Our championship swim meet was this week, and boy is that crazy-fun, but crazy! I made sure to get a few photos of the boys (Andrew and Patrick) because I missed taking pictures of all the other meets.
Patrick is SO darn cute. He started swim team not even knowing how to swim on his own and used a kick board for the first two meets, till he discovered he could go much faster without one. So he sucked it up and did it (so brave!) and was thrilled with the results. He dives right in, (diving might not be the right word-more like flailing) and kicks up a storm. It's so funny to watch. He makes it about 3/4 down the lane before exhaustion sets in and the last quarter takes about as long as the first 3/4 of the lane did.
Look at that form-he takes this seriously!
Andrew did so great this year. I think I've already talked about how after the first practice he wasn't so sure-he was frustrated that he couldn't get the strokes and breathing down and everyone was so much faster. But he stuck with it and had this incredible internal motivation to improve. He loved going to every practice after that first one (both boys did) and tried his hardest always.
At the banquet I was SO proud that Andrew and Patrick both were chosen by their coaches, out of all their team mates, to receive the "Hardest Worker" award. The coaches had the nicest things to say about them-they were respectful, and listened well, and didn't whine or complain, and worked hard and asked questions to improve, and showed up at almost every single practice. I hope it doesn't sound like I am bragging but it was just a little boost for my mother's heart. I SO want my boys to be hard workers and good students and respect their teachers and coaches and one day that may all morph into being great husbands and fathers. I know a swim team trophy doesn't mean my work is over, but I'm going to take it as a sign that we are heading in the right direction and all this work I'm doing every day-because you know what? it does take time and effort and dedication as parents to teach these things!-will pay off here and there.
And really..look at this blurry picture-it is my favorite. Patrick was shocked that he received a TROPHY of all things, and couldn't even stop staring at it the whole ceremony. He sees his older brother's trophies and desired to have one of his own so badly, and finally his dream came true.
Here is a funny photo someone took of me. It sums up my summer pretty well. I've worn that outfit and one other outfit (black stretchy capri yoga pants, purple t-shirt) the entire summer I kid you not, except for church, when I squeeze myself into pants that are so tight around my waist they leave marks. Those two outfits are the only things that fit me, what with nursing and all.
I always seem to end my ordinary day posts with a photo of Janey, but I can't help myself.
Here she is with "bunny face".