Tuesday, September 16, 2008

It's all about Taylor!

So this week has and continues to be about Taylor. She seems to dominate most of our life at the moment what with all her activities :) We do love her though and are glad she is jumping in and getting involved in things at school.

Last week she had a tooth in the front that was very lose but just wasn't coming out no matter how much she wiggled it. She tried everything. It was too loose to eat an apple, she would try to bite the apple and the tooth would push backwards at a funny angle. At one point it was bleeding pretty badly. For those of you who don't know me that well.....I don't do loose teeth! I don't "do" teeth at all really. I am not a fan of the dentist. I would rather lay on my back at the OB's than go to the dentist (I am working on this though, I have found a really great dentist who is slowly building my confidence back up since I wasn't always like this). Anyway Taylor loves to gross me out with her teeth when they are loose :) She finds this amusing...I don't! Finally on Saturday morning she begged Matt to pull it for her which he promptly did (he gets to handle all loose teeth and bugs/snakes/critters)! She was thrilled. The tooth fairy has yet to appear at our house b/c she hasn't been by the bank to get money. Taylor knows it is us and just told me to include it in her allowance :) She thinks she is so funny! This was the best pic of her minus a tooth. It was after a "meet" and she is red-faced ans sweaty. I tried taking some pictures before bed but she looked drunk in all of them. Not sure if it was the lighting or the flash too bright but this one shows the "gaping hole" so it will do!

Tuesday she had her first ever Cross Country meet. She is the first person in our family to run (cross country or track) and she did excellent! All I asked of her was to finish the race....and she did! She didn't come in 1st or 2nd (not that we really expected her too) but she also didn't come in last. She had to walk a couple of times but that is ok. This was the 1st time she had done it with a hundred other kids and on a very hilly course. She finished a 2 mile run in 14 minutes and 9 seconds. I was impressed, I couldn't run 2 miles in less than 15 minutes.

Here she is getting instructions from her coach

Lining up at the starting point

And crossing the finish line!

Proudly displaying her ribbon (every runner got a "participant" ribbon)

Her "team" won both 1st and 2nd place. Both winners were boys...they were either in the 4th or 5th grade, I am not sure. They have run cross country before though (the 1st place ran the 2 miles in exactly 7 minutes and 2nd place was just a few seconds over 7 minutes, I was blown away by that). Taylor was a little upset at first but got over it quickly when she learned "her team" had taken 1st and 2nd place. She is ready for her meet next week and is hoping to do better. I am going to start running 2 miles/day with her tomorrow...I may be wheelchair bound afterwards though :)

And Wednesday she had her 1st Girl Scouts meeting. She was thrilled to see old friends from Cedar Bluff! And they were glad to see her also.


Ginger said...

Wow! I am so proud of Taylor for jumping right in and getting involved. Running is such great exercise. Next thing you know, you will all be running marathons!

April said...

I'm very impressed with Taylor's time. That is very good! :)

Gabby said...

You go Taylor!!! That's awesome!!!!! I'll be praying for you Holly!! :) Good luck with that!