Thanksgiving Day 2017

We are enjoying our fourth consecutive non-traditional Thanksgiving. Using all of Dan's Marriott points to enjoy some R & R at our favorite resort in Palm Desert, CA.

Golf, sun and time together without the distractions of work and school. That's something for which to be thankful. With Erin in college next year, we don't know that this will be in the plans in 2018, so we are enjoying every minute of it this time around.

On this day, we take stock of the good things in our lives. A day about gratitude.

I am thankful for our families who have supported us and root for our happiness.

I am thankful for friends who have become family.

I am thankful for the ladies in my life. So many groups of women - tennis friends, volleyball mom squad and the hockey moms - who I get to call friends.

I am thankful for a job I love that keeps me engaged and learning new things.

I am thankful for Shannon. I was lucky to be her mom and am grateful I get to carry on her spirit.

Most of all, I am thankful for Dan and Erin. They are my everything. 

Happy Thanksgiving to all. I hope your day is filled with laughter, love, friendship and family.

Shannon O'Hara Foundation Night - Nov. 16 - Rochester Rec Center

Just a friendly reminder that we will be celebrating HS girls hockey tomorrow night at the Rec Center. It's a doubleheader:

     Century vs. Mankato East - 5:30pm
     JM vs. Mayo - 7:30pm

Some of the Lourdes girls hockey team will be on hand as well, volunteering at our merchandise table.

New Shannon gear will be available: hoodies, 1/4 zip, ladies baseball T's

Youth hockey players who wear their jersey to the games, get in free with a paid adult.

See you tomorrow night at the Rec Center!

Saturday Nov. 4, 2017

Dan and I took Sunny the Wonderdog for a walk around the reservoir this morning. Cold and wet... and invigorating. It's always been our place to walk and talk about life. It's a Shannon place for sure.

Today's talk was about Erin, college, jobs. The usual life stuff. These are uncertain times where we don't know what next fall will look like. Will we be going somewhere out east to visit Erin? Will she change her mind and decide to stay closer? Where will she get in? How much will it cost? I'm so not good at uncertainty...

Erin has transitioned from the end of volleyball season to her first winter without a sport since elementary school. No offseason volleyball, so more time to work at the RAC and keep her social life humming. Let's just say, she's succeeding!

Girls hockey season started this week and I had the privilege of talking to some of the teams at their pre-season meetings. This year's senior class are the last girls who played on teams with Shannon. And, the youngest girls on these high school teams grew up playing in the Shannon Cup tournaments. So, a time of transition. Walking in to a room and seeing three different girls wearing Shannon gear is pretty cool.

Speaking of Shannon gear, new stuff has arrived! We have a new 1/4 zip for men and women, a new hockey hoodie and a baseball t for women. 

We will be selling Shannon gear at two upcoming girls hockey dates:

     Nov. 16 - Rec Center
          Century vs. Mankato East - 5:30pm
          JM vs. Mayo - 7:30pm

     Dec. 21 - Graham Arena 
          JM vs. Owatonna - 5:30pm
          Lourdes vs. Eden Prairie - 7:30

So, another hockey season is upon us. We're ready.