Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Georgia State Games

What an awesome way to end our swim season. The kids swim from August through June and Kevin joins up for summer swim in May and June. I can't even imagine how tired they are of the sport by the time vacation rolls around! A few years ago Jared wanted to head back to the condo while we were at the pool. I asked why he wanted to sit inside on such a pretty day and play video games... his response? "hanging out at the pool isn't my idea of a break". Touche, young grasshopper :)
This year in Gold had so many mile stones. Jared's first state cuts, Ryan moving to silver from bronze, and making some great new friends for both kids. It's hard to sit at a meet for 8 hours with just your sister to hang out with! :) Summer means long course meets, summer swim team for Chestnut hill and Georgia State Games.
Long course went well, Jared swam two meets and Ryan swam one. Pinkie got a high point trophy for the Swim with Dad in Jonesboro last weekend. Forgive the lack of pictures, the air was out and it was close to a sweat lodge spiritual experience in the pool. I decided to leave the camera alone and concentrate on breathing! Anyways, Ryan got a 9th place overall for the 8 and under girls. Awesome. I hope she will do will next year, I'm sure she will, she's already close to the top of the pack and she has a year and a half in this age group. :) Jared on the other hand has his work cut out for him. Aging up to the 11-12's is a HUGE drop in times. I expect he will have a rough go of it for the next few months. We shall see. :)
I'm looking forward to blogging about Kevin after we get home from the beach. He starts right into football practice in July. Rob will be one of his coaches so that will be a new experience for the HomerHouse. I'm excited because with Rob coaching, he is in charge of getting Kevin to the field, one less carpool for me to lose track of! :) Maybe Kevin will get a skill position? Full back perhaps?

Here's some photos of the Ga Games-our last swim until OCTOBER!! Ahhhhhhh :)
Ryan swept her events and got all gold medals and Jared got 4 Bronze, a Gold and a 5th place ribbon. Fantastic!

racing during warm ups

coach "mom" gives the warm up orders today

ready for her first event

Great job guys!!!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Little boy blue

I've been blogging a bunch about the swimmers recently. Not much has been going on with Kevin since wrestling ended. He will start football as soon as we get home from the beach, he can't wait to get out on the field. Until then he has picked up a new hobby, the trumpet.

Jared went for middle school orientation a few weeks back. We were discussing all his options-band or orchestra-which instrument etc. We already have an electric guitar, two acoustic guitars, and a full set of drums. Jared decided the violin was right for him. Good thing Rick gave me one for Christmas many moons ago. One of my favorite gifts ever and now Jared will use it in 6th grade. :)

While we were deciding what to do for the eldest, Kevin was contemplating the trumpet. Grandfather, Uncle Ricky and cousin Cal all play the trumpet. Uncle Ricky also has a french horn. I think there is a band at Chalker in 5th grade, not sure if it is for 4th grade as well. We will see in the Fall. We placed a call to Grandfather to see if he had another horn sitting around. In deed there was and Kevin couldn't wait to get his hands on it. I went to work the first day he had it and by the time I came home he had figured out how to play hot crossed buns and another "song" that I couldn't quite put a finger on.

Since Kev is kind of in the jet wash of summer swim flurry I asked if he could go to "Camp Gran" for a few days to get some extra lovin. Kev was exstatic! He learned and practiced the scales and by the time I saw him a few days later I was amazed with how well he was doing. He stayed at the lake and I will see him tomorrow. He's been with Uncle Ricky and Grandfather so I know they had some playing time in there. I'm glad he found something to make his heart happy. :)