Whew, I think I am finally getting into a good spot now. The first of the school year was such a whirlwind and so many new things to learn, for me not the kids. I feel like I have learned so much about delegating and figuring out what has to be done. I think next year will be much easier since I will have a clue of what is coming at me. Anyway, the kids and Tim have been great about taking a back seat of sorts. During the last month & a half here are some of the things that have been happening in the Ballard household...
Claire had an American Hero report on Squanto. She did fantastic! We were so proud of her and how composed she was in front of all those people. I guess I should tell you that she stood in front of her whole class of 25 kids, most of their parents and even some grandparents to give this report. That would be intimidating to most adults, much less a little girl who just turned 8! She has also started taking a gymnastics class and is loving going to that. She is in a class with 2 little girls that she knows and so that makes it even more fun.
th birthday party. It was another pool party (August birthdays have that benefit). So many friends came and had so much fun. One sad note was this was the first birthday party that Bailey wasn't there for, and she was greatly missed. Claire kept saying, "But Bailey has to come to my party". We hope that next year she can be there! The next day we spent the day with family at the lakehouse. What more can a girl want? There were some cute pictures of the twins too that I will add.
th we had a celebration of the 1 year birthday of Olivia Faith King. It was a magnificent day to celebrate a precious little girl. It was so good to spend the day with friends and honor the blessing that Olivia's short life was to all of us! We had a balloon release that was absolutely perfect. Claire got so caught up in the balloons going up that she forgot to let go of hers. When we realized it and told her to let hers go she said "Here Olivia, here comes another one, catch it!" There are so many times that Claire makes you think that she can see straight into heaven, and I am not sure that she doesn't. She has the most beautiful soul of anyone I know. I am so lucky to be her mom!