Beam Family Blog

Tiger Sharks March 4, 2010

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Tonight was Madison’s swim team’s season banquet, and it was lots of fun.  We are so lucky to have such a wonderful coach who not only loves to coach, but also loves to invest personally and spiritually into the lives of her little swimmers.  Tonight we celebrated the team’s first place finish in the all-city meet, which is a huge honor!!  Each player was awarded with ribbons and a special magnetic photo board.  Madison placed 4th out of about 60 girls, ages 7-8, in both the freestyle and butterfly….we, of course, are very proud!!

Madison also received very special recognition by her coach.  The league that our team is involved in limits who can swim within the league by age and skill. So, once  a swimmer reaches a certain skill level, they must move into another league.  At the beginning of the banquet tonight Coach Shelley said that she had four special awards to give out.  Two of those awards were given to swimmers who were no longer allowed to continue with the league, and two were new swimmers that were taking the place of the swimmers who were moving on.  Madison was one of those swimmers!!  Shelley chose her out of all the new swimmers because she has “far exceeded everyone’s expectations and has turned into an incredible competitor.”  She was so nervous to be called out in front of everyone, but it is so nice to know that Madison has found her niche.  Here she is while coach was bragging on her.

 

Finally…Some Sunshine February 27, 2010

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Today we were finally able to venture out without our coats, so naturally, I pushed for some time with my camera.  While the kids weren’t super excited about the constant “stand here and do this”, they were very grateful for the time outside.  Here are a few shots of our venture…

And one for Aunt Hannah…

 

Follow the journey of our Haiti team February 5, 2010

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I am so incredibly jealous of this group of awesome people from my church that are serving the poeple of Haiti.  They have an awesome leader, Chris, who has been good to update twitter often with their activity.  Anything that I might have to post doesn’t even compare…

http://twitpic.com/photos/christophobu

 

Let it snow… January 29, 2010

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Per my mother’s request, I broke from my cozy fireside location and went out with the kids to take some pictures in the snow.  While I didn’t particularly enjoy getting cold and very wet, I am glad to have a few pictures.  The kids enjoyed it, so I guess that’s all that really matters. =)

I love this picture of Madison!!

It has become very hard to get a good picture of Eli smiling, usually he looks really goofy, but this is a good real life smile from him!

Lillie was really funny!  She kept saying, “I wike it, I wike it”, but I really think that she was trying to convince herself.  It took her a while to decide to actually get off the porch and into the snow, and she only lasted a few minutes, but I think she did like it.  She looked like a little snow princess once her hair was filled with snow.  I tried to take a picture, but it was hard to capture the full effect.

 

Per my mother’s request, here is a close up of Lillie…

 

No one will out swim me today!! January 27, 2010

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This sign was hanging inside the pool area at East Central and I fell in love with it for lots of reasons.  First, (and most obvious) I think these are great words of encouragement for the little swimmers.  This sign sits at the end of the pool where they can see it as they swim towards their goal.  Madison did an awesome job this week.  She placed third in the freestyle (and got a ribbon)…she was so proud.  (So was I!) 

      

This is her coach.  It is hard to get a picture of her face because she literally paces the pool as they swim and cheers for them the whole way.  She is an awesome lady who never stops encouraging her swimmers!

And the team…

The second reason that I really loved that sign was because I feel like it could be the  theme for my life at this moment.  I am preparing to enter week 4 of the Nursing Level 1 and will be facing my first exam (which has an extremely high fail rate – more than 50%), my first actual clinical experience, and still trying to be a half way decent mom and wife.  There are many days that I feel very defeated in regards to my time and what I have to accomplish, Monday (the day of Madison’s swim meet), was one of those days!!  So seeing that sign was a great encouragment to me; I may need to print it and hang on my bathroom mirror. 

 

Here Comes the Sun… January 18, 2010

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Finally…some sunshine.  The kids have been waiting since Christmas to play on the toy that Santa “accidentally” delivered to Granny and Grumpy’s house, but the weather has been far to cold and yucky to climb on the new equipment.  So, when the sun came out this morning, we knew exactly what we wanted to do…and it was just as fun as we thought it would be.

Well, most of us thought it was fun..

 

Rain, rain, go away… January 16, 2010

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This morning I was really disappointed to look outside and see more gloom and water; I was really hoping to take the kids outside for a while while Dan was at work.  Oh well, guess we will have to stay in our jammies and be a little more creative…thank goodness for shaving cream!!