Lincoln City : The swim meet

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Siena was at the pool at 7:15 am that day.  Her first competitive swim meet.  I didn’t say anything but I had a stomach ache when I woke up, and I didn’t sleep well the previous night… nervous and so very excited for my little girl.

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Mark took her early to the pool so she could be on time for her warm up.  Lucas and I got there after we were ready, and had eaten breakfast.

DSC_0081-small DSC_0083-smallIn one of her practice dives, she lost her goggles… probably a good thing it happened then.  From then on, I saw that she made sure they were nice and tight.

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I love this t-shirt from the McMinville Team: ” If you think your sport is hard, try doing it holding your breath.”  Isn’t it great!

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Lucas (and all of us) always watching Siena and keeping track of her.

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Siena’s first race was a team relay, and she was excited to be part of it, even though she didn’t know any of the girls. But they all trusted and supported each other.

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It seemed a little chaotic and full at that end of the pool, especially with relays.  I’m glad they knew what they were doing.

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She did great on her first race.

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We were able to hang out together while we waited for her races.  And we were able to see everyone else’s. It was my first meet too, and it was lots of fun.

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Mark and I went down by the pool every so often.  It helped me to be able to see her closer, and calm my nerves. 

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As we learned that day, those kids without any official times (which means this was their first meet) they get placed in the first heat of the style. So Siena went in the first heat few times that weekend.  This one, her time and her place (first) was always excited to see and keep track.  We are learning as we go along with her.

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But oh this girl of ours.  She did awesome.  She did so good! (I know…. I’m her mom, I apologize for all the comments here in this post today, of my awesome little fish of a girl we have.)

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She got great times, even when she’s never competed before, and has been practicing with the team for just 2 months.   She’s so excited to be racing and to be in the water so much practicing.  She loves it so… this little fish of ours.

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And she loved being there competing.

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And I must say, we have such an awesome coach… he’s great really!  The same coach Lucas has for his non-competitive homeschool swim team that he started last month.  We are so excited.

DSC_0178-small DSC_0181-smallAfter the first day of races, all the families met at a great local pizza place in Lincoln City.  Fun to meet other families and everyone outside the swimming pool and with more time than rushing in and out of the pool.

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And then to a bonfire and playing at the beach.

DSC_0198-smallWith new friendships made.

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And then the next morning, our second day at the Lincoln City Community Center’s swimming pool.

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We are trying to understand the booklet with all the races and times and all the information in those pages. We had a high learning curve, for sure!  We still do, since everything is new for us.

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DSC_0291-smallSiena and Lucas got to play some while we waited for the races.

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And like all the other times, we see smiles most of the time when she’s racing and swimming… she loves it so much.

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And Siena (and us) all love her coach.  He’s so supportive, and is great with the kids.  And have taught Siena so much in these past 15 months.  Thank you D!

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And then we were done for the weekend.  Our day and the meet was over.  We were heading for lunch and then home, after an amazing weekend.

DSC_0337-small DSC_0340-small DSC_0343-smallCrossing the shortest river in the world.

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DSC_0335-smallAnd a beautiful day to cross the coast range and valleys on our way home.

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But while Siena was swimming, Lucas made her this very special ribbon.

DSC_0326-smallTo a very special big fish of a sister.  So special, from someone who looks up to her and loves her so much.  Such a cute little guy!

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