Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Will goes trick-or-treating!


Will went trick-or-treating tonight for the first time ever! He was the cutest little koala bear. Not really sure about what was going on, Will wasn't quite interested in the whole deal. But he sure was cute.

Not the next "Harry Potter"...

I received a disturbing email the other day regarding the new Nicole Kidman flick The Golden Compass. Turns out the author is an atheist, and his trilogy is basically about killing God. Here is more information about this issue if your're interested.

http://snopes.com/politics/religion/compass.asp

The movie preview looks really good. And I love Nicole Kidman. Naturally, this was on my list to see. But trust no one in this family will do anything to support this!!!

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Vote for Ryan!!!

For the first time in Ryan's professional career, he's listed on the Pro Bowl ballot. Here's the link - VOTE FOR HIM!!!! He's listed under the AFC fullbacks.

http://www.nfl.com/probowl

Send this link to anyone and everyone you know!!!

Awkward

It's Sunday morning - gameday. The Bills take on the Jets at the Meadowlands at 4pm. But today is a bit different, because I'll be sitting at home watching the game with Ryan. He wasn't able to travel with the team this weekend because he's nursing a strained hamstring. Believe me when I say that sitting there watching a game with your husband that he should be playing in is beyond weird.

Friday, October 26, 2007

Hard Candy Christmas...


I was way too young the first time I saw the movie Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. If I had to guess, I was probably 6 or 7. Not really aware of what was really going on in the movie (thank goodness), I remember being infatuated with the singing, dancing and costumes. There was one song in particular that has stuck with me all of these years. As the "girls" pack up and head out as their ranch is being closed down, they sing the song "Hard Candy Christmas." I remember being so sad because I realized everyone was saying goodbye. Since then, this song always comes to mind when I have to part ways with a good friend.

Last night I had to say goodbye to my good friend Blake. Her husband Brad was cut at the end of training camp. They finally sold their house and are heading back to Chicago. I couldn't help but to cry as we hugged and said our goodbyes. Blake has been an awesome friend - she's always the life of the party and will have you laughing for days. I know we'll stay in touch, but not having her here is going to be tough.

Prior to Ryan and I arriving in Buffalo years ago, we were always the ones packing up and leaving. Since being here, we've seen so many wonderful people come and go. It just sucks. It's so bad that some wives choose not to bond with the other girls because of the constant uncertainty and heartache. That's not me though - my life is better because of the friendships I've formed over the years.

Leaving Blakes, I got in my car and headed home. Sure enough, within minutes of sitting in silence as I wiped tears from my eyes, the words popped back into my head...

"I'll be fine and dandy, Lord it's like a hard candy Christmas, I'm barely getting through tomorrow, but still I won't let sorrow bring me way down..."

Ryan update

As expected, Ryan didn't get any playing time on offense last week during the Bills' win over the Baltimore Ravens. Unfortunately, he tweaked his quadricep on the last special teams play of the game and has been limited in practice this week. He'll be a game time decision on Sunday when the Bills take on the Jets, so we'll see what happens.

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Just say "no!"

Fan chat rooms and message boards. For an NFL wife, they can be addicting. You want to see if there's any buzz about your husband. You're wondering if anyone's caught a glimpse of him doing something spectacular at training camp on a day you couldn't make it there. We're all nosey, and because our husbands don't fill us in all the time on what's going on, we rely on the news media and the all important fan boards to keep us posted. And that's all fine and dandy until someone says something bad about your man.

Over the years, posts have been both good and bad about Ryan. When he first came to Buffalo, he was often referred to as "camp fodder" - people thought he was just a camp body and that he wasn't going to make the team. Once he made the team, comments got a little bit better, but there were always people doubting his abilities. Now, in his fifth season with the team, I still read the occasional post about how bad he is. He has some support, but it seems as if there are always more people calling for his release. Good thing the coaches don't base their decisions on fan preference.

With the switch that's going to happen out there on the football field tomorrow, I can already anticipate what some of the message board posts will say. "Neufeld sucks - he got replaced by a rookie." "Neufeld's worthless - why has he been on this team so long anyway?" "Neufeld's days here are numbered - thank goodness!" I get my feelings hurt every time I read one of those posts. And knowing that they're coming, I figured it's a good time for me to go on message board hiatus for a while.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

It's the name of the game...

Without getting into too much detail, I need you to pray for Ryan.

He earned the starting fullback spot this year with the Bills, and has seen his playing time diminish over the past several weeks. Well, we found out today he may not get much playing time at all. Needless to say, this has been devastating news for us, so I ask that you keep us in your thoughts and prayers. Ryan is healthy, and for that, we're grateful. He'll continue to play his hardest and his best every time he's on the field - trust that he's thankful for any opportunity he's given.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Morning sickness... says who?


The first time around, a week before Will was born...

MORNING sickness. The title alone suggests that this is something I should anticipate dealing with between the hours of say 12am - 12pm. MORNING sickness. I should be able to plan activities and function normally in the afternoon and evening hours. MORNING sickness. Whoever came up with that phrase needs to be slapped. Trust me - there's no such thing. MORNING sickness can only be described as two months' worth of nausea, heartburn, indigestion (okay, just kidding - this is not a Pepto Bismol ad), etc. that pretty much lasts 24 hours a day. It sucks.

