Sierra participated in her school Spelling Bee and was one of the winners from the 5th grade. She then moved to the school competition and got 5th place. The top three went on to district. We are proud of Sierra and her accomplishment even though she wouldn't let her Dad into the room to watch her. She got out on the word, uncouth, which isn't a word used very often. She spelled it uncooth. Go Sierra!
On January 21st, Alexis participated in the Woods Cross High School Region Championships. Their girls team is quite good and were hoping to win Region this year. Alexis, as a freshman, contributed to their win by bringing in two 3rd places. She swam the 200 Yard Freestyle in 2:09.67 and the 500 Yard Freestyle in 5:42.37. She was sick with a sinus and ear infection all week and missed practice and wasn't feeling well. She is feeling better and ready to work towards the High School State Meet February 4th & 5th. This was the first time in Woods Cross High School History that the girls swim team won Region. It was exciting for Alexis to be apart of this event. They pushed their coach in the water at the end of the meet and were presented with the trophy at half time of the boys Woods Cross vs Bountiful basketball game. Alexis was on cloud nine and couldn't stop smiling.
Sierra finally got her dream of about 4 years. She got a dog! She has been vounteering at a local dog and cat boarding place called The Dog Park for almost a year now. We thought that would cure her of her desire to get a dog. We were wrong. It made it worse. So her dad and I decided to give in and get her one for Christmas. Three weeks before Christmas we went to an adoption fair where a few local shelters were gathered for pet adoptions. Sierra had previously researched dogs and found the one she wanted, an Australian Shepherd. She wanted one that was about 6 months old, a girl, and brown or black. We went to the shelter to see if she would find a different dog since Australian Shepherds are usually pure bred dogs and quite expensive. Well, we found a female, 6 month old, brown, Australian Shepherd. We took her into a back room to get to know her and see how she acted around us. As we sat down, Maggie, put her head in Sierra's lap and we knew we couldn't go home without her. So Sierra got her dog 3 weeks before Christmas. We tried to surprise the girls by leaving without the dog and then we were going to return later to pick her up. Alexis was really mad that we would get their hopes up and then just leave and Sierra was devastated and just cried, promising she would do anything we wanted if she could just have the dog. We are glad, mostly, that Maggie joined our family.
Last Friday, November 5th was Alexis' second High School swim meet. She swam the week previous and got her best times. She swam the 200 Free and got a 2:11 and then the 500 Free and got a 5:51. She got 2nd in both coming in after her teammate Alexis Johnson who is a Senior. For her second meet she swam the 200 IM, which she hates, and the 500 Free again. She got a best time in the 200 IM and got second and pulled off a 5:44 in her 500 Free taking off 7 seconds in one weeks time and getting 1st place. She is doing well and excited for this High School season. Her goal is to break the school record for the 200 and the 500 that was set in 1994. The 500 time is 5:32 and the 200 time is a 1:56.