Saturday, July 15, 2017

Swimming like crazy

Summer is our busy swim season.  The boy swims both morning and night.  People are always surprised that we have so little free time in the summer.  It's because the boy loves his water, and we love the boy, so we take the boy to the water.


This video is at the 13 and up practice for state.  Eric is the second from the top.  I know none of you ever get to see him swim.  I can't post whole videos on here most of the time, but here is a practice dive.

Our summer swim season was not our favorite.  Three of our 5 meets got rained out.  But, we spent a couple of hours sitting in the rain each time before it was called.  So, yucky and disappointing.  However, Eric got the coaches' award for his age division, so we were proud of him. 

At district, his relay teams both came in second.   He will go to state in both of those.   He got 6th in his other two events.  However, I am most proud of his 100 Individual Medley.  Even though he got 6th and did not qualify for state in it, he swam it faster than he ever has before - 1:25.26.  So proud of him!

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Bible Bee

I am so proud of this fella.  He has chosen to do an 8 week study for the National Bible Bee this summer.  Just for fun.  He is so fantastically amazing!  I love his heart for the Lord.  His diligence.  His desire to learn.  He is such a great kid!

He has been working and studying and is in the 5th week already.  I could not be more proud of him.  

Monday, April 3, 2017

Silly school time

I love that our school still includes play.  And I love that I have a rockin' awesome boy that isn't afraid to play.  We had a game to demonstrate how cougars and deer affect each other in the wild.  A cougar card had to land on 3 deer to survive.  If so, you could add another cougar to represent another generation.  And you doubled the deer that survived each time as well.  This boy was determined to have the cougars overtake the deer population.  :)

I know that's a lot of pictures.  But it's these days that I will always cherish.  These simple days at home.  With my boy.  Doing our school thing.  Man I love these days!

Wednesday, February 8, 2017


We went to Nashville the last weekend in January for a late Christmas celebration.  We were there on Chinese New Year, so we went to a celebration that was being held near Vanderbilt.

It was fun, but they were not prepared for the crowds that had come, so we did not stay long.

We watched a folk tale about a stone cutter done with puppets.  Here was the mountain puppet.  

We stood in line to have Eric's name written in Chinese calligraphy.  

A lady was coming through the line writing your name on a piece of paper.  

I was impressed, though, when we finally made it to the man, he read the name off as Eric.  I had wondered if the symbols were just a representation, or if they truly were his name.  

It was fun.  I wish we could have stayed for the rest of the program.  However there was no stage, and Eric could not see anything over all the standing people (I couldn't either).  

Our small crew waiting on everyone else to arrive. 

Christmas gifts to take to Dexter's.  


This kid is used to working out every night.  He struggles some if he misses several days in a row.  So we found the fitness center at the hotel to be very useful.  Love that boy!!!!

You will have to look really hard, buy it snowed for an hour or two while we were there.  Heavy, big flakes.  

Tried to get a picture, but you really can't see anything except a little in our hair.  

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

School fun

I love when school provides fun activities to do along with the learning.  This week Eric had to make a shepherd's head piece and a Hebrew meal (of sorts.  Let's face it, we live in modern America, not quite gonna happen.)

We all had fun eating on the floor with our hands.  Although I did include one spoon for scooping out the yogurt initially.  I really didn't want to all be scooping with our hands out of it.  Yuck!

Gizmo was a little confused about us eating on the floor.  

He got a couple of pieces of cheese for his patience at staying off the blanket.  Cheese is his favorite. 

Saturday, January 21, 2017

New fish

One of our neon tetras died right after Christmas.  The other one has been pitiful, moping around, so we wanted to replace his buddy.  We decided to get several new fish today.

We went with two more neon tetras.  What was adorable is they immediately swam over to the one we already had and the three of them just swim around the tank together.  Too cute.  We decided on two in case another one dies.  That way there is still a buddy system in place.  Here are the three neon tetras getting to know each other near the volcano.  

We got another algae eater.  We tried a few times before, but they die right away.  Hoping this one can survive.  Once they make it a few days, usually they are good.  Here's Dusk checking out our new algae eater.

We got two guppies.  Here is the orange one.  

And if you look in the reflection to the right, you can see the blue one in this picture. 

So, currently we have 9 fish including the other two tetras, which I did not get pictures of.  Here's hoping they survive the transition!

Tuesday, January 17, 2017


We used to have an amazing field in front of our swimming pool.  The kids had lots of fun doing dry land in that field.  Unfortunately the city owned the field and decided to build an amphitheater on that spot.  The construction was a major pain with swim, but it turned out to be a great spot!  The kids use the stairs for dry land, and I try to walk it when I'm there.  I was walking yesterday and caught a picture of Eric running up the stairs with a medicine ball.  His partner had to hold a plank until he got back and then he would do the same.