Monday, February 3, 2020

Intrasquad Swim Meet

Our swimmers had their USA sanctioned intrasquad swim meet yesterday afternoon. We just love this one because nobody has to get up early or travel out of town, but the times are still official USA times. We had 5 swimmers, so I was a busy momma keeping track of everyone's events so I didn't miss anything!
This was Anastasia's first official meet, and she was swimming 50 back stroke (her best stroke) which required her to do a back stroke flip turn (probably the hardest turn they have). So her sweet Mariana sister, who was finished with her own events, went to the warm up pool and coached her beforehand to make sure she didn't get disqualified. She did very well! They all did!
Allia dropped time in 2 of her 3 events, Mariana dropped in all 4 of her events and came very close to a goal time, Gloria swam the 500 free for the first time and got a goal time in that as well as dropping time in her other 3 events. Stephen dropped in 3 of his 4 events and got a goal time in one of his. (poor his best event there was a false start, and when the ref...Austin!...asked them to stand he and another kid fell into the pool. He banged his leg on the way down and was just so stunned that he didn't swim his best. :/) Anastasia dropped in all of her 25's and got a goal time in her 50 back. SO proud of our swimmers...and our Daddy official.

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Girl pictures

Anastasia is Cecilia's sweet buddy most of the time. Cecilia loves to copy whatever she does.
 And Stephen took this picture in the car while they were waiting for me, to try and annoy Anastasia, but I think it turned out so pretty that I kept it! See, God does turn "evil" into good. ;)

Monday, January 20, 2020


Stephen turned 10 last month, which now makes him old enough to have the privilege of a sleepover. He wanted to do it in conjunction with his birthday party, but there was too much going on right before Christmas (and too many illnesses coming through the house!). So we took advantage of the 3 day weekend.

I helped him do a little planning, but Austin took charge of most of it since I am quite inexperienced at boy sleepovers. ;) He took them shopping for snacks and goodies. They had so much fun. They played darts and games, played remote control cars quite a lot, watched a movie, and I don't even know what else. Stephen begged for them to be allowed to sleep in the living room, which didn't allow them a lot of sleep. But everyone survived, and Stephen rated it a 10 out of 10! Success!

Sunday, January 12, 2020

Last Day of Christmas

Cecilia just looked so cute dressed up for mass I couldn't help but take a picture. It's her last time to wear her Christmas dress! :/

Thursday, January 9, 2020

Sweet moments

Sisters crafting together
Brothers reading together

Monday, January 6, 2020

Happy 12th Birthday, Gloria!

Sadly, Gloria's birthday fell on the day that all the celebrating for Christmas ended. Today we wenet back to work (Austin was even sent out of town!), school, piano, swim, etc. We consoled her by getting doughnuts to bring to her English class and cookies to share at swim practice. She also had her favorite meal for dinner and was invited to a sleepover with a friend after swim practice (public school doesn't start until Wednesday).
Only one more year and then we will have another teenager! We love our sweet, determined Gloria!

Sunday, January 5, 2020

K family visit

We had a great weekend with the K family. We love their visits so much!
Carolyn and Anastasia are such cute buddies. Both mornings I came downstairs to find them crafting together.
Our sweet little Godson!
Cecilia and Sarah were sweet buddies too!
And Saturday was Emily K.'s birthday so we had more celebrating to do!

 Stephen was so cute, making friends with James. He was quite enamored with him!
And maybe the feeling was mutual?

When Cecilia wasn't available, Allia was Sarah's chosen buddy
What a group!
The blessed chalk to write our Epiphany house blessings
And a little piano concert since the K family are full of musicians too!
 As usual, there were tears at our parting, but we are hoping to see them soon. Maybe we will head their way for a visit next!