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Too Great a Day

This weekend has been wonderful so far!  Yesterday, I got a job and Sam coached his first basketball game.  He finished up football season last weekend and he jumped straight into basketball.  He’s never actually played basketball, but they needed a coach and he was the one available to take the job.  He’s learning quickly, though, and he’s in charge of junior varsity so there isn’t as much pressure.

Is he handsome or what?  Basketball coaches dress better than football coaches.  He looks very official.  I’m enjoying basketball games more than football games so far because I know all the rules and can keep up with what’s going on.  Also, I get to sit much closer to Sam, which is always a plus.  It’s so fun to hear him give his players a pep talk and talk strategy with them before they hit the court.  They won their first game!  Sam insists that it was a fluke and that the other team was just exceptionally terrible, but a victory is a victory in my book.

Since football season is over, Sam doesn’t have to go up to school on Saturdays to watch film anymore.  The past few weekends, he’s been attending classes to learn how to drive a school bus, but he finished that up last week.  There was a scrimmage scheduled for today, but that got canceled so Sam ended up with his first Saturday off in a long time.  Two of our friends (Tyler and Ashley) were getting married today, but we felt rude trying to show up at the last minute since we didn’t RSVP because of the scheduled scrimmage.  However, we send them all our love and we are so happy they are finally married!

Because of our empty schedule, we were able to sleep in and take it easy today.  Sam promised me a big date night to celebrate my new job, so I decided to get dressed up and straighten my hair.  My hair is naturally curly and I usually wear it that way, and I’ve let it grow out over the past year.  In fact, I haven’t had a haircut since last December!  I didn’t realize how long my hair has gotten until I straightened all the curls out.

After I got dressed, I pried Sam away from his Xbox.  He recently bought two major games (Halo 4 and Call of Duty: Black Ops II), so he’s been playing a lot.  However, he was more than happy to grab his car keys when I mentioned that I wanted to go out for steak.

We drove 30 minutes to Saltgrass Steakhouse in Cedar Hill.  It was so delicious!  We shared a ribeye and Sam enjoyed a baked potato while I chowed down on mac and cheese.  We also shared a delicious Sangria Margarita!

After dinner, Sam took me to two of my favorite places: Half Price Books and Barnes & Noble!  At the shopping center Barnes & Noble is in, we just happened to arrive in the middle of their big Christmas celebration.  There was a live jazz band, guys on stilts, and a huge Christmas tree.

We went inside Barnes & Noble and enjoyed some holiday drinks.  I got a pumpkin spice frappuccino and Sam got a peppermint mocha frappuccino.  When we got home, we realized we had accidentally left the heater on when we went out.  We didn’t mind, though, because it was wonderful to come home to a warm house.  Now, Sam is back on his Xbox playing with his friends, and I’m sitting here under a warm blanket working on my blog.  Life is wonderful and I love my husband, and this was too great a day not to share.

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Proud to Wear His Name

The Panthers did not have a good week… The Junior Varsity team lost 54-0 on Thursday night, and the Varsity team lost 39-0 last night.  Did I mention last night was their Homecoming game?  It was pretty brutal.

A few weeks ago, I made a “Revell Sprit Shirt” to wear to the football games to support my favorite coach.  I didn’t really like the ones they were selling at the game, but I felt bad for not wearing the right colors to the games.  So, I went to Hobby Lobby, bought a shirt and some iron on letters, and ended up with this super cute shirt!

Wearing it to games is both fun and unsettling.  It’s so much fun to see Sam’s students rush up to me and gush about how much they love his class, how he’s their favorite teacher, etc.  One girl said she recognized me from the wedding picture Sam has on his desk.  The nice people at the concession stand always comment on my shirt and tell me how they love supporting the team.

On the other hand, the team hasn’t been doing well this season.  They’ve won one game out of the seven they’ve played so far, and they have three more to go this season.  Many parents are quick to blame the coaches for their sons’ performance on the field.  I’ve received plenty of sharp looks at games recently, and sometimes parents sitting behind me let their whispers carry a little too far.

Not only is this Sam’s first year of teaching, but it’s also his first year coaching football, or any sport for that matter.  He didn’t go to school to be a coach; he just ended up in the assistant coach position because that’s what his school needed.  He’s been working 70+ hour workweeks to get the team in shape and train them to play.  I think he’s done a great job so far, and I’ll tell that to anyone who says otherwise.

Maybe I’m just being a defensive wife, but I’m the one who sees him when he gets home from work in the evenings.  He puts down his bag, slips off his shoes, and goes straight for the bed to lie down.  He’s so dedicated in his work and he really cares about the team.  That’s why I never hesitate to wear my Revell Spirit Shirt to games.  I’m not ashamed of him.  I’m proud of him.

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If I Had a Brother

Those are my sisters, Taylor and Chase.  Yep, they are pretty, awesome, and pretty awesome.  Growing up with them was a big ball of emotional excitement.  Since I was the youngest, they provided me with years of gently (and sometimes roughly) used hand-me-downs.  There are tons of great things about having two older sisters, but since getting married and getting a crash course in the world of Men, I feel like a brother would’ve taught me some very important things.

For one, I don’t think I would be so terrified and appalled by the existence of bugs.  I would’ve spent so many years finding them in my room or getting them dropped down the back of my shirt that I might have developed a stronger immunity to their creepy-crawliness by now.

