Tuesday, November 22, 2011

The Cyclones

Andrew's third wrestling season has begun. This year he is excited to be on the Cyclones. Seriously, who would want to wrestle a cyclone? They are tough! Let's have Andrew demonstrate some tough Cyclone wrestling moves. This is the single-leg take down. It is a very useful move when you are trying to get your opponent down on the ground. Who can wrestle on just one leg? That kid is coming down.After your opponent is down, you jump on top of them and work to pin them. That gives you some points.
Unfortunately, sometimes your opponent has some moves....such as this double-leg take-down. Andrew is fighting to avoid it. For memory's sake, let's assume he was successful : )

Saturday, November 19, 2011

First Snow

Find the gloves, boots, hats, snow pants, coats, scarves and, of course, hot chocolate. Winter is coming...
and some of us could not be happier.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Dancing at the Gopher Game

This year Emily and her friend, Anna, decided to join the Elite Dance team. This means that she goes to dance twice a week (two team classes and an audition prep class),gets to be more serious about the learning the dance routines, will have more performances, will compete, and will wear the Santa Baby dance costume. The Elite dancers got to dance at the men's basketball game last night at the U of M. It was our first Gopher Game (even though I have been going to the U for the past two years), and fun to attend a college game. We had great seats, thanks to some wonderful friends!Em had to be at Williams Arena an hour before the game began. This was the first time that ALL the Elite dancers practiced the routine together. Em is at the top of the picture in the blue sweatpants...enjoying her flat splits. Something I could never do...even at her age. The teachers had to coordinate 86 dancers, making sure their lines were spaced correctly and that the girls would not crash into each other as they completed their different line-ups. Honestly, it was not looking good at first. They were crashing into each other and they were getting lost in their lines. But, somehow Tina (the owner/head teacher) got them organized and in sync. At performance time, they pulled off a perfectly precise dance routine. Look, even Goldy the Gopher is impressed by their dance!I am going to have the song, "All I want for Christmas is You" by Mariah Carey stuck in my head all season!
Good job Emily and Anna!

Monday, November 14, 2011

We like the trees, right?

2/3 of the back yard is done (36 bags so far)....If the sun is still out this afternoon, I may tackle the front yard.
What did you do this weekend?

Wednesday, November 2, 2011


Over the past month or so, the youth in our ward have been preparing for the Stake Dance Festival. The theme is Broadway Shows. Our ward picked Newsies. It is the perfect show for our ward. The music is so much fun, and we have SO MANY boys! Yes...Ryan is one of them. In the past, he has always left the dancing to Emily, but this time it is HIS turn to be on stage. I believe he has really enjoyed this experience. He has worked really hard to learn the moves. Actually, the entire youth group and leaders have worked hard. They even gave up part of their MEA vacation...now that is dedication!They had their dress rehearsal tonight. They look so good! I am excited for Saturday night.