Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Monday, July 27, 2009

Cam's Freestyle

This was Camden's first race of the day. Watch in the beginning as she jumps in with both feet instead of diving! We all couldn't believe it, but she said she got nervous. She might've had the girl if she'd have started the race with a dive. She's in the pink swimsuit. Both kids started strong but kinda got a bit tired at the end of each race. They've only been training for a week (we signed up late due to other commitments) and some of the kids train all year. So they did pretty well...just letting ya know!
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Brooks' Butterfly Race

This race was the most exciting...it came down to the wire!! Brooks is in the far lane, Lane 2. Fun!!
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First Swim Meet!

This past weekend Camden & Brooks participated in their first swim meet....and did really well! I was proud, especially of my Camden, who finished 2nd in her heat for freestyle, 3rd for backstroke & 1st for breaststroke. Her quote was, "Hey, at least I got all three colors--I got a red, white, AND a blue!" She competed so well, I just couldn't stop smiling!
And Brooks, well, he just goes and goes, and as usual, also made us proud! He had 2 first place finishes (freestyle & butterfly) & a 2nd place in backstroke. We didn't know when we signed up for the summer swim club that they'd have a meet, but it was nice to watch them compete in these strokes they've been learning. Anyhoo, hope you enjoy the pics!

OK, I'm biased, but that is one handsome boy!!

Peej jumped in & out of the pool all morning, but he wanted so badly to race, too!!

Second! How about those Speedos? :-)

Finished First!

Red, White AND Blue!! I'm so proud of my girl!!!

Friday, July 24, 2009

Flashback Friday

These pics were taken in Wichita in the spring of 2004....he was 4 1/2!!! What a handsome man he is! And loves baseball as much (or more) now as he did then. Those were good days.....

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Vacation in Clearwater...

Ok, FIRST OFF---notice the new pic of the three kids holding hands. HAD TO DO IT...it's a ritual every year, and quite frankly, the kids HATE doing it, but I love the end result! They are growing for sure!!!
I'll post a few pics of our 6 days in Clearwater, FL....it was terrific as always! Nothing can beat that water and the sugar white sandy beach. I'm always sad when we have to go.
A pic of Tim & me at the Rays game. Always fun!!

A pic of the kids at Crabby Bill's. Food is really no good, but another tradition we have to keep! Plus, sitting outside is great...we got to listen to live entertainment, and Peej chased pigeons who live for scraps of the mediocre food. Good times!

A pic off our balcony at sunset. I really didn't know it would turn out this good! Lighting was perfect, & so was my Brooksee!

Love this pic! It looks like we are at the beach all by ourselves. We had to take this one at 10 am. The beach was really packed everyday!

This fruity drink WITH WHIPPED CREAM was Palmer J's treat since he couldn't ride the banana boat or the wave runners. He was so sad....that was until he got ahold of some WHIPPED CREAM!!

Sunday, July 5, 2009

The Fourth, 2009

Hope everyone had a wonderful Independence Day!! We did! We visited some friends who have a cottage on the Gulf in Cedar Key, FL. It's a tiny fishing village right on the water. We boated out to a remote uninhabited island and hung out while the men folk set sail to catch some dinner! (Which they did---Tim even caught a shark, and doggone it if I didn't get a picture of that!)
The kids had a blast just hanging out on the island, and tried to catch some fish of their own, with poles or nets. If you look around in the background, it just looks like old Florida. Palm trees and lots of spanish moss....pretty cool! Anyway, we ended the day with a cookout and watching the fireworks go off over the water. Loved it!
Casting the net...the two older boys were very serious about being fishermen!

Brooks was in his zone! He LOVES this kind of stuff!

Brooks didn't catch anything in the cove where he fished...lost his bait a few times, though...notice the color of the ocean. Very weird. Almost looked like blood! Kinda gross, but they said it had to do with the outflow of a couple of rivers.

Beautiful Miss Cams. It almost looks like an Indian could jump out of the brush behind her!

This is my favorite pic of the day. Who doesn't love to see two brothers fishin' away? Love those boys!

Wednesday, July 1, 2009