Thursday, May 25, 2017

Soccer Season Wrap-Up

Because of a rained out game earlier in the season, Preston ended up finishing soccer one week later than initially scheduled. It worked out nicely for us because the week before was his birthday/baptism fiesta so this gave us the chance to just focus on his last game. Preston played his best game ever so it was a perfect ending. He really learned and improved so much during his first season and we loved his coach, who was the grandfather of one of the other boys on the team. He was very patient with a group of crazy boys and managed to teach them a lot without getting frustrated (I could never have done it!). Preston enjoyed it so much we signed him up again for the fall season!
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it is so hard to catch an exciting moment on video at these games, so I was really excited about this one!

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We had to hurry off to Ella's swim meet after the game so we didn't get to go to the team party after but Preston got his medal and cookies and was happy :-). Throughout his season he had a lot of family come and cheer him on, which we really appreciated! It was nice for him to be the star of the show for a change.
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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Ella's AA meet

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Ella had her 2nd long course meet of the season this past weekend and it was the best overall meet she has ever had!
Friday night started with the 400 IM, which she had never raced and was quite nervous about. The AA time is 6:01.19 and her goal had been to break 6 minutes, but she totally crushed that by over 10 seconds and is actually quite close to the AAA time which is so awesome for her. She has finally got her backstroke improving and that is helping her IM time so much because she doesn't lose the lead she gets during the fly.
Saturday and Sunday she kept up the fast swimming and it was so fun to watch her accomplish some of her goals. She BARELY missed the TAGS cut for 200 breast (by exactly 0.2 seconds) and came out of the water crying because she wanted to so badly while Mike and I were just freaking out with excitement that she was so close! She got AA times on her 50 free, 200 free, 200 breast, 200 fly and 100 free, missing it only in the 50 breast, oddly enough. That race was pretty close after the 200 fly and she went so hard on that race (missing TAGS by less than 3 seconds) that I think it affected the 50 breast. Watching the 200 fly was my favorite moment of the meet because all her teammates were down cheering her on and it was adorable :-). She has been with a lot of the kids in her group for 3 years now and they are such great friends.
We are really proud of Ella and so excited to see how the rest of the summer goes for her! It was her first meet where she placed top 8 and got ribbons in every single event she swam.
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400 IM
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it was so fun timing her for this race because her head would be out of the water on her turns, unlike her long freestyle races, so we could really yell for her

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SATURDAY
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50 Free (lane 4)
seed time: 35.51
this meet: 31.64
(8th/89)

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200 Free (lane 1)
seed time: 2:36.60
this meet: 2:28.76
(6th/63)

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200 Breast (lane 5)
seed time: 3:17.13
this meet: 3:03.49
(2nd/20)

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We love Coach Bailey and will be sad when she moves out of his group at the end of summer :-(!
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200 Fly (lane 3)
seed time: 3:11.68
this meet: 2:46.86 (dropped almost 25 seconds!!!)
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50 Breast (lane 6)
seed time: 41.28
this meet: 40.51
(5th/65)

cheering on her friend right before her turn
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100 Free (lane 5)
seed time: 1:13.75
this meet: 1:08.99
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Sunday, May 21, 2017

Preston is 8!!!

I still cannot believe that Preston is 8! It just sounds so much older than 7...officially big kid territory!
It was quite an eventful for year for him as he experienced new adventures, learned new skills and lost all his front teeth :-).
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It was Preston's first year taking piano lessons and he absolutely loved it! He would come home from his lessons and immediately go practice his new songs which was so adorable. That doesn't mean he sat still and listened during those lessons ;-) but Mrs. Clarke was very patient with him and I think his excitement over his improvements shone through his craziness. It was also Preston's first year playing soccer and he improved tremendously during the season, also thanks to a patient teacher. There were practices where Preston didn't pay attention and just goofed off but there were practices where he really focused on the drills they were doing and his coach was very complimentary to his natural ability and how far he has come in one season.
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2nd grade had it's ups and downs but overall was a good year. Preston's Spanish improved a lot and he discovered that math is his thing. It comes naturally to him and he loves it! The writing and hand-writing skills need to be practiced still :-). I did see Preston's love of reading grow this year which made my heart happy. He reads 4 or 5 different books at a time, which I don't understand, but I can hardly get frustrated by a messy room if it's because different books are lying all around the floor (legos however are another story!).
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He definitely loves legos still and continued with his lego building class all during the school year. He got to incorporate controlling his creations via computer which was an exciting new element. But there was a new love in his life that topped legos and minecraft and anything else he was interested in...Pokemon. For Preston and Addie almost everything revolved around Pokemon the last year...that's all they choose to watch on TV, they collect the cards, they make up board games and games outside, they draw the characters, and Preston only ever wants to wear Pokemon shirts when he picks out his clothes. I still don't understand them, but it's fun for the two of them to share it together.
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We traveled quite a bit during the last year of Preston's life and he got to experience some amazing adventures for how young he is! He swam with sea lions and followed iguanas in the Galapagos, rode a natural waterslide in the Amazon, helped save sea turtles in Mexico, went on his 2nd cruise (he LOOOOVED it!), practiced his snorkeling in the Dominican Republic, and stayed a week in the jungle of Costa Rica surrounded by monkeys, macaws and hermit crabs. Preston's enthusiasm and pure joy during these moments is so fun to be a part of and is contagious to the rest of us. He is definitely the ray of sunshine in our family and our most adventuresome spirit!
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One of the highlights of his year was a special trip with just Mike to Chicago to see the Cubs play their first World Series game in over 70 years. He still talks about it and really loved his special time with dad!
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Preston is still our chatterbox for sure! He can talk non-stop about anything for hours. He loves being with people, he loves to cuddle, he loves to laugh (with his cute little dimple) and make others laugh and he loves to play games. He can be very argumentative and whiny but just as he is getting on my last nerve, will turn around and give me a hug and tell me he loves me. Of all our kids he definitely gives his love the most freely.
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He loves waffles with peanut butter and a cup of orange juice for breakfast, peanut butter/honey or ham/cheese sandwiches for lunch and pizza is his favorite dinner. He also loves tacos, cheese enchiladas, bacon cheeseburgers, cherries, chicken fajitas and french fries. He loves soda the most of our kids too and he loves to mix multiple flavors, gross us all out and declare it is delicious :-).
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His favorite books are the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, Pokemon indexes and most recently he has started the Warriors series that Addie loves (about cats). He likes to write his own comic strips, make cool lego creations and create board games. He has a hermit crab named Hermit and still needs his "white blank" to sleep at night. AND he LOVES music! Listening to him sing along to songs in the car is my favorite! He was lucky enough to go to his first concert this fall, Adele, and just this week asked me what my favorite Taylor Swift song is because his is Bad Blood :-).
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We sure love our Prest, our crazy monk, our Prestonian. He is the cutest and most squishable and I can't believe how fast he is growing up!
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