I think Facebook was a bad thing for blogging. I used to be so diligent in posting things to my blog and then, well . . . I lost interest when FB had updates from everyone. But, someday, I will be glad I updated this blog!
I'm going to do a month at a time, starting in Jan of 2014 and see if I can catch up. Then, I'll go back to the end of 2013. There is something about writing a goal down that I'm hoping will help me stay on track!
January was a month that we finally caught our breath! After moving, a trip to Punta Cana and Christmas, it was time to finally settle into our rental house and get going on the new home! Or so we thought. We really thought we would break ground in January, but the construction loan process was tedious and even getting the permit had bumps in the road. We did finally close on the loan on Jan. 30th!
So, the month passed and despite multiple trips to the lender and gathering paperwork and meeting with our builder, we still had no hole in the ground. Friends of ours who were building were in the same boat. Everything was just moving at a snail's pace!
Kinley began her first year of competitive volleyball and loved it and was also playing rec basketball. What a stud. That kid was a shooting machine, almost always having the most points on her team. Her volleyball team was local and played in a lower division since they were up against 12 year old teams. They actually did really well and Kinley learned a lot. The tournaments meant being there all day and super early mornings, but she really enjoyed it, especially being with her buddies.
|High scorer every week!|
The biggest event of the month, by far, was Cooper turning 16 and then getting his driver's license on Jan. 15th. Happy, happy day! He was thoroughly enjoying his newfound freedom and learned in a hurry that schoolwork is hard to stay on top of when the social life comes calling. What a weird feeling to watch him drive away by himself! His birthday was pretty low key. Out to dinner with Evan and Alex was all he needed.
|Ready for the test!|
Kaiya started her competitive season as well in January and what a great start she had! Her first meet was amazing and she quickly figured out that she had the ability to win every meet on bars if she hit. The first meet was at Adrenaline and she broke the 36 mark for the first time ever on her first meet of the season, even counting a fall on beam. She placed 2nd on bars and AA. The following weekend was the first out-of-state meet in Reno, NV. It was a fun trip, but not her best meet. Her nerves got the best of her on bars and a fall on beam sort of added insult to injury. But, she still placed on everything and had an absolute blast with her team and coaches at the hotel. We went bowling and had a good laugh at dinner watching Rich try to complete a food challenge. A crazy side note was running into an old teammate of mine at the meet--someone I hadn't seen for 20 years. She lives in Reno and was at the meet watching her old club. Wow!! Her last meet of the month was the Winterfest Classic at DU. She was aggressive and fell again on bars, but here's the thing--even with a fall, she placed 3rd AA and was 2nd on bars! So fun to see her at the top of the heap and having so much success.
|Level 7 crew|
|Lots of hardware!|
|Such a monkey|
|Chillin at the airport|
|Fun reunion with Shannon|
|Love this pic|
|3rd AA at Winterfest!|