Friday, June 9, 2017

Swim Lessons have begun!

We are now in year 4 of swim lessons with Mrs. Cheryl of Hubenak Swim School. Kate's pretty advanced now and swims like a fish, but there are so many more things to learn and I love that she enjoys it so much. It's also bonus time with friends, and there's nothing wrong with that! These girls have managed to be in the same class now for the past 3 years.
They're learning more techniques now and working on stronger kicks and diving.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Yiayia Came Home!

Yiayia and Bill spent 30 very long days visiting some friends in Europe. Kate was not pleased with their trip and missed them terribly while they were gone. She cried the first few days after they left, but Yiayia had left some gifts behind for her to open occasionally while they were gone so that kept Kate occupied some, and they were also able to facetime and text as well. She was still super excited when June 8th rolled around and it was time to pick them up from the airport. She made them a welcome home sign:
So we arrived at the airport right around time for their flight to land, which was probably a big mistake on my part because it takes forever to go through customs and what-not for international flights. In hindsight, I shouldn't have gotten us there so quickly, as we ran out of things to occupy Kate pretty soon after arriving.
 I showed her the monitors on the wall and explained which flight we were watching for, so she kept checking it constantly.

 Once they landed, she wanted to stand at the end of the walkway from the international flights doorway...even though I explained to her that it would be a while before they walked through them. We stood anyway, and waited. Every time the doors would open for someone else to walk out, Kate would lean around trying to see the people still back there in line to see if she could spot them.
 Finally her little legs got tired, so after going to the restroom for the third time since arriving we sat at a nearby table to wait. That's when she finally spotted Bill in the crowd and shouted "I see them! I see them!!"
 At that point she became pretty attached to Yiayia and wouldn't leave her side. We had one very happy little girl on our hands.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Exploring Airfield Falls

I have visited Airfield Falls in the past for photo opportunities. It's the only natural waterfall in Tarrant county, and before there wasn't much of a trail head to get you there other than a sad parking lot and sidewalk. Not many people knew about it, which was kind of nice, but it's also nice now that the parks department has constructed a fancy new trail head with good parking and a cool partial aircraft display. Kate and I decided to go check it out today, since we've had tons of rain lately so I knew the falls would really be flowing.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

It's VBS Time!

It was the first night at VBS today and Kate was very excited! Our theme this year is The Battle Belongs to the Lord. The church building is decked out in Army and camouflage. We even have a almost life-size (cardboard) tank in the foyer. Everything looks so good!
 Nana and Nick have been going to the adult class while I run around and take pictures of all the kiddos like crazy, as I usually do during VBS. It will be a busy but fun week!

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Award-winning First Grader

Yearbook signing party.........awards........last day of school.......moving on to second grade's greener pastures. It's finally here! School is out for summer.
Kate received three awards for the end of the year: Citizenship, Positive Actions, and a reading award that came with a free Six Flags ticket. She was very excited that she received all three!
 The last day was only a half day of school, and it was both a happy day and a sad day. Kate will miss her teacher, her friends for the summer, and school in general because she really enjoys it. But she's also excited for the break and not having to get up at 6:30 each morning (as is Mommy!)
 Second grade, we will see you soon!

Friday, May 19, 2017

Field Day!

One of the exciting parts of the end of school is always field day. I remember when I was in elementary school and we would actually walk from our school several blocks through a neighborhood to get to the large city park for the day. It was always super excited and really fun to get to do that. Kate's field day was a tad bit rainy, but that didn't stop them from having a blast. They played a lot of water games anyway, so the kids were going to get wet one way or another.
 She spent most of her day playing with Alyssa, who has become one of her really good friends this year. They are both in Mrs. Ostlie's class together. We've had several playdates with Alyssa this year and since they live not far from our house I'm sure we will see her a lot this summer too.
  Alyssa and Kate are both missing the same teeth right now, which is really funny. I'm not sure they hav ea full set between the two of them!

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Mother's Day 2017

This year Kate made me some special gifts for Mother's Day at school. She was so very proud of herself and the things she brought home (which she hid in her bedroom until it was time to give them to me). 
 They made a coaster for us and I got some new artwork that she did for me. I'll have to frame her picture and hang it in my office.  Gifts like that are pretty special and just seeing how proud she was of her accomplishment made them even better!
 After church I got to choose out lunch destination, so we went for steak at Logan's Roadhouse. It had been a while since I had eaten there and it just sounded really, really good. I had a few pieces of shrimp with my sirloin. We took Nana with us as well, since Yiayia and Bill are in Europe right now visiting some friends.
Since Yiayia was going to be gone during Mother's Day this year, we gave her some fun gifts a few days early that we picked out at the Japanese dollar store. It's mostly a long family joke about cheap Japanese gifts, and we got the response we were looking for in giving her silly gifts this year.