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Our Kids Rock

My daughter.  At 14 she’s into changing the color of her hair about once per month.  I told her we must stop this or it’s going to fall out!  She just went soft black, so I’m hoping this is the journey back to her beautiful brown.  She will start 9th grade this year.  Where does the time go?

She’s good in school, but she’s a bit on the lazy side.  I am always onto her about it.  When she truly studies and puts her heart into it, her grades are amazing.  And she doesn’t have to try that hard.  So far she hasn’t found anything she’s totally passionate about.  She took French last year and liked it so much that she’s taking it again her Freshman year in high school.  She’s also taking Drama.  I think that theater is going to be her thing.   Something arty for sure whether it be make up, set or costume design, (she’s expressed an interest in sewing) photograhy, film or something like that.

She is still volunteering through Wonders of Wildlife (WOW) and that’s a good thing for her to do.  I did slack and not get her over there like I should’ve so we are cramming some hours in before we leave for Florida here very soon.

We will return from our trip just in time for her to go to St. Louis to hit Warp Tour.  She’s really into alternative music, funky colored hair, skinny jeans, converse of the variety, band t-shirts, beanie hats in many colors and sleeping very late and staying up all night.  I was never much of a night owl, but – I have to remind myself that she – is not me.  She’s coming into her own person, with her own personality and we are pretty much black and white.  She’s very social, has a lot of friends and would rather be anyplace but at home.

She’s awesome!

Our son.  He’s on the left in the green shirt.  He’s downtown at Art Walk paying that guy $1 to write whatever he wants to write on his sign.  Good idea.  He said that guy had made like $30 in 20 minutes.   Hilarious!

He made it through is first year at CMU – Central Methodist University and he did really, really well.  He wanted to live off of campus next year, but you can’t do that there until you are 21.  Something we forgot to ask, silly us.  He disliked the dorm he was in last year and some of the silly people he had to live with.  He was also roomies with a football player, so when that guy had Fall practices going on, Jordan wanted to stay up late.  Then in the Spring when it was time for track, his roomie wanted to stay up late.  He did so well athletically that they gave him more dough and he can afford to live in a dorm in a private room with his own bathroom next year.  He’s really happy about that!  Oh, we are happy too!  No more money out of our pockets.

He hasn’t been able to work much because once track started he had to be out of town at meets every single weekend.  He worked a small job on campus in the art department (so unlike him) but he did well doing that and made a little money.  For the summer he landed an internship, a paid internship at that, with the University of Missouri.  He’s living in the woods for 10-weeks studying birds.  Next year he hopes to land another paid internship tagging sharks in Mississippi.  He recently passed his scuba certification so that was exciting and something he’s always wanted to do.  And we could afford it because it was offered at CMU.

He placed 11th in the recent track meet, the college Nationals.  He was actually ranked third in the nation in discus, but got beat on that day.  He is still able to qualify for the Junior Olympics for kids 16-19 and if he makes it, he will travel to Barcelona in July to compete.  Very cool.  So bascially right now, he’s trying to do an internship and do well in track.  He even hauled a big piece of plywood to the bird study so he could practice every day.  The kid is super disciplined and very dedicated.  We are very proud of him. 

Rock On Jordan!

 


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One Down, One To Go

Our son Jordan graduated from high school this year.  He actually attended the same high school that his dad and I did, way back when.

He was in the A+ program which means he was granted two years of free school at OTC (Ozarks Technical College) here in town.  He is also a big track and field star and OTC doesn’t offer that.  To our surprise, MSU (Missouri State University) no longer has a men’s track team either.  I was told they used to have 21 sports at that school and now they only have 16.

The quest was on to find a college where he could major in Biology and be on a track team.  He did all the research himself, made endless phone calls and filled out massive amounts of paperwork.  He was interested in Drury because they do have a track team and they even have a Decathlon which is what he has participated in for the last two summers at Nationals (Junior Olympics).  But CMU (Central Methodist University) made him the best offer.

At CMU he was able to stack his athletic scholarship and academic dough together and he even applied for a scholarship through the church that he was raised in (Methodist Church).  He scored some money there as well.  It’s a good thing all of this happened because lord knows we don’t have the money to send him there.  As it is he will owe a little less than what it costs to attend one year at CMU in  loans when he’s done.  And that’s if everything stays like it is now.  I have a feeling it will be even better next year in the way of athletic offerings.

