Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Where is Spring?!?!

Well, we have wrapped up February and aside from a few warm days sprinkled in, the weather has been FREEZING! And not just cold, but cloudy and dreary as well. I am SO over it! But, aside from the weather, things have been good!
Here is almost everything we were up to for the last part of February...
After remaining healthy nearly all winter, we all succumbed to a bad cold...and Preston's turned into a sinus infection.
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Preston had a basketball game again and the team had their first loss.
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we had a family movie trip to the Alamo to see SpongeBob...so sad nothing better was out :-)
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We also suffered a lice epidemic, super fun! Turns out Preston had it like crazy and I'm sure is the reason the rest of us got it. He is our cuddly, loves to wrestle, sharing electronics with everyone kid. I nearly died when I checked his head (there was TONS). I combed through it multiple time and Mike buzzed his hair pretty short. We then spent the next day at the Lice Place making sure they were all removed. We went in later in the week to be checked again and were in the clear!
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I couldn't help but laugh when I opened up the book Preston picked for his bed time story last night. His face was priceless! He obviously had forgotten he had done something naughty to the book when he picked it for me haha :)!
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Mike and I got to sneak in a mid-week date when Ella missed a couple swim practices while she was sick. We saw McFarland USA and I was ready to move to a tiny town after seeing it :-)
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Preston was SO excited to attend his own glow party at pump it up finally (he has been very jealous of the girls when they have gone)
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Adeline's latest project has been creating a store in her room. Most the items she made from construction paper (like boxes of crayons with little paper crayons inside) although she priced pretty much everything in her room as well. We did have to step in when Preston was willing to give her $20 for some Legos :). She has made some pretty good money, especially after Nana stopped by and bought a big ticket item :-).
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Sunday, March 1, 2015

Ella's Short Course Champs

Last weekend was the champs meet for Ella's short course swim season and it was in Katy, which was amazing! Ella swam all three days and had one of her best meets ever so it was especially fun to watch. On Friday night she had a huge cheering section for her 200 IM. It was such a great way to kick start her weekend and I think set the tone for the rest of her races. Thanks everyone for coming out :-). She took off tons of time from most her races, especially considering that most of the seed times were from November and January (although the 100 Free was from a year ago). The biggest surprise of the meet was how well she did at freestyle. Freestyle and Backstroke have typically been her tougher races and since she was mostly swimming those at the meet we didn't go in expecting her to place super high, but something clicked and she rocked it! She ended up with 3rd place medals, in the 200 Free, 100 Free and 100 Breast, and earned ribbons for the 200 IM and the 100 Backstroke (just missing one in the 50 Free). (and there were tons of swimmers so it was awesome) She also got Gulf times in nearly every race and is getting SO close to 'A' times which is amazing. Ella loves the group of girls she practices with and had so much fun hanging out with them between races and being on relays with them. They are a fast group so they really push each other to be better. We are so proud of Ella Bella!
(also, the heats were seeded ages 9-14 by times, so in many of the races Ella is swimming against older, and much bigger, girls)
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200 IM
Seed time: 3:12.79
This meet: 3:01.91
5th/22 9-10 year olds (lane 4)

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50 Free
Seed time: 35.65
This meet: 33.28
9th/66  (lane 7, 2nd from top)

100 Backstroke
Seed time: 1:29.96
This meet: 1:27.57
8th/45
(I left the meet to go to Preston's basketball game and missed this race)
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200 Free
Seed time: 2:48.16
This meet: 2:38.23
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100 Free
Seed time: 1:31.47 (from Feb '14)
This meet: 1:12.75
3rd/47    (lane 6, 3rd from bottom)

100 Breaststroke
Seed time: 1:37.28
This meet: 1:34.68
3rd/34    (lane 6, 2nd from bottom of shot)

50 Back
Seed time: 44.02
This meet: 40.97
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Thursday, February 26, 2015

My Valentines

It was so nice to have Valentine's Day fall on a weekend this year, especially since the only thing on our schedule was a basketball game for Preston (and I had the wrong time written down, so even that didn't take long haha).
Friday, the 13th, were all the celebrations at school and it was also Ella's half birthday. Since she isn't in school on her actual birthday she celebrates on the 13th of February, although this year we did the 12th so it wouldn't be quite so many treats in one day. We had donuts for breakfast and she brought donuts for the class. I brought her Chickfila for lunch and we got Mission Burrito for dinner. She knows what she wants when it comes to food :-)!
On Friday, the kids dressed in their Valentine wear and Mike and I were able to snag a reservation a one of our favorite restaurants, Oceanaire. Ella brought cupcakes to swim practice and then we hurried home so Mike and I could make it downtown. The food was amazing but that bread pudding is seriously one of the most delicious things I have had in my life!
On Saturday, the 14th, we spent lots of time as a family and went on multiple bike rides. It was an absolutely gorgeous day!!! We did our traditional Valentine's Day fancy dinner (which I did not get ONE picture of this year sadly) and talked about the things we love about one another. I Love focusing on love :-)! And I love this family of mine!
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2-13-15 Ella swim bday from Marci Freeman on Vimeo.
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from the 12th...
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and the 14th...
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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Ella's Turn

