goal for our club this year

anonymous asked:

Who is 'Kop'?

You mean THE Kop?  THE Haley Kopmeyer?

Well lemme just tell you a lil’ about this Michigan Native!

Born and raised in Troy, Michigan. Her parents signed her up as a kid to Rec, went to 5 tryouts but didn’t make a team until one needed a back-up.  Eventually became a starter and from then out performed for her team. In high school, she was named to the all-state first team, the all-district first team, the all-conference first team, and all-region first team. She then attended the University of Michigan! Go Blue!

She had a terrific career at Michigan. During her best season, which was her 1st after a season ending injury her freshman year, Kopmeyer led the Big Ten in saves (56), save percentage (.862) and saves-per-game (5.60) during conference play while topping the conference in overall save percentage (.848) and sharing the lead in saves (95). She played in 16 games, making 15 starts and set the school rookie record for shutouts with six.  She was awarded the University of Michigan Athletic Academic Achievement Award for the second year running and earned Academic All-Big Ten honors. 

After 4 incredible seasons, this Michigan product, to her surprise, was drafted 31st overall by the Seattle Reign in 2013. Kopmeyer didn’t believe she’d even be drafted and thus already had plans working somewhere else in marketing. She even watched the 2013 NWSL draft until the 29th pick and stopped there and went to work bc she thought she wasn’t going to be drafted only to get a call from her father to which she started bawling. 

Unfortunately, she was released from the team due to league roster constraints; however she was re-signed by the team for the 2014 season to back up Hope Solo.

In 2014, as back up to Hope, Kopmeyer believed it was a year she and Hope had began their relationship which was ‘massive’ , in her own words, in the sense that she had the opportunity to grow and learn from the best goal keeper in the world. She finally had someone who believed in her and thus from there on out kept improving as a GK. 

On her first ever start in 2014, something only our Kop would do, she went to the wrong goal and so ran the entire field to get to the right one. 

However, she did keep a clean sheet and the unbeaten streak while bringing the club to its fifth shutout in twelve games. Not to mention, some really good saves 

cr: here

Kopmeyer has been the back up since 2014 but in the years 2015-17, she’s taken a bigger role as Hope is in rehab now and taken a break from football. She is now the No.1 and has been putting on stellar performances for the Reign. 

From being rejected as a kid in rec games, to starting in the wrong goal as a professional to being Player of the Week and now Seattle Reign’s No.1, Haley Kopmeyer is a Seattle Reign FC Original and forever a gem to our team. 

P.S follow her Twitter for Gold quality content.

Bonus:

Kop being the most extra and crawling on the airplane floor to find out if Lu was in First Class

This has been a Haley Kopmeyer Appreciation Post. <3.

The Comparison Game

Yesterday, I agreed to work late to host a volunteer event for a book club celebrating their ten year anniversary.  I don’t give up my evenings lightly, but they made a cash donation to our organization and did a book drive…so I was swayed.  Plus, they brought wine and food…and it’s a book club!! :)

