Thursday, August 21, 2014

First week of school

The night before the first day of school we have a tradition of handing out certificates to each of the girls for  things they excelled at this summer. Some of them included: great helper, most pages read, most improved swimmer, most teeth lost.
The next morning we missed the bus...a great way to start out the school year. It worked out fine though. We had time to take pictures and chat on the way to school. (Cora was obviously not ready for the day yet..and don't ask why she is wearing a swimsuit because I don't know.)
 Liezl wants me to note that Quincy is up on the sidewalk and she is down on the grass. She is the taller of the two.

Since I did not get pictures of them getting on the bus, I got some if them coming off. Their sisters were so excited to see them.

We also had our first soccer game this week! Quincy moved up to liezl's division and they get to be on the same team. It started out a little rocky, but they have decided to stop competing against each other and turn their aggression towards the other team. They both did amazing.
This morning was Ava's first day of kindergarten. We spent yeasteday doing whatever she wanted which included making puzzles, playing board games, and crafting in the basement. I love my little introvert!!! She was nervous this morning but did not shed a tear! I was impressed. Cora and I are going to miss her so much.


 I love this nervous smile.  She was trying to be so brave before walking on the bus.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

We will miss you summer

We have been enjoying our last couple of days of summer. We are all excited for the adventure of a new school year, but will miss our lazy days together. 
Soccer season is in full swing. I get to coach all three of my girls and it has been a blast. Cora is a trooper. She has done well cheering on the sidelines with books and bubbles to entertain her.
Ava gets to enter kindergarten with two of her teeth gone and is reading up a storm. She is going to do amazing....hopefully.
I am going to miss all of the imaginative play around here. These three have done really well playing together for the most part this summer. Here they are playing airplane. We flew to Paris.
Last night we pulled out the tent. We stayed out until ten before giving up and going inside. 

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Triathlon

Liezl and Quincy did their third triathlon last weekend and Ava did her first. 
Liezl has improved so much in her swimming this year. She did amazing.

Quincy was her regular competitive self, working hard to get to the finish line.

Ava cried through most of it. It did not help that her bike chain and training wheels came loose half way through. But she finished and has a medal and does not ever want to do it again.
Cora was a handful and had so much fun cheering for her sisters.

Friday, July 18, 2014


I took my girls to a historic farm yesterday with friends. While the kids were playing, a woman with two girls approached me and asked how Cora was doing. It took me a minute to to realize she was one of Cora's nurses when she was diagnosed a little over a year ago! I remember the last time I talked to her. She was not only caring for my sick baby, but was helping me process my shock and grief. I am so touched she still knew Cora's name and story. There have been many lessons I have learned this past year, one of them is how caring and loving people are. Another one is how easy it is to take a healthy body for granted. I am grateful for the chance encounter I had with Cora's nurse because it reminded me how far cora has come. I get anxious about her future, but need to cherish the healthy, happy girl she is, along with my other three girls.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Summer girls

Liezl was able to go to King's Island today with her BFF. What a lucky girl! As I have been getting pictures of their adventures, I find it hard to believe I have such a grown up girl. Her sisters on the other hand are feeling green with envy, so I took them to paint pottery. 





Another successful lemonade stand,
And swim lessons have also kept us busy this week.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

FIFA World Cup

We have had a blast watching the World Cup this year. We started the competition with each of us choosing a team and buying shirts to show support. Liezl and Quincy chose well, their teams made it to the final. Quincy's Germany won which made her feel so proud. 




Sunday, July 6, 2014

Mom, Dad, and Emm

We had an amazing fourth of July weekend with my parents and sister in town. We went canoeing down the Miami  river, watched and played plenty of soccer, visited Carillon park (a Dayton historical park), and met up with some friends for fireworks. It was a quick trip, but was so nice to spend time with them!