Monday, November 24, 2008

We're State Champs!!! (Back to Back!!)

Last Saturday in Las Vegas we played the Truckee Wolverines for the Nevada 3A State Championship, and we won, 35 to 16!!! We kicked their trash! This is the second year in a row that the Pirates of Moapa Valley have won State in football, a feat that has not been done by our football team for 40 years! As you can imagine, we're pretty excited! Truckee High School happens to be a California school, so it is very disheartening for us if they happen to win a Nevada State Championship. (It's happened before.) Don't even ask how come a California team is playing for our State Championships, it is a long story. But needless to say, they didn't win it this year!

There was lots of hugging and celebrating after the game

I'm pretty proud of Coach Keel!

As is tradition when a team from Moapa Valley wins a State Championship, we had a big, long parade of cars, ambulances, busses, police cars, and fire trucks all with lights flashing, sirens and horns blaring, winding down the Valley from the top of the freeway at 11:30 at night. It's really quite a sight. Anyone who wasn't in the parade with their car was standing in their yard cheering and waving, or standing there flashing their porch light! It's small town at its best! I have been known to blow the fuse in my car from honking all the way down the Valley! (I think that was the year Cassidy won State in Volleyball.)

After we turned around in the store parking lot, everyone headed up to the high school so we could ring the victory bell, and I mean everyone! The crowd was huge. The head coach and Jeff got up on the bell and said a few words as well. After that, the coaches all went over to the head coach's house and I made "chicken hinders" for everyone, which is also kind of a tradition. It's just bread with the center cut out and an egg fried in the middle, but everyone loves them. We partied until 2:00 a.m.!
This is Jeff ringing the victory bell.

Jeff coaches with four guys that he taught and coached when they were in high school. They've all said it is a little intimidating to now be coaching with their coach! But they all love each other like brothers. And he is having the time of his life and still loving coaching.

This morning in the assembly the head coach, Brent Lewis, (the one holding the trophy) paid the greatest tribute to Jeff, and the entire school gave him a standing ovation. It had us both in tears. It's been quite a ride for the last 35 years, and it looks like it aint over yet! He says he still has a few more years of coaching and teaching left in him!

Friday, November 21, 2008

Twilight Mania

Yes, I will admit that I too am a fan of the "vampire" books, and tonight I went to the movie with some of my girlfriends, although Jeff probably would have gone to it with me. But he was off at a football game with the guys, so he's a happy camper. While I didn't go all out like some and wear a special shirt that said something really dumb like, "My Husband Has My Heart, But Edward Has My Neck," (Sorry if I just offended anyone out there who actually does have such a shirt) I did totally enjoy the movie!!! At least one of my children, or perhaps two counting Jake, (who I'm sure would never go to the movie or read the books,) thinks these books are ridiculous and doesn't like them. I won't mention any names, but she and I had quite a fun time laughing about the time her and her husband accidentally happened upon the book opening at a book store and women in prom dresses with fake bite marks on their necks were lined up for miles to get to it. Really. Fake bite marks. I am laughing out loud as I write this. I really wish I would have thought to suggest to my girlfriends that we all do that for the movie tonight. (Supposing any of us could find a prom dress to fit us. And just how do you make fake bite marks on your neck?)We would have laughed all the way there just thinking about that! But the thing is, we all totally enjoyed the movie, and I highly recommend it. You don't have to love the fact that Cedric Diggory is Edward. I didn't, particularly. But he grew on me............All in all, it was a lot of fun. Maybe I can do the fake bite mark thing if Jeff and I go later on............hehehe!

Thursday, November 6, 2008


No, not in O-Town. But a few weeks ago we drove to the cool country to see the beautiful fall leaves, and got there on the day they had the first snow storm of the season! It was a little cold and we were unprepared. But we had a fun day and saw some beautiful scenery. Here are a few pictures.
Of course Jeff always wears shorts, but still, I think he was feeling the cold a little!

This pic doesn't do this scene justice! It was soooo beautiful. You can't see the snow, but it was coming down like crazy.
The leaves were almost gone, but it was still gorgeous, and a wonderful day.

This last picture has nothing to do with our little day trip, but I wanted to share with you this cute Thanksgiving centerpiece I made tonight. I thought it was adorable. I can't take credit for the idea.......I saw it on the internet. But it literally took less than five minutes to put together with stuff I already had.