Katelyn and Kelsey

Katelyn and Kelsey

I just returned from visiting my mom, dad and sister (and my nieces) this last week.  My mom is doing extremely well since her accident earlier this year and from being released from the rehab center.  She is still using a walker, but she seems to be able to walk small distances without it.  She also has regained some of her weight (4 lbs) and now is a whopping 88 lbs. (now you know where I get my stature!)  She still struggles to keep her blood glucose in control, but I think that happens with a lot of diabetics.  At any rate, it was great to see her again.

On Saturday my nieces had a swim meet in Cody, WY (an invitational).  This was the first time that I have seen the twins (fraternal twins) swim.  I have heard a lot about how good they are and how they beat and lot of records.  Well, I had the pleasure of seeing them compete in person and I was not disappointed.  Both girls did very well and placed anywhere from 2nd place to 4th place. I was definitely a proud aunt!!  And both girls have qualified for State in some events.  Maybe one day they will be the next Michael Phelps!!!

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Not only are my nieces great swimmers, but they are also great bowlers and artists.  When my mom came home from the rehab center, the twins decided they wanted to create a banner for her to see when she came home.  Below is a picture of what they drew.  The Japanese writing on the banner states, “Welcome Home”.  They searched and searched the Internet on how to write the saying in Japanese and finally found one.  The real test was whether or not they did a good enough job of duplicating the quote for my mom to read.  They did an excellent job of it as my mom was able to read it clearly.  Boy, was my mom ever surprised and pleased!!

Because my nieces did so well in drawing the banner, my sister had it framed and will hang it in my mom’s house.  What a memento!

Welcome Home Banner

Welcome Home Banner

So, as you can see, I am pretty proud of my nieces.  They are truly very talented individuals.  Their artistic talents are unbelievable (you should see some of their other pieces of work) and I would not doubt it if they get a scholarship somewhere for their talents.

So great job Katelyn and Kelsey!  Your mom and dad should be very proud!

On another note, I wanted to mention that I had forgotten about how much wildlife is in and around Wyoming.  On our way to Cody, I saw wild horses, wild turkeys, antelope and some deer (both bucks and does).  We even had to stop as a buck jumped out on the highway right in front of us!  Oh yeah, I even saw a golden eagle!  Pretty awesome!

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