Monday, February 20, 2017

Kay took 2nd overall!! at Gina Morri

Kay kicked some serious butt and took 2nd overall at the Gina Morri tournament yesterday.
See the highlights below, she is thrilled and we are thrilled for her!
Its amazing how close the scores are, just shows how competitive it is at her level (13 yr old level 8)
Go Kay Go!!  State, here we come:)  floor 8.925 4th place  vault #1 no place 8.55  vault #2  bars 8th place 8.45  beam 1st place 8.9

Friday, February 17, 2017

Jazz Combo!! Jimmy on drums and sax doing double duty

Check it out, the band has been picking, arranging and practicing their own music and have been entirely self directed their director (Mr Wolf) didnt even hear them play until the morning of their concert. I love this group of boys. They are all musical and play sports. I hope they stick together through high school!

And, Jimmy asked for a harmonica for V-Day and so now he plays keyboard, drums, guitar, sax and harmonica.  Yikes. He already knows Piano Man on harmonica and its driving us crazy.

Check these out....


jazz combo 1
jazz combo 2
Jazz combo 3
jazz combo 4

Saturday, February 04, 2017

Quick updates around the table

Things have been fairly normal around here the last few weeks, which is to say WAY busy and fun.
Since there are no big shakes, thought we go around the table and give a few brief updates.

LOVING his new job, the kids, the faculty, his peers ... He frequently gets artwork that says things like - Mr Tom is the best Tom.  Its super cute. He's just getting over a bad bad cold (read Man Cold) but seems to be getting better, slowly.

Way busier than when she was working. She's taken over kid driving duties from 3:30-8:00 and try to get 10-15 networking meetings in a week on top of her board work (Crisis Nursery, Bellis and Childrens Home) and project work with the United Way, Jeremiah Program and Lutheran Social Services. She's having the time of her life, meeting really cool people but absolutely exhausted by the weekends.

He's on a promotional tour to switch schools and go to Benilde.  Not going to happen but... it has sparked him to start ready daily scripture readings and Kay even gave him a tiny New Testament.  He continues to grow and can now dunk the basketball, a feat he's incredibly proud of.  He registered for the high school and signed up for band and chinese 1.  Strange kid.

She did make state in her 1st gymnastics meet (she got a 33.55 and we thought she needed a 34.5 but ... turns out at level 8 you only need a 33.5 - the drama!) but it came with a TON of worry, anxiety and stress in the weeks leading up to the meet. So, she's started meditating with an app on her phone. Not sure how its really going (she usually yells at us to be quiet in the middle of it) but claims its helping her be more confident in practice,  lets hope!

He is loving his new phone and it does cause issues occasionally when he forgets to do things like put on his shoes and coat.  Taekwondo is ramping up with 1 meet a month between now and June.  He's getting ready for Jr High and has a ski field trip this week that he's super excited about.

Not sure if he actually like nordic skiing but he goes to practice and has competed in a few meets (they were cold and hill). He seems to have a good group of friends and the do have plans on a weekly basis. He's getting better about telling us in advance, which is really helpful!

Still LOVES winter, wishes it would snow more and has been caught stealing Ian's tennis balls that he needs for his stress management class.  She is starting to develop fatty lumps but they dont seem to bother her and the definitely dont slow her down when Tracy takes her onto the golf course and off leash.  She's like a puppy.

All of the kids did well with 1st semester grades, all variations of A's and B's (with the outlier C in French 5 for Jimmy, but it completed his high school language requirement and he got college credit so we aren't complaining)

Sunday, January 22, 2017

St Paul or bust

It seems that all of our activities took place this weekend in the beautiful city of St Paul. It was a great reminder of everything the city has to offer and how convenient and gorgeous it is! Almost makes you want to move (almost...)

1st up - The womens march.  Tracy and Michelle (college friend) made the trek over to the capital, along with 90k other people. Which, is just crazy. The organizers planned for 20k people and 90k showed up. Needless to say, many of our friends were there and Facebook was going crazy. It was completely positive and peaceful and a really fun spirit of camaraderie.  Honestly, there was very little Trump bashing, with most people more interested in positively expressing what they DO support, not what they dont support.  The police were thanked continually and genuinely and the only person to get arrested was a Trump supporter that sprayed pepper spray into the crowd. Oh the irony.

