Sunday, June 24, 2018

Limping to the finish line

The last crawl to the finish line.

Sophie is finishing Grade 8 and Fynn Grade 5.  Somehow, we have gotten through 3 competition dance programs (in 3 cities), weeks of soccer games (several out of town), track practice for Sophie, a ballet exam, a piano exam (which was a real nail bitter, and thankfully she did pass), weekly dictee tests for Fynn (thank you Carson for being such a great tutor), and finally me advocating for Sophie to re-write an important year end math final. She needed to get a better mark and with a bit of pushing and support it happened (she got an A!).

Seriously, parents need an award of sorts for surviving the year.

Monday, April 30, 2018

Track Meet

Sophie started running the odd weekend with Vic this spring and she was really doing well.  She could keep up to him, so when she said she wanted to join the Track and Field club at her school, we really encouraged it.

She practices a couple of times a week (a bit tricky as there are some conflicts with dance).  She had her first track meet this Saturday in Kamloops. 

The girls 4 x 400 metre relay came in first place!  Sophie also ran in the 1500, 200, and 800.

Friday, March 23, 2018

We finished the Open 2018

One of my fitness goals for 2018 was to participate in the Crossfit Open.  Well, both Vic and I paid our $20 and signed up in February.  For 5 weeks, we did Open workouts that were announced each Thursday at 5pm.  Every Friday, I would feel butterflies getting a bit nervous about how I would do each workout.

I think the nerves come from the fact that you record an "official" time/rep for each workout that has been signed off by a judge (someone from your box) in the Crossfit Open website and your affiliate owner has to verify it.  It adds that level of competition to it.  I like the competitive part of it...I think my competitive nature really came out in the Open.  It also underscored for me what I need to work on to be more successful for next year's open:  Hand Stand Pushup and Kipping Pull Ups.  Having said that, I did have a couple of breakthroughs: my "beat swings" have improved, I got my first strict pull-up, my push-ups have come a long way (no more "women's) and I can do a decent Thruster now.

I'm sure I'll sign up for next year's open. 

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Planning ahead

Back in late summer, I read an article in a magazine about a college application / educational counseling service called IvyWise.  Since that time, I read more about them with the idea that some early planning would be good for Sophie as we will be navigating college/university admissions in a few years. Both Vic and I made some costly and time consuming missteps in our early post secondary education, and we want the kids to avoid this if possible.   I sent some emails and had a free introductory call with IvyWise before Christmas.  After filling out their online questionnaires (one that Sophie completed, and one that I did), we had our first 90 minute Skype/phone call today with Sophie's new counsellor, Amy.  We learned a lot today about the college admission process in the US (we want Sophie to keep her options open), but Amy also is experienced with Canadian universities as well.  Amy asked a lot of great questions of Sophie and Vic and I, and for an exploratory meeting, I think had some good take-aways.

I'll post more about this as we learn more and get more of a detailed road map to help Sophie as she makes her plans over the next few years.

Sunday, February 04, 2018

Happy 14th Birthday, Sophie!

This is what happens when you blink.  Sophie is 14 tomorrow.

She invited some friends over Saturday night for a bowling party, pizza and cake.  After a couple of hours of bowling the girls asked if they could come back to our house for a bit longer.  Kate, Abby, Felicia, Cami, and Erica (Hunter was busy). 

Today we went skiing...lots of snow which made it somewhat difficult as the runs weren't really groomed.  I think this was our 6th time up this season which isn't too bad.

Vic and I also were able to squeeze in some time with Guy Greavette of Vikings Weightlifting who is helping us with our form/technique as we try to learn Olympic Weightlifting.  Things are coming along....slowly.  The photo of me is an attempt at a Snatch.  A very difficult move at the best of times.

Fynn also played hockey in Lumby and his team had a nice little win.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Back Squat

Today we had a busy Saturday morning.  Fynn had a hockey game, and Sophie had dance practice.  After hockey, Vic and I headed over to Crossfit for the 3rd annual Crossfit Total where you get points based on your one rep maximum. 

I hit 3 personal bests today:

Back Squat 125 lbs
Overhead Press (strict) 65 lbs
Dead lift 175 lbs

I was happy with all of those numbers, as I consider how far I have come in the past year.

Sunday, January 07, 2018

A well spent weekend

We had a great weekend.  In spite of cold weather and somewhat grey skies we did a lot of fun things to keep ourselves busy and active.  I think we helped end the Christmas break for the kids on a high note.

On Friday afternoon, I had a dermatologist appointment in Vernon.  To make it a bit of a treat for the kids, we went for dinner after I was finished and then headed over to the bookstore in the mall to browse.  I picked up the new Jennifer Egan book.

On Saturday, Vic and I had an Olympic Weightlifting coaching session with Guy Greavette. We have been working with guy since late last summer. This was our fourth time seeing him, and each time we go, we always both feel like we have found his sessions invaluable in correcting our form.

Saturday night, we went to a movie with my work friend Julie and her husband.  We saw Ladybird.  Great movie!

Today we headed up to Silver Star for our 3rd ski day of the season.  It's great to have seasons passes and not have to worry about purchasing lift tickets.