Monday, April 14, 2014

To Nationals or Not???

Life has been busy since Spring Break ended, so I haven't had a chance to post from the last weekend. On Friday of that week, we headed south to watch Kaia compete at the state tournament. Since the competition was in the same town my brother and sister-in-law live in, we were able to stay at their place. My parents came up to cheer Kaia on too.

Kaia ended with two thirds and a first!  On one of her events, Power Tumbling, she scored her highest of the season, which qualifies her for Nationals. 


She only took third in this event, but what matters is that she met the qualifying score, not what place she took.  Two of her events she competes at Level 4, but in this event she is a Level 5, so it is her best and more difficult event.

Here is a video of her second tumbling run (she has two). The final score is a total of the two.  I was actually sitting at the scoring table for another event, helping add up scores for the trampoline, so it allowed me to video up close.
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Here's a photo of the younger girls on the team, and the coaches, as they all competed the same session.




The older girls were in a different session, but despite their ages, they are not all at higher levels than Kaia.

We also fit in plenty of grandparent and alpaca time...
The girls really were having fun; Kaia just decided to try and not smile for every photo (she succeeded)

Mira has loved the girls since she was a baby!

So now we need to decide whether or not we actually go to the National tournament. The upside? It is in our state this year (although still six hours away)! Downside? It is the day after school gets out for me, and the girls and Mike are actually still in school!  If we choose to go, you will definitely see posts on here, so check back mid-June for a possible follow up....

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

More Spring Breaking It...

Yesterday Mike and I cashed in on the wonderful Christmas that Joshua, Kellen and his girlfriend Elizabeth gave us, a couples massage! We had a relaxing time at the Majestic Spa in Anacortes, about a half hour drive from here. The one hour Swedish massage was sandwiched between eucalyptus steams in the sauna!

The downside to it all, other than having to come back to reality, is that my back is really giving me issues these days.  As relaxing as the whole experience was, it didn't do much to relieve my back tightness.  So for now I am not sleeping well, nor doing much physical activity this spring break (might have overdone it Monday), which means no running, no planting flowers, and no assisting Mike on the remodeling taking place). I have another chiropractor appointment this week, so hoping I will be on the mend again soon.

Mike should be done with his work this afternoon, at least that's the goal, so I can post updated pictures later and share what else is in store.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Spring Breaking It...

We may not be traveling this spring break, but that doesn't mean we don't have lots on our plate.  The first important business we had to address was...


Hey, we have to be prepared for sandal weather, whenever that may finally be!  This was the first time the girls had a pedicure, and from the smiles on their faces, it won't be the last.  Unfortunately for them, this was a once in awhile splurge, since we are doing a stay-cation this break. 
Which toes belong to whom?

The next Spring Break post will be on the "work" part of our break, as we are doing some remodeling around the house.  More on that later. For now I am enjoying the sounds of the girls jumping on the trampoline outside, as we finally had an afternoon free of rain!

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Our Centenarian...

This past week, Mike's grandma, known to everyone around her community as Mammy, turned 100!  She is still an amazing, quick witted woman who lives alone.  Well, unless you count her rather large and spoiled Great Pyrenees!  Look how wonderful she looks...
And while I'm talking about great grandparents, I love that Kellen recently made this photo from last summer his face book profile picture. My grandpa will turn 95 this summer, and is holding his own. Kellen loves to spend time with his great grandfather, and spoke of wanting to be like him at his age. Those are some big shoes to fill!  So thankful my children get to experience so many years with their greats!

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Weird Science....

For more than ten years we were off the hook for the Science Fair.  Now that the girls are in fourth grade, it was double the work! In the beginning stages, here's what we considered...


But alas, both girls came up with worthwhile projects, and in the end, we all enjoyed it. As parents, we decided to divide and concquer the projects.

Michael worked with Kaia to solve "What conducts better, salt or sugar?" It was great father/daughter time, and Kaia learned all about conducting electricity, volts, amps, etc., through her project with dad. She proved that salt is a better conductor by getting lights to brighten through salt laced play-doh.


Jaelyn wanted to personalize her experiment, so she asked "Can people born without their arm be dominant on the same side of their body of the limb difference?" With the help from many online acquaintances, she found that half the participants who tested their eye, ear, and foot preferences, did indeed show the missing limb side to be their more dominant side.  Thank you to those that helped out by participating in her experiment!
Yes, we all had fun and learned on the way, but we I am thankful that I am only obligated to one more year of the science fair. After that, they can pursue science to their heart's desire, but this mom will be watching from the sidelines (and thankful for my science teacher husband)!


Sunday, March 23, 2014

The Telltale Signs of Spring...

March 20th has come and gone, marking the official start to spring. But around here, we have our own telltale signs of spring.

Our daffodils and dandelions are in bloom...

The lilac bush is budding...

Soccer, in the rain...

And of course, love is in the air...
I mean, Josh was home for Spring Break!  The rest of us are looking forward to ours in a week.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Retraction...

Remember last week when I posted that Joshua was heading to Texas for the national wrestling tournament? Well I have to say I am just as proud to say he made a very tough decision this past Friday, to pass on this opportunity so that he can focus on his midterms this coming week.  He has a very tough load of classes, and would have missed two midterms had he gone to the tourney.  Since he received one of the wild card invitations, he figured he has three more years to be able to qualify.  As excited as he was, I know he made a tough decision that he won't regret, as he remembers the main reason he is at college!  After his midterms it is Spring Break for him, so he will be back home shortly.

Here is the recap on Kaia's meet last weekend that I promised.  In her flight (which means against kids her age AND level) she took first place in all three of her events.  Overall, when compared against all kids at her level, regardless of age, she took two firsts and a second.  Not bad I say. Since we were with Josh, here's a couple photos the other mom shot of her.

State is coming up in just a couple weeks, so stay tuned...