Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Spring Scrimmage

Yes, that is Robert; even if it doesn't look like it.

Last Friday, Robert's school had a scrimmage with the freshmen and sophomores. This was the culmination of their spring season practices.

He didn't say anything, but I'm pretty sure that it was to determine who was going to be JV A and JV B teams. After Robert's game the juniors, and probably the best of the sophomores had a scrimmage. I'm assuming this one was for varsity team.

We were confused at the beginning of the game. Robert told us that he was number 35, but he hadn't told us if he was maroon or white. So we found 35, but he was very obviously not Robert. We found another student - 82 - who looked like Robert. However, once he pulled his helmet off it was obviously not Robert. Though it might be him in a few years. 30 looked like him, but we weren't quite sure until I could get a better look at him through the camera without a helmet.

The scrimmage ended up with five quarters, because it was tied. Unfortunately, in the last few minutes of the fifth, the maroon team scored a second touchdown. The white team (Robert's) lost.

However, Robert is doing much better than he has in previous games. He has been coming home from practices banged up and bruised. He isn't afraid of getting hit now. It shows in the way that he plays. He's still on the Defensive line, in the back, not the front. I don't remember his position name.

Finally, in other Robert related news.... He received his ACUs for JCLC the JROTC leadership camp this summer.

He looks like a beanpole in his uniform. He looks a lot like his dad. He's grown up so much in the last few years.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

JROTC Award Ceremony

Recently, Robert attended his award ceremony for JROTC. While he did not receive any special awards at the event, I did get some pictures of his teachers, him in his uniform, and the ribbons that he earned throughout the year.

This is the Lieutenant Colonel. He is in charge of the whole JROTC program. Yes, he has a lot of ribbons.

This is the Sergeant Major. He is Robert's actual instructor. He has been very helpful to Robert throughout the year.

Finally, this is the Master Sergeant.  I have no idea which classes he teaches. However, he was in charge of several of the special competition teams.

Next year, Robert will be taking LET 2, which is the second year of JROTC classes. I wonder which one his instructor will be.

Here Robert is in his uniform. When he first stood up for the pictures, he was at attention. However, I told him that he was going to have to tilt his head down if he didn't want me to take an up the nose shot. He is just so much taller than me.

This is the old style of uniform, most of the freshmen were wearing them. The new blue style of uniform was handed out on a seniority basis. So seniors in LET 4 got the first go at them, while freshmen in LET 1 were all left with greens.

Hopefully, next year he will be in blues.

Finally, he didn't have as many ribbons as his instructors, or the seniors, but he had several more many of the LET 1's.

These are his ribbons. As you read they are Perfect Attendance, Student Government, and LET Service on the first row. The second row includes Personal Appearance, Student Conduct, and Parade Participation. (He participated in the Veteran's Day parade last fall, here in town.)

As his Freshman year comes to a close he has a lot on his plate. However, he has accomplished quite a lot as well.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

The Pregnancy So Far...

Yes, for those of you who do not pay attention to facebook, I am pregnant. For those of you who do, this is not a big surprise.

However, since I'm thirteen weeks, and we have just barely announced it, I figured that I should catch you all up on what has been going on with my pregnancy.

We discovered I was pregnant at the end of February. My regular physician immediately sent me over to the OB section of the hospital, where I was assigned a new doctor for the length of my pregnancy.

Thus far - knock on wood - I have not thrown up, but I have been feeling very queasy and nauseous. Typical morning sickness. I have also been feeling exhausted and unable to do stuff, even that I wanted to do.

Let me be clear. I was not depressed. I mentally wanted to do things that I regularly wanted to do, and wanted to do things that I knew needed to get done. Well, maybe "wanted" is too strong of a word in regards to dishes, but I was mentally ready and willing to do them. However, I could not work up the energy for them, and was feeling exhausted even with twelve to fourteen hours of sleep a day.

This is why the blog fell off. I was barely able to keep the house livable, even with Will and Robert's help around their busy schedules that I couldn't get anything else done. Even my new sewing machine has been mostly languishing in the corner.

