Saturday, July 23, 2011

School's Out!

 The school year officially comes to an end. 
Cal had a marvelous time in Kindergarten.  Being able to spend everyday with his best friend Kyson, playing outside at recess and having Mrs. Price for a teacher made going to school easy!!! 
He is excited for next year when he can eat lunch in the lunchroom, have 2 recesses, and take computer class.
And I am excited that I do not have to take a trip to the school in the middle of the day.
YEA!!! For 1st grade!!

So we have a strange tradition at our house where we invite the kids teachers over for dinner at the end of the school year.  MY husband thinks this is REALLY weird--he is a teacher and he said he would never want to be invited over to dinner. However this tradition stops usually by the time they hit 5th grade or so... 
Carter's teacher Miss Amy Nelson came over  for a lovely time. 
 Dinner and kickball in the backyard. 

Thank you to all those teachers who make a difference in the lives of my kids. 

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

She's got some wheel's

Hersey Track Meet
May 2011

 This little girl of mine can FLY!!!  I mean really fly.  She ran the 100 meter and took 1st in her heat so she advanced to the semi-final race. Then she took 1st in that heat so she advanced to the finals. In the final race she placed 3rd allowing her to move on to the district meet in that event. But that is not the amazing part.  The amazing part came later in the 400 meter run.

                       Good starts                                                                             Excellent  form

400 meter run
 She is just a natural at this.  Look at her lose fingers, her great stride, her good arm action, and if you could have seen the photo finish--AMAZING!
This is what everyone was seeing as she ran about 10 yards in front of them ALL!
She took 1st in the 400 and qualified for the district meet. Yipee!
I could watch her run all day.  Problem is she doesn't want to run. WHY???

After a little cajoling and bribery Ben and I talked her into running in the district meet.  She really didn't want to.  She said she just doesn't like running.  How do you not like it when you WIN??? 
That we did not understand.  Anyway, we all went to watch her run at  the district meet.  Since the 100 was right before the 400 she opted out of that race to save her legs for the 400.  
Oh MAN I was so nervous......and so was she when she found out who she had to run against.  As the girls were called for the race to the starting line we saw the competition for the first time.  THREE extremely tall girls--all wearing their SF track club uniforms--all looking 12 or older---all at least a head taller than Courtlyne. 
Naturally I panicked... I know what it is like to run against people whose legs are  longer than you are
IT IS  HARD.... and  usually the short people do not win.
So I admit I was skeptical about her chances for success, let alone a win.  I told her just go out and do your best.  (To bad she heard all my thoughts out loud on the video that I took of  her race, OOPPS) I will share that to if I can figure out how to post it. 

I mean she  not only beat those tall, track runners, she came in first by at least 5-10 yards.  Yes, my little girl is a runner, a runner in denial.  She qualified for the regional meet and she would not go.  I mean would not.  All the  uncles and aunts and grandparents and parents could not talk her into running again, so I let it  dream of her running. I wish she would embrace this talent of hers, because I love watching her run.  Maybe if I do not force it, and she keeps winning she will one day want to run. 
How can you not want to run when you WIN???
I still don't get it.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Mother's Day

 My Crew of Kiddos
1,2,3,4, and almost 5 of them.
They make me the Mom that I am.  
They make me smile.
They make me laugh.
They make me cry.
They make me worry.
They make me wonder.
They make me crazy.
They make me marvel at all that God gives us.
They make me the Mom that I am.
My dear Mom
Helped me become the mom that I am.
Taught me to love.
Taught me to serve.
Taught me patience.
Taught me to love God.
Taught me that nothing is greater than being a Mom.
Taught me to put my whole heart into it.
Mother's Day was not the same without you here.