And the winner is...Caroline

Monday, May 19, 2014

Last weekend, the four of us got to hang out at our stake's track meet.  We had a great time all together (in the ward's color red because you know we show our spirit) - first joining in at the beginning of the 5k and then cheering on the finishers from the sidelines:
Not our girls' most favorite staging for a picture

And then THE MAIN EVENT for us happened.  Each age group got to do a 100 yard dash.  When the announcer called out the 7 & 8 year olds, I was just coming back from getting Ivy fresh water at concessions.  I heard the announcement and thought it's too bad Caroline can't participate.  But as I got closer to the track, who do I see but B wheeling Caroline onto the track?!?  He was going to run her in the race!

The rest is commonly known as history --

Lining up to start - the other kids were curious and weren't too worried about Caroline until they saw the gleam of ambition in her dad's eye - and her wheels.

And they're off!  I asked B afterwards if he had any thoughts about letting the other kids win.

He did not.

He wanted Caroline to win.

Running w/Caroline against 7 year olds was harder than he thought it would be.  It was a bit touch and go at the end...

But, she crossed the finish line first!!

The victor

Proud mom with her gold medal girl
We will always remember that race, and I will always remember and love the moment when Caroline's daddy only saw and acted on her possibilities.  I'm so proud of my girl and her exceptional dad.

Lest you think Ivy was equally engaged in such a tender moment...she was not...she had a whole track with bleachers to explore of course.  I played entourage most of the time, but B got his turn too --

She was tired of us not letting her go under the bleachers, in the street, or on top of the concession tables.  Such a cute wiggle worm! 

Bryce got in one last sprint before we packed up for home.  He didn't quite win but he's still got that running form and he didn't even train --

It was a lot of work for us to get both girls to the track and keep them safe and comfortable while there.  But we made such amazing memories - so glad we got out of our usual routine!

Easter in Vegas

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Happy May everyone!  Lately, I've had writer's block with my words and Ivy block (she's a great sleeper at night but her naps are hit or miss) with my time, so I haven't gotten to write as much as I'd like to.  

Well, Ivy's taking a long nap this afternoon, I'm home waiting for a furniture delivery (new sectional!), so it's carpe diem time.  I've been wanting to share the fun we had for Easter this year.  Enjoy!

Ivy waiting patiently for the relatives to arrive - she likes to watch comings and goings at this little nook.

Cousin Ollie made it!!!  He and his parents traveled a long way to be here and he's still all smiles.  Adorable. (And look at the strong resemblance btwn him and Caro!)
Gma and Gpa S came to visit and they brought presents - #yes
While Bryce was at work and Caroline was at school Friday, we all hit the Strip.  I think you'll agree Ivy's first visit to Bellagio's flowers was successful --

(photo by my brother Jack)

"I rather like my hair in a high pony"
We of course ate very well this weekend, and while arriving at Archi's Thai for a delicious-as-usual lunch, GrGma couldn't resist a few cuddles with her littlest bug.  

I love this pair! 

That night, Jack, Mel, Ollie, Bryce and I made the trek to the Strip again because what better way to celebrate Easter than to hang out with masses of inebriated tourists?  

We actually had so much fun - got to see the High Roller for the first time, grab some Serendipity frozen hot chocolate and watch the Bellagio fountains.

Also that night, the grand kids got dressed up in their bunny jammies and ears from Grandma.  Warning - this following is "Too Cute":

(photo by my brother Jack)
After church Easter Sunday, we did a tiny Easter egg and basket hunt - lots of laughs and smiles all around -
Closed eyes but still it shows she's very curious about her basket

Finding eggs

Smiley Caroline loves this little person from the Easter bunny - a fellow redhead!

#becauseofHim Bryce and I get to be with these two beauties forever and one day Caroline will have a healthy body and mind and get to express as much of her personality as Ivy does :).

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