July 26, 2011

It's All About Mia

Yesterday, I hinted that there were quite a few things that kept us busy this (extended) weekend. Here's how it went down.

The Funeral. I've had the unfortunate privilege of attending two funerals at Arlington National Cemetery over the last month. On Thursday, Beth's grandmother and grandfather were honored. A funeral at Arlington is an astounding thing to be a part of. It's a truly humbling place to be. Even when you're wearing a black suit and it's 101 degrees outside. Quite a few members of Beth's family flew in from all over the country. We attended church services in the morning, the services at Arlington, and a reception afterwards. The kids were wonderfully behaved only falling apart towards the end of the reception which, since it was eight hours after we'd started the day was understandable. I was falling apart too.

Swimming. This weekend marked Mia's final swim meet of the entire season. It was the overall league meet and Mia competed in two events - freestyle and backstroke. Mia's backstroke became far and away her best stroke this year. Her freestyle, well, it got kind of funky. As it turned out the reverse was true this weekend. Her backstroke was lackluster but as soon as she hit the water for her freestyle swim, we knew she was up to something. I have no idea what happened but she flew. Absolutely flew. She left the rest of the swimmers in her wake. Given that it was one of seven heats, we figured that she might actually have a chance of placing. We were right though we underestimated. Mia took first in her age group for the entire league. She got a medal and everything. It was amazing.

Mia's Birthday. I took Friday off to hang out with Mia on her actual birthday. We played for a while in the morning then she and I went out on a lunch date. We sat on the same side of a booth which I thought was adorable and I told her all about the day she was born six years earlier. Then we picked up her BFF and all hung out at a local water park. It was 105 degrees out (really) so the whole water part of the park was welcome and necessary. Then we went home, had a special dinner and decorated cupcakes which we then devoured.


Mia's Party. The tricky thing about planning birthday parties in the summer is the fact that so many people are on vacation. Mia's party ended up being all about her and her very best friends as a result and it was about 100 shades of awesome. Thanks to Groupon, we ended up with a moonbounce. We supplied sprinklers, slip-and-slides, drinks, games and cake. It was absolutely perfect...except for the kid who fell and landed our our kid and ended up with a black eye. And when the kids were all gone, we all retreated to separate corners, came back together for dinner, then went to bed.

Owen's Disgruntled. This weekend was clearly all about Mia. Owen is suitably unimpressed and would like to know where all of his presents and parties are.

So, is it any wonder we're exhausted?

Posted by Chris at July 26, 2011 7:26 AM
Comments

GO MIA!

And tell Owen he's the faster than Han Solo with a blaster, and that's all that matters.

Thanks for the summary and the beautiful pictures.

Posted by: alektra at July 26, 2011 7:36 AM

So proud of your bright and shining star!

Posted by: Maribeth at July 26, 2011 7:57 AM

Y'know, I was wondering how Owen was taking all this. Poor little dude. Does Beth ever have private days out with him like you do with Mia?

Posted by: Fraulein N at July 26, 2011 8:44 AM

Mia - you are AWESOME!!

Posted by: Heather at July 26, 2011 8:49 AM

Happy be-lated birthday to Mia! Six is a fun age! ;-)

Posted by: cyndy at July 26, 2011 10:01 AM

There is nothing quite like a funeral at Arlington. Several of my mother's family are buried there, including her parents and grandparents and an uncle/aunt. My own parents will be buried there when the time comes. We consider it the family cemetary, but it's also an honor to know that these family members served their nation, putting their lives the line in times of war to help the oppressed and protect freedom.

Arlington National Cemetary is a special place - hallowed ground.

Posted by: jen at July 26, 2011 11:17 AM

Love the cake! Sounds like the weekend was fabulous!! Just remind Owen when his birthday is and maybe do a countdown so he knows when his special day comes.

Congratulations to Mia on her swimming record!!

Posted by: Krush at July 26, 2011 6:35 PM

Happy birthday mia!

My girl turned six yesterday and her birthday always stinks because it's in summer and none of her friends are around. So, low key family event for us.It's okay. :)

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