While there haven’t been many blog updates that most certainly doesn’t mean we haven’t been up to lots of stuff! It’s becoming harder and harder to find either 1) the time or 2) the energy to update the blog with all the fun that’s happening in our lives. However, thanks to quick access to phones with cameras at least some of the fun is being captured visually and shared in various places…
With all the excuses out of the way, now that we’re in December perhaps I can fill in the gaps a bit… let’s go in ascending order by age!
Phoebe is in first grade and loves it… she loves the idea of school, the process of it, the social aspect of it, and, still, the “playing on the swings” aspect of it. She has really taken off in her reading. She loves to read and is reading more and more these days on her own.
Phoebe is also in a hip-hop dance class and is really enjoying it. I’m sure she gets her moves from Mystique (clearly), so it will be fun to see where she wants to go with dancing. We just had her school’s winter celebration where each of the classes do a group performance… Phoebe was right up front, dancing away with her class giving it her all. It was great fun to watch.
Landis has decided that ballet is her thing so she has put her gymnastics career on pause while she purses dance. This year we switched to a smaller ballet school where she has the chance to be in a smaller class with more personal attention and she is soaking that up, for sure. In the winter, Landis landed a part in the production of Snow Queen as a wood sprite. This weekend has her performing four times over Saturday and Sunday and we’re all excited to see her in the performance. When we went to dress rehearsals yesterday she was really excited to see that she had a chair with her name on it for the weekend. I’m thinking she’ll love all aspects of performing!
Let’s move to Piper (yes, I know who technically is younger and should go first but I like to balance things out since it’s just a 2-minute difference)… Piper’s back in gymnastics, of course, and just had her first practice meet as an Xcel Silver (she was moved up from Bronze). She did great, of course… really nailed all of her events and was having fun out there doing it. I loved seeing her getting hugs and giving hugs to her coaches and teammates.
The other fun part with Piper is that we’re experimenting a bit in diving. After watching the olympics and hearing about how most of the divers have a gymnastics background we thought Piper would enjoy it, too. Mystique found a diving team that practices at ASU and while we waited for an opening for Piper we did a few private lessons with a former diver at NAU who lives in Phoenix (and can coach at the ASU diving place where the team is). She had a lot of fun learning how to dive and caught on to it pretty quickly thanks to loving the water and her gymnastics background. A spot on the team opened up recently so we’re off and running with that experiment.
The other big news with Piper is that she got her braces just last week. She’s such a trooper with everything and has handled this really well. Mystique and I thought she was adorable already, but now with her braces just accenting her smile, she’s even more so. She’s still adjusting to the “stuff in her mouth” but I know she’ll figure it all out and she’ll be out of them in no time (orthodontist predicts 18-24 months of braces for her).
And last, but not least, is Lela… since the summer Lela has been “attending” Oak Meadow — a distance learning curriculum that provides coursework and a teach to homeschoolers. Lela’s really picked up on it and with her mom’s help is really doing well with a bit more structure, homework, essays, and probably way more math than she ever wanted to do.
Also in the summer, Lela competed in her first Arabian Youth Nationals show in Oklahoma City… there’s a whole big story behind just getting to the show, but we had a really fun week at the show and enjoyed watching all the Beethe riders and horses do well. Lela did a lot of showing and came back with a few top tens, a Reserve National Champion on her horse, Rossi (a hunt horse we purchased in the spring so that we knew she’d have something to ride), and was National Champion in 10 and under Western Equitation on Coco, one of Shannon’s horses. It was a really special moment, that last one… Coco’s previous owner had come to the show just to watch him and Lela compete and to have them do so well was such a treat. One of the many reasons we so enjoy the Arabian horse show scene… we’re part of a great barn and get to see some really special moments with folks who truly love the sport and the horses.
That’ll have to do for now… we’re coming up on the holiday season, so hopefully we’ll be back to talk more about all the fun that’s happening as we start looking forward to 2017!