Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Team Involvement with Special Olympics Has Big Impact on All!

All season, and now into the off-season, several members of our team have been involved with Special Olympics in one way or another.  They've mentored athletes, coached them, and just hung out with them. 

In turn, a couple of the athletes were special fans of ours this season, which was awesome!  Here are a few pictures.  Above we have the "gang" all together.  To the left are our SUPER FANS at one of our games sporting MCVB official jerseys, and below that we have Kathryn with them again on Senior Night.

 Also,  we have pictures and (hopefully) video of Amy playing basketball with the Special Olympic athletes and other MIDD athletes.  It's been a win-win for all involved! 

Monday, January 6, 2014

Making Christmas Cookies!!!

We decided that getting together to make Christmas cookies would be a great study break during Finals Week.  Meg and MJ came out in the morning to help make the cookies, and wave two came in the afternoon to decorate them.  We played Christmas music, had the fire going, and just had a relaxing time rolling out the dough, selecting the cutters, and then baking and decorating the cookies.  And, of course, eating them at every stage along the way.  I always loved eating the raw dough, so I always let my kids (big or small) eat the dough, so we had to taste it along the way in all of it's different stages.

It was also fun seeing them decorate the cookies, and how their choices about that say a lot about who they are.  Meg wanted them to be decorated as they would naturally occur in the world (trees should be green, and candy canes should be red and white), but MJ had more of a "liberal" decoration scheme.  Also, I learned that MJ had never rolled out the dough, or made icing.  So, we let her do it all--everyone should know how to make cookies!!  :)

Then, in the afternoon, the second wave came and we decorated the rest of the batch of cookies, and had fun taking pictures of the creations.  Gabi and Kathryn won the Holiday Spirit with their festive sweaters, but fun was had by all!  And, sugared up and armed with a few cookies to take back with them, they headed back to the college to keep plugging away at the work still left for them.

And, Gabi and Kathryn definitely had the most Holiday spirit with their awesome sweaters!!  Nicely done, ladies!