We moved Jordan to Fayette, MO last Saturday.  The school is quaint, kind of like Drury but maybe even smaller.  The buildings have that old, cool architecture and the dorms are decent.  The food was pretty good as well.  We all had lunch at the cafeteria that day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

He will major in Marine Biology and he already got a job in the office there on campus.  That’s a good thing!  The town is very small and honestly I think I would go crazy living there but he doesn’t seem to mind.  I made a joke that he will get into trouble because of lack of stuff to do, or he’ll get into trouble because he’ll be driving to Columbia every single weekend.  Frank didn’t think that was very funny. 

He will toss the discus on their track team and the coach had maybe mentioned hammer throw as well.  We’ll see.  He’s had some trouble with one of his ankles and he’s pulled a hamstring a couple of times as well, so we’re keeping our fingers crossed that the inuries lay low. 

Good luck Jordan.  You are fine young man and I’d like to think that your family had a little bit to do with that!


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You Go Jordan!

Today was a blustery, nasty 45 degrees with drizzle and all.  Not the ideal day for a track meet.  But.  We had to attend.  It was the first meet of the season and our son probably didn’t get any sleep last night thinking about it.  He’s been trying to beat Parkview’s discus record for three years now.  

Last night he asked me if we could do some yoga stretching and some relaxation.  I said of course.  I had him use the strap to stretch out his legs and use the bolster to stretch out his back.  I even treated him to a little Thai Yoga Massage at the end.  He was thankful.

Back to the track meet.  Our son was scheduled to throw at 4.  I met my husband at the field, but not before I drove through Starbuck’s (I had a gift card, otherwise it’s out of my budget) and I sat in the car until the meet started.  I noticed my in-laws had a front row spot in the car to see the kids throw.  I joined them.  I don’t like to be cold and I dislike being wet and cold even more. 

Jordan threw 161 feet the first throw and 163 feet the second time.  He threw 163 feet again the third time.  On his fourth and final throw, he tossed a 176.9.  That’s feet.  From the car I saw him put his hands on his head and fall to his knees.  I ran as fast as I could to see how far he had thrown.  He was so excited and so were we.  I told him it was because we did all of that yoga last night.

He is going to CMU, Central Methodist University next fall.  We are so proud of him.  On his own he researched and made phone call after phone call and filled out massive paper work.  He will be attending CMU with 80% in scholarships.  Now that he’s thrown this distance I’m sure his athletic cash will be upped a tad.  Track is hard for scholarships as they base it on what you did last year.  Of course he had academic stuff to stack on top of this athletic stuff as well.

I am so glad that he accomplished his goal.  The discus record was set in 1981 at 174 feet.  Way to go Jordan, you are amazing!


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Our Junior Olympian

Our son Jordan (shown in the black and red) is quite the athlete.  Track is his thing and he loves it.  At the end of the school year he’s always a bit depressed that the season is over.  That was until this year.

This year a guy started the Springfield Track Club and several kids joined up.  Oddly enough this guy is also a neighbor of ours as well and was interested in Jordan already.  Jordan was so excited to have a track team to practice with as soon as school got out.  They practiced two nights a week and attended several track meets as a team out of town.

The last meet they entered happened in Tulsa.  Here was where he would qualify for nationals.  And qualify he did.  He spent this last weekend in Norfolk, Virginia with 10 or so others that qualified as well.  This is pretty cool stuff.  He was so excited and so were we.  But.  Neither Frank nor I could head to Virginia.  I’d just been gone 24 days and we didn’t expect this to happen.  His mother was able to be there.  His aunt and uncle were there too, they live close to that area.  He had a strong support system there and we were thankful.

He placed FIRST in discus and SECOND in shot-put.  He entered the Decathlon which meant 5 events for him on Saturday and 5 for him on Sunday.  He did great, we are so proud of him! 

Check out his stats –

100 Meter Run 11.99 seconds – Long Jump 17′ 6.25″ – High Jump 4′ 11″ – Shot-Put 45′ 3″ – 400 Meter Run 55.47 seconds (he set a personal record on this one), Discus 152.3′, Pole Vault he didn’t clear, bummer – Javelon 135′ at 13th place, Hurdles 110 and the Mile Run 5 minutes and 12 seconds!  He ended the Decathlon with a score of 4,913 which isn’t too bad considering this is only his second Decathlon EVER. 

