Saturday, January 18, 2014

A match and another win for Alex!

I would love to give commentary to each of these pictures and videos, but the embarrassing part of this is I still don't understand wrestling!  All I know is if you pin the guy you win and if no one gets pinned the winner is determined by points and he's the guy the ref puts his hand in the air.  Lame, huh?  But, Alex had another match the other night and the opposing team didn't have anyone to wrestle Alex so a fellow Beetdigger  (an independent as the announcer called him) wrestled him and "lost" to him.  (I mentioned to one of the coaches that it would be OK for Alex to lose once in a while, and he said, "Tell that to the boys.  They don't want to be the one!"  Ha!  Never thought of it that way!

While watching this first video, listen to the coaches in the background telling him moves to do.  How cool is that that they have taught him well enough to yell out actual moves for him and he gets it?!! 
In this next video you can hear the wrestling managers (girls) giggling.  It's not to be mean, it's because this is so awesome that a big, bad wrestler (who is darn cute and I'm sure the love of many girl's dreams) will allow this little, bad wrestler (who is also darn cute and the love of many people) kick his butt!  One thing you can't hear or see in these videos is how Alex's opponent is telling Alex what to do to wrestle correctly.  Amazing!!
Notice at the end of this video I say, "I love this position!"  I call that Alex's signature move.  He seems to do it quite often.  If you can't tell what he's doing, he is on top of his opponent but holding his ankles.  I don't think it's very productive as an actual wrestling move, but it does tend to confuse the opponent which then lends to a certain win!
Two things to mention for this video below;  Yes, that is a coach on the left side of the screen telling Alex to pull his opponents hair!  All in jest I assure you!  And you can hear them telling him he needs to be on top...he has the kid pinned but he's just lounging next to him.  Again, not an actual wrestling move, but it sure adds to the entertainment value.
I have to add some comments here;  this cute, young man that gives Alex a medal is a brother to one of the wrestler's on Jordan's team.  I guess one day he told his parents he wanted to give Alex one of his wrestling medals because "he (Alex) would wear it all the time, and I won't"  Isn't that sweet!!  And, yes!  He does wear it all the time!  He's very proud!
You can see in the videos he doesn't have as much energy as he used to.  Who knows why... could be his weight gain, could be his diabetes wearing him down (he did test low just 20 minutes after this match),  or it could be his hip has slowed him way down.  Who knows?  All I know is his record is 1 loss and many wins!!
And now a little addition about his upcoming dance date....
...this video is a bit dark, but Alex likes to turn off the lights in the living room, turn on the lights in the kitchen, crank the tunes real loud and practice dancing with his shadow.  Look out, Ashley!  You're gonna go out with the mamba king!!!

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Alex's first school dance

I got a phone call the other day from a girl that has gone to the same schools as Alex since first grade.  She wanted to know if it would be OK if she asked him to their high school's Valentine Dance.  Of course I said, "YES!"
A few days later we found this on our porch....
 (the bananas had letters on them to spell out the name of the girl who asked him)

It's been fun to watch his little brain process all of this.  For instance, we went to take his "answer" to her house and he couldn't figure out why I wasn't making him dress up since he was just in a t-shirt and pajama bottoms! I don't know if he thought the dance was tonight or what, but it has been fun to see how he's handling it. 
Here is how he answered her....

Inside the pinata was candy and some crumpled up pieces of paper, on one of which he had written YES and signed his name.  So she had to open the piƱata and then go through all the papers to find the one that he had written on.
The dance is in a few weeks.  I will take lots of pics and do a post afterward with all the details!! 
My baby is going on his first date!  

Tuesday, January 7, 2014


I have shared before how talented my children are, and even though this isn't one of them, this reminds me so much of TJ that I just had to share! 
 First of all, she's the one who showed this video to me.  She is ALWAYS showing me music videos that she thinks I will like or youtube videos to make me laugh.  Well, this one is awesome!!!  And by the way, if you haven't seen Frozen, it's a must see!
AND second of all, this reminds me of TJ when she was little.  She was (still is!) always singing and trying to get the other kids to harmonize with her.  But this little girl's voice is so blasted cute I can't stop watching this.   
So, sit back, get ready to grin and let it doe....

Saturday, January 4, 2014

AWWWW! My boys!

Alex got a b-day / Christmas gift from Daddy Ernie and fam and obviously he knows what his boy likes!  I took this video last night of Mike and Al having a duel.  It lasted about an hour!  They had a great time.  Thanks B family for all you do for Al!

And I finally got a picture of Quincy that I like - I wanted his footprints put next to something for a size comparison, and a baseball was perfect!  Thanks to TJ for tweaking it for me to make it just right!

And last, but not least, a bit more recent pic of CR.  He was officially made a member of our family when he was adopted the week before Christmas and the weekend before Christmas he was sealed to Cali and Josh for time and all eternity!!!  He's a sweet man and gives us the best smiles!
I love all my boys - the young and old - and am a grateful woman to be surrounded by such amazing men!