Friday, August 28, 2009
I was one of the coaches for Jasmine's U6 team. In the end there were 5 of us running the team of 30 kids, but 3 of us that had the main responsibilies. I was in charge of the snack roster, giving out team photos and am still handing out the medals to those who couldn't make it to the last day. We were given a curriculum and each week I had a station to run. 3 groups of kids would take turns at my station over the course of 30 minutes, then we would end with a scrimmage and snack.
Monday, August 17, 2009
As for the beach itself, it was nice shallow water which I loved - they could go out far and you didn't have to be too worried. The water was also warm, which made it nice to swim in for quite a length of time, it was however quite rocky. The sand on the beach was so hot, like burn your feet off HOT and it too was not very soft. The view would be really beautiful, except today it was a little too smoggy to see the hills and trees on the other side. The port-a-potties were nasty, definately needed emptying! Jasmine refused to go in there and of course Devin had to go poo and there was no toilet paper (I got desperate and used a receipt from the car, but he doesn't know that). All that said, we had a really nice picnic lunch with friends and the kids want to go back to the beach when daddy doesn't have to work.
Sunday, August 16, 2009
Grampa Shadbolt, correct me if I am wrong, but I don't think Devin has ever been in a motor boat of any sort? I know Jasmine had been in our family boat, The Baby Beezer for a quick ride, but I think Devin is limited to ferry rides, paddle boat and maybe canoe/kayak. Devin has never been real comfortable on the water and today wasn't much of a change, but he did go for a ride. He gripped his daddy's hands through the whole ride and did not like to go fast and thought it was noisy, but we can say he went for his first real motor boat ride. Yeah, Devin! (The boat could only have 1 adult at a time besides the driver, so I wasn't in the boat to witness this or take a picture - shucks!) When it was my turn for a ride, Jay stayed on shore with Devin and Jasmine wanted to see that boat go a little faster. She had to hold onto her hat, until we decided we should just let the wind blow through our hair. (or more like blow in our eyes, ha!) Then Jasmine decided she was ready for her first try at the tube!
You can tell the day was a good one because both kids fell asleep in the car on the way home, a rarity these days! In fact, Devin is supposed to be at soccer in 5 minutes, but between the fun and the early morning from his sleepover with his "girlfriend" Rilla, he is tuckered right out. Plus, did I mention it is 39 degrees - not my favorite weather conditions for running around and playing soccer for an hour. Jasmine and I are supposed to be on the field in half an hour, not sure she will make it either, as Rilla's sister Bronwyn was in Jasmine's room last night and they were up around 6:00 a.m., but I'll have to go regardless as I am one of the coaches.
Dale, thanks for taking time out of your busy pickling schedule to take us out on the water. Even though Jay and I are not water babies like my dad and his family, I would sure like to give my kids the opportunity to be out on the water. Jasmine is quickly becoming a little fish in her swimming lessons, so you never know maybe it just skips a generation? Thanks again for a great afternoon!
Saturday, August 15, 2009
My kids had such great fun on this trip and not because it was Chicago and not because we did so many cool attractions, but because they got to hang out with their older cousins, who they adore! Jasmine's favorite part, ranked #1 and the first thing out of her mouth everytime we ask is playing with Tyson and Allison. When we ask her to pick something specific, then she says the waterslides.
As for Jay and I, we love these kids! Sure because we have to, I mean they are our neice and nephew afterall, BUT... these are really good kids! No temper tantrums, no grumping, no backtalk, no "I'm too cool to hang out with a 3 year old", just good listening, good behaving and nice personalities. Fun to talk to, fun to play with, just all around good, well rounded kids - you did a good job Les and Trevor! Our only wish... that we could see them more often! Love you Tyson and Allison - keep being the great kids you are and don't forget when you turn 12, we will fly you out to Ottawa for a visit (if your mom let's us).