Henry’s (and Halia’s!) World

Their story from conception to the present



Tumbling skills

Filed under: General — Ada at 1:23 am on Tuesday, January 21, 2014
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The world according to teenagers

Filed under: General — Ada at 10:06 pm on Monday, November 11, 2013
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On the eve before the eve of Ms. Diva’s birthday, I reminisce about how far my four lion cubs have come. How very similar they are but how so very different.

As a parent on the go from one extracurricular activity to another, music often makes our rides bearable. But if I had to spend another hour listening to every Justin Timberlake song off of his latest album every 10 minutes I was blowing a casket. On a whim I searched for and found an R & B station, needless to say my senior cub was beside himself with all of the unfamiliar songs playing, mumbling about listening to weird songs.

It took hearing one of his favorite groups Earth, Wind & Fire one day to finally appreciate that not all change is bad.

Seems that I had a premonition of things to come, not even 2-weeks later his favorite pop station changed to a country station, now you’d never get an argument from either of us.

Its a small, small world

Filed under: General, Journal H — Ada at 3:11 pm on Friday, October 18, 2013
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Making the decision mid season to change football organizations, Henry was lucky to find a team, Big H not so much.
That situation actually turned out for the best. With the focus solely on the quarterback position, his arm strength continues to excel each passing year. Now footwork and speed was a whole other question.

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A couple of hours of research later we decided to tryout a local gym whose emphasis was on acceleration and strength. I am happy to report that 12 sessions in, the improvement has been tremendous. Even Henry just dropping in once a week increased his speed two fold!

Now here’s where my Disney theme music comes in, the gym owner has a daughter that cheers competitively with Diva H :0. Now while both girls are close in age, this gym is spread over 10 locations with over 70 teams. Diva H cheers out of two locations is on 3 teams and alternates on 1 so what were the odds that both girls would cheer out of the same gym but different teams? It truly is a small world!!

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A season of madness ends..as another starts….

Filed under: General, Homeschooling — Ada at 3:27 pm on Wednesday, October 16, 2013
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Going over the monthly calendar of activities, I am stuck by;

(a) How many extracurricular activities the family is involved in, and
(b) My husband and I need to carve out more us time

Regular football season is winding down, but as 6-years of being in this sport has taught me, there is no such thing as an off-season.
Camps for both boy’s are lined up, working on acceleration and strength training at our local gym has seen amazing results, and the search is on for Spring tackle football.

As to the other half of my quad, they have been hard at work conditioning and practicing for their competition season which officially kicks-off on October 27.
Ms. Halia is having the best time ever in dance class. As much as she enjoys cheer and tumble, she lives for her weekly ballet and tap lessons. The icing to her cake,
she’ll be part of two Christmas parades with the rest of her studio, we are over the moon with excitement.

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With Ms. Diva unofficially on 4 cheer teams, we have a packed travel season from Washington DC to Atlanta, Orlando, Myrtle Beach and Dallas, it is a consolation that she is home schooled.
I would hate to ask for so much time off as all those out of state competitions while on weekends require Friday practices and they are more than 2-hours away.

Despite the long hours spent on the road getting to and from practice as much as we feel apart and always on the go, our family has never been closer. From our strategy meetings on how to exercise
from planning our meals, I would not miss this experience for the world.

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This is the way we play, I mean eat…

Filed under: General — Ada at 10:30 am on Saturday, October 12, 2013
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…our fruit

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