Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Mike's Birthday and the Swim Banquet

June 30th was Mike's birthday and our summer swim banquet and party...just how Mike would choose to spend his birthday, at a large social gathering :-). We kept things low key this year and celebrated at home in the morning, went to the Alamo for lunch and then off to the banquet that evening. We are definitely lucky Mike is ours and very thankful he was born those many, many years ago ;-).
All the kids were excited about the awards portion of the evening...Ella to get all her medals from Meet of Champs and All Stars, and Addie and Preston to see what their new trophies would look like. They are much bigger than previous years and when it comes to trophies, bigger is definitely better! We don't know which of our coaches will be returning next summer, which is a little sad! Coach Lauren was an assistant and had just finished high school Ella's first year on the team. She helped teach her to swim and is now a college graduate and getting married. We will definitely miss her next year! Coach Mike has been with our team for 4 years now and is so good with my kids' crazy personalities. I'm pretty sure he was a crazy kid himself so he really knows how to handle kids and be patient with them. We are still hoping he will return!
After the awards at the clubhouse, we all headed to the pool for a BBQ dinner and swimming. The kids were having so much fun that we ended up staying until the very end of the party at 9:30pm. They loved swimming with Rachel and with all their swim team buddies. It's always so nice to be finished with summer swim because it is such a huge time commitment, but as soon as it's over we can look back and appreciate all the fun it was as well. Until next May :-)!
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I love these pics of Addie laughing hysterically at the silly things she wrapped up :-)
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Ella getting her 9/10 girls MVP medal
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Preston was pretty excited about his trophy haha! And then very jealous of all Ella's medals later that night :-)
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