Week In Review

Another week has passed. We spent the last two Fridays at Bulldog hockey games.  Last week’s game we enjoyed with Mike’s parents with a nice dinner at Valentini’s prior to the game.  We had gymnastics class for Sophia and basketball practices for Sebastian during the week.  Sebastian had his weekly Saturday morning basketball game.  No ski races last week, but the kids are planning to race tomorrow at Chester Bowl.  The mornings were cloudy and gray most of the week as seen below.

Gray Day
Icy Rocks
Cold As Ice
Coast Guard


The gray start to the week was followed by a sunny Friday morning with snow showers in the afternoon and a beautiful sunset.

View From Our Front Window
View From Cathedral Parking Lot
View By The Bridge
Sun Setting At Home


I have a couple of photos I haven’t posted yet of the kids getting geared up for the ski races two weeks ago.  They put on everything except their skis before getting into the car – even their helmets.

Ready For The Races
Geared Up

I’m sure they received a few looks while they were on the way to the ski hill by other vehicles on the road.  I guess the extra head protection would come in handy in case of a fender bender.

Sophia had a playdate with a friend today.  They spent some time sliding on the fresh snow, making snow cones (with “white” snow” from the backyard), playing with play dough and mastering Super Mario Brothers on the Wii.

Fun In The Snow
Snow Cones


We still hope to get out to Spirit Mountain and Mont Du Lac to ski before winter is over.  We keep waiting for a big snow storm to drop some nice powder, but it hasn’t happened yet.  This last small storm was enough to cover the bare grass in our yard.  Unless we get a major snow event, the “bobsled” course in our backyard will not happen this year. 😦


Sophia  has been down in the Twin Cities with her Nana & Papa for the past few days.  She has been enjoying undivided attention, her favorite foods and a trip to the American Girl Doll store.  Although we miss her, we know she is having a fabulous time.

I noticed this picture on the back of her bedroom door this morning.  It is a picture she drew of one her favorite things that she learned how to do at gymnastics – a cartwheel.  It shows the four actions of her cartwheel.  Too cute!

Cartwheel by Sophia

The Gymnast

Sophia had her final gymnastics class (until next fall) last Wednesday.  They finished up the session with an open house for families to see what the students have been learning during class.  All levels and ages of kids were represented.  All the way from the pre-schoolers learning the basics to the teenagers doing floor exercises and bars.  It was a full house with standing room only, but I did manage to snap a few photos of Sophia showing off her moves.

Waiting For Her Turn
Balance Beam
Run, Jump, Somersault
Holding Up
Up-Side Down
Ready To Start A Cart-Wheel
Hand Stand
Monkey Bars

Sophia always ends the night with a time or two on the monkey bars outside before heading home.  She thinks it helps to build up her arm strength for gymnastics…or maybe it’s just a lot of fun.