Hi Guys! I feel like it’s been forever since I shared a “What’s Up With Us” post. In fact, I think my last update was before Christmas.
Let me tell you, a lot has happened since then.
To begin with, both Kelly and I celebrated birthdays. I won’t tell you what number it was for me (although the photo below will give it away (). For Kelly it was number 12! Although, in many ways, she seems much older than that.
Her birthday gift was a full room renovation, and I will share an entire post about that at some point (once the room is officially finished), so we spent most of January cleaning, painting and organizing and showered her with lots of new decor on her actual birthday.
One of her gifts was this gigantic furry beanbag chair that came compacted in a 16 inch cube box. I’m not sure who enjoyed the present more – Kelly, or Kevin and his friends who had a blast beating the chair into life.
She also [finally] had a birthday celebration with her friends a month later. During President’s Day weekend we had an impromptu slumber party with eight girls while the boys were in Florida. That’s when I really knew she was growing up. Eight girls stayed at my house and the only thing I heard after 10:30 pm was the popcorn maker. That’s pretty incredible.
Kelly’s dance competition season is in full swing. We started with a performance at the Globetrotter’s game. The girls even got to meet the team.
Then it was on to the VIP and Applause Competitions in back to back weekends. Luckily, we have a few weeks off before our final one in April.
Kyle had an eventful basketball season, to say the least. I have a post in progress about our experience and the sad state of youth sports in general, but it’s emotionally draining to write so it’s not done yet. In this update I’ll just focus on the positive. During the second half of the season he joined an amazing tournament team with coaches who truly love working with kids. He improved his basketball skills and learned what it means to be part of a team. As the youngest and smallest player, by far, on the team he spent a lot of time on the bench which was an unfamiliar position for him. However, it’s not something that upset me as a parent because it is a part of life as an athlete and provided a great learning opportunity. The team enjoyed some big wins and disappointing losses and played their hearts out. I’m so proud of all the boys and feel glad to have had the positive experience we did to close out the season.
Kevin performed with the Pep Band and Jazz Band at high school basketball games. He really loved the chance to showcase his guitar playing talents in front of his classmates, and the band brought a fun energy to the games. High school basketball is nothing like it was when I was in high school.
Luckily, basketball season is over (for us at least – the local high school teams are all still playing in state playoffs) and baseball season has begun. Kevin made the high school team, and is even learning to pitch. And Kyle has little league tryouts tomorrow. Sorry, no pics yet – maybe for the next update.
I’ve returned to teaching Aerial Pilates and I love it. I am just such a teacher at heart, and I love helping people discover strength and courage they didn’t know they had. Plus, it’s just a blast to flip and flow.
In our February we participated in Cycle for Survivor in memory of my sister-in-law Carrie, and now my Mom. This was our third year participating in the event. And Kevin joined us on the bikes this year. Cycle for Survival raises money to fund rare cancer research at Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital. It’s a highly emotional, but also high energy event, that leaves you feeling hopeful and inspired. You can read more about Cycle For Survival in this post.
Kyle is committed to teaching me how to use Snapchat. Nevermind that I don’t really want to learn how to use Snapchat. This was a “Snap” we took together. I’m sorry – I know I am old (and now you do too), but I just don’t get it.
Oh, and I registered for the Pittsburgh Half-Marathon. So, I’ve been on a training plan. Well, I was supposed to have been on a training plan. But between subbing almost every day, my husband’s travel schedule and my kids’ activities, I’ve been running when I can. No real plan there. I did complete 11 miles the other feeling strong. My pace was slow, but I finished it. So I know I can do this race. It will be my first half-marathon in over two years, so I have no pace expectations. I just want to run and have fun.
Okay – that’s enough for today. I’ll be back soon with another update. We’ve got a lot going on in March.
Have a fabulous weekend!