The conversation was really interesting during the event.  Somehow we got on the subject of achievements/goals/priorities and about the comparisons people make to one another, especially in the age of social media.  This is not something I struggle with too often anymore, but occasionally I’ll feel myself getting caught up in it.  For example, I always have to talk myself down whenever new people come over to our house, especially a lot of the husband’s coworkers because they live in much fancier houses than ours and their houses look spotless and professionally decorated.  They’re beautiful and I find myself admiring them when I’m there.  So, then, when I think of any of those people coming to my house, it makes me anxious! This feeling also applies to when I have to go spend time with beautiful people who are fashionable/get anti-aging treatments, or when I’m in a room full of people far more professional or “important,” or when I see travel photos from people who take multiple amazing trips a year.  I think it’s pretty normal to have a gut-check reaction when you see things like that.  However, as the years go by, I’m so grateful that it comes more and more naturally to catch myself SUPER quickly and do an immediate reality check.  Why do I feel this way?  Is it because I wish that my house/appearance/life was more this way or because social pressure (real or imagined) suggests I should want/be those things? Almost always it’s the latter.  The only time in my memory that it has EVER been the former was when I remember comparing myself on Facebook to former high school classmates who were in college and I wasn’t.  (I made some…interesting…life choices post-high school.)  I wasn’t happy with my choices.  I DID want to go to college.  So, I went.  But, my house?  I love it.  It’s cozy and it feels like home.  I LIKE imperfections and the time to work on them at my own pace.  My appearance?  I find it personally meaningful and important to come to grips with how I look in a natural manner.  I don’t care what choices other people make; I’ve struggled with accepting myself for a long time and I want to do that in my own way.  Educational/life achievements?  I’m really happy with who I am and what I do.  And, the freedom I have because of my job allows me to read, continue to learn, and live a happy and balanced life.  That, to me, is the only achievement I need career wise. Travel? We do get to travel.  We travel less often because we have other financial goals at the moment, but we go somewhere new at least once a year, and that’s really awesome!

I think if we all just know to stop immediately and take stock, check in with ourselves, we’d realize that there’s no reason for insecurity or feeling inferior.  And, if we’re not happy with the conclusions we come to, there’s no need for jealousy or insecurity–just motivation to make a change for ourselves

photo taken when I was crying at our last goal, team and staff was celebrating on the pitch at the background.

I witnessed history tonight, in Camp Nou. and I will forever tell it to everyone I know..that couldn’t be here. Wasn’t my first time in our beautiful stadium but I’m pretty sure it was the best one. Every goal was unique and at the end, just when we all thought we all lost it..that last goal came and I cried. I cry a lot, but I think in my 25 year old life, this is the first time I cried out of happiness. I truly, truly love this club with all my heart.

I wanna thank one and only Luis Enrique Martinez and his staff, and all of our players. We truly are the best club in the world a football fan can ask for.

T’estimo Barça, per sempre. 

Visca el Barça!

To Wayne, With Love

Guys, im freaking out over all the pictures of wayne at everton. Because that’s our captain and our club legend. I’ll literally cry when I see him in a blue shirt that is not our own. For me Rooney is United, I was young when he joined and has been my hero since. The criticism he faces and his mental strength to power through it is admirable. To my captain wherever you go, i will support you. Every assist, every tackle and every goal you score will be celebrated like you are still one of ours. Because we owe that much to you. I hope you are happy to bring your fabulous career to an end at your boyhood club and we thank you for your service every single day for the past 13 years, for every goal, every trophy, every tackle & every memory created. Old trafford will always be your home and we will always be your family ❤

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Borussia Dortmund und Mittelfeldspieler Nuri Sahin haben sich auf eine vorzeitige Vertragsverlängerung bis zum 30. Juni 2019 geeinigt. Der türkische Nationalspieler, in Lüdenscheid geboren und in Meinerzhagen aufgewachsen, trägt – abgesehen von zwei kurzen Unterbrechungen – seit 16 Jahren das schwarzgelbe Trikot.


„Wir freuen uns sehr, dass Nuri bei uns bleibt. Er ist ein Kind der Region, ein richtig guter Typ, und im Verein Borussia Dortmund tief verwurzelt“, erklärte BVB-Chef Hans-Joachim Watzke.


Der 28 Jahre alte Sahin, der seit 2011 auch die deutsche Staatsbürgerschaft besitzt, schloss sich im Sommer 2001 dem Nachwuchs von Borussia Dortmund an. Im Alter von 16 Jahren und 355 Tagen debütierte er als jüngster Spieler in der Bundesliga, dessen jüngster Torschütze er zugleich ist. Seit dem Debüt im Jahr 2005 folgten bisher 203 weitere Einsätze (insgesamt 19 Tore) für den BVB. In der Meister-Spielzeit 2010/11 war Sahin eine zentrale Figur und wurde von den Bundesliga-Profis zum besten Spieler der Saison gewählt. Anschließend erfüllte er sich seinen Traum von einem Wechsel zu Real Madrid, kehrte aber nach anderthalb Jahren (über die Zwischenstation FC Liverpool) zu seinen Wurzeln zurück.


