Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Long Course State Swim ... July 29,2011

After a sucessful swim season, the athletes had one last meet to attend.


To make state, you must have a qualifying time.

Here is this years state swim team.

The IUPUI Natatorium

Many Olympic trials have been held here.

These four athletes just placed 10th in the State for their age group!!!

Congrats girls, you just set a new club record, for the 200 medley relay

After an awesome display of swimming, we went to spend sometime with cousin Sammy.  He happens to live in the town that the swim meet was held.

Then we decided to make a weekend trip out of it, by heading to the Children s Museum.

Have I mentioned how great that place is?  The exhibits change often and are very hands on.

The girls were able to study under water finds,

Caves in Egypt,

Dora the explore

and art work made with Jelly Belly Jelly Beans.

Yep just another great swim weekend.

Posted by Picasa

Monday, August 29, 2011

Kids "TRY"athlon July 16, 2011

With a slight overcast and temperatures in the 70s to lower 80s, young triathletes swam, biked and ran to the finish line at Shanklin Park Saturday morning.

Hundreds of youth ages 5 to 16 participated in the annual Goshen Kids’ Try-athlon. This event, which featured nearly 300 people, will close the road from about 7 a.m. to noon between Third Street and Indiana Avenue.

"The first part of the race that they will do is the swim portion, which takes place at our Shanklin Pool.

They will go right from that to our biking, and from that to our run route."

The bike portion was 1.5 miles.

The race is divided into three separate age groups, and a total of 18 different divisions, Heyde said.
Racers will work through Shanklin Park, across Plymouth Avenue to the Rieth Interpretive Center, then along Plymouth to the park administration building, and back along Plymouth to the finish line in Shanklin.
"It is professionally timed," Heyde said.

Parents may run a portion of the race with their children. Jared was the elected parent by our children.

Bella, turned to Jared at one point in the race and asked "is this as fast as you can run dad?" She was dead serious too.

At the finish line.

The mayor passing out participation medals.

Proud ... Excited ... Happy to be done.

Top times in each division were:

5 to 6 girls swim:
Isabella Sponseller, Goshen

Yes, you read it right. 1st place.
Not to shabby for her 1st tri- athlon!
Good Job Bella.

On a side note, Gabby, placed 4th in her age group. Trophies were only handed out to the top person in each age division.


Saturday, August 27, 2011

Saturdays = Soccer ...

Well they equal soccer until swim team starts back up.

Bella in the lime green, playing against her friend Jade #6 and neighbor.

What an awesome action shot ...

thanks for the picture Leah.

By the way, Jade was not injury during this play.

The game, was a blow out.  14-4

  Good job Greencroft.

Posted by Picasa

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

"Do what we can, summer will have its flies." ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

A perfect summer evening...

Gia and her daddy waiting for darkness to set, so the firefly chase can begin.

It is probably close to 10 pm and we still have light, but this little four year old has been waiting all summer to catch some lightning bugs.

So excited...

and proud of her catch.

Good bye to the lazy, casual summer night, We loved every minute we had with 177 schools days left till we meet again.

Posted by Picasa

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

School days...

Wow, I say it every year, where did the summer go?  It is back to the daily grind.  Part of me excited, part of me sad.  This mom is tired of the fighting and bickering of 3 siblings, but I am not so sure I am ready to trade it in for the nightly homework/bedtime fight.

Despite what the kids say, I do think they are ready to see their friends and meet their teachers.

So here you have it, the Crew of children keeps dwindling year after year.  Five years ago seven kids were at that bus stop and 6 siblings were watching.  13 kids made for quite a crowed picture.

This year  6 kids were riding the bus with 1 lonely sibling watching.  The road now officially has 2 high school freshman, 1 junior high student, 4 intermediate school students and 7 elementary.  Little G, is patiently waiting for preschool to begin after Labor Day.  She is the lone sibling.

My "big" girl.... the picture says it all.

My toothless, middle child...

"There shall be eternal summer in the grateful heart."  ~Celia Thaxter