Sunday, March 16, 2014

Joel turns 13!

On Tuesday, Joel turned 13. He didn't ask for much just a Pokemon/Pikachu birthday cake and some pokemon toys/movies. Here is a couple of his toys from family and the progress of his cake.

Wrapping Joel's presents

About to open presents

Slippers from Aunt Jenny and Uncle Matt

This is the first gum paste character I have ever made. I spent a few hours Friday night molding this, coloring the gum paste, and gluing him together.

The parts of Pikachu before I put him together.

The completed cake. It is suppose to be a battle area with the poke ball and Pikachu. The Poke ball is rice krispies with fondant over it. 

A few guy friends came over to enjoy sub sandwiches and cake. The cake is red velvet with buttercream icing.

Stroke, Stroke, Stroke

At the beginning of June 2013, Cori told us she wanted to start swimming at school. We started with 6 weeks, 5 days a week, 4 hours a day--swim camp. Cori was hooked after 1 week. Swim at school is a spring sport so in the fall and winter they practice during 6th period each day, for PE.

February 18th started 5:30am practices every weekday. Which is an adjustment for all of us. Getting up and having Cori at school that early every day. She has strength training after school each day too. Cori is loving every minute of this swimming sport. We are so proud of all the hard work she is putting toward this and still keeping up with her schoolwork/grades.

Stuff we all had to learn about swim... meet is a competition between 2 schools, invitational is 4-5 schools who compete at one location, frosh/soph is the name for beginners (freshman/sophmores), then JV and Varsity. Cori has worked her way up to be one of the top frosh/soph at her school.

Cori was one of 5 beginners to be asked to compete in the invitational last week. She has been chosen to swim in every meet so far in the season. Her favorite stroke is butterfly, and freestyle. She is more of a sprinter in the water. The first 100 yards are her best. Here are some of the pictures from her different meets and invitational.