Saturday, December 31, 2011

stick a fork in it! The desktop pc is done.

I has been a long time. Well after 7 yrs our desktop computer has died and that is the one I use to blog! OH well one of my techie kids can shop for a new one. Cuz we all know
As always the boyz are keeping us pretty busy. Football ended and we are still healing our wounds but have moved on to wrestling big time! Tanner has taken some time to heal the bone bruise and rip in mcl and is just getting into it again. Tanner recently won the Excel award at school for grades and community involvement. Dalton is leading the team in pins and wins with a 9-4 record. Next week Dalton will lead his knowledge bowl team in the regional meet in Mankato. Tabor has been home on break and working at the mill 24/7 until the 8Th of January. And has a full load of 19 credits for next semester and great news he has made the deans list. Everyone is doing very well and looking forward to 2012. Darin and I have starting making our own wine with another couple. Basically a reason to get together every 4 to 6 weeks and play this great game loaded questions. Darin is pretty sure he is responsible to the super nice weather! We bought a new lawn tractor with a snow blower attachment for up by the house and 2 newer than 1980's snow! Well I think is was all the brand new windows we put in the south side of our home. What every the reason we are so thankful. Best wishes to you and your family for a healthy 2012!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

My latest T-shirt Design & The Team

3rd year in a ROW!

Well it's time to go to STATE again this year! The Raiders travel to Marshall MN @ South West State to take on Edgerton who is rated #1. Game time is 5pm on Friday the 11Th. Keep us safe and let us play one more game in the DOME!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Happy Birthday Dalton!

Wow it is hard to believe our baby is 15 today! Where did the time go? Tonight while Darin was out scouting the team that we play Saturday night, Dalton picked 5Guys to eat at then we rented Captain America. And naturally his favorite kind of birthday cake......DQ Ice Cream Cake. Besides being busy with football Dalton's knowledge bowl team took home first place last week. Knowledge bowl is a sparty pants team of kids who excel at academics. Dalton's big gift was a stereo and a trip to Complete Nutrition his favorite store next to Scheels. And yes Dalton is going to be the tallest in our family and he still doesn't like the site of peanut butter anything. Happy Birthday Dalton!

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Long Time!

I know.....its been a long time between posts! I thought when one child moved out of the house you would have more time. BOY were we wrong! Okay quick review........Tabor has been out of FB for 3 weeks due to a wonderful enlarged spline and MONO. But back at to as of today! And good news the Warriors have made the playoffs so he is excited to be back at practice full time. Tanner & Dalton have had a whale of a time finishing the regular season @ 7-1 and we will have home seed for all of the playoffs. First game is the 29Th @ 7pm. When we are not on the road or at a game we have been getting ready for winter. Plus we have a couple of remodel projects going on at our home. Busy Busy.....only a month away from Turkey Day.

Thursday, September 29, 2011


FOOTBALL...... really is there anything else that is going on in the world?

Things have been very busy the last couple of weeks. Dalton had to step up and is now QB1 for the Raiders. Last Friday night he threw for 293 yards and had 5 touchdowns. ( yes he is only 14) Our BULL, Tanner averages 10 yards a carry. And knows this is his week to have some break out TD's. It's fun to see him be right there to protect his bro. And Tabor is having a great time at college and will be seeing some time at guard. Wow and is coming home this weekend for a short visit.

Just trying to keep it all straight and moving forward is a challenge! But very happy to report all the boyz are getting A's and B's. This weekend we have another BIG road trip to Hills Beaver Creek. Which by the way is only 10 miles from Sioux Falls,SD. Then we will spend the night ans watch Tabor play in Worthington on Saturday at 1:30.

Raiders are 4-0

Ridgewater is 3-2

Mileage on the garmin reads 3,452 miles and we are only half way into the season.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Ridgewater Warriors

Wow what a great weekend of Football!

This weekend we covered the state of Minnesota. Down to the Iowa boarder on Friday for a win over the Mustangs of Granada. The Raiders are 2-0 for the season and have Madelia Friday night for our homecoming game. Then Saturday morning we were headed to Ely which is just south of the Canadian boarder. Where the Warriors went to 2-1 with a win over the Ironmen. Yes was a lot of traveling in the van but well worth it! All three boyz are consistently improving week after week. Both will face very tough competition this next week. Keep praying everyone stays healthy!

Sunday, September 4, 2011

R U Ready for some football?