The doctor ran the normal tests and found out that my thyroid levels were off. He wasn't sure what to do, so he called in the specialist who deals with difficult pregnancies in his section. The specialist didn't know what to do either. So they sent me in for the next level of test, a thyroid antibody test. While I had this test done they researched and looked around the hospital.

Luckily there is a specialist who does specifically thyroid and pregnancy there.

I went to go see her, and she put me on the medication for my thyroid, but at a very low dosage. I am not back up to pre-pregnancy levels of energy (which everyone says happens for a little bit in the second semester), but I am feeling much better now.

In addition, we had a small worry that sent me running into the ER for an emergency check up on my little unborn baby, but everything turned out all right. Some of the doctors and nurses had the air of "Why are you even here?" but they were nice enough to not actually express that.

I have another appointment with my regular OB in a few weeks, at which point I will make sure that he is up to date about my thyroid situation. In addition we should also be scheduling the next ultrasound appointment then. Since the thyroid-pregnancy specialist works in that area of the hospital, she will be checking up on me at each ultrasound appointment.

So, any questions?

Thursday, April 9, 2015

I is for Ice Cream

With all of our birthdays within a month and a half of each other, I start missing the little things I can't have any more. The desire gets so bad even my standard mantras don't work.

I am Lactose Intolerant.

Before everyone goes "Pshah!" I know there are a lot worse coditions to have. The pills don't work on the migraines that dairy induces. And yes, there are a variety of dairy-free substitutes.

It's not the same.

All the ice cream I've had for about three years is soft serve. The Breyer's lactose free ice cream is very soft, and only comes in vanilla and chocolate.

Yes, I'm whining.

I want multiflavored ice creams that I must use a large spoon or an ice cream scoop.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

H is for History

"G is for Growth" talked about my newest hobby of trying to grow herbs. However, it feeds directly into my larger overall hobby.

The SCA - Society for Creative Anachronism.

Focused on pre-17th century Europe, participants study and recreate aspects they find enjoyable. Anything they did then, we do now. This stretches from different types of combat to a variety of skill sets. Several different types: armorsmithing to weaving.

Then we gather and we share knowledge and skills which culminate in Court, at which a Baron, King, or Queen presides with his/her consort. Recognition of skills and the sharing of them is done all in good fun.

Currently, there are eighteen kingdoms around the world. Why not find a group near you?

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

G is for Growth

A few months ago, I finally got around to planting the seeds that my mom gave me for Christmas. A few weeks later they sprouted, but I haven't posted a lot about them since.

Today I finally got three of them moved to the terracotta pot. They are well watered and sitting in the window.
However, I have learned a lot about the little plants.

1. They will bend toward the sun. 

I have to turn them at least once a day, so that they will grow up rather than sideways.

2. They drink a lot of water. 

I know, I know, some of the water evaporates. However, that doesn't change how much I have to water them.

3. They fall over for no reason. 

Before I transplanted them, they were beginning to fall over. I wasn't sure if they were so long and tall that they were weak. I didn't know if it was because they were getting root bound and couldn't get the nutrients they needed. I didn't know if it was because they decided they didn't like me. They just were laying down and playing dead.

4. They take longer than the package says. 

Probably because they are indoor plants instead of outdoor plants.

5. I enjoy growing them, and watching them grow. 

So this is a new hobby for me. I'm not sure how long I'll be continuing to do so, just because I'm not sure how green my thumb is. But I will keep trying.

Hopefully, I'll update you on these in a few weeks.

What are your hobbies? 

Monday, April 6, 2015

F is for Fire

Recently I returned to a game that I enjoy playing. I've never gotten all 510 solutions, even though there are web pages that walk you through it. I like discovering things on my own.

Little Alchemy starts you off with four elements: earth, air, fire, and water. By combining these you end up creating just about everything around you, and a few things that aren't.

For example: earth+water = mud, but earth+fire = lava.

It's a silly little game that requires logic, but it does show how things change given time and room to do so. Eventually you can create life, plants, animals, humans, even give humans different jobs, just by combining the elements you start with with the ones that you make.

It's a game that doesn't have a timer, and is easy to pull out of, so it makes a great "waiting game."

What unusual time waster games do you play?