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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Beachtime fun with friends

The weather could not have been better for a beach day with friends. The girls invited three friends from their Chinese Immersion class over for an afternoon of beachtime.

Hayden, Ayanna and Ella joined Kate and Lucy.
Lunchtime!

With the air temps in the upper 70s, they spent a lot of time on the beach building sand castles and digging holes. As the afternoon progressed, though, they finally ventured out for longer periods of swimming time.

Ayanna and Ella both passed the swim test so they could go out to the far docks.
Looks like they need to update the date on the swim roster though!
 




Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Myofunctional therapy continues

Lucy has been making slow but somewhat steady progress with myofunctional therapy. Her therapist is focusing less on speech and more on getting her tongue to work properly. This week's lesson was to try to fold a string using your lips/tongue which was not too popular with Lucy.

Lucy with string from Lisa on Vimeo.

What was much more popular was trying to flip cheddar goldfish around. Anything with food will win you to Lucy's good side and prompt much more willingness to try the task at hand.

Lucy with goldfish from Lisa on Vimeo.

Monday, July 16, 2018

Flute Studio Recital

Kate was again the youngest player in the flute recital by 4 grades and she held her own with a pretty difficult piece. She performed in the evening last week at the Midwest Young Artists Conservatory. She performed Valse Gracieuse by Wilhelm Popp.

She was nervous while waiting for everyone to take their places.
 But she conquered her nerves and walked up bravely to warm up.
 Then it was showtime!


Kate's flute recital 2018 from Lisa on Vimeo.

These are Hideko's students ranging in age from grade 3 (Kate) with the next oldest being in 7th grade all the way to high school graduates heading off to college.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Summer crops

We are finally reaping lots of rewards from our garden! We finished out two rows of lettuce in short order and I'll plant more once the weather cools again later this summer.
 The first turnips and beets. The beets are super small still.
 I love a crop that gives you two for the price of one...
 The first crop of green beans.
 These beauties ended up in a chicken/snow pea stir fry.
I am really happy that I allotted some precious space to these zinnias. Fresh flowers on the table every night makes me happy!

 We will have tomatoes soon!!
The first tomato and the cucumbers!
The green beans and peas are coming in waves every few days.
The turnip greens (with some store-bought mustard greens to round out the flavor) cooked down with the ham bone leftover from Easter. I may have to plant mustard greens next year.
 Add butter beans and some tabasco for a great snack.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

4th of July 2018 (Part 2)

The 4th of July festivities lasted much longer this year because the actual 4th fell in the middle of the week. By Sunday afternoon we were all tuckered out and I was very much looking forward to getting back to our usual schedule. But before that could happen, we still had the weekend of activities to partake in, like swim races.
The lifeguards ran the event and grouped the races by age. This was the girls' age group ready to go.



lamar was in the lead with Lucy right behind him and Anthony behind her. Lucy's head is just visible behind Lamar's arm.
She stayed right on Lamar's tail but was never able to pass him. Lamar finished first and Lucy second.
Kate worked her way up to 4th place right behind Anthony and finished strong. It was the first time she has fought through a crowd when swimming and come out ahead...usually she just stops to let all the flailing water pass her and then complains about finishing last.
 Anthony finishing 3rd.
Kate finishing 4th.
 Waiting for the last few to finish.

The adults got in on the action...although the floaty lips did them no favors and Steve (on the end) was reluctant to part with his cold beer!



Phil seemed happy to have finished!
The lifeguards finished the races off by showing us all how it's done.




Time for some fishing with AJ.

What's that expression...like shooting fish in a barrel. The fish practically jump on their lines they are so used to being fed

Making use of a friend's gigantic paddleboard.
This was the first year that they participated in the basketball shoot-out. I think the object of the contest was to make as many baskets as possible from various points around the court.








There were bands featured every evening making the day last well into the night.


Sunday morning during the pancake breakfast, the youth talent show was in full swing. Kate played her flute solo and then both girls did a Chinese song/dance that they made up.

Youth Got Talent Chinese Fan dance from Lisa on Vimeo.

The final event that we took part in was the Home Run Derby. Again grouped by ages, the object was to see who could hit the most home runs. With lots kids to catch the fly balls, the games began.

This is one sport that neither of the girls have really had much experience with but they gave it a good try, with both Kate and Lucy managing one hit each.







Then it was time for the adults.
One of the kegs made it over from the islands to keep everyone hydrated!
Len taking his turn.


 The 8 year olds.
And that is a wrap on this year's 4th!

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