Monday, June 29, 2015

Happy Birthday Bug

My wonderful niece turns 6 today.  Her age was the matter of some debate by my sons and me.  Coco was convinced she was born in 2008.  I don't really know why.  I only know I couldn't convince him otherwise.  He looked rather foolish when he included "Happy 7th" in his signing of the card.....

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Happy Fathers Day 2015

I hope all you Dads out there have a great day.  Thank you Caz & Coco for helping me understand what it means to be a parent.  Thank you to Demi for being my partner in crime.  Thank you also for keeping us at two, so that we can still play man to man defense.....

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Best of the Bunch

Caz was presented with a Best of the Bunch Award this morning.  It was a nice event that the school put on.  They had the student cooking class make breakfast treats for the award recipients and their parents.  The emcee then went on to describe how each student still did not know why there were nominated for this award.  They only knew the criteria.  Students are nominated by their teachers for good deed and/or random acts of kindness.  It is the action a person takes when they don't know they are being watched that show their true character.  Caz really redeemed himself from his mishap to start the year.  The person that Demi and I believe him to be, shone through.  We are so proud of him.  I think he is even proud of himself.  He should be.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Green Letter Day

Congrats to Caz on earning his DHS varsity letter in Spring Track.  It was announced at the season wrap banquet tonight.  He was really excited.  And proud.  As well he should be.  Demi and I are very proud of him.  Sure, this is a sports achievement.  It is more than just physcial prowess.  He should some growth mentally and socially.  He competed.  He cared.  He is a great teammate.  
     He is also a great sport.  He went out of his way to shake hands with his competitors.  All of them.  At the end of every race.  He was always the one to approach them.  That is really one of the things of which I am most proud.  Caz is really done well.  Great job, my son.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Decathalon Day Two

From a performance standpoint Day Two did not go well.  But from a personal growth standpoint, Caz won big.  His scrawny frame was not built for shot put.  But he threw it.  Not far, but he gave it all he had.  He made sure he was not going to trip over a hurdle.  He cleared each one by a mile.  He hurt himself in the triple jump.  But even after that, he didn't quit.  He passed on his next two jumps.  But he threw the shot put right after.  He then ran the 1500.  He ran it well too.  Much faster than I could ever have hoped to run it at any age.  He bonded with his teammates.  One graduated.  The others will be senoirs next year.  That is big for a younger kid.  He got a lot out of this.  I hope he understands its and/or realizes is someday.

Monday, June 8, 2015

Decathalon Day One

Caz is going to finish the track season with a decathalon.  The South sectional state decathalon.  At least his coach signed him up with 5 of his teammates, 2 teams of 3.  8 of these events he has never down before.  I think it will be good for him.  He can really test himself.  Both physcially and mentally.  He can push himself.  I hope he does.  I hope he doesn't hold back.  I hope the tests his limits.

He did really well and after day one is in 22nd place.  Not bad at all.  He did really well with a PR in the 100M.  He missed the state qualifying distance for discus, which was the first time he has ever done the event.  He seems please with himself.  He should be.  We are all proud of him.

Sunday, June 7, 2015

The Sleepover

The weekend sleepover for Caz is pretty routine at this point.  He and his buddies hunker down at least one night during any given weekend, order out for food, stay up late watching TV, then sleeping  at the house where they congregate.  That is likely why it didn't cross Demi's or my mind, when they did it this weekend.  There was nothing bad that happened.  At least we don't think so.  But it occurred to us that the sleepover location last night was not ideal.  
     One of his buddy's parents has recently split up.  They are not yet divorced but it's in progress.  The parents are living separately.  I won't get into the circumstances but enough went on to cause concern about our son staying over there.  We had some level of concern before our friends split.  But now we really have to be careful.  We may not let that happen again.  We will have to talk with Caz of course.  We have before too.  It won't be a surprise.  Constant communication.  That is key.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

D3 Track Meet

I love that Caz wants to go home on the bus and bond with his team.  They are going out to eat on the way home. But I could really be asleep now.  I am wiped.  This was a very long meet.  It was also far way, in Fall River.  Ah, the price of parenthood, huh?

Caz ran well.  He really ran a great leg in the 4 x 100 M.  The turn is hard to run. He nailed it.  They set a PR too.  It was nice to see their excited faces.