This will be a quick photo update of a few recent noteworthy events. First there was Valentines Day on Friday:
The nieces all came over for breakfast (the two youngest came for a sleepover). We had our usual chocolate cake, got everyone all sugared up and sent them away.
But not before I made them all line up for a photo:
Neve had her first gymnastics competition on Sunday. She was nervous about it for weeks beforehand, but had her nerves pretty well under control on the actual morning. It was very cute seeing all the little girls on the beam and vault and everything. Neve did well and ended up getting second place overall in her category. They had a little awards ceremony with a podium and medals and certificates. We really aren't a competitive family; we tend to go with the "do your best" strategy. But I can't even begin to describe how joyful Neve is about getting a silver medal. I'm pretty sure the million singing angels came through for her. Since then, a minute has not gone by without talk of her victory. She's analyzed and deconstructed everything: the events she did well in, where she could have done better, what it felt like when they called her name, how high the podium was, the quality of the medal ("Do you think it's real silver?"), and much, much more. She's worn the medal at all times except for when she showered and when she slept. She's wearing it to school right now. It gets a bit intense for the rest of us, but it's pretty fun to see how thrilled she is.
|The bronze medallist looks sad, but I believe she was just looking down at the moment.|
Going out for dinner with 22 people is no small feat; just deciding where everyone was going to sit took about an hour. But it was well Worth It; it was a lot of fun and the food was delicious.