Last night I went to a shake party. I went to a Body by ViSalus party to find out about their 90 day fitness challenge and try a bunch of delicious protein shakes. My friend Cathy told me about them. Actually, I wanted to hear about the product because I am always looking for new ways to add more lean protein to my diet. I am also trying to build more muscle and the gentlemen who hosted the show is a competitive body builder and I thought he might be a good person to know. It seems like a decent product, good nutritional value and about a million shake recipes to make my shake my way. So I will give it a try and see how it goes.
This morning I woke up early and headed to the gym. I needed a little cardio. So I ran for about 5 miles and then headed home to find that the King of my castle had done the dishes and cleaned the kitchen. (I pause for your stunned gasp of surprise.) I walked out of the kitchen and must have looked crazy because the King recoiled from me in his throne. I leaned over to give him a thank you kiss and throw my arms around him, when he stopped me. Sweaty, you know. So he got a quick peck on the cheek, I got a shower and changed into my Super Bowl gear, then we waited for the sleeping prince to awaken. Jayden can sleep better than anyone I know. Even better than Ed.
I spent the entire morning listening to nervous banter bounce back and forth about the coming Super Bowl. These two were seriously psyched! I was happy the Niners made it. I was happy the Ravens made it. It was going to be a game for the record books, I could just feel it! But I was in no way as deeply invested as either of my men. They looked like they were going to pass out or throw up at any moment.
When we got to Deonna’s I realized there were more people in the same state of mind as Ed and Jay. Justin and Jordan looked like they were bouncing off the walls in anticipation, everyone was in a Niner’s jersey (even me) and the cupcakes on the table were even red and gold. Serious San Francisco love in this house! It was nice to have all of the kids together, and to meet the family Amanda works for. The food was delicious, the drinks were wonderful and the company was without peer. A really great way to spend Super Bowl Sunday, America’s unofficial holiday. With family.
And, it was a great game. It came down to the final minutes and both teams gave a good fight. But it was a sad group of people at the party when the game ended. Although, plans for next season were already being discussed. Because that is what a real fan does. They just keep loving their team. My King Edward and all of our kids love their team. Just wait until next season!
I am always up before Ed on weekends, and so I get some quiet morning time to drink my coffee and do little chores. (It actually has to be quiet morning time, because when it is loud someone gets cranky.) So this morning I made the coffee and started cleaning in the living room, and to my surprise in walks my sleepy looking King Edward. I was kind of stunned. “Why are you up, I was being quiet!” But he was up and in a pretty good mood too. (Naturally I checked for signs of fever.) We had just about decided to go out for breakfast when Amanda call to say the new jerseys were in and could she stop by.
Let me explain, these jerseys are the 49er jerseys that several of them ordered for the big game, like the game is tomorrow big game. Now, Ed has two jerseys already, but this one is black and has Frank Gore’s number, therefore it is super special. Or so I am told. The gleeful expression on his face seemed to indicate some level of special was in the works.
So Amanda swung by to drop off the new treasure and Ed was in complete heaven. It is a rare occurrence to have new Niners gear and his youngest daughter over at the same time. (Although honestly, I think he was more excited to see Amanda. All four of his kids are his air and his heartbeat.) We decided to all go out to breakfast and ended up at the Range Cafe. We don’t get there very often, and I am thanking Amanda’s presence for it. It was also nice to be able to split a meal with someone who likes healthy food for a change! I loved talking with Amanda about her little ones that she is a nanny for (she made the little girl an adorable red and gold tutu for the game.) Amanda has also been working really hard getting fit and she looks amazing! She told us about her gym, and we talked about her job, and her plans for the future. Ed looked so happy to be with his Amanda. We will take our kids any day of the week, for any hours of the day they can give us.
In the afternoon, I went and picked up Jayden. We headed out to Saggios for pizza. I had plans to go to a Body by ViSalus party with Cathy, leaving Ed and Jay to go over endless strategy for tomorrow’s game, and blow stuff up on Xbox. Between the endless football coverage of their favorite team and the murder-death-kill joy of Black Ops II, they were in a fairly good mood by the time I got home. I have no idea how late they stayed up, but it is nice that they are so close. I know Jayden knows we love him, and that he always has a home with us. I will take every minute of what is left of his childhood that he can share with me. It is so satisfying and so heartbreaking to watch my little boy grow into a man.
There are moments that you realize that your life is really pretty full. And walking in the door to Ed and Jayden playing Xbox and talking about sports, the puppies standing on the couch, waiting to jump at me as soon as I put my bag down, I realized that even though days like today are rare, moments like this one are not, I get hundreds of tiny moments of contentment every week, and for that I am truly thankful.
