Monday, June 8, 2015

Sprint Sizzler Day Two - for the WIN

Possible's best friend came by to cheer her own tonight.  Marissa is a dancer and Morgan is a swimmer so they really come from different world.  They support each other and cheer other on.  That is a sign of a true friend.

 The good news is that with only 48 swimmers representing the Otters this year the team did extremely well!  They ended up coming in Second place in the small team division.  The T family kids lived very close to where the competition was held so they waited until 11 pm to help with clean up - as the event was sponsored by our old team and Coach Goobers was there working hard.  They also knew to stay to see the trophies being passed out.
 Possible was super psyched and wanted to hold the trophy, I think this made the other coaches a little nervous.  I imagine them calling Bear saying, "Hey dude, we won and your siblings won't let us hold the trophy!"  The kids were so sad that Bear had to miss this moment.
The coaches look pretty nervous watching the prize.

 The kids each had personal goals for this meet.  I hope I swim faster in this stroke.  Each one met their personal goals.  For my Otter Swimmers it was a huge success.  Our old team, Goober's Team came in third place for the large team division. Making the Otter's trophy bigger than the Cuda trophy.  With Bear not there the other coaches decided that they needed to tease Coach Goobers, asking if she could help them hold their trophy.  The little ones laughed about this until I sent them to bed.

 Way to go Texas T's.  Each of these kiddos helped the team to win this trophy.  All points are important in an invitational meet.  The kids say they were cheering the loudest as they won the trophy.  Go Otters.  I guess it was fun to win in front of their old team, although we don't dislike them at all.  Yeah Otters and thanks for hosting a fun event Coach Goobers and the Cudas.


Sunday, June 7, 2015

Sprint Sizzler Day One

The time for our first summer swim invitational is upon us.  It just so happens to be put on by our previous team so we looked forward to spending time with old friends.  Goobers is also one of their coaches so we wanted the family vs family play out.  
Pickle with Cudas and Otters in "The Camp"

I was walking toward the pool with the twins and then I noticed that the boys were coming at me from the pool.  Coach Bear just took one of the girls by hand and kept walking while Pickle picked the other one up.  I love how close to the twins the boys are.
Pickle had blast with his Cuda friends and his Otter friends.  They all got along great and had fun.
J has the kids set up so well.  He calls our area "The Camp" and we have chairs galore and even a hammock.
Princess is lines up and ready to swim.
Bear had to come say good bye before leaving for a week long pro-life training event for his scholarship.
I also proud of that kid and how he acts with his siblings (well most of the time.)
Possible and Sugar decided that we would just kidnap this Cuda friend of Pickles.
This was a rough day for coach Alex.

Oh there are the wins, hanging with Daddy.
Beautiful - Goobers - Adorable
Goobers teaching the girls how to give a thumbs up.  So funny!

I think Adorable is getting tired of watching the swimmers.
Bagel is such an intense swimmer.  She does herself in sometimes with the over thinking.

Beautiful - Adorable


Jumba and Princess decided to go fill in for Coach Bear because he had to leave.
Sitting on the other side of the pool was Coach Goobers with Beautiful.
Cleaning up the camp is never easy, no one likes to do it.  We came back to this surprise after watching the swimmers.  Bagel did it all by herself to say thank you.
I am thrilled that the invitational is inside.  It was hot out there.  Yep that says 111.  So we will go home get some sleep and then prepare for day two.

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Our Busy Saturday Continued

We joined the kids at the meet after returning for trying to get to the ordination.  The meet was ending as we arrived.  Their was a silent auction going on as a fund raiser so we placed some bids and helped clean up the pool area.

 kat had helped Sugar cheer on our Otters today.  These two later said that they never realized how hot the meets were for parents.  They were wanting to dip in the pool so badly to cool off.

Beautiful - Kat - Adorable
 As we were cleaning up Possible helped a young girl out of the water that had hurt her back and couldn't move at first.  It was a pretty scary event for this 6 year old and for all of us praying for her.
Zumba watching the girl get help!
 I must say that dad and I swelled with pride when the ambulance came, it wasn't Pooker's company but it reminded us of how proud of her we are.
 They took the young girl off and we heard later that her back was badly bruised but they didn't expect any permanent damage.  So back to cleaning up and returning things to where they belonged.
Those are very heavy benches.
We decided to grab lunch out again this week (we won again) and we knew that the rest of the day would be rushed and crazy.  I love these kids and I am so glad that God has blessed us with so much time to enjoy each other's company.  We spent the afternoon remembering the teen and the six year old in our prayers.  
The food was good!  It always is at Chuys.

We "won" two auction items that we would unwrap later.  The proceeds from the baskets go to a scholarship fund for the otters, so we love helping with that stuff.

 After Mass, after lunch/dinner, after the action, after the meet, after the ordination, after the traffic we decided to relax at the pool.  At least that was the plan but these cuties would not stop.
I hope your Saturday was filled with as many adventures as we had.

Priestly Ordination

With Praise and Thanksgiving to Almighty God,
the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston
together with the families of 

David Thomas Angelino
Jeffrey Lee Bame
Simon Daudet Kipiti
Elias Lopez
Richard Anthony McNeillie

joyfully announces their
Ordinations to the Sacred Order of the Priesthood
through the imposition of hands
and the invocation of the Holy Spirit

His Eminence Daniel Cardinal DiNardo
Archbishop of Galveston-Houston

on Saturday, June 6, 2015
10:00 A.M.
at The Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart
1115 St. Joseph Parkway
Houston, Texas 77002

We wanted so badly to see this ceremony and after dropping the kids off at the pool for their swim meet Dad, the Twins and I headed downtown to be at the Mass.  We then proceeded to spend 2 hours sitting in traffic until we turned back home.  
 We prayed for those being ordained at that point and then we also prayed for the reason why traffic was stopped.  We assumed a fatal accident and then later found out that was true.  I ask you to please pray for a young student that was on the way to his or her graduation.
Also pray for these newly ordained priests!  Congrats to Fr. Simon formally from Sts. Simon and Jude and Fr. Eli formally from STAOP.