He’s hiking and camping in the mountains of Virginia right now and we sure can’t wait to have him back home to hug him and congratulate him properly! 

You rock son.


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Our Son Rocks

Our son, Jordan, is amazing.  He’s taught himself quite the technique on working the discus for track and field.  He even bowed out of most running events to concentrate on his passion, throwing discus.  He placed first in the Sectional meet yesterday in Lebanon.  I couldn’t be there, I had to teach a yoga class, but his father was there and so were a ton of other relatives to cheer him on.  The Springfield News-Leader interviewed him and took his photo after the event.  He didn’t land his photo in the newspaper, but he gave a decent interview and got his name in the headline.  We are super proud of how hard he’s worked and how dedicated he remains.  Good job Jordan!

Our daughter, Lauren, is becoming quite the seamstress.  She’s on her 7th sewing lesson, she has one more next weekend, then I think she wants to break for the summer.  So far she’s made a pillowcase, a pair of bermuda shorts and yesterday she made the cutest little skirt.  She’s taking a class with her good friend Madeline as they both received sewing machines for Christmas.  Talented girls they are.  I cannot use a machine to save my life, but I can sew by hand.

My car.  Another story.  It will be repaired but who knows when.  They have to get parts from a few different states, since the car is ten years old.  So far the repairs are up to $3,052 and that’s OK.  The insurance company already issued me a check with a letter that says they will pay for anything over that amount.  Then why not just wait until the car is finished and cut the body shop one check?  Who knows?  What I do know is this.  I deposited that check and I’ll put the repairs on my Discover card, pay it off immediately and enjoy my 5% cash back bonus.  Thank you insurance company.  The accident got into my front wheel drive, so though the Volvo doesn’t need much in the way of body work, it needs under carriage crap.  Hopefully it will drive just as good, if not better when I get it back.  And oh, am I missing it!  They gave me a 2010 Pontiac G6 to drive.  It’s a brand new car, I guess I should love it, but I don’t.  It’s nothing like my Volvo.  Nothing at all.  I like my 10 year old car and I will have myself a serious little party when I get it back!

Off to work some more in the garden.  We finally have a day without rain (so far) but it’s pretty hot and humid out there!  I weeded half of the garden already and have decided to blow the other half off.  I didn’t plant much this year, so we’ll be moving the fence to make the garden smaller here in a little while.  That is, if I can get Frank to help me.  Enjoy the day.


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Back On Track

I biked to all of my yoga classes this week, with the exception of this morning.  It really looked like rain yesterday at the noon hour, but I biked it anyways.  Saving my gas money and the evil parking permit that MSU charges for the use of their lot.  I’m there a whopping two hours a week, hate to pay.   It’s nice to ride over there.  I take the side streets.  I really take in the residential landscaping, I can smell who’s doing their laundry, and I am getting used to the fence that houses the big dogs!

Monday, my kids start school.  I love the summertime.  The kids can sleep late.  Things are lazy and more unorganized than the norm.  We stay outside until dark and eat dinner late.  But, I am ready to get back on track.  There’s something about a schedule and for me, it’s for more than just catching days.

Kids at the Nature Center Nov 2007

Kids at the Nature Center Nov 2007

Our son, will be a sophomore this year!  Hard to believe.  He’s a smart kid who spends all of his free time throwing the discus, either in our yard, or over at the school.  He’s not a social butterfly, he says he doesn’t have time for that.  He’s wanting to be in a Decathlon, and I am sure that he will be if he wants to.  Perhaps, we will see him in some field event at the Olympics someday!

Our daughter will be in the 5th grade this year.  She’s a bit nervous, as she’s starting a brand new school, WOLF School.  It’s an alternative school that’s conservation based.  They will spend 70% of their time in the field, outdoors in all kinds of weather.  I’m talking caving, fishing, canoeing, hiking.  Where was this school when I was a kid?  Their school room will be at Bass Pro (and it’s cool) and they will have the same curriculum as a regular elementary 5th grade. 

Both kids are gone to their other homes this weekend.  I will have time to get organized around here, do some serious cleaning and putting away of the “stuff”.  I’m looking forward to Fall, I always do, it’s my favorite time of year.