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Wednesday
Jun182014

Mid Year Catch Up - Epic!

Epic

That's what everything is, if you were wondering. Epic. "That was EPIC!" "Oh my gawd, that jump was EPIC!" "Wooo, EPIC fog!" "That was totally, EPIC dinner, Mum." 

You get the vibe? It's Epic. In fact, you'd be hard pressed to find un-epic things in his orbit.

 

This kid is 7 now. Half way through Grade 2. Plays guitar, basketball and Little Athletics. He's in the Boys Aerobics Team at school, can swim a decent lap, ride his bike and jump off most things. He's also discovered that when placed in a cross country long distance scenario, he can run a long way, quickly!

  

S: "Sport is like my hobby."

M: "Yes, it is."

S: "...I thought you'd laugh at that." 

Life is an opportunity be noticed. To be "on". Cute now, but leaning towards wearing... Learning to "Pick his moments" is proving a little more difficult to master. But, like I said, he's only 7. 


He's just got his first mouthguard. Why does a kid who plays mostly non-contact sports need a mouthguard? Well, let's just say he tends to lead with his face!

Being uber competitive and aggressively tenacious will serve him well, in a lot of ways... or be his undoing. :-) 

To say he's all together too excited about the mouthguard, is an understatement. To say that I'm all together too amused that it makes him gag, falls into the same category.

He's got a great bunch of buddies. They're a fairly active lot.

It's hard when they start making their own friends - kids you haven't personally vetted. But so far, he's making pretty good choices.

All in all, so far, A good year!

Top Moments
(as picked by Spike)
 

3. Luna Park with Daddy, Mo, Mum and Arnie was a highlight. "The human/beachballs were, (can you guess?) EPIC!" 

2. Going to the top of the Eureka Skydeck with his Dad and brother.

1. Burying the Time Capsules. 

 

He turns 8 in October.

Ridiculous! 8? Who ever heard of such a thing?!

The 7yo Thing's Mother xx


Friday
Apr122013

Little Aths

Little Athletics is exactly what the name suggests. A knitting club for the over 40's...

Little Aths was formed on the first Saturday of October 1964, by a small group of children on a Geelong oval led by Trevor Billingham. The kids took part in a short program of running events.

Almost exactly 48 years later, Spike had a go. He joins the other 95,000 members, Australia-wide.

If you're not familiar with Little Aths, it's athletic events for kids between the ages of 5 and 15/16. They participate in various and age appropriate modified track and field events.

Spike's an Under 6. They do shot put, discus (without the fancy spinning around) they run 70, 100 and 200mt races, sometimes in their own lanes! There's 70 mt hurdles, over teeny modified yellow tubular fences. And good ol' long jump and special event relays. No high jump or javellin yet. Much to Spike's dismay.

(PS this is what's happening at the other end of that Long Jump pit... )

There's about 15 boys in Spike's age group and about 6 girls. The numbers waver wildly from week to week due to; family commitments, children's whims and/or Mother's fear of standing in no shade on a 40.C day watching unco kids biff a disc around for hours on end.


Each age group has a coach. In our case, Paige. A spindly minx with the patience of a Saint. And the parents pitch in to make up the numbers as record keepers, measurers and assistant coaches. My favourite being a fantastically hilarious Irish dad who will drop his measuring tape to take the hand of a kid who's having trouble with the machinations of long jump, to jump with him/her. It's beautiful.

Now Spike's little brother, Mo is technically too young to join. You must have turned 5 before you start. He's just turned 4 - right at the end of the Summer season, so it will be another year before he can officially join. Not join IN because they allow him to do that, right now.

He dutifully lines up behind his big brother and waits his turn. Paige patiently takes him through each event and everyone applauds his efforts. It does make getting up at 8am on a Saturday morning, totally worth it. :-)


We wanted to Spike to join Little Aths so he could learn to lose graciously. The kid has his mother's competitive streak. Adorable on Mumma, less desirable in a small boy child. It seems to be working. He is MUCH better about not coming first all the time although, the gloating that happens when he does, is pretty shameless. heh! Eh, it's a start! The kids are rewarded for beating their OWN personal goals. As you may guess, Spike is VERY in to his PB's. It turns out, the kids can chuck things, doing well in both discus and shot-put - although there's nothing of him to put behind a disc or shot-put. He's got great long jump form. And was clearly not put on earth to run, fast. Pretty good over the hurdles though.

 

The summer season is over for now. We go back in September and he'll move up an age grade. I'm going to miss Coach Paige, perhaps not as much as Mo will but onward and upward.


Spike's Mother, The One He'll Thank On The Olympic Dais Of My Dreams oxO