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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

2 MORE DAYS...

Two more days people, then we are O-U-T!
Angel was able to get tomorrow and Friday off to tie off any loose ends before we hit the road.

We are almost all packed with the goodies to keep the kids quiet and us happy.
(by "goodies" I mean tranquilizers)....ok, so I'm just kidding.

Ok...so, maybe I'm not...


But I might just pack some turkey sandwiches and make that all we have to eat during the journey. You know, sleepy-time foods. I don't really have any trouble with the kids riding and getting along. I just wish that they would be more like me. You know...just sleep. No need to be called upon to go to sleep, just do it naturally.

NOPE.
Devyn wants to be running and jumping and riding all the time.

Miah pretty much keeps to herself.

Dom wants to be watching TV with me all of the time (when he knows it's nap-time)..geez.

This Friday is the kid's 3rd track meet. As always, I'm excited and can't wait for my kids to do their stuff.

This post's focus is on Devyn...


Here is Devyn putting on his spikes getting ready to head over to the high jump mat.

Here he is again with his friend Bernie. They compete against each other during practice. It's so cool to watch them push to do better. They encourage each other without even realizing it.

(Devyn is on the right)

Here is a video of the boys jumping:

I know you can't tell that there is a video there but there is. Just click on the "play" triangle for those who are unsure of how to maneuver through this.


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The boys cleared 3'6" at their last 2 meets. This time the bar was raised to 3'8" and they cleared it. Then...raised to 3'10" and they were struggling to get past it.

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If you are like me....

You are curious about the people who are working so closely with you kids. SO...I did my research.

The coach in the videos is none other than....WILL LITTLETON (<---Click there)

Here is a video of him doing his THANG!

Yeah, I have to admit that it's pretty much an honor and a privilege to have this man and his status teaching my son everything he know.

Unfortunately, he won't be able to be at this week's meet because he will be competing in a meet of his own.

GOOD LUCK WILL!

When I get to NY, I will post the results of the high jump as well as Miah's shot put results. The next post will be about her!

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Go Kids Go!!

BOY,

We've been busy guys.

Yeah, I know, you guys have been busy too but we are going to continue to be busy at least until we get to NY. (Unless my brother tries to put us to work).

So, here's what's going on with the kids...

TRACK AND FIELD!

The kids had a meet this Friday in Alamo.

Well, here we just have the field portion. My kids don't like to run, except for Devyn. He'll run ALL day. Then, he'll run to his bed. Crazy.

Devyn is usually a High Jumper but he wanted to also do the shot put. He didn't get to compete in Friday's shot put because he was already in place to start the high jump.

We'll get back to shot put for him later...




Let's focus on his favorite event...

High Jump.

His coach was impressed right from the start.



Okay, So...I'm biased...whatev...





Here's video of Devyn during this Friday's meet.

He got 1st place in High Jump

Last week, he came in 4th.
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Miah has proven to be the SH!T in shot put. Yes, Devyn will brag that he came in and beat her mark but he's a boy...


Miah came in 2nd in last week's meet. She was beaten buy a girl who has been at this for a year. Last week was her second day EVER touching the shot put.

This week, she came in 2nd again. Beaten by the same girl. She beat her last week's mark by 6 inches. Her arch nemesis actually didn't throw as far as she did last week. I think it's intimidation. That's what we are going with. Miah's gonna come back and get her.
Just watch..


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Dom, my newly interested in sports athlete (I honestly think he's there because of the girls but we'll see) has been doing his best in pole vault. He hasn't cleared the qualifying height of 6 ft yet. He's says he's not scared to go high but....

He looks very professional holding the equipment. I'm gonna have to push him farther. He's older so he's lazier. He keeps thinking of excuses why he can't run in practice...my leg hurts...I don't feel well...blah blah blah...

I've used them before when I was in track. I know how effective they are..

But they don't work with me.

We're gonna get him up there to pass that 6 ft mark. Hopefully before we leave for NY. I'm still proud of him for coming out at every practice (not that he has a choice) and making the most of it.

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All of my kids make me proud. I'm anxious to see how their lives will unfold!

Six days from now we will be on the road to NY.