„Jeder weiß, wie wohl ich mich in Dortmund fühle – in der Stadt, in diesem Stadion mit unseren außergewöhnlichen Fans. Der BVB ist der Klub meines Herzens“, sagte der Mittelfeldspieler, der seine zwölfte Profisaison spielt.


„Auch wenn Nuri in den vergangenen beiden Jahren Pech mit Verletzungen hatte, hat er doch immer wieder gezeigt, dass er zurückkommen und einen sehr wichtigen Part in unserer jungen Mannschaft ausfüllen kann“, betonte Sportdirektor Michael Zorc, der Sahin nach seinem im Spiel bei Borussia Mönchengladbach erlittenen Teilriss des Außenbandes im Sprunggelenk eine schnelle Genesung wünscht. Hans-Joachim Watzke und Michael Zorc betonen unisono: „Wir hoffen, dass Nuri auf der Saison-Zielgeraden noch einmal eingreifen kann. Seine hohe sportliche und menschliche Qualität würde uns zweifellos dabei helfen, unser Saisonziel zu erreichen!“

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BVB.de 25.04.17

Borussia Dortmund and midfielder Nuri Sahin have prematurely signed a contract extension until 30 June 2019. The Turkey international, who was born in Lüdenscheid and grew up in Meinerzhagen, has – with the exception of two brief spells away from the club – been a Black and Yellow for 16 years.

“We’re all delighted Nuri’s staying with us. He grew up in the region, he’s a really good guy and Borussia Dortmund is deeply ingrained in him,” explained BVB Chief Executive Officer Hans-Joachim Watzke.

The 28-year-old, who has had dual German and Turkish nationality since 2011, joined the Borussia Dortmund youth academy in the summer of 2001. Aged 16 years and 355 days he became the youngest player to ever play in the Bundesliga, and is the top-flight’s youngest-ever goalscorer too. Since making his debut in 2005, he has played for the club 203 times, scoring 19 goals. Sahin was a central figure in the title-winning season of 2010/11 and was selected for the Bundesliga Team of the Season by his fellow professionals. In the summer of 2011 he fulfilled his dream of moving to Real Madrid, but returned to his roots a year and a half later following a brief loan spell at English club Liverpool.

“Everyone knows how comfortable I feel in Dortmund – both in the city and in this stadium with our extraordinary fans. BVB is the club that belongs to my heart,” said the midfielder, who is now in his 12th season as a professional.

“Even though Nuri has had some bad luck with injuries in the past couple of years, he has still repeatedly shown that he can come back and fulfil a very important role in our young team,” emphasised Sporting Director Michael Zorc, who wished Sahin a speedy recovery after the player sustained a partial tear of the lateral collateral ligament in his ankle in the match with Borussia Mönchengladbach. Hans-Joachim Watzke and Michael Zorc both said: “We hope that Nuri can still make a comeback in the final weeks of the season. The high quality he offers in sporting and personal terms will undoubtedly help us to achieve our season objectives!”

Dani Alves: Sorry Pep, I joined PSG to win

Dani Alves has apologised to Pep Guardiola and Manchester City for sensationally snubbing the Premier League club, but claims he has joined Paris Saint-Germain “to be a champion”.

Alves had been expected to link up with his former Barcelona coach Guardiola at the Eithad Stadium after securing an early release from his Juventus contract.

Instead, the 34-year-old was presented in the French capital on Wednesday, having opted to join PSG, who finished second behind Monaco in Ligue 1 last season and lost 6-5 to Barca in a thrilling Champions League round-of-16 tie.  

