That was then, this is now, a little game.

Can you match who is who from 1969 to 2010?
Write your answers in the comment section. The comment section does get kind of glitchy but keep trying, I really want to see your answers.

Something I have been doing for the past two years is converting my in-law photos from slides to digital.
It has been fun seeing my husband growing up and the changes that everyone has made.

Go back forty one years to 1969 and it is Christmas Eve at Jeanne and Buddy Bryants home, my husbands aunt and uncle. The traditional family photo.

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Jump forwatd to Christmas Eve 2010 at Susan and Mike’s home.  I thought it would be fun to take a photo of the original Willis girls and thier children. There are four people not in this picture that were in the orginal photo. Daddy Earl, Uncle Buddy and Granny Willis have all passed away. Barbara was not able to make it (we missed you Barbara)

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Merry Chirstmas!

Girls Wrestle Too!

Last weekend was the first Federation match of the season. I don’t know if you have ever been to a wrestling match but they are pretty intense. Federation matches are set up so that there are about 10 matches going on at the same time. A lot is going on at the same time and you have to pay attention to your number so that when it is on the tree you are prepared.

Jeremy is Sam’s coach and he is just amazing with these kids. The whole coaching staff is pretty incredible actually and they are the main reason we “pushed” the kids towards wrestling. Although all it took was “guys do you want to wrestle?” They make it easy to encourage and support the sport. They are the kind of coaches that you want as role models for your kids.

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Sam did get schooled on two of his three matches that day. It keeps him from his head getting too big and reminds him that he need to keep improving. Last year was pretty easy for him, only losing 1 or 2 matches so this woke him up and made him realize he is going to have a tougher year.

My daughter Sophia started conditioning with the team last year and officially joined federation and the middle school wrestling team this year. This was to be her first Federation match and I am not sure who was more nervous, her or me.

Here her number is on the tree and she is getting ready.

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Checking in before her match.

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Victim number one….

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Meanwhile I am screaming my fool head off trying to remember to take pictures.

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There is something reassuring about seeing your 12 year old daughter take down a boy…And she PINNED him…oh ya!
The girl in the background is one of her coaches who is also the daughter of Jeremy. She is one heck of a wrestler.

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Her next match she lost 13-10.  This surprised me because the two guys she pinned, pinned this guy. I think he kind of “freaked her out” in a 12 year old kind of way. His dad said that he was nervous and said it was OK if she beat him.

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While she was finishing up Sam was getting ready to get back on the mat so I had to dash to the other side of the gym….

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And he pinned him!

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Sophia’s last match and I have no voice left from cheering her and Sam on. And forget about Bob’s he lost his at the middle school match earlier in the week.

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She did comment on how “gross it was because her face was in his armpit”.
I mean, she is still a girl!

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And she PINS him. YOU GO GIRL!

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Trying to contain her excitement.

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There it is.

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The attempt at a Christmas card picture….

I am a photographer.
I take pictures of other people’s kids. It is what I do.
So tell me, why is it so difficult to get a photo of my own 3 children. Yes, I do take pictures of them all the time. Playing sport, being goofballs, playing in the yard etc. but never are they all clean and dressed for a “family picture” at the same time.

Thursday was a snow day which meant there was no school and no wrestling after school, I had an opportunity to get them on film. I completely gave up on trying to get them outside and it was just too cold to do it now.  I went ahead and set up the backdrop and the lighting all the while thinking how much fun it was going to be. I was really excited to finally have remembered to do this. It was all really short lived. The rolling of the eyes. Do I have to wear this shirt. BLAH  BLAH BLAH Can you hear the whining and complaining? The cat and dog where not cooperating either. They didn’t even make it into the Christmas card.

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OK, even the dog has her eyes closed. Cannot use this one.

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If I hold the cat tight enough, he won’t go anywhere. Nope, cannot use this one either.

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Mom,can we please be done? This shirt itches. I am tired. My eyes hurt…

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“If I take 1 more picture can I play my DS?”
MMMMM…NO. Get on the stool. Pose, we are having fun. SMILE!

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You are kind of cute you know?
MOOOOOOMMMMMMMM! Stop it!

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I am going take your picture. CLICK, CLICK, CLICK,
Carter, stop. Your making this take longer than it needs to. Sit still.

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Okay. Fine. How is this?

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Carter. Seriously look at the light.

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The Christmas card is off to the printer and I may actually get them in the mail before the New Year, but that just might be crazy talk.

Culpeper Middle School Wrestling

Culpeper Middle school had their fist match of the season last night against Caroline and they pretty much rock and rolled. Beating them with a whopping 85 to 16. Woohoo, way to go cougars.

The “huddle” to get things going. Sam was so nervous I thought he was going to throw up. I think I was just as nervous for him and considered throwing up myself, thank you very much.

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Ty started things off. His smile cracks me up…..playing a little game of cat and mouse.

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Here is my Sam, the one in the back. He got his pin. I was so excited for him. I think he was just relieved that it was over.

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Jax, he is the coaches son and so flipping cute cheering  every one on.

