Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Swim Meet

Allia had her first big swim meet in the Gulf League this past weekend, so after returning from Mariana's trip around 7pm Friday, Austin had to take Allia out of town at 6:30 the next morning! Luckily it was only about an hour away. She swam 3 events Saturday morning and 3 Sunday morning. She improved her times on the 3 events she swam before and got 3 times in new events! And her team won the meet! Yay! We are so proud of her for working so hard.

Monday, February 20, 2017

First Robotics Competition - SA Stock Show and Rodeo

Last Thursday afternoon, Austin and Mariana left town for her first competition since joining 4-H Robotics. She has such a gift for this kind of thing, and I am so thankful to have found this wonderful opportunity for her to foster and grow that talent. Unfortunately, I came down with the family illness the night before they left, so I was a little less happy to see them go than I expected...but still thankful!
Austin was so good at sending me pictures throughout the day so I could feel more like I was there!
The young man in the picture is a very generous college student who coaches her team on a volunteer basis. What an amazing guy!

 There were 42 teams total, 30 in the senior division (age 14-18) and 12 in the junior division (age 11-13). Look at all those work tables!
 Getting started...I believe once the challenge was released they had 10 minutes in which to talk with their coach, and then they were on their own to make it happen!
 There were several matches in which they would test their final product in front of the judge (who was grading them all along on teamwork and other such things). They made it through and were in first place (of the 3 teams moving on) going into finals. However, the computer decided to do a firmware update, and they lost an entire program and had to just sort of hack/wing it! They came out in 2nd place in the end. Not bad at all! We were so proud!

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Sick house

I cannot remember the last time we were all sick at one time! Actually Austin and Allia are mostly well, but everyone has this fever/cold/cough thing going. It started with Anastasia and despite my best efforts to quarantine, Cecilia got sick and now the rest of us. A sweet friend with 6 children said, "I never feel like our family is that big except when we are sick." So true. I have lots of people to care for and am sick myself. Plus Austin took Mariana to a robotics competition in San Antonio Friday (post on that later), before she was sick, and then had to travel to another city yesterday and today for Allia's big swim meet. Craziness! Here are some cute baby pics despite the sick house...
We are doing a lot of lounging in PJ's
 Pawpaw and Manah have been a huge help...getting us dinner, going on a grocery run, helping with the kids. Whew!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Valentines chefs

I have had my hands full with our sick little one (although it could definitely be worse...she has been very patient with this illness). So these two made Valentines pizza for lunch yesterday. I just got out the ingredients and set them to work. It turned out beautiful and yummy!

Monday, February 13, 2017

Baby holding

Cecilia certainly steals the show on the blog...but who can help it?!
 Cute naked baby after a leaky diaper change
 With Fr. Albert Sunday. He loves to talk to her in French! Unfortunately you can't see it, but she had a tight grip on his Roman Collar!

 And despite my best efforts to quarantine, she caught the latest family illness/cold. Poor baby. She is handling it pretty well but is so pitiful. For some reason, she loves complaining to Pawpaw. Last night and this morning he came over and was talking to her. She went into a long soliloquy of sad sounding goos and aaahs and some teary eyed frowns. This morning he had mercy on her and rocked her to sleep!

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Baby moments

Now that Cecilia is more aware, we brought out the butterfly gym. Though truly, if she is in a room with a ceiling fan she is usually entertained. She loves those!
Cecilia has been such a good sport. I drive our swim carpool 3 days a week which is about a 45 minute drive. She typically sleeps at least part of the trip. When I loaded her up today, she looked so cute in her little bow hat from the hospital that I had to take some pics.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Fun with friends

We had a fairly free Saturday, and the girls enjoyed some time with friends. They decided to make lunch for us using the AG cookbook. It was so sweet. They worked really hard!