Summer won her first triathlon in dominating fashion. She beat all of the 3rd and 4th grade girls at the kids triathlon that consisted of swimming 50yds, biking 1.6 miles, and running 1/2 mile. I'm sure it's the first of many medals!
Speaking of total domination......Savannah scored 4 goals at her soccer game. That's right, FOUR! You can tell who's running the show just by looking at the determination in her eyes in the photo above.
We also recently got an update that they both crushed their first swim meet of the year. Congrats!!
On Tuesday we spend an action packed day at the US National Whitewater Center.
I was proud of how brave our neices are. They challenged themselves on the rock climbing walls, adventure courses, and zip lines.
Here they are conquering the WWC.
Zip lines and climbing walls.
Claire was a trooper all day and got in some obsticle courses of her own. I could tell that she wanted to do everything that we were doing but was too little. Thanks to Sarah for watching her and taking photos all day.
On the way from Asheville to Charlotte we stopped off to hike Crowders Mountain. Summer was itching to climb another mountain since the last time she came to visit so we thought this would do the trick. All of the girls did great!
The Ackers at the top of Crowders.
Our girls were troopers even though it took longer than expected. We encountered a copperhead snake on the way up and they thought it was cool.
Claire's job was to point out all of the orange trail signs along the route. She served as a great trail guide.
Summer found a lizard on the trail and he took a ride down with her on the second half of the hike.
Claire found a walking stick late in the hike.
My sister (Sarah) and her family (Kevin, Summer, and Savannah) came to visit us this week. We met them up in Asheville and stayed there for a few days and then spent a couple of days in Charlotte. Here they are at Chimney Rock.
We went to the Biltmore Estate which is the largest privately-owned home in the US. It is over 135K square feet and has 250 rooms. Here's Claire running around and in the process of taking her shirt off.
Family photo at the Biltmore.
Claire called the Biltmore "the big house". It was great spending time with family.
Claire decided to get up and move all of her blankets and stuffed animals into the hotel closet and slept there. When we went to bed I moved her back to her bed and she got upset so we let her sleep in the closet all night.
1. Summer and Savannah at Chimney Rock. 2. Franks at Biltmore. 3. Ackers at Biltmore. 4. Summer and Savannah near the flower garden.
1. Summer and Savannah in front of the tulips. 2. Kevin and Claire Bear. 3. With our neices at Chimney Rock. 4. Jen and Claire.
All of the kids in the family. Summer (10), Savannah (6), Claire (~2), Ben (2.5), and Holly (~1).
Family photo for xmas 2011.
Claire loved playing with her cousins. Summer dancing, Savannah running, Ben biking, and Holly standing.
It was action packed. Frogs on heads, gymnastics, eating at big kid tables, and playing the piano.
Coloring, being pushed in cars, and dancing.
Playing with her new frog, sea horse, and nemo toys. Summer by the fire. Summer dancing. Savannah running.