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Madison wrestling her first match ever. She lost her match but never let him pin her.

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Sammy again, the pictures got a little out of order….oops.

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Eric makes this look very easy. I have a dozen photos of him doing this same move.

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Come on ref….is he pinned yet?

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Staying Cool, Redneck Style

The weather starting to cool down fast here in Virginia I needed something to remind me of just how hot it was this summer. These pictures were taken on the Rapidan River this summer and it was one of those perfect days. Don’t get me wrong, it was HOT!  I think we were pushing 100 degrees but it did not feel that while we were sitting in the river. Friends of ours have this great piece of property, 5 acres along the river. No electricity, no running water and a port-a-potty brought in for the party.

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Yes, Wendy is doing what you think she is doing. Can’t you see me blush?

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This is us sitting in the river, redneck style. I cannot tell you just how wonderfully comfortable it was.

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This is Becky. The hostess with the mostess? Cheesy, I know. But she is fun stuff!

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Becky is taking her job very seriously. Becky is funny….silly Becky.

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But then she is married to this guy!  I am seeing a boob thing working here.

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Becky serving my husband a cold barley pop. Bob is a happy man.

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David trying to show off his manly side. ok, maybe not so much.

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The kids were up the river providing them selves with a mud spa….they do tend to make the blue eyes pop.

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They provided full body mud packs. They asked us if we wanted to partake, we graciously declined.

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The entertianment was very enjoyable. I loved watching Joe play with his father.

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Again, my husband is a happy man….barley pop and a cigar with live music. Doesn’t get much better than that.

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Happy Halloween!

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Carving pumpkins.
 I pretty much  dreaded the annual carving of the gourd.
The crying.   The whining.  Throw in a little fighting and you can see why I dreaded the event that always resulted in a huge mess.
But it has finally gotten better. I guess it is because they are older and can finally carve their own pumpkins. In the past my husband and I ended up doing all the carving and for a few years we did not even carve them just left the whole. I like that, then I could use them all the way to Thanksgiving. Sometimes they lasted that long without rotting.

They started doing the scraping of the guts…that is the part they hate to do. Why I do not know because they do play with lots of gross stuff.  I finished the scraping, if I hadn’t we would still be sitting in the driveway.

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Martha was just really glad we were outside with her. She did not care what we were doing. She would have preferred it involve food but was not going to complain.

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Road Trip to Disney!

The Mosby’s hit Disney earlier this month and hit it hard we did. We drove to Orlando (13hours) and stayed in a house with my mother and father in-laws, 2 sister in-laws, husbands and kids. Universal Studios, Magic Kingdom and Epcot in 3 days.

There are a few things that I learned on this trip.

 1. Pack a cooler of food and drinks and rent a stroller. So very worth it so you will not have to eat greasy park food.

2. My kids can make is a total of 26 hours in a car without ever asking for their Nintendo DS’s.

3. I get motion sick and almost every ride….Dramamine is my friend.

4. Epcot sells beer. I like Epcot.

5. At least one of my children will get sick when they are with their Aunt Amy and Uncle Ted.

6. Cell phones are great at the parks….great way to stay in touch with everyone.

7.You can walk around with a really stupid looking hats and no one will give you a second look.

8.Do not buy your tickets on Craig’s List…..really long story that I just as soon forget.

9. We do not get together as a family often enough!

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Did I tell you that Epcot sells beer?

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Sick kid with strep and ear infection.

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Bummed that it is blurry….kind of like it.

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Cousins playing cards.

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I think her blue eyes are pretty impressive.

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Carter trying to determine if he is tall enough to ride the ride but he seems to be a little distracted by the girls.

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Sorry, I know it has been a while.

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I’ve pretty much have got nothin to chat about and I have a kitty sitting on my chest making it very difficult to type.
I wanted to post something. I know it had been a while since I have posted, didn’t want you to think I had forgotten about you.

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Bike Games in Bardstown

Bike Games.
Grown ups behaving like little kids, that is what we did while on vacation in Bardstown.
One of the games is a race to the finish, but the trick is to go as slowly as possible. The last one to cross the line wins. Mike on the bicycle thinks he’s being funny. What is not so funny is that about 3 weeks later he did a “hey honey, watch this” and attempted to do a wheelie, fell and blew his knee out. Big Kids.

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Something fun…..the audience watching the games.

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This is Bobby and I getting ready for the bite the weenie. A hot dog, with a fork stuck in it hanging on a string. the object of the game was to get the biggest bite of the hot dog without stopping the bike or putting you feet down. To spare myself the embarrassment I will only show this photo.

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Here we are getting ready for the next race. I have to hold a board over Bob’s head with glasses of water lined up. While holding the board over Bob’s head he has to ride over boards that are “bumps’ in the road.

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Seven glasses….He Never got wet.

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Our friend Jill from Minnesota was in a bike accident about a month before the reunion. She broke her collar bone and had to have surgery. Needless to say she didn’t ride her bike to Kentucky…it was a plane ride for her. I snuck into her room and took a picture of her pile of pillows she had to use to prop herself up all night.

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