Kate got moved up to Level 3 in her competitive gymnastics on January 1st and her training hours have increased. She LOVES it and never complains but it means that she will be leaving dance after her recital this year. This will be her 6th dance recital and I am so sad she is quitting. I get it and I totally support her decision but I am still sad.
In Level 3 gymnastics, they have to do a round-off back-handspring and Kate has been working hard to get this since January. She got it about a month ago and her coach was kind enough to send me a video.
Also, Harry has been involved in an organization here called Positive Works. It is a FABULOUS community initiative started by two women I know from church and various circles to end bullying. Harry has been involved from the very beginning and was even in Redbook Magazine when they did an article on +Works.
This year they invited Harry to emcee a rally on having courage. It was a beautiful night of performances (music, singing, skits, poetry, etc). Harry said yes when they asked him because he loves the organization. But the truth is, the night before he was pretty nervous. He almost did not want to do it. He has never emcee'd anything and was a little nervous about being onstage at his middle school. But in the end, he had courage and he did it!
Well, he was AWESOME! And he enjoyed it too. I would not be surprised if we see him doing more public speaking in the future. I wish I had a video or better photos. I am trying to live more in the moment so I use my phone for photos a lot now and it is not great in low light.
Harry has also been babysitting lately too. He took the Red Cross babysitting class online and last week he babysit 3 little kids under the age of 5! He did so well, they have asked him back next week. He is incredible with young kids. I am happy for him but sad for me because he is my main sitter for Kate and pretty soon he will be booked by other people (who pay!)
Will is a busy, busy teen these days. He is a captain of the JV water polo team and a planner/leader for next year's freshmen retreat at his school. Between school and work and water polo and his social life, we rarely see him. Sniff, sniff.
Finally, this just amazes me. Harry and Kate won these goldlfish over a year ago and this lil guy (or gal?!) is still swimming around. How long do these things live? We keep it alive but I am telling you it is a pain in the neck. We never even named it because I did not think it would last a week let alone a year! It lives in a big vase and we change the water once a week. This one hardy fish! I never thought he'd live this long.
Tomorrow is Kate's "special" day (what she calls it). It is the day I met her.
It is the day our whole family was together for the first time. I am sure I will post about it very soon.