Friday, July 30, 2010

Kelly at 9 months pregnant...

Here she is!  Any day!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

3 Weeks!!

As of yesterday, Kelly is 37 weeks along!!  Our doctor has indicated that if our baby were to be born today, she would be considered full-term (and not premature)! 

I think we are both rather anxious to meet our little girl - she's been very active lately, which has been a lot of fun.  I remember trying to feel her move toward the beginning of the pregnancy..."was that it???" , "I think I felt something!", etc.  There is no guessing these days!  For a while now, you've actually been able to SEE her moving around in there!

Thanks to my wife, we're pretty well set for baby's impending arrival!  The nursery is finished, I've put together the play yard, swing, crib, strollers, etc.  We've got cases of diapers (of different sizes, nonetheless).  Tucker cleaned up his toys.  I think we're set!

In the mean time, we've been keeping busy.  This past weekend, Jordan had a soccer tournament in Eden Prairie.  They only get to the Twin Cities a few times per year to play, so we try to make it to any games that they do have in our vicinity.  While it didn't turn out as well as they hoped (they could have won each of their games, but struggled to find the back of the net), it was still a lot of fun to see them play! 

Jordan Taking a Shot
 Dallas Challenging the Goalkeeper

On Sunday, after the tournament, the family (including Ty and Sarah) packed into our living room to watch the 2010 World Cup Final (made even more fun with a lunch of grilled BBQ chicken, corn-on-the-cob, fruit, and many other goodies).  

If you missed it...

We were also able to run Tucker over to the dog park after the family headed home.  As always, he had a great time chasing and being chased (and "marking" his territory ever 10 feet...)

As you'll see below, Tucker likes to play chase.  This time, it was with an Old English Sheepdog - except the Sheepdog knew Tucker wouldn't follow him into the deeper water...

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Heaven on Earth - To Tucker, Anyway...

While the morning started out a little damp (we were supposed to have an outdoor service with No Longer Music leading worship - needless to say we moved inside - still a very powerful service with one of the most unique evangelical missions groups of all time!), the rest of the day was (has been) beautiful!  Who probably enjoyed it the most?  Tucker.

Not only were we able to hit up the Apple Valley parade this afternoon (where Tucker scored a dog treat from the Maytag repairman, as well as few pieces of Von Hanson's meat), but we also made it over to Tucker's dream world - the Aligmagnet Dog Park (just a few minutes away from our house).  As you'll see in the pictures, below, Tucker had a blast.  We've yet to find a dog that can match him in energy or speed (Domino is close - I'll try to get a picture of them rough-housing at another visit).  Anyway, all dogs and owners had a great time!

Tucker Enjoying the Go-Karts

Belated Anniversary Gift - A Twins Game!

Thanks to my lovely wife, we were able to enjoy a Friday evening game Twins game at Target Field against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.  When she got the tickets as an anniversary gift, she didn't know that it was fireworks night at the game, which was an awesome bonus!

It was a close game (sorry Cubs fans - you lost by 12 that day...), with the Rays going up 1-0 in the 1st, but were held scoreless the rest of the way.  While the Twins were able to get runners on base by walks - and put up a few legitimate threats - they weren't able to get a hit until relatively unknown Danny Valencia broke the no-hit bid by David Price (one of the best pitchers in the A.L. - selected to this year's All-Star game) in the 5th inning.  In fact, the top 5 hitters for the Twins failed to get a hit all game.

Problem?  I think not.  In the 7th it looked like much of the same.  Morneau grounded out and Cuddy struck out swinging.  With 2 out, Kubes stepped up to the plate and singled to center.  Enter Delmon Young (vote for him for the final All-Star spot on the A.L. roster here).  With a stroke of the bat, Delmon doubled to deep left center, scoring Kubel all the way from first (he's not the fleetest of foot, so it was close!).  Delmon was able to make it to third on an error, which set up Valencia to come in and continue to be a thorn in David Price's side.  With a single to center, Young crossed the plate to put the Twins up 2-1.  The Rays were able to get runners in scoring position in both the 8th and 9th, but Rauch came through for the save (a night after blowing one to the same Rays).  All in all, a low-scoring, but high-excitement game!

About 15 minutes after the game, the first fireworks show in Target Field's history was set to kick-off.  Because the fireworks were set to be fired from the B-ramp behind the Minny & Paul sign in center-field - and because we were seated fairly close to the location - we made our way to the lower-level on the third-base line.  While it may not have been the best seat in the house - those belonged to the kids of the Twins players who were allowed to sit on the field - it couldn't have been much better.  Check out pictures below.

We had a great time and can't wait to go back again!