Friday, August 9, 2013

Summer Swimming

Last weekend we went camping with a family very dear to us.  They are how Adam and I met nine years ago and while we don't get to see them as often as we'd like but it's always a fun time when we do.  The M-sette's have grown with us from the beginning and our family lives have somewhat happened at the same time, them being a little ahead of us most of the way.  
Adam and I have each had our own adventures with them before any of us had children and boy were those fun!  Now we all have children, who are all about the same age, and our adventures have changed.  
Two years ago both families traveled out to South Dakota's Black Hills together.  This year we were only able to get away for a weekend but it was a memorable one!  Next year we hope to be able to do something a little further from home and a little longer.
Of all the things we did over the short weekend, this was by far and away this kid's favorite thing to do.



Well, except for maybe one child.  She kind of preferred to sit by the stairs.  If you look a little closer to the picture, or maybe you don't have to look that close, she is terrified and clinging on for dear life with Daddy.  {I think you'll notice by Daddy's tan, he doesn't spend much time in the pool and I'm not one to talk.}
On the way home we make a few decisions about our kids activities, or lack thereof.  We haven't put them in too many activities.  Henry was in soccer for two years, Karley for one and this summer neither one wanted to do it at all.  They both did a round of swim lessons through community ed last year and this year.  This year neither one passed to the next level and I was left with little to zero information with why, but to repeat the level.  That was a little heartbreaking, but not surprising, considering how much time they really don't spend in the water.  Lastly, Karley has two years of community ed dance under her tutu.
We live in a pretty remote area and unless you're willing to drive and spend money, community ed is as good as it gets.  In all honesty, I haven't been willing to drive, be out late, over dinner and ask to spend the money.  That is until last weekend after spending time with the M-settes. 
In the end I had some conversations with the kids on what they want to do for activities over the next school year.  They want to swim.  I've even finally convinced Sophie or so I think.  {She's my attached child who left dance last year bawling and wouldn't go back}  I may just end up getting in the pool with her, please no.
So this week and next the big two are taking classes at a swim school 45 minutes each way for a 30 minute lesson.  It's a good school and I could tell the first five minutes into the class just how much better it was.  The place is set up for everything you could need or want for swimming lessons.  The best part is the kids love it.  Or maybe the best part is that Sophie said she'd take lessons solo!  {I will be praying for this!}
During the school year if we can work this out the girls will start gymnastics at a gymnastics academy which is only about 20 minutes away, but almost 40 from school.  Henry will continue swimming and by the grace of God, we'll work the girls into swimming as well. I'm going to have to be more prepared for dinners, menu plans are going to be the rule {unlike this summer}, crockpot meals and soup ahead as well as snacks prepared for the drive to these places.  And most of all a good attitude especially come January when I'm tired of driving all over and feel like my homebody self is never home. 
The kids will have fun and that's what it's all about!

Joining 52 Photos Project

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

August Break 2013 Catch Up Volume 1

It's pretty safe to assume these days that I'm not going to be able to post every day like I think I'm going to when I linked up to this project.  I have great intentions but the busyness of our summer has gotten away from me. 
We are operating on little structure other than what just comes along.  For instance, I thought August was going to be less busy but we've just signed up for another two week swim lesson camp that is 45 minutes away and starts at 11:30.  You can see how that eats up a good chunk of the day. 
Sophie's birthday is on Saturday and her party on Sunday.   That makes for some extra shopping, cleaning, cooking and house guests.  All good, all great, all allows for little extra time for blogging.  
Our summer has been great, we have enjoyed many many things that hopefully I'll be able to post about soon.  While we are still in the summer mode we are also getting stuff ready for the school year.  Yesterday uniforms for Karley came.  Half of the order was a hit, the other a miss.  I knew that was about how it would go, hence the early start.  Shirts are itchy and waists are big.  Thank God for a Gram that can sew!  The itchy on the other hand is going to take a lot more work and searching.  We also picked up some school supplies on the way back from swimming lessons.  Wow, two in school full time one starting pre-school.

So back to the August Break 2013:

Here is a small recap of my stretching this August Break 2013 photo recap:

1. Breakfast (Need to fill)

2. Circles:

3.  Yellow:

4.  Love:

5.  Close Up (Need to fill)
6.  Diagonals (Need to fill)

So that's all I have for today.  Off to make breakfast (oh....ideas), swim lessons, Shred etc.  Hope you have a great day!


Friday, August 2, 2013

August Break 2013

There are so many exciting things going on for the month of August! 

I'll share my August Break 2013 photos on Monday after we get back from another camping trip.  This time we are headed out of state.

