Thursday, March 5, 2015

Southeastern Championships....

Hank and I took a mini vacation with John David to Knoxville. We actually went for John David's SE swim championships but it felt like a vacay to me! When you are almost 52 and have needy demanding energetic full of life 5 and 8 year old girls....well one may look at a swim meet where you bite your nails and sit on the edge of your seat for 8 hours a day a vacation haha!

 It was so nice to have John David to ourselves and help him focus on what he has worked so hard for over this swim season. Because of the aforementioned nerves of this mom I have very few pictures.
He qualified for 9 events and is allowed to swim in 7. This has been one of his best swim seasons:)
this is the ONLY pic I have of him before his first awesome 200 free race

He had a great meet except for the part when he missed his race, otherwise known as talking to his buddy, not realizing those 50's go by faster than imagined, and a coach that did not see until it was too late. I was so so sad for him since it was one of his best races but mostly because I know my boy.....he is harder on himself than any parent, teacher or coach could possibly be and he is 12, needed a bit of guidance. My text to him right after this incident was "I'm so sorry! You will never do that again...." This was the cause of my psychotic nerves for the rest of the meet ha! I have to say he handled himself very well, picked himself up from his disappointment and moved on. That day was not a loss for sure seeing as he placed 10th overall in his 200 free and took 6 seconds off his best time. Overall he learned some very important lessons that will serve him well into adulthood! As disappointed for him as I was I am more thankful for what God placed in his heart... humility, perseverance and contentment in adversity.

I love this meet mobile app!! 
When John David is 16 he can look back at these times and see how far he has come...
every other year swimmers move to the next tier of time requirements 
and cannot imagine he or she can accomplish these faster times...
I am fascinated watching these athletes achieve these new goals!
One thing is for sure swimmers are a driven group of high achievers:)
He took time off every event he swam....such a great meet for him!

The rest of the weekend in our bits of free time we visited with Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles and cousins. It truly was a much needed and appreciated vacation. Thanks to Julianne the girls had a great weekend as well:)

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