Happy Birthday, America!

Earlier this month, we hosted our annual 4th of July barbecue.  We had a great afternoon/evening surrounded by great friends.  Thanks to some neighbors that pay the big bucks for fireworks, we had a pretty good show.  



Cobb Island Weekend 2017

Last weekend we took our annual trip to Cobb Island, MD with Chris and Katie and family.  The days were filled with kayaking, boating, fishing and fun.  Wash.  Rinse.  Repeat.  We always enjoy our weekend at the River!

Day 1

Katie and I drove down with the kids Friday afternoon just after lunch.  We figured we'd get a heard start on getting the house set up.  Chris and Ron met us there later that night after they got off work.

Before we could finish unpacking, the girls were in the kayaks.

Day 2

Ron spent Saturday morning blowing up ALL the inflatables.  There was no shortage of flotation options.
Ron and Ryan tested out the little row boat.


Despite many jellyfish sightings, each day the girls got a little more adventurous with how far from the shore they'd go.  

The boys usually stayed a little closer to shore.

Kaitlyn was able to meditate while Daddy kept her from floating away.

J-Bird occasionally got brave and wandered out.

After a day of boating, a beer was in order.

It was short-lived, but this was the closest the parents got to relaxing,

Day 3

Jonathan was playing Captain.

Ron took the kids to the playground down the street.  When the rest of the kids headed back to the house for a nap, he and Jonathan snuggled up for a snooze in the hammock.

He's the King of the World!

Jonathan's first of many catches.

The final sunset of our trip.

The final night at the River House means S'MORES!

Day 4

Our last morning there meant the kids went fishing in their PJs.  

Thanks again to our great friends for inviting us back this year!


The Kids are Piranhas!

Both kids started their first seasons of summer swim team this year.  While Kaitlyn has always been a strong swimmer, Jonathan is usually hesitant about getting in the water at the beginning of each summer.  But this year, after he passed the swim eval and made the team, he was eager to hop in everyday.  They practice every weekday morning for 45 minutes and there is a swim meet every Wednesday evening (B-Meets) and another on Saturday (A-Meets) mornings.  Everyone gets to swim three events at Wednesday meets, but only the top 3 swimmers in each event get to swim on Saturdays.

It's amazing how far they've come in just a few weeks!  Jonathan started out struggling through some of the first practices and once they started back stroke, I joked that if there weren't already a coach in the pool with him, I'm pretty sure someone may think he was drowning and jump in to save him.  He really struggled to stay afloat and the coaches let him opt-out of backstroke for their time trials.
After the first week of morning practices (once school was out), Kaitlyn was chosen as "Swimmer of the Week" for her age group.

So far, it's been a fun summer activity.  It gets us out of the house every morning and they get to spend time with friends while they're at the pool.  And every Friday they get donuts after practice, so Friday's are particularly exciting!

 These are the kids' original times for different events at trials.

The (mostly) whole team!  Jonathan is 6th from the left on the bottom and Kaitlyn is 4th from the right on the bottom.

Last Saturday was the team's first A-Meet, which is competed for team points, team standings, etc.  Kaitlyn's coach asked her to swim breast and butterfly for that meet, which was really cool because only 3 girls from her age group got chosen.  She was pretty reluctant to swim fly because she said she was "bad" at it.  I think she felt that way because it was new and unnatural to her still.  With a little coaxing from her coach, she agreed to swim it and before we knew it she and I hit the road at 6:30am Saturday morning to get to the opposing team's pool.

She was a bit nervous, but she said once she finished warming up she felt better about swimming fly.  It was so much fun watching her and cheering her on!  She came in last in both of her events, but she looked like a pro. :)  I was afraid her last-place finishes would discourage her, but she seemed to understand that this was her first year and she still had a lot to learn to get better and she was lucky to even get chosen to swim in this meet. 

Check out the video of her events here. (She is in the lane closest to the camera in each event).

Kaitlyn's results from the meet (the red names are our team):

The next meet is tonight!  Jonathan will compete in his first meet swimming freestyle and backstroke and Kaitlyn will be swimming freestyle, back stroke and breast stroke.  Go Piranhas!

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