Friday, July 1, 2016

Youth Optimist Track

This year we only had one kid sign up for Youth Optimist Track.  Justin was the only one.  Cara is too old, Erica was in junior high track and Ashlin didn't want to do it, that just left Justin.
For his running events, Justin chose the 55M hurdles and the 400M dash.  I held my breath through the hurdles race because last year he tripped on a hurdle and fell getting scraped up pretty good.  But, this year Justin cleared every hurdle and won his heat earning him a first place ribbon.  Then in the 400M dash, Justin and Callen (one of his best friends) ran the race side by side talking until the final curve.  Justin was fine getting 2nd place to Callen.  He said after the race that he just ran out of gas toward the end!

Take care,
Michelle

Thursday, June 30, 2016

First Communion-Part II

 After First Communion, Justin got a photo with Fr. Andrews.
 Justin and Gage
 Nathen, Justin, Corbyn and Zach
 Justin and Mason.  We always take a neighborhood photo.  Mason lives just around the corner from us and is a frequent playmate of Justin.
 Justin chose to have a marble cross cake made by Jana.
 The required family photos - siblings


 Justin with his godparents - Uncle David, Uncle Ron and Aunt Holly
 Grandpa and Grandma Leader
Grandpa and Grandma Korth

Take care,
Michelle

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

First Communion-Part I

Justin received the sacrament of First Holy Communion on April 10th.
 
 On Saturday morning, the class had practice and pictures.  This was so much easier this time around since if was a boy instead of a girl.  With the girls, we would be up before the sun doing hair and getting them ready.  Justin was a piece of cake! 
Justin was very proud of his suit for the occasion.  Justin wore a neighborhood suit.  One of our neighbors, Deb, has five boys and this suit has been passed around to friends, family and neighbors over the years and it fit Justin perfect.  I bought him a shirt, tie and shoes, but Deb loaned him the pants and jacket.  When he tried it on the first time, I took his photo and sent it to Deb.  She was so happy it fit him.
 This is one of Justin's best friends, Callen.  These two always find a way to sit together, laugh together, and just be goofballs.  They both have blonde hair and are about the same height.  Plus, they both spend quite a bit of time in the gym watching sisters play sports.


 The class was very large this year!  The lady in charge said that it was one of the largest classes ever for the parish.
 Justin walked down the aisle with Kolby.
 Carly, Justin and Hayden
 Justin and Ty
 Justin with Mrs. Pfeifer, his 2nd Grade teacher.  She used to be our neighbor and Justin loved having her as a teacher.
 Leighton, Brecken and Justin - this may be one of my favorite photos.
Justin with a group of classmates.  What a group of boys!

Take care,
Michelle

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Driver's Education

You know how you see these student driver cars around town and each time you just cringe and try to stay out of their way.  Well, Cara took driver's education this spring because she is getting close to turning 16 and getting her license.

This is not the vehicle that Cara drove.  She got to drive a Norfolk Catholic school van.  Cara started by taking classroom sessions before getting behind the wheel of a car.  While driving, she had to have drive time in the country, on a highway, city street driving, parking (angle, straight, parallel), round-abouts, etc.  She passed with flying colors. 

Cara has had her learner's permit since November and has actually driven quite a bit.  She would drive us home from school almost every day.  She has driven our family to Omaha to the Century Link and parked in the lot (I was petrified for part of the trip, but Keith wasn't). 

Since Cara took driver's education, she just has to show the DMV her certificate of completion.  She will not have to take a written test or a driving test.  Just pay the fee and take an eye exam.  Plus, we get a discount on our insurance since she passed the class.

Take care,
Michelle


Monday, June 27, 2016

Wrestling for a Team Title

Justin had the opportunity to compete in a team wrestling tournament during the season.  The Norfolk Catholic little kids wrestling team was invited to participate in a dual wrestling tournament in Crofton.
 Justin was ready to compete as a team.  First, we had to explain that he would not be getting a medal and that his job was to earn points for his team.
 Then when Justin found out that the tournament was in Crofton, he asked Keith if he could call "Coach Judy" to come and watch him wrestle.  Coach Judy is Keith's Aunt.  Judy used to be a coach in Crofton and she loves watching sports.  Keith called Coach Judy and she said that she would be there!  Judy also told Keith that the buttons on her shirt were popping because she was so proud that Justin would think to give her a call.
 Justin had quite the fan club that day at wrestling.  Not only was Coach Judy there, but she brought along Aunt Sharlene.  Grandpa and Grandma Leader also came to watch.  Cara took photos for me since I was in another town for basketball games.
 They won duals against Pierce and Vermillon, SD and then faced a tough Bloomfield/Neligh/Oakdale team in the finals.
 They ended up losing in the finals, but they were so happy to receive the runner-up trophy and medals.  This was a new and great experience for Justin to compete as a team rather than just an individual.  Justin learned how valuable his points were to the team.  He learned that a pin is worth more points than just a win by points.  Great experience!!!
Take care,
Michelle

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Even's Graduation

 The Fennessy Family hosted a foreign exchange student, Even, this school year.  Even is from Sweden and he spent his senior year in America.
The Fennessy Family lives up the street from our house.  Jannell, the Mom, does in-home daycare and is not available to pick up her kids from school.  Therefore, I was Even, Mary and Nolan's ride home from school.  Every day I would say, "it's time to load the bus" for home.  Even at first wondered why my car wasn't yellow and why it wasn't a bus.  But, we had a great year getting to know Even.  He participated in cross country, bowling, soccer, and the spring musical.  We wished him well and safe travels back home at graduation.

Take care,
Michelle

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Last Day of School

The last day of school for Justin and Ashlin was on Tuesday, May 17th.  They took Mrs. Vrbka (Kathy), the school secretary a vase of lilacs.  Kathy has a drawer full of snacks that a select group of students get an after-school treat out of almost every day. 

Unfortunately, Cara and Erica had to go two more days than these two.  The jr/high school had two half days of semester tests to finish up.  These two punks rubbed it in both days that they didn't have to go to school, get up early or go to bed early.

It was a great school year!!!  In the fall, Ashlin will be in 6th Grade (top dog in the grade school) and Justin will be in 3rd Grade.

Take care,
Michelle