All Else Aside, How ‘Bout Twenty-Three Photos From The Past Thirty Days Taken With Kelly’s Old iPhone 4S, As I Need To Order A “Micro-Switch” Off Ebay For My Kodak EasyShare Z981 Which Is On The Blink Again But Really Is A Great Little Camera When It Actually Works.

Friends, Gymnastics, Just Good Stuff, Photography, The Pea | Posted by Jannie on 8 October 2014 @ 12:07 AM 17 Comments

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This past Saturday and Sunday our awesome gymnastics club hosted a meet for 575 athletes.

It rocked!

And I got to do iPad score entry for all 5 sessions!!!

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For our “Wizard of Oz” theme I designed and painted that 7′ x 7′ 5″ mural. Started it Monday and finished Friday, painting sometimes long into the night, mostly because I had no idea what I was doing :) but I think it ended up fine!

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Part of me wants to now cover the hills completely in poppies.

But most of me just wants a long long nap. :)

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A late night Toe Selfie — my right big toe tapped the button.

(Yes, my left hand was covered in green paint. Parts of me still are. And may be for a long time.) :)

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Sponged on and swirled the sky first.

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Many awesome parents, coaches and gymnasts lend their time and talents to pull off this annual event.

(Sorry about the yellow brick road tape residue. My partial bad. Never again tape on the floor, I super-promise.)

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Other artistes helped decorate too…

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In Other Gym News… a couple weeks ago Kelly made major progress on the uneven bars!

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Took that through the left gym door window at the end of practice. She was beaming.

Yay, Kelly! So proud of you for trusting yourself and your coach to fly away, perchance to land on your feet each time!!

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In More Other News… I’ve begun home-schooling her in French.

I told you I am a certified French teacher, right?! I actually taught kids Kelly’s age 25 years ago in Nova Scotia!

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Bought a good used curriculum for pennies on the dollar, off eBay and Amazon.com.

We will probably home-school Kelly entirely starting next year, so she can focus even more on gymnastics while allowing her a continued schoolin’ / sleep / Instagram / family / friend time balance.

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This year “we” do homework 30 minutes daily before gym.

Luckily we have a PE waiver, which allows her to leave school at 2:40 instead of 4:00.

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On the Home-Improvement and Organizing front of my life…

I turned a Goodwill pile into this…

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And with simple denim panels and a rod (yard sale finds totaling $10…)

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I transformed my eBay storage nook into this…

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Notice the cat on the shelf 2 photos above?

Here he is again…

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“Ceviche” likes to sleep on the Medium Flat Rate boxes.

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AND FINALLY…

In Other Big News, someone in our house recently turned 13!

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THIRTEEN!

It was a sleep-over party on a rainy Saturday night where they painted each others’ nails and laughed a lot.

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Bought that custom banner off eBay for $20 for her 6th birthday.

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On her actual birth day Thursday morning I snapped the following a nano-second before she turned to notice the banner on her way to the school bus stop…

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I guess most everybody on the bus saw it and cheered for her, and the driver announced her birthday over the PA.

Pretty awesome.

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P.S. You ALL rock!
P.P.S. I have not visited any blogs in 5 or 6 weeks, sorry. Hopefully soon I will!
P.P.P.S. You rock even more than the last time I told you so.
P.P.P.P.S. I am going to sleep now.

What She Does…

House Style, Photography, The Pea | Posted by Jannie on 13 June 2014 @ 6:31 PM 27 Comments

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She rainbow looms.

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She sews.

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She shops for fabric.

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She sings.

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And sings.

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And sings.

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And sings.

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She parties.

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And parties.

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She gyms.

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She photographs.

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She water musics.

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She toy store musics.

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She relaxes.

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(Her dog relaxes too.)

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She bakes bread.

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It is good.

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So very very freaking good.

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Yes, she looms…

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laughs…

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and loves.

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And she IS love.

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notes…

1. Where Kelly and Sweety relax was the first addition to our house, which Jim and I designed and he built with his own two hands from 1994 to 1996.  He built all the woodwork in our dining room too. Built that corner cabinet.

2. Her sewing machine currently has a lower thread tension problem but we’ll get it sorted out.

3. She photographed that lantana with her brand new iPhone 5S as I was photographing her. Then she added in a filter effect, and Instagrammed it.

4. In the close-up of the choir she is the shortest girl (purple shirts) in the front row, just above the piano. That theater is actually in the high school she will attend here.

5. Yes, Jim is known to eat family dinner in his pajamas. Shhh, don’t tell anybody.  :) :) :)

6. You are AWESOME. Today is awesome — enjoy it.

7. I love the number 7.

8. 8 is enough.

9.  That’s a heartbeat monitor on Jim’s wrist. He was rear-ended months ago and is still needs pain management. He’s trying to remain chipper, but he sure is looking forward to feeling 100% again, and hopefully soon.

Jannie
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I Had A Fleeting Vision

Gymnastics, The Pea | Posted by Jannie on 13 May 2014 @ 2:01 PM 25 Comments

I had a fleeting vision
that maybe it’s not too
late for ME to learn

to swing ’round & ’round
like that, until… I recalled
those two times a few

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years ago I had to ride
that thing… (thought I
would die both times.)

:)

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Nope. I’ll leave
all that whirling
twirling powerstuff

to the Pea,
as in “Sweet Pea,”
Jr. Olympian, Level 7.

oxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo to all.

P.S. I have not been out in blogland for a while, but I DO have blog-hopping penciled in for two whole hours on Thursday, May 15th, whooohooo!!!!

1st “Pirate Ship Terror Ride” photo credit to… “Japan Ryan“, Blogspot.
Thanks, Ryan, if you ever read this.
:)

Wow, Look What She Can Do Now!

Gymnastics, Just Good Stuff, The Pea | Posted by Jannie on 27 February 2014 @ 2:25 PM 21 Comments

Isn’t she AMAZING!!?!!

Earned 9.250 for that at our just-ended Junior Olympics competition season, Level 7.

And what a season it was! One of great growth, development, learning, perseverance, travel, friendship and fun.

So proud of that shiny little gal who always gives it her best!

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And isn’t their new team leotard Absolutely Freakingly Fabulously GORGEOUS!!

xxooxxoo to all you blog wanderers.

~~ Jannie

Siver Medal On Balance Beam — With Her Sights Set On Gold!

Gymnastics, Just Good Stuff, The Pea | Posted by Jannie on 7 January 2014 @ 7:45 PM 29 Comments

Yep, she came in second for that routine Sunday in Dallas, with a 9.2. (The winner scored 9.3.)

Not bad for her first meet as a Level 7. Not bad at all.

She vows, “Next time I won’t have those 2 little wobbles, and will perfectly stick my dismount. I AM GOING TO GET A GOLD MEDAL ON BEAM THIS SEASON!!! And bring my floor, bars and vault up to at least 9.0s too.”

You go, Kelly-Girl, you GO!!! I KNOW you CAN do it.

And so our competitive gymnastics meet season starts…..

whoohoooooooo.

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