Championship Sunday was a tense one for our household. We headed out to meet friends and family to watch the first of two very exciting games of football. 18 years of Super Bowl drought weighed heavy in the room as we white knuckled our way through the first half. At one point the silence was so tense that you could hear the wind through the trees outside. I was a little concerned for our San Francisco supporters, they looked downright bleak. I even heard someone say something about switching to a movie!
Once the 49ers were on the board with a touchdown, things got much better, there were cheers and jumping, backslaps and hugging, and high fives all the way around the room. It was a great game, although the guys would have preferred less of a close game. A win for the Niners takes them to the Super Bowl and that much closer to a sixth NFL title. These guys are so happy!
After the San Francisco game came Baltimore at New England. Also a knuckle biter. And to the cheers of the Holter family, the Ravens will meet the Niners in New Orleans, for the first ever Brother vs. Brother head coaches in the Super Bowl.
I am excited to see these teams play, and no matter who wins, I will be very happy. And very thankful that football season will be over! Honestly, I can’t handle all this stress! (Just don’t tell King Edward I said that.)
Aside from the fact that it was an amazing day in sports, it was also an amazing day. Like springtime in January. And a beautiful day in New Mexico is just about as good as it gets. After the cold and the wind from last weekend, it was nice to enjoy the sun on my face and the knowledge that Spring is just around the corner. I for one, can’t wait.
Today was football day for the Courtney-Gallegos household! It started with a great breakfast at Flying Star with our celebrated artiste, Aunt Pat. Pat and I try and get together for some sort of Saturday date, at least once a month, and we were both really happy that “King” Edward was awake and willing to join us. Just for the record, the Aunties adore Ed, and he loves them to pieces as well, he just REALLY likes sleeping in on the weekends and we tend to be a group of early risers.
During the course of breakfast, we were talking about the games coming on later, and I told Ed that I was amazed he didn’t have a 49er’s logo tattooed on him somewhere. At which point he reveals that he really wants to have Joe Montana tattooed on to one part of his body and Jerry rice on the opposite side, so that he can make Joe throw a Jerry a touchdown pass. I am assuming he was joking about that. I really, really hope he was joking…
After our breakfast, we said goodbye to Aunt Pat and started off on the rest of our football day. We ran to the store to get all the ingredients for game day snacks (pepperoni rolls and homemade salsa) and a few other items we were taking to our friends Niner party. Then back home to do some cooking and football with the puppies. (You have to be careful when you show my Saki dog a ball. All balls belong to her.)
The football game was a lot of fun until “King” Edward threw the ball into my full coffee cup. Kids, this is why your parents tell you no ball in the house. Eight paper towels later, the ball gets put away and the bread for the pepperoni rolls are done rising. Yummmm….
Ed gets busy playing some Black Ops II for his pre-game warm up while I make the rolls. If you have never had honest to goodness pepperoni rolls, you do not know what you’re missing. Check out the story behind this awesome culinary gift from the Gods here. They are rumored to be from the same town in West Virginia I am from, so I guess that makes me pretty special too, right?. Soft white rolls filled with thick sliced wedges of delicious pepperoni, topped with olive oil and freshly pressed garlic…. Excuse me while I wipe the drool from my chin.
Once the rolls are out of the oven, its Ed’s turn. I start watching the Ravens game and he gets chef duties. Twenty minutes later we have a gallon (yes, a gallon) of Eddie G’s 66 Salsa ready for kickoff. Homemade salsa with New Mexico green chile? It doesn’t get better than that!
We headed out to Jacob and Cathy’s to watch the last quarter of the Ravens vs. Broncos, with me a nervous wreck, waiting for the game to end so I can relax. Everyone else at the party is there to watch the following game, Green Bay at San Francisco. And even though we were constantly switching back and forth, I still got to see the Ravens win in double overtime, and Ray Lewis collapse with joy.
After filling up on fajitas and rice, salsa and pepperoni rolls, the game day Niner Party got started in earnest. We had Jayden, Justin, and Jordan joining us. All of our boys are Niner fans. It was a great night, a great game and everyone was happy with the San Francisco win. I do not know what we will do if these teams face each other in the Super Bowl!
Charlie, the dog, was the only one not in their Niners uniform. But he is not really a football fan.
What an amazing day, rounded out by two incredible games. We were so lucky to have all our boys together, and to be able to eat, talk, cheer, and laugh together with them, and our dear friends. Can’t wait for next weekend!