Saturday, July 31, 2010

Time Flies When You're Havin' Fun

Seems like just yesterday we were in our North Minneapolis home with the Oakley's and the Kilanowski's living a short distance away. The days of late night canasta games, house parties and fun nights at the local bars are long gone, but the memories... Oh, the memories... There isn't a time when we get together with our long-time friends where there isn't a familiar story that is told about those days. And they never cease to make us laugh. Whether it be Pete walking in on Michelle while she's giving birth to Julia, or John's trip to the ER after a fall that broke his ribs where Pete picked him up at the door to be the designated driver for the night, the Halloween parties (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles still ROCK), or Jeannie's crazy cat, Kitty, attacking John's feet as we walk in the door of their home. Each and every one of those stories holds a very special place in our hearts. Our kids were born in those homes and we spent our first years getting together at least once a week to hang out, have a backyard bbq, spaghetti dinner and play cards.

Now our kids are all grown up. Jake, the first one born to our family, has graduated and is going off to college at the University of Iowa. Julia and Stephi graduate next year and Kaitlin will be the class of 2012. The kids may be busy with their own lives, but every time we have the opportunity to get together they act like siblings and pick up right where they left off.

We have watched these kids grow up to be fabulous young adults. We have been so very blessed to be a part of each others' lives for this long and hope that we are part of each others' memories for many years to come.

Friday, July 30, 2010

Music Videos

Check out the new music video site to the left.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Back to State, Again

We cannot believe that another year of club soccer has gone by. Seems as though we just wrote the blog a month or so ago saying that "The Girls Heads Back to State" for last years season. Looking back at the blog though and it was one year ago today.

This year the girls had a very good season. They ended the regular season with 5 wins, 1 loss and 4 ties. But they took home the championship in the two tournaments they were in.

New this year, the girls played in the Schwans USA Cup. It was a great experience for all. They had a lot of fun and met players from countries all over the world including Sweden, Haiti, Mexico, Costa Rica, Iceland. During our game against Lake Simcoe, Canada, Stephanie had a head on head collision with one of the Canadian players and they both ended up getting stiches. We do have the broadcast video and are in the process of getting it on the blog. Stephanie and Kelsey (the canadian player pictured on the right) are now facebook friends.

The girls went into districts this year the number one seed. They played the Minnesota Thunder Acamedy in Game 1 and with both Julia and Stephanie each scoring a goal, they won 3-0. In game two the girls played Monticello and again Julia and Stephanie each scored a goal and the game ended up going into overtime tied 2-2. Julia, Stephanie and Racquel(Ducky) scored while Dani was able to stop 3 of Monticellos shots and we won 3-2 in the shootout sending the team back to the State Tournament for the fifth year in a row.