Friday, January 12, 2018

Addie is Awarded

This morning we got to celebrate Addie at school where she was one of the recipients of the EEAA, Extra Effort Achievement Award. " The award is given to no more than three deserving students in each classroom on a quarterly basis. The criteria for selection are citizenship, respectfulness, willingness to try harder tasks and completion of schoolwork." We are especially proud of Addie because while the academic part of school has always come easily to her, the social areas (like those included in this award) haven't and it really shows how far she has come! The assembly was so entertaining with a rap intro, parents allowed to take pictures of their children and a game. Katy ISD could learn a few things from it ;-). We are so happy that Addie and Preston have adjusted so well to their new school!



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Tuesday, January 9, 2018

New Year's Kickoff Swim Meet

We weren't sure what to expect from the girls at this swim meet. Addie hadn't practiced at all over Christmas break and we wouldn't have even put her in the meet except it was small and at our pool, soooo why not :-)? She wasn't super excited about it but now she won't have one for quite awhile AND she actually improved a few of her times!
Ella had a really great meet! She got her very first 13/14 AA time (she didn't get her first 11/12 AA until this past spring, so that is a big deal!) and she also got a couple more state times. Even more importantly she really is feeling more a part of this new team and that was so nice to see!
The placing was just in two categories for this meet, 12-and-under or 13-and-over.
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Ella 200 IM (5th/15 13&overs)
seed time: 2:24.57
this meet: 2:21.35
(3rd from top)
this was her first time doing the back to breast flip turn they have been working on at practice in a race

Ella 1000 Free (5th/15)
seed time: 13:47.70 (from 2 years ago)
this meet: 1:26.45
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Addie 50 Fly (50th/54 :-)
seed time: 55.85
this meet: 54.65
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Ella 200 Fly (6th/17)
seed time: 2:28.17
this meet: 2:25.81
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Addie 50 Free (48th/55)
seed time: 40.80
this meet: 43.19
3rd from top

Addie 100 Breast (31/41)
seed time: 1:57.04
this meet: 1:53.34

Ella 100 Breast (2nd/29)
seed time: 1:14.72
this meet: 1:16.10
2nd from top

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Ella 200 Free (3rd/29)
seed time: 2:07.28
this meet: 2:05.97

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Ella 100 Back (12th/32)
seed time: 1:11.93
this meet: 1:10.46
We tried out a restaurant in downtown Athens after the meet was over on Saturday. The downtown area is so cute! I can't wait for some better weather to go and explore it more!

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Addie 50 Breast (18/29)
seed time: 52.18
this meet: 52.81
very top lane

Ella 200 Breast (4th/18)
seed time: 2:41.03
this meet: 2:41.27
3rd from top

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Addie 100 Free (31/36)
seed time: 1:35.93
this meet: 1:41.22
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Ella 100 Free (10th/28)
seed time: 58.95
this meet: 58.71
4th from top

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Ella 100 Fly (8th/24)
seed time: 1:06.82
this meet: 1:05.70

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Addie 100 IM (25th/37)
seed time: 1:49.69
this meet: 1:43.67
Addie and her deep dives :-)

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Ella 100 IM (4th/20)
seed time: 1:12.48
this meet: 1:06.69

There were relays at this meet which was fun for the girls. They both swam in the 200 Medley relays on Saturday (both swimming breast) and Ella also swam the 200 Free relay on Sunday.
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One more meet until the 14-and-under state meet in February and then there is a Division Champs meet in March that we have been told is an equally big deal as the state meet to end the short course season.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Texas Trip Fun, Part 2

We drove out to San Antonio for one day and one night and had so much fun with Mike's family. Addie and Preston especially were in heaven playing video games with their cousins :-)! The timing worked out that we were also able to meet up at In n Out burger with some friends from Katy which was a fun last minute surprise. Then it was back to Katy to see more friends, celebrate my mom's birthday, and be there for Rosie's blessing day. It was really nice for our kids to be with Kayley's kids again. They really do miss getting to see each other so often so we are going to try and be better about having them keep in touch. We most likely won't be back to Texas for quite awhile now and I'm really thankful we were able to spend time with our families over the holidays to hold us over until we return!
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