Hi Y'all, I'm new......

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Hi Y'all, I'm new......
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Fri, 04-25-2003 - 4:08pm
I am Karla mom to 4 great kids-two boys(16 and 11) and two girls. My girls are Sarah (9) and Abby(4). Sarah is very athletic and is a competition gymnast. This was her first year competing and She won the state championship! She is about to finish 4th grade. Abby is my baby and an aspiring artist. She has very mild CP but she also does gymnastics. She may never be like big sissy but she sure tries and she just loves it.

I absolutely just love raising girls and I thank God daily for them. I had both my daughters under extremely extenuating circumstances and they are both miracles. Their existance saved my life. I was dx with a stage one ovarian tumor when I was six months pregnant with Sarah and after horrifying surgery and all kind of complications she was born huge and healthy. To our surprise somehow I got pregnant again a few years later with Abby and once again had another stage one ovarian tumor with her. She has some developmental problems due to my pregnancy but nevertheless she is beautiful and healthy.


My kids are my favorite subject and I could yak about them endlessly!LOL

I am glad I found this board and I look very forward to getting to meet you all.


Karla

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Sat, 04-26-2003 - 1:28pm
Welcome to the board Karla! Sounds like you have two great blessings in your girls, and I am sure your boys are great too! *wink*

My name is Christi and I am the mom to one girl, Alexis Faith who is now officially 7 1/2 and just finishing up first grade. (I also have a son, Caleb, who is 4 1/2)Alexis is a competition dancer, this being her fourth year in dance, third competing. Alexis is also very artsy, she loves to draw, color, write, and create things. I am sure we will have plenty to talk about!!

Its great to have you here!!

Christi

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Sat, 04-26-2003 - 2:51pm
Hi Christi,

It's nice to meet you. Sarah was just getting ready to start competition dancing when she was invited to be on the gymnastics team. I told her she would have to choose and she chose gymnastics. I am going to wait just a while longer before we try Abby with dance. She has a language disorder and I don't think she could follow the instructions nor memorize anything just yet. LOL She just loves playing dress up with Sarah's old recital costumes. Does Alexis compete alone or with a group?

LOL Is Alexis a Mary Kate and Ashley fanatic yet?


Karla

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Sat, 04-26-2003 - 4:23pm
Hi Karla!

Wecome to the board!

I've got two boys, too. Josh is 10 and Jacob will soon be 8.

Kellianne is my baby girl. She just turned 5.

Glad to see you!

Brenda

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Sat, 04-26-2003 - 11:22pm
Hey Karla!

Alexis competes with a team, this year her team has 7 girls ranging from Alexis (1st grade) up to 3rd graders. Her team is getting ready to split before next year so I am not sure how it will be, I am curious to find out though! I wish Alexis was a little more talented in the area of gymnastics, it just isn't there. I think a lot of her private lessons this summer will involve stretching, flexibility, jazz leaps, etc. Her strong point is tap for sure. She loves the tumbling, it is just not her strong suit.

MK&A....we have lots of their movies....but the newer ones are just a little bit too old for Alexis, so she really isn't in to them too much right now. Plus, have you bought any of their stuff from WM? All we have gotten is hair things, and they fall apart very easily. Is Sarah very into them? How about American Girls? ALexis has read a couple of the girls books, but we have no dolls, etc.

Great getting to know you and your girls!!!

Christi

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Sun, 04-27-2003 - 12:56am
Welcome to the board!! Wow - competitive gymnastics!! How do you like being the mom of an athlete? Are you boys athletic? Do they support their sister? And your other daughter - how does the CP affect her? From the way you describe her, it sounds like it's just there and not a handicap of any sort!!

Welcome!!!

Corinna

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Sun, 04-27-2003 - 10:55am
HI Corrina,

It is very interesting being the mother of an athlete. Sarah was blessed with strength and great coordination and even though I had hoped she would do good, I never expected her to do as well as she did. She had an extremely successful first year medaling in every event at every meet (9 golds)and winning the state championship. We were WOWed! She is a very tall girl so it just made it all that more surprising.

Her brothers do not participate in sports though they are athletic. We did soccer for a few seasons but neither liked team sports. My 16 year old is nearly 6'5" and he is asked constantly if he plays basketball.LOL My boys are both rare non-ball fans I'm sure. They are both into Karate-my oldest working on his black belt-younger working on brown. They are fairly supportive of their sister,I guess about like most siblings. My younger son enjoyed going to the meets and my older helped out working fund raisers and such.

While Abby's CP is very mild (Thank GOD)it still has it's effects on her. She is very uncoordinated, clumsy and weak. You probably would never notice it. She can do most of what other kids her age can do, she just has more difficulty. I wouldn't call her handicapped-just challenged. She also has Epilepsy which is by far the biggest problem for her. She has a speech/language disorder as a result of the seizures. I must add though that she is totally beautiful!!LOL You would never be able to tell by just looking that anything was wrong.

Thank you for welcoming me to this board. I look so forward to having fun with you all.


Karla

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Sun, 04-27-2003 - 3:54pm
I too am Raising Teenagers and Toddlers...well okay bigger toddlers too.

Justin is my 15 year old. He just got his learner's permit in March and will get his permanent license in December...am I ready - nope, don't think so.

Rachel is my 4 year old, she's VERY active. Nothing organized as of yet, but that's coming. We'll do swimming lessons first, and then I plan on putting her in Dance or gymnastics, haven't decided yet. Guess we'll have to ask her.

Victoria is my youngest (and last) she's 14 months and just a pleasure to be around...no one could love a baby more.

Welcome to RAG and I look forward to getting to know you and your children!

Lisa