Day 100 – Talkin’ about playoffs

Anyone who knows my husband knows that he’s basically a sports nut. He’ll watch basically any competitive sport–curling, NASCAR, horse racing, boxing, golf, stuff that he really doesn’t even really follow, but is content to sit and watch if the opportunity presents itself.

Then, there are his teams–the Mets, the Jets, the Islanders. And between the baseball season, the football seasons, and the hockey season (that basically feels like it’s yearround), there is always some team that we’re following in this house. Baseball has just begun, so Stevie is obviously excited to see how his Mets are going to do this season. But hockey…hockey is where it’s at right now because the New York Islanders are in the playoffs and beat the Pittsburgh Penguins in the first playoff game tonight.

So here are a couple of observations I made today:

1. Apparently Stevie made the decision to grow a playoff beard this year. Somehow I missed the fact that he hasn’t shaved since the season ended (4 days today), and he informed me tonight that he’s not shaving until the Islanders either get knocked out of the playoffs or win the Stanley Cup. Yeah, you know there will be updates on this and probably some Skeevy Stevie weird beard pics.

2. Hockey is the most exciting sport to watch with my husband. Stevie gets a little nuts about all of his teams, but man, there’s nothing like hockey. Every time the Islanders score a goal there’s a lot of yelling and running around the room, arms extended to do the airplane. There’s also usually the tearing off of the shirt and flexing of muscles. I snapped a picture of the madness tonight when the Islanders scored the go-ahead goal in the 3rd period. Even Electra wasn’t sure what to think.

Obviously, this is a developing story. Please check back for updates.

Project Life 365 – Day 112 – Eyes

If she can just learn to consistently keep her eyes open when she hits, the kid is going to be one helluva ball player.
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Happy Mother’s Day!

After the last few busy weeks and weekends full of writing assignments and photo shoots and hours up on hours of photo processing, I have to admit, I’ve been looking forward to Mother’s Day. I figured, if nothing else, it would give me one whole day where I had a good excuse to just lie around and be lazy if I wanted.

Too bad Cadence and Electra weren’t in on the plans. They both woke up early and loudly this morning, so I made the coffee a little stronger than usual. 🙂

All in all, it was a really good day. My folks gave us tickets to the afternoon Husker baseball game, so Steven, Cadence and I headed out to cheer them on. Cadence is absolutely obsessed with baseball. She loves watching games at home on TV with her Daddy, and always has a blast when we head out to the ballpark. Steven can’t wait to take her to her first Mets game in June (though technically, she attended one in utero with the Kennedy clan when we visited NY back in the summer of 2009). Her latest thing is making sure she hugs all the baseball statues that line the sidewalk in front of Haymarket Park…

The ticket takers at the gate were cracking up when she had to run and hug the very last ball before she’d even enter the ballpark, and then make sure she hugged them again and told them “Bye bye” on our way out.

Crazy girl.

After the game, we just spent some time hanging out and lounging at home. Of course, I couldn’t keep my hands off the newborn photos I took yesterday, and managed to get enough processed to post the official Sneak Peek on Facebook before I head to bed.

And after an evening watching Celebrity Apprentice (Aubrey O’Day finally got fired tonight, which was the best Mother’s Day gift EVER!) and The Killing and eating some Indian food with my hubby, I am one happy girl. 🙂

To my four FABULOUS mothers, and all the other mothers out there, I hope you all had a wonderful day!

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Take Me Out To The Ballgame!

Technically, Cadence has been to a baseball game before. Back in July, her Pawpoo, Granny, Aunt Whitney and Uncle Collin took her to a Colorado Rockies baseball game. At just under 1 1/2 years, she was a little less inclined to actually sit still and be content through a whole 9 innings, but she did really well. Steven even claims that Cadence is a lucky baseball charm because he caught a foul ball off the bat of Melky Cabrera in the 7th inning. But, now that Cadence is over 2 and has watched a whoooooooooooole lot of baseball with her Daddy (Let’s Go Mets!), it’s safe to say that baseball is her favorite sport.

Cadence’s Papa Duane and Grandma Jayne came to visit for the weekend, and we all headed out to the Husker baseball game on a beautiful March afternoon. The minute we walked into Haymarket Park and Cadence got her first glimpse of the boys on the field, she started hollering, “Oooh baseball! Baseball!” With the exception of a couple innings where we headed over to the kids’ playground and took a walk to eat a funnel cake, Cadence spent the entire afternoon clapping, dancing, hollering, laughing, and cheering for the Huskers.

Yeah, that’s our girl! 🙂

Here are a few of my favorite photos from our day at the game…

365 Project – Day 235 – Filling Up My Trophy Case

Anyone who knows me knows that I am definitely not a girlie girl. I don’t wear a lot of make up. I don’t carry a purse. I rarely wear dresses. And I loooooooove me some sports.

College football is my biggest weakness. That’s probably not a complete shock, considering I was born and raised in Nebraska. (Go Big Red!!!) It wasn’t until I started dating my husband, though, that I really started to get interested in other sports.

Steven is a die hard Mets, Jets and Islanders fan, but he’s also the type of guy who will watch pretty much any sport. You name it, he’ll stop channel surfing to watch it–baseball, football, basketball, soccer, golf, even curling. He’s obsessed with curling. Hell, he even got me watching it during the last winter Olympics when I was recovering from my c-section and taking care of our newborn daughter.

Steven is also the guy responsible for my Fantasy Sports habit.

I fell into Fantasy Sports by accident. Steven and his buddies needed another person to fill up one of their leagues a few years back, and I’ve been a junkie ever since. We’ve played fantasy basketball, baseball, football, and have even done a pick ’em football league. I’ve led the pack and been left behind by the herd, and I’ve developed a greater understanding of professional sports in the process.

I’m still definitely learning and honing my strategies, but overall I think I’ve turned into a formidable opponent. Hell, I’ve even started amassing a rather impressive collection in my trophy case–a 3rd place basketball in 2008, 3rd place basketball in 2009, 1st place baseball in 2010 and 1st place pick ’em football in 2010. Just last week, I clinched the 2011 baseball playoffs. I think it might be time to clear a new spot in my trophy case.

But, hands down, the best thing about playing fantasy sports… seeing the guys squirm when they get beat by a girl.

Tonight’s 365 Project entry is dedicated to my husband and our friends for being such good sports (well, most of them at least), and to the fine folks over at Yahoo for the free leagues we play in.