Sunday, March 9, 2014
We had our yearly ski night Friday night. Rhyse went for her first time, and Landen boarded for his second (he'd gone the day before with the school). He picked it up quickly, to no ones surprise, though it did come home from the school ski day with a giant gooseegg on his head from ....here's the story-"hitting his head on a tree in thick fog, on a black diamond run that he hadn't meant to go on, 20 minutes before they were supposed to be back on the bus to return home." He said that his had hit the snow and tree and his board came over the top of his head. Needless to say, Craig shelled out the big bucks to get helmets for all the kids at the stake ski night. Rhyse was totally stoked to ski and ride the "magic carpet" mini lift on the bunny hill. The only trick is that both Craig and I are poor skiiers and helping a beginning to ski when you can't really ski yourself is the ultimate test in patience and agility. By the end of the night she was beginning to leave her little safe haven between my legs and half ski half sled on her skiis away from me. She is a very emotional, demanding, independent child who has very strong opinions on how she wants things to be, so it was touch to not abandon her on the hill. But I was proud of her for sticking with it and working hard at improving. I had one experience on the magic carpet where a dad and his child fell down and then crashed into me resulting in a tangle that I was almost incapable of extricating myself from as I was moving up the mountain on the conveyor belt. Breck also tried boarding for the first time and was able to go down the runs many times. She is extremely sore today! Tal is a pro and took off as soon as we got there with friends and pretty much wasn't seen for the rest of the night. Capriel did the same, except she did it (true to her style) at a breakneck speed. The kids said that they would often see her on the lift all by herself, and multiple people commented on how fast she would cruise down the hill. Sometimes she would even come and ski next to her friends practicing on the bunny hills. She would often crash hard, but then just pop up and keep going.
Let's see, we also cleaned the church this week, cleaned the Spectrum (the USU stadium) last week (for a soccer service project).
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Saturday, February 22, 2014
I can't believe the progress that Breck has made in a her swimming in just a little over a year. I remember two summers ago trying to teach her (at 12) how to do the strokes, and really thinking to myself that she probably wouldn't ever learn to do the strokes. And here she is competing well at a high school level. I am so proud of her work ethic, determination, and sacrifice. Here she is extremely nervous before her 50 free. She learned that swimming is a very mental sport. Breck had a wonderful season, making lots of new friends, and enjoying every minute of all the pasta parties, hair dying (her hair is still pink from a failed Skyview blue dye attempt), bus rides, overnight meets etc.... It was fun to see her completely relaxed and being the funny, happy, optimistic person that she is with her pals. I even heard tell that a senior boy had a crush on her!
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Thursday, January 30, 2014
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