Phew...bridge to that phase has been crossed.
The last time I wasn’t with Jenna on this day, I didn’t know she existed. It was just easier to go along with Fat Tuesday being the biggest thing about the day but it’s hard to forget 14 years ago today.
Laissez les bons temps rouler!
Bernice and Trudy are smiling down!
“The dog is a gentleman; I hope to go to his heaven not mans.” -Mark Twain
For Campbell’s birthday this year I am making her a craft desk in the play room. We got a decent start this weekend.
Pure sweetness with Cam reading to her Annie.
Campbell had her first real swim meet this weekend in Springfield. It’s nice to have the kids swimming in the same meets and the same sessions. I’m not sure what will happen when Noah turns 13 and they are swimming at different times of the day. Pretty sure Jenna’s head will explode. it was a good weekend with good people. Quick and exhausting but good.
Tonight neither kid would watch a Yankee playoff game with me and I wondered where I went wrong as a parent. Then I realized they were both reading Calvin and Hobbes and realized I’ve done pretty well for myself after all.
It boggles my mind remembering how people fought the building of the Greenway. Articles used to be about the cost per square mile and now they all talk about the revenue generated per square mile. Without it day's like this wouldn't have been possible.
With obligatory pic together, Noah waiting for his first ride to school that was not his father, and Cam chilled out after she had to get ready early for the picture. Mom held it together but we'll see what happens when she runs into her middle schooler in the hallway 😂
Noah always becomes obsessed when presented with new hobbies. He gets that from Jenna :) After vacation he's been all about the yo-yo. Have to admit he's pretty good.
We don't get the opportunity to dress up very often but when we do...it always seems like its July. :)
They always see right through me.
As always, Noah's birthday party was delayed due to the end of the school year crush. This year though we had a definite end goals. The Jones Center was having a kid's obstacle race the first weekend in June and Noah circled the date. He invited some buddies over for a sleepover and the next morning they would race. Friday night, we took them swimming. We celebrated low key on his actual birthday. He wanted cheesecake for both and we happily obliged.
Campbell also wanted to race so she invited a friend to spend the night (with the dual purpose of keeping her occupied from her brother) and they raced also. The morning of the race came and they went off in waves by age. Campbell's race was a half mile. She came through the first few obstacles in the middle of the pack. At the midway point though there was one boy in front of her. At the end, though she was in the lead. The final obstacle was a slip and slide down the hill. She sat down and started scooting and I had a flash she was going to lose first place by not just sliding. Luckily the other 7 year olds didn't know what they were doing either. So first place for the baby girl. The best part of the video is the finish line volunteers cheering on that a girl was going to win! You'll have to excuse the end where Oliver finds a bone in the video :)
Noah is such a competitor. He walked the course 3 times when we first got there. He kept asking me if they were doing the route twice since it was twice as long as the 9 and under route. After the 75th time of me saying I didn't know, he asked somebody 5 minutes before his race. Of course they told him the second half of his race was on the other side of the Jones Center. He went pale because he hadn't scouted those obstacles. He was panicked but it didn't show. He won his age group and he wasn't messing around with his slip and slide finish. I kept it running to see the gap to second place.
For a kid that used to love the mirror, getting him for a pic takes an act of Congress. That's the 2017 Congress not the 1917 Congress.
Last summer Campbell made it to the last level of HawgStart but didn't graduate in time to be invited to join the Aquahawgs before the summer league season. This year, she blew through it and now she's officially on the swim team with her big brother. I have never seen her as excited or nervous as she was before the last session when she'd find out if she made it. So this summer she will swim with the Rookie Hawgs in the NWA summer league while Noah swims long course with the Jr. Hawgs. I'd say no one could be more proud of her, but she's awfully proud of herself.