Maggie's soccer team, "The Mighty Ninjas", played up an age group this season. It would not be such a big deal except they are a 12U team and they moved up to the 13/14U group. So, "little" Maggie, who is already one of the youngest in her age group because of when the cutoff date is, played against girls that go to school with Christine. Her team definitely did not win every game, but they hung with those older girls and made them work for their win. They even won 4 games. Here is just one example of the size difference.
Maggie getting into the mix of things.
The Mighty Ninjas after a game. They received the Sportsmanship Award for their age group which was voted on by the coaches and referees.
Christine making it look easy.
This girl hung on for a while on Tuesday for her meet. The biggest problem was her family was yelling to her in Spanish. No fair! Maggie and Christine were laughing on the car ride home because her family kept on yelling "Andale...Andale" I think if you are going to yell at a meet you need to do it so that we can all understand what you are saying! I guess it's time for me to learn some more Spanish.
Sunday morning we woke the kids up early to be at our friend's house by 6:15. We had to get outfitted in our pink for the Susan G. Komen walk. Suzanne, our friend and mom of Christine's best friend, is a breast cancer survivor. The girls all ready to go. Suzanne had bought pink hairspray thinking Andrew would wear it...but to our suprise he wanted nothing to do with it!
There were over 30,000 people at the Phoenix Race for the Cure.
Our gang on the walk....Andrew, Maggie and Morgan (Suzanne's daughter) only asked about 10 times each the dreaded question-"How much further?" They all made the 3.1 mile walk...Andrew was piggy-backed for some of it.
Andrew didn't want to be in the group photo. Of course, he continued to walk while we were having our picture taken. That led to a few moments of panic for Andrew because when you look around and see 30,000 people, most of whom have the same shirt on, it's a little hard to find your mom and dad.
Maggie messing around in the car with one of the goodies she got at the race. The scarf on her head was courtesy of Ford.
Christine was not happy that on her birthday Maggie and Andrew only had to go to school for half the day. I put them to work icing cookies. I had baked the sugar cookies in the morning while they were at school. Then when they got home I gave them paint brushes and they painted the cookies orange.
After they dried some I used black icing to make them look like basketballs. We took them to Christine's practice for the girls.
After practice we went out to eat and them came home for a little ice cream cake.
Christine has started playing on a club basketball team, the Arizona Lady Hoopers. These pics are from a 3-on-3 tournament.
Somehow this was not a foul...
Having fun with some of the girls in between games...
Christine's new coach calls her "Chrissy", which is fine but we have never called her that. Last night at practice when her coach was yelling at her Andrew asked "Who's Chrissy?" The other parents got a kick out of that.
Scary to think that the kids have been in school over a month now. They started school July 26th. Andrew is in first, Maggie in 5th and Christine is in 8th. Don't they look really happy on the first day?
We headed to Coronado Island for the 4th to get out of the heat for a few days-and boy did we get out of the heat! Here are the girls (Maggie, Kylie, Taylor, and Christine) our first night heading to dinner-notice the sweatshirts. I don't think it got above 70 degrees the whole time we were there! It was so nice! From where we stayed we could walk to dinner every night. There was a path along the water and the adults would walk and the kids would skateboard, ripstick, scooter or bike. They loved it!
Because the 4th fell on Sunday this year, the parade was on Saturday the 3rd. The parade there was much, much different from our little parades in North Canton. This was much longer and had tons of military. It was pretty cool, but VERY long.
While the parade was still going on, the kids decided to get some energy out.
Finally, the adults had had enough of the parade too. We headed back to the hotel and then drove to the beach on the other side of the island. The water was FREEZING! ( I know...I stuck my feet in!) I can not believe how long the kids played in the water! They came out like ice cubes! Here are Taylor, Christine and Maggie heading out to brave the waves.
A little pow wow with the boys...not sure what negotiations were going on here...
Andrew showing his strength...
This kept the kids busy for at least an hour...
Our little diggers...
Steve and Chuck couldn't let the kids be the only ones to brave the water...
All the kids Saturday night for dinner...Andrew is next to Christine with his head back. This was at Coronado Brewing Company-not sure where the Bula sign came from...
Jennia and I ran a 5k race Sunday morning. This is pre-race with us still chilly.
The start. (We could have opted for a 15k, but we took advantage of the easier run.)
Me during the race.
During the day poolside. Andrew's sunglasses were a birthday gift for me from the Penningtons.
The boys in the sandbox.
The girls playing chess poolside.
We were only about an hour from Andrea, so she came to see us on the 4th.
San Diego nightline before the fire works started.