Sam’s Cheerleading Debut

Toward the end of the school year, Sam decided that she wanted to cheer for Independent.  She has been really active in attending practices this summer and attended the NCA Cheerleading Camp at KSU in Manhattan, KS (which incidentally is the same camp that Steve attended and taught at all those years ago).  

Steve and I drove up to Manhattan to attend the performance day.  Unfortunately we missed Sam’s first performance, but were able to catch the second performance.  Sam had a great time and learned a ton!  I’m so proud of my girl!  

I uploaded the video that Steve took on Youtube.  Follow this link to see her and her team in action!  Click here.


Valentine’s Day Presents

These are presents that I created for Steve and Samantha for Valentine’s day. They also just so happen to fit into the Papertrey Ink Anniversary challenge for today – interactive elements. Killing two birds with one stone is always the best method for getting things accomplished! These are little treat boxes that I learned to make ages ago. It’s been so long that I don’t remember how I got the pattern, but I believe that it came from Stamp Heaven (a stamping group that used to meet in Beatrice, NE).

These boxes are great because they are quick and easy to make, and they stay closed on their own without the need for ribbons or ties. To open them, you just pull-up! It can be a bit tricky to get the top loose enough to be able to open easily.

These treat boxes used PTI Raspberry Fizz, Sweet Blush, Dark Chocolate and Lemon Tart cardstock, Tiny Treats Valentines stamp set, PTI True Black and Raspberry Fizz ink, Prismacolor pencils and Gamsol, and PTI Doily Details die.

Winter Sports Homecoming

Yesterday evening was Sam’s homecoming.  This homecoming was a bit more special because Sam actually had a DATE – it was a “go as friends” sort of date, but a date nonetheless.  A group of Sam’s friends met at Il Vicino (a wood-fired pizza restaurant) for dinner before the dance, then headed off to school for the dance.  I was under strict instructions to drop Sam off at the restaurant – no coming inside, no taking pictures, then to pick her up at school afterwards.  Sheesh, teenagers – like a picture is going to kill them or something.  At least I was able to snap a few before we headed out the door to the restaurant.

This dance was planned by Sam and her compatriots on the Freshman Student Council, so I think that it held more of a special meaning for her.  I did get to see the decorations before the dance, but didn’t get any pictures of those either.  Guess I’m going to have to get better about taking my camera with me all the time – either that or learn how to download pictures from my cell phone to the computer, which means getting out the dreaded manual – assuming that I can find the manual, sigh.

Click For Babies Purple Hats

The crochet guild here in Wichita has been collecting purple baby hats for the “Click For Babies” campaign.  I learned about the campaign at their September meeting and I thought that I could whip up some hats.  I didn’t have a whole lot of purple yarn at home so I went to Hobby Lobby and purchased two skeins of “I Love This Yarn” purple and one skein of green because I wanted to try this really cute eggplant hat. 

Eggplant Hat

I didn’t quite realize how many hats I’d be able to get out of two skeins of purple yarn!  I ended up making a total of 18 hats! 

Purple Hats

The next charity project is one that my knitting guild is undertaking.  They’re collecting red scarves for Foster Care to Success (  I don’t think that I’m going to make anywhere near 18 scarves though, hehe!  I’ll pick up one or two skeins of red yarn to make some scarves out of and see how many I end up with.

TIS Homecoming Fall 2011

Here they are – the Homecoming pictures I promised yesterday.  Sam did have a date, but he didn’t pick her up, instead they met at the dance.  We also picked her up from the dance – definitely a safe date 🙂

Homecoming Outfit

We went to Beauty First before Homecoming to get Sam’s hair trimmed.  We ended up getting highlights and a special curled hairdo!  My little girl is growing up WAY too fast!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Dad and Daughter

Soccer Manager

When Sam started Independent, we encouraged her to get involved in activities and clubs.  One of the activities that she chose was to help one of her friends as the Soccer team manager.  When she told Steve, he thought that it was great that she was a manager of the GIRLS soccer team.  What Steve failed to realize was that Sam hadn’t specified WHICH soccer team she was helping to manage.  It turned out to be the boys soccer team, LOL! 

The other soccer managers are seniors, so they are showing Sam the ropes so Sam can take over as Manager next year.  The coach is really excited to have a manager for next year.  So far, Sam’s attended a good majority of the practices and about 2/3’s of the games – some were pretty far away and were going to take up most of the day – that doesn’t quite work too well when you have a lot of tests coming up!  She really seems to be enjoying her time as a soccer manager for Independent, and has really taken to High School.

Soccer Manager


Sam is the one standing on the right side of the picture with the white shirt and blue shorts.  It’s difficult to get pics of her doing her thing because she’s all the way across the field!  Even with my zoom lens it was difficult to get a much larger pic.  Oh well.

Meeting a Cousin

Uncle Carl and Leilia came to Lincoln for a visit the first weekend in October.  This is the first time that we’d ever met Leilia, and it had been like 5 years or so since we’d seen Uncle Carl.  It was a wonderful visit and Leilia and Sam got along well!  We took Leilia and Uncle Carl to Prairie Hill to visit Sam’s old Montessori School (Leilia attends a Montessori school at home near DC).  Sam showed Leilia the chickens and ducks, and introduced her to Cookie – Sam’s favorite Shetland pony.  We also went to Chucky Cheese’s where all Leilia wanted to do was to go down the slide.  Once Sam showed her how to get up to the slide, there was no stopping her!  Sam and Steve had fun with all the different video games and rides.  On Sunday, Sam and Leilia baked brownies for lunch and then played with some blocks.  I remember with Poppy used to play with these very same blocks with Sam when she was a toddler.  What good times!

Baking Brownies

Playing blocks with Leilia

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