Wednesday, June 29, 2011


Lindsey and I were planning on teaching the swimming belt loop for cub scouts. Just before we were about to start, Gavin did a back flip off the side of the pool and whacked his head on the stone ledge. It was clear that he needed stitches, so Lindsey called her husband, who is a dentist, and he agreed to stitch Gavin up. Gavin was brave through the whole ordeal and decided not to do anymore back flips into the pool.
Gavin with Dr. Angerbauer and Cesar. 
The stitch after a few days healing.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Swim Meet Results

Renée - Girls 6 and Under 25 Yard Free – 2 out of 2 - 54:91 (She earned a ribbon)

Renée - Girls 6 and Under 25 Yard Back – 4 out of 12 – 35:34 (She earned a ribbon)

Gavin - Boys 8 and Under 25 Yard Back – 10 out of 10 –37:39

Gavin - Boys 8 & Under 25 Yard Free - 8 out of 11 - 31:26

They are getting better!

Friday, June 24, 2011

Appaloosa Horse

I talked some friends into trying out Let's Art Party. We had a wonderful time and everyone was quite proud of their horse paintings. We brought a lot of food and because I am such a fast painter I spent more time eating than painting:) After our art party, we went to Laurie's house and played Just Dance on the Wii.  It was so much fun but I better stick to painting.

(Bottom Row) Laurie, me, Kris, Erika, (Top Row) Sue, Marci, Michalann, and Lindsey

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Painting Frogs

One of the perks of my job is my kids get to attend some of the children's classes. Gavin and Renée paint. Carter plays with legos because he isn't old enough to paint. I paint practice paintings to get ready for upcoming classes. It couldn't be more perfect.  The only downside is that the casino carpet makes finding all the legos almost impossible:)

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Soccer Bible Camp

I sent the kids to Soccer Bible Camp for a week.  (I know, only in Texas.)  Here is the video that the camp put together.  There is a great shot of Carter 30 seconds in.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Father's Day

We are so thankful that we got Sam back just in time for Father's Day. I actually sent a gift to the hotel in Maryland. Luckily it came before he left. After church the kids and I gave him a home made tape measure that each of the kids wrote a message on. The primary records the kid's responses and put them in the church bulletin. This is what our kids said:
My Dad's Age: Carter - 6, Renée - 29, Gavin - 40 something
My Dad's Job is: Carter - going to Maryland to fix helicopters, Renée - runs companies, Gavin - working on helicopters
My Dad's Favorite Food: Carter - chicken and meat, Renée - earth muffins, Gavin - spicy food
My dad is really good at: Carter - tools, fixing tools, Renée - work, Gavin - helping me with small machines that we make together
I like it When My Dad: Carter - drills some tools, Renée - plays wii with me, Gavin - plays with me
If could buy anything for my Dad, it would be: Carter - a tool costume, Renée - his own TV, Gavin - a roadster
June 19th is also our anniversary.  We made it 12 years.  We will be celebrating with Swedish messages later in the week!

Friday, June 17, 2011

Denton Swim Meet

Sam took the kids to their second swim meet because I was working.  He got back from Maryland at 3pm and had the kids in Denton at 5pm.  Sorry about the shaky video's.  Carter wanted a turn.

Renée - Girls 6 and Under 25 Yard Free – 11 out of 11 - 56:08

Renée - Girls 6 and Under 25 Yard Back – 4 out of 12 – 33:02 (She earned a ribbon)

Gavin - Boys 8 and Under 25 Yard Back – 13 out of 13 – 40:80

Gavin - Boys 8 & Under 25 Yard Free - 15 out of 17 - 37:19
Carter entertaining himself during the swim meet.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Cub Scout Day Camp

I volunteered for a day at cub scout day camp.  It was held at our stake center this year and the leaders did a fantastic job of organizing it.  The weather was really hot but they alternated us inside the building and outside.  Gavin loved his week at camp.
Gavin launching a water balloon.

Gavin made it to the top of the rock climbing wall.

All geared up.

This the blow up planetarium that the Fort Worth Science Museum brought.

Bell landed a helicopter in the field. 

(bottom row) Blake and Gavin , (top row) Austin, Kai, and Tyler.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Bell Helicopter

Sam talked to the man he interviewed with at Bell Helicopter.  Now he is just waiting for HR to contact him.  It looks like the Sheppard's are staying in Texas!

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Dancing Queen

Renée danced in her first recital with her cousin, Sydney.  It was four hours and 15 minutes of pure torture.  Renée, of course, was adorable during the six minutes she was on stage.  She was in three dances and the finale.  She is in green for tap, rainbow for jazz, and pink for ballet.  In between her ballet and the finale, she broke her crown.  This caused plenty of tears.  She ended the performance on a high note because another girl in her class wasn't wearing her crown either.  My poor boys did really well although at one point Carter picked up a stranger's soda can and took a swig.  He hasn't learned social boundaries.  All in all, Renée had a great experience in dance.
Renée waving to me during the performance.

Sydney and Renée doing a hip bump.

Our little tap stars.

Ready for jazz.

I love Renée's pose here.

Sydney and Renée's final pose.

They are so cute!

Ballet princess.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Swim Team

I signed Gavin and Renée up for swim team this summer.  My neighbors were doing it and I am all about car pooling.  They started on Monday and their first meet was Friday.  They both were in the 25 free and 25 back.  Renée still stops to breath while she swims free so her back stroke time was faster than her free.  She was last in both events, but she thinks she won.  Gavin and his friend Tyler were doing pull ups on the starting blocks, and missed the start.  Gavin was in last place, but I don't think he noticed.  Those were the 17th, 35th, and 38th events.  Gavin's next even was 90 so we went to McDonald's to get some dinner.  The coaches told them it would be at about 9:00.  We got back at 8:30 and he missed the event.  He was disappointed, but plans to swim fast next week.  Swim meets are painfully long and poor Carter did pretty good watching in the stands with me.  

Renée's Results:
Girls 6 & Under 25 Yard Freestyle 10th of 10
Girls 6 & Under 25 Yard Backstroke 9th of 9
Gavin's Results:
Boys 8 & Under 25 Yard Backstroke 17th of 17
Renée is in the white cap.

Waiting for her next race.

Renée swiming back stroke.

Gavin waiting for his turn.

Gavin competing in the back stroke.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Cub Scout Hike

Lindsey and I took the wolf scouts on a hike to Eagle Mountain to earn the hiking belt loop.  We had to leave at 7:30am to beat the heat.  The boys did great and had a fun time. 
Blake, Ethan, Tyler, Darren, Issac, and Gavin

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Fun Saturday

I am trying to plan fun things for the kids to keep their minds off Sam being out of town. We went to the Home Depot Build and Grow Workshop with the Angerbauers. The kids made cell phone caddies. We also went to the discount theater and watched Gnomeo and Juliet in 3D.
The finished product

Eating their free hot dogs on the Home Depot tractors.

Too much fun for Carter.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Welcome to Summer

Carter and I got to attend Gavin's Award Ceremony.  He was given the Friendliest Award from his classmates.  He also earned A Honor Roll.  We are so proud! Gavin worked really worked hard this year.  After the ceremony I took the kids out of school and we went to the water park. 
The kids in Gavin's class gave him the friendliest award.

Mrs. Cooley and Gavin

I gave the kids these treats.