When I was pregnant with Will, I had morning sickness - I was pretty naseous and couldn't really eat much. I actually lost a couple of pounds my first trimester. But my first pregnancy was much different from this one for one reason only - back then I didn't have to cater to an energetic, rambunctious three-year-old. Back in the day, when I didn't feel well, I just crawled in the bed and watched Lifetime Television movies all day. Not anymore. So adding to the nausea, heartburn, indigestion, etc., I'm whipped. Completely and utterly exhausted. And it's only week six! The thought of it all makes me... well... nauseous.

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

So what now???

The stage was set last night for a major upset. The 1-3 Bills took on the 4-0 Dallas Cowboys here in Buffalo. The weather was perfect and the crowd was pumped as the Bills were center stage on Monday Night Football for the first time in over a decade. The Bills had so much to prove and were playing with their hearts on their sleeves with the hopes of dethroning America's team.

The first three quarters were amazing. The defense stepped up in a major way and pummeled golden boy Tony Romo and the Dallas offense. Interception after interception, and even a Romo fumble, fueled the crowd of over 70,000 fans. We were all so hopeful - we were going to win. It was a great feeling.

When the fourth quarter rolled around, I got nervous. We were up 24-16, but our offense hadn't scored a touchdown up to this point. And we know how Buffalo likes to do things - a last minute field goal had already cost us a win earlier in the season. With that memory fresh in my mind, I just got quiet.

Sure enough, Romo ended up leading his team to a victory - the Cowboys kicked a field goal with seconds remaining on the clock. The final score was 25-24.

We've experienced a lot of losses throughout Ryan's career, but none have hurt quite like this one. We all stood in shock - we were so close to pulling of a major upset. To say it was devastating is a complete understatement. It was one of the best NFL games I've ever been to, but one I would soon like to forget.

We head into the bye this weekend still hopeful that we can turn the season around. We'll keep praying and hoping for the best.

Monday, October 8, 2007

Kingpin...

Ryan hung out with a crew from espn.com over the weekend - check this out (you'll have to cut and paste the link - I couldn't get the video to post)...

http://tinyurl.com/33zna8

Sunday, October 7, 2007

I knew it...

Let's set the stage...

Our alma mater, UCLA, was taking on Notre Dame at home (the Rose Bowl) yesterday. The Fighting Irish had yet to win a game this season, and boy did that make me nervous. UCLA has done alright this season, but had an embarassing 40-point loss to Utah several weeks back. I commented to Ryan yesterday - "Watch. They (Notre Dame) are going to march right in there and beat us on our own turf." Well, wouldn't you know it, the Fighting Irish ran onto that field with their boxing gloves on and beat UCLA 20-6. I hate to say "I told you so' but...

At least Stanford tapped some USC booty yesterday - that softens the blow a little bit. I'm a fan of anyone who beats USC...

Friday, October 5, 2007

And the hits just keep on coming...

The Bills lost yet another player for the season today. Peerless Price, one of the team's premiere receivers, had surgery on his neck, thus ending his 2007 season. Peerless is the ninth Buffalo Bill who will go on injured reserve less than 5 games into the NFL season. To call the injuries to this team an epidemic seems like an understatement. We've not been able to get through a week without experiencing some season-ending catastropic injury. It's frightening really - I actually tense up every time Ryan's on the field. I don't watch the play - I watch him to make sure he gets up and can run off the field. I watch him when he gets to the sidelines to make sure he's not going to see a trainer for an ache or a pain. As all the fans are entertained by the razzle dazzle on the field, I only care that Ryan and his teammates are okay.

Injuries happen. It's inevitable. Every team will experience them. But this year they just seem so bad. You get used to guys pulling hamstrings, twisting ankles, etc. The neck and spinal injuries, the broken bones - these things just don't happen at such a high rate this early in the season.

I went through a plethora of emotions today when my good friend called telling me her husband was going in for surgery. The first was disbelief - how on earth could this be happening...again! Then I chuckled - seriously, how could this be happening? Then I cried - for Peerless and his family, knowing the uphill battle he faces in addition to coming to terms with the fact that his season is over. Finally, I got mad. It's just not fair. These are good guys who work hard who deserve to succeed. They are beat down and broken, yet they give their all and play with their hearts and souls every time they are on the field. It just makes you want to ask "why?" I don't think we'll ever know the answer to that....

Thursday, October 4, 2007

The excitement is brewing...

The Bills will play their first Monday night football game here in Buffalo next week for the first time in over a decade. Even more exciting is that we're playing the Dallas Cowboys. Check this out - Ryan started his NFL career with Cowboys in 1999. The 'Boys decided that Ryan should play fullback instead of tight end. Well, here we are years later and Ryan is playing fullback again. He's super excited about getting out there in front of Jerry Jones and showing him what he's capable of. Who knows? Jerry could have a change of heart and might pick Ryan up after the season. Then we could live at home while Ryan played. Now that's just too much like right.

The Cowboys are good - they are 4-0. It'll be a tough game, but a blast nonetheless.

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

It's the news you've been waiting for...

The Neufelds are expecting!!!



Baby Neufeld should make his or her appearance in early June. Check back for updates!