Wednesday, August 5, 2009

So Proud!!

We are having a busy and eventful summer so far along with some crazy weather! The Seattle area had record breaking temperatures....over 100 degrees!!

July is always busy for us between the annual I-CAN meeting, Kayla and Dean's birthdays and swim competitions. Kayla hasn't had a birthday party in 2 years because we are never in town during her day but this year we were and it was a milestone birthday. My girl turned 13! A teenager, YIKES! Summer parties are hard but we managed to pull together a few of her friends and took them camping overnight at our camping lot. My friend, Marilyn, went with us and we brought our boys too. The girls all slept out in the tent while the mom's and boys slept in the trailer. They did a scavenger hunt, ate, played games, swam, oogled teen magazines, roasted marshmallows and ate s'mores! We all a great time. On the way home we stopped at Celestial Coffeehouse in Startup where we had a fabulous custom cake, ice cream and Italian sodas (Thank you Kathryne and Lori!)

Kayla competed in 2 big competitions last month. NJDC (National Jr. Disability Championships) were held in St Louis and she took first place in all of her events. From there we flew straight to Edmonton, Canada for the summer CAN-AM meet where she earned a gold, a silver and 3 bronze medals. In May she broke the American record in her classification for the 50 m butterfly and at this meet she bettered that time twice! She had an awesome week of swimming and we were so pleased but hardly prepared for the awesome news we recieved when we got home. She's been selected by the US Paralympic Committee to compete with Team USA at the Short Course World Championships in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil this Fall! We are amazed, shocked and honored to have this opportunity and are so proud of her!

I apologize to my crafty friends for not having any eye candy for you, I hope to remedy that soon. I am in love with all the new A Muse stamps and can't wait to get some play time. If you haven't checked out the Back to School release and the new Mandy's World stamps yet, you are going to fall in love! Head over to the A Muse website right now and check them out!


creativegrace said...

Thanks so much for sharing Joyce... and kudo's to you Kayla! I hope you kick bootie in Rio! You are gonna have a blast ;)

Meredith said...

Look at all those medals!!!! Congrats to you Kayla, you are a ROCKSTAR!!!!!

Frozenstamper said...

How exciting for everyone! Congrats to Kayla!

JulieHRR said...

OH MYLAAAANTA!!! Congratulations to Kayla! That is AWESOME!!! You GO, girl!!!

Jennie M said...

WOW!!! HUGE congratulations to Kayla!!! That is SO awesome!!!!!!