Sunday, January 23, 2011

I Love It When a Good Weekend Comes Together

I love good weekends.  Truthfully, the large majority of our weekends are good, but when Jess has the whole weekend off and we have a good mixture of fun things to do and relaxing time, it makes it all better.  Friday night, Jess and her friend Yvette had Bunco so Brandon and I had dinner and hung out until our wives were done.  Jess even won the most money for the night so that was a plus.  After, we all hung out and like most hang out nights, we were out pretty late.  I think we finally went to bed about 1:30am. I was back up at 6:45 to watch Manchester play soccer.  I tell ya, having your favorite team being about 8 time zones away really can be an issue at times!

Luckily, getting up that early and on a little over 5 hours of sleep turned out to be TOTALLY worth it as they ended up winning 5-0.  The lack of sleep was forgotten right away.  I followed that up with getting to play real soccer with my friends.  I have missed playing real soccer so much.  I played all my youth and then after high school, played on various adult teams both outdoor and indoor.  Hell, I used to be in somewhat decent shape!  But I hadn't played in over 5 years (except for the once a year alumni game) and I have missed it.  If you remember, a group of us gathered and played on Thanksgiving and we finally did it again on Saturday.  It was a tremendous amount of fun and I hope we occasionally keep doing this.  So where are the pictures?  Uh, yeah, I took the camera, but forgot the battery.  Fail.

After that, we went to my parents' house for carnitas tacos.  Seriously, watch soccer, play soccer, and then eat great food and all by 1pm.  I can't think of any more of a perfect beginning to a morning.  After that, we went and saw some friends' son play some youth basketball.  It was fun to not only watch, but to photograph as well (remembered the battery this time!).  Only tricky part was shooting high speed photography in a dark setting.  Still, I got some decent photos and this one was one of my favorites, which ended up being my picture of the day. 

January 22, 2011 - Day 22
Saturday night was poker, and well, that went pretty horrible, but there are nights like that.  Today has been great as well.  Most of the day has just been relaxing on the sofa.  We spent the afternoon doing a little shopping for a secret craft project we are doing together and then going out to dinner.  Overall, this has been a great weekend.  Today's picture was kind of impromptu.  I was originally practicing a different shot.  I like how it came out, but a change of a few things can make it look a little better.  Since I already had my camera out, I took a few snapshots of Leia who so graciously just sat there for me.  Such a good girl. 

January 23rd, 2011 - Day 23


Miss Sassy Pants said...

We DO have great weekends - good mixture of time with friends, family and us.

I wasn't aware our craft project was secret, but I can keep the cat in the bag until it's done.

It was fun to watch Daniel play - and he even made a basket!! That is an awesome action shot!

That's a GREAT picture of our girl! I love her "at attention" face, so focused with ears up. She looks beautiful, especially with her new, colorful collar! The sky is an amazing blue and I think the sun just at the peak of the roof is a cool element. Again, I really like the framing of the picture.

laura b. said...

Glad you guys had such a good weekend!
I need you to come take photos of my son playing basketball...mine always come out awful :-)
Very cool shot of Leia!

Tara said...

I LOVE how that photo came out! That sky is a perfect blue.

Sounds like you both had an awesome weekend! I love going to the craft stores.

Mom said...

Pictures are perfect and I'm glad your weekend was perfect as well. Watching you play soccer and then having you guys over for tacos was a definite plus to my weekend, especially since it was totally not what we had planned. Daniel's picture is a great action shot and I love my Leia.