Saturday, April 22, 2017

An Early Visitor

I had a monarch butterfly visit my milkweed Thursday afternoon! The monarchs don't usually make it to our area until late June, so it was quite a surprise. I think our mild winter enabled her to overwinter here. She was very pale and desperate to lay eggs. They are usually careful to spread out the eggs among the plants. This one deposited several together in multiple spots and even on the dead stalks from last year's cut milkweed plants. She laid at least 2 dozen eggs. I wish we could save them. Even if they survived the fluctuating temperatures we're sure to have at this point in the spring, the milkweed is too small to feed even one caterpillar to chrysalis stage. We didn't have any eggs at all last year and only saw a couple monarchs all summer. I hope this is a better year for them.






Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Monday, April 17, 2017

Track Update

Danielle ran in her 2nd track meet last week. She did well. She came in 4th in the 100m dash. Her 4x100m relay team came in 2nd, and her 4x200m relay team came in 1st. Our girls team placed 1st overall. Danielle did a great job and improved her overall time in the 100m.
It's better to run against people who are as fast/faster than you because it pushes you to run faster. She was a little disappointed the girls in her heat were so slow.

She was 1st in her heat by a lot.

Getting ready to start the 4x100 relay.


She had a pretty good lead on the others in the 4x200 relay.




She had her 3rd meet tonight, and she did even better. She managed to improve her time in the 100m dash from her first meet by a full second, which is a lot! She came in 2nd overall. There is one girl from our school that keeps beating her, but the gap was much smaller tonight! Her 4x100 relay team came in 2nd again, and her 4x200 relay team came in 1st again. She did a great job!

She got to pick her own heat tonight, so she picked to race against the girl who keeps beating her and the one who is usually a hundredth of a second behind her. It was a good strategy.




Danielle passed her. It was pretty awesome. The girl wasn't expecting it and did a doubletake.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Our Annual Egg Hunt

This was our 11th year having an egg hunt at Mamaw & Papaw's house. Circumstances were a little different this year, making it kind of a bittersweet event. My aunt, who took great joy in handing out the gifts as the kids redeemed the numbers in their eggs, passed away 2 weeks ago. My stepmom was downsized from her job of 44 years and worked her last day this past week. Patty also found out this past week that she has colon cancer. So, there were a lot of significant events that preceded our Easter celebration this year. But, we were all able to be together. My newly married stepbrother got to introduce his kids to the fun of hunting Easter eggs. His son's giggles while we played games were infectious. I know my dad and Patty have a lot of uncertainty as they look ahead. We don't know what next Easter will bring. But, as Patty keeps telling us all, God has a plan. So, we did our best to enjoy this Easter together and to add to the wonderful memories we have of so many happy Easters and egg hunts and meals around the table together.














Sunday, April 09, 2017

Thursday, April 06, 2017

Spring Colors

Yesterday my mom and I went out for her birthday. It was in the 70s and mostly sunny. Today has been blustery and gray, and it can't decide if it wants to rain or sleet. I think the gray weather today makes these pictures from yesterday look even more colorful. We went to a conservatory to see the butterflies and flowers, out to lunch, and for a walk at the park. It was a nice day.
 

The sunrise yesterday morning was beautiful.

There were a bunch of fairy garden displays. This was one of my favorites.
 
 



 
 



Tuesday, April 04, 2017

First Track Meet

Danielle's first track meet was this afternoon. It was an open meet, so everyone who wanted to got to participate. The coaches assigned the events, though. Danielle got to run the 100m dash, 4x100m relay, and 4x200m relay. I think those were the exact ones she wanted to run, so that worked out well.

In the 100m dash she came in 2nd in her heat to the one girl from our school that beat her during time trials. That girl got 2nd overall. They only listed the top 3 positions, so I don't know where Danielle finished. Hopefully we'll get her time tomorrow. It will be interesting to see how that number changes by the last meet. It was windy and chilly today, too. Danielle is in lane 5 in the video.



video


She did really well in the 4x100 and pulled ahead of the other runners. Unfortunately, the other girls in her group did not do as well and they lost the lead. Her team finished 2nd in that race.



Her team came in 1st place in the 4x200. Danielle caught up with this girl as they handed the batons off. The other girls in her group continued to increase the lead. They ran well together.


I think she had a good time. It is definitely a different sport for us. Ron and I agreed it is not quite as much fun as softball, but we always enjoy watching her. It was fun to cheer for some of our friends, too.