Monday, July 14, 2014

The Agony and the Agony....

It was a tough game, a tough loss, a tough day to be an Argentine soccer fan....

 There's so much I want to say about this World Cup....

But not today....


Sunday, July 13, 2014

Bring on that Messi Magic...

 It's been an amazing World Cup for Argentina so far, but there's one more game to win.

The big one.
The Final in Rio in just a few hours.
We'll need the magic from the little magician. We'll need the defense to play like they played in the Holland game. And we'll need a little luck. 
GO ARGENTINA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Argentina Advances!!!

It was a grueling 120 minutes of football ending in a nail biting shootout, but at the end of the match, Argentina beat Holland 4-2 and advanced to the World Cup Final in Rio on Sunday.

Three best parts of the game:

Romero in the goal box, saving two PKs


 Messi scoring the first PK on the winking goalie Cillessen

Decime que se siente!!!!!

Sunday, July 6, 2014


If you are a fan of the 44 series you know that Lionel Messi is Abby's absolute favorite soccer player. There's a reason for this, of course :) Besides being amazing and magical, he also happens to be my favorite soccer player. And being that I've been an Argentina soccer fan for over 20 years, words can't express my happiness over yesterday's win against Belgium to make it into the semi finals.

It's been an incredible World Cup, playing out on the stage like an elaborate opera, full of passion, heartbreak, spirit, exhileration, madness, and excitement. As a viewer, I've gone through every emotion possible while watching these athletes battle it out. It's been quite the ride. A hell of an inspiring, nerve-racking, teeth-clenching ride. As Mr. LittleJeans would say, "Best show ever, man."

Can you tell what I've been up to the last few weeks?

Hope you all had a fun and relaxing 4th. Here in town, the Pilot Butte fireworks show was spectacular! Way to go, Bend!!


Thursday, June 19, 2014

Spanish Heartbreak

It's been a dramatic World Cup already...full of ecstasy and agony, glory and defeat. It's hard to believe, but Spain (one of Abby Craig's favorite teams) lost its second game and has been knocked out of the first round.The former Champions fell yesterday to Chile (2-0).

Such a sad day for such an amazing team.


Sunday, June 15, 2014

Father's Day 2014

It's been a crazy few days over here in the Jools' household since the World Cup started on Thursday. Since then, it feels as if I am living in a sports bar. Soccer is always on the the big screen, as well as good food, good beer, and screaming and laughter.

If you follow soccer, you know it's just the beginning. The fun will go on for an entire month.

Today is the day that Argentina takes the field for the first time in Brazil. Being that Mr. Jools is from Argentina and our daughters have that same passionate soccer-obsessed blood pulsating through them, we do it up right (like every four years).

Empanadas with Chimichurri. Dulce de leche. Blue and white flags and decorations throughout the house. Carlos Gardel drifting softly between games.

That's what is going on over here on this Father's Day. Passion, love, and good times.

Happy Father's Day to all the dads out there and hope you all are having a great day too!

Go Argentina!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 


Monday, April 14, 2014

Happy Spring!

“Weeds are flowers, too, once you get to know them.”
                                  ----A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh