Monday, June 06, 2016

School Ends Summer Begins

This past May has to be one of the busiest we can remember. End of school activities, two graduations and preparing for the transition season at the resort.T
The big event the end of the month was Jon's graduation from high school. To reflect on it now seems like a blur. The last two weeks were busy with track meets, tennis matches and getting ready for the grad party among other things. Nonetheless, the day came and went and of course we are very proud of his graduation and everything he accomplished. Jon will be spending the summer in the cities at the relatives, working out with a hockey training group, preparing for the upcoming JR hockey season while attending a couple junior hockey tryouts. Where he will be playing exactly might not be known until the fall. All good, enjoy the journey.
Receiving the diploma.
We had many of his jerseys from playing with various teams over the years and at the end of the party, a few of those that have been great supporters, put a jersey on for a photo.
Post ceremony with Grandpa Jim.
Grandma Judy.

 Cheezy photo time.

Heading to the grad party with the new grad present. Ready to rip some trail at Lebanon Hills with cousin Garrett....

 People always show up you don't expect. There were many people I should post photo but one photo to a testament to our relationship with our wonderful long time guests...making a 8 hour journey to celebrate. Thanks Ralph for making the trip and everyone else who came on the day.
The weekend before we celebrated our nephew Pete's graduation in International Falls. Grandma Mary with 6 of her 8 grandsons.
What are you guys doing?
Stop on the way home at Dave's pizza. Best pizza in NW MN. Always sit in the booth with the Giro D' Italia poster.
Jens and his dubs partner Critter playing in a match at Fergus Falls. It was fun watching the boys this year as they really improved along the way. With Jens starting early and a good group of classmates playing, looking forward to watching them in the future.

Jon ended his season and high school career of sports in Crookston at sections. He had bumped around between doubles and singles throughout the season but played doubles at Sections. Some great tennis on a hot day.
Jack had his final track meet in Battle Lake. In all the years I competed in high school track and watching the kids over the years, never been there for a track meet. It was a nice venue, very good track.
Local coffee shop that made a very nice espresso/machiatto. Had a lot of espresso in May.
Local newspaper recognizing efforts of Ashby school. Posting the pic as it is worthy so,  considering local there has been little to no attention to Earth Day. Bottom line, Earth Day every day.
First time really had the chance to explore the town of Battle Lake, even if it was just a short while. Have to say very impressed with all the restaurants there. Looking forward to going back for a date outing!
Jack continues to bake and cook, all from scratch. Landed a job at the pizza shack at Hotel Shoreham for the summer. Making cupcakes above. Always making something new and trying new things. Having cooked during the summers in high school and during college at the Concordia Language camps and restaurants in the Fargo/Moorhead area, this makes me proud.
The weekend of Jon's graduation we all got out for a mountain bike ride. It's one thing to have us all together for a function but to mountain bike, beyond awesome. Jonell said I had to be beaming. I was.
Heading down the driveway en route to the trail.
Sunday after graduation, I had enough energy to get up early and make way to Sandilands, MB Canada for race #3 in the Manitoba Cup. I had been there twice before in the past. Basically a race truly in the middle of nowhere. Full recap in mtb report. I love the drive up there, the people and the course is sweet. Really tough though. Bumpy, constant pedaling and absolutely cooked me. Took about a week to recover from that one and having bruised ribs from a crash on greasy singletrack earlier in the week didn't help.

Photo of the two fat bikers I talked about in skinnyski report that randomly came out of the bush while I was in no mans land, no cell service and no map wondering when and where I should turn next. Angels from the mountain bike Gods.

Monday was Memorial Day and Jens, along with the Detroit Lakes middle school band, marched in the 101st annual Memorial Day parade in Detroit Lakes. The band director does a fantastic job keeping the kids in line. Really proud that the kids still do this and I don't think they realize how much an honor it is to do it.
The rest of the Monday we enjoyed a rare beautiful weather Memorial day, taking the time off to enjoy. Lake jumping, paddle boarding and refreshing swims.
Evening fish outing. Good times whether catching fish or not.
Jens hitting the lake jump for the first time. Dry hair on the first jump allowing the flow action.

Summer has begun!

Thursday, May 19, 2016

College Graduate #1

Can't believe we have our first college graduate! Jake graduated from the College of St Scholastica last weekend with a Business/Management/Marketing minor.  Looking back at this blog the other night and reflecting on all the memories.... its crazy how fast time flies. It was a great four years and of course we are very proud of everything Jake accomplished during that time while being a full time athlete and working at the local bike and ski shop, Ski Hut, when he could.
Proud parents. 

With the bros.
Family shot.
Jake with girlfriend Anna and best friend Ethan from high school who also graduated this year from CSS.

Grandma Judy and Grandma Mary.
Getting ready to roll to commencement. Jake and three of his roommates made the trek down the hill.
I found it interesting they had a pow wow band perform at the beginning of the series. It would be like having a white group open the ceremonies at a Pow Wow. Seemed a bit out of place, having witnessed many Native American Indian ceremonial openings personally firsthand.

Trying to act cool I guess.

Nice plaque presented by the ski team at the awards banquet. Jake was captain this year for the team.
Sunday morning before we went home, Jake and hit up the new loop at Brewer park including the sweet new trail called "kissing booth". It was completed late last summer and I hit it up once last fall on a visit to Jake. What a sweet trail!!
With all the new pumpy, flowy, purpose, sustainable built trail being made, it is very refreshing to see a trail like this. Really reminds me of the old "Powder Monkey" Spirit Mountain course. Hand cut singletrack, tight switchbacks and very rocky technical descending.

When doing the trail last year, had to dismount on a few crazy drops but this year I rode everything, keeping on Jake's wheel as he was hitting the jumps like a kangaroo bouncing across the outback.   The new loop is 10-18 minutes and a nice addition off the main Brewer loop which we accessed from the Piedmont trail. The trail growth in Duluth is crazy with the Traverse trail and be interesting to see how things play out the next 5 years if the growth really occurs like they say.
One last family shot before heading home. Fun weekend, well done Jake. 

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Prom 2016

The best part about prom is Sunday morning when the kids are home safe. With that said, every night makes a day great when the kids are home or where they are supposed to be, safe. Prom gets more attention with some unfortunate events happening. They put a crashed up car in front of the school a few weeks before to send more of a message but the fact of the matter is, kids need to be safe all the time. So do parents. Anyways, here are some photos from prom a couple bonus for those that aren't on Facebook, Twitter or Intsa but look at this blog.

 Jack and two other couples came to Maplelag for their dinner. Jonell, Amanda and I cooked the meal. Jonell and Amanda did most of it, I just cooked the meat.
 This spring Jonell and Amanda refinished the floor and we hadn't put the tables back in the dining room. Jonell thought it would be neat to just do one center table along with new wall hangings on the "Beck prints" wall.
 Fun photo. Boys making a "skier sign" not a gang sign but Jack said he messed up so hopefully the wrong message isn't being conveyed.

 Jack and his buds, Zach and Axel aka AJ. Bonus photo not posted on Facebook.

Fun photos. Another bonus photo.

 Jack and Jon.
 Jack with mom and dad.
 Jon with mom and dad. I forgot to put my elbow out and do whatever else.
 Jens with his bros and their dates.
 Jack with his date Auroura.
Jon with his date Sophie.