Thursday, June 15, 2017

Swim lessons, swim team, and swimming 2017

The pool opened Memorial Day weekend and we have been there a lot since! Olivia has swim practice four days a week, Leo was excited for swim lessons again this year, and Jason is floating around in his ouddle jumper and tube like a champ!

Leo was happy to have his same swim instructor this year, and after four private lessons, he is swimming like a fish!!

Here are some pool highlights from Leo's lessons and other pool days!




 
  



Jason floating around:
 
   

And Olivia had her first swim meet Tuesday!! She is loving swim team and is working hard, swimming all four strokes (free, back, breast, butterfly) and both relays at the meets (medley, free). Here are some highlights:



 
    
 
  

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Olivia and Leo's first recital!!

Olivia and Leo had their first recital today! Nicholas and I are so proud of how hard they worked learning, memorizing, and perfecting their pieces. And we may be equally or more proud of how they overcame their nerves to actually perform today! Nicholas videoed them and I took pictures!

Olivia has been playing since August, 2016, and just moved from a quarter sized violin to a half sized violin last month. So, in addition to preparing for the recital, she also was getting used to a longer bow and a heavier, larger violin. Olivia loves her teacher Polina Rathbone, and has learned SO MUCH from her! I am so impressed with how Olivia can read music now, and how she can make her little violin sing!

Olivia played two pieces:









Leo has been playing since mid March. He asked to take lessons one day when he heard Olivia's violin teacher accompany Olivia on the piano at her violin lesson. Leo told me then that he really wanted to play piano, and he has been so self motivated to practice--two, three, or four times a day--since he started taking lessons! Nicholas and I are so proud of him. He was the youngest performer there, and was so nervous that on the way to the piano from his seat, he said, "Mom, I have no idea what they want me to play." He had memorized the piece, and we did not bring notes. Luckily, his teacher, Becky Kobylarski, saw his distress and helped him get started. She has been amazing for his confidence since the first lesson! You can see the difference in this facial expressions from before the performance to later!






I love that they are holding hands in these photos! It was a big win for both of them to have performed!




Just a couple of warm up photos I took before we left. I like how they show both of their sweet natures and their concentration.



And just so we remember, here is the first page of the program, complete with Olivia's check marks on it!



Last day of first grade!!

Wow, how lucky Olivia was to get Mrs. Kelley for first grade! Mrs. Kelley really put her heart into the class with weekly newsletters, great character building, creative projects and interesting ways to teach. Olivia's reading took off this year, and she just blossomed with her social independence. We are so thankful for this year! Here are a few photos from the last few weeks of school that Mrs. Kelley tweeted, and the obligatory first and last day of school pictures to see how much Olivia has grown physically.

 
  

Last Day!!
  

 

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Last day::
 
 
 

Friday, June 2, 2017

Balloon Fest!! Plus a little Memorial Day weekend

We made it to Balloon Fest in Fuquay Varina last Friday and had SO MUCH FUN seeing the balloons take off!!

 
        

The girls had a blast and could have stayed out for the balloon glow, but the boys were tired so we went home.

Earlier that day, the boys and I went to Pullen Park. We love that place!
 
    

The pool opened last weekend, and we were there every day! I got hardly any pictures...
 
  

Our neighbors had us over for dinner on Memorial Day and it was the cutest little kids table!
 

Good times!! We are soaking up summer!