Friday, October 25, 2013

Two Yards and a Cloud of Dust

Cullen took his first steps towards Gridiron Great in his inaugural year of BGC Flag Football.  Grandpa Mark anointed himself the nickname "Flyer" back in his playing days, so we referred to Cullen as "Little Flyer."  Cullen was the youngest kid on the team and it took him a couple games to catch on.  His first two carries he took the handoff and sprinted straight out of bounds.   But with the help of some of his older teammates and alot of practice (after every game he would ask to go home and practice) he began living up to the nickname.  Cullen ended up scoring a few TDs, had some great runs, pulled a bunch of flags.  However, the best part was seeing the excitement on his face no matter what happened.  Whether he was jawing with kids on the other team, this part was hilarious, 5, 6 and 7 year olds giving each other earfuls.  Whether he was blocking. Whether he was fumbling.  He was always smiling, skipping, or cheering.  The best story that demonstrates this was during the second game.  Cullen took a handoff and fumbled.  The other team recovered and ran the ball into the endzone. Cullen's team huddled up and then broke away, he came out of the huddle skipping with his hands in the air, screaming "We are running the exact same play, We're running the exact same play."  It was just classic.  Needless to say the next play didn't go to far.  It was a fun and memorable season and Cullen is already talking about next year.

Sunday, October 6, 2013


We enjoyed this years Oktoberfest with a family-friendly parade party - followed by an adult night out at the fest grounds (thanks Mimi and Bobby).  The kids loved the parade, the bands, the candy and hanging out with their pals.  Dirk and I also celebrated our anniversary - 12 years ago at Oktoberfest we got together and have been inseparable ever since!

pizza party.

What do you do when you have to pinch hit for dinner?   Have the kids make their own english muffin pizzas - complete with veggies, meat, cheese and sauce.