Monday, March 18, 2013

Go all of us Go!

Life is moving at a pretty brisk pace but that's alright since for the most part, we're keeping up. Julia had her final short course swim meet this weekend, Sam & Syd participated in a lacrosse tournament, Brian volunteered at the tournament, Brian's niece got married Saturday, and we went to parts of all of it.

First up Friday morning was helping for the wedding. Sinikka (Brian's niece) decided to have cupcakes for her reception. Sinikka has made lots of fancy cupcakes over the past few years and chose a few of her favorites. I was lucky enough to get to make the strawberry cheesecake cupcakes. Super yummy!


Early Friday afternoon Sam & Syd played their first game in the lacrosse tournament. The weather was beautiful and gave me hope that summer will come again. It's fun to watch the girls enjoy a new sport. I know nothing about lacrosse. I'm finding that I'm a bit reluctant to learn anything about it. It looks like track ball with freeze tag thrown in.  Brian tells me it's a lot like hockey. The most noticeable similarity to me is how difficult it is to see the ball in lacrosse and the puck in hockey. I'm sure by the end of the season I'll be more knowledgeable about this sport and think it's as awesome as all the hype I hear.
Sam is number 20.
Syd is number 38.
We watched them play in another game Saturday afternoon after Julia's meet and Sinikka's wedding. They had 2 other games that I missed. It was really fun for them to hang out with their team for 2 days. I'm so happy the weather was nice!

Julia's swim meet was in Bountiful. She swam in 3 events Friday night and 3 event Saturday morning. She improved her time in 5 of the 6 events. Way to go Julia!
It's possible that Gretchen and Julia will swim in a morning meet in April or May but I'm not sure, it's up to them. Our next series of swim meets will start in June with the country club league. The girls love their Life Centre team. I love having all of them swim together. This will be Sam's last season with them and I'm sure there will be many tears when August gets here.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Go Gretchen Go!

The past few days Gretchen has been swimming in the state age group short course swim meet. It was in Bountiful at the South Davis rec center. The meet started on Wednesday but she did not have any events so for us the meet started on Thursday.  Until a year ago last September I knew nothing about competitive age group swimming. That is not true now. There is still much I do not know but I can tell you that swim meets take a long time. There is a lot of time spent waiting for your swimmer to race and then the race is over rather quickly. Swimmers work so hard. I'm sure that is true of athletes in all sports but when I watch the time commitment of swimmers I can't help but be impressed.

 The meet ran Wednesday through Saturday, preliminary heats in the morning and finals at night. You have to make a time standard in each event to qualify to swim. Julia aged up in January and didn't have times that qualified in her new age group so she didn't get to swim at this meet. She will swim next weekend in the consolation meet. That one is only Friday night and Saturday day.
 Gretchen likes to make sure we are watching her when she get ready to race. We either get a thumbs up right before stepping on the block or when she is actually on the block.
 Brian had to work every day during the meet. He made it to 3 sessions and was super happy to wear his convertible pants. This very attractive picture of him changing out of his pants in a church parking lot in Hawaii is cause for many smiles in our house. It's a good look for him. Not many can pull it off.
 Julia went to the most sessions with me. In fact, she only missed one and that was because she was at school all day Thursday. She is a good sport!  Sam and Syd made it to a couple sessions also but their lives are busy too now that their swim season is over and lacrosse has begun.
Gretchen did so well at this meet! She dropped time in all 8 of her events and dropped time in her legs of the 3 relays she was in. She made it to finals in all but 1 of her events. 2 of those events were timed finals during the prelims so that was great that she only had to swim those once. Overall it's a lot of swimming, waiting, traveling and worrying. Way to go Gretchen!

Monday, March 4, 2013

Dad

Today is my Dad's birthday and I miss him. That's really all I need to post.
Yesterday while my family was together at my mom's house we were talking about all of the little kids running around and how different it was when my girls were little. There weren't any other little ones. My dad used to call my girls the terrorists.
"Watch out, here come the terrorists!"      "Oh no, the terrorists are here!"
It bugged me and then it didn't. Yes, I knew he was kidding - except when he wasn't. That's not to say he didn't absolutely love my girls and adore spending time with them. Sometimes he was just grouchy. Me too. Sometimes he didn't want to see the mess they would create just by walking into a room. Me either. And sometimes he would be the one egging them on. Most of the time he just wanted to give me a hard time so I knew he loved me. 
My dad also had a love affair with gadgets. He and my mom would go to the state fair specifically to see what new gadgets they could find. The fair would never disappoint them. One year they brought home an automatic potato peeler. Oh the joy! You plug it in, stick a potato on it, line up the blade, turn it on and volia! One long continuous potato skin peeled right off. The Thanksgiving potatoes that year were all peeled by the automatic peeler. Fortunately for us, we were there for the potato preparation. Most fortunate of all, I had my camera. He had my girls wishing for a potato peeler of their own.
Who knew peeling potatoes could be so much fun?


We decided last night that my dad would call the new crop of kids running around my parents house the Taliban.
And each time he said it there would be a smile on his face and a twinkle in his eye.