Sunday, October 13, 2013


A few weeks ago (yes, I realize my blog is a little far behind), we spent the weekend in Kansas City cheering on our favorite 8U soccer team.  It was our first trip with our new van and she did not disappoint!  In fact, half way to our destination, Scott commented on how quiet and peaceful the trip had been thus far...back seat was watching The Bee Movie, middle seats were watching GrownUps, and we were listening to the radio and listening to our gps lady tell us where to keeps parents from driving off cliffs...of this, I'm convinced.
Ok, the trip was peaceful until we stopped in Columbia to eat dinner at Steak N Shake.  I don't know what the issue was, but Brady was fired up about it.  He pouted all the way through dinner and refused to order anything.  Fine by me.  You no order, you no eat.  Except...our waitress sweet-talked him and fawned over him until he finally gave in and ordered just as we were finishing our meal.  Grrrrrr.  I was not thrilled to have to sit around and wait for a now-happy Brady to eat, but we got through it and back on the road we went. Kids.  Are.  Fun.

Suck it up buttercup. 

Bennett brought the Xbox and I was thrilled to get to lay in bed and watch him play MineCraft all night. Not.

Our hotel was super nice and had a great pool area and outside patio with firepits and comfy furniture!
 We woke up Saturday morning to rain.  Lots and lots of rain.  Actually, it was beautiful when Scott woke up and started his run, but quickly turned bad and he got caught in a downpour.  Which is why you shouldn't run while out of town.  Duh.
The great thing about playing on a turf field is that they do not cancel games for rain.  Isn't that great?! 

Cate and I hung out in the car during warm-ups.   She loves that the back bench reclines with the touch of a button and it has seat warmers.  Nothing but the best for her tush :)

Apparently, sitting in the car was just for me though, because once we got outside, she tossed her umbrella down and played in the rain with Mac and Cal the entire time. They were soaked!

Intense game of hide-n-seek

After the game (we won), we headed back to the hotel to change and then met everyone at Jason's Deli for lunch.  It was really good.  I recommend the Chicken Pot Pie soup...hit the spot after sitting out in the rain
And then just like that, the sun came out and the rest of the day was perfect!

Our entire team played awesome all weekend, but these two...Luke and Brady...were on fire!  Those little blond defense men didn't let anything by them...SO fun to watch!!

Coach Mike is so patient and good with these boys and they all have a great respect for him (parents too!) 
Watching our older SLSG team play
Surprised Mike with a cake and song for his birthday

And then we left Jess to deal with cake duties. (Notice Cate is right up there and got the first piece.  Sister loves her some cake!!)

 Undefeated going into the Championship Game!!

 It was a tough game and we were tied going into overtime.  Unfortunately, tournaments like to remain on-time, so they don't bother with extra playing time and we went straight into penalty kicks.  I hate penalty kicks!!! 
Even the siblings were nervous! (btw, I love that Bennett has so many kids to play with during Brady's games)

Cole and Brady were so nervous/excited when Brady K. saved a PK!!

And then the ref called the save back because she said he inched off his line before the kid kicked it.  UN-FRIGGIN-BELIEVABLE.  These are 8 year olds!!! 
Brady taking his shot.  ALL eyes on him.  No pressure, right?  Geez!  He buried it though and I could breathe again.

We ended up losing in the 2nd round of PK's, but the kids handled it like champs and were all smiles for their group pictures :)  

 Overall, it was one of the best sports trips we've taken...we all had a great time. This group of boys and parents are so much fun to be around and I hope they are teammates for a long time to come. 

Next up....DISNEYWORLD 3v3 in January.  WOOO to the HOOO! Can't wait!

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