21 March 2019

Fall Swim

Blake made it past the one year mark of year round swimming and he really started to find his stride. He advanced into a higher level which meant his practice time increased to 1.5 hours, three days a week. Each practice consisted of swimming well over 1000 meters. Practice was definitely not easy but Blake was incredibly loyal to his team and pushed through a lot of discomfort. 

I rarely stayed for practice because I was usually running the other boys in three different directions, but occasionally I'd sneak in early and admire the golden light shining across the lanes.
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I happened to catch a balancing game they were playing at the end of practice one day.
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Blake's hard work paid off during swim meets. His times consistently dropped. It's amazing how much excitement there is over a drop of a few seconds.
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Blake's friends came to support him at one of his particularly scorching hot meets. 
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He beamed from all that love and support.
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10 March 2019

Feeling the Seasons

I'm not sure if you can call it fall when it's still close to 100 degrees, so we have to go to Disneyland to "feel" the seasons. It transforms from Americana at the beginning of September...
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...to full on Halloween a few weeks later. I am reminded that it is indeed fall even if the temperature outside doesn't feel like it.
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07 March 2019

Newport

Newport Beach is our go to whenever we have company in town. My parents couldn't think of any place they'd rather be than Southern California for my dad's 60th birthday, so we spent a gorgeous Saturday at the end of September biking on the boardwalk, taking the ferry over to Balboa Island for Balboa Bars and playing on the beach.
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