  Instead he spent his day at a confirmation retreat in Fort Wayne with five hundred other students from the diocese.  It actually went a lot better than I would have guessed when we first signed up.  Cam was only one of two students from his class that went to the retreat.  He really enjoys his teacher, so that was no problem for him as it gave him more time to talk about IU football with him on the way.  He told me that he appreciated listening to the Catholic speakers and having mass with Bishop Rhodes.  Our favorite moment of the day was listening his story of seeing a former classmate from Milford at the retreat.  The boy had another student in a headlock while they were leaving.  It ended when a teacher got involved, but not before glasses were broken and the boy from Milford got a serious tongue lashing.  None of us were surprised as we all knew well this boy's behavior patterns from Cam's early elementary days. We laughed about it over dinner at Buffalo Wild Wings as we were sure that the goal of the confirmation retreat was to build unity among the students, not to leave fighting on the way out.

Friday, September 14, 2018

Jackson Park & Camp Amigo

Earlier this week Meg headed to Chicago with her AP English class.  On their agenda was a tour of Jackson Park.  They had read Devil in the White City over the summer and their teacher wanted to show them what structures were left from the Chicago's Worlds Fair.  The infamous hotel of death that Holmes built over a hundred years ago was demolished decades earlier, but they were able to see many of the buildings that were still in use today.  The most well known of these was the Museum of Science & Industry.  Although Meg had been to this area with our family before, she enjoyed the day away with her classmates especially their lunch destination - Giordano's Pizza.

Cam also had an awesome experience through Bethany this week.  Yesterday he and his eighth grade classmates left for Camp Amigo in Sturgis, Michigan.  When I picked him up today he had many stories to share especially about the fun that he had with his friends.  He spent the evening tent hoping and telling stories around the campfire.  He learned how to pitch a tent, build a fire with flint, and to cook pancakes over an open flame.  The food was definitely a highlight for him with dessert burritos, grilled hamburgers and sandwich pizza.  Thankfully, he wasn't in the canoe that capsized during orienteering, but I did have some wet laundry from the canoe rescue training to get to as soon as he got home

As Doug and I spent time reflecting tonight over dinner about the busy week we had just completed, both us were extremely appreciative of the opportunities that Bethany has provided for Meg and Cam.  They have grown not only in their education while students there, but also in their life skill set as well.  What a wonderful opportunity they have been given.  I know that they both appreciate it as much as Doug and I do.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Career Fairs

Brett went to his second career fair of the week today.  He has one more meeting tomorrow and already a dozen or so jobs to apply for over weekend.  He has gotten a lot of positive feedback about his resume.  He definitely has quite a bit of experience and education for his age.  He's excited about all of the possibilities.  Between the career fairs and the SPEA jobs board there were a lot of pIaces for him to find open positions. Although not all of the positions fit his interest I was impressed by the salaries for a starting SPEA graduate student.

In saying that I was also overwhelmed by the amount of work it will take for him to find a position.  After starting this process with him I could see how job searching was daunting to Brett when he graduated with his undergrad degree three years ago.  It would be easy to spend hours and hours daily weeding through all of the information and job links.  Next week he will meet with a not-for-profit recruiter.   Hopefully, that will help him in narrowing the job search.  Thankfully, I will have more time to help him navigate the search for a career as well.  

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

A Year of Pictures

I had a lot of projects that I wanted to catch up on when I resigned from my teaching position.  This summer I was able to cross many of those items off of my to-do list.  This week I started the last of those projects - completing our family's 2016 and 2017 photo albums.

Generally, I do not wait this long to work on this yearly project, but with the hours I was putting in at school and our busy family schedule I just didn't have time.  At first I was upset with myself for waiting so long especially since 2016 was a big year in the Heinisch family with Cal's senior year and Brett graduating college.  Those two events coupled with our trips to Texas, New Hampshire and Florida there were a lot pictures to sort through.

After starting the process I was actually glad that I waited.  It has been a lot of fun looking through all of the memories.  Plus, I have time to invest in making it a beautiful book.  So far I have spent seven hours on it and have only finished the months of January, February, March and April.  I have set a goal to finish the 2016 book by Sunday night.  It will take some work, but I believe I can do it.