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Monday, July 4, 2011

Let's start with Taia.....

It's been a crazy month filled with lots of travels and good times. I've been able to spend some quality one on one time with each of my kids and I've loved it. Since it's been such an eventful few weeks, I'm going to take a couple of posts to tell a little about each kid and what they've had going on. (The purpose of these posts is to update our family, especially those who live far away, on what's been happening in our family. So if you don't care about the Roderick happenings, feel free to navigate elsewhere. :)

Mataia has been especially busy these last few weeks. That's the way we like her. When she has had a few days at home with nothing to do, she goes crazy and so do the rest of us. Busy is the best way for her to be. She has learned that working hard and determination earns you great rewards. She qualified for the Idaho State Track Meet at the end of May. She qualified in the High Jump, Individual 100 M, and the 4X200 relay. She didn't medal in the High Jump or the 100 M, but her relay team got 4th. It was such a good experience for her and she had a great time!

This is her relay team on the medal podium.

This is Taia running her leg of the relay.

We took all the kids with us to watch her. We had a great time in Boise. We swam in the pool at the hotel, ate at Tucanos, one of our favorite restaurants, and just enjoyed being together. On the way home, we took the scenic route through Hagerman and Buhl over to Twin Falls. We stopped and ate at a good little burger joint in Buhl and got ice cream at a creamery there that makes their own ice cream. Yummy! Then we stopped at Shoshone Falls. We've driven by the sign for the falls a whole bunch of times, but have never taken the time to stop and see them. This was a great time to stop because the spring run-off was so high. It was beautiful and definitely worth the stop!
The kids and I at Shoshone Falls.
Beautiful! It says they are called the Niagara Falls of the West.

As soon as school got out, Mataia and one of her friends from Madison and a new friend from Rigby started training to do a Heptathlon. (That's seven events: Long Jump, High Jump, Shot Put, Javelin, 100 M hurdles, the 200 M run and the 800 M run.) They all attended a Regional Junior Olympics Track Meet in Boise last week. She ended up taking 1st place in her age division! We were so proud of her. That qualified her to compete at the National Junior Olympic Track Meet in Wichita, KS at the end of July.

This is her and her friends, Shakira and Aleena posing with their javelins. Buff girls!

This is Taia with her Gold Medal at the Regional Junior Olympic Track Meet.
So let's back up a couple months. She attended a tryout for a regional High Performance volleyball team in Pocatello in March. From that tryout, she was invited to go to Salt Lake and tryout for a Regional Team that would travel to Tucson, AZ for an International Tournament at the end of July. That tryout was in June and it went very well. She was one of 12, out of hundreds chosen for that Regional team. As it turns out, both the Junior Olympic Track Meet and the Volleyball Tournament are on the same weekend. Mataia chose the Volleyball tournament. So we will be traveling to Tucson at the end of July to watch her team in that and are looking forward to that.

To add to her crazy summer, she attended EFY (Especially For Youth) last week in Salt Lake at the University of Utah. She had a great week and made some friends from other places. She loves to go spend a week with kids her own age, that believe the same things she does. Her testimony of the gospel was strengthened and she loves her family even more! I love having her attend this. It is priceless!
This is Mataia with a bunch of boys she met at EFY. Help me, please!

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