Saturday, May 31, 2014

May Madness...cats, summer swim, RDR, banquets, dance clinics

I am so glad it is the last day of May today! School is almost out, TWENTY-ONE photo shoots are done (ahhh, that was crazy), piano lessons and other after school clubs are over. Tomorrow Mike and I celebrate our 12th anniversary and between swim meets and end of year parties we won't be doing much to celebrate (but we counted Peru as our anniversary trip, so really it was a pretty exciting one :-). I'm looking forward to a few weeks of just swimming and wrapping up my last shoots of the summer before we head out on our big road trip. Hooray for no schedules!!!

But at the beginning of May, when I was stressed about the upcoming weeks, this is what was going on:
bonding with Eddie and taking him to the vet
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Addie had moved to Preston's room to sleep on the floor and get away from her crazy kitty keeping her up, but he found her :-)
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Swimming BFFs were reunited
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I sadly missed the big finale of Ella's Read Deed and Run program through the school district.
Every other Wednesday after school this year she met with the 4th and 5th graders participating and either ran a mile or did a good deed. On her own she also did both of those things and kept a reading log of the books she read. By the end of the school year the kids had to have run 26.2 miles, read 26 books and done 26 hours of service to complete the program. The whole district got together and ran the last 1.2 miles together on Saturday, May 3rd. I think it is such a neat program and I'm glad Mike took some pictures while I was out on shoots.
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That night I had more shoots :( (I have to schedule them so far in advance that it is impossible for me to know every event the kids will have going on when I do it). So Mike and Ella went on a special date to her Katy Aquatics Swim Team banquet. Ella LOVES going to this event which I think is so cute. This year was an even bigger deal though because Olympian Cammile Adams spoke and handed out the awards.
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then there was more of eddie, more dates with dad (I didn't get a picture of him and Preston when they went), friends over and more swim practice fun
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We also had GORGEOUS weather!!!!
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And to cap off the first week, Ella attended a little dance clinic one of the teachers at her school put on. Two of her good friends went and she lots of fun (this is May 7th). They were supposed to have white pom poms but they didn't arrive in time (they got there the next day of course :-), so they improvised with grocery bags.
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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Hope and I Celebrate our Birthdays (and the rest of April)

On the evening of April 27th we all got together for a delicious Mexican feast prepared by my mom to celebrate my birthday on the 26th and Hope's on the 29th. I love that we are birthday buddies! Looking at pictures of all this yummy food sure has me hungry!
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Later that night Addie and Eddie were bonding (this was his first day home with us).
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And other highlights from the end of April...
Preston has become quite the lego addict and I love it because he can follow the directions himself and finally has something to entertain himself for long periods of time. He makes some pretty cool stuff!
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Addie has come up with some pretty creative rainbow loom creations. She was REALLY into hummingbirds for a bit so modified some animals she watched tutorials for and made her own little humming bird.
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Preston and I were supposed to go to the gym and do errands one Friday, but we decided to have a lazy morning instead. We have far too few of those and it was nice to take a break and cuddle and "play multiplication" on the ipad instead (which means he asks me the answers to problems and types them in).
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On the evening of my actual birthday Mike and I went on a date to our favorite place, the Alamo. (and as you can see, we are AWESOME selfie takers!)
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Oliver stopped by in the afternoon on the 28th to meet Eddie.
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Playing bubbles and rocking his swim evaluation to officially become a member of the Falcon Point Pirates for summer swim team!
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The girls participated in their talent shows in music class on the 29th and 30th. They each played one of their recital pieces on the piano and were awesome! Our school is so weird about pictures though! On Tuesday I was able to take Ella out in the hall and get a picture of her at the end of the show, but on Wednesday when I asked to do the same with Addie I was told I couldn't. So stupid!
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And summer swim season officially began with practice on April 30th!
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