Monday, July 29, 2013

Coach Maurer

Don't worry.... Maurer Party of Five has not fallen off the face of the earth, we've just been a little busy and the primary blogger of the family has had a lot going on and this blog has been pushed to the bottom of the to-do list.  BUT... it's time to get back on track and fill in any followers out there  with what is going on.
I'm making a career change.  Yep, after 10 years with the recreation department at the City of Brenham, I'm heading to the teaching/coaching world.  I am the new head softball coach at Brenham ISD and with that title, I'll be teaching biology and helping with the freshman volleyball team.  The whole sequence of events to get to this point is quite a story, but I don't want to lose all the readers in the details.  In the course of about a week, I was asked to consider the job, weighed all the ups and downs of the career move, had heart to heart talks with Wes and family, talked to other coaches,  lost a lot of sleep and stressed about the opportunity in front of me.  If the decision just involved me, I would have said "yes" in a heart beat, but I have 4 other very important people in my life that will be affected.  After a 3 hour interview, a final decision had to be made and I had to go with what was in my heart.  I am now "Coach Maurer". 
I'm excited about the opportuinites this will bring and excited to be back where I spent so much time growing up, on the softball field.  Everyone has reminded me that softball will only be a very short part of this new role.  I have to complete my teachers certification, get comfortable in the classroom, get the kids and myself to school by 7:45am (ahhh!!), assist with volleyball, deal with parents, discipline kids and make sure I am the very best wife and mom I can possibly be.  Pray for me this first year.  I'm going in with the thought that this will be the hardest year, but it can only go downhill from there!
Stay tuned....

Friday, July 19, 2013

Forever Friends....

The four of us in the picture below are different on so many levels.  Though three of us live in the same town, we rarely see each other.  In fact it takes Rachel coming back from Missouri to have an excuse to all get together.  But we are Forever Friends.  After months of not talking, we can sit at a table (or in a big white van) and sound like we talk to each other everyday. 
We planned a mother/daughter weekend trip to Fredericksburg and it couldn't have come at a better time.  We booked the perfect B&B just outside of town and left town without an itenerary.  After a very stressful week for me, it was great to get away and laugh out loud.  These girls are medicine for the soul.

 Theses ladies below are pretty fantastic too.  We love our mommas!

Here we are taking a break after a full day of shopping. 
Our "ride". 

Thursday, July 18, 2013

A small town parade to celebrate The 4th

Nothing say "4th of July" better than a small town parade full of red, white and blue.  We headed to Round Top for their annual celebration and sat with the thousands of others that waved their flags and clapped their hands as participants rolled down the street.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Flying by...

Summer 2013 is flying by... I feel like I completely missed July 4th and I obviously haven't taken the time to blog about how we celebrated America's Birthday.  It's summer, but we're on the go and trying to make the most of every minute we can.

There's some pretty exciting things in the works for Maurer Party of Five that I'm not quite ready to share yet, but stay tuned! 

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Port A with the Maurers

We enjoyed a few days in Port Aransas thanks to Mimi and Popo.  The beach house was perfect, right on the beach, with bunk beds and a "secret loft" for A&A&C to hide out.  Bruce and Jason came along too so we had a house of 9 and brought enough food to feed 18.  We always have soooo much food, but that happens when Jason packs his entire pantry.
We made sure to enjoy a few hours at the beach everyday but also got in a little shopping.  The boys were determined to find the perfect shark's tooth necklace.  We found that "perfect "  .99 cent necklace the first day which had us back the next day to buy one of a bit better quality.  There was a stop at the candy shop, a candy shop with a huge rattlesnake inside.  Really, a rattlesnake in a candy shop? 
All in all we had a great time and enjoyed beach time with the family.

Beach FUN

When we head down to the beach, we make the day of it and bring along plenty to keep us busy... football, wiffle ball, washers, soccer, and sand castle building.

Feeding sea gulls

The kids got a kick out of feeding the seagulls at Port A.  The challenge was to get them to eat out of their hands... off their head... and then their belly button.  They birds would sweep down to get bread off their head,but they wanted nothing to do with the belly button.