“If Pep Guardiola and Manchester City feel hurt, I am sorry… I have come here to be a champion,” Alves told a news conference.

Alves also risked incurring the wrath of his former team, claiming “ambition” and “organisation” was the major difference between PSG and Juve.

He added: “I’ve had the pleasure of winning the Champions League three times and I want to bring my experience here.”

Alves revealed that former Barca and Brazil team-mate Maxwell, who left Camp Nou for PSG in 2012 before retiring at the end of last season, played a role in encouraging the move.

“I thank Maxwell for convincing me to come to Paris,” he said.

“I am ready to give my all.

"There’s a very interesting project in Paris. I have friends here, I’m a man who loves challenges.

"The work that the club has been doing over the past several years is very encouraging. It’s an ambitious team.

"The [PSG] president [Nasser Al-Khelaifi] had a great power of persuasion. I like to make history. We can write it together here. Our goal is to win the Champions League.

"I want to constantly open new horizons. I’m young in spirit. As long as it stays young, I’ll continue to fight.

"This was the third year that my name was linked to PSG. The third time was the charm.”

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[TRANSLATION] KOUSUKE ASUMA - BLOG Q&A PART 3

Part 1 here

Part 2 here 

Here are some fun facts* about our sunshine, Kousuke: 


5th  質問5!

Q:What was your club during junior high? 

  • I was a member of the track team at school. I’m also a member of an off-campus baseball team.

Q: How was your coming of age ceremony?

  • I met my elementary school teachers and friends I haven’t seen in a long time. I also to met the parents of my friends. I had a good time … I met people I don’t usually see every day.

Photos during his coming-of-age ceremony last Jan.10


Q: What is your goal this year?

  • Keep moving forward!!

Q: Anything you’ve been addicted recently?

  • It is salted bread! There were times during Haikyuu play practice, that I would eat five pieces everyday (lol)


6th  質問6!

Q: You have a high stature, what is your shoe size?

  • It is 27.5 centimeters. I wonder if it’s big? Normal?

Q: What is your favorite app?

  • I’m now addicted to ツムツム (lol) While travelling and before going to bed, I would ask my friends for hearts. (lol)

I think it’s this app :  ツムツム

Q: What challenge do you want to try this year?

  • Recently, I’ve seen many musicals. It’s amazing to see doing singing, dancing and play. I want to try and do them. So this year, I’ve been working hard for more dance and voice lessons.

Q: Tell me about your features.

  •  The feature of my cheek is that, it’s very stretchable. (see photo below.)

*Used Google and Bing for the translations. So these are only few of what he answered. Sorry if there might be some mistakes. 

Progress Report: One of the goals I wrote for this school year is to be more motivated when it came to my extracurricular activities, which is why for this school year I let my love for reading and writing lead me to join The Reading Society.

Here’s the first book I read during our speed reading activity, which contains the iconic line of: “Lintik na buhay `to, oo.” A perfect description of my daily mood.

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Akira: The 35th Anniversary Box Set

In December 1982, the manga world changed forever. That was the month that Katsuhiro Otomo’s Akira debuted in Kodansha’s Young Magazine. The two-year run that followed set the tone for manga and anime for years to come, and overseas became a generation’s touchstone for Japanese comics.

In 2017, to honor the 35th anniversary of the debut of this seminal piece of sequential art, Kodansha Comics will release Akira: The 35th Anniversary Box Set. It will feature Vol. 1-6, the complete series, in large format hardcovers, plus the Akira Club art book. For the first time ever in English, the series will be presented in the original right-to-left format, with unaltered original art and Japanese sound effects with endnote translations. Our goal is to produce the ultimate, definitive English edition, presenting Otomo’s art in the most authentic and collectible way possible.

Additional extras to be announced. Suggested retail $199.99.

"It’ll be a feisty match"

Hello Erik. Thank you very much for giving up your time to take part in this interview. You were one of two ex-Mainz players that went to the World Cup - how did you find your time in Brazil?

