Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Our Mini Champs Star

Tonight we went to see Audrey swim in Mini Championships.  It was the first meet that Celia did not swim in so it was just Audrey and she did an awesome job.  She shaved 20+ seconds off of her freestyle and backstroke time and she swam in a relay.   She made it to the podium twice in free and back and we are so proud of our little fish.

Backstroke (they get the ribbons later, these make for better photos)


Her backstroke, she is the one in the completely navy suit and light pink cap

She made some friends and talked to a few coaches this year.  It has been a great season for her. 
What a commitment the coaches have for this team.  Many of the coaches have been part of this league since they were kids. On to league champs with Celia in a little more then a week.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

July 19th

You can look back at my past 7/19 posts.  
Dad, we are knee deep in swimming this year.  We are unexpectedly headed to league champs this year.  At first Celia chose camp over it and I was more then OK with that.  Adding an extra week of practice and attending a 2 day swim meet (morning and possibly evening) is not quite exciting to me.  Her friend and her coaches changed her mind and she can still go to 3 days of camp.  She will simply practice for 1 day and attend camp for 3 days.  I guess sort of the best of both worlds.  She will have fun hanging out with her friends.  I love that they are part of the team and feel supported (that was a priority for you) but it is a long haul in the summer.

Life is good.  All your Grandkids are together this week.

Audrey is my comedian.  I think of you when she does things like the above.
She would have made my you laugh all the time and I have a feeling it would have been a mutual relationship.  

The older one would just amaze you.  She is bright, loves to read, and is just basically turning into a young lady.  Her personality is forming and you can see some passions starting to form.  Dad, you would have loved watching them grow.

Friday, July 1, 2016


She swam in her first swim meet last weekend (Big Sis swam too and did awesome in her 4 events)

But the biggest news of the week is that Audrey successfully ate Oats this week with no reaction.  No food restrictions anymore.  I know that seems silly to celebrate but any parent with a child who has food restrictions/allergies understands!

FPIES can kick it!

Friday, June 10, 2016

2nd Grade

And just like that 2nd grade is finished…  Celia switched schools this year and we were all nervous.  Her new school was amazing and Celia had a great year.  We loved her 2nd grade teacher.  She was a substitute however I wish she was staying in 2nd grade so that Audrey could have her at some point.

Our little girl has had a somewhat rough end to the school year with some health issues that have made us our drag our way to the end of the school year.  However the last 2 weeks seem to have been better so we are hoping for an awesome summer!!

Okay Here's the comparison.  A little bit taller and leaner.  I say that every year.  Her growth curve is as predictable as it was since she was 2!  She grows in the late winter to early spring.  Below, look at the arches in our front door.  That shows you the height difference!!

And for real comparison- Kindergarten


She was (and is) so stinking cute.  Here's to you Miss Cecelia Tate - you are one amazing little girl!!!

Celia and her best friend headed off to the bus!

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Last Day of Pre- K

So this is the last day of Pre-k for Miss. Audrey.   We have been at this school for 7 years and 9 months!!  It has really been our extended family.  I can not express how much this little school has meant to us.

She has had quite the growth spurt this year.  She is long and lean now.

If you think the blond hair is getting darker, don't worry it always looks like that at the beginning of June.  By August it will look like the August picture.

Audrey, you entered Pre-K painfully shy and had absolutely no interest in anything but play.
Your teacher said it so perfectly when she said "Audrey is girl that loves to have fun".  That sums up Audrey.  If it isn't fun, she doesn't want to do it.  And quite honestly, what 5 year old should have any other theory in life.  I love you Miss Audrey Marie and I can't wait to see you grow.

Thank you so much Miss. Shelley for an amazing year.
Thank you Office Donna for helping us these past 7 years and 9 months.
Thank you to all our UMCC teachers that have helped both our girls along the way.

We will see you for our week of camp!!

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Here's to Audrey

After weeks of practice, she graduated.  Nearly 8 years at this school and we are finally saying goodbye.  Celia started at that school when she was 1.  Many of the same teachers are still there and we are going to miss them.  I have sat through this sing and celebrate graduation show many, many, many times.  Audrey did a great job and sang every single song.  My favorite song was "Yes, I Am A Sonbeam" and "10,000 Reasons".



Audrey had lots of fans including our good friend Vanessa and Celia.  I snapped some shots of them and thought I am glad I will only be paying for braces for mine.  8 year old teeth are scary!!  But they are cute.  Vanessa was a great sport to come out and cheer on Audrey.

We took Audrey to the zoo last Friday.  Pete took off and we treated her to some one-on-one time.  It was a very hot and a very crowded day but she had a blast.

She did think that many of the animals were "stinky"

The Eagles were her favorite, this is one eagle loving girl.  She wants all the Eagle books from the library and amazingly there are a lot.

Here's to You Audrey Marie, Oh the Places You Will Go!!

Monday, May 23, 2016

Shh… Don't tell Audrey I was videoing this.

This kiddo's success at this was totally unexpected.  She is reading ( a little) but don't make a big deal out of it as it embarrasses her and she really has to be in that right mood to do it.  But sound things out she can.  She has never read what she is reading.  Not bad for a kiddo that knew 3 alphabet letters in September.