Saturday, February 28, 2015

Saturday morning multi-tasking

After a slow morning start with no alarm, cartoons, and a big yummy breakfast, I was paying bills at the dining room table when Dan mentioned that he thought he'd bathe the dog.  The next thing I knew, all the little things in our family were getting a "bath" :

And he even made sure to clean out my tub afterwards.  A good man, I tell ya.

Friday, February 27, 2015

It's going down.

Because this is the kind of thing that happens on dude day.  :)

It's going down

Saturday, February 21, 2015

District Swim Meet

Lana swam her last meet of the season today at UWF.
She swam the 25 backstroke, the 50 breaststroke, and the 25 freestyle.

Please excuse the picture quality - I took them on my cell phone and then cropped.
I just love to have memories of her in action.  You can click on any picture to enlarge.

You can see her coach crouched down at the end of the lane, cheering her on.
She loves that.

We were so proud of her performance!
She set personal best times in 2 events,
and had a great seed time for the breaststroke, 
which she was disqualified for at the last meet because of a stroke technicality.  
This time she did it right!

25 backstroke: 22.14 (seed time 22.38), finishing 9th out of 50 in her division.
50 breaststroke: 1:02.21 (NT), finishing 14th out of 24 in her division.
25 freestyle: 19.59 (seed time 20.12), finishing 12th out of 49 in her division.

We agree with her coach that these are really remarkable times, considering this is her very first season of swim.  Her coach just sent us an email that said it best: 
I'm glad she enjoys it, she's improved so much and hasn't been swimming long at all. Crazy to think how much stronger and faster she will be a year from now. 

I absolutely love meets.
I love being crammed in the stands with a bunch of swimmers and their siblings as we wait between events and making sure she has plenty of water and nutritious snacks and watching the other swimmers and comparing seed times and writing the events on her arm in sharpie and cheering so loud even though I know she can't hear me under the water. 
I am totally a swim mom.

Nana came to cheer Lana on,
and bought her 2 new racing suits to wear during the summer swim season!

We love 9 Mile Swim!

Friday, February 20, 2015

Lana loves third grade!

And honestly, what's not to love?
Her teacher, Mrs. Celis, is one of the best teachers I've ever known
and I've known a lot of good ones.

book clubs
research projects
pet lizards
morning piano lessons
kindergarten buddy class
hot chocolate with whipped cream on cold mornings
big comfy couch to rest and read on
whole brain teaching
self directed study
read-a-thon days
lots of laughter and humor

Third grade has been a sweet spot for my girl:
Mrs. Celis has pushed and challenged her; held her accountable; celebrated her strengths and prodded her weaknesses; loved her; allowed her to be who she is; encouraged her; given her a love of learning; required her to work to excellence and be responsible for her own learning; brought joy and laughter into every day of school.
This mama could not be more thankful for this teacher!

My Lana is almost 9.
That's halfway through her time in our home, under my direct discipleship.
She spends most of her daytime hours with her teacher at school,
and instead of that making me anxious,
it brings me great joy to know that she is with Mrs. Celis.

Each year, we pray and ask the Lord how to school our children that year.
Each year, the Lord has directed us to keep Lana in public school.
Each year, Lana's teachers (and her learning) have exceeded our wildest expectations.
God is so good to us!

Monday, February 16, 2015

Yes Day: Second annual edition

Today was YES DAY for the littles of Team Davis!
It comes each year unexpectedly, announced by a note, found upon waking. 
This is arguably their favorite day of the entire year.

Last year, we began our annual YES DAY! tradition, based on this adorable book:
No matter how silly the requests, there is one day a year when kids always receive positive answers: Can I have pizza for breakfast? Yes! Can we have a food fight? Yes! Can I stay up really late? Yes! This day is simply called Yes Day and it's the best day of the year.

The only rule we have is that they must ask for things "within reason:" no trips to Disney World are considered.  :)  To be honest, they do not even think to ask for things like new toys, etc.  That may come in years in the future, but for now, I am treasuring the sweet things they ask for.

Can we play our electronics before we even brush our teeth?

Can we play it with no time limit?

Can we have sugar cereal for breakfast?

Can we leave our beds unmade?

All day?

Can we play the Wii?
With no time limits?
 Can we eat this candy?

And this?  And this?  And this and this and this and this?

Can we eat your candy, Mom?
Even this big Hersey kiss?

Can I take a bath in your big tub and read?
Can we skip brushing our teeth today?

Can we watch cartoons?
A lot of them?
As many as we want?
In your bed?

Can I have peanut butter toast and pizza for lunch?

Can I wear whatever I want?
Even this summer dress?

Can we watch more cartoons?

Can I eat FunDip in your bed?
While I watch cartoons?

Can I stand on top of the playset where it makes you nervous I'll fall off?
Can I shoot my water gun?
Can I play in the rain?
Can I bring my digger outside in the rain?
Can I just wear my underwear, no shorts?
Can we have ice cream for dinner?
Can it be chocolate?
Will you read me one more chapter?
Even though it's past bedtime?
Can I skip my shower?
Can we play Just Dance together?
Even though it's past bedtime?

Everyone went to bed with smiles on their faces.
The last question was
Can we have YES DAY again tomorrow?
And the answer is NO!  :)

Sunday, February 15, 2015

The Compassion Experience

Today after morning corporate worship, we met our dear friends Paul & Andrea for lunch and a trip to Fairhope for the Compassion Experience.  

I've heard about Compassion International frequently,
but we've never sponsored a child through them. 

After going through this self-guided tour, and learning about how very committed Compassion is to using the money we send to directly support our child, we were thrilled to pick out a child to sponsor. 

Lana chose a beautiful girl from Ecuador, who was born the very same week she was.
We are really looking forward to loving this little girl well,
and to praying for her specifically.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Valentine's Day 2015

"Mommy, that's you (on the left) and me!"

Friday, February 13, 2015

Tucker's new love: audio books

Like most families at our stage of life, we spend quite a bit of time in the car.
We're fortunate to live within 5 minutes of our school and church, 
but there's swim team and errands and grocery store runs and family adventures.....
and the littlest Davis is often along just for the ride.

For Christmas, we gave Tucker (as his "something to read") several books on cd.
Most of them were short picture books, but I threw in one long one: 
C.S. Lewis' The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.

I wasn't sure how it would go over, but I stuck it in the car one day, and he was hooked.
Refused to listen to music anymore, only wanted to listen to "one more chapter, please!"
He sat still as a mouse in the car as we listened to it, and would talk later about what he had heard.

After we finished that chronicle of Narnia, we raided the local public library, and found a treasure trove of amazing chapter books to listen to!

So far, in addition to the one he got for Christmas, we have also listened to:
Charlotte's Web
Johnny Tremaine
Peter Pan

currently we are listening to 
The Tale of Despereaux

and we have waiting
The Cricket in Times Square

Here are some lists we will pull from as we discover what we want to listen to next:

Tucker is becoming a bibliophile in a different way than his sister did, but this makes so much sense, as he is clearly an auditory learner already!  We are excited to enjoy lots of books together this way, including the classics, sometime very soon!

Any suggestions we should add to our list to listen to?

Edited to add: I love this article on helping boys love to read.