Soccer 2009

Last year was the first year that we ventured into the world of soccer. This year, DJ and Jacob played soccer for the junior high team at West Shamokin. Isaac played for UVSA again on the U8 team. And for the first time in an organized sport, Hannah played on the U6 team. It was an interesting season to say the least. I didn’t get to as many of DJ and Jake’s games as I would have liked, but the games that I did see were pretty good. They finished the season with a
13-3-1 record. Pretty impressive, Huh?! Unfortunately I didn’t get any pictures of them. I’m not sure why not. Probably because it rained for allot of the games that I made it to. So much rain that I actually got stuck trying to pull out of the grass by the soccer field!! Not fun. I tried to get DJ and Jake to push me out, but since I was driving the big beast van, it wasn’t happening! Thankfully two of their teammates dads came to the rescue!!! Thanks Guys!

Isaac and Hannah

Isaac played on the U8 team this year. They had an awesome season, losing only one game! He was thrilled that his best buddy Gavin was on his team. The two of them made an awesome pair on the field. He had a number of goals, averaging at least one per game. He also made a bunch of assists as well as a few saves! He LOVES soccer! And I am happy to say that I am finally getting the hang of it. Keep in mind that I didn’t grow up on soccer, so this is all still relatively new to me!
Bubba on the move!!

Hannah’s soccer experience was a bit different than the boys. She enjoyed being on the team and when she felt like participating did quite well. But she was more into the social aspect of it. She enjoyed chatting to the other kids on her team but wasn’t really into the actual game. It was a good experience for her, but I’m not sure if she’ll be playing again next year.

This is how Hannah enjoyed the games!

Here is Hannah warming up before the game.

Here is Isaac and a few of his teammates cheering on Hannah and her team.

And of course whenever there are Houghs involved in anything, there are other Houghs along to watch and cheer them on!

Here is the king of the Whackadoodles, DJ!

Here is the always adorable Gianna!

The always happy and sweet baby boy, Aiden Joseph!

Finally…the one and only Noah Anthony!

Poppy’s 76th Birthday

What do you get for the man who has everything??? Why an inversion table so that he can hang upside down of course! My mom told me that she was a little bit anxious about the gift that she and her brother and sisters got for my Poppy for his 76th birthday. After she told me what the gift was, I was a little anxious too! But he has always wanted to be able to hang upside down and I guess there’s no time like the present, right!?!

My grandparents, Mema and Poppy…aren’t they so cute!!!!!!!!!

Here is Poppy opening up his “table of fun.”

He was surprised but excited!




After Poppy tried it everyone had to have a turn. Dj was the only one of my kids that gave it a try. He loved it.

Here is DJ “hanging around.”

I gave it a try too, but there will be no pictures of that. Trust me, you don’t want to see!

Thankfully, there was no need to call 911 or any such emergency-type people. Poppy loved his gift and has been “hanging Out” at home ever since!

Kids say the funniest things…

Being the mother of 8 is a fulltime job, but one that has alot of perks. One of the perks is the continuous entertainment. Some of the things that these kids say just crack me up! Here are a few good ones…

Gianna….. “Mom, I decided that when I grow up I want to be a nun in full habit because I don’t want to have a baby squiggling around in my stomach. That’s just gross and I DON’T want to stay in the hospital.” The full habit thing is because that’s what Father Larry always says when he blesses the kids. Boys get, “Be a priest!” Girls get, “Be a nun in full habit!” As for the baby “squiggling around in her stomach”…well that IS what it feels like. I would be thrilled if she decided to be a nun, but I don’t think that THAT should be why.

“Mom, what’s a gothic freak?” I must be honest that this took me a bit by suprise. I just laughed and said “What??” She then said, “You told Sissy that she could only wear brown eyeliner because black would make her look like a gothic freak.” Ok, so I did actually say that. I am not totally against black eyeliner, but on my 13 year old red haired, ivory skinned daughter, it just wouldn’t fly, at least not in this house with these parents.

Hannah….. “Mom, If there are 10 people in our family, why did you only get 7 hoagies? I know that Aiden won’t eat one, because he’s too little, but that still leaves 9 people for 7 hoagies. ” I explained that the hoagies were a foot long so that they were big enough to cut up and share and that 7 would be more than enough for all of us. She looked at me skeptically and said, “Well, that depends on whose foot it is! My foot is too short to share! It had better be as long as Daddy’s foot.”

Noah……”Mooooommmmm, I need medicine becasue my nose feels so skinny today.” I think that he meant stuffy….

Noah was helping the kids clean the playroom and Jake said that he stopped and said, “Oh My Gosh…I am the BOSS!”

While hugging our cat Louie, Noah looked at him so lovingly and said, “I just wove you so much Wouie!” He has also been herd yelling, “Weave me awone Wouie!!!” He has some issues with “L” sounds. My favorite example of this was the other day. He asked me to get him some “cwothes” to wear. I, being the smart aleck that I am said, “Cwothes?” “No Mommy, not cwothes, wisten to me…CWOOOOTHES!” He was looking at me like I was crazy. How could I not know what he meant?!

I am sure that I will have many more to add to this list…probably today, but it’s a start!

God adds fire….

Aiden’s full name means “God adds fire.” I often questioned if this was a good thing while I was pregnant. If you were to ask the poor nurses on the maternity floor that had to do my numerous nonstress tests, they would have told you that this child was the most uncooperative baby they had ever seen. “God adds fire” seemed appropriate. But now, I think that it should be “God adds joy.” He is such a sweet and happy baby. He very rarely fusses or cries. Sometimes his soft little giggle is the only thing that can coax a smile out of Brian after a hard day at work. His soft blond hair sticks straight up no matter what I rub onto his head. His big blue eyes are so clear and pretty. His skin is so soft and pink. He is just perfect. He fits perfectly into the crook of my neck, which is good because he loves to nuzzle in there and fall asleep. He is absolutely amazed by his toes and feet. They are, in fact, his favorite thing to suck on.