Why I Could Not Believe That New York Held a Parade For Women's World Cup Winners

On Friday, New York City held a ticker-tape parade in lower Manhattan’s Canyon of Heroes to honor the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team for winning the World Cup. It was the first time this honor was bestowed on a female team of athletes, and was a breakthrough moment for women in sports. I consider myself a feminist, but despite the wide media coverage of the parade and the tens of thousands of people who attended, it took me two days to fully believe that it had happened. ...more
This team has taken women's sports to another level. It's been very refreshing to watch men ...more

Watch US v. Japan in the Final Battle for the FIFA 2015 Women's World Cup This Weekend

After weeks of tournament play and a dramatic week of semi-final games, the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup is culminating in two fantastic, final games on Saturday and Sunday. ...more
The tournament was great! GO USA!more

3 Things My Family Learned from Watching the Women's World Cup Live

The scale of the stadium and the crowds of people decked out in the colors of their countries and the music pulsing and the Fanzone filled with face painting and bubble soccer and the smell of hot dogs and mini donuts and the shouts and applause as the players impress with their athleticism—this is the Women’s World Cup. Last Friday, my family went to Winnipeg for the Women's World Cup with our daughter's soccer team and their families. We saw five World Cup games and watched our girls play four games in a tournament hosted by the Winnipeg South End United Soccer Club. ...more

Funniest Football chants (Two) Anchor Odds

Have you ever been at a football ground while your team was losing? If so you are well aware of the pain and suffering it causes when the other team is beating yours by a far cry. Although there is always something that can bring back that smile on your face and that is the hilarious chants and songs the fans start to project. Here are a few of the funniest chants we thought you might like:...more

Burning River 100 Pacer Report

Mission accomplished. I paced the Burning River 100 and my runner, Coach Hanks completed the distance in 29 hours 6 minutes. Pre Pacing Ledges Shelter Aid StationMatt was pacing his brother before me and I relied on  his texts to have an idea where they were on the course.I arrived and hung out at the Ledges Aid Station. It was afternoon, hot, and happening there. I saw a bunch of old friends, but managed to settle down into my chair and save energy....more

Black, Woman, Winning: So Why Does Everyone Hate on Serena?

Black, Woman, Winning: So why does everyone hate on Serena? Alert: long blog and a girl crush will be revealed! ...more

Why I Could Not Believe That New York Held a Parade For Women's World Cup Winners

On Friday, New York City held a ticker-tape parade in lower Manhattan’s Canyon of Heroes to honor the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team for winning the World Cup. It was the first time this honor was bestowed on a female team of athletes, and was a breakthrough moment for women in sports. I consider myself a feminist, but despite the wide media coverage of the parade and the tens of thousands of people who attended, it took me two days to fully believe that it had happened. ...more
This team has taken women's sports to another level. It's been very refreshing to watch men ...more

What I Learned about Race, Independence (Day) and Sports on my Puerto Rican Vacation

July 8, 2015 What I Learned About Race, Independence (Day) and Sports in Puerto Rico… I recently travelled to Puerto Rico for a decompression vacation. One of those vacations to get away from the daily grind. A vacation to enjoy and be in the now. A vacation to remind me that life is full of the unexpected - and ALL of the unexpected needs to be accepted. ...more

Champions

VIALast nights World Cup game was amazing.  The wo...more

Watch US v. Japan in the Final Battle for the FIFA 2015 Women's World Cup This Weekend

After weeks of tournament play and a dramatic week of semi-final games, the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup is culminating in two fantastic, final games on Saturday and Sunday. ...more
The tournament was great! GO USA!more