Okay I know its been a very long time since the last post but we have logged over 1900 miles in a car running with the kids. Tabor has been at college now for a month and loving it! Yeah! Likes his professors and is learning a lot. The Warriors have 2 games under their belts and are 1-1 so far this season. So excited to see him healthy and wearing old #58 again this year. He is heading in the right direction to have a great year! Next week we make the trip to Ely.

Tanner already has 2 touchdowns and a 2pt conversion in the Raiders first game of the year when we defeated Cleavland 50-27 last Thursday evening. Ready to start school on Tuesday as a Jr taking 3 college courses. And if you haven't seen Tanner in awhile you can tell he was in the weight room for all of the summer.

Dalton is very fortunate and as a freshmen this year played in the 1st quarter in the varsity game and is QB#2 for the Raiders! During the scrimmage he threw 3 td passes for 40 yds each. Dalton this year will be the back up to anyone who needs to come out to get a break. As always we need to keep everyone healthy! Our 9man team only has 18 boys who need to be ready to play at all times!

Darin continues to coach the O-line for the Raiders and has been traveling a lot for Cargill. Next week is the recognition trip for our Horizon Milling Division. So excited to go for a few days to South Carolina! Its homecoming week here at Nicollet and at Ridgewater so we are going for 3 days so we fly back in on Friday afternoon. So another typical weekend is we wear Raider Blue on Friday nights and then on Saturday we make the switch to red and black.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

National Night Out

Tuesday night we attended the National Night out in Nicollet. The humidity finally broke ( for a few hours). We gathered up my athletes from school and handed out beads, glow in the dark necklaces and pencils. While boyz were busy mingling with all the little kids and handing out goodies I put on close to 100 temporary sports tattoos. Although each kid kept telling me the same thing.....Mrs.Elliott I can't wait for school to start.........really because I can. It was a very nice evening out and we got tons of excellent complaints. I am sure you can all tell who is in the Blue Morph Suit! He had a great time but did manage to scare a little boy half to death when Tanner asked for a high5. How about these beautiful blue eyed puppies that are ready for new homes? They are so playful now and I am sure the only goal they have each day is to eat the flowers off my plants!

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Moving day

Well the first one has officially moved out of the house! We are so excited for Tabor to start a new chapter of his life. And he's brothers were glad he chose a 90* high humidity day to move as well. Wow was it hot and everyone was moving into today. Two a days start on Monday and next Saturday we have the football parents meeting and meal with coach.

Monday, July 25, 2011


It seems the State of MN took just as long as the NFL Players and Owners couldn't decide how to spend the $$$$$$. Mankato is jumping for JOY that the Vikes are on the way back to MSU!

Friday, July 22, 2011

Hot Summer!

Well I don't know where the time has gone but summer is almost over! Darin had a great birthday on Monday. We took the boys to Tokyo Grill in Mankato and had a great chef. Can't tell by the video but he had a little fireman who wet the grill. The boyz got a kick out of the chef drawing designs with the food and tossed it around. Plus the boyz did the shopping for Darin's gift and did a great job on a new line and reel.

Boyz had another wrestling camp this week and boy has it been hot out! The puppies have grown into these fun and active little Elliott's. It will be hard to part with them but they will only be with us another 2 weeks.

And Tabor is only here for a few more days! We did our final inspection of his apartment today. Okay when Grandma King went to Ridgewater back in the day ( ha- thought I would give up your age didn't you) they called the apartment building "The Pit" I don't think much has changed. Captains practice starts on the 28Th and he will be all moved in on the 30Th.

Darin is out of state for a few days for a trip with Cargil guys. I am sure they are working hard on finding the fish. The expansion here at the Mankato Mill is going very well. Papa Cargil just announced another bonus trip for us! Everybody keep eating bread. Yeah! We know we are going the 3rd week in September but the location is still a secret. I'm excited but lets just say school/football coach is not. Smack dab in the middle of Homecoming week.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

2week update

Rocky & Pete's puppies are two weeks old and just starting to open their eyes. Rocky is such a good mom! Pete pretty much knows to stay out of the garage or he will get his but kicked by Rocky. Nobody messes with her pups except Dalton. When they were only 2 days old they had their tails and dews clipped. Dalton went into the surgical room to assist while I stayed in the waiting room listening to the high pitched crys from the puppies. With the heat and humidity we moved a fan into the garage to give Rocky some breeze. They basically eat and sleep and yawn a lot. Tripled in size from when they are born. Won't they make great birthday gifts for family members??????

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Fun at the lake!

