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Bunco

bunco

A few weeks ago, I received an invitation to play in a Bunco game.  I have been really curious how to play and I have heard of several groups of women who play quite often, but most of their teams are already full.  I didn’t know too much about it other than it was a dice game, there were prizes, food and socializing.  All things that I love!  The invite I got for this was from a woman named Heather who I met when I taught her daughter seven years ago.  We stayed in touch via Facebook and I would see her around town and in church now and then.  The invite included a bunch of women from our church.  Her idea was to get women from our parish together in a social setting outside of church.  I saw the invitation on the Evite list and only recognized a few names on it so I wasn’t really sure how much I was going to enjoy myself, fearful of being “the outsider” in the group.

Well it was quite the opposite!  I had such a great time.  Turns out, besides Heather, I knew two other women.  The others were complete strangers to me.  Several of us were new to Bunco so we had something in common.  Bunco was incredibly social – this is sooooooo me!!!  Such an easy game to learn.  Here is a brief description for those who don’t know how to play.  I found on ehow.com.  Since your partner in the game rotates the entire time, there is an opportunity for each person to spend time with everyone chatting, laughing and just playing the game.

We spent about three hours together last night.  I left there in a great mood.  I now know a new bunch of lovely ladies and all of us agreed that we need to keep this going!  Maybe it will become a monthly event for us.  I went in there a bit timid but once we got started, conversation flowed freely and we laughed all night.  I am so happy Heather included me in the group and I look forward to seeing these women again next month.

OH – and perhaps it was just beginners luck, but I wound up with the Bunco box and was the “big winner” in the end!

Finding the Good Moments in 2013

memories

Yesterday I tried to sum up 2013 in my blog.  A rough year, but there were still a lot of happy moments so today, I am going to share some photos of “The Best of 2013” because despite all the sadness we experienced, there were still a lot of really good moments.

We celebrated Father’s Day and all the great dads in our lives!IMG_2846

Although I was not a big fan of them, the cicada out break this spring was pretty interesting.IMG_8473

The new porch construction was a great addition to the house!IMG_9896

Celebrating dad’s 68th birthday with the family was a great day.IMG_9588e

DJ getting his driver’s permitIMG_3214

A quick overnight to Atlantic City with a few of my coworkers.IMG_3067

Visiting my college roommatesIMG_8598

Drew graduating from elementary school.IMG_8777e

Grammy turning 98IMG_9475

Mud Runs like The Dirty Girl IMG_2991e and The Muck Fest!IMG_2842

Drew and baseball, baseball, baseball!  Playing, watching and being a batboy for The Newark Bears. IMG_3212

and truly there were so many, many more.  Including joining the coaching group I am in where I have made some amazing friends this year, spending tons of time with extended family…I could truly go on and on.  Sadly, those terrible moments of 2013 have overshadowed the good ones, but when we looked back upon this year, it was really nice to find so many happy memories amongst the sad ones.  I am looking forward to making more happy ones in 2014!

Happy New Year!

Teammates

winning team

This summer baseball season, I have witnessed some amazing friendships being made.  The team of boys that Drew is playing on, is one of the nicest groups of boys I have encountered in all the years my boys have been playing sports.  They all get along so nicely, cheering, rooting and encouraging each other on!.  They have had good games and bad ones.  Games they have lost by a lot and games they have won by a lot.   For these kids though, the score doesn’t seem to matter.  Whether they strike out, or hit a home run, they are in the dugout yelling out words of encouragement.  They have come up with nicknames for each other and have chants and cheers they sing out as they get up to the plate.

Some of the boys have known each other from playing on other teams, some from school, and others just from the neighborhood.  Some had never met each other before the season began, but after spending so many days a week together, at practices and games, they have started to become like a family.  I had heard about “baseball families”.  It is hard not to  become one after spending so many hours together.  This goes for the parents as well as we sit on the bleachers or seek out a shady spot five or six nights a week as we watch our boys play.

Summer ball is keeping us pretty busy but in the end, they are creating camaraderie and friendships that may never have have happened if it weren’t for the game.  I had regretted not putting Drew in a summer camp this year but realize that baseball has provided him just that –  interaction with peers, making new friends, and engaging  him in an environment that is pushing him harder than I think he ever expected while giving him the confidence he needs to become a better ball player.

Best of all, he is making some great friends in the process.

oh…and as for the lucky bat….https://aprojectforkindness.wordpress.com/2013/07/06/confidence/ , he got another hit tonight at his first at bat.  he did not have a hit at each at bat, but he was “swinging for the stars” and that new confidence was still there!