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August 15, 2014

7 Quick Takes 85 -- the Almost-Back-to-School Update Edition (with Pictures!)

Thank you to Jennifer Fulwiler for hosting the 7QT. I haven't done one of these updates on everyone in awhile, so fasten your seat belt and enjoy the ride!

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Sarah starts 8th grade on Monday. How fast have the past 8 years gone anyway? Way fast, that's how. I remember walking her into Kindergarten...she was so tiny and such a sweetie. Then we changed schools in first grade and started our time in Catholic school. She was still tiny for so so long.

Pretty Girl
She is no longer tiny. She's growing into a young woman, physically, and maturing intellectually and growing spiritually. I enjoy our talks at night (whenever stuff comes up) and I have a great time watching Friends and laughing with her. I like to discuss Harry Potter and watch the movies with her. She is responsible and I am happy that others recognize this. It's been awesome to watch her land (and keep!) a regular babysitting gig.

She's playing volleyball for school right now and has a spot on a club team for when that is over. She has worked hard to get her skills up and I can't wait to see where she goes from here with volleyball. She's prepared to hit the ground running with school and try to make the A honor roll right off the bat. She's a goal-setter and a goal-attainer and that makes me crazy proud.

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Dani starts 5th grade on Monday. I can't believe she will be 11 at the end of this month. I hope she enjoys this last year before middle school. She has spent all summer reading everything she can get her hands on. Dani is a speed-reader, so it doesn't take her very long to read things. She's interested in different books than Sarah. She got into the Percy Jackson books and never cared much to read Harry Potter. I have heard Dani practicing her guitar (even though we haven't had lessons this year).

Another Pretty Girl!

Swimming happened this summer was interesting for Dani as she got a taste of winning by winning her heats a few times. I am looking forward to the club team starting up again in September and getting her back in the water for practice.

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Helen starts 3rd grade on Monday. Yikes! My baby girl in the upper primary grades? Helen has spent some time this summer taking swimming lessons from a friend from our parish. I put Helen in the volleyball clinic this summer and she informed me afterward that she didn't think volleyball was her thing. She really wanted to get better at swimming and give the swim team a try. Twist my arm, ha! I am ecstatic to have another kid interested in swim team. I loved it as a kid and I still love the sport and hope to watch my kids participate in it as long as they want.

How can there be so many pretty girls?
Helen likes to read a bit less than the other two, but she is interested in the Harry Potter books. She has read the first two and is working on the third. But then...I will force the break in reading those books for a couple of years. I love the Harry Potter story, but book 4 gets really dark and really serious quickly and I prefer the kids get to a bit more maturity before we tackle them.

My sister (who was a middle child) shared this on FB yesterday:
Helen's a middle kid...
I think a lot about Helen being my middle child. There's no way that girl can be forgotten, she won't allow it. She's always demanded a large amount of my attention. Even when she was the youngest of three, and the third of four, etc. So...I know many a middle child who grows up claiming they were always forgotten about and unnoticed, but I'm here to tell ya -- My Helen is not one of those.

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Dominic is excited to start Kindergarten on Monday. He's been bouncing around all over the house the last few weeks asking how much closer the day has come. He is looking forward to wearing his uniform and seeing his friends and everything.

There's a silly boy...
He has read many books this summer. He loves Star Wars and so gravitates toward those when we go to the library. But, he'll sit down and read his Angry Birds Star Wars reference book, too. That boy would read an encyclopedia if it housed information he was interested in. I can't wait to watch him grow this year.

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Vincent is an active three year-old. I took him in for his well-child visit and he wouldn't say a word in the doctor's presence. That kid talks it up all over the place, but won't say a word to the teacher. The little stinker!

Crazy boy!
Every time we have had Vincent in the pool this summer he has had fun bobbing underwater and jumping in. I don't think he is ready for lessons yet, though. He'll continue going to his daycare. I find I am having a hard time thinking about moving him to preschool whenever that day comes. Ms. Robin has taken care of him three days a week for just about his whole life. He loves going there. I know the day will come when he needs to go to preschool, but for now, I think I'll just choose not to think about it.
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Craig is still at the casino. For a few hours last weekend, we thought that perhaps a change in role might happen, but then...the bubble popped. I mean, there will be a little change, but not much. He's been doing this work for 10 years now, and he enjoys it for the most part. But, like many of us of our generation, I think he'd like a chance to do something different, a new challenge or something.

Craig also does CrossFit and just last week got his first handstand! I hope at some point we'll be able to get some of the equipment we need to have (i.e., jump ropes, wrist supports, weight lifting shoes, etc) because I think it would benefit Craig -- even more than it would me. I'm so glad he's doing it, though, it's fun to see him get stronger and do more things.

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You mostly know how I am doing. Just working, CrossFitting, Weight Watching. I love watching my kids grow and look forward to the challenges this school year will bring for them. I've determined that I will NOT be able to travel to Philadelphia in September. craig couldn't get the nights off work and I couldn't figure out any way to have child care while I was gone. I was going to run the Rock 'n' roll half marathon. But, maybe it was a blessing in disguise since money is always so tight...now I can just budget that money into Christmas or something.

My Endless Strength Blog Facebook page is up to 99 "Likes" :) I will make good on my promise to have a giveaway if I get to 100. Just sayin'...

Oh, and the Royals are in first place by half a game. This is exciting folks. It's been WAY TOO LONG since the Royals played in the post-season. Pulling for those boys in blue!!!

Be Royal!
Have a great weekend!!

Be sure to go visit Jen Fulwiler at Conversion Diary!



  1. Go Royals! The last time they won a world series was the year I was born.

  2. Love seeing the updates on your beautiful family! :)


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