Thursday, November 18, 2010

"Hey Mom Look... it's a Kitty-Button!"

Hot Air Balloon Regatta-- first weekend in Novemeber

On Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday morning you can go outside early in the morning and see at least 10 balloons in the sky.  Then on Saturday night main street is closed for the Balloon Festival.  Balloonist from all over some set up, tons of vendors set up booths, and it's a great night to walk up and down the street.  We saw all our friends, ate some delicious kettle corn and just had a really fun night as a family.  The balloonist have a count down and all light up their balloons at the same time.  It was so awesome!

 On Sunday morning I had gotten all the girls ready for church, and I was upstairs drying my hair.  All of a sudden I heard a really loud noise and knew it was the flame of a hot air balloon... but it was way to close!  So i ran outside onto the deck that's outside my bedroom and saw this!!  A balloon was having trouble and had to land pretty much in our neighbors front yard!  The girls were freaking out, so I let them run over there and watch the balloon be deflated. 

Katelyn and Annie's 1st Races!

Katelyn has been running with a team called "Girls on the Run" after school on Mondays and Wednesday getting ready for a 5K.  November 6th was the big day!  Her cousin, Jordyn, ran the race with her.  
This was before the race.
 Annie wanted to run in a race too, so we signed her up for the 1 miler.  Her cousin, Kamryn, ran it too.

 When Katelyn had about 1/5 of a mile left I yelled, "Don't you dare let Jordyn beat you!!!"  Her competitive side kicked in and she booked it to the finish line.  She finished in 34 minutes, and place 4th for her age group.  She had a ton of energy left when she finished, so she decided to run the 1 miler with Annie and Kamryn.   (I have a feeling if she would have run it with a grown-up her time would have been a minute or 2 faster!)  ;)

 After the race.  This was Jordyn's 3rd or 4th 5k, and we were all really proud of her.  I could tell that Katelyn was really proud she did so well, especially for her 1st time!
 The starting line for Annie's 1 mile.  She was SO nervous!!!  It was so cute.
 I was so proud of her... she worked really hard and totally ditched Kamryn and Katelyn.
 Annie had about 50 yards to the finish line and she wanted to walk so bad, so I jumped on the track and made her sprint to the finish!!!  OK, a little embarrassing now that i think about it!  Apparently I'm a tiny bit competitive!!!  BUT, her goal was to finish under 10 minutes, and her time was 9:31!!! 
I love to run.  It's painful and torture sometimes, but I love it.  Races are so much fun too.  That atmosphere is so fun and everyone supports each other.  Watching Katelyn and Annie run was one of my favorite things ever.  They did so well, and I am so excited to have this baby and start running again so I can race with them.  It's great to see the excitement in your child's eyes when they accomplish a goal... and realize that they did a really good job!!!

Halloween... Finally!

 Dr. Annie
Pirate Katelyn and one of her BFFs

(I seriously didn't get a picture of the finished product... lame i know!)
the girls' friends helped dig out the guts.

 We've collected a lot of costumes over the years so for the trunk-o-treat annie decided to be a vampire.
(those are her real eyelashes... amazing!)

Alexis thought everything was too scary, so she wouldn't dress up.  I did end up putting some make-up on her, but she never saw herself!  and yes, i dressed up for about an hour, then the wings and halo had to go... no laughing!
treats i made for a party.  they actually tasted pretty darn good!

The Big Girls

Katelyn has decided she is a tomboy... 
i was actually really surprised she walked out of her room in a pink hoodie.
Annie claims to be a tomboy too, but she never shies away from dressing up!!

Week of October 16th

Jeff and Kristina moved during this week.  For once they actually took me up on watching Elea for them!  She's like one of my own and it was a good time having her for almost a week.  We've never spent too much one on one time with her because there's always so many other cousins around.  It was really nice having her to ourselves (without her mom and dad around too!!).  She took great naps and slept great at night (not normal for her).  I think the craziness of our house exhausted her!  I'm pretty bummed this is the only picture I took the whole week.  Like I said... it was a crazy week! 

October... Finishing up Soccer

we had a great time watching the girls play soccer this season.  it was a little crazy having 3 of them play, but they really enjoyed it.  Katelyn's team ended up taking 1st place.  we won't talk about what place annie's team took! haha  we were really impressed with annie though... she's always just wanted to take dance and wouldn't try sports.  and let's be honest, i kinda thought she might have the coordination of the aunt she's exactly like!!  but come to find out, she is VERY athletic.  she picked up the game very quickly and did a really good job.  samantha's team was hilarious to watch.  just picture a herd of sheep running around!