Monday, April 27, 2009

An Artist in the Dovolos Family? Who'd have thought....

Julia enrolled in a 2D-Art class in 2nd semester of school. She only took it because in order to take photography Shakopee High School requires 2D-Art as a pre-requisite. Low and behold, we found out she's done pretty well. So well, that her art was entered into the school's art show. We're not sure where she got her talent from.... it must be from the Grandparents or extended family because it sure isn't from her mom or dad. While mom and dad were visiting the art show today we were fortunate enough that Julia showed up after track practice because she had forgotten her history book. Since she was there we were able to snap a couple of photos of our blooming artist with her work. She is pictured below with her still life, which was her very first project, and her acrylic painting, which she just recently completed.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Back at It

After a little time off due to an injury and a rain out, the girls were back at it this week. With a lot more success than the last time I might add. Again, the girls ran a 4 X 200 M Relay together finishing first for the meet. Stephanie really helped out with her burst of speed passing a couple of girls to put the team in a solid lead.

Stephanie then ran the 300 M Hurdles. She really looks good running the hurdles, pictures can not do it justice. She finished first in her heat, and finished third for the entire meet. Her speed would improve if she tried going over with her left foot first every once in a while.

Julia's running style continues to improve. She ran the 200 dash and finished second behind her nemisis Emily Stoks(See previous story "Kidnapping at Sage House") by .036 of a second. Still very impressive, Emily is quite fast.

The Long Jump is still in the mix for Jules. She is working very hard at it.

The meet finished with Julia running in the 4 X 400 M Relay. Not such a good ending to the meet. I think the 400 M was a little intimidating for Julia. It was a good learning experience.

We are still learning to take action photos with the new camera, you can see our attempts at the track meet in the photo albums to the left.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Kidnapping At Sage House

On Wednesday, April 8th, 2009 at approximately 6:30 p.m. Julia Dovolos was taking the garbage out (only because her mom asked her to). Little did she know she was about to be nabbed by a couple of thugs, who we affectionately call Dumb and Klutz (aka. Stephanie Dovolos & Emily Stoks). They quietly snuck out from behind the garage, threw a sheet over her head,forced her into the back seat of Klutz's car and sped away. Julia was dumped at Tahpah park with nothing but an envelope containing a clue to guide her to the next destination where there was another envelope with yet another clue. She spent the next hour and a half following candy trails, running around in circles, guessing song lyrics, digging through Emily's car, driving to the football field and finding the diamond. Her final clue was to follow the chalk lines which led to the nearest Porta-Potty. When she cautiously opened the door, there stood Corbin Walters holding up a sign stating "PROM?". What's a girl to say after all of that except the word 'Yes'?

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Sisters Together Again

A new year of track began again this weekend in River Falls, Wisconsin. Julia returned for her second season while Steph began her first. Steph did not join the team last year because she could not understand why anyone in the world would run just to run.

Steph has been training for the hurdles, while Julia has been continuing her work outs on the shorter individual sprints and the long jump. Coach Kathy changed things up the day before the meet by having Julia and Steph run together on the same squad in the 4 X 200 relay. For you non track speaking people, this means 4 people will each run 200 yards and hand off a baton to the next runner when they finish. One problem, neither of them have trained for a relay.

For the first race of the year, the first race ever for Steph, and their first relay we thought it seemed to go pretty well. Needless to say, no records were broken, and they did not take first but they ran well and did not drop the baton which was a big concern. Both girls were pretty disappointed with their performance, though Steph seem to take it a little worse than Jules. We reassured them it would get better with more practice as the year goes on.

Julia was also added to a squad for a longer 4 X 400 relay. Julia looked the best she has in all of the races I have seen her in. Good strides and pace. The team took first in their heat, and Julia was clocked at 62 seconds by her coach for her 400 yards. This time would beat her 80 seconds she was timed at in the practice one day before the meet, and one of the fastest on the entire team. Julia is questioning the coaches ability to time a race.