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Thursday, April 7, 2016

Jonah the gymnast....a season of growth

Do you remember this? 

I do.  Jonah does.  It was a long two months and it meant no gymnastic competitions at all last season for Jonah.  I think looking back it was a good break for Jonah.  But, it was also very hard for him not to be with his teammates and to watch them succeed.   Losing last season meant Jonah was really excited to begin his season in December.  With such high hopes for the season who knew the road we would all travel with Jonah this season.

In January we went to Colorado to ski and for a gymnastics meet at the Air Force Academy.  The morning of the meet Jonah did not want to compete.  He was complaining of being sick, nervous, and who knows what else.  Drew talked to him.  I talked to him.  Ultimately we let his coach handle the situation and Jonah competed that day.

Two weeks later Jonah did the same thing.  He said he didn't want to compete.  He was nervous.  His stomach hurt.  He wouldn't eat or drink anything.  He ended up competing that day and the next.  Two weeks later the same thing again.  This time it was awful.  Jonah was actually literally sick and I was over it.

Jonah loves gymnastics. He has loved gymnastics since he was just two years old.  He loves and respects Coach Bill.  He likes his teammates.  He knows his skills.  It just did not make sense at all.  Jonah had no clue how to fix what was wrong and neither did I or Drew.  Drew and Jonah met with Coach Bill.  I met with Jonah's teacher.  I had a long, hard discussion with Jonah about what was happening.  He cried.  I cried.  We hugged and we made some changes. 

It was so hard because it broke my heart to see Jonah struggle so much with something that he really loves.  It broke my heart to see his sad eyes.  Jonah has never known what to do with his emotions.  He is such a stuffer until he bursts.  Well he was bursting slowly and it killed me to see all the pieces falling slowly to the ground.  It also killed me that I or Drew did not see this coming.  Raising these kids is beyond hard.  We didn't see it coming, but we were all about finding a solution and teaching Jonah how to manage better.

Jonah has started learning how to manage his anxiety/stress/nervousness or whatever it is that was causing him such distress.  Drew and I have learned how to help him better.  The changes to our schedule have helped him.  It has been a learning process for all of us.  He is doing better in school.  He is smiling when he leaves the gym and hasn't complained about meets since February.

Since February Jonah has steadily done better at each and every meet.  His AA has consistently improved.  He works hard each day at the gym and sticks to his new routine.  He uses his strategies to get him through the stressful moments at school and at the gym.  I am so proud of him.

Jonah qualified for the 2016 Region III Gymnastics meet at his state meet.   A regional meet where gymnasts from six states compete.  It is the highest achievement for a men's level 6 gymnast.  He didn't just barely qualify.  He qualified with an AA of 56 (50 was qualifying).  Jonah knows that he is not the gymnast who will win at the meet.  He also knows that he won't medal.  But, what he does know is that he achieved more this season than he thought was possible.   He knows that Friday is all about having fun, doing his best, and enjoying his success.  He has overcome a lot this season emotionally, mentally, and physically.  The tears I cried with him in February were sad tears.  The tears I cry now are just absolute happy tears for my Jonah. 

Go get 'em Friday Jonah!!!!  We love you!!!!

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Thes best of March

Time is flying by and I can't keep up with everything.  My friend called it the April Avalanche the other day and I do have to agree!!!  Life is crazy right now, but everything is fun and worth the nuttiness!

So March came and went so quickly I had to look at all my pictures to remember what happened.  Of course there was the marathon we won't talk about.  Then my sister was here for Spring Break.  Finally Easter!  There was lots in between that I want to remember so here we go....

Jonah had his 4th grade field trip to Wunderlich Farms at the beginning of March.  I helped chaperone the trip and loved it.  I didn't go when Emma was in 4th grade because Samuel and Elena were still at home.  But, I will definitely go again.  All the kids loved it and I think could have spent so much more time exploring the buildings and learning about life way back when.  It was really fascinating!

Drew and I went to the Houston Rodeo to see Brett Eldredge.  Of course the day we went it poured so there was no looking cute.  It was all about raincoats and umbrellas, but we still had lots of fun!

Elena had her Christmas Experience gift.  We saw Mary Poppins at the Hobby Center.  It was super well done and Elena really enjoyed it.  Her favorite moment was Mary Poppins flying away at the end, but she really did pay attention to the entire show.

We went to several Rice baseball games.  Samuel hardly played any games in March because of Spring Break, Easter, and the weather.  Emma learned her optional floor routine and has music from Phantom of the Opera.  It is awesome and she loves it!  Elena decided she wants to join the swim team so we registered for that.  And because baseball isn't enough for Samuel he is going to play spring flag football.  We have nothing going on in the upcoming months!

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Spring Break 2016

My sister, Kelsey, and her kiddos spent Spring Break with us.  My kiddos knew they were coming, but not which day.  So when they arrived home from school on Friday to see their cousins....worth all the fibbing!  That meant there were eight kids in the house for a week.  It was full, loud, and lots of fun!  These sweet kids are the best of friends and so very much enjoy every moment they are together.  Hellos are the best and good-byes are the worst.

Except Jack, all lined up in age order.  Yes, my kid are tall and Kelsey's kids are short.  Jack, Emma, Maya, Jonah, Hanna, Samuel, Leah, and Elena
We did not do anything overly exciting.  Eight kids is a lot to get places especially with Jack just being 18 months old.  We went to parks, played lots at the house, had a movie day, and enjoyed the beautiful weather.  Our big adventures were to the Houston Zoo, Hermann Park, and two Rice baseball games.

We went to the tire park (Jerry Matheson Park) in Tomball.  We also did a little antique shopping that day too.  It was such fun.  We also visited the park at Mercer Arboretum.  It was really hot that day so we didn't stay too long.  The kids washed the cars that afternoon as a way to stay cool!

The Zoo was awesome.  Despite being Spring Break it wasn't too crowded and we saw lots of awake animals!  Seeing an elephant show was probably the highlight of the day for the kids.

Finally, I was able to find a small bluebonnet field nearby so Kelsey could get her first ever bluebonnet pictures.

July is going to seem like a long time until we spend time together again!