Sunday, May 8, 2011
We learned a couple of lessons from this year's activities.... 1) Don't order your dress online and 2) Make an appointment to have your hair done. Why? Well, Julia ordered her dress a couple of months ago only to find out the Monday before prom that it wouldn't be shipped until the next week. So, the dress order was canceled and we made a mad dash for a dress store. Since the tux and flowers were already ordered we were limited to selecting only one color in dresses...purple. Luckily, we ended up with a dress that was absolutely STUNNING on her. Then, the day of prom we went to Fantastic Sams to have their updo's only to find they have 1 person that does them and she was busy doing a color. So, we drove around town and found a little hole in the wall beauty shop that had immediate openings. We were a little nervous about it, but it all worked out with minimal issues. Mom had to make some minor fixes to Stephi's hair.
The girls, as usual, were down to the wire primping and doing their make up until their dates came over. Stephi's date showed up in a red Mustang convertible. After a few pictures at the house they hopped in the back and quickly decided that riding with the top down was NOT a good idea. Pictures at the Lenzmeir's went off without a hitch and they headed to school for the grand march.
After grand march they packed like sardines in their limo bus and headed off to the dance and had the time of their lives. They were dropped off at the McKenzie home where they spent the night in tents. Thank God for good weather!
We had two very tired girls come home then next morning. But, they had a night that they will never forget.
Saturday, October 30, 2010
We got off the plan to rain and mid-50s, but that didn't stop us. At least it wasn't the gale force winds, rain and 40s with snowflakes mixed in that we had left in MN. First thing we did when we got in our rental was plug in the GPS and type in the address for our first destination, Seghesio Family Vinyards. It was an almost 2 hour drive there, but we finally arrived and the fun began. We weren't nearly as impressed as we thought we'd be with that place based on the recommendations. However, we didn't let that stop us. We headed down to the Russian River Valley and were quickly wooed by the beauty of the tree tops that umbrellaed the winding roads with the changing fall colors of the vines of the wineries in between.
On our way to Gary Ferrell winery we happened upon Hop Kiln winery. Before they began making wine this place was an old hop kiln, where hops were processed for the production of beer. There wasn't a wine there that we tried that we didn't like. From there we drove a short way down the road to Gary Farrell. Up the long and winding drive to a breathtaking view, where we could sit and sip wine and watch the clouds pass through the hilltops all day long. Being the designated driver, John decided to skip the tasting here, but Michelle indulged and was most pleasantly suprised by the Chardonnay. It was rich and smooth with a nice butterscotch finish. While it would have been nice to stay all day, most of the wineries were only open until 5 p.m. so we had to move on.
Next stop was Korbel winery. There we enjoyed a nice change of pace with the tasting of some great bubbly. We also found out that Korbel is now allowed to officially be called champagne due to some sort of grandfathering rule. So, instead of sparkling wine it's now called California Champagne. After 5 different taste tests we settled on a nice bottle of Korbel Sec that we fully intend to use for a nice memosa breakfast during our stay.
The last stop was Martinelli Winery. Like Hop Kiln, this was an old hops processing building. It was close to 5 p.m. so we were a bit rushed to taste a few selections and found their Pinot Noir to be very good.
Sunday, October 10, 2010
The girls came home completely exhausted, but stayed awake to hang out with their Grandparents for the day since they are leaving for Texas in a couple of weeks. Thanks girls for being good sports!
Take a look at 2010 Homecoming Dance under the Pictures section of the blog on the left or at http://picasaweb.google.com/jdovolos/2010HomecomingDance?authkey=Gv1sRgCMP378GUpYn5ggE#
Thursday, October 7, 2010
Within 5 minutes in the first half, we scored, which got the girls excited and just kept the momentum of the game moving in Shakopee's direction. The Sabers dominated the field and at half time the score was 2-0. The crowd played a big factor in the game as we had a whole section of students (aka. superfans) there to cheer them onto victory. Shakopee held Northfield to 1 goal in the 2nd half for a final score of 2-1.
Julia and Stephi both had great games and controlled the middle of the field to help draw the Raiders outside where their offense was cornered and virtually shut down.
Lookout Burnsville...Here we come!