Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Thanksgiving Feast for First Graders!

Kyle's class has had a fun-filled short 3-day week of activities at school this week. Yesterday, his class had a "Thanksgiving Feast" with stone soup, fruit, sandwiches, pumpkin muffins and more. I was privileged to get to help and was able to snap this quick picture of Kyle enjoying his feast. :-) The kids also had a lot of fun Thanksgiving games to play such as Corn Bowling and Stuff the Turkey! What a great time was had by all! Kyle is THANKFUL to have such a wonderful teacher!


Monday, November 9, 2009

LAM Benefit!

Thanks to all of our friends -- Petrov's, Lenzo's, Burian's, Smitka's, Churilla's, and Gour's -- who were able to support the Midwest LAM Foundation at their fundraiser. Although all of the Live auctions were way out of our league and most of the silent auctions as well -- we were able to snag one of the silent auctions: a Chicago Fire Package. It included:

  • two tickets to a 2010 Fire game

  • two authentic jerseys, signed by players

  • one soccer ball, signed by their star: Blanco

  • and an awesome Chicago Fire scarf

We were able to have such a fun weekend in Chicago with our friends. For those that came from further away (Petrov's & Gour's) -- they stayed at the same hotel with us, the Hotel Allegro. Saturday evening we had a nice supper out with the Petrov's (Morton IL) at the Kinzie Street Chop House. Then late Sunday morning, we had an awesome brunch with the Gour's (Elkhart IN) at the Grand Lux Cafe. Great food and great company!

We thank everyone who was able to make the trip to Chicago as well as everyone who couldn't attend but contributed financially to the cause. Also, those that wanted to attend but were turned away because the event sold out!

Love, the Benich's!!!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Halloween weekend!

Did everyone have a wonderful Halloween weekend? We had a jam-packed weekend filled with fun Halloween activities and soccer games! Delaney's Three Lions team had a tournament in Indianapolis this past weekend, and all the kids got to have Halloween activities with the team at the hotel. Delaney said she had more fun this weekend, than if she had stayed home for Halloween! She was Cleopatra this year, and her coaches dressed up too as Mario & Luigi. Everyone had a great time! This is her team all dressed up:

And here is Kyle and Kenny with Delaney as well, Kyle was a ninja this year and Kenny was an escaped convict! :-)

They also did awards on Halloween night with all the festivities, and Delaney was honored to be in a tie for Player's Player of the Year (voted on by their teammates). What a great honor to be chosen!

And, of course, we had 4 soccer games this weekend for the tournament! Delaney played very well this tournament, and she was hustling all four games.

She was helping clearing those balls out when needed...

... as well as helping score some goals too!

I think the games ran like this:

7-1 (Delaney got 3 of the goals)
1-1 (Delaney scored a goal to tie in like the last five minutes, which kept us in the championship game)
1-0 Championship win!

The girls won their first tournament! What a way to end their first season - way to go girls! They were all so excited and proud to get their trophies.

Great job, Delaney! Now, if you're like me you didn't realize that soccer was a year-round sport! We get a little bit of a break before the indoor season starts. :-)