Project Life 365 – Day 66 – Over There

Who’s that over there? That handsome young lad in the water, swimming a 500-meter race like it’s nothing?

Yeah, that’s my baby brother Collin. It’s his first year on the school swim team (he’s swam on a couple summer leagues, but that’s about it) and he’s OWNING that 500-meter race like he’s part fish.

500 meters. That’s 20 laps, people. 20 freakin’ laps. All at once. No stopping in the middle of the pool to drown or catch your breath or holler at the lifeguard to please toss a life preserver and haul your sorry ass out of the pool.

And that wasn’t even his first or last race of the day. Less than 5 minutes after finishing, Collin swam a leg in a relay. This kid is a swimming machine.

You go bro’!

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NY Photo Bomb (part 3)

We spent the rest of our days on Long Island hanging out with Gamma and Pop-Pop, and even had some of Gamma’s famous homemade pasta sauce. Mmmm…

Seriously folks, it doesn’t get better than Gamma’s sauce.

And you better believe Cadence was deliriously excited to finally meet her cousins TJ and Tyler in person. After all the months looking at their pictures, learning to say their names, flying on two airplanes to New York, and waiting for them to get home from their vacation in Montauk, she couldn’t wait to play with them!

Of course, they all immediately wanted to jump in the pool…

Of course Cadence couldn’t stay in the shallow end once she saw her cousins going down the big slide and jumping off the diving board. I handed my camera over to Michele and chased after my child, trying to catch her before she climbed all the way to the top of the slide by herself. I could barely hang onto her long enough for Steven to swim over to catch her. Crazy girl!

And after that, she decided it was time to try the diving board. This time, she had a little help from Aunt Michele…

And then she decided to go back to jumping to Daddy from the side…

We did manage to get the kids dried off and inside to play for a bit. Cadence and Tyler had a blast playing with toy cars and coloring pictures together while TJ headed out to Best Buy with Steven to return a cell phone charger. Seriously, how cute are these two??

And then it was back outside to enjoy the rest of the afternoon…

And a few friends even dropped by to visit…

The kids played ball…

…gave Ninja lessons…

…explored the yard…

…searched the sky for airplanes…

…gave spy lessons…

…and danced with favorite stuffed animals…

All in all, we had some serious Long Island fun!

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