Thursday, June 28, 2012

Swimming Lessons 2012

We made it through another session of swim lessons (with minimal complaining even).  Mak passed level 6 and is officially ready for swim team.  I was going to put her in this year but with the unknown if we were going to be here all summer and having to shuttle her back and forth after the baby comes I decided to hold off another year.  At the beginning she didn't want to do swim team, but now she does, of course. 
 Morg passed level 4 (which shocked me a little)  She did really good and I see a lot of improvement from last year. 
 I put Micah in a level 4 as well because. . . well I'm a bad mom.  I was having a hard time scheduling all of them at the same time and he was so far ahead of everyone last year I fiugred he could skip a level.  In the past (at least for us) they've held level 4 in the shallower part of the pool and I thought he'd be fine.  Well, not so much.  They did it in the 13 foot dive well and it wasn't so fine.  He struggled keeping up with everyone and so they had him swim next to the wall so he could stop when he needed.  I felt bad for the teachers cuz I knew how much I hated teaching kids who were not placed correctly.  You'd think I'd know better, lol.  Oh well, he managed and although he didn't pass (surprise surprise) he improved and loves it.
 This was his favorite part.
 I didn't get a good close up of Eah cuz by the time I got over to her class they were playing a game of Alligator Alligator, what time is it?  She's the one the front with the goggles on.  She passed level 2 as well and actually kind of surprised me on how well she did.    She's become a little fish.
 Mak's group and few others played sharks and minnows and she along with the teachers were the last one's standing, so the teachers huddled around her and carried her across the pool so she wouldn't get tagged.  It was pretty hilarious.
 Here are my swimmers.  So proud of them.  Glad they love the water as much as I do.  I think with a little encouragement, they will all do swim team next year.  Ok let's be realistic, they are doing swim team weather they like it or not, lol.  

Friday, June 15, 2012

Baby Bump and James is Gone :(

So I've always been really bad at photo documenting anything to do with me, but I really wanted to have a few pics of my bump this time.  I've only gotten 3 shots in the last 36 weeks, but hey it's better than nothing, right?  This one is at 20 weeks shortly after finding out what we were having.
 This one is 30 weeks. 
 And only 6 weeks later. . .I'm huge and still have 4 weeks to go.  I stayed pretty small for a long time and then bam, here is my belly.  I am sooo uncomfortable all of the time and my legs feel like they are going to detach from my hip sockets, my ankles are swollen every night, Randy laughs at me every time I try to get off of the couch and my AC is driving me nuts and we can't figure out what's wrong.  Oh well, I just need to make it through the next 4 weeks and then I can JUST be sleep deprived not uncomfortable, right?  Here's to hoping I go early (not that I will cuz I never do).
 On another note, Uncle James finished his Freshman year of college and celebrated his bday with us before leaving to go home before his mission.  We went to 7 Peaks yesterday with Alina and kids then came home, used the rest of his money from his meal plan at Jamba Juice (which BTW James know all of the secret flavors and has shared them with us and "Screaming O," (I know, awful name right?) is the best), made dinner and made my mom's infamous bday cake.  James wanted to learn how to make it, so he helped and even chose pink flowers to put on it, silly boy.
 I'm going to miss Zoolander face.
 He was really excited to light his own candles, can ya tell?  He's concentrating so hard. . .love it.
We are going to miss having you around James.  There is never a dull moment when you are here.  

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

She's a Big Girl Now!!!

She Did It!!!!!!!  She's been asking for a couple of weeks to learn to ride a 2-wheeler, but with how busy we've been, it just hasn't happened. . .till this weekend.
On Friday Randy got out the "small" bike and within a half an hour had her up and going!!!!  We practiced on the sidewalk yesterday and actually used the brakes instead of her feet to stop.  She'll be keeping up with the big kids now.  I can't believe how "big" she's gotten.  Where has my baby gone.  I guess I get to enjoy it all over again. . . soon.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Last Day of School 2012

The inevitable day has come and gone.  Yeah for the kids, sad for me.  I wouldn't mind just a couple of more weeks kid less.  Regardless, the kids had a fun last week.  There was the awards assembly and the dance festival and of course the joyous last day of 1 1/2 hours (don't even ask).    Here are the kids after the dance festival.  I'll post their videos at the end.
Walking to school the last day.  I thought it was a cute shot.
Morg and her besties commiserating on how the last day will go.
One last shot of the kids with their teachers.  Mak had such a great year with this man.  He had nothing but the nicest things to say about her.  She's sad to move on because she says "I want Mr. C to be my teacher forever."  He really is awesome.
2 of my kids have had Mrs. G.  She is just hands down awesome.
Also 2 of my kids have had Mrs. W.  These teachers just know how to reach my kids on a level I can't.  I miss them already.
Then there's Eah.  Miss Lynn has had the youngest 3 kids and all of my them have done amazing with her.  They all grow so much during preschool.  On the last day, they did a little program for the parents, it's always cute to watch them sing and dance.
This is the first year we've had Miss Nicole (or "Miss Cole" as Eah says it) as the preschool aid.  Can I just tell you how much I love this woman.
I was a able to get a cute shot of Morg and her friend McKenna coming out to say bye to Mrs. G.
Oh and Malia loves all of her siblings teachers and hugs them each time she sees them.
The usual girl shot with one extra, Savannah.  She moved in close by and plays with the girls a lot.
Mak and Lauren.  At this point it is useless to ever think my children will ever be tall.  These 2 are only 6 months apart in age.
Mak and her bestie Emme.  These 2 are inseparable.  When/if we move, this will probably be the hardest goodbye.
McKenzie's dance.  She's the one in the back with the blue sweatshirt and red hat, all gansta and all.
Morgan's dance.  She's wearing a pink shirt and plaid shorts, third row back.
Micah's dance.  He's kinda hard to see, but he's wearing gray and black pants with a green shirt holding a panda pillow pet, 3 rows back behind the girls with the red pants.
Malia's dance, she's pretty easy to spot.
Now it's over and I can't believe I have a 6th grader, where has the time gone.  The kids learned so much this year and I loved all of their teachers.  Hopefully this next year will bring on some new adventures for our family.  Here's to a fun, hot, exciting summer.   Next on the agenda, getting this baby out.  Only 5 weeks to go WOOT!!!!