Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Happy Birthday, Dionne!

Here we are… ready for a hot date on the town!


Football games are done for the weekend, we thought we’d hit a discotheque.IMG_1125

What? You didn’t know Santa Clarita had any dicos?


They do when Dionne turns 40!


Biehahns in vintage 70’s attire (and hair)


Tricia also wore vintage…this little orange number was her mother’s.


Brandon (center) also wore his dad’s clothes.  Here he is escorting his lovely wife, Jill Monroe.  Just in case you don’t remember her, here’s what Jill looked like in the 70’s:


I love this girl!  Only for her would I have gone out of the house looking like this!  Happy Birthday Dionne!


Saturday, September 11, 2010

Lesson from Childhood Unlearned

Or we could entitle this post:

“I Told You So!”


Testosterone and Packages

I’m sure all parents can relate to this little scene…

Mom:  “[insert kid’s name here]! Stop hitting him!  Ok that’s it!  You’re in time out!”

Kid 1:  “But Mom! He hit me first!”

Kid 2":  “Did not!”

Repeat and add layers of detail, finger pointing and accusation.  The weary mother has no idea who did what but she only saw the final meltdown in Kid 1. Kid 1 gets punished while Kid 2 hides a knowing smile. 

Dad:  “You can only call what you see.  It’s always the retaliator that gets it the worst.  Know it. Learn it.”

I know you know what I’m talking about.

Now.  Go with me to a lighted football stadium full of several thousand spectators.  There are 22 of these “kids” on the field with only a few “moms” wearing zebra costumes.  Course, the “kids” are all now young men weighing between 150 and 300+ lbs. and have come padded up for a little rumble.

You’re getting the picture.   Kid 2 is smart.  He gets his licks in surreptitiously.  He pins Kid 1.  He squeezes the package.  Kid 2 lashes out to free himself.  Kicks indiscriminately.  Hits paydirt.  Gets up and walks away.  Kid 2 is alone on the field writhing in pain.

And that’s what got Tyler (Kid 1) kicked out of the game in the 3rd quarter of the game last week.  Per CIF rules he could not play last night either.  He’ll be back next week.  Fortunately, Saugus won both games as he paced and cheered on his team and lamented the unfairness of it all.

Friday, September 3, 2010

In Honor of the First Football Game of the Season

(thanks Cindy Kramer...)

Football. Such an insular world.  Lots of good, some bad too.

I have more thoughts on football/competition...coming soon.  (I know you're on the edge of your seat now!)

But today, we focus on the good--watching our son start his senior season of football after six long years.  You always begin the season with a perfect record.  And whatever happens over the course of the next few months, you're a winner every time you step on the field.  Go Cents!