I have been working on a big new endeavor that I'll share as soon as some of the basics are taken care of.  Its' been keeping me awake at night and busy any moment I can, even the ones I've been stealing, during the day.

And because all posts should {cause I read it on the internet somewhere} have a picture, I share my county fair entries {I'm a late bloomer in the county fair experience}:

Digital Enhancement ~ 3rd Place

Color No Enhancements ~ 2nd Place
See you next week for the August Break 2013.

Have a great weekend!


Thursday, July 25, 2013

Blog Lovin

Follow my blog with Bloglovin

Apparently, I'm behind because even my blog is on Bloglovin' when I was not.

I have remedied that and thank you to the people who already follow me on Bloglovin'. 

Wow, that was something to already be started.  :)

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

52 Weeks Photo Project: Down Below

We had a great little summer vacation.  I have many photos to go through and a story to recapture but wanted to quick share this photo for the 52 Weeks Photo Project I'm going to try and keep up with.  I knew I'd see last weeks challenge of "stacks" on vacation but by the time I got home the collection had closed.  I'll share my idea of "stacks" in a couple of days.

But for now, here is "Down Below" the kids favorite place on vacation, the park {in addition to the ice cream store!}.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Crazy Daze Weekend Part II

Our town Daze end on Sunday with a day full of activities.  We signed up with the kid's school to be in the parade.  Adam wasn't really game for it but said he'd be at our house or our neighbors house, which are on parade route, to take photos.   
It was a hot humid summer day and I was so thankful the Aleve kicked in as I was still feeling sick!
We had a great turn out of kids for our little float.  The girls were a little scared, mostly Sophie, so I walked by her until she got the hang of it.  I have to say, the girls did an awesome job getting the candy to the curb for their age.  Henry and his buddy had a good time throwing candy too.

Parade Line Up

Going past our house ~ I see no fear
 We caught the end of the parade with friends as we walked back to our house.  The kids were happy with that because they were then able to get some candy for themselves, because you know, they didn't quite have enough candy already.

I was surprised but I actually felt pretty good during the parade.  So thankful!  The rest of the day was easy from then on because we sat in our own driveway to watch the water game the fire department was doing.  The kids were in and out of their little pool and back and forth getting sprayed by the fire truck.

Good times here in our little town.

Sad to see our little town daze over.  But we are all super excited vacation starts tonight!

{I got a call from the doctors office late Monday.....I do indeed have strep.  I'm praying that I'll be the only one who gets it especially heading into vacation.}

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Crazy Daze of our Weekend

Our town had their annual celebration this last weekend.  We had our 8th annual party on Friday night for the big fireworks.  We live in one of the most perfect spots for all the activities.  Either the events are right from our driveway, a short walk to the park or a few blocks up the hill, certainly one of the perk of living where we do!
I was feeling a little under the weather on Friday during my cleaning but brushed it off with a couple of Aleve.
The kids were so excited for the party.  The continual asked, "When are the party people coming.  Who is coming to the party again?  Why aren't they here yet"  It went on and on until our first guests arrived.
The fireworks were really really good.  Adam and I were both surprised how good they were and how long they were for our small town.  It was during the fireworks that I started to realize that Aleve wasn't going to kick my under the weather.  I was really feeling sick.  Everybody left and I immediately went to bed, shivering.
Saturday morning the kids all ran the Kiddie 1/2 Mile Race.  The plan was the Adam was going to run with the girls even though when I entered them I promised I would.  I just didn't think I could.
Until I saw these little faces going by me on the start line. 

Sophie behind Libby (79)

There was no way I could leave Adam hanging and there was no way Sophie was going to pull out of this without me.  She really likes me.  Karley does too, but Karley can be lead out of a crying spiral by Dad or Mom, Sophie....mostly just Mom. 
We each took a girl and Henry ran all by himself (second year in a row, big kid!).
The first 100 meters Sophie cried she was too scared, didn't know where she was going and then she was fine.  I had to remember to tell her that we could walk a little.  She had a lot of encouragement and soon came to love it.  I reminded her of all her practice running she's been doing and how this was the big run. 
Sophie was a little scared to turn around, not sure why but by the end she was absolutely loving every bit of it.  And just before we rounded the corner for the last 100 m she told me I didn't need to hold her hand any more.  Oh, we were dead last and it was so fun.  The kids had a blast.


Adam was super and took the kids to the lawn mower pull (yes, lawn mower pull).  I went to the doctor for a strep test.  The rapid test turned out negative and I kind of felt stupid for having gone.  The rest of my day was spent in bed.
Sunday's activities to come.
I so love these "daze" in our town.