OK - let's do a REAL roll call

iVillage Member
Registered: 02-14-2000
OK - let's do a REAL roll call
Fri, 09-20-2013 - 6:54pm

Tell us as much or as little as you want about your family. And answer this question: Is high school football a big thing in your community? Do you go to the games?



iVillage Member
Registered: 02-14-2000
Fri, 09-20-2013 - 6:56pm

I'm Pam in central IL.  Married to dh for 30 years and our boys are 23 and 26. No longer have teens but was cl for this board for years so it's near and dear to my heart. High school football is a huge thing here. We would go to the home games and stay through half time - our boys were bando's!

iVillage Member
Registered: 08-08-2009
Fri, 09-20-2013 - 11:39pm

Hubby and I have been married for 22 plus years and live with our two daughters who are 20-teen and 21-teen, their husbands who are the same ages, and two absolutely fabulous grandsons, nearly 3 years and 19 months vie the youngest couple with a third bun in the same oven. Hoping for a little girl this time, but we’ll take what heaven sends us with love and appreciation.

Was at Costco earlier this week and they have the nativity scenes for sale already. Seems like only last week that it was Christmas. This year, Christmas for the brothers is going to be HUGE.

The four kids are continuing on with their part time work and are in classes four evening a week with us and our grandparent counterparts watching the brothers. LUCKY US!!!!!.

For those with teens or preteens driving you nuts, I can tell you that things do get better with time and the light at the end of the tunnel is probably not an oncoming train. LOL But we all still have our bumps, grinds, and tussles in life.

We are a typical two income middle class family and we live in a modest three bedroom, two bath home between Dallas and Ft Worth, with the garage converted into two more bedrooms. So poor we can’t afford iPhones. LOL. Seriously we feel rich in all the things that we believe are really important. (Obviously, I’m still crazy after all these years. LOL)

Is football really important in the land of “Saturday Night Lights?” Is the pope Argentinian? Of Course!!! The girls were cheerleaders, which is open to all the girls who want to do that in our school district. And they enjoyed it. We still attend two or three games at their old high school each fall and sit with parents who had kids the age of ours and still have one or two in the high school, but that is a diminishing number. We can’t afford Cowboy tickets and this is no joke. We sometimes get called upon to help chaperone a school dance or other activity when they are shorthanded.

Avatar for suzyk2118
iVillage Member
Registered: 07-30-1997
Sat, 09-21-2013 - 9:02am

Sue in the metro St Louis area, married 25 years this year, ds21 hated high school as the school teaching methods did not suit his learning style or purpose (AP classes were taught to learn how to take the test vs. on the class content; he wanted to learn, not test well), and a lot of the kids were very privileged (girl drove a different colored Lambo to school every day as her dad owned the dealership, kids got new expensive cars when they turned 16, all the latest trends, etc.).  College has been much better! He's back to enjoying school, so hang in there to those who have this kind of issue!

iVillage Member
Registered: 08-08-2009
Sun, 09-22-2013 - 12:29am

LOL Sue and very well stated.

This was precisely a reason why our youngest SIL devised a plan to escape from AP courses at the high school and take his future bride and in-laws over to community college into a duel credit program. Had it not been that the girls wanted the cheerleading experience they would not have orbited around the high school so long.

And yeah, BTDT with the parents and grandparents who can and do out spend every other kid in the high school 10 to 1 and the poorer kids 100 to 1. I feel for the poor slob who gets one of those chicks for a bride. She will out spend his income 10 to 1. Lucky guy indeed! LOL

Still remember when the Cards stole the serious from our Rangers. LOL Seriously, it was a great series and a worth opponent to lose to.

Community Leader
Registered: 07-26-1999
Mon, 09-23-2013 - 9:16am

Tracy here in Central Texas.  I finally sent my oldest off to college 10 days ago and she is settling into he$$ week for her sports team this week before moving into the dorms on Thursday.  I have a 14 year old step son who plays football and lives in Michigan with his mom, and I have 2 little ones at home 4 and 6 year old girls.   DH played football in high school and college and did semi pro for a few years also.

Football is huge here.  ODD was a cheerleading through high school so we attended most games during that time.  They added a second high school a few years back, but she graduated from the original one.  We are zoned for the new high school, but now that the oldest is gone, it'll be quite a while before we make the little ones sit through another football game, they do enough of that on Sunday afternoons. LOL!

iVillage Member
Registered: 11-28-1999
Mon, 09-23-2013 - 11:05am

Hi, I'm Liz, near Boston.  I work as a lawyer, divorced, I have 2 kids--my DD is 24 and a nurse in Baltimore.  She was just home for the weekend.  I have seen her once a month the past 3 months, which is nice--before that I didn't see her for 4 months!  That is too long.  My son is 18 and he just started his senior year in high school--he is kind of an overachiever for school--wants to take too many hard classes and then he is sorry he has to do so much work.  lol  I am trying to resist telling him I told you so!  Besides that he is co-editor of the online school paper, and has to do some volunteer work.  He also works part time, so he's pretty busy.  Every day it's like "are you going to be home for dinner tonight?"  

My DD used to go to the football games but my son hates sports so he has no interest.  I really don't think people in our town really go to the games if they don't have kids in high school, or particularly on the team.  

iVillage Member
Registered: 05-27-1998
Mon, 09-23-2013 - 12:15pm

I'm Ashley, near Boston, 2 kids, married to DH for 22 years. Just sent DD off to college at the end of August. DS is a junior in high school. HS football isn't as big a deal here as it is in some parts of the country, but pro football (the Patriots) certainly is!

Avatar for mahopac
iVillage Member
Registered: 07-24-1997
Mon, 09-23-2013 - 3:31pm

Kelly in the New York suburbs, married for 23 years, with a college freshman and a college senior and a 13yo 8th grader who just started private school last week and loves it <whew!>.

Football isn't that big here.  Soccer and lacrosse are the big sports around us.  I haven't been to a high school football game since I was a middle schooler and went with my friend whose older brother was on the football team. :)  None of my kids are team sports players anyway - two of them did karate, two used to be on swim team, and two play tennis.  They are arty/musical types.

Avatar for sabrtooth
iVillage Member
Registered: 12-03-1999
Mon, 09-23-2013 - 11:13pm

Another "post-teen" mom here, SAM in Chicagoland.  Married 36 years, 2 daughters -- 29.5 & 32.  YDD and her SO have been together 3.75 years, and have a 20 month old dd of their own.  Both have decent jobs, and YDD owns their home.  They just got home from 6 days in Vegas, while we watched the baby AND their 2 dogs!

ODD & her SO have also been together 3.75 years.  YDD met hers on New Years Eve, and ODD met hers a few weeks later, on Superbowl Sunday!  They got engaged about a month ago, and a week later, the rabbit died.  They are very excited, despite being the ultimate DINK's.  I predict the garage full of big boy (and girl) toys will empty out sooner rather than later.  I don't see them skiing, or snowboarding any time soon, and you can't put a car seat on a Harley.  They both have excellent jobs, and ODD's SO owns their home.  They are driving to Maryland for a 4 day weekend, which will include SO standing up in his 5th wedding this year, and a visit to his parents.  They will have friends take care of their 3 cats, and their 175 lb dog.  I love them, but I have my limits.

I am retired from working for a paycheck, but I daycare my granddaughter, and will also sit my new grandchild, which is CERTAINLY work!.  My ODD will probably teach only part-time beginning next fall, because she is also going to school for her Master's and to get her National Board certification.  Older DGD will be in Preschool a couple days a week by then, if she is potty trained,  so I will have it a little easier.  

Dh is retiring in 2 years.  Somehow, I think his plans involve golf clubs more than grandchildren.

iVillage Member
Registered: 11-05-1998
Tue, 09-24-2013 - 11:16am

Elizabeth in Michigan. Also a long-time POT member, although at the moment I only have one teen.   DH and I have been married 26 years and have four kids; Matt, who is nearly 23; Chris, who is nearly 21; Greg, who is 17; and Cathy, who is 10.

Matt is still working at the call center for the American Cancer Society (almost 2 years now) and showing no signs of wanting to finish his college degree or earn any computer certifications or move forward in any way.  My goal is to have him out of the house by the end of the year.  He did have a friend that was going to go in on an apartment with him, but that fell through.  I keep sending him leads to furnished rooms that are in his price range, but so far, not much is happening.

Chris is finishing up the last few classes he needs for his associate's degree in graphic design and computer multi-media. This summer he worked food service/concessions for our local minor league baseball team, and now has a job working the front desk for the student services office at the community college.  Biggest news for Chris is that he and his girlfriend of nearly two years are expecting a baby any day now (he's a week overdue). She is living at a local "home for unwed mothers" and can stay there until the baby is nine months old (she's been there since May).  Her parents didn't exactly kick her out, but they made things difficult, and getting her out of their toxic environment was probably the best thing to happen to her.   Once she gets a new job post baby and has some income coming in again, Chris and she will probably get an apartment together.

Greg is a senior this year and we are busy, busy, busy with all that entails.  Lots of essays to write for college apps, college visits, plus keeping up with three AP classes, cross country, honors choir, etc.  Right now, he is tied for 1st in his class of 255 students and was just named a National Merit Semifinalist.  We're looking at two larger schools--University of Michigan and University of Chicago, and two smaller ones-- Hope College and Olivet College (both here in Michigan). 

Cathy started a new school (we have a 5th/6th grade "intermediate" building) and is enjoying the new experiences of changing classes and having a locker.  She's still active in Girl Scouts and I'm still her leader.

In our community, football is not the end-all/be-all, probably because Waverly is not exactly a football powerhouse.  I can honestly say that despite having had three kids go through the high school, I've never been to a home footbal game (even when Greg was on Homecoming Court freshman year--I drove him in a convertible in the parade, and that was it).  That will change this Friday, because I am selling 50/50 raffle tickets during the first half of the game because the cross country team gets the proceeds.  That's the only reason I'll be at the game, and I leave as soon as my shift is over.