Saturday, November 29, 2008

Singletrack in the snow

It's not dry Picture Rock trail, but it's riding. And this loop is straight out the driveway from the Hills. Wow I'm lucky.

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Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Have a great day. A nice day to remember not to take anything for granted. I have an endless list of reasons why I am grateful for everything.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Brkfst with better vision

Dora the Explorer prob looks like it's in high def

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Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Alina in glasses

these are much better than the cell phone pic earlier. Surely we'll take many more in the coming weeks.

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Alina has glasses

New look. New world. She seems a bit overwhelmed, but we'll figure it out.

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Sunday, November 23, 2008

a few more ski pics

cruising down...

nearing the bottom...

thinking about hot chocolate...
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more ski pics

mom and me

up we go...

pretty high up

here's where I skied down
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Alina skis Breck

Today I went up on the mountain to ski like all the big kids. Thing is, I'm barely three, so it's super cool. My whole family came and it was fun.

It was a long walk from my house to the bus stop...

But I got there fast, and then ended up sitting and waiting for the bus...

My Granny and PawPaw came to watch me ski. I really wanted to show them how fast I am.

Here I am riding up the gondola.

After I skied, I got hot chocolate. It was way too hot, so daddy put ice in it. Then we rode the gondola back to town, and took the bus back to my neighborhood. It was a great day.
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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

more gymnastics pics


Alina super hyper after some whipped cream
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pics from Alina's tumbling class

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fav pics part 3

one of many beautiful pink fall sunsets

Alina playing at a park in Dallas

and another beautiful pink fall sunset
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fav pics, part 2

Aunt Rose with one of the girls (I'll know them soon)

Alina knocked out during the Dallas trip to see her cousins

Steve & Rose's house in Dallas

Helen and Alina on our walk to White Rock lake in Dallas
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fav pics of last few months, part 1

Washing bikes together after a cross race...

where'd my neck go?

Helen feeding Izzie or Maddie

Steve on kid patrol...looking super tired
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Makin' whipped cream

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season over

After checking the long range finances, which include a trip to SF, tires for my Xterra, Holiday shopping, and now Alina's eye doctor visits and glasses, I have officially ended my cross season. Priorities need to be established. While I had a great time with cross, all good things must end. No regrets, had a few good races, no great ones, no top 5s, but there's always next year!

glasses for Alina

Helen brought Alina to an optometrist in Frisco yesterday. Apparently she is very farsighted. Not super sure of the optometry lingo, but I think she has +8 diopter. From what I read, +2 or +3 is normal in kids, and their eye muscles can compensate. But this optometrist was sure that +8 would not change or correct itself, and that she would need glasses for the rest of her life. Kind of a bummer. We are quick to say we are super grateful and thankful and blessed to have Alina, and that overall she is exceptional health. But this is still a bit tough to swallow. We of course have some concerns, but I am sure it will all be fine in the long run. Just need to decide on whether or not to get a 2nd opinion, and would this be from a pediatric ophthamologist or a pediatric optometrist.

Monday, November 17, 2008