I had my backdrop up again a little while ago to do some head shots for a friend so I snagged Ella to get a few of her since she wasn't at home when I did the ones of the other two kiddos. She had to have Beauty in some pictures of course and then as I was flipping through the back of my camera there was one shot of Ella that looked just like me. People always assume Addie looks like me because of her blonde hair, but really Ella looks way more like me in her face. I had Mike take a picture of me in a similar position to compare.
(also, I wanted to note that she HATES wearing her hair up but I love her with it pulled back!)
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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Adeline at 8

One more post about Addie being 8 before her birthday gets too far away.
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Height: 51" (54th%)
Weight: 58 lbs (54th%)
Adeline Amani at 8 years old is still our creative, mysterious child :-).
Favorite color remains purple, favorite animal remains cats (although birds would definitely be second) and her favorite activity definitely remain drawing or creating things out of construction paper.
Her favorites shows are My Little Ponies and Wild Kratts and the only fictional books that have been able to hold her interest lately are the diary of the wimpy kid books (she loves Bad Kitty as well, but quickly went through those). She has read the first four books of the Chronicles of Narnia, but after the fourth she wanted a break :-).
2nd grade has been an awesome year for her so far! She has one mark the entire year and that is HUGE for her!!! We are still working on appropriate responses when feeling annoyed and frustrated, but overall I think she is doing so much better! She has participated in a couple little group counseling series at school and really enjoys them. One was about making and keeping friends and another just started and is about social skills. We love our school counselor Mrs. Williams and it has been good for Addie to do the groups as a way to form a relationship with her. Sometimes in the mornings if I can tell it may be a hard day for her I will remind her that she can always ask her teachers if she can go talk to Mrs. Williams if she doesn't start feeling better. Last month she actually did it and I was so proud of her for being mature enough to take the steps she needed to calm down on her own. Her teachers have also been really good with her this year.
She excels in school and enjoys learning Spanish much more than Ella :-). When report cards come all I'm looking at is behavior comments because I know her grades will be nearly perfect. I think being in the Two-Way Immersion program has also been good for Addie because all the kids know each other so well. It helps her feel more comfortable and it also helps that the other students understand her so much. She has one best friend, Shania, who she loves playing with. Shania is in the other class this year, but they get to play at recess so it has been fine. There is a group of about 6 other girls who are Addie's friends and have been so sweet to her. Being her friend can be fun and exciting (she comes up with awesome games to play, etc) but it takes patience as well and I'm so glad she has this little group around her.
After summer swim team this year, Adeline tried swimming with Katy Aquatics during the first part of the year. She is a great little athlete, but she cares NOTHING about it, so in the end I pulled her out and we will just wait for summer team again. She has started an art class instead and seems to be enjoying it, although it is on Mondays and with two Monday holidays and her being sick one of the weeks, she has only been able to go a few times so far. She still takes piano as well and she loves to make up her own songs.
Some other favorites are: broccoli, creamy lemon chicken, pho, chicken noodle soup, ricecake sandwiches with cheese, meat, mayo and mustard (she LOVES mustard), cool ranch doritos and cheddar and sour cream ruffles, milk, cocoa puffs cereal, raspberries, strawberries and apples, asparagus, lemon yogurt and donuts for treats. Addie is super good about making healthy choices and will turn down treats if she thinks she's been eating too many of them (she didn't get that from me).
Addie LOVES Eddie!!! I think getting him has been so good for her. When she gets really upset she wants him and holds him while she cries (poor Eddie :-). We went to our first cat show this year and it was super fun. I definitely think it was a highlight of her year!
We continue trying to do our best for her. It is so hard to know the right things to do to handle different situations because her little mind works so differently from mine. I am so happy to see certain things getting easier for her and I hope they continue to. She has the biggest heart and I just want everyone to see that in her! She is amazing! I could only dream of being as creative as she is already in 8 short years. We love you Ad!
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