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!

Monday, May 29, 2017

Celebrating Memorial Day..and Trey.

He's going to be 16!! Trey is turning 16 in 2 days! I can't believe he's 16. It's a bit mind-boggling.

We celebrated his birthday on Memorial Day with a but cook out at Mom's house. They have a pool at the new house and Kate has been anxiously awaiting the day it would be warm enough to swim. Now I didn't think it was warm enough yet, so I didn't even try to get it...but the chilly water didn't stop the two kiddos from spending quite a bit of time playing. I'll just wait until it warms up a bit before I jump right in.

 Happy birthday, dude. STOP GROWING UP.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

The Total Package Tour

Tonight was a concert night! We went with Brad and Kimilee, our regular concert date couple, to the American Airlines Center to see Boyz II Men, Paula Abdul, and New Kids on the Block. I of course was only there for NKOTB (ok, really, Joey McIntyre, my first love), and Nick was only there for Boyz II Men. I don't know that any of us really cared whether we saw Paula or not (she lip-synced the entire set) but it was fun for nostalgia purposes at least.
 This photo sums up our entire concert experience and cracks me up:
 Clearly one of us is way more excited about New Kids than the other.  And of course no concert is complete without a bootleg t-shirt that some guy pulls out of his pants and sells you in the parking lot: