Wednesday, January 18, 2017


Anthony and Molly are in the full swing of wrestling season. They started up in November, and with the exception of taking all of winter break off (it was sooo nice to have a true break from activities!), have been happily attending weekly meetings. 

This year, along with our regular wrestling group at the high school on Wednesdays, we've started on with a new wrestling group at the middle school on Sundays! We love our regular group, which we've grown close to over the past 5 years, but it is definitely nice to experience a new group filled with new faces and new coaches. In my mind, if you love something, get all the exposure and guidance you can on it, right? And so we attend both groups.

The kids are really enjoying themselves. They always do!

Molly has become a little less meek this year, really using those muscles of hers and not being afraid to try the moves she's being taught. It's awesome watching her, she's always got a smile on her face and is giggly, haha.

Anthony has been able to experience more one-on-one instruction this year and I am so very thankful for that. For some reason....due to his age and his size.....he has always had a hard time being paired with a perfect match. He's small (but mighty!!) for his age. So naturally he's too much for the younger kids, but too small for the kids around his age. This leaves him feeling frustrated as he's either paired up with someone who is completely under-experienced (he's been doing this for 5 years now!) or paired with a boy double his size who just squashes him. Luckily, because he's receiving more one-on-one instruction, even if he's paired up with someone that isn't such a great match, he can learn the moves and practice them. It's been great.

This year Anthony also gets to experience his first tournament. We all feel as if he's ready, so come March we'll attend one so he can have that experience. If he's into it, we'll attend more that month. We're hoping he'll love it.....he's nervous about being in front of tons of people wrestling....but I've explained to him that it will be so awesome because in a real tournament he will be paired with the perfect match as they have to be in the same weight class! It will be a great learning experience for him and a great way for him to really test his skill.

Keep on keeping on, kiddos! You both continuously make us proud with your desire to learn and strive to do and be better. 

With love,
Mama Hauck

Sunday, January 15, 2017


Before partaking in some training for work held down in Florida, Sammy got to take some time to visit some friends of ours for a few days. He thought it would be nice to send me a selfie of himself enjoying his time on the beach..... 

.....while the kids and I are stuck here in this.....

In fact, the above photo was only one of a few "look at me having so much fun here" selfies he sent me. 


I replied back with some selfies of my own, you know, to show what I've been up to. 


Our experiences are not quite equal on the fun-o-meter. Oh well. At least one of us gets a break from the snow. 

With love,
Mama Huack 

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Snow, Snow, Snow

Snow, snow, snow. That's what's been going on here recently. Snow, snow, snow. And snow fun!

The kids had a snow day yesterday, and so did Sammy. That was nice. Usually we do a good job keeping up with the snow as it falls, shoveling where needed and smooshing the rest with our car as we drive.....but we just got so much, our driveway and road were just overwhelmed with snow. Yesterday we phoned our neighbor who has a tractor and he took care of not only our long dirt road (to the best of his ability....), but our driveway as well. Yay!

This was especially exciting for the children as now they have a huge snow hill to play on! 

Last night we turned on the lights and had a little bit of snow fun. Not only did they have a fun new snow hill to play on, but they were playing outside at night, with super cool mood lighting on too. You'd think they had died and gone to Heaven they were so happy. 

Anthony had a great time digging a little tunnel in the snow. That's turned into his specialty. I have to laugh because I remember digging tunnels and making snow forts in the huge pile of snow that would fall off our roof in front of the house when I was a kid. Some delights just span the ages. 

I also remember shoveling a "trail path" throughout my entire yard and then getting on all fours and galloping along the path because I was a horse. I don't do that anymore. Hahaha

Playing and digging through a snow hill is great and all, but my idea of fun is a winter dip in the hot tub! Thank you, darling, for always shoveling a path to my hot tub. ;)

This morning the snow is still falling. The kids went to school as normal as the roads were plowed enough to allow for that, but Sam has another snow day. Being the guy he is though, he went in to get some work done anyway. At least he'll be home in a few hours so he can do the bus-stop thing for me today!

We're suppose to get a bit more snow today, and possibly tomorrow, before catching a break. The snow is quite lovely, but I think I'm good on the accumulation. I don't think we've gotten this much snow since the first winter we lived here back in '08. I could be wrong though. The years all seem to blend together.

With love,
Mama Hauck