Tis the Season

It’s August 1st (nearly the 2nd for me:)and that means that there’s a new gallery up at Write.Click.Scrapbook for August.  I really love this month’s layout theme and the play on words.  I know I did a double take when I saw the theme because I thought maybe I was looking at December instead of August.  But, there are certain things that scream August/summer for most people and we definitely have that in our house too!

The summer means 2 things in the Paustenbaugh house:  Moving and Swimming.  I went with swimming for my theme this month after getting some good photos this summer of the girls putting their game faces on during their meets.

The girls started swimming competitively last summer when we were in Virginia for our subdivision team and they both loved it.  Well, Ella didn’t so much enjoy the daily practices, but come meet time, that girl had her game face on.  She certainly got her competitive streak from her dad because if she didn’t finish like she wanted to she was not happy with herself!  Maya, well, she takes after her old mom.  She enjoys getting some ribbons, but is ok if she isn’t first!

We were fortunate enough to get to Okinawa early enough in the summer that they were able to swim with the Dolphins this summer as well.  I think I’ve crossed over to the swim team mom side because it was not just enjoyable for them, but I had fun going and watching them too!  Let’s just say it’s much more low key over here and not the extravaganza with 100s of people circling the pool.  Win, win for all if you ask me.  And the best part? There are opportunities for them to travel to nearby countries and mainland Japan to swim as well.  Definite win-win for mom since of course they need a parental chaperone to go with them!  First up, Taiwan in November!

Swim season is over until October, so for now we’re enjoying some low key fun time swimming, but those game faces will come back on in October for fall swimming.

Have I mentioned I’m excited about living in a constant warm climate?!

Lisa Swift - Such a great collection of photos, Christa! I love the banner work across the page. It really carries your eye through the photos.

Sherry C - Beautiful layout! What an adventure for you and your family to be embarking on – it looks like you’re fully embracing your new surroundings.

I found your blog through Cocoa Daisy! :)

Christa - I’m so glad you came over Sherry! Thank you!

madeline Fox - Love your new blog design! Great page. I’m a swim mom too…and I LOVE it! You certainly got some awesome photos of your girls. How cool for them to be able to swim in their new surroundings.

Kimber-Leigh - christa…i LOVE this page. love the # of photos and the design used! one of the things that has surprised me in Virginia is all the subdivision pools & swim teams–so fun!

Belinda - Love the large photo and the way it pops up! So cool!

Teka Cochonneau - Love this layout. The photos are superb and your clean lines and colors are so striking. x.

Sparklin - Love this lo! So sunny!

jen kinkade - i LOVE swim photos and layouts! so much action!! great job.

Mary Jo - I absolutely love how you did the title on that great center photo shot! :)

holly* - this is an amazing layout! the overall layout with all the photos is great and i love the embellishments!

Loni - This is a fun layout! I love the colors and design.

amy - I love all the embellishing and grid photos!

Angie Gutshall - I’m lovin’ the design!! Love how the big photo pops off the page!!

laura - I expected a Christmas layout…Love the pics. This summer seasons means a very long DIY Patio project. Great layout, thanks for sharing.

Michele H. - as always, beautiful layout. my girls love swimming so much too and i think nyna is mentally ready to go out for swim team next summer.

glad i clicked over on your link. i didn’t realize you moved your blog…i’ve been checking out the other one on typepad:)

hope you’re all doing well!

emily (justem) - I commented on this somewhere else, but I’m always thinking of your girls when I watch the Olympic swimming!! Love this layout – all the photos and the great colors and design! :)

Christa - Oh thank you Emily! Maya has really enjoyed watching the swimming competitions when we are able to find them on tv! So exciting to see it all!

alinor - such a cool layout, your photos are beatiful, such vivid colors!!!

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