Pittsburgh experienced a quick winter to summer transition, and we have been enjoying many great weather days as early as March this year. Great weather for our family means lots of outside fun and exercise. At the beginning of April, we were thrilled to have Carl’s brother Hugh, his wife Leslie and two girls in town for a great visit. The kids had a great time together and its moments like those that remind you just how important family is.
Much of our spring can be summed up in one word, confidence. Zane kicked off the spring season on stage front of his school playing the drums (one drum). Carl said it was an excellent performance and when I watched the video the first thing to come to mind was, “when will it stop” haha. We were so proud of him, going in front of the group and performing. Kat had her chorus concert and sang well with her friends from school. About a week later, after her vocal lesson, she asked if she could 50 see her teacher sing at a gig by the mall. She and I had a date, and as her teacher, Jackie in front of the restaurant/ bar began to sing “If I Die Young” she fingered Kat to join her. Kat scurried right up to the microphone and sang in front of everyone. Can I say wow to confidence? I am so happy to see her shine and become confident with the abilities God gave her. She’s blessed with talent and passion, and I love to see her pursue it.
Remi was pretty funny as career day in kindergarten approached. I saw her tennis dress, a ball, and racket on her dresser and asked her what they were for; she said career day in two weeks. For two weeks, her career attire sat untouched until the excitement that morning of sporting her look. Love that girl. She followed her career day with a drawing describing what makes her grouchy. I guess mom and dad are keeping her from her dreams. haha. We promised that when she turned six, she could playing tennis again, in the beginner’s program because she will then be a big girl and can learn to play the game and pursue her goals.
Kat again surprised me with her new found ambition and asked if she could run a 5k with me. I planned to run the race with my great friend Patti and her daughters at Hartwood Acres for a great program “Girls on The Run.” I told Kat we would 50 to the park to practice, and with a few complaints she eked out the trial 3 miles at North Park. With race day quickly approaching Remi wanted to participate in the little kid’s race and of course, Zane was always up for the competition. I was in search for some cute running shorts for the girls and a little hope that they all would have a good experience on race day. Remi is always hard to buy for with her extremely petite waist. The poor girl has never worn a pair of jeans.
Race day was great; Kat completed the 5k in 34 minutes by my side. She walked a lot, but I was proud of her for persevering trough it and finishing. Zane at the last minute saw a bunch of boys in his age group, so he wanted to race too. I didn’t sign him up because I thought the event was all girls. He was not very happy with me. He borrowed his big sister’s huge sneakers and off to the start he went taking 1st place well before the finish. Remi was last and finished 3rd in her age group and 1st in girls, you can see her on the left coming in at the finish line (above). What a fun event a great way to spend a Sunday) morning.
In May we celebrated Matt’s 12th birthday. He is growing up so quickly. He was excited to get a basketball hoop for his birthday and have a big bash on the patio. He continues to spend endless hours shooting and improving his skills.
Later in the month, we had our wonderful babysitter Sage over on the evening, and when we got home, she casually mentioned that Remi was riding Zane’s old bike without training wheels. Can I mention the word confidence here? She never ceases to amaze me. We couldn’t believe it and low and behold our crazy little one was riding her bike. She is the only one of our kids that could immediately start herself and wanted absolutely no assistance. She is also our most independent one.