Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Finding You Niche

Its seems that finding you niche in life is not easy as one may think.  From the ripe ole' age of five, I played softball and was always good at it.  I played for many years and got a scholarship  But I guess I never realized that not all kids take to each sport that way. 

You see.....Skyler tried gymnastics as a tiny tot and I thought maybe she was just a bit to young.  Then she tried Softball where she was pretty good but I am not sure it was her niche.  Then after Skyler's begging and pleading we tried gymnastics again and it was more apparent that she was...well....not that good.  So then we tried soccer where she was real good.  But as time went on and her longing for gymnastics crept up again we let her try it one last time.  Trying out a class was a blessing in disguise.  She has finally accepted and agrees that it is most defiantly not her niche.  Some times you just have to let them see it for themselves. So gladly we are putting her back into good ole' soccer where I know she will be happy and do wonderful.  If this season does as well as it has in the past then we will put her in a more aggressive league next season and with all girls where I feel she will excel even more.  We shall see. 

Now Madison may seem to have found her niche, we shall see.  She is still a bit young but at four years old she is starting to show some real talent.  She also tried gymnastics as a tiny tot and even though she could do many of the requirements, her freewill, adventurous spirit got in her way.  So we decided that she was too young and pulled her out.  Then she tried soccer like Skyler and while Skyler excelled in soccer...Madison....not so much.  She doesn't seem to do well in team sports.  You know like when your team mate gets the ball and you throw your self on the ground because you are mad at them for not letting you have it...it is a good sign that you are not good at team sports.   {grin}  We have now tried gymnastics once again now that she is a year older and she did beautifully.  The coaches pulled her to the side and asked her to do cartwheels and such and they were pretty impressed.  They asked us how old she was and if she had ever done gymnastics before.  After being told that she can do skills that most of the older kids can't even do and that if we do decide to put her in gymnastics they recommend her not be placed in the pre-k program but a level 1 or level 2.  She would be the youngest by far....those girls range from 6-9 years old.  We are thinking of trying it....so here goes nothing. 

Only time will tell how the girls do and if soccer and gymnastics becomes their niche but we will support them the best we can and see where all this takes us.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Almost 4 Months Old

Miss Hayden is almost 4 months old and is now starting to really form a personality.  She is giggling a lot and sure can flash a smile at the drop of a hat but she has now learned what being put down feels like and her grins and giggles can turn to a cry and tears pretty fast.  She sure knows how to turn it on when she wants to but we still adore her.

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Weekly happenings

I just love baby pictures and can't stop from snapping away at miss Hayden.  She changes so much almost daily and I don't want to miss any of those changes.
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Everyone needs a good nap on the couch every now and then.
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Now that Hayden is getting a bit older and interacting a bit more Skyler and Madison are really starting to love playing with her.
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I seriously LOVE these little cheeks.
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And this sweet smile with the slight little dimple just melts my heart.
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And the eyes...oh....don't even get me started on her sweet litte deep blue eyes.
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Skyler and Madison have learned the art of brick stacking as we work on our back yard fire pit.  {grin}  They are great helpers when they get to take breaks every 5 minutes.  LOL
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Hayden's 1st time in her exersaucer....she stares at the toys like she wishes she could control her hands and touch them.  I know all to well that pretty soon she will be chewing on all of them and jumping up and down, so for now I am enjoying the lack of noise and drool.
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It's Football Season

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Thursday, September 16, 2010

Family Randomness

Sweet Hayden is about 3 1/2 months old and is doing very well.  She is one of the happiest babies that you will ever meet and can offer up a smile at the drop of a hat.  Just making eye contact will make her little face light up.  She has been in daycare about 3 weeks now and did get a cold about one week into it but nothing serious and she got rid of it on her own.  YEAH for no "sick baby" doctor visits yet.  (knock on wood)  She is starting to giggle and it is the sweetest little innocent giggle I have ever heard.  She is still sleeping all night and I just have no complaints about this delightful little addition to our family.

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We recently went out on the lake and Hayden was introduced to the boat and her totally not comfortable life jacket.  {grin}  But she did great...better than I expected.
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We put her in the water and let her float on her back and she just laid there very still for about 10 minutes.  I am not sure if she liked it or was in shock but again, she was much better about it than I expected.
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Schuyler and a buddy of his getting ready to wakeboard.
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Madison boating in my "cool glasses".
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This was the 1st time that all three girls rode in Schuyler's truck.  My van doesn't pull the boat.   :o)
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I think purple is her color.
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The football season has started and this is what my couch looked like while the game was on and I was getting dinner ready.  {grin}
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I got wild little Madison to let me take a few pictures of her the other day and the pictures sure show her personality.  I can't belive how much she has grown.
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Madison

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Skyler's 8th Birthday Slumber Party

Skyler's 8th Birthday Slumber Party went just as expected.  A lot giggling, screaming, dancing, and just plain girly fun.  I even heard one little girl say during the party that this was the best night of her life....it just melted my heart and made me so happy.  Also, Skyler hugged me and said "Thank you mommy for my party, I'm having so much fun"  Moments like those make it all worth it.

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What is a party without a pyramid?   LOL
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left to right...
Madison, Allyson, Hannah, Skyler Hannah, Kaitlin, Cheyenne.
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This is about where the party turned wild.
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3 legged races
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carry the egg on the spoon races
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I was down stairs setting up for pizza dinner and the girls came down with bathing suits and makeup.  I didn't know that one girl brought some until after they were all wearing it but I let them have fun with it even though I would normally not allow it.
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Skyler and her BFF Hannah
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Madison was a hot mess.  :o)
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I took off her make up and then they flat ironed her hair.  Again...I didn't know one of them brought a flat iron either.
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Happy 8th Birthday Skyler....we Love You.
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