Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Two Prince Patriots...

High School swim season started tonight. This is the first time I have had two girls on the team. Since Sydnee and Natalie are four years apart they were never on the team together. I love having two swimmers on the team. I love that they both love the sport, I love that it is something they can do together,  and I especially love that I am not sitting for two hours with my kid only in two events that are over in less than two minutes. lol   With two daughters I get to see one of them in FOUR different events Woo Hoo!! Yes, I get eight minutes out of two hours. (smile)

 Both my girls are Butterflyers but right now Natalie is a tiny bit faster than McKenlee (McKenlee is determined to change that so there is a little competition in our house) so she got the individual event plus a relay on the A team. McKenlee got to swim Fly for the B relay team and Freestyle for the 200 relay, again for the B team. I would love to see my girls on a relay team together.  Because McKenlee is a Freshman she will probably always swim the B team but time will tell.  Both the girls did a great job and I am happy to say the Patriots won the meet!!!

 Go Patriots!!!!
Go Patriots!!!

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Finally, some pictures from France...

Yes, I am finally posting some pictures of Natalie's trip. I'm not going to lie though my girl took over 347 pictures and I'm posting just a few.  It is just so much work to try and load more than just a few, so I picked my favorites.

 The first one is taken at a water fall at the base of the Pyrenees Mountains.

 The others were all taken in Paris.

 Of course, I couldn't resist the Eiffel Tower. I have to tell you that the day she visited the Eiffel Tower she Face Timed us.  It was about 6 am our time and noon Paris time. I heard the buzzing of the I-pad in the family room, Dave said "you better go and get that because you know it is probably Natalie." So half awake I stumbled to the I-pad and answered.  She said "Mom, I want to show you something." I expected it to be some little trinket she bought or some delicious dessert. She loved sharing pictures of those.

 I was not prepared to see the Eiffel Tower and it took my breath away.

 I know that sounds corny because I wasn't there or anything, but I have to tell you it was amazing just seeing it live on my I-pad.  I remember I just said to Natalie over and over again "wow, that is really cool."

  I also love the pictures of the lock the girls put on the bridge.  Tradition goes that if you hang a lock on the bridge going over the river Seine that your love will last forever.  Of course, it is not limited to romantic love but also friendship. So the girls bought a lock and put both their names on it then together they locked it on the bridge.   As tradition requires ,they threw the keys into the river Seine.  Now Chloe and Natalie's friendship will last forever.  :)

I definitely want to do this one day.  I think it is one of neatest ideas.  I guess there are places all around the world where they do this lock tradition on bridges.

Enjoy the pictures, I will be posting soon with a catch up.  There is a lot going on in these here parts.

Until then:

One of my favorites of the 347. LOL

Eiffel Tower lit up at night.

Luck, lucky girl..

Nat and Chlo's lock.

Can you spot it in there among-st all the others

Posing in front of their spot on the bridge pointing to their lock.

Those keys are now forever at the bottom of the Seine.

Picture of the bridge with all the locks.

Friday, August 16, 2013

A quote...

"Time is too slow for those who wait,

 too swift for those who fear,

 too long for those who grieve,

 too short for those who rejoice,

 but for those who love, time is eternity."

Henry VanDyke

I love this quote a friend posted on Facebook yesterday.

My girl is coming home tomorrow and I love that even more!!!!!

Friday, August 9, 2013


So my girl is in France and having a blast.  She has been there a week today.  I was so worried about the flight and her getting nervous but everything went very smoothly.  Of course, I will be more nervous this time next week when she will be flying back by herself.  She has shared some pictures on FB but I am waiting until she gets back to share the pictures on the blog because I want to be able to share the one's taken with my camera.

She spent the first few days in Lille (I hope I am spelling that right) at Chloe's house and then headed to the south of France to Charlotte's house. Tomorrow they are heading to Chloe's Aunt Delphine's house and then back to Paris to stay with Chloe's grandparents.

 They have been having a ton of adventures. Ziplining, canoeing, biking, boat rides in caves, shopping. (my girl's favorite bit no doubt)

Can I just say that I love technology.  It's been so nice to be able to talk to and see her everyday on FaceTime.  (I really loved being able to take virtual tours of the French homes, Gorgeous!!)  Also free text messages on Viber.  I love feeling so connected even so far away, especially because I am such a worry wart.

Let me just close this post with Happy Friday I am so looking forward to the weekend!!!  Enjoy!!