Monday, September 15, 2014

Volleyball Season Begins

It was a divide and conquer weekend of volleyball.  Cara and Erica both started their volleyball seasons on Saturday.  Cara was in Hartington at the Cedar Catholic Junior High Tournament and Erica was in Pender for a club ball 6th Grade Tournament.
Ashlin and I went to Hartington to watch Cara and the junior high girls play.  I am keeping scorebook again for the junior high girls.  Ashlin was the photographer for the day.
 The 8th Grade only has six girls out for volleyball this fall.  With only 10 girls in the whole grade, six was a good number to come up with.  Six girls are playing volleyball and four girls are running cross country.
 The tournament was two pools with three teams in each pool.  First, the girls played the two teams in their pool, Crofton and Allen.  Then they played a game against the #2 team coming out of the other pool, Ponca.
The girls lost to Crofton in two, but then bounced back and beat Allen in three sets.  Then lost in two to Ponca. 
These six girls have come so far together.  They played hard today without any subs.  It was just these six.  Going forward, a few 7th Grade girls will sit on the bench just in case of sickness or injury.  But, for this tournament it was just these six.
 They had some success today!  They never gave up when they got down and fought to get back in the game.  They ran the offense with bump, set and spike.  They ran their butts off to go after balls.  They had some success blocking at the net!  The parents and coach were so PROUD of them!  You could tell the parents were proud of them when after a game there were high-fives, hugs and pats on the back all around!
Justin, Keith and Erica had to leave Norfolk with Tom and Anna at 6:30 a.m. to be in Pender by 8:00a.m.  I am sorry that I have no photos from Pender.  Hopefully another parent will pass some on to me. Justin was one tired little boy when they got home.  I found him like this when I walked in from Hartington.  I was told that he cheered his heart out for those girls!  Erica and the 6th Grade team won the silver bracket at the Pender Tournament!  They went 3-1 in pool play.  Keith told me that they played very well and they played as a team! 

We may have had to divide and conquer to watch both the girls, but we were in both gyms via text messages flying back and forth with game updates.  Now, we have a couple weeks off before the next regular season game and tournament.  The girls head back to the gym to practice this week and work on improving their skills.

Take care,
Michelle

Monday, September 8, 2014

Parish Festival Color Run

On Saturday morning, Keith and Cara participated in the NC Fund Color Run.  They each ran the 5K course at Skyview Lake.  This time Keith finished ahead of Cara.  She didn't mind at all.  Cara had told Tom, Emma's Dad, that she would run with him the whole way.  Tom hasn't been running very long and isn't very fast.  She would run beside him, get ahead, walk and let him catch up, and so on.  Very proud of them for running a good race!

Take care,
Michelle

Friday, August 29, 2014

Worlds of Fun

While in Kansas City for a few days, we also went to Worlds of Fun/Oceans of Fun.  The kids really wanted to go to Schlitterbauns, but the weather was too cool for a full day at a water park.
 The log ride is always one of their favorites; therefore, they went on two times in a row.  Justin was so glad that he was tall enough to go on the big rides with the girls.  He went on the ride where the bottom falls out and you get sucked up against the wall four times in a row.  I thought for sure he would get sick!

 Cara went on this tame ride with him.  They were both so bored with the ride, but the line was short and we were walking past.
 Ashlin and Erica got really brave and went on the Detonator.  Cara said no way, but the other two went.  Although when they got off, they said, "Not again".
They are all four in that car together.  They wanted to go on this ride again, but the line was really long.  It was a great time at the park.  We did go over to the Oceans of Fun side, but I didn't take any photos.

Take care,
Michelle

Monday, August 25, 2014

A New Smile

Today Erica got her braces put on.  She will be wearing them for about 18 months to correct an overbite and get her upper front teeth in line.  She knew this was coming, but not quite this fast.  Erica had her first orthodontist appointment on Thursday and the spacers were put in and today was braces.  This will all lead to a great looking smile!