Our house was bursting with hairbows, Barbies, and glitter glue.  I feel like a little extra testosterone in the house would’ve helped me with my extended tomboy phase, which might’ve been caused by my lack of a brother.  I was the one who went hiking with my dad, made mud pies for my dogs, and asked for (and received) an awesome Hot Wheels track for Christmas.  Maybe I would’ve grown out of that sooner, or at least had someone to build loop-de-loops with.  Maybe I wouldn’t have been so painfully awkward around boys for the first two decades of my life.  Maybe by now I would be in the habit of wearing make-up everyday instead of owning a three-year-old tube of mascara that’s still half-full.

I would also have all those fun brother stories that other girls like to tell with each other.  Tortured sisters have an unspoken bond as they discuss the horrors they endured as children.  I used to know a girl who referred to her little brother as “Icky-Sticky.”  As in, “Icky-Sticky snuck in my room and spit on my pillow this morning.”  Or, “Icky-Sticky put grape jelly in my American Girl doll’s hair.”  I don’t have any of these stories, so I can only stand there and look sympathetic.  Having a brother would’ve given me stories to tell, as well as helped me prepare for any icky or sticky things my husband may do.

I wouldn’t change my family, of course.  Sometimes I just wonder what it would’ve been like to have a brother.  One thing is absolutely certain, though.  If I had a brother, I definitely wouldn’t need this book my father-in-law sent me to take care of my cluelessness about sports:

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Looking for the Lights


Another night of Texas football.  A huge storm rolled through Texas today, hitting a large portion of the state.  The beginning of the game had a nice cool breeze, but I was drenched by the fourth quarter.  I remained a loyal fan even though our JV lost 26-0.  I still love the Panthers!

I try to make it to most of the games.  I haven’t missed any so far, though that might be more due to my lack of employment and abundance of free time.  I like being able to support Sam and his team.  Since Maypearl is a 2A school, most of the towns they play against have less than 1,000 people.  It feels like the whole town shows up to the games to support the boys.  It creates a great atmosphere of camaraderie.

When I’m looking up directions to these tiny towns no one has ever heard of, all I have to do is get directions to the town in general.  No need to look up directions to the stadium.  The towns are always small enough that it’s easy to know where to go.  All I have to do is follow the traffic and look for the lights.

I feel like that’s where I am in life right now: looking for the lights.  I’m in the town, I’ve got the motivation.  I’m not lost… I know what I’m looking for.  I know what’s waiting for me.  Something bright.

As I was sitting there tonight, huddled under an umbrella as my leather flats slowly filled up with water, I tried not to think about what’s in store in the future.  Tonight, the air was cold and clean.  A shower blew in from the west and washed everything.  Nothing is certain right now.  I don’t even know if I’ll have a job by Christmas, and if I do, I imagine it won’t be any improvement over jobs I had in high school.  It’s frustrating to think that the kids I was sitting next to in the stands might have more luck at getting a job than me.

Tonight, Sam and I are huddled under a warm blanket on the couch watching The Big Bang Theory and laughing at Sheldon.  Our clothes are drying and I’m comfy in Sam’s hoodie he got in Salamanca, Spain when he studied there.  He’s shamelessly beating me in two Words With Friends games.  He’s letting me play with his hair, and it’s just such a wonderful day, even though we overslept this morning and Sam was late for work, even though the game was almost rained out and the team lost, even though I’m still waiting on a job.  The lights are bright and the Revells are doing just fine.

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What’s a “Down” Again?

I’m a brand new coach’s wife.  When Sam was applying for teaching jobs this summer, he never thought he’d be coaching.  Unlike most coaches, Sam was initially more interested in teaching and wasn’t actively seeking a coaching position.  When he showed up for the interview at Maypearl High School, he quickly found out that the position would require him to coach football, basketball, and track.  It’s been an adventure as he’s stumbled into unfamiliar territory, but so far he’s had a ton of fun coaching football.

The Panthers won their first varsity game in two years last Friday!  It was great to see the boys so pumped up and excited about their win.  The entire coaching staff deserves a big congratulations for taking the boys to the next level so soon in the season.  I’m so thankful Sam has such supportive and encouraging co-workers.  Of course, his first year of teaching will be (and already has been) a huge challenge, but he’s in a great environment to get on his feet.

I’m still looking for a job, and nothing has come up so far.  I keep hitting a lot of dead ends.  I have to admit, it’s hard to see Sam come home from a long, exhausting day of work knowing I haven’t done anything to contribute to our family funds that day.  I’m trying to be patient and not feel guilty.  I know the right job will come along when the time is right.

In my spare time, I’ve been exercising, cooking, and trying to learn something about football so I don’t feel like a complete idiot at Sam’s games.  Honestly, I attended maybe three football games in high school, two in college, and one arena football game that my brother-in-law played in.  Each game, I just went with the “cheer-when-everyone-else-does” method.  Unfortunately, now that I’m attending a couple of football games a week, that method isn’t really cutting it anymore.  It’s pretty embarrassing (and, frankly, slightly scary) to accidentally cheer for the wrong team at a small-town-Texas Friday night football game.

So, I’m expanding my vocabulary.  I know how many quarters there are and… um… Okay, I’m still working on it!  I kind of understand what a down is, but I don’t get how the points work (how come sometimes a touchdown is six points and sometimes it’s eight?).  I have a lot of trouble keeping up with where the ball is (could they maybe make it bright orange?).  But, I love the team and I really love one of the assistant coaches.  I guess all the other pieces will fall into place with a little more Wikipedia research.  Go Panthers!

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