Erik Durm: “It was an incredibly intense, exciting and educational experience. It was a real dream to end up winning the title in Rio. However it’s extremely hard to sum up my time in Brazil in a few words, but I’ll try. Actually, it’s not at all possible! For me personally and also for my career, I can take an awful lot from the World Cup." 

You were a striker when you played for Mainz but now you play at either left-back or right-back in both the Bundesliga and the Champions League. How did the manager come to playing you in the back four? And did you have to make a big adjustment to your game?

Durm: "Crucially, in my case, it came down to two attributes: pace and stamina. Jürgen Klopp obviously thought that they could help me become a decent full-back. He asked me whether I wanted to go through the relevant training and obviously I said “Yes.” I also thought that I had a better chance of achieving my goal of playing in the Bundesliga by playing there. The training was, at the beginning, quite tough, but in Dortmund I received all the support available in order to work on my game as a full-back.”

Last season you had to admit defeat in the title race to Bayern Munich. What are your goals for this season?

Durm: “They haven’t actually changed that much. We have our own targets; we play our own way and never worry about the competition of the other teams. By qualifying for the 2014/2015 Champions League directly thanks to our position in the Bundesliga, to have reached the knockout stages of the Champions League and to have reached the final of the DFB cup we achieved our goals for the season, just like last year.”

You recently extended your contract with Borussia until 2019 – what convinced you to stay with Dortmund? Which areas of your game do you hope to improve during the course of your new deal?

Durm: “Dortmund are a huge club but manage to retain a friendly and familiar feel. The club’s footballing philosophy is similar to that of my own. Everything they have promised me since I joined has happened, which builds trust and increases confidence. I know that I can develop a lot whilst with BVB. For example, I know that I need to improve my heading ability. I also need to improve defensively in one on one situations. After all, I’ve only been playing at full-back for just over a year.”

This weekend Dortmund face 1. FSV Mainz 05, what do you make of the 05ers and what sort of game are you expecting?

Durm: “We only have one more point than Mainz in the Bundesliga to date. They will be hoping to pick up their second victory of the season, so will make it very difficult for us. They brought in a lot of new players over the summer, including Jonas Hofmann who they loaned from us. They are always very lively in the offensive third and pose a constant threat. I am certain that we’re going to have to be at our best on Saturday as it’s going to be a feisty match.”

Who are we?”
“Kominato Ryousuke Fan Club!”
“Who do we love?”
“Ryousuke/Ryou-san/Aniki/Onii-san!”
“Who do we adore?”
“Ryousuke/Ryou-san/Aniki/Onii-san!!”
“Are you ready for the fight (for Ryousuke)?”
“YES!!!”
“Bearing admiration in our hearts, we have only one goal! Appreciate Ryousuke in all our might! Let’s do this!”
“YEAH!!!!!
—  The cheer for the Kominato Ryousuke Fan Club, including Seidou High School baseball team players. The higher-ups in this fan club are the 3rd years, Kuramochi, Haruichi and Kijima. Sawamura is the newly appointed vice-leader in the cheering department.

Congratulations to Leo Messi who won the GOAL 50 award:

Messi: “It was a very complete year in which I enjoyed a lot of success and we reached all of our goals. So I can’t choose just three moments; instead, I choose the whole year!

I always say that, for me, the most important awards are collective ones, the ones that recognise us as the best at the end of the season.
But I am, of course, also happy when I receive individual awards like this one. I am very grateful. Thank you.

Argentina? I just hope that we maintain our level. We know it is going to be difficult but we will fight for every title, as we always do at this club and with Argentina.”

The Activities Fair

Dean glanced through the lounge that connected the two freshman dorm hallways, and sighed longingly as the group on the east hall whooped and hollered and laughed.  On the west hall, his RA was a nervous sophomore who kept asking if everyone was okay with the rules they had to follow.  Like, did it matter if they were okay with them if they had to follow them anyway?

