They make me a better person. I got in the pool with them today and they pretended they were my coaches helping me learn strokes properly. In the evening we worked on our stretches together. They vowed to help me get more physically fit.
Bright and early the boy was up without complaints. The orientation was so amazing that I wish I had recorded every word of it. David Taylor, a known college recruiter who was in charge of running the camp, emphasized the importance of not seeing our kids as "stars" at eleven, twelve, or thirteen years of age. The important work of learning fundamentals starts now, he said. Just making baskets without improving all other aspects of their game is futile.
Phillip paid attention and worked really hard. Days were long, ending with written homework at 10 pm or so. The point of all the hard work was to show the kids a fraction of what it would be like to be a college player. That's a dream that many of these kids may accomplish some day... if they work hard, that is. Talent without hard work means nothing in sports. That was the main lesson we took away from this experience.
Jordan Lawley (former University of California San Diego player) worked with the boys on skills and agility. He is a very dynamic young man.
Now, back to work on his craft... and on his growing as an athlete and a young man.
It starts with a car trip, several turns at Mad Libs, some talking, some listening to music. No, we don't own a DVD player (it was stolen from our garage and we never got around to buying another one) or a car that has a DVD player (our next one, maybe?).
One of these days I would like to try a book on cd. I will probably get distracted and not remember what I just heard, but the children will.
And, of course, we have this boy to entertain us:
...with a bag clip on his hair!
Our trip to San Diego was a couple of weeks ago. I will slowly post my favorite pictures. Dear husband is recovering well from knee surgery (a week ago), but I still find myself spending more time at home than usual, just helping him get his meals situated, etc... I'll try to escape to my little corner of the living room and post when I can, though.
My car broke down today. It should have been a very stressful event, but it was not. There are a number of reasons why it was more than manageable:
1) It broke down in front of the piano teacher's house after our lesson.
2) She was home and didn't have any lessons after Maya and was just planing on "hanging out" at home.
3) Her husband (who is a firefighter... i.e. handy) was home.
4) She used her AAA to call for a towing truck because my insurance wanted to charge us. AAA was free for her (and friends, obviously).
5) AAA came in EIGHT minutes after they had told us that it would take about an hour.
6) The AAA guy with his massive jumper cables was able to start the car right away (we had tried with my itty bitty cables).
7) The piano teacher had an appointment a little later in my neck of the woods, so she followed me as I drove to the car repair place and dropped me off at home.
8) She got to come to my house and spend a few minutes with me. She had never been here or seeing the piano both Maya and Phillip have practiced day after day all these years of lessons.
Thankful today for good friends with good AAA coverage! Ha!
This picture has nothing to do with the story, but I am happy to report we started "The Giver" by Lois Lowry. She made me cry a lot last week with "Number the Stars" and this one is promising to be a great one also!
I am truly enjoying my time with the kids this Summer. They are growing and don't play with toys that much anymore. So, we watch movies and read books. We talk, we go out to lunch, we do a little shopping. We spend hours together.
This week Phillip is in basketball camp all day, so Maya had I have spent some time together... just the two of us. At Panda Express today, she just looked at me during lunch and said "I love you, mommy".
Phillip had his turn last week while Maya was at playdate. He also chose Panda Express. We talked about Politics, wars and, of course, sports.
I am so privileged to be able to spend most of my days with these two children. I don't take it for granted.
To finish, just a silly moment I don't want to forget:
We were reading this amazing book before bedtime (yes, Phillip still allows that and I love it!) and were completely absorbed by it. I read this beautiful psalm:
"O praise the Lord.
How good it is to sing psalms to our God!
How pleasant to praise him!
The Lord is rebuilding Jerusalem;
he gathers in the scattered sons of Israel.
It is he who heals the broken in spirit
and binds up their wounds,
he who numbers the stars one by one..."
Phillip, who cannot keep his hands quiet, had the remote control for the light/fan above us. When I finished the last verse, he turned on the light by accident. I looked astonished at the light, as Phillip said "I'm sorry". We bursted out laughing when I told them that for a moment I thought I was looking at the stars with the characters in the book and God was making them bright for us.
I really did get transported into the book for a couple of seconds. And happy about how much the kids laughed afterwards.
Right before championships we were invited to a super fun swim team party. The hosts have a pizza oven in their backyard and both he and his wife love to entertain. The women took turns in the kitchen making the pizzas while the guys cooked the pizzas outside. The kids swam and had a great time.
The boy says "ENOUGH!"
Some of the guys
I love her profile
The best phone picture ever taken by a friend! Can you tell how happy the kids are?