Monday, August 23, 2010

First day of school!!!

It was a big day in the Neufeld house - Will started "kindergarten" and Bryn had her first day of school EVER! Will was excited about getting on the school bus and Bryn... well... she started crying when she saw her uniform dress. Then as she was crying, she asked for "daddy." It just about broke my heart that Ryan wasn't here today. I can tell the kiddos are missing him. I am too!

And a football update - I think if Ryan was even considering the possibility of playing another year after this one, all that has been tossed to hell! LOL! The Nighthawks are having 8 or 9 two-a-day practices during camp and Ryan is getting a lot of reps! He's tired! I know things are rough for me doing the single-mom-during-football-season thing, but I realized how much Ryan is sacrificing to play this season. I think we're both going to be in desperate need of a vay-cay when he gets back in November.

Here's an image snapped from training camp...

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

And he's off!

Ryan left for UFL training camp this morning (and is actually still driving as I type this). I've joked about how I'll have three months of freedom while Ryan's gone - no more picking up after him, trying to decide what to make for dinner, etc. But as he was kissing and hugging the kiddos "goodbye," I thought about all the stuff he's going to miss over the next three months. And it made me sad. I wasn't prepared for the waterworks that followed.

And interesting note - I told Will to tell daddy "bye" and I swear that when Will went to give Ryan a hug, Will said something along the lines of "do you really have to leave?" Not sure if those words actually came out of his mouth, but it sure did sound like it.

Practice starts this weekend - and it is oh so bittersweet. This IS Ryan's last football season, so with every practice, every down, we get one step closer to retirement. That is such a strange and surreal feeling, but refreshing all at the same time. I'll keep you posted on how Ryan's doing - we're looking forward to him coming home for a visit in a couple of weeks!

And to toot my own horn, I did some voice over work yesterday for the role I shot in The Mechanic starring Jason Statham, Donald Sutherland and other Hollywood notables. It was CRAZY having to read a script and match the words I was saying to my image on the screen. It's cool thinking that I've made the cut and will finally make it onto the big screen (albeit for two seconds), but I look forward to seeing the final product!

Monday, August 16, 2010

Music to my ears...

I was cleaning the kitchen this morning when I heard music coming from the front of the house. It was a recognizable tune being pounded out on the mini-piano. I grabbed the camera and was able to catch this... Will playing Mary Had a Little Lamb by ear. We often hear that kiddos with autism have special talents. Maybe we've discovered one of Will's...