Six days from now is also Devyn's birthday. He will be 9. He's getting big. I'm not sure if he will let me swaddle him anymore.

I'm gonna try my best though.

Monday, June 7, 2010

If you ever need a pinata...***UPDATE***

I was driving along today and something caught my eye!

NOW...IF YOU ARE EASILY OFFENDED...CLICK ELSEWHERE...THIS IS NOT FOR YOU.

BUT....if you just want a laugh...

Continue on...


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Ok, don't say I didn't warn you!

I had to hit the brakes and back up alllll the way cause I had only caught a glimpse of what this was. YOU KNOW I had to take a pic.

So I did....



That's right.
You see what they are.
Stripper pinatas.

As I ventured further...there were more. For a minute there, I felt surrounded and I thought someone was gonna throw on some music or that they would come to life.....creepy.



They even have men strippers.
Check out the buns on this one!








They have one almost dressed for those who are shy about walking through the lobby for the bachelor (or bachelorette) party. You know...so as not to arouse suspicion.




I don't exactly know how to explain the butts on these things. I guess to hold more...candy?




I met the creator. Not quite sure what to think about what was going through his head when he decided to mold these but may need to advertise a little bit more.

Or...I could do it for him.





If (for any reason) you feel like you just HAVE to have one (or a couple) of these masterpieces..let me know. I'll put in an order for you.

UPDATE:
Since I've posted about the pinatas, one of my friends pointed out that they saw a story about the ON THE LOCAL NEWS last night. I posted the days before.
Seems like they are attracting a lot of attention!

Saturday, June 5, 2010

PROUD MAMA!

There has been a change in our household. A change that I was hoping for but wasn't really holding out for.

I know you are all curious as to what it is...so I won't keep you in suspense.

THE CHANGE IS....

DOM (my oldest) IS ACTUALLY INVOLVED IN A SPORT!

I know what you are thinking..."WHAT?!?!...SAY IT ISN'T SO...COULD IT BE TRUE?"

Yes, people..it's true.

My big boy has voluntarily decided he wanted to join the summer track team.
(this is after seeing his sister and brother's first track practice and learned that they will be doing the pole vault)

I was pleasantly surprised when he asked me if he thinks the coach will allow him to join. The coach said YES and I got the info to fill out. Just hearing that he wanted to participate made me excited to go shopping for gear for HIM.

I've spent a lot of time shopping for Miah and Devyn for their sports gear and apparel that I felt guilty not buying Dom these same things.

WELL...NOT ANYMORE! WE WENT SHOPPING!

I took off to Academy and got him some gear. (don't get me wrong, I still had to shop for 3 kids but we came away with their necessities).

Here are a few pics (you know they were coming) of the kids at their practice.


Here are all of the kids waiting for practice to start.
Devyn has turned out to be a true runner. I know he ran cross country for his school this year and he's run in a couple of relays but running everyday is AWESOME (sure wish I could run).
He's been running along side the distance runners until he gets to his point and then he cuts across back to the track. I believe he runs for 15 mins and it's about a mile or a mile and a half.
Regardless, I don't want to be running for 15 mins non-stop.

Here is Devyn on his run. It's called the Texas Lap. I tried to follow him in the truck but he was WAAAY out there. He's in the center of the pic and the rest of the group is ahead of him. He's the only 8 yr old running this. There are two 12 yrs old boys and the rest are high school kids. The high school kids run a longer lap but he keeps up with them during his run/distance.

(if you click on the pic, you may get a better look)


This is Dom's second day and he's looking a little pooped! Poor guy. He's gonna make it though! I think he was actually feeling a little sick (common cold) so he could only run so much that day but he still participated in the exercises and running the bleachers.




Miah started crying her first time (the first day) around the track. I think she made it 1/4 of the way around and then walked most of the way. She did one lap and then came straight to me and cried. She needed encouragement to continue but she did. I told her that running takes some getting used to and she will build up her endurance as she continues. She's now on day 4 and she hasn't cried anymore and I can see the changes in her already.


I gotta tell you guys. I'm super proud. All of my kids are involved in the same sport and I get to be at one place throughout! Their first meet is this Friday! I'm anxious to see how this all turns out!