Fried Oreos, Funnel Cake and FIFA

 Funnel Cakes, Fried Oreos and FIFA: Hello Summer… ...more

The unexpected payback from expensive travel sports

Have you heard the Trace Adkin’s song ‘Just Fishin’?  Here’s one verse and the chorus:I say, “Daddy loves you, baby” one more time She says, “I know. I think I got a bite.” And all this laughin’, cryin, smilin’ dyin’ here inside’s What I call, livin’ And she thinks we’re just fishin’ on the riverside Throwin’ back what we could fry Drownin’ worms and killin’ time Nothin’ too ambitious She ain’t even thinkin’ ‘bout What’s really goin’ on right now But I guarantee this memory’s a big’in And she thinks we’re just fishin’I love the story this song tells the listener.  It’s about a dad spending quality time with his daughter.  She’s excited to go fishing but he is older and wiser and knows this experience is so much more than fishing.  The video is really sweet.Both of my teenagers are in travel sports.  My 13 year old son plays travel baseball and my daughter plays for a sand volleyball club.  With my husband and I both working full time and the extra family responsibilities I have with my mom, life is B U S Y.  I have to confess that I miss weekends at home just hanging out.  When Monday quickly surfaces, it’s tough to face a new work week after spending a weekend away.  We sacrifice the productivity of getting stuff done around the house and we feel like we had too little rest and relaxation.  Travel sports are also expensive!  I think we probably bought a small car this year between our two kids and their sporting equipment, club fees, and travel expenses.  But rather than go on and on about the negative stuff, I wanted to share a huge positive revelation I had this past weekend about travel sports.Both of my teenagers are in travel sports.  My 13 year old son plays travel baseball and my daughter plays for a sand volleyball club.  With my husband and I both working full time and the extra family responsibilities I have with my mom, life is B U S Y.  I have to confess that I miss weekends at home just hanging out.  When Monday quickly surfaces, it’s tough to face a new work week after spending a weekend away from getting stuff done around the house and feeling like you had a little rest and relaxation.  Travel sports are also expensive!  I think we probably bought a small car this year between our two kids and their sporting equipment, club fees, and travel expenses.  But rather than go on and on about the negative stuff, I wanted to share a huge positive revelation I had this past weekend about travel sports.This past normal non-3 day weekend my 15 year old daughter and I spent almost 14 hours in the car roundtrip driving from Georgia to North Carolina!  We left on a Friday afternoon, checked into our sleazy Quality Inn motel, dined at a local seafood restaurant and quickly scurried into a Trader Joe’s 10 minutes before closing to do a supermarket sweep of healthy snacks. On Saturday, we rose at the crack of dawn where I took great pleasure in watching Natalie work the best perk of our motel – the do-it-yourself Belgium waffle maker.  Natalie played volleyball in the 90 degree heat while I spectated and reminded her to stay hydrated and reapply sunscreen.  She and her tournament partner played well together and we made plans with her partner and her mom to see the ocean since we were so close to it. We went to the beach for a bit and enjoyed the late afternoon sun.  The girls took a quick nap while partner mom and I strolled and chatted.  After, we snapped lots of pictures of the sunset.  We swapped stories about school and travel over a well-deserved seafood dinner and then crashed back in our motel room.  We rose early Sunday, fueled up our bodies and the car, and drove the seven hours back to Georgia.  It was a whirlwind weekend.I do some of my best thinking and reflecting in the car.  While I was driving back home, I experienced an overwhelming sense of gratitude for this special one-on-one time with my daughter.  During this brief weekend we shared 6 meals together – five of them with just the two of us.  We covered all kinds of topics from her Driver’s Ed class that week, to her friends, to gift ideas for Father’s Day, to volleyball, things we wanted to do and see this summer, and so much more.  In the car, we fought over whose playlist to listen to, caught up with some relatives over the phone, and I got some lecturing on my lack of blinker use and some education on what the signs were officially called.While Natalie and I were traveling over the weekend, my son and husband were having some bonding time at home.  Jacob helped his dad pick out a new lawn mower and learned how to mow the lawn to earn some extra cash.  They also went to dinner and a movie and went tubing with some neighbors and shared several bachelor style meals together.  Jacob didn’t have a tournament this past weekend but there have been many weekends where Jason and Jacob have their concentrated drive and 1-on-1 time together over a busy tournament weekend.I realize these parenting moments are fleeting.  My kids are growing up fast…too fast.  When they were little, I use to tell them that they were ‘frozen’ and couldn’t age any more.  Once I asked my daughter when she was a toddler why she couldn’t wait until she was five years old.  She said she needed to be five so that she could ‘chew gum’.  Each age has offered its own unique set of parenting experiences and memories.  Very soon, my kids will be driving themselves to practices.  Travel sports will end and my kids will enter the next phase of their lives…a more independent phase where I’m wishing they would hang with me all weekend.So for now, Natalie thinks we were just fishin’ traveling for volleyball.  But I know we were making memories…ones I will always cherish....more

3 Things My Family Learned from Watching the Women's World Cup Live

The scale of the stadium and the crowds of people decked out in the colors of their countries and the music pulsing and the Fanzone filled with face painting and bubble soccer and the smell of hot dogs and mini donuts and the shouts and applause as the players impress with their athleticism—this is the Women’s World Cup. Last Friday, my family went to Winnipeg for the Women's World Cup with our daughter's soccer team and their families. We saw five World Cup games and watched our girls play four games in a tournament hosted by the Winnipeg South End United Soccer Club. ...more