I’m Most Proud of You When You Fail.

Tonight I watched you stand out on that diving board, so tall and proud.  You have worked so hard for this all season, conquering all the fears you had of having all eyes on you as you dive.  I watched you take a deep breath and launch yourself backward, twisting in the air in a…

Bowen’s First Swim Meet!

Bowen has been working at one thing, very hard, all summer.  He wanted to swim one length of our pool.  If he could do this, he could swim in his first official swim meet.  Bowen has participated in competitions through the DAAA in the past, but he was dying to become part of our local…

Our Own Physical Therapy

We are now one year past Tess’s big heart surgery.  So much joy in that!  She is still working hard to catch up on some of the milestones she missed because she was so sick for so long.  Tess is still behind in gross motor development.  She is 5 years old and her balance is…

Two Pumpkins At The Patch

On Wednesday I was lucky enough to get to go and visit two separate pumpkin patches with these two little pumpkins. Prior to this, I wasn’t able to do these kinds of things very often.  I was usually the one at work.  Joe and I have traded off participating in these kinds of activities, so…

His Turn.

All year long, this boy sits at soccer games, swim meets and dance recitals.  Today, it was his turn. First up, track and field.  He was nervous as he stepped up to that 15 meter line.  Yes, 15 meters.  He’s 5 years old and has an 11 inch inseam, 15 meters is quite the race….

Trying Harder for Them, A Commitment to Wellness.

I don’t make a lot of appearances on this blog in photo form.  I’m usually the one behind the camera.  There was one time, on a beach a little over a year ago, that FPD took a picture of The Diva and I wave jumping. The Diva wasn’t as into it as I was, but…

A Day in the Life.

I work outside the home part-time.  When I’m at work, FPD is home and vice versa.  I also own a small business, so when I am at home, I spend my time juggling the kids and answering emails, Facebook messages, etc related to both the business and adoption.  My days inside the home are a…

A Better Me.

FPD and I have always been cognizant about personal fitness, him more so with all his marathon training.  I am a reluctant runner.  I do it to spend time with him and so that I don’t weight 450 lbs.  My problem is in the way I eat.  I feel awful about it.  I am a…

When It’s Your Brother on the Next Block.

This weekend we participate in the All City Swim Meet.  It includes all the city pools in the city and, therefore, draws over 2000 swimmers to the meet.  Seven of those were mine.  We have three children in the 8&under age group, two in the 9-10 age group and two 11-12s.  Only the two 9-10s…

A Mighty Athlete

Mighty is fitting in perfectly around here.  All the summer sports have inspired him.  He ran his first official race tonight.  A kids 50 yard dash at our local community track meet.  He was so excited to stand on that start line.  He told me over and over how fast he would run.  And, he…

How Do We Do It? Athletics for All.

All photos on this blog are courtesy of a Nikon D3100 camera that has been gifted to the FullPlateFamily in exchange for photo credits and user reviews of accessories.  I have always used a Nikon camera, but never properly.  Thanks to some really great upgrades and proper instruction, my pictures are so much more crisp and I…

She Did It.

All photos on this blog are courtesy of a Nikon D3100 camera that has been gifted to the FullPlateFamily.  I have always used a Nikon camera, but never properly.  Thanks to some really great upgrades and some proper instruction, my pictures are so much more crisp and I can capture my baby’s faces so much better, before…