tumbling, a new driver & DECA domination

caroline is at the age where we feel she needs to choose between dance & tumbling/competitive cheering.  with both taking up a few days each week there really isn’t the option of doing both.  caroline had only danced for a year when she was three years old and asked to start back up fall 2011. it was evident early on that she is a gifted and talented dancer.  she had tumbled only one day per week off & on over the couple years prior. it was obvious there too that she has talent.

over christmas break she told me she wanted to take a little hiatus from dance & go back to the gym. several days a week. i’ll be honest, i do worry about the potential for injury with tumbling. savannah had several broken bones cheer related and madison has had multiple injuries not the least of which included a broken nose and concussion. she was only in the gym for a few hours when her coach told her she had picked back up to where she was before she left.

so we’ll see where to from here…

we officially have a third child with a license. and yes her daddy gets all the credit for being the saint teacher who has endless patience when it comes to teaching the girls to drive. fear not. we haven’t turned her loose ( much to her dismay) to drive solo yet. we will hopefully add a fifth car to the fleet soon. goodness gracious. she likes the nissan murano–if any of you have a word of wisdom please pass it along.  savannah drives a KIA sorento and that car has been a gem.  madi’s little beetle has had a few issues as it always seems they do.

a couple weeks ago emi accidentally spilled hot coffee on her arm while working at chickfila. she ended up suffering a second degree burn that required dressing changes a couple times a day. it appears to be healing nicely.

madison seems to finally have turned the corner as far as her concussion issues. after tearing her mcl and requiring surgery in august, she had only returned to cheerleading one day. on that day she fell during a stunt and suffered a broken rib and concussion. that was on october 28th. she was diagnosed with post concussion syndrome by a neurologist a few weeks later. at that time her headaches were persistant and waking her up at night. she missed a load of school .  honestly that lasted into december.

it was decided that the best plan of action for her was to wait until returning to school this january to take all her make up exams. well it was the first week in january before she actually was a zero on the headache scale. two and a half months after the concussion of nonstop headaches. she rolled back in to school following christmas break with eleven exams/end of course tests & final exams to be completed within a week. she has finally caught up. while she does continue to have a headache any time she tests or reads they are improving. she’ll also have an eye exam as i’m certain her prescription needs to be updated.

two weeks ago she returned to cheering for the final few weeks of basketball season AND friday she competed in the region DECA ( marketing club) competition. she totally rocked it and won first place with a perfect score.  the sponsors and teachers told her that one of the judges has been judging for over 15 years and has never given a perfect score. that judge is who scored madi with a perfect score!

savannah has had several fun events lately too. trevors fraternity had a semi formal in new orleans so they made the road trip and had a blast.

this image was taken ( not by me) at Grace Athens, a new church plant savannah is involved with.

January 28, 2013 - 10:01 am

marcie - Wheww!!! Busy you and your girls. I enjoyed/loved the photos from Christmas at Bulloch Hall – we had wedding photos taken there a million years ago (haha) and I have never thought to take my daughter there for a photo shoot – it’s so close to home and would be so much fun. I think I’ll wait for spring blooms and break out some Lilly for the occassion.

As for the car thing – I hear ya – we have a “fleet’ ourselves and we added 2 Kias to the mix last Summer. Thay have been amazing and I ditched the high maintenance Land Rover for one and have loved it every single mile I’ve driven. Don’t know about the Murano but I can vouch for Kia and Town Center Kia- what a great service department 🙂 Yes, we have already locked keys in the car – away at school 🙂
Have a great week.

January 28, 2013 - 10:58 am

Lex - Hi Paige. I have a Nissan Murano, and I LOVE it. Seriously the best car I’ve ever had. Runs great, smooth ride, etc. The only drawback is the blind spot in the front – driver side. It took me a while to get used to it – I would definitely try it out first before putting a teenage daughter in it.

January 28, 2013 - 1:23 pm

Ruth - you are very busy these days. you are a brave mama to be able to handle three drivers and all those accidents with your girls. they are such beautiful girls and such beautiful photos you share. may God bless you and your family.

January 28, 2013 - 1:24 pm

Lisa - I also have a first time driver in my household. My oldest child(out of four) got his license last week. He is so excited to drive and get a car of his own. Me, eh not so excited. So hard to let go (very slowly) of some control. I know they have to grow and we as parents need to guide them in that process. I am not going to lie, it is hard, so darn hard!!! I stumbled upon your blog during the Christmas house tour this year and I so enjoy reading your posts. I have to say, reading your everyday (keepin it real) posts helps me in my daily life (raising my four blessings). Now I have 3 boys and a girl, the challenges that represent are somewhat different for me, but one thing is for sure, I put (just like you) my trust in God. I ask him to take my worries and bless me with strength. So thank you for reminding me at times to let go and give up your worries to God.

January 28, 2013 - 3:17 pm

amber - oh my goodness, the first two images are stunning!

January 28, 2013 - 4:26 pm

Amy Avery - I always love hearing about what your girls are doing. I am so thankful that Madison is recovering from her headaches she has been suffering from. She has been in my prayers. That is AWESOME that she achieved the highest possible score at her DECA competition. Way to rock it Madison! Each of your girls has such a talent and such a strength and beauty. You have nurtured those gifts and talents and they do shine with great beauty and grace from God’s light shinging through each of them. I pray each day that I can be a mom like you Paige. I fear whole heartedly that I am not. When I read your stories, you give me hope and I push on past my fears and just keep on praying. None of us are perfect and I think that’s where you’ve got it dead-on right. You profess that your not perfect and you throw it to God to hit the ball out of the park for you, your family and everyone who is blessed ot know you. That is so powerful because in that admittance, God moves in and shines his graace in and through you. It’s so wonderful to watch it unfold and to see God working through your ENTIRE family. I have told you this so many times I am sure you must think I am one of those who likes to blow sunshine,(and girl, I admit I really do, the sincere kind of sunshine,though) but I truly appreciate you and how you minister through your words here in this place to people like me. Have a wonderfully blessed week!

January 28, 2013 - 6:53 pm

Mary - I had been wondering how Emi and Madi were doing with their recovery, so glad to know they are doing better. Congrats to both of them on their recent success.

January 29, 2013 - 11:36 am

Kim from 3 peanuts - That Emi is just so darned cute. I love her. Happy for lil bit following her dreams. Maybe I am watching too much Downtown Abbey but I would love to arrange a marriage between Harry and Carolin and Will and Emi. Okay…call me crazy but I just adore your girls and those two are the same ages as my two:)

January 29, 2013 - 11:56 am

Andrea - Wonderful pictures!!! I’ve always worried about injuries for my children especially when my son was in school and playing football and wrestling. Hearing a parent on the other side yelling “chicken wing him” made the hair on the back of my neck stand up. No advice on the vehicles as my husband works for one of the big 3 and we don’t do foreign cars. Have you checked Consumers Magazine for safety recommendations?

January 29, 2013 - 4:48 pm

Jen@thecottagenest - Paige, I cannot even imagine what insurance must cost you guys between all those teen drivers and all of those cars. I’m feeling pretty lucky right now! I’m so happy to hear that your Madison has improved. That must scary Momma stuff!