President’s Cup – Mesquite, NV

Megan’s Surf soccer club played in the President’s Cup in Mesquite, Nevada. Who wouldn’t look forward to heading down South where the warmer weather is waiting?! Well, believe it or not, the weather was awful. It rained, actually poured, most every day we were there! Yes, in the driest state, it rained. What luck!

Megan’s team ended up playing really well and making it to the semi-finals. Unfortunately they lost in a shoot-out in overtime. It was a hard-fought game and really fun to watch. Way to go Surf!

Devoted soccer fans!

Pine Hollow Snowshoe Trek 2017

A couple years ago I took the big kids on a snowshoe hike up the Pine Hollow trail. I wrote that I would go by myself the next time.

Well this time I brought all the little kids (Claire, Drew, and Ellie) and Manina too. You’d think it would have been a much worse experience, but no — we had a great time!

The hike up was tough, but we went pretty slow and took plenty of breaks. The sun was out and we sure warmed up hiking uphill.

We’ve had a lot of snow this winter, but we didn’t need the snowshoes. The trail was packed down just enough.We hiked (here is the GPS info) further than the original trip with the big kids, making it all the way to Pine Hollow. We rested in the fresh powder and took a few photos.

Then we hopped on the sleds and cruised down the mountain. There were a few close calls, but mostly the packed down trail acts like a groomed toboggan run. It was a riot.

So grateful to live close to the mountains!

Dual Sip Straw: Drew’s Invention Fair

Oh how I love the invention fair and the stress that falls upon mom and dad to help come up with something creative. However, as I have gotten older and wiser, I don’t really invest any of my time into this anymore. After all, it is for the kids, not us, right parents? I just encourage my kids to come up with something creative on their own, no matter how simple it may be.

Drew did just that and created the “Dual Sip Straw” that you can use to drink of multiple drinks at the same time creating a fun little drink mixture. No stress for mom, extra confidence for Drew in knowing he came up with this on his own. Win, win for everyone. Nice job Drew!