2nd up - We had to divide and conquer,  Tom took Billy to his taekwondo banquet. Its a crazy evening of 400 of his tkd peeps, awards, awful food and dancing. The kids had a gas.  Billy was up for 3 awards  but alas, not the finalist.  I guess we'll have to settle for him getting his black belt last year:)  Tracy met Sandy, Leona and Bob for dinner at Carmelo's to celebrate Sandy's birthday. You guessed it, Carmelo's is in the heart of a very traditional ST Paul neighborhood and the food was amazing. Totally out of "The Big Night" (a favorite movie of ours). We felt terrible that Tom was missing out and were sad he was eating rubber chicken.  Part of why Tracy joined the birthday dinner was because Kay was watching her friends at their gymnastics meet, in St Paul, and she was on the hook to pick her up at 8:45pm. Of course.

3rd up -  Kay's 1st gymnastics meet of the year. The Winter Challenge (at Concordia College in ST Paul). This meet is Kays nemesis. She gets really nervous and worked up and was a manic mess for a full week. The night before, she was in tears - so worried she wasn't going to do well and let her coach down. 1/2 way through the tears, she realized, 'maybe I'm not worried about disappointing my coach, I'm really worried about disappointing myself!'.  We did everything we could to get her in bed at a decent time (turkey soup, warm blanket, back rub) but Jimmy said he heard her pacing at midnight. Poor kid.  The meet was at 8am so we were up at the crack of dawn. There were highs and lows.  Highs = she hit all her new skills, even the ones she hadn't quite mastered in practice yet (full lay out and twist, pirouette) but ... that came with a price ... The Lows = she rushed and was off balance for part of her beam and over rotated on the floor routine, stepping out.  After the meet, she kept saying "didnt I do terrible, I did terrible" but ... quickly came around to a MUCH better perspective.  She actually said "To be honest, I didnt expect to make state in the 1st meet.  The 1st meet is about figuring out what you are doing that works and what doesnt work and what you need to adjust. Now I know.  Thats good" I think the next meet will go MUCH more smoothly but we do need to figure out some sort of pre-meet relaxation technique, for all of our sakes!

Overall, a fun weekend in St Paul!!  Gotta love winter in MN:)

(See Facebook for video's of Kays meet - 7.975 on Bars,  8.55 on Beam, 8.5 on Floor and 8.4 on Vault. She needs a 34.5 to go to state and is .9 off. She has 3 more meets and 2 more months, she'll make it:) SO proud of her!!)

the tkd gang - looking good!

Kids table

on their best behavior

getting organized for a group snap

the gang

They really do a nice job of decorating for the winter challenge

Found a TKD family at the march and hung out

Me and Michelle, love this photo

The march!

Ignore the middle finger

Trying to get a snap of the capital

WAY far in back

A little better vantage point

Still a long way to go

So handsome!! ready for the banquet

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

New Years with cousins and Grandma/Grandpa

A HUGE thank you to Brigid and Dennis for hosting us on New Years, the day after we got back for the Vikings game, homemade chicken stew and some serious play time for the cousins. It was so nice to just relax, watch the game and kids and not need to worry about anything.  Kay was smitten with Charlie (Charolette - 2yrs old) and Billy was smitten with the dogs (Maazel and Guinness) and the kitties (Oreo and Snowflake). Jimmy, of course, was smitten with the Vikings.  Everyone is doing well _ especially Grandma Kay, only 3 more chemo's and her tumor counts are going down fast, yeah!!

Again, pictures tell the whole story. Love the picture of Charlie and Jimmy - the height difference is hysterical!!

XXOO to all our family and friends

Stacia, Kay and Charlie playing house

Girl cousins rule!

Tom, Kay and Jimmy



Brigid being silly

Another killer game of pool!

Pool sharks at it again!

The whole gang

The tallest and the smallest Jimmy and Charlie



Toys for Tots at Pelican Hotel in Costa Rica - Esterillas Este - Diana and Mikey Host!!

Awesome photos and awesome day