Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Practice Makes Perfect

During summer break, Maddy had a few different goals and camps she attended.
One of the skills she really worked hard on was
perfecting her back handspring!

She took a week-long camp on "Master the Back Handspring"
that met daily for an hour and a half.
I think that camp (and the fact that it was
taught by her favorite instructor)
really put her on track to 
reach her goal!

The week before school started, she did achieve her
goal and got the back handspring!
She takes a private lesson weekly or every couple weeks
with Rachel to work on tumbling skills.  
Besides keeping her in good athletic shape -- they do conditioning
in addition to tumbling, she's more confident and walks taller.
Another goal of hers --"grow taller!"

If you follow me on Instagram (janetmboucher), you 
can see the video.  I must say, I watched it
a million times as it amazes me how she can do that -- 
especially since a somersault seems tricky to me!

After a little break so Rachel could
visit family in California, Maddy is anxious to 
get back to the gym!
Goooooo Maddy!  :)

Friday, August 21, 2015

Back to School - 8th Grade!

Oh my word -- how did that happen?
I blinked and it was time to get out the uniforms, round up the
 pens, pencils and notebooks
and get back to school! 

1st grade!

We had such a great summer and so much fun hitting the 
pool nearly every evening!
Bonus -- Maddy took a shower and washed her 
hair there before we headed home, so no 
need to do that at home!

A few other fun activities included visiting and working at our sweet little zoo,
learning how to do a back handspring, shopping at Target, walking the dog
and trying (not always successfully) to declutter.
That's a story for another day!

And all of sudden, Maddy is an 8th grader!
She has been at the same elementary school
with almost all the same kids since 

Not so sure if she is quite ready to give up the
10 am wake-ups, but the first few mornings have gone very well!

Fingers crossed for a fabulous 8th grade year!

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

The Super Fair x 2!

Since our State Fair is in another city located 2-3 hours away,
we generally skip it and hit the local County Fair instead.
They call it the Lancaster County SUPER fair!

So, we headed out to it last Friday as it was nearly over and would be leaving 
for some other Super location! :)

Imagine our disappointment to learn upon arrival at 1:30 pm 
that the rides wouldn't be starting until 6 PM!
We made the best of it and saw some inside exhibits,
petting zoo of some incredibly smelly animals 
and basically wilted in the extreme heat and humidity!
No, we didn't last at the fair until 6 PM.

So, on Saturday, we tried again!
This time the rides were up and moving! 
But, as rides sometimes get old, crickety and slow, 
they were a bit of a disappointment.

Still, that didn't stop us from 
riding an incredibly teeny teacup ride (I almost could not get out of the teacup),
the Worm rollercoaster,
the Tornado (twice) and the Ferris Wheel!
Since it was another day with seriously high 90 degree temps
with high humidity too, we again wilted and 
didn't manage to stay for a few extra hours to
see the "Magnificent Mutts" dog show.

Game was not running, but we loved that Minion!

Lesson learned -- check the schedule before heading to
the Super Fair!

Monday, August 10, 2015

Zoo Crew Update - Baaad Horseys!

A little Zoo Crew update for you!
Maddy has really been enjoying her 
volunteer gig at the zoo this summer! 
Most of the time, that is!

Looks cute and sweet -- but this horse is one of the biters!
Last Monday, however, a horse (one of the naughty small horses)
bit her on the inside of her arm!
 While it didn't totally break the skin, it left scratches
and a big bruise.
Then she worked on Wild Wednesday evening
when the zoo is open until 8 pm.
One horse was DONE and ready to head back to the 
stalls when about 5 kids came up and needed rides.
Since the other two horses had already left, Scout (the horse)
was stuck doing all the rides.
Scout was not happy about that.

To show how unhappy he was, he tried to rub Maddy
off on a fence as she led him around on the horse ride
resulting in a huge scrape and sliver on the inside
of her other arm!

Battle scars from the zoo!

She's still enjoying being a part of zoo crew, though it's winding down with
school starting soon.  She has weekend assignments
until the zoo closes in October.
She is definitely watching out for the horses!

Her favorite assignment is the butterfly pavilion -
who doesn't love butterflies! :)
Bonus -- it's right next to the most adorable Wallaby families!

We don't have a huge and fancy zoo like Omaha's, but
we do love our children's zoo!

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Back To School Shopping Road Trip!

When you attend a Catholic school, there's
not a whole lot of fun back to school shopping.
The big decision is what color polo to get -- your choices
are Navy, White or Green!  Whoopee!  :)
We did load up on notebooks, pencils, paper, markers etc.
at Target* recently -- now, that is really favorite store!

Baskets and baskets of yummy chocolate goodies!

But, Miss M did need some sports shorts for PE, so
we decided to take a quick road trip to 
the outlet mall and the Under*Armour store.

We had to make a stop along the way
at the Baker's Candies (yummiest Chocolates in the world) outlet store!
Oh my word -- the smell was heavenly!!
The only issue was that we really couldn't purchase any of the yummy
treats because the temps were in the 90s!  If we left our purchases in the car, we would have had chocolate soup and even if we carried it
with us shopping, it would surely melt, and . . .
that would break my heart!

Maddy was interested in the various new chip flavors -
she has always been a chip girl!
Cheese Burger, Fried Dill Pickle, Barbecue Rib chips anyone?

Our shopping road trip did not have a great ending -
no sports shorts in size XS! :(
However, we did find a great hoodie
 (just what you want to
buy on a 95 degree day).

We are hopeful that the UA sports shorts we ordered from the
web will work!  When you don't get to do a lot of 
back to school clothes shopping, it is the little things that count!

And when will it cool off enough for another trip to Baker's Candies???
Soon, I hope! 

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Painting by Numbers??

Not only did Mr. Miata have a birthday in July,
I did too!

For a birthday gift, Connor gave me a gift certificate
to The Corky Canvas for Maddy and me to do some painting
and he joined us!

Oh my word -- I thought it was paint by numbers
or fill in the lines!
No, it was more like a demonstration of 
how to do the painting and instructions to follow along!
We mixed colors, painted fancy swirls, dots and
filled the canvas with the most adorable little owl!

Obviously, some people are 
better at following directions and drawing
a straight or curvy line than others!

Bonus -- wine was served!!

It was such a fun afternoon!
We will definitely try to find our artsy side again!

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Happy Birthday to Mr. Miata - formerly known as Mr. Tennis

Mr. Miata had a birthday last week!  
He really is quite a hard-working
and amazing guy! 

I know we don't tell him enough how much
we appreciate him and his hard work --
 plus he is very, very handsome! :)

2011 - He's a big fan of Tigger's!
He is patient, kind, funny and has a really big heart!
He loves all of us, adores his little grandkids,
loves his crazy horse and our sweet Scottie and spoils all of us.

He's taking a little break this week to visit
his Mother and brothers in Illinois 
and we are delighted he was able to get out there to see them this summer.

This past year was a bit rough with some health issues,
but am happy to report he is feeling pretty well 
and able to play tennis again!

He does love his sports activities and truth be told, he can be a bit competitive.  
When he saw my Fitbit recently, he
wanted one too and now beats me in step count every single day!

We love him to the moon and back!
Happy Birthday Mr. Miata -- you're the best!