Holy cow - June is over. How did that happen?
This past week has been a whirlwind of company and business travel and kids going a million different directions. I guess that's what you get when you try to fit in ALL the things that go along with summertime!
Here are a couple of pretty low quality pictures from Bob's cell phone. I don't know that I took a single picture all week. Oops!
The little boys have started Jiu Jitsu. If you've ever heard me talk about Jocko Willink, that's why. He wrote a book called "The Way of the Warrior Kid" and now Zane and Beck are throwing themselves into learning Jiu Jitsu. Know what... I kind of love it! There's definitely something different you get out of participating in an individual sport that you don't get out of team sports. Both have valuable lessons and I love that the little dudes are so willing to work on this. Also, they are actually pretty good at it. Zane is a rule follower - which fits very nicely with the discipline of martial arts - and he's relatively athletic for his age. He pays very close attention to learning new moves and once he gets some direction from the coaches, he remembers all of it. Beckett is less about the discipline and actually spends a fair amount of time with his nose on the mat in the Jiu Jitsu version of "time out". But he's also very strong for a 5 year old and when you combine that with the fact that he's very aggressive and kind of nasty and absolutely fearless... he's got the right stuff to be really good.
One of the pictures is Beck showing off his muscles in the pool. While we were at the beach, my mom taught the boys to snorkel. So I got them some snorkel gear for our pool and they love it! Pretty cool to see them and it has REALLY improved their swimming ability too! Win win!
The last picture is Beck and Quinn playing video games. Yes, they've played a LOT of games this summer. Probably more than they should, but they enjoy it and sometimes you just need to let them do something that will keep them happy and quiet for a while. (Remember we are often working from home before any judging occurs!) One of the things I love about this picture is that it so accurately captures this relationship between #2 and #4 that's really blossomed this summer. Those two are buddies. Quinn takes care of Beck. Beck adores Quinn. They almost never argue. It's (at least at this moment in time) the best relationship between any of the boys. I'm sure things will morph and change (because they have before...) but for now I'm really enjoying watching those 2 together.
If you might be wondering why Spencer isn't in any pictures it's because he's been gone pretty much since last Saturday morning. He went away on a church trip with 900 other high school kids (ouch... just referred to one of my kids as a high schooler...) to Panama City Beach. They stayed in a resort with their small groups and seem to have had a great time. It's impossible to get any kind of details from a 14 year old boy, but he said he'd go back next year, so it must have been good. He got home last night and then turned around at 5:30 this morning to go to a football camp over in Rome, GA. This is the last of the planned trips he's got for the summer and my guess is that he'll now be singularly focused on getting ready for the football season. I imagine the weight bench in the basement is about to get a workout...
Have a very safe and happy 4th of July everyone! Happy early birthday to my sister. We aren't really sure WHAT we are going to get into over the weekend or for the holiday, but I'm sure it'll be full of summer fun!