Soccer Weekend

The Burnsville Bandits!

We had such a great time in Kansas over the weekend for Megan’s soccer tournament.  So much fun, that I didn’t even have time to blog.  So here I am on Sunday night getting you caught up on our trip.

Day one:  we started out long drive at 9:30 am and at 10:00, Megan calls out from the backseat, “are we in Iowa yet?”  ha!  Not quite honey.  But it didn’t take long to get through four states.  We arrived in Overland Park, KS around 5:00 that day, but we could’ve arrive an hour earlier had we not taken a few too many stops along the way.  I think Megan was getting anxious to get there, because she’d say, “are we stopping again?!”  She was keeping tabs on all of her teammates by texting them to find out when everyone was arriving and apparently we weren’t fast enough.

Once we arrived at our hotel, we dropped off our suitcases and Megan left us immediately to go hang out with her girlfriends.  Nate & I hooked up with a few parents out in the hallway and were offered a Malibu Pineapple drink right away.  Wow, these parents are fun!  Nate & I found that we didn’t pack correctly.  I guess you were suppose to pack beverages for this trip.  We hit the liquor store the next day.  We didn’t want to be the “loser” parents and beg for drinks.   After “happy hour”, we set out to find a tasty Kansas BBQ.  We ended up a local place called, “Gates.”  We weren’t disappointed.   The ribs had a wonderful spicy rub on them and plenty of sauces that you could choose to dip the ribs into.  The taste of barbecue felt like summer…and it was around 75 degrees out.  Perfect weather and a great way to start out our trip.

Kelly & I with tasty pork ribs!

After dinner, it was back to the hotel.  Kelly did some swimming and the soccer girls just hung out and were loud!   The adults found the patio outside and got to know each other a little better with lots of conversations & introductions.  The girls had a curfew at 10:30, but they were so wound up, that we decided to get them into their rooms by 10:00.  Lights out and first game was at 10:00 the next morning.

Game #1 vs Missouri Ducks

We arrived at the Overland Park Soccer Complex an hour before the game.  Wow, is this place nice!  All of the fields have artificial turf rather than grass.  The girls were spoiled playing on these fields.  As we drove out to this area, we noticed how beautiful the houses were.  This place definitely has a bit of money surrounding it.  Gorgeous homes, pretty landscaping all around and most importantly…green grass!  Since spring hasn’t arrived in Minnesota yet, we were noticing the trees that have bloomed, the green grass and enjoying the warm temperatures.  On Saturday, they nearly hit record temperatures for this time of the year.  We talked to some local men that were watching our game and they told us that it is usually in the 60’s about this time of the year.  We hit 86 degrees.  It was hot!!  But there wasn’t one person (from Minnesota) complaining.  We ladies were tanning in our chairs every chance we got.  Lots of sunburns by evening.   The Burnsville team won their first game and lost their second.  We had some tired girls by evening.

This soccer ball looked like it was floating.

Kelly couldn't resist touching it.

After the games were done, it was back to the hotel for dinner.  Instead of going out, we all brought something to share for a “taco dinner.”  We set it up in their buffet area of the hotel and everyone had what they liked.  What a great idea and helped on the budget.  Curfew was 9:30 this night, but it wasn’t a problem getting the girls to head to bed.  They were exhausted from the heat & playing so hard all day.  Lights out by 10:00.  Next game…7:15 a.m.!

Under the lights in the morning

We had to be to the field by 6:30 a.m. today.  It was so peaceful out there and we parents all watched the sunrise.  Another beautiful day and perfect for a game of soccer.   It was there last game and they knew they wouldn’t be moving on but these girls played their best game of the tournament.  It was so exciting to watch and nerve racking at the same time.  They were playing a team from, Independence Missouri.  This team was in first place & had beaten other teams by 8-0 & 4-0.  We weren’t intimidated by them at all and had three great opportunities to score but just barely missed the net.  One even hit the post.  We ended up in a 0-0 tie but our hats off to the Burnsville Bandits and the effort they put into the entire weekend.  They’re a great bunch of girls with a lot of talent.  We’re looking forward to a great season here in Minnesota.


  1. What a great way to start the session,everyone having fun and getting to know each.Sounds like a great gang.

  2. Wow! That sounds like a great weekend!!!! I love the wearing shorts and the green grass. I can’t wait!
    That food looked wonderful, that is a big plate of fries! Wow!
    I am glad it was a Great time!

  3. Congratulations to Megan for the win! Great opportunity for a mini-vacation! Looks like you had a great time and probably have a good start on that tan for the summer!

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