Henry’s (and Halia’s!) World

Their story from conception to the present



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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Stronger

Filed under: General — Ada at 3:18 pm on Friday, October 11, 2013
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As I sit here recovering from a nasty stomach bug, I marvel at the strength of the human spirit.

Operating on barely 4-hours of sleep a night over the past 4-day’s dealing with a sick princess, I was not looking forward to my day.
Started off with getting the kids ready for school - I can imagine as most kids, my quad are not morning people so it is a constant
struggle to get our mornings going. Once I get them in their rhythm they are golden.

As the time grew closer Diva H’s practice my worry was if Halia would be able to stand the hours long commute and practice would be too much for her to handle.
Unfortunately my oldest somehow caught the same stomach bug and decided to take the night off from the gym. So Dad stayed home with
our sickly gang and off to practice we went!

**Side note, all of my kids are involved in physical activities, both boy’s play tackle football, diva is on 4 competitive cheer teams, and little bit takes ballet, tap and prep-level allstar cheer.
It is never a good sign when you pull up into the respective parking lots of said children’s practices and are greeted by the site of an ambulance. We rushed in to find that one of Diva’s team mates dislocated her
shoulder, and somehow broke it right at the ball joint. Needless to say