I am 36 years old and a mother of two beautiful little girls. Kevin and I have been married for 11 years. He is a stay-at-home dad who runs his own business from our home. I am a part-time 3rd grade teacher and have been teaching for 15 years. I live no more than 10 minutes away from my parents, in-laws, sisters, nieces, newest nephew, grandparents, aunts, and uncles... I wouldn't want it any other way!
One of the first major milestones in gymnastics in getting your round-off backhandspring. Well, I am very proud to announce that Katelyn has officially reached this milestone. Checkout the short video clip to see our little gymnast in action.
I am looking forward to this year's competition season. Katelyn has all new routines this year that incorporate advanced skills...like the round-off backhandspring! Go GymQuest Level 4!!
I always thought that having babies would be the best stage of parenting. I have to admit that there are definitely times that I miss my itty-bitty babies. But, I really am enjoying watching the girls grow and develop new interests. It is quite refreshing that as the girls get older, they also become increasingly more independent. As I poked my head into Katelyn's bedroom this afternoon to see what the girls were up to, I was so touched by what I saw...Katelyn reading to Kennedy in the middle of the afternoon while Mommy blogs...a beautiful thing!
I love how attentive Kennedy is, how Katelyn is also reading to her favorite teddy bear (which Kennedy is holding), and that Katelyn is wearing her styling new glasses. These images have made a permanent impression in my brain that I will always cherish.
As many of you already know, Kennedy loves theatre performances. Up until recently, however, she was much too shy to even consider getting up in front of a crowd...even though she really has a passion for performing! Well, little Miss Kennedy has evolved this summer! First up, is her dance recital from June 2010. She was on a stage in a high school auditorium...and she did great! FYI...Kennedy's hair bow is really high up on top of her head...this will help you track her throughout her performance. She starts out on the very end of the line, but she moves around throughout the performance...good luck keeping up with her!
And for the record, Kennedy was correct when she started walking stage right early in the routine...although she did forget to add her arm movements with her walk. Secondly, wasn't it hysterically funny when Kennedy and the other little girl danced right off the stage in the middle of the routine, only to reappear again when it was time to chasse back the other direction...darling!
For Kennedy's second performance of the summer, she got up in front of the congregation at church this morning to perform a song and dance that she learned at VBS this past week. Katelyn, Kennedy, and their cousin Reagan all performed together this morning. You can pick my girls out of the bunch because they have matching outfits...blue skirts and hot pink shirts. My niece, Reagan, is the one with the adorable blonde curls and the striped shirt. Look at the joy on Kennedy's face throughout this performance...enjoy!
Kennedy has really "come out of her shell" this summer! She even attended an art class for 3 weeks in which she didn't know any of the other students or the teachers. She marched herself right into class the first day and got right to work, without any hesitations! I am so glad that she has overcome her shyness! She is now such a happy, confident, and outgoing little girl!