Thursday, January 31, 2013

Dance Off

If you couldn't have guessed by one of my first posts called Play Calling, I am a huge football fan and fanatical Ravens fan. So, you can imagine my excitement on Monday afternoon when Spiro announced that his school was holding a "Ray Lewis Dance" competition. I could barely contain my excitement the entire ride home as I grilled Spiro for the details. Who are the judges Spiro? What makes them qualified as judges? What kind of competition are we up against? Where is the competition being held?... You know, the normal questions you would ask a 7 year old.

Some people might refer to me as "competitive". I like to call those people "bitter" because I may have triumphed over them at a game or two. (Ahem, hubby?) In any case, I immediately called my hubby from the car without my earpiece because well, the excitement was just too much to handle and I am kind of a vigilante like that...

Me: Babe, Spiro's school is having a Ray Lewis Dance competition this Friday. Shit just got real.
Hubby: What? Huh?
Me: Oh, don't you worry. This thing is in the bag. We will own those other 2nd Graders.
Hubby: What? Huh?
Me: Just make sure the laptop is charged so I can YouTube the dance for the kids to study. K? Bye.

Unfortunately, our schedule this week did not allow for the maximum practice sessions I had hoped to have but tonight we had a marathon practice round until Spiro began telling me to "take it easy, Coach Harbaugh" and then I thought it best to wrap it up. In my defense, he kept talking about these "jazz hands" they had learned about in school for the dance and no matter how many times I told him that "jazz hands" and football just don't belong in the same sentence he wouldn't give up. We compromised... He got to keep his "jazz hands" as long as he called them "interception hands" or "ball stripping hands".  I think we have the concept down, but the rhythm... well that's a different story. They did allow me to video them a few times so without further ado, making their Ray Lewis Dance Debut... Spiro and Billy!

I apologize for the quality of the video but when your stuff has been in storage for 8 months, you have to work with what you have and all I have is my phone. I hope everyone has a fantastic Purple Superbowl Friday! Go Ravens!


Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Better Late Then Never...

Happy New Year! I am FINALLY back! I have plenty to tell you but my first post is for Billy's birthday. His birthday was actually on November 28th but we just recently had internet installed at my in-laws' house. So first and foremost I wanted to post a special "birthday letter" for him since I did the same for Spiro this year. I wanted to keep things fair and I certainly don't need any additional items added to his list of "things to discuss with my therapist when I am an adult". I didn't want him to look back on 2012 as the year my mom wrote a birthday post for Spiro but not one for me. I also would like the record to reflect that this post was in fact written on his birthday in the dark on my iPhone awaiting the opportunity to be posted...

Dear Billy,
Today you are 5 years old! You reminded me in the car today, on the way to school, that this was the first time you ever turned 5! Not to spoil anything for you buddy, but this will actually be the only time you turn 5. Believe me, if I could change that I would. Daddy and I would love nothing more than for you to stay just as you are this year... this day... this minute... (but maybe with a little less Greek cursing)

You are not a baby anymore. Next year will be kindergarten and it feels like the last 5 years just sped past us. It's hard to believe that you will soon be in school everyday, all day and our special lunch dates will be a distant memory.

I actually thought I had all the answers to parenting when you joined our family. I realized very quickly that this was not the case. You forced me out of my comfort zone and taught me that not EVERTHING can be planned and for that I will be eternally grateful. You are still attempting to teach me that the house being a mess and your toys littering every room is not a big deal but I am here to let you know that I am not buying what you're selling and I WILL prevail from the battle of you cleaning your toys up. (where do you think your stubbornness came from ;)

I have said it before, but I knew from your entrance into this world that you would be a "force to be reckoned with" and you definitely have not disappointed. All those things about you that at times drive me crazy are honestly the qualities that will make you great one day, you will just need to find that special balance.

I love your strong will... sometimes. When learning to write your alphabet it is great, when throwing down in the middle of Target, not so much. I know that those who have changed the world refused to accept no for an answer and continued to follow the part of their heart that said "I will not give up, I can do this" I also understand that a guy leading the police on a high speed chase probably hears the same words in his head. Know the difference. Be a world changer, not a law breaker.

You are an exceptional brother. I know it's tough being the youngest and that Spiro loses his patience with you but you never hold anything against him and I hope you never will. Holding grudges will only darken your heart and the bond you share with your brother should always be special.

This year has been all about sports, all the time for you. You would practice for hours in the backyard if we let you. You LOVE the Ravens, the Orioles and playing soccer and you have an extreme dislike for the Pittsburgh Steelers but I can't imagine where you learned that from...

We are so very proud of the independent, fearless, kind person you are my Billy. You continue to keep us on our toes and make us laugh and Daddy and I hope that your enthusiasm and excitement for life is something that will stay with you forever.  We love you more than anything in the "whole wide world". Happy Birthday Love!