swim test spoils

Someone is loving the diving board benefits that come with swimming 25 yards across our pool!

she actually passed on 6/ just took me a while to get the photo

Combine that with her honest to goodness wiggly tooth and I guess we can't very well call her baby anymore.



flashback {countdown to Daniel}

My "big kids."
They seemed so big then...

June 7, 2011
In perspective, tonight Natalie is wearing the pajamas and Daniel has already grown into and outgrown the jersey.

Where. is. time. going?


the pajama day that wasn't

All week this week someone in our house kept talking about his upcoming pajama day at school.  Something about his class getting a reward for attending the pre-K presentation and using good audience manners...

At any rate, I thought it unusual his teacher didn't send notification home, but it was the end of the year and all.  Being a former teacher myself, I was lulled into the thought that things do get a little cray cray once days left of school can be counted on one hand and a note just didn't happen.

Annnddd I let him convince me that today was indeed pajama day for his class.

Imagine my surprise when he walked down the hill after school with two of his classmates in normal "street clothes."  And when I questioned out loud why he was wearing pajamas and his friends weren't, the mother of one smiled and said, "Oh, they have pajama day on Monday..."

So there I stood with my mouth open wide in disbelief that I sent my son to school in pjs on a regular day.  His sweet teacher probably thought, "Well, Kristi does have a lot going on right now..."

His response?

"Oops."  And he tossed in that little grin...

Reckon I'll let him wear them again Monday.

Just a different pair maybe.


first Marlin meet

At the end of last summer, Kylie approached us about swimming year round.  Based on how things "clicked" for her as an Amberjack on the neighborhood swim team, we decided to let her build her talent and check out the waters of being a (self proclaimed) "swimnast."  

Starting in late August she became a Marlin as she swam with a local year round club.  After weeks of practice, her first meet finally arrived.  Ian and I knew she was ready...the question of the day was, did she?

That first time on the blocks was met with just a little apprehension.

Thankfully her first event was a simple 25 free.  

She rocked it.

Placing first in her heat...and therefore winning a striped ducky... boosted her self confidence.

From there she was all about business.

Once she found her groove, she stayed in it,

placing either first or second in all but two of her heats.

 She had soaked in all Coach Cara had taught her...

...and raced like she meant it.

And she came home with an armful of rubber duckies and small stuffed animals for being a heat winner multiple times.

Of course I was proud of how well she placed in her very first year round meet.

But more than that, I was thrilled for her as we watched a new level of self-confidence unfold.  I'm not sure how long year round swimming is going to be part of our family rhythm, but for this season, we'll celebrate her newfound accomplishments in the water.  I love the self assurance that was born in my big, previously timid, girl this year!


Wordless Wednesday {FLASHBACK ~ sweetness of sisterhood}

self selected outfits ~ just to be alike
where did these babies go?


the call of the midway

According to the calendar, our night at the state fair was a mere six months ago.  

It feels a little more like a lifetime though.  And those baby faces back me up on that do they change so much in six months?!?!?!?

and good grief, the boys have both worn through another pair of sneakers since this photo.
why are boys so hard on shoes?

Following the tradition of the past four years, our family was accompanied to the fair by our beloved "Cousin Jor-deen" (though somehow no pictures of Jordan with the kids least in my records).

one of many, many rides of the evening
Breaking tradition though, this year we went all in and bought preview night ride bracelets for everybody...adults included.  This meant that Jordan, Ian and I went on more than our share of rides that spun us around until we could hardly walk.  All in the name of fun!

We rode.  We ate everything from BBQ sundaes (not as gross as it sounds...just BBQ shredded pork, baked beans and cole slaw layered in a parfait glass) to cotton candy to deep fried snicker bars to funnel cakes.  And then we decided riding may not be best on a full stomach, so we paid homage to the agricultural side of the fair.

We said "Aaaawww" over the baby chicks and the foal, took in a 4-H sheep showing contest, and giggled as we watched some "city slickers" pay to milk a cow.

And then we admired the impressive produce.  Daniel was in his happy place dreaming of taking the blue ribbon winning 258 pound watermelon home.

And of course there was the yearly "prize pumpkin patch" shot.
(See here to go back all the way to 2007 when there was only ONE M kid in the picture)

crazy that they are getting so big that the pumpkin is no longer quite as visible behind them...

Once we felt sure that our stomachs had settled...and my suburb dwelling youngsters declared themselves done with the scent of the barns...we headed back out to enjoy a few more rides.  By a few more what I really mean is a whole lot more.

Preview night at the fair is the best.

Finally, some seven hours after we arrived, we decided we had sufficiently enjoyed ourselves.  Or the fair was closes at midnight and it was a school night, so I'll never divulge.

But if you want to know, meet us there this October.  We'll show you how to get your money's worth with a ride bracelet at the State Fair.