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A Tad Ominous…

It feels like this weekend is going to whiz past before it starts… The events on our calendar are a tad ominous… Thankfully it starts with an early out today. Here goes: Golf Qualifier, hockey, boys choir, hockey, hockey fundraiser, more hockey, boys choir mass, volleyball, hockey, lacrosse. Sleep? Maybe!

It should be a very fun weekend and before we know it we will be back to Monday!

Last night was the first softball game of the season. Ky totally shocked me because she got a 3 run homerun on her first hit of the season.

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Ha! She caught me off guard!

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I made quite a few faith related necklaces for some wholesale orders…

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I hope you have a relaxing weekend!
Xo, Kris

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Instagraming It Up!

The past week has been a flurry of activity…

Kya’s hockey team secured their spot to advance to Regions in three games last weekend. I think Kya had one of her best games ever with two goals and two assists in a 4-0 win. Pretty Sweet. They have one more game to determine District Playoff Champs and first or second seed on Sunday morning. Keeping our fingers and toes crossed!

Kya is also at the end of her History Day project, a doozy of a project and we will be celebrating when she turns it in. This project takes months and we are so grateful that it is our last one!!

I have been having fun “Instagraming it up” lately! I love it because it is pretty quick to post and it is very visual.

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My account is KrisLanae, here is a photo of the True Love Infinity bracelet I posted today.

I had fun making this bracelet… It is a double wrap chain bracelet with a hand stamped key, wirework and a few other funky elements.

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I posted it in my etsy shop here: ( https://www.etsy.com/listing/179945564/true-love-infinity-double-wrap-hand )

I hope your day is filled with joy!
Kris 🙂

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Moved by Magnificent Sportsmanship

Yesterday we witnessed the most amazing sportsmanship I have ever witnessed. Before I share the story, I want to tell you about some of the history building up to the day.

Tom and I have been married twenty years. Tom has played volleyball for years and much of our early married life and memories involved volleyball and volleyball friends. Tom was so much fun to watch as he played the sport he was so passionate about. He had the honor to be asked to play in Nationals the summer we were married.

Our kids would come to volleyball as babies and toddlers to watch and chase around the gym. The love of volleyball has thankfully passed on to our children.

By third grade Kya was begging her Dad to play JO volleyball but in our area, teams did not develop until 6th grade. In 5th grade. After conferences one evening, Tom was talking to some parents telling them of Kya’s wish to play. A few of them piped in and said, my daughter would like to play too. Within a few moments in the hall at conferences, they quickly had a team of nine girls that wanted to play and two parents including Tom willing to coach them.

They approached the local organization and were told they were too young to play that they had to wait until the next year. The parents decided to form a team and join an association out of town. Some of the girls were new to volleyball and some had basic knowledge. The first year was filled with hours of basic skills, tedious repetitive drills and dedicated parents and coaches.

The girls worked hard and battled their way through their tournaments playing girls a grade or two above them. The coaches, Tom and Lori made a choice in the beginning to play all of the girls equally throughout the entire year. They never pulled one of the girls for a missed serve, or for trying but missing a ball. They developed a team, not individuals. The final game of the season resulted in the girls taking the championship of the silver (lower) division. It was a huge win for the girls.

The following year, the choice had to be made to join the local club or to stay together. As a group, the parents choose to stay together, not to be rebels, but to give their kids a strong foundation of volleyball.

The second year was a joy! As a result of the equal play, the girls developed together. They tried hard and every line was as strong as the next. The lines rotated steadily, each set of three girls taking their turn on the bench… Never altering rotation whether it was pool play or the Championship game. The second year, this team of sixth graders and one fifth grader took2nd in Gold in their first tourney 1st in Gold level every tournament after. In my opinion, this is a testament to their coaches for giving them the confidence to play without worrying about making a mistake. And of course, the dedication of the girls and their parents.

After much debate, the parents decided to keep the team together for a third year. It was an individual decision by every single parent.

I know that life is not about winning and my concern for the year as a parent was to make sure that our kids are humble and to keep them challenged. We played our first tournament yesterday at their 13’s level and we have moved them up to 14’s for the rest of the year to challenge them. We realize that it is not about winning, but improving and playing your hardest. We have no idea what we face for the rest of the year, we could get stomped on every tourney, but we are doing the best by our kids.

(I had no intention of writing this story today… I am so sorry for being so long winded. There has been negative talk about our decision to keep this team together and the words flowed today. I challenge any parent to look at it from a parents perspective and honestly say that they would make a different decision for their child.)

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So this leads me to the 16 team tournament we played yesterday. The girls played well and won their pool and the first round of playoffs.

In the second round we faced the Sauk Rapids 13-1 team. As a spectator, the game was incredibly fun to watch. This team we were facing had skills… But the most impressive thing they had was heart and enthusiasm.

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In the first game, the score steadily grew in our favor. I can’t recall exactly how many points we were ahead, definitely double digits, but this team filled with heart, celebrated each and every point they earned as though it were game point. Most impressive, was that they did not get down at all when the Sauk Rapids team was behind. Their bubbly personalities encouraged the effort of their teammates. I can’t recall the exact score but it was something like 25-6.

So as the second game ensued, they started fresh and motivated! In fact they went on to win the second game, 27-25. Some of our girls, my daughter included, struggled to stay positive in that second game, which is natural in sports.

Our team went on to win the match in the third game. The thing that resonated with me and our girls was the display of sportsmanship that we had the fortune to witness yesterday.