Well the weather is finally perfect! Kids are enjoying tubing and Dalton has probably made 25 s'mores over the last couple of days! Hope everyone is having a safe 4Th of July!

Monday, June 27, 2011

Dalton Marching in Band

This past weekend Nicollet celebrated friendship days and the high school band marched for 2 miles all over town.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Rocky and Puppies

Well finally after 24 hours mom and babies are doing very well. We will be posting more photos when Dalton comes home from camp. We have 4 females(2blue and 2silver) and 2 males one of each color. Tabor lived through a horror story of a trip to the vet's office. And I will be going to town to buy a new purse and the van will be professionally cleaned on Monday. Let's just say those shots and I.V. worked really really fast! Now how many people say they delivered babies while driving?

Friday, June 24, 2011

She has started

And yes the first Elliott puppy would be a "blue colored" BOY just like Pete!

Monday, June 20, 2011

Where did June go?

Okay...Okay no more emails and phone calls about getting the blog up to date. Between the rain events and all the wind we have been pretty busy. Tanner and Dalton have been umpiring games M-Thursday nights and are now off to Auggie Wrestling Camp until Thursday morning. Thursday morning the football bus will pick them up and then its off to Duluth for three more days of camp.

Tabor has bee working full time and enjoying learning the ropes at the mill. He has been doing his football workout at the YMCA after work each day. Only two months left and he'll be off to college. With Tanner gone this week the strawberry patch has been producing lots of berries. I think he ate 5 for every one he put in the bowl.

Dalton spent two days at Jeff Tricky QB camp in Minnetonka last Friday and Saturday. There were many kids from Iowa, Wisconsin and Canada at the camp. Each camper worked with a NCAA college QB and were taped and taught about throwing technique. Outside of the stadium there was parents and coaches who were struggling to find the right player to watch. I thought to myself....."Rookies" every ones know you find your son by looking for his shoes!

We are so waiting for the weather to straighten out so we can head back to the lake! Many of you know we have been waiting ever so patiently for Rocky to have her puppies. As I promised Dalton nothing would go on the blog until he got to see photos first. Any guesses on how many she will have? This morning it was a struggle for her to walk to the end of the driveway and back again so we are getting very close.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Sweet 16!

Happy Birthday Tanner Banner!

So tonight we celebrated Tanner's 16Th birthday with a shrimp boil and an ice cream cake from DQ.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Memorial Day

Well after a busy weekend of graduation festivities we are looking forward to a quiet day on the lake. Graduation party was a big hit and with all of the extra kids around here the leftovers are almost gone.

With all the hoopla of getting a day off from work we would like everyone to remember the true meaning of Memorial Day. All Americans need to say "Thanks" for all those who have fought for this country and for those who are still fighting to keep us safe.

The photo is of Uncle John receiving the Purple Heart a month ago in Afghanistan. He will be arriving to 29Palms this week.

A Big Thank YOU to all those who serve this Country!

Friday, May 27, 2011

Congradulations Tabor!

Wow can you believe it? Yahoo off to a new chapter in his life! Congrats Tabor!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

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Bubba's Last Day of School!

Tabor was is no mood for a picture on his last day of school. He is not so bothered by the last day of high school but more so it might be his last day playing high school sports. Baseball has a big game tonight in Sleepy Eye for the Sub Section Champions @ 5pm. It's been a busy week for Tabor, Monday we had new student orientation at Ridgewater College. Tabor got into all of the classes he wanted to. We got to see his new apartment and it was same place Grandma King lived in when she went to college in Willmar. I guess they changed the name, Grandma said it was called the "PIT" well now it is called Evergreen Estates. So looking forward to seeing everyone on Saturday for Tabor's party! From 3 to 6 we are serving up some of Tabor's favorites.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

State Track

Wow what a cold and wet day in Stillwater! Sorry no pictures of the monsoon the kids rain in. Naturally we get home this afternoon and its sunny and 75*. The boys did a fabulous job, we were so close a couple of times. 4Th place is still pretty good! Way to go Tanner.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011


Wow how often does a school get to brag that they went to state three seasons in a row? How often do you hear of someone saying their son went to STATE in two sports in one year?

Well here it is The KNIGHT/RAIDER Boys Team is heading to STATE! Yahoo this Saturday Tanner will be competing in Stillwater for the boys true team state title. Meet starts early at 10am and the bus will pull out at 6:00am. Wish us LUCK!

Heading into the meet the Knight/Raiders are ranked 3rd in state.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011