Lilly’s First YouTube Video

Lilly loves watching other girls her age on YouTube, especially makeup tutorials. Yesterday she asked if she could try making one, of course I replied excitedly, “Sure!”

We edited a few spots out she didn’t want, but she was pretty much in charge of the entire process. She is excited about how it turned out and to make more in the future (actually she wanted to do another one as soon as this one was finished, but I said, “One per day is good.”

Our Birthday Girl

This November Lilly turned 7.

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She opted for a day of shopping and lunch instead of a party. She wanted to document the day with the GoPro, so we headed to the mall and had some fun.

We did this a few days before the actual day, because this year she was in the ballet production of Nightmare Before Christmas, which was amazing!  She was a zombie and an elf. My niece is also in the photo, she was a vampire. You can check out her awesome photography blog here if you like.

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Her brother also picked her out a gift and of course there was cake!

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Happy Birthday Lilly!

Just Keep Swimming

My daughter, Lilly, was 3 when she almost drowned. There were 3 adults and 5 kids swimming that day, all the kids had lifejackets on. It was an unground pool, going to 9 ft deep.

My daughter decided she wanted to get out and not swim anymore. So I took her lifejacket off.

I thought she was going to sit and get a snack, but then a few minutes later, someone said, “Where’s Lilly?”

We all started looking around and then my sister said something along the lines of, “Oh my gosh, she’s in the water!” She had spotted her in 6 feet of water, sinking lower and lower.

She swam over to her and grabbed her. I’m not sure how long she was really under, I think only a few seconds. She coughed up a little water, but seemed fine overall.

I was a mess and couldn’t believe I had let something like that happen when we were all right there. We took her to the hospital to make sure she didn’t have water in her lungs and was okay.

Thankfully, yes, she was fine, and is fine today. In fact, she LOVES swimming.

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My kids love to swim. We lived in Texas for a little over a year and during that time, our kids were 4 and 5. We lived in an apartment with an awesome pool and some neighbors (who actually taught my kids to swim).

They swim all the time now. They get compliments on their swimming, which is cool and all, but all that really matters is knowing they are safe.

I truly believe all kids should learn how to swim/tread water before they are 5.

There are too many sad stories that could be avoided if the kids could have at least kept themselves afloat for a few minutes until help arrived.

I encourage you all to get your kids swimming early. Swimming is so much fun, but it can also be a lifesaver.

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Proud of Lilly

Lilly, our 6 year old daughter, took these photos last Saturday at my son’s Triathlon Competition.  She was hanging out with daddy.

All taken by her, even the self-portrait (on my iPhone)  I think they were all framed really good.  (We have a slight… ummm 5 years experience, with professional photography, so it’s nice to see her enjoying this).

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Meet Lilly

Our ultimate girly-girl.  She is so hilarious and puts a smile on my face each day.  Lilly loves to dance and is in ballet.  She also wants to be on the swim team, but not sure if we have time to make it work this year.  She too has tried many sports including soccer and karate, but ballet is the one she loves the most right now.

My goal for both my kids right now is for them to be some of the happiest people on the planet and pursue their interests.