Our girls came off the court moved by the encouraging words of the team that we took out of the championship game. The girls were given the gift of positive comments and behavior that displayed emotional maturity beyond their years. Some of our girls even hugged girls from the other team afterword. What an amazing experience.

The girls continued talked about this team as they left the court and throughout the remainder of the day and actually went on to win the Gold Championship.

I was moved by this team’s attitude and was able to compliment some of the parents and let them know how very impressed we were with their girls and coach.

As a Mom, I would prefer to hear how my child made an impact on her peers in a positive way over compliments about her athletic abilities and was grateful to be able to share that with the parents who clearly worked hard to set a strong foundation for their children.

Sportsmanship has always been at the forefront of our foundation and Tom and Lori often coach the girls to keep their composure. As a parent, I want to ensure that my daughter displays, not just good sportsmanship as she has in the past, but Magnificent Sportsmanship. We learn by example and the Sauk Rapids 13-1 Volleyball team has set a Magnificent standard for sportsmanship.

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I do love this team of girls and parents. We were sad to miss Sam who was home with the flu, but I love how it takes a team to stand tall (notice the tradition of our girls holding Greta (#11) so she can stand tall with the team as they take the court).

I want each of these girls to develop into magnificent sportsman.

Xoxo, Kris

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Cozy In a Blizzard

Today we are snuggled and cozy warm as school is cancelled again due to low temps and blizzard conditions.

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I posted on Instagram yesterday a few photos of our travels… This one has so much beauty, especially for a passenger snuggled in a blanket with a fresh cup of coffee. We were on our way to hockey, and this is Minnesota and hockey families are pretty fierce… It is up to the traveling team to determine road conditions and they were willing to travel an hour and a half in the blistering conditions.

It was a fun game and we got to follow a snow plow part of the way home. I am grateful for their diligence and care during extreme conditions. Even they were pulled off the roads last night as many surrounding roads were closed.

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It is so nice to be able to sit snugly wrapped in a blanket. I am on day 8 of round 2 of vertigo. Saturday I even stayed home because I just felt too rotten to watch Kya’s volleyball tourney. (And you know it’s bad if I miss one of my kids events!) Hoping this round does not last a month… I am behind on my self imposed deadlines! I have so much to create!

Here is a necklace I created the other day… My Perfect Valentine Necklace.

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I wish you all warm and snuggly moments! Have a happy Monday!

🙂 Kris

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Onward and Upward

Wow, it has been a while my friends! Life has been crazy, fun, wild and a little out of control!

Our kids activities have been consuming generous amounts of our time… It has been so much fun watching them play, grow, excel and learn.

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Kya’s hockey team has won their second tournament and is currently first in district play… They have a few important games coming up and then playoffs begin.

The first JO volleyball tournament is this weekend.

Sawyer has been enjoying the Swim Team. Last week he had his highest score ever with a 10 point gain! Fun celebrations!! It has been a bit of a challenge for him this year as he is diving varsity and so he is missing some boys choir rehearsals. It is all about balance though.

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Keegan is enjoying Ski Club and Archery along with snowmobiling any chance he gets.

I have been working mostly on products that I can’t show you right now on my blog. I am sorry, I hope to show you soon!

I am also doing a fundraiser for our hockey team… Creating Hockey Mom necklaces. One Mom asked me to create this necklace for her too! I might have to make myself one!

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It is double sided.

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Yesterday I started having another episode of vertigo… So I am slow moving today. Ugh! I don’t really have time to be slow moving!

Onward and upward! Hope you are having a joyful day!
Xo, Kris

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Polar Vortex = Minnesota Cold!

I bet you thought I was frozen!!! I am sorry you haven’t heard from me for a few days!

We are on day two of frigid sub zero temps caused by a polar vortex. Our governor cancelled schools statewide, churches and some businesses have been closed yesterday. No school today for the second day!

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With 46 degrees below zero windchill, it is a perfect day to stay bundled and cozy in our homes.

This weekend was Sawyer’s 8th grade rite of passage to have the baby for the weekend! Three nights of newborn crying, feeding and diapers. He started off multitasking.

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Sharing Comments like “I am waaaay too young to have a baby!”

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He also discovered that it is impossible to sleep and feed a baby at the same time. FYI, it is not a real baby, the baby is computerized to act like a real baby! Put school had 12 babies and every student in eighth grade gets to experience what it is like to care for a baby. We are so thankful to have Sawyer’s behind us!! Two down, one more to go!

Now that the holidays are over, I can start sharing some of the custom orders that were surprises.

This necklace I created with a family keepsake, her Grandma’s brooch. I love how it turned out, the brooch is the star and the supporting elements help the brooch shine!

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I hope you are staying warm and cozy through the frigid temps!

Xoxoxo, Kris

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Wishing You Joy, Happiness and Peace!

We packed as much as we could into the fun filled, family bonding, memory making week!

We visited favorite spots in Havasu and established new favorites!

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I enjoyed gorgeous walks every day… There is so much beauty in Lake Havasu.

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We drove five miles into the desert through some pretty rough terrain…

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It was so unique, open from high noon until 6 pm two days per week.

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There were open air bathrooms and some pretty funky chairs created from horseshoes.

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The kids enjoyed ice skating in the beautiful Arizona weather…

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And I captured one of my favorite photos of the trip!

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There is so much to share, but not quite enough time!

On this eve of the New Year, I hope that you can put closure and gratitude on 2013 and that 2014 brings you joy, happiness and peace!
Much love,
Kris

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