Monday, August 25, 2014

World Equestrian Games

Gigi's riding teacher invited us to the WEG at Great Meadow this year. It was so exciting! We watched the jumping and enjoyed it so much that we went back Sunday morning before church for the cross country event. Let me just say, a maxi dress was the exact wrong choice for walking around the grounds. I kept smelling manure all day at church and finally realized it was my dress! Gigi loved the whole thing and is planning to start showing next summer.

Kings Dominion

Summer Swim!

Go Seahawks:)

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Sometimes this all seems so surreal. I walk back through my memories of the last five months and wonder if it all really happened. I miss my girl.

I miss my sweet baby girl. I miss the feel of her in my arms. The weight of her. She was a pure delight and our family seems always to be missing someone now. I remember this day. We were all together after church and we wanted to play a game but Gigi and I were organizing her closet before we got started because her shoes were such a mess. Eleanor would just sit with us still, because she hadn't yet got to the point where she was grabbing everything. Her cheeks were puffy like marshmallows and I used to mouth them and it tickled her and she would smile.

Where to Begin?

I never know where to begin when I have let things go. And now more than ever. So I will begin where we are and work backwards I suppose. Any other way is just too overwhelming.

I spoke in church today. Dirk was called to the bishopric so I have him to thank for that. It has been years since I spoke in church and today was especially difficult with all we have been through in the last five months. But I think it went okay. I cried more than I like to, but what are you gonna do?

The house plans roll forward. I cannot believe how long it takes to design a home.

Summer is winding down. The best part of summer was swim team. I found I really needed the structure and socialization of it every day. And the kids did amazingly. Isaac and Gigi are at a point where they are winning races and it is very exciting. This was Brody's first year swimming and the poor kid appeared to be drowning all summer and actually got slower during the later meets. But at finals he dropped five seconds off his freestyle time and more than seven off his backstroke! I was so proud of all of them. Here is a photo of Gigi and friends from their luau-themed meet.