'twas a full on week of children's extra cirricular activities - 3 full days devoted to . . . running my son to a nerdy GATEWAYS programme (learn to speak like a computer & binary code), my eldest daughter to ASC cross country (ACT private high school finals) & twinnies to primary school regional cross country . . . ALL in different directions criss crossing Canberra. I have a wind/ sun/ cheer/ spinning headache & empty fuel tank.
The ASC was at Weston Park in Yarralumla (where the Governor General lives) it is stunningly beautiful. After the girls disappeared into the bushes, they popped out 3km later at the finish line. She's now running faster than handsome soldier!!
My children have always been runners, climbers, jumpers, naturally sporty, keen to be outdoors & they run for fun. I can assure you - this mummy is not an ugly sideline crazy parent either. Can't say the same for the undelightful stranger next to me who kept telling me her daughter would win (& she did, bugger). Yes, one of those parents who live through their children's accomplishments. Avoid!! She didn't have a camera but screamed "smile as you cross the line" & thoughts of pageant mother ran through my head. I'll avoid her at the state finals next month, she's not from my daughter's school, stop talking to me weirdo!!
Then my twinnies had their cross country at the rehabilitated-from-bush-fire Mt Stromlo. It will be stunning when the trees grow back. I was a little too excited cheering to take photos of my girls crossing the line, especially when my middle girl came from getting the baton in 6th place to storm home for the relay in 3rd place. That was extra exciting as the other mummies of the relay runners were with me cheering her on & ALL our girls get ribbons.
My sweet boy, he won his 7 year old age group at school & was fast enough to run with the 8 year olds at regionals, but not allowed. I'm just not competitive enough to adjust his birth certificate!! I would have sent him to school as he's SRC/ class captain & was hosting assembly but overnight he had a fever & although nothing happened, better to keep him with me than at school. He has come every year anyway with all his sisters running - this time he was hanging out with the year 4 boys reading 'choose your own adventure' stories & chowing down on my picnic. They are such nice children at our little primary school, hungry but nice.
So i'm very grateful that something so healthy, fun & free, comes naturally to my children. They are not only great runners, they are great sports too. Watching my 3rd daughter zoom off on her 2km cross country course & realise she'd left her school mates behind, she stopped to run with them - adorable. That warms my heart far more than a first place ribbon. I was chatting to a sports teacher about pushy parents & she said they don't realise that they actually destroy natural talent & kill the fun of the sport (+ embarrass their children). My 4 are proud of themselves & the second they cross the line they turn to cheer on their friends.
Handsome soldier called to say good luck, he wishes he was with us. Well it's the real world, it's a luxury to be a stay at home parent & witness these school day milestones - i'm just extra lucky. We all car pooled & took photos to email the parents who missed it. Maxabella Loves will tell you what everyone else is Grateful for this Saturday, we're off to a high tea, bliss!! Love Posie PS check out this Lego Giveaway, ends Sunday night, don't miss it . . . &
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