Wednesday, July 19, 2017

July 19

Maybe when the kids go back to school I will update the blog more!!

It is that time of year and we are knee deep in all things swimming so I always think about my Dad around this time of year.  Both girls have had an awesome swim season and Audrey has had so much fun at meets.  It is cute to see her branch out a little with a new friend or two and Celia has her group of friends too.  Most of the time both girls are with each other in the pool but sometimes they separate.  At meets, they barely know where the other one is as they are too busy with their own friends.

This year I am especially reminded about my Dad because the league lost a member.  I did not know Scott Elliot however he was a coach for another team and a coach for a winter team and an assistant swim coach for a local university and a father and a husband.  The league will be doing a few things for him and for the family.  We received an email in the fall detailing his cancer battle and sadly he lost that fight a few days ago.

So Dad here's to another year.  Cecelia reminds me of you with her creativity and her kind heart, the little one has for certain your sense of humor.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Last day of 3rd grade

This year has been a learning experience for us all, Celia is growing up and entering into that tween stage.  We have to give her some independence but still deal with the fact that she is a little girl.  Anyone that questions that their 9 year old is still a little girl needs to eyeball a 16 year old.  They are still little.

But Celia has grown in all areas, she is so much taller and she has matured.  She is compassionate and bright.  This year she gained more independence in doing school work on her own.  For the 2nd half of the year I felt as if I barely had to deal with her school work, she just did it.  Of course 3rd grade did have to throw in a big project during the last weeks of school.  Don't they know we limp to the finish line???  

First day

Last day

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Last day of Kindergarten

It has been quite a year but looking back I can't really say Audrey has changed and to be honest that is awesome.  I was worried that the push for academics would crush her spirit a little.  Audrey is still Audrey.  Eventually she will have to settle into the fact that school is for learning and not for playing.  Maybe it is because I work with preschoolers but I am 100% okay with the fact that at age 6, Audrey feels that the number one priority in life is to have fun.  Actually maybe that should be her philosophy for life.

I originally thought that after a few weeks her shyness would wear off, it took until May...  But as her teacher put it "she is all out now".  As of the beginning May Audrey was showing her true personality at school, her sense of humor, and her free spirit.  Maybe we will hit that in April next year???

First day

Last day

She grew of course this year but nothing dramatic, but she has slimmed out a ton.

So Hello summer!!  Bring on the pool, the swim meets, trips, visiting with cousins and the beach.
Audrey has been asking me since December when we are going to the beach.  We have it marked on her calendar now but clearly that is her goal for the summer.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017


Celia has to do a time line for school of her life and we came across this.  It is a few days before she was born and what has Celia floored is our tv...

That little fuzz ball is getting big!

Thursday, April 20, 2017


I just don't know what to do... I so wish Audrey would feel comfortable enough to show her true personality.

Why yes she is pointing to her butt

At school she is quiet, shy, sometimes timid, and serious rule follower.  I am appreciative that she is a rule follower her but Audrey is seriously not a timid little girl and lately she has not been quiet.
She also loves to make others laugh.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Holy Growth Spurt

So usually I do this comparison at the end of the school year but Celia chose her first day of school dress for her Easter dress at the last minute.  As you can see she has done quite a bit of growing.

Those paint peeling stairs were painted a few days after the picture!!
Dress was at knee level, if not hanging almost below.

Dress is clearly above knee level.