Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Swim Team, 2015

Little Girl was on swim team again this year, and enjoyed it as much as ever.

The great thing about the neighborhood pool is that the same kids come year after year, and the members of the team grow close as friends as well as teammates.

They may start as young as 6, and swim until the summer after senior year of high school, so she has one more year to participate.

This year, she got some ribbons:

Her ribbons.

Because the ribbons were handed to parents at the pool party while the kids were swimming and eating, i got to take a picture of them.  Her medal i will probably not even see unless i go dig it out of her room.

By being sneaky, though, i did get a picture of her standing with the girls in her age group.

You have to get her picture from the back, she's in the black t-shirt.

It's a small team, the smallest in the league, so they partner us up with another small team, and together the teams came in 3rd place overall for the league!

We have great coaches, and kids who are dedicated to coming back year after year, who want to improve and swim better and get exercise and have fun and be with friends, and that's the best part of all.

Today is

Aphrodisia -- Ancient Greek Calendar (bathing festival of Aphrodite and Peitho [Persuasion]; date approximate)

Bonza Bottler Day™

Carnival Tuesday -- Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

Chocolate Day  -- no one knows why today, so why not?  Enjoy chocolate cereal with chocolate milk for breakfast, some chocolate covered raisins and nuts as a midmorning snack, chocolate milk with lunch, chocolate truffles as a midafternoon snack, chocolate liquer before dinner, chocolate cake for dessert, and sip chocolate coffee any time through the day!

Global Forgiveness Day -- encouraging "citizens of this global village" to forgive and be forgiven; sponsored by the CECA

Father-Daughter Take a Walk Together Day -- encouraging fathers to take some special time out with their girls today

Independence Day / National Day -- Solomon Islands(1978)

Macaroni Day -- it goes with more than just cheese!

National Strawberry Sundae Day

Nones of July -- Ancient Roman Calendar; celebrations on this day included:
     Festival of Feriae Ancillarum -- "Feast of the Serving Women", when female servants dressed up and "attacked" men of free birth with fig boughs; in honor of the serving women who helped free the city of Rome from the Gauls
     Nonae Caprotinae -- "Nones of the Wild Fig", honoring Juno Caprotina with a sacrifice under a wild fig tree
     Parilia -- festival for Pales, god of the herds

Saba Saba Day -- Tanzania (literally "Seven Seven" Day, a/k/a Peasants' Day or Workers' Day, and the biggest day of the Dar es Salaam International Trade Fair)
     Maonyesho ya Saba Saba -- Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (Dar es Salaam Trade Fair, through July 8)

St. Willibald's Day (Patron of Eichstatt, Germany)

Tanabata -- Japan (star festival, 7th day of 7th month; some areas go by lunar calendar, but most larger cities celebrate by the Gregorian Calendar now)

Tell The Truth Day -- a yearly challenge frm Kepa Freeman of Teens Express to go the whole day without telling a lie or saying or doing anything misleading or dishonest

Unity Day -- Zambia

Unity Factory Day -- Yemen (all workers are encouraged to play at work today, to build team and national unity)

Anniversaries Today

James Earl "Jimmy" Carter, Jr., marries Eleanor Rosalynn Smith, 1946

Birthdays Today

Michelle Kwan, 1980
Cree Summer, 1969
Jorga Fox, 1968
Billy Campbell, 1959
Shelley Duvall, 1949
Ringo Starr, 1940
Doc Severinsen, 1927
Pierre Cardin, 1922
Gian Carlo Menotti, 1911
Robert Heinlein, 1907
Satchel Paige, 1906
Marc Chagall, 1887

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Ryan's Hope"(TV), 1975
"All You Need is Love"(Single release), 1967
Waverly(Novel, publication date), 1814
"Utrecht Te Deum and Jubilate"(Canticles, HWV 278 & 279), 1713

Today in History

A retrial verdict acquits Joan of Arc of heresy 25 years after her death, 1456
Raid of the Redeswire, the last major battle between England and Scotland, 1575
United States begins first military draft; exemptions cost $300, 1863
An International Railway trolley with an extreme overload of 157 passengers crashes near Queenston, Ontario, killing 15, 1915
Sliced bread is sold for the first time by the Chillicothe Baking Company of Chillicothe, Missouri; it is described as “the greatest forward step in the baking industry since bread was wrapped", 1928
Alleged and disputed Roswell UFO incident, 1947
Venus occults the star Regulus. This rare event is used to determine the diameter of Venus and the structure of the Venusian atmosphere, 1959
In Canada, the Official Languages Act is adopted making the French language equal to the English language throughout the Federal government, 1969
Sharia is instituted in Iran, 1980
Samantha Smith, a U.S. schoolgirl, flies to the Soviet Union at the invitation of Secretary General Yuri Andropov, 1983
The Western Black Rhinoceros is declared extinct due to poaching, 2006
In efforts to avoid food shortages and political oppression, South Korea begins work on a new facility to house North Korean refugees, 2011


  1. Sneaky mom. I wonder when my grandkids get older if they also will be tired of the paparazzi relatives.

  2. This is great! I never learned to swim, and have always wished I had.

  3. Good for her. It's a wonderful team sport to do. You aren't sneaky either, you're proud and you should be.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

  4. My first three were all members of a summer swim team and I loved how the older high school kids cheered and supported the little kids. Great to also develop strong swimmers.

  5. I'm glad she's getting so many benefits from her swimming.

  6. Congratulations to your little swimmer. With some kids you have to snap a photo where and when you can. Luckily, with most of my offspring they are so used to me pointing the camera at them that they just ignore me most of the time. Although I do have a collection of young ones wearing pained expressions.

  7. Well done to Little Girl. It is so important to have fun as well as to get the exercise, improve the skills and, of course, the medals make Mum feel so proud as well!
    As for it being chocolate day you haver just reminded me I left half a chocolate cake wrapped in tissue on the floor of my brother's car a few days ago and we have had one very hot day since then. Oops.

  8. Congratulations to your girl. Medals are always fun to receive. We went through long distance running and crew with our girls and there was much comradery to go around between the kids and the parents.

  9. Congratulations to your girl. Medals are always fun to receive. We went through long distance running and crew with our girls and there was much comradery to go around between the kids and the parents.