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5 important lessons learned from kids soccer

As our summer of jam packed of kids’ activities and outside fun winds down, I realized that my sweet little girl has taught me a few valuable life lessons. Audrey Soccer 2014 1. ACT LIKE YOUR TEAM IS THE BEST.  Rock on with your bad self in your generic team t-shirt!  My little Audrey was nothing short of elated when she was chosen for the pink team.  To her, it was as if she had been chosen for the Olympic team.  She loves and supports her pink team and in convinced they are the best soccer team ever assembled. (Keep in mind that at her level they don’t even keep score and that when a goal is scored, it is often a team scoring on itself. #truestory) Audrey, soccer 2014 2. HAVING FUN IS KEY.  Even when just performing drills.  Audrey’s favorite part about soccer practice is standing in line waiting for her turn.  This is where her social butterfly skills shine, as she smiles and charms and engages everyone around her. Is it almost as if soccer is just catalyst to toddler happy hour.  And uh, actually playing soccer is fun too.  I heard. Audrey, soccer 2014 3. HYDRATION IS ESSENTIAL.  (and not just the obligatory glass of wine after having survived youth soccer practice, although that too is often essential.)  Audrey loves everything about Capri Sun and I love that their 100% Juice products don’t have artificial flavors and preservatives.  She loves that she gets to stab a straw into a bright shiny object filled with delicious liquid (a glorious rite of passage that never gets old, for kids and adults alike!) and I love that it helps her get her body what it needs to perform during social hour soccer games. soccer 4. PLAYING IS MORE IMPORTANT THAT WINNING.  Just being a part of a team is a big part of Audrey’s growth into a mature and well-rounded adult.  She learns valuable lessons about listening, supporting, and encouraging others. She also learns that talking about Rarity’s flowing pony mane in the middle of the game is not necessarily the best time.  And that headbands are totally in fashion right now.  And that boys are icky. Life lessons here folks.  Life lessons. Audrey, soccer 2014 5. WHATS GOOD FOR KIDS IS GOOD FOR MOMS.  Getting outside and being active?  Good for kids and moms.  Learning how to be a part of a team?  Good for kids and moms.  Being refreshed with a delicious drink that has 25% less sugar?  Great for kids, great for moms. Although I love watching Audrey play soccer, I am actually torn between three different activities on game night, as I have three kids out playing!  I purchase the iconic Capri Sun box (now made in paperboard instead of cardboard) and pop them in the freezer the morning of game day, then throw it in the car as we head off to the fields.  By the time practice and games are over (or at least well underway), the Capri Sun is still cold and perfectly refreshing! Capri Sun Roarin’ Waters is an official sponsor of Major League Soccer and is offering some great ways for kids to participate!
For the second year, Capri Sun is giving kids the ultimate sip of liquid swagger by inviting kids to take on Pro Athletes and win! This year, Capri Sun leveraged the excitement of their MLS sponsorship by gathering together a team of soccer Pros. These guys are some of the best in the league. BUT, when it comes to playing kids in the way kids play… these Pros don’t stand a chance.

·         The Kids vs Pros MLS Soccer Showdown Instant Win Game will send 4 kids, their friends, and families to sunny Orlando, FL, to take on MLS Pros in a live event. At the event, kids will truly stand out by competing in soccer-themed contests where being kid-sized gives them an amusing advantage over the Pros. Plus, there are 1,000s of instant win soccer prizes for daily chances to win.

o   Website URL: http://www.caprisun.com/kidsvspros 

o   Look for specially marked boxes of Capri Sun at your local grocery store.


Open to residents of the 50 United States and D.C., 6-17 years of age. Game starts 7/28/14 and ends 11/30/14.

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what i have learned


We are in a constant state of learning around here.

Learning about our new home.  Learning about our neighborhood and surrounding community.

About what grocery store is the best and where is the closest gas station.


About what window has the best view of the sunrise, and about what trail has the most wild flowers and least amount of deer flies!


by far

one of the best things we learned is that when it rains, big puddles form, and they are great for splashing.

Dad and Inga


And after some splashing and discovering and exploring…

we learn

that the best thing about our new home

is learning about it together.

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After all the trials and tribulations of 2012, I was determined to embrace hope for 2013.  I desperately hoped that in 2013 there would be no deaths, no heartbreaks, no disappointments, no rejection.

Just. No. More.

Recently I posted a story that I consider life changing.  You know, one of those stories that sticks with you and pops into your head in the most opportune moments.  When I recall it, I am in such awe that someone can put their own baggage and sense of personal loss aside to embrace a greater good moves me in a way that I can only describe as divine.

Its been about five months since my husband lost his father unexpectedly.  For some reason, the pain of losing him has not lessened.  Every new holiday that is our “first” without him, every new circumstance that we must handle without his wisdom and guidance, every memory that brings the most acute and sharp pain to our hearts… I just cant seem to find acceptance in that fact that he is no longer here.

I remember in the immediate aftermath of his passing of being so inspired by his life.  The way that he gave, the sacrifices he made, the impact he had on those around him.  Every story that people told made me realize what a gift I had in just knowing him.  And how blessed my kids were to call him grandpa.

His life moved me to the point that I wanted to change mine.

Over the holidays we spent a great deal of time with family.  My kids got used to seeing their grandparents and cousins.  When the New Year started and we didnt have plans to see them immediately, they were visibly saddened.  It was just so normal and so right… being with the people that we love.

While in Fargo we even had family pictures taken.

Looking at them now, I am trying to look past my double chins and huge belly and less than stellar fashion sense and see the family around me.  When I start to feel sad about Dennis I need to remember what his life was about.  He loved people and took care of them and gave them everything he could.  He lived.

My “i am mommy” blog might take a different turn this year, as I start to post more and more about family.  And about my growing family!

About little moments that may not mean anything to others, but mean the world to me.  (Like this one, with my Audrey and one of her namesakes, Grandma Audrey) The pictures and memories in the making that one day will hopefully mean as much to them as it does to me.  I will be sharing my faith, as I truly believe that anything that inspires and moves you deserves to be shared.

I dont have resolutions for 2013.  I know there will be trials and pain and loss just like I have faith that there will be highlights and joy and new life.

And lots and lots of laughter.


2 Corinthians 4:16-18  

So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.

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The Birthday

Although her birthday is technically not until today, we celebrated Audrey’s birthday over the weekend.

My friend Kristen has this amazing picture of birthday streamers and I knew I wanted to do that for Audrey.

So I spent a whopping $3 and got three rolls of streamers, then taped them up all over the living room.

Audrey stood in the center and beamed a beautiful and proud grin at anyone who would walk by.  She was so tickled that it was all for her!

She was dancing and moving like a robot and having so much fun maneuvering through the pink and white crepe paper ‘room’.

Then we all hopped in the car and met the family over at Grandma’s house. Audrey was so excited to see her cake and even steal some frosting!

She is so just like her mama.

If you want to see more of her birthday cake its here!