Chuck looked at his clipboard again.  “Okay, well, we’ve about covered everything.  Don’t forget our hall will meet up with the Orientation Aide tomorrow at 9:00am.  The rest of today you can explore campus and buy your books if you already know what classes you’re taking.  I’m here if you have questions about meal plans or you need help using the class registration system.  Oh!  The activities fair is this afternoon starting at 1:00.  I really advise you all go to it.  Clubs and intramural sports are where you’ll find most of your friends here.  Not that your hallmates won’t be your friends.  I mean, you don’t have to be friends with your hallmates.  It’s a not a bad thing, but…”

Chuck continued to ramble awkwardly and Dean tuned him out.  It was his second day at school, and the first without his family.  They had moved him into his dorm room the previous day and they’d met his randomly assigned roommate, Cole.  He seemed a little intense, but they’d probably get along.  Probably.  Unless the guy turned out to be a total asshat.  It was too early to tell.

What Dean was focused on, to the point of almost vibrating out of his skin, was that here—over a thousand miles away from Lawrence at a university that none of his high school classmates were attending (he checked)—he would be free to be…“himself.”

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Fashion Resolutions 2014

New Year’s Resolutions are notoriously hard to keep, but what if you were a bit more specific? Set realistic expectations so that as you progress through the year you’ll feel like you’re actually making progress.

And what are our goals for the year? Here’s our Fashion Resolutions for 2014.

1) Invest in investment pieces. We’re not saying not to pick up trendy pieces each season, but we’re looking forward to investing in quality basics that we’ll keep forever. Favorite brand: Vince

2) Look good while working out. The way you dress can make or break a day, so why not look stylish while at the gym? The Nike Women Instagram account and the Nike Training Club Facebook page is more than enough inspiration. And we’re totally excited to try their new Nike Training Club app. Count us in.

Want more? Check out a the best outfits in Wantering’s special Fitness Style for Her feature.

3) Be more socially conscious. There are tons of vegan-friendly fashion items that are both stylish and affordable. A search for vegan fashion on Wantering pulls up some awesome items from ModCloth, DV by Dolce Vita, and Ella Moss.

4) Make loungewear more fun. So you’ve decided to spend Saturday night wrapped up in a blanket on the couch with a good book…loungewear and pajamas have come a long way, and there are too many cute options to choose from. Here are some really awesome robes, rompers, slippers and more

5) Add a new color to our wardrobe. The pantone color for 2014 is Radiant Orchid, but if this bright pink color isn’t really your thing, there’s turquoise, Mykonos blue and yellow to get ready for spring. 

Want to share your resolutions with us? Hit reblog and leave a note or send us a tweet @Wantering

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Steven Gerrard returns to Liverpool FC in Academy coaching role.

Liverpool FC has announced that Steven Gerrard is to return to the club in a full-time capacity to take up a position within the Academy.

The Reds legend will serve as a coach at the youth complex in Kirkby, operating in a wide-ranging role in the professional development phase of the young players.

Gerrard will begin his responsibilities in February, marking a return home to the club where he spent 17 years of his professional career after graduating through the ranks at the Academy. He has been a familiar presence at the Academy since ending his playing association with the Reds, connecting with some of the younger age groups whilst working on his coaching badges.‎

The 36-year-old will bring with him invaluable experience and expertise garnered from a glittering career at the highest level, as well as unparalleled knowledge of the fabric and ethos of Liverpool Football Club.

In turn, the new role will provide Gerrard with the opportunity to enhance his coaching skills and development under the stewardship of Alex Inglethorpe, with the former midfielder eager to not only make a substantial contribution towards the progression of young players, but also to learn from those around him.

Gerrard said: “It feels like completing the circle; returning to the place where professionally it all began. However, this isn’t a decision based on emotion - it’s about what I can offer and contribute to Liverpool.

