I won't be sad to see this week go for so many reasons. Life can't always be about the peaks . . . sometimes you just have to trudge through the valleys, learn some things in the process and focus on the good things to come. I would encourage folks to not to compare themselves or their lives to others because as we well know, all that glitters isn't gold.
On top of several trying situations this week, heaven gained a new angel . . . a beautiful soul left this earth much too soon. As we all know, cancer sucks. Fall break can't come soon enough.
It's time to turn the frown upside down and recap a few life happenings of late.
My son's high school cross country team hosts a 5K fun run as it's annual fundraiser. Of course our family signs up to support the team, but as my alarm clocks goes off way too early on a Saturday, I always wonder what I was thinking. But then you get there and the energy and excitement make it all so much fun, and I'm always thankful I signed up!
The team was instructed to just have fun and not run too fast so the folks in the community could qualify for the medals! Apparently my son 'Facetimes' his cousin during the race, while on the trails, and I get a call later about how funny it was. That kid . . . he does make us laugh all the time. And as you know, laughter is so good for the soul.
This picture makes my heart happy for a bunch of reasons. One, we're all together for a race . . . how cool is that? Two, Getzy won 2nd place for his age group. That dude is fast. He hasn't trained lately but still killed it. Three, Amanda won for her age group and even did an additional 1K after completing the 5K . . . and her sport is currently dance. Get it girl. Four, this is the first picture where I see how fast Kyle is gaining on me and just how much taller Ryan is than me. They are still sweet little boys in my head though.
And speaking of sweet fellows, I was so proud of our friends for also earning medals in their age group! Winning medals sure makes for a more fun race experience!
Up next, my Amanda has complained to me a few times in recent weeks that she's having a hard time seeing the board at school. Like the good mother that I am, I ignore it the first couple of times thinking maybe it's a fluke. In my head I just took her to the eye doctor. So I tell her that I'll call, but if she's been seen in the last year, we weren't going. Yeah, it was September 2013. Mom game is strong here.
|Isn't that air puff the worst?|
Her prescription is light so the doctor recommended she try 1.25+ reading glasses to see if they helped. They do so we will get child size glasses made, but she does look pretty cute in her specs . . . as seen in the picture below!
This picture makes me happy and sad . . . this was the morning Zeus left for K-9 Academy. Some folks are wondering about this . . . why we chose this route for him.
We knew if we welcomed a German Shepherd into our family that he was going to get formal training. Sure, I can teach him to sit and down and other basic commands, but I want more for him than just the basics. I want him to have the best life possible so making sure he is well trained ensures that. I want him to be able to go where we go and join us on family outings without fear of his behavior.
Let's face it . . . there is a stigma associated with big dogs, GSDs specifically. I didn't quite realize how scared some people were of them until I had one of my own. I'm way more scared of a Dachshund than a GSD, just saying.
So he is at "away camp," as we like to call it, for immersion training . . . then he comes home. We are trained to be his handlers, and we will be tested twice with him before he receives his certificate and can move on to Advanced and Elite training. He is learning voice and hand commands, which is pretty cool. And no, this is not protection training . . . that's a whole different level.
I miss him terribly and cannot wait for him to be done . . . he has a Flickr page that I stalk every hour. I also have called several times to check in on him. There are approximately 10 shepherds there this week so he is in good company and having a blast!
A because I can't stop, won't stop . . . here are a few cute pics of my handsome boy!!!
|I love you Abby! Do you love me?|
|I love you too mom! Am I too close?|
|Fine . . . I'll sit over here.|
|Keeping an eye his boy Kyle . . . look at how the color of his coat is changing?|
It kills me I don't have a better lacrosse picture . . . next practice! I'm so proud of Kyle for trying a new skill . . . that's not easy when you're almost in high school. I predict he will go back to running, but we shall see!
My handsome boy did get some new hardware this week . . . braces . . . the teenage rite of passage. Here's his before and after smiles!
|I just love this kid's freckles!|
At our last Girl Scout meeting, we were working on a badge but I needed to fill some extra time. I thought it would be a good idea to make sure each girl knew how to cook an egg . . . learning life skills is important.
Well, that's it for this Friday . . . I sure hope you have a good one . . . I've never been so happy to say cheers to the freaking weekend!
Linking up with Amanda, Karli, Andrea, Liz, and Tif!