Taking another pause from trip recaps, and instead bringing you what I’m going to call a 5-4-3-2-1 Weekend Recap.
I’m going to rank some weekend events from 5 (highest/best) to 1 (lowest). Fortunately, nothing was truly too bad this weekend, though. 🙂
The highest spot goes to….Ethan and basketball. He had one game Saturday (a loss) and one on Sunday (a win). But I don’t care at all about the win or loss record. What I DO care about is that Ethan scored some points both days, including a couple 3 pointers on Saturday!
Why does this matter? Well, Ethan is new to basketball and was frankly nervous to even sign up initially. He found he really liked the practices (and the games, even), but in the first weeks we could tell he was just pretty timid in the games. It took a while before he scored any points- because he wouldn’t take any shots!! I think he was nervous that he would miss and be embarrassed or something. (Which to me is silly, because if you watch these 7th grade school games, I swear the overall shooting accuracy is like, 15% most of the time! 😆 Trust me, plenty of kids miss many, many, MANY shots….But I can understand his sentiment, too.)
We tried to explain the old saying- “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take,” so what do you have to lose??
Anyway, he finally has started to relax some over these last few weeks and has been going for it much more often! 🙂 This weekend he even scored some 3 pointers. It’s just cool to see him grow and gain some confidence, so, ETHAN AND BASKETBALL = #5 spot.
#4 goes to Asher and strength training! He recently turned 12, as you know, which means that he is now able to use certain areas of our gym alone (after completing an online training course). This includes one of the weight rooms. (Not the “real” big weight room, with all the free weights and the muscle men, but the circuit training room, with the weight machines.)
He asked me to take him over there yesterday to help orient him to the machines- how to set the seats, check his form, etc. My answer, of course, was YES PLEASE!! I love strength training and I’m pretty pumped to see that he has an interest in it. He claims that he wants to start going maybe twice a week to start strength training regularly, to supplement his swimming practices.
There are at least 15 or so machines in that room, covering all body parts, so he should be able to get a nice full body workout in there. (Eventually I hope he can learn true weight lifting, with free weights and all, but the machines are a good second option for now.)
#3 feels like it needs to be kind of a “neutral” rating, so I’ll go with the snowfall on Saturday night (and generally cold temperatures). We woke up to this view Sunday morning:
I feel pretty neutral about it, because yes, it snowed, which means we had to clear the driveway and back patio (i.e. some work/ in the cold), but on the flip side, it was Sunday morning and we had no rush to get out. AND we didn’t have any reason to drive in it. So that’s kind of an equal wash- hence a #3 rating. 🙂
One plus side to the snow is obviously that it is very pretty. After I cleared the patio and Ivan finished plowing the driveway, we went in the hot tub, and it was very lovely with the bright sun/ blue skies/ fresh snow/ HOT water.
#2 goes to spending several hours this weekend working on swim team volunteer stuff. I feel bad rating this only a 2, but the truth is, it’s just not that fun! 😬 I really don’t hate it, don’t get me wrong. It can be satisfying and almost(?) fun/enjoyable in some ways. But it did eat up some time in my weekend that I probably would have rather done something else.
Looking on the bright side, there were some significant changes to the meet format for the upcoming one which made my job way easier this time. So I really am grateful that the prep work was pretty easy and painless this time, all things considered. Also- I sat with my laptop next to the fireplace while I worked on it, which was really quite pleasant as well.
And the number one, lowest spot goes to…….our Green Bay Packers.
I cannot BELIEVE they lost the playoff game on Saturday night!!!! UGH. That was just painful to watch. I think everyone had such high hopes. That was a real downer!!
(It’s interesting that in 3 out of 4 playoff games this weekend, the underdog won!! Just goes to show you, I guess. It’s not over ’til it’s over….).
Gratitude Challenge Day 24:
Say thank you to someone.
Gosh, that’s a tough one…I can think of many people that are so deserving of thanks in my life. But I just closed my eyes and tried to “feel” this one, to think of what my gut instinct was telling me. And it came to me very clearly….the person most deserving of a huge THANK YOU today is God! The blessings I have in my life literally overwhelm me sometimes when I think about it. So, all glory to God on this one. 😊😊