"I don’t think I need to explain to people what this football club means to me, but when I knew coming back was a serious option I wanted to make sure it was a substantive role and a role in which I could really help the organisation.

"Meeting with Alex Inglethorpe, seeing the work they are currently doing and want to do in the future at Kirkby, it just felt right. The right option at the right time, for all parties involved.

"This gives me a great opportunity to learn and develop as a coach, while at the same time offering my knowledge, ideas and experience to the young players at an important period of their development.”

Gerrard’s return to Liverpool comes following an emotional departure to LA Galaxy in May 2015 after 710 appearances, 186 goals, 10 trophies and countless moments that will forever be etched into the club’s history.

Having announced his decision to leave the Major League Soccer club last year, he officially called time on his playing career before taking up his coaching position within the Reds’ youth setup permanently.

Academy director Inglethorpe believes Gerrard’s appointment will prove hugely beneficial for all parties concerned.

He said: “If I was to pick one individual who embodies the characteristics and values we are looking to instil into our organisation at Kirkby, it would be Steven Gerrard. For him to have been so enthusiastic about being part of what we are looking to do is simply great news for everyone connected to the club.

"I don’t think it would surprise anyone to know that Steven has had a host of great options, in terms of what to do next in his career, including playing, management and coaching. But it’s been evident from the first meeting with him that his heart and head belongs here.

"He has shown great humility in making it clear from the outset he wants a role where he can contribute to Liverpool; it’s typical of him that his priority has been defining the role so it helps the club, ahead of himself.

"He has expressed a desire to learn from us and manage a young team. The benefits to us will be immense. This is a substantial role and one which makes the Academy and the club in general stronger and better.”

Some News

As many of you know, I have a general policy not to post pictures of my kids because internet weirdos freak me out. But every so often, exceptions must be made.

That’s right – in late November, Fitz will be joining the Big Brother’s Club!! Mac is already taking him through the initiation steps to prepare him for becoming a big brother to ANOTHER little brother. Yup, you read that right, we’re having Boy #3. As a friend from high school joked, I spent my whole life surrounded by boys since I practically grew up at the all-boys school where my dad taught, so being surrounded by boys was clearly my destiny.

At the beginning of 2015, I said that one of my goals was to have our third child this year. Things rarely go as I planned, so I didn’t actually think it would happen, but needless to say, I am THRILLED that we did indeed get our wish. I’m finding that the excitement of getting pregnant again never wanes. It always feels a little bit magic when it happens, even on the third kid.

So. 3 kids. I’m in for it, aren’t I? Alright parents of 3+ kids – give me ALL your survival tips!

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Real Madrid: 2014, a history. 
“To wear the most important football jersey in history demands responsibility.”

01. Cristiano wins the Ballon d'Or for the second time. 
02. Another title win at the Mestalla against our eternal rivals. 
03. Revenge in Munich as iconic goals from Sergio & Cris secure us a spot in the final. 
04. The culmination of 12 years of waiting. A dream realized. History made. 
05. A fitting anthem for a club that continues to leave its opponents clawing to catch up. 
06. Cristiano begins his ridiculous goal count of the season with two goals for the title. 
07. Confidence, skill and Lucky Luka helped to make this a memorable Clasico. 
08. El Bichito scores in his first match since his sidelining injury in March. 
09. Club captain Iker Casillas plays his 700th match for his boyhood club.
10. The cherry on top of a glorious year, and a promise for 2015 to be even greater. 

5x13 reaction; a new start doesn’t come without an end to something (or things). ao3

“You know what I regret?”

Kurt makes a questioning noise, too lazy and sated to form words just yet, Blaine knows. It makes him smile and squeeze Kurt’s hand, which is pressed slightly into his stomach; he’s wearing a tank top but Kurt’s chest is still bare, so he can feel the warmth from Kurt’s skin on his back.

“We didn’t do a final duet in the choir room. Isn’t that weird?”

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