Saturday, July 31, 2010
On Wed after we arrived we had some awesome, awful-for-you food from a little shack on the water called Jimmy's Grill. I had a shrimp taco and a fish taco and Frank had steak and cheese. I just found the place online and it turned out they didn't even have seating but it was a tasty lunch in the hotel room. And they passed out free samples of strawberry cake.
In the evening we went to the Nationals baseball game. We sat on the 1st row next to the field on the first baseline. Great seats! Here's our view:
Frank caught not one but TWO foul balls. Both went up behind us but bounced down into a tunnel area for the field crew that was right behind us. All he had to do was jump, run and catch. He kept one ball and threw the other in the crowd behind us. I caught a t-shirt.
On Thurs Frank went to his seminar and I slept in a bit, went and got a pass for the Holocaust museum, ate lunch with Frank and then toured the museum at my own pace. That was nice - I read every sign and took as much time as I wanted. I was there a long time. Learned alot. Thurs might we went to the National Archives and after running through the rain found a place to eat while we waited out the showers.
On Fri I had planned on biking to Mount Vernon but it was a long ride from DC and my plan to take the train to Alexandria and bike from there didn't work because the rental shops didn't open until 10am. So, I just took the train to Alexandria and wandered around there touring homes, taverns, churches and a very old apothecary for a few hours.
It was very nice to get away for a short trip. The next few weeks will be crazy so I hope I stored up enough energy and positive attitude to make it through!
Friday, July 23, 2010
Madeline (the only one that it actually fit) and Mimi (the actual bride to be)
Emily (who swears she'll be the one to wear the dress)
Thursday, July 22, 2010
Emily, Beth and Coach Jimmy at the indoor camp
Beth, Emily and Coach David at the outdoor camp
Marcy and Leah Schwarz also attended the morning indoor camp. They had a good time and one camp a day was plenty for them. I think they both learned alot even if they thought it was boring sometimes. Leah even won Personality of the Week (which Beth also won at the outdoor camp in the evening.)
Marcy and Leah with Coach Patrick
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
So, everyone in Dallas watch out for that little bright red Volvo S60. My whole family knows that I am adamant about not putting stickers on my cars but maybe I'll put one of those "How's my driving?" stickers on the car with my phone number. Do you think she'd mind???
Sunday, July 18, 2010
Laura and Marcy goofing off in their tubes:
We never made it back to go tubing again. We thought about going again at spring break but skiied at Lake Louise instead. It really was fun. Maybe we'll stop on our way to Kimberley at Christmas time.
Saturday, July 17, 2010
The annual 4th of July parade was on July the 3rd this year (I assume because the 4th was a Sunday.) We had less time to prepare than usual so the scooters were hastily decorated the night before (or was it the morning of??) I always feel a bit bad that my kids show up on scooters every year when everyone else is on bicycles. But, it makes much more sense to send bicycles to various living locales and keep scooters for our short stays in Dallas. Duplicate sets of bicycles are just not necessary.
Madeline and Ryan were the dog walkers in the parade. I was very impressed that they got out of bed and walked with us - in costume and all!!
This year the picnic was held at the end of our cul-de-sac instead of the park. It had rained all week and the park was way too muddy. Plus, the city is so desperate for money they were going to charge the neighborhood association to use the park space! I think they may start using our street permanently - plenty of space, no cars, and a convenient end to the parade route.
Marcy and Brian
Beth (from Calgary), Anna (looking good in the head cover) and Emily
John, Marcy (least affected by the heat, she was all over the place) and Mickey
Madeline, Mary and Mark
PS The last time I organized a group to go out to the ball park was the Calgary Vipers game at the end of May that got snowed out. The weather jinx continues to haunt me!!
Thursday, July 15, 2010
She'll be taking her driving test next week. Wish her luck!!!
I didn't have my camera yesterday but here's a photo from the July 4th hula hoop contest. Our real competition is those Schwarz girls - but that's to be expected the way our families work!
Friday, July 9, 2010
My dress went back into the preservation box (I guess to wait for Emily's big day if she doesn't change her mind) but Mary is going to see what she can do about cleaning the lace on Mom's dress and maybe changing the sleeve style. It's got potential. Of course, Madeline still wants the chance to go dress shopping with Aunt Mimi!!
Saturday, July 3, 2010
All but one of the girls on the team played on the indoor team in the fall/winter (and the new girl is a sibling of Emily's team mate) so everyone played really well together. We played in a league with 3 boys teams and 3 girls teams. It was a tough season because we lost to the boys every time but we played in close matches with two of them. Wish we could have beat them just once but the girls got two medals because "they were the best girls team in the whole league!!!"
By the way, the team name was Sol - assigned to us by Calgary West Soccer Club. This was my 4th season to coach and we had a different name every season including Roma, Lynx, Impact and Sol. Much different than the Ladybugs from Dallas!
After Irish dancing for so many years Olivia had a hard time getting back into ballet. The feet gave her no trouble but adding in the arms was very awkward. I thought she did a great job (and I'll post the video when it arrives.) What's funny is that one of Madeline's friends was at the recital and asked Madeline later if Olivia did Irish dance. She is a former Irish dancer herself and said she could totally see the Irish dance in her posture, etc. I couldn't tell myself but thought that was interesting. She's an Irish dancer to the core!
Emily also has some end of year activities (although her last two weeks were definitely NOT academic.) They spent one day in Canmore drawing and painting the mountains which apparently had some connection to a book they read. Emily's teacher, Mr Sprau, has really taught the kids some good art techniques this year so her painting turned out well. Maybe we'll frame it. Here are Emily, Beth, and Mr Sprau:
Webber also has a formal year end ceremony and each 4th grader received a certificate. It was a long ceremony and the picture below was the extent of the excitement for us!