National Champions Galore!


This was a VERY busy week but I am one extremely proud coach! On Tuesday morning my team and I traveled all the way to Novi Michigan for one of the biggest competitions of the year, the Junior Olympic Games. For many of my athletes this was their first year competing and first national competition. We went in with hopes of a good outcome and boy did my babies deliver!

The competition consists of 9 levels each with the possibility of making top 10 during prelims and advancing on to finals. Not only did EVERY kid advance to finals but every kid made top 5 in their individual divisions! Day one of finals started today and they did phenomenally. Out of the 21 kids, we are taking home 7 gold medals, 6 Silver, and 8 Bronze!

When I started coaching this sport 2 years ago I had no idea that I would fall in love with it. The staff are great and the kids work extremely hard and love and support each and every one of their teammates. Any obstacle, these kids pushed through. All of the blood sweat and tears that have gone into this season (literally ) has finally paid off. With 21 medals and 9 team trophies today I cannot wait to see what the final day consists of tomorrow for the rest of the kids and how far they will all go in the next few years.

To find out more about the event, and sport it self, click here.


Stressful hunting

Everyone knows how stressful moving can be, you have to move out, find a place, and move in all in a very short period of time. (since most property managers will not hold their properties more than 10 days) This year’s search has given me quite a few imaginary gray hairs. When it comes to things like this I am very persistent and responsible, but when you are given a 10-day limit you are a bit pushed on time.  I have been looking on every rental website there is for the past couple of months but every time I called they had already leased it or they weren’t willing to hold the place until August. Feeling desperate I moved my search to craigslist. A few of the parents at my job told me that’s where the posted their rentals so I decided to give it a try.  Almost instantly I found the most beautiful house someone at my age could rent. I emailed the person listed as fast as I could and she replied right away. She notified me that the place was still available for rent, but if I wanted to see it I would have to look online or walk around the house it self due to a  recent move. I didn’t think anything of this and went and took a look at the house from the outside. Every window was open like she had said and made it easy to peek in. The house was even more perfect in person. Excited to have finally found something I messaged my roommate to let her know. We filled out the applications the next day and The lady emailed us saying it was ours. Then things got weird, she said her secretary would send us the keys via Fed Ex as soon as she got the money gram in the mail (IN NEW YORK) This obviously confused me as to how this person could be a secretary/ assistant to someone so far away. Being the gullible young person that I am I was like whatever, I’m just going to send this money (900$) to her so I can get the keys. I went to WalMart to get a money order and called my dad to tell him everything. He quickly told me not to do it and to wait after he did a background check on the lady. Everything ended up checking out because she used the original homeowner’s name, but the assistant was listed under potential scammers. Lesson learned don’t trust someone that you do not know with something so expensive. Also never accept an application for a house that you cannot physically see. If my dad wouldn’t have told me not to go through with it I would have been out of a lot of money… Scammers are making bank out of young adults who are unaware what they are dealing with. Take a look at these websites they show almost every trick my scammer used on me, and quite a few warning signs.  I know it’s house hunting season, be aware, and stay safe.        -Arie


California Adventures

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This year marks our 11th year living in Illinois. Being 21 now I’ve officially lived here longer than the lovely golden state. When I realized this I came up with a proposal to spend Christmas in California as one last family vacation. My parents finally agreed and I can not wait until December. I have not been back once since we left and I miss it dearly. As soon as I was given the final yes I began looking for rentals along the beach. After searching for about a month I finally found the perfect beach house steps from the Ocean.  My parents are going to fly all the way to California, but my sister and I will be flying to Vegas (where one of my other sisters lives) to help her complete the 5-hour drive with her 3 kids. Once we all get there our week will be full of activities from day to night. We will be going to Disney Land, and Universal Studios for 2 days each, then we will spend the rest of the time on the beach, barbecuing, and riding around old neighborhoods to visit friends and go to a couple of our favorite Mexican restaurants. I can not wait to go! Where are you guys from?