bigly

Tried to get a nice photo of Isabel in our new snow... but a big black dog pulled a bigly photo bomb.


vault

Grace building speed for her vault at the meet in St. Cloud last night.


fun

Don't remember what happened on this play, but it looks like she's having fun.


built

Inspired by the wet snow, I decided to build something today... It took three flashes, two light stands, a couple of cooperative kids, a tripod, and some heavy Photoshop work to stitch together 29 different photos.


happy birthday Angela! (take 2)

Sending Birthday Love from Minnesota!

ps.  the music isn't Happy Birthday, but there's no other song that reminds me more of Angela. ♥

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paint

Grace is painting her room this weekend, and other than helping with some disassembly, It's been a largely a DIY project.  DIY being very different than the typical DID (do it Dad) project.


warm

Mid 30's today.


festival

Isabel will be participating in the National Federation of Music Clubs "festival" tomorrow.  She'll play two pieces of music for a panel of judges, and with a little luck,  she'll earn another "superior" rating.

Good Luck Isabel!


swimmer

In her first ever swim meet, Isabel led off the 200 medley relay with the backstroke, and later in the night the 100m free.  (that's her in lane 8).


9.5

Taking 1st place on beam with a 9.5/10,  1st on bars and second on vault and the all around, Grace had a very. very good day.


Challenge

Spent the day in St. Paul at Concordia for the Winter Challenge Gymnastics meet. The challenge here however is figuring which one is Grace....

trick question - they're all Grace

 

 


gopher invite

Other than the recent mini meet, the Gopher Invite at the National Sports Center in Blaine was Grace's first meet is almost two years.  She had a solid meet thanks to a cheering section which included an auntie, an uncle, cousins Ben & Joe, Grandma, Grandpa and even my auntie Lois.  Thanks for coming everyone!


coach

The Gymnastics Academy just hired a new coach!  Her name is Grace, and she'll be training the minds and muscles of tomorrow's competitive gymnasts.  Congratulation's on your first job!

seriously ~ can't believe I just wrote that :-|


wicked

Isabel trying to hide from a wicked -32°F windchill.


happy birthday

Happy 14th Birthday Grace!


rotate

No matter what I was watching, I think this would give me a headache...


smile

Grace got an early Christmas present. She got her smile back.


why wouldn't

Why wouldn't you wear reindeer antlers to school... It's almost Christmas ya know.


custom

crafting some custom cards


stress ball

Grace was working on some homework when she called for the voice activated stress ball of fur.   They're scientifically proven to lower stress levels and fill vacuum cleaner bags.

 


mini meet

Competing just against her 20 or so teammates in tonight's mini meet, Grace came away with top honors. With 9s on beam and floor, high 8s on bar and vault, she not only won the night, she took home two of just three 9s awarded.

Afterwards,  she was pretty much glowing.


it's beginning

it's beginning to sound a lot like Christmas!


it's beginning

it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!


meh

Meh, was Isabel's response to my Christmas card effort.  Sort of agree...