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Steelers 23 Colts 20

A couple weeks back we drove down to Indianapolis to go to a football game with the Somasi family.  This is the fourth year we've gone to a game (Browns in 2008, Vikings in 2009, and Panthers in 2010).

We started the day at the Children's Museum and then went to the Sunday night game at Lucas Oil stadium.  When we bought the tickets, we were looking forward to seeing both the Steelers and Peyton Manning.  Unfortunately, only one of those two worked out.  It was lucky for the Steelers because I think they would have had their butts whooped if the Colts had a decent QB behind center.  I was quite glad we were inside for the game because it was cold and rainy outside. 

Here are a few photos:










Staying Hydrated

Elliot has a new method of staying hydrated while mowing the grass…



Youth Football 2011 - Finn

Finn is playing flag football on the Chargers.  After finishing last season with a 2-TD game (link), he started this season with the same.  He's now got streak going of six straight games with a TD run (not counting the recent game in which he played only defense).

Here are a couple of videos and photos.  The first video is the one that features the Finnster.




Youth Football 2011 - Elliot

For the third year in a row, Elliot's football team has struggled to get a win.  This year they finally got a win in overtime in the fourth game…and it happened to be the one played underneath the lights on a Saturday evening on the field at Central Middle School.  Elliot's been playing receiver on offense and linebacker on defense.

Here is some video from the game at Central including the game-winning TD.

Here is a series of photos of Elliot (# 8) making a tackle on a run up the middle:











Here is a series of photos of Elliot causing a fumble:









Youth Football 2010 Weeks 4 to 6

I never finished reporting on the boys youth football seasons last year.  Here is what I wrote about Week 1 and Weeks 2/3.

After playing RB the first half of the season, Elliot played QB during the final three games.  He played well, but his team continued to struggle and finished the season winless.

Here is video of Elliot at QB pitching to his friend Ethan who makes a long run before being tackled just short of the goal line:

Here's a video from the final game of the season with Elliot at QB:

Here are some photos:







The last game of Finn's season was a special one.  He carried the ball twice and scored both times.  The first one was a short run off tackle.  The second one was more adventurous.  Below are a couple of videos of Finn's team.  The first video focuses on the two TDs.  Unfortunately, I didn't have the good video camera with me, and it wasn't quite in focus for the second TD.  As you'll hear, I get pretty excited during the second run.  Below are a couple of photos too.



2011 Country Club Championship Swim Meet

The 2011 Country Club Championship Swim Meet (Midland, Bay City, and Saginaw) was held this past week.  Congratulations to Elliot who brought home 3 ribbons in the boys age 9-10 category:

  • 4th place in the 25 meter backstroke (time 28.12)
  • 5th place in the 25 meter breaststroke (time 34.43)
  • 5th place in the 100 meter freestyle (time 1:50.16)


Finn's Favorite Tridge Memory

From Wikipedia:

The Tridge is the formal name of a three-way footbridge above the confluence of the Chippewa and Tittabawassee Rivers near downtown Midland, Michigan, in the Tri-Cities. The bridge was constructed in 1981 at a cost of $732,000 and took 6,400 hours of labor. The site also marks the starting point of the Pere Marquette Rail Trail.


The Midland Area Community Foundation web site described the Tridge's 30th birthday celebration:

To ensure another 30 years of great community and great times, the Midland Area Community Foundation has undertaken the Tridge renovation project.  Our local citizens, foundations and businesses have contributed money to the project, resulting in new electrical & lighting, new structural components and new railing.  The Foundation is excited to celebrate this achievement  on July 16, 2011 at 1:30pm at the Tridge.

Ms. Tina VanDam will present memories of her involvement in the original celebration of this unique piece of architecture and Mayor Donker will speak to the continued value of this asset in our community and the Midland Area Community Foundation Board of Trustees Chair Craig McDonald will speak about the Foundation’s commitment to the Tridge.

In conjunction with the Tridge renovation project and 30th birthday party, the Foundation held a “My Favorite Tridge Memory” story-writing contest for elementary-age children. The stories that were submitted were greatly enjoyed by the committee that selected the two winners:  Mia Allen and Finn Moore.

Here are some photos from the event:






Here are some videos.  The first video has the introduction by Craig McDonald, memories from Tina VanDam, and Mia's story:

The second video is Finn reading his essay.  As you'll see, he did a great job!:

The third video has the speech from Mayor Donker:

Here is a link to the coverage in the paper: link.

Here is the text of his essay:

There is so much to do at the Tridge! I went to the spray park. It was so cool! I got to get wet, have fun, and it really cooled me off. You can also watch fireworks. You can go fishing too. You can go on a bike ride, go to Tunes by the Tridge, and go to the Farmers Market to buy food.

I like going to the farmers market to get honey sticks, and I sometimes get donuts if there are any. Okay, I like looking at the water too. I sometimes see fish – well mostly turtles.

But my favorite part of the Tridge is definitely climbing in the big, well not that big, park. About that – I go to the park a lot! Its so fun to play there and there you can slide down the awesome slides. I like the big fast red one the best. Once when I went on it I flipped. It was so cool!

Sometimes I go to the place where there are statues. By the way, this was all with my mom, brother, and dad so my mom sometimes takes pictures of us there.

I can’t wait to go back!

Updated 2011-08-06:

Here is the City of Midland's video about the Tridge renovations (Lisa, Marcelle, and John make a cameo at around 1:37):

Here is MGTV's video of the Tridge birthday ceremony featuring Finn and others:

Little Drummer Boy

Here is some video of our little drummer boy:

And here is a photo:


Elementary Track Meet 2011

Last Wednesday Elliot participated in the city-wide elementary track meet at Midland Stadium, competing against kids from 8 other schools.  He participated in the softball throw and 800 m run and was an alternate for the 400 m relay.  He finished 6th in the city in the softball throw (I didn’t realize that pink is the official color for 6th-place ribbons).  That was an unexpected surprise to me since it’s been several years since he has played baseball.  One of his buddies finished just ahead of him (4th ?), and a bunch of his buddies represented Carpenter really well in the various running events (winning or finishing in the top few).


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