Take care,
Michelle

Friday, August 22, 2014

Going to the K

If you have every been to a Kansas City Royals baseball game, then you know what it means to go to the "K".  The Royals play at Kaufman Stadium and when you walk in the gates, the staff greets you with "Welcome to the K" or "Have a great night at the K". 
 We went to Kansas City for a few days a few weeks ago.  Going to a Royals game was on the kids' list of things to do.  Therefore, one Monday we left home in time to drive to KC and get to the stadium for the first pitch at 7:10 p.m.  The Royals were playing the Athletics.
 The kids got to check out one of their favorite Royals, Alex Gordon.  He had some great defensive plays in left field.  It was Hy-Vee night at the game so we bought the cheap $8 tickets.  The kids enjoyed watching the game and especially the big screen between innings when fun activities are going on.
The Royals pulled out a 3-2 win and this win put them into first place in their division by a half game.  It was a good game, although the weather was a little chilly.

Take care,
Michelle

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

First Day of School

Today was the 1st day of the 2014-15 school year!  The kids were up bright and early with no complaints.
 Cara is out of dress code because the jr. high/sr. high does not start dress code until Tuesday.
 Justin was very excited that his 1st Grade teacher was Mrs. McCormick.  The three still in grade school all have Cara's former teachers.  Justin was so ready for school to start again.
 Ashlin is in 4th Grade and has Mrs. Clausen.  This will be Ashlin's first year to have switching with her classes.  She will go to Mrs. Aren's 4th Grade room for Social Studies and Reading.
 Erica is in 6th Grade and is in Mr. Korth's classroom.  She will also switch to the other 6th Grade room to have Mrs. Wolf.  Mr. Korth is my first cousin and he will get Erica prepared for Junior High next year.  I snapped the photos with the classroom teachers at "Meet the Teacher Night" held earlier in the week.
 The school year's theme this year is "Hooked on Jesus"; therefore, the fishing motif.  The elementary school has a new principal this year, Mr. Hale.  He was the assistant principal/athletic director at the high school last year and he also was Cara's basketball coach.
Cara refuses to let me take any photos of her by the school.  Therefore, this photo in the backyard is it!  After the serious photo, naturally these goofy four had to have a relaxed photo.

Here's to a GREAT school year!
Michelle

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Best Weekend in August - Part II

Day 2 at the Knox County Fair was Saturday and Saturday afternoon at the fair means wristband time.  The afternoon wristband time was from 1:00- 6:00 and a wristband cost was $20 each.  The kids rode the rides from about 1:30 until after 5:00.  Cara took a friend, Bailey, to go on rides with her.  The free style was the first ride of the afternoon for all five of them.  Justin was so excited that he was tall enough this year to go on all the big rides!

This is Cara and Bailey on Zero Gravity (a ride that spins in a circle and you get sucked against the wall and then the floor drops out).

They also went on the Zipper three times in a row.  No wonder Cara said that her stomach hurt.
The bumper cars and the big slide were the tamest things that Justin went on all afternoon.  He was so excited to be tall enough to ride the big rides.
Justin got off this pirate ride with Ashlin holding his head because he was so dizzy from spinning in circles.

In between a few rides, we walked over to check out the Bush Pullers Tractor Pull.  Justin was impressed with these high-powered tractors.  They are so LOUD!


After riding for hours, we ventured to Grandpa and Grandma Leader's house for supper.  The little ones stayed to play cards again.  Cara and Bailey cruised the midway for awhile looking for people they knew.  It turns out that Cara knows a girl from Wayne whose parents grew up in Bloomfield and her grandparents live in Bloomfield.  When Keith asked her a few more questions about this friend, it turned out that her grandfather used to be the high school football coach in Bloomfield.  Mr. Walling used to be one of Keith's high school teachers.  What a small world we live in!  Keith and I went to the Clay Walker concert.  Clay Walker put on a great show!

Take care,
Michelle