Tuesday, March 31, 2009

BSA Teambuilding #1

Hi all,
Each year we try to incorporate some kind of "team building" activity with our young athletes. In 2007 I remember going swimming in the filthiest pool imaginable- but we had a blast. Last year we only managed to do an awards/end-of-year party. And I suppose one day we did some work on the court but ended up having snacks & juice with the kids which could be considered another form of team building. I digress.

This year we had an opportunity to expose our kids to something new & jumped on board. So both our u12 & u15 teams participated in a drumming session. (My big u18 team were not interested- love it)! So here are a few shots of Towani with "Professor Mpundu" teaching the little tykes how to drum. Some of the kids were great; others were bored. All in all we had a great day. Now I just need to dream up a fun event for the big kids!!

Here's the whole crew...with a host of curious spectators

This kid- Ben- smiled the ENTIRE afternoon. Cracked me up.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Earthworms & flying toads

I had the fright of my life this morning…in retrospect though, it’s pure comedy! After bathing this morning I headed into the kitchen to snoop for some breakfast. Just at the door to the kitchen I see a critter fly through the air and I hear a “clunk” as this yet-to-be-identified creature hammers itself into the bottom of the kitchen cupboards. My first reaction is to scream and run. As I reach the safety of the bedroom I start analyzing what exactly the creature could have been. I have deduced that our friendly toad is back! Horray! Every year the toad visits our kitchen- I can’t believe it’s waited until the end of the rainy season before showing itself. Unhappily, it appears to be living under our kitchen cupboards…which means there is a lot of water leaking into the flat. For now, I’m turning a blind eye though I may start looking desperately for a new flat pretty soon*hahaha*

As for the earthworms, I checked up on my composting project over the weekend (though I’ve only been doing it for a couple of weeks now) & I am happy to report a marked increase in earthworms! Yay! I’ve convinced myself that this is the key to composting and healthy soil though I haven’t backed that up with any research…

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Basketball Interrupted

I have to admit that on Saturday I was pulled away from the courts for some family affairs. Alvin's young brother is now engaged to his long-term girlfriend Ethel- Yay! The whole event was sobering (Ethel is pregnant) & the two were expected to look awfully serious until negotiations had been made (yes, bizarre) & a ring had been put on her finger.

They're a lovely young couple & they're looking so forward to parenthood; I'm quite excited to be an auntie again!!!!

At least the two were allowed to start smiling as a beer was being poured for Chisanga*grin*

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

More baller shots

I know ya'll are probably tired of photos of basketballers but I'm still excited from the Youth Basketball League's opening tournament. We (BSA) had 3 teams participate; all losing out in the semi-finals. But based on the number of teams that used overage players we are going to have a stellar season (over-aged players will not be able to participate in league games).
These kids just make me smile.
This is my under 18 team in the new jersey they received from Canada

Here are Alinafe & Kawana's under 15 squad. They got bread & juice for lunch & they were happy!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

A greener me

I've started a small composting project & I'm SO excited.
I will have to report on the successes & failures*grin*

Nothing like a little inspiration:

Monday, March 02, 2009

Drinks & drumming

A ladies afternoon with a twist: 1) we weren’t only women, & 2) gossip was interrupted with drums.

Yup, you guessed it. Towani is still experimenting with her business idea (we did drumming & dancing at my “bridal shower”- sorry, photos STILL haven’t gone up here) & she brought over her drums & drum instructor for a little session with us ladies (& Al). I have to admit- I love it! I think it’s fun & well…unlike how I would spend my time in Canada*grin*. So here we are trying to be musicians. We’re pretty terrible; I think the instructor is awfully brave! It reminds me of music class in elementary school when all the kids would pull out their recorders & chaos would ensue.