Monday, October 29, 2007

How SWEEP It Is!

Need I say more???

Monday, October 22, 2007

Series Bound

Afraid to move...afraid to change the channel...afraid to switch positions on my bed in my hotel room (too close to the big rodent for my taste-with my crappy, crappy mobile phone reception because the towers would be unsightly)...nervous until the fat lady began her warm up...

But I will sleep well tonight - with sweet dreams of the ALCS Championship wrapped up...and hopes for another World Series.

Sleep tight Red Sox Nation. See you on Wednesday evening...

Go Sox!!!

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Champions - AGAIN!!!

Fairmont State wins WVIAC golf title
For the Times West Virginian

ROANOKE — Fairmont State used strong final rounds from Ben Palmer and Justin Caroli to pull away from the field and claim a 13-shot victory at the WVIAC men’s golf championship.Palmer fired a 69 and Caroli added a 70 to help the Falcons shoot the low team round of the tournament of 302 on Wednesday.

Palmer’s final round of 69 marked the low round for the week and was the 14th score in WVIAC Championship history to break 70. It was one shot off the conference record of 68, accomplished three different times.

In addition to Palmer and Caroli, the Falcons were led by Will Gautreau with a 235 (79-75-81), Zack Rudy with a 235 (79-75-81) and Joel Cano with a 270 (87-85-98).

“I am so proud of these guys,” FSU head coach Reid Amos said. “Stonewall is such a difficult golf course, after posting 20-under at Canaan, I think a lot of folks thought a tougher and tighter venue like Stonewall would not be ideal for us. It turns out we were able to get it done. The guys are already talking about the trip to Super Regionals.

“We’ve gotten super play out of our seniors Justin Caroli and Will Gautreau. Zack Rudy has turned into a player this semester and freshman Ben Palmer was unbelievable today. We couldn’t ask for any better a team player than Joel Cano. It was a true team win.”

Fairmont State’s victory assures the Falcons of their fourth consecutive NCAA Division II East Region appearance. The site of the May 5-7 event has not been officially announced but it will [most likely] be St. Anne’s Country Club in Delaware.

West Liberty State senior Matt Hicks finished the 54-hole event at five-over par 221 and claimed medalist honors. Caroli finished second, a shot back of Hicks with a 222. Ohio Valley’s Paul Raines was third at 224. West Liberty’s Scott Smith (229) and Palmer (230) rounded out the top five.

This was the first time the WVIAC championship has been played in the fall.

Congratulations FS golfers!!! You continue to make me proud of your accomplishments!!!

Monday, October 8, 2007

Words & Phrases

We're really going to be in for it soon...Elizabeth is repeating a TON! In fact, during the Red Sox game on Friday, when the Sox briefly let the Angels back in the game, Daddy (my Daddy) said, "Oh, $hit." Which, if you know my Daddy, is a rare thing to catch him swearing. Next thing you know, a very tired Elizabeth guessed it "$hit." At least we haven't heard a repeat performance of the swearing...which means somebody may want to take her off of my hands, STAT!

I was trying to figure out a more comprehensive list of the words & phrases Elizabeth can say. I'm sure this will still be missing some, but I have broken the listing into categories (that made sense to me.) If there is a * beside the word, she can also make the sign for the word. Here goes:

  • PEOPLE: Mama/Mommy/Jennie; Daddy; Kenny (Kennedy); Nana; Papa; RaRa (Rikki); Doh (Doug); Larry; Boomer; Gamma (Grandma); Papi; Anne; Sean; Ali (Alex); CaCa; Caylin; Jake; Stewie; Joe; Sarah; Hans; Rich; Steeb (Steve); Erin (sounds more like Anna, though); Rusty; Tim; Nancy; Stella; Connie; Johnny (Mom & Daddy's neighbor); Tyler; Will (sounds like wheel); Justin; Booty; Ben; Joel; and Jon (the last 7 are members/graduates of the Fairmont State golf team)
  • PLACES: Home; Church; Pool
  • MOVING THINGS: Car; Truck; Bus; Ball; Train
  • NOISY THINGS: Drum; Horn; Violin; Xylophone; Hoo Hoo (that's E speak for a whistle)
  • FOOD-RELATED: *Eat; Cup; Spoon; *Wadder (water); *Milk; *Bobble (bottle); Ice; Coffee; Lunch; Bean; Corn; Peas; Ham; Cheese; Apple; Peach; Honey; Pear; Cake; Cookie; Brownie; *Cracker; Egg; Banana; Grapes; Nut; Pumpkin; Pizza; Yogurt; Yummy
  • ANIMAL KINGDOM: Animal; Dog/Puppy; Cat/Kitty/Meow; Cow; Bird; Tiger; Elefan (elephant); Bear; Lion; Fish; Duck; Turtle; Monkey; Butterfly; Goat; Horse; Pig; Lady Bug; Octopus; Panda; Quail; Whale; Zebra; Frog; Owl; Dinosaur; Lamb; Cardinal; Bunny Rabbit; Bee; Gecko; Squirrel
  • BODY PARTS: Head; Toes; Hand; Eyes; Mouth; Nose; Ears; Arm; Ebow (elbow) Teeth; Hair; Foot; Knee; Belly (she can point to all of these body parts on either herself or someone else)
  • THINGS WE DO: *Play; *Bath; Sleep; Swing; Kick; Potty; Pee; Rock Rock (in the rocking chair); Clean; Read; Ride; Color; Peek; Catch; Bounce; Five (as in a high 5); Sit (sometimes!)
  • CHARACTERS: Bobby (Spongebob); Patrick; Snoopy; Santa; Elmo; Mickey; Mimi (character from her Baby Einstein books); Bobo (character from the book Hug)
  • OTHER WORDS: Funny; Umbella (umbrella); Chair; Stop; Baby; Angel; Cross; Again; *More; Golf; See; *Hep (help); *Peas (please); *Up; *Down; In; Out; On; Picture; Ouch; *Hurt; Hug; Leaf; Flower; Wave (identifying a picture of an ocean wave); Phone; Pillow; Happy; Hi/Hey; Boy; Lady; One; Two; Three; Ready; Yea!; Book; *Diader (diaper); Hat; Glasses; Socks; Shoe; Shirt; Keys; Sox (as in Red Sox); Ginia (West Virginia - identifies the flying WV logo every time and says "Ginia"); Want; Hewow (Hello); Sun; Ring; Money; Grass; Purse; Watch (the one that tells time); Star; Moon; Paci (pacifier); Hot (usually in reference to my coffee); Igloo; Kite; Yarn; Tree; Sunset (identifying a picture of a sunset); Moon; Ocean (identifying a picture of the ocean); Clock; Queen; Balloons; Sticker; Block; String; Sleep; Bell; Mirror; Comb; Brush; Garbage; Nasty; Dirty; Sleeve; Squeegee; Push; Flag; Cuddle; Kisses
  • PHRASES: *All Gone; No, No, No!; Hush (any time Kennedy barks, E tells her "Hush!"); Hey Lady (usually what she says to greet Erin); Beep Beep Beep (upon sight of a school bus or when hearing a little bit of the "Wheels on the Bus" song); Bye-Bye. See Ya Later.; I'll Get It.; Shhh - ___ Sleeping; Uh-Oh; Good Girl (to Kennedy); I'm cooking; Want It; Thank You; Night Night; Love You; Oh God (we're thrilled with that one, let me tell you!)

Friday, October 5, 2007


Elizabeth is changing so much every day. I am continuously amazed at the increase of her vocabulary. According to BabyCenter (

19 to 24 months
Your child now understands as many as 200 words, though he'll probably use only 50 to 75 of them regularly. Many of these words will be nouns that designate objects in his daily life, such as "spoon" and "car." Between 18 and 20 months, his pace will pick up as he acquires ten or more new words each day. If he's especially focused on learning to talk, he can add a new word to his vocabulary every 90 minutes — so watch your language!

I know, I know...I need to pay special attention to the watching of my language... are some of the new(er) words for Elizabeth since I last posted about her language development (I'm sure that the list is not complete):
Funny - she uses "funny" in context when something is funny to her
Play - she's said this one for a while, but she's doing the same hand gesture (it's a difficult word to sign for a tot!)
Lion - very clearly...and can id a lion on her cards and in books
Set - Erin has taught her to "set" for her first volleyball skill
Bird - when she identifies this by a picture or in a book
Hurt - with sign - typically right before she pulls on a fist full of Kennedy's hair
Bus - she can identify the real deal school bus, or a picture of one
Beep, Beep, Beep - this is what usually follows seeing a bus "beep, beep, beep" from one of her favorite tunes - The Wheels on the Bus...
Want - she may want something, but we're not always as good at figuring out what it is...
Again, Again - usually to see the dancing Elizabeth & Alex video I posted a while ago (funny if you haven't seen it, you'll want to check that out!)
Color - she loves to "color, color, color"
Book - she loves her books
Pillow - she loves either sitting on the big pillows at home or at Nana's & Papa's, or just chucking them off of the couch at home or at Grandma & Papi's
Watch - by sight for the thing that tells the time
Tyler - E typically says "Tyler" any time the phone rings or when she is playing with the phone. She has good taste in men.
Dum - not dumb, but "dum" for drum
Horn - pointing out a trumpet in her point and see book
Wave - identifying an ocean wave on her flash cards
Patrick - Bobby's BFF (Sponge Bob if you aren't on Elizabeth speak)
Corn - for that yummy treat Daddy shares with her
Diader - for "diaper" with sign
Shoe - and she usually tries to walk around in our shoes
Socks - for the warm things that go on your feet
Sox - for Gooooo Red Sox!

Monday, October 1, 2007

My fellow Americans, our long national nightmare is over.

Okay, perhaps quoting Gerry Ford was a bit dramatic...but it was a near national crisis to me! (And I certainly attacked this issue with more care and concern than the idiot currently residing at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave does for our national interests, but that, my friends, is another Oprah!)

I ordered Elizabeth's Halloween costume, Princess Leia, on September 7th. I razzed Auntie Anne to get on the ball and get Alex's costume ordered. I waited and waited. Alex's Yoda costume arrived at Grandma & Papi's. I waited. I contacted the online store where I had placed my order. They told me that the Princess Leia costume is on back order. They may or may not get it in stock. Essentially - SOL. I went to Ebay - and paid what I think is an un-Godly amount of money for a Halloween costume (made completely of cheap fleece - cheap, cheap fleece). And, finally, I could breathe a huge sigh of relief when the costume arrived. It is cute, cute, cute! But Nana is going to have to work some of her Betsy Ross magic as the headpiece is HUGE - it fits me!

I've been such the slacker on my posts (and in uploading pictures) these days. So, here are a few shots of Elizabeth helping to bake Papa's birthday cake.

Baker's Note: Don't even THINK about decorating the reduced sugar cake with the reduced sugar icing. It may taste good, but what a gooey pain to work with. The cake is very moist and crumbly. The icing is just goo. Lesson learned on this adventure!

Boo Boo Update: The knot on E's noggin that you see here is finally gone. Left of the china cabinet incident is a small dot of a scar. Last night she banged up the other side of her forehead (closer to her hairline) when she hit her head on the coffee table - not realizing how close she was to it when she bent down to get a block. You block head!