Saturday, May 28, 2016

PTA

I'm in the PTA. Like, I don't just attend the occasional meeting and help out where I can...I'm on the board of the PTA. I'm the PTA Secretary at our school, finishing up my second term, and I'm the newly elected Vice President. My younger self would be appalled, but I actually really enjoy it. It has it's ups and downs, and can be crazy hectic at time, but I have made the best friends through the PTA. So, when I was given the Outstanding Website award from the Washington State PTA, I was able to go the State Convention with some really awesome women...our newsletter chair, Brianna (who also won an award for her newsletter), and my partners-in-crime, co-treasurers Karie and Teddy. Considering we had to wake up at 3 am (the day after the PTA Carnival) and drive 4 hours to Yakima (Yakima?! YAKIMA?!) it was a pretty great weekend! We didn't know what awards we were getting until the awards ceremony that night, but we ended up taking home the silver level Award of Excellence for the newsletter, and the gold level Award of Excellence for the website! So much fun!

IMG_20160521_223254IMG_20160522_211112

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Let's Go Tigers! (In Which Avery Plays Softball)

I grew up playing softball. I played on a tournament team until middle school, when I decided that soccer was more up my alley. It wasn't, but my friends were playing soccer and softball was at a traumatically competitive level (in 5th grade we finished 3rd in Washington State, and won every other tournament we played in). I left the life of softball behind and had a great time playing mediocre soccer. Plus I was a good track athlete and a decent basketball player, so I had those to carry me into high school.

Avery was never interested in softball, until this year. She desperately wanted to play, and I tried everything to talk her out of it. "Are you SURE?" I asked about four hundred times before filling out the paperwork and paying the fees. I knew what softball was like and didn't necessarily like the idea of throwing Avery into the lion's den of parent coaches and intense, high pressure tournaments. But she desperately wanted to play, and she is...on the same fields where I use to play. She's pretty happy with it. It's still intense, although the real intensity starts in the U10 league. Avery can move up with her team next year, or continue to play down in U8 since she's still 7. Who knows what she'll decide by them. (Mostly she just wants to be a gymnast. She'd probably be the best 6-foot-tall gymnast ever by the time she got to high school.)

Anyway, here she is walking to her first game, which was immediately rained out. And a couple snaps from a game where she hit the ball straight to center field.

DSC_0317 DSC_0323DSC_0601DSC_0603

Here is her very first hit:



And her very first (RBI!) double:


And an Instagram snap from her very first practice. I love watching this kid play ball.

IMG_20160307_194058

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Spring Break and a Trip to the Market

Our spring break was a disaster. Avery got our of school on Friday and started throwing up at 5 pm (two hours into spring break). She continued to throw up non-stop (and I mean NON-STOP) for 2 days...I have never seen a kid so sick. She hadn't fully recovered until she went back to school 9 days later. One day when she was feeling a little better we went to the book store, and at one point she had enough energy to climb up into our big flowering cherry tree, but other than that her spring break was shot. (The cherry tree, however, had quite the week...look at those blossoms!) 

DSC_0266DSC_0273DSC_0276DSC_0354

So one weekend after spring break we decided to take a little trip down to the farmers market with Avery's friend, Ava, and her mom, Karie. We bought plants and guacamole, the girls got a bag of fresh powdered donuts, and we had the best Mexican food at Woody's Tacos. It wasn't quite the trip to Seattle we had planned for spring break, but it sure took away the sting of not getting to do anything.

DSC_0397DSC_0399
DSC_0402DSC_0404DSC_0408

Plus it's always fun hanging out with these cuties.

Thursday, March 31, 2016

The End of the Psycho Dogs

Basketball came to an end just in time for softball to begin. Ha! Did I say just in time? Um, no. The two sports overlapped for a couple of weeks in March that had me running all over town like a crazy person. I was shouting things like "Do you have your cleats?!" on the way to the gym, and "Grab your basketball!" on the way to the field. To be honest, I don't really mind the chaos, but I'm sure glad when were down to one sport. Here are some pictures from the last BASKETBALL game...how cute are these Psycho Dogs? Next year they have to play separately (boys and girls), but it was sure fun to watch our girls hanging tough with the boys.

DSC_0142
DSC_0137DSC_0184
DSC_0201DSC_0213

There was also an awards night where the kids all got special awards from their coaches. They ate pizza, ran around the restaurant like hooligans, and had the BEST time. Here is a shot from Instagram of Avery with her "Bet you can't shoot over me" Award...Dad and I are really sorry about those freakishly long arms and legs.

IMG_20160324_202032

P.S. Did I mention that while basketball AND softball were going on Avery also had volleyball camp? Well, she did.

IMG_20160326_202218

Monday, February 29, 2016

Let's Go to the Beach!

On President's Day weekend my family headed down to the beach. My parents were gifted a few nights at a beach house in Netarts Bay, so we all spent the entire weekend doing absolutely nothing. Well, we did eat a ton of amazing food, and we did drink a lot of wine. And we did manage to see the Tillamook Cheese Factory on our way home. But mostly we did nothing and it was fantastic. So, here are a few snap shots from our stormy trip to the Oregon Coast. (Just look at those cute cousins!)

DSC_2201 DSC_2217 DSC_2223 DSC_2230DSC_2232DSC_2238DSC_0002DSC_0006DSC_0010DSC_0011DSC_0019
DSC_0024 DSC_0025DSC_0026DSC_0028

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Highly Capable Little Girl

DSC_1547

Over the last two weeks Avery has taken the HiCap test for the District's Highly Capable Services. Erik and I received a letter in November informing us that Avery had been selected to to test after doing so well on her iReady scores at the beginning of the school year. The thought of moving Avery away from her friends and into a Highly Capable program isn't something we're very excited about. We know she's outstanding in reading, writing, spelling, and math. She whizzes through unit tests, spelling tests, benchmark tests, homework and all of her classroom work. She's very smart. Each year of school has brought a clearer understanding for Erik and I of just how smart she is and the responsibility we have as parents to not let boredom overtake her love of learning.

Because in all honesty, Avery is bored. She wants to know why should she show her work when she can do math in her head. And why should she study her spelling words when she scored 100% on her pretest? And one of the worst things to come out of this school year is Avery repeatedly saying "This is a waste of my time." We never want school to feel impossibly hard, but we also don't want Avery to be so bored that she considers the work to be a waste of her time.

So we allowed her to be tested for a program that could potentially rock her little world, or perhaps it'll be the best thing that's ever happened to her. Either way it'll be awhile before we get the results...now we just sit and wait. 

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Avery's Art Show

This year Avery had two pieces of art in the District's Elementary School Art Show at the Vancouver School of Arts and Academics. Her first piece was a watercolor and Sharpie mixed media painting titled Lizard, and her second was a paper collage of a sugar skull titled Day of the Dead. We were able to celebrate our little artist at the art show reception on Tuesday, and Avery proudly showed her artwork to anyone who asked. We are beyond proud of our wonderful, creative, amazing little girl.

DSC_0053 DSC_0044DSC_0060 DSC_0056