Tuesday, June 10, 2014

End of Soccer Season - Spring 2014

We finished another wonderful season of soccer.  Luke transitioned from defensive player to playing mostly forward wing this year, a position much more suited for his speed and ability to pass and juke.  We had a big team, twenty two boys, which made it challenging to get enough play time for each boy, but they played with heart nonetheless, and we ended up winning the season with a 6-2 record and second place in the county tournament!

I am a very lucky man to have coached these kids for the last 8-9 years or so. My team has grown so big, but I love working with these great guys. Thank you, Nancy, for this touching gift and a fine job of Photoshoppery.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Luke as a woodland nymph?

I cannot possibly imagine why the photographer at Luke's school thought this backdrop was appropriate for a school photo.  It is comically absurd!

Nice picture of him, though.

The Blog is BACK, Baby! Camping in Greenbrier

After many requests from my dear friends and family, I'm bringing back the blog.

Well, bringing back the blog for photos of family and friends and such, since I'm souring more and more on keeping my entire family history on Facebook. After much haranguing from Sharon, Becky and Leslie, I decided the blog was still the way to go.

I'm a bit out of practice, though, so give me a little time to get into the habit of it.

Luke used his new machete to chop up firewood.  Gladly, he still has all his limbs, and so do I.

One of my favorite parts of camping is getting up very early, five o'clock AM early, hours before anybody else rises, and making coffee and reading in the still, quiet morning. It is my heavenly 'me-time.'

Meanwhile, Becky (and the rest of the world) slumber peacefully.

Eventually, everyone gets up, and breakfast gets served. Bacon (the non-turkey variety, PLEASE!) and pancakes are the usual favorites, though Leslie and Scott make some killer breakfast burritos.

While foraging in the forest for firewood, Luke and Andrew came upon an old trash heap with some cool old bottles in them.

On Saturday, we took a nice hike from Washington Monument National Forest (this is the first monument built to George Washington, apparently. The hike is mostly along the A.T., and heads straight back to camp from there.

Dinner that evening was sheesh-kabobs of chicken, beef and vegetables with potatoes baked in the coals of the fire. Wonderful!

After dinner, a few of us enjoyed the free bluegrass concert in the Birch loop amphitheater.

Sunday was spent at the lake, sunbathing and playing frisbee. I wanted to go into the water, but with the recent rains, our camp hosts informed us that the cow manure run-off made the lake unsafe. Not that there weren't a ton of people in the water playing, but when I stepped ankle deep into the water, and could smell shit, I decided to abort my morning swim.

The last night, Sharon and Desi fixed barbecued chicken thighs, an amazing Israeli cous-cous salad, and boiled corn on the cob. For dessert, we did the traditional dutch-oven cobbler, which was met with rousing approval from all.

Another great camping trip, and this time, NO RAIN! Hooray!

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Loudoun County All County Men's Chorus

Eddie was one of about 120 kids selected from each of the high schools in the county to perform in the TTBB Men's Choir.  What a great performance for a bunch of kids who had 48 hours to learn this music!!

In the video above, the playlist is as follows:

0:00 - Yo le canto todo el dia (David Brunner)
5:00 - Wir haben ihn gesehen (Beethoven, arr. Alexa Doebele)
9:03 - Rest Not (Laura Farnell) - featuring the Freshmen and Sophomores only
14:07 - Rainbow 'Round My Shoulder (arr. David Dusing)
19:50 - Homage (Z. Randall Stroope) - this one brought tears to my eyes!
26:58 - Lydia, The Tattooed Lady (arr. Jay Althouse) - You DON'T want to miss this one!

Be sure to watch in fullscreen!

(Eddie, by the way, is located on the second level, about three people to the right of the piano)

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Father's Day, Soccer Day

Today being Father's Day, we spent our time absorbed in Soccer.  Luke had his soccer tournament all weekend, and the boys played really well, especially considering the higher level of competition in this All-Star league.  Sadly, they ended the day with 2 games lost to 1 win, but the boys had no reason for shame.  They performed really well against some very fierce competition.

Here are some of my favorite photos from the weekend.  Oh, yes, and there are a couple photos of Eddie and his friend, Clara, who are inseparable.

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