Sunday, March 16, 2014

Moving along in March

The first 2 weeks of March are almost a blur of activity. March 5-8, Gretchen and Julia swam at the short course age group state championships. We were so excited to have Julia qualify for 4 individual events and to swim in 3 relays. Gretchen swam in 6 individual events and 3 relays also. These meets are a lesson in endurance for all parties involved. Gretchen raced a total of 4350 yards. She is one tough girl. That does not include any of the warm up or cool down swimming. Julia didn't swim quite that much but she is a tough cookie too. The meet lasted 3 1/2 days of prelims and finals and was held about 30 minutes from our house so we did a lot of driving back and forth. The girls did a lot of napping between sessions. By the time it was all over they were exhausted but they did well and were happy.

Samantha and Sydney had a lacrosse tournament all day March 14 and 15. Sam played in 6 games and Syd played in 7 (Olympus needed an extra player so Syd played for them). They were a little tired when they were done too. They have improved a bit from last year and look like they know what is going on. I have not improved at all and still have no clue why they are playing freeze tag with sticks. 

We've managed to squeeze in a few ski days also. It is so fabulous to have the canyon so close. Hopefully we'll get in a few more days before it heats up too much.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014


Today would be my Dad's 76th birthday. As a way for me to celebrate him I thought I would share a memory/story that always makes me smile. He LOVED to tease and give me a hard time. Well, not just me, he pretty much gave everyone a hard time. It was done in fun. One of his favorite things to do was give nicknames to the boyfriends/girlfriends of the girls/boys in our family. Brian's nickname was "what's his name". Very rarely during the few months we dated did my dad refer to him as Brian. Shortly after Brian and I got engaged I sat down to dinner with my dad, mom & some of my siblings (I can't remember which ones, sorry). I think my mom and I started talking about the wedding announcements and what they should say. My dad had a few suggestions that he was happy to share. He would say one thing, chuckle, say something else, laugh some more, and then add some more to it. As soon as dinner was over and he had left the room I wrote down all of his suggestions. When the announcements were made I had a special one made up just for him.

When I had all of the printed announcements I put this one on top so it looked like a whole stack of freshly printed cards sitting on the kitchen table. As soon as my dad got home from work I told him how excited I was that they were here, and done, and didn't they look great?! He grabbed the first one off the top and started to read. Soon he was kind of sputtering and saying what? what? Then he grabbed another one of the stack and by then my mom & I were laughing. After he read the real one he laughed too and told me I had done good (which was high praise coming from him). The next day he took the joke invitation to work and tricked his secretary with it. I think he tricked a few more people too and then brought it home.

Here's the real one:

I also thought you'd like to see some pictures from 1998.

These pages out of my scrapbook make me smile too. That first page I made really big so you could see him in the ocean. It reminds me of when he took my family to the Great Salt Lake when we were little. He thought floating in the salt water was super cool. I also love Sydney's grumpy little face in the top picture. He truly loved Hawaii (who can blame him) and took great pleasure in grandkids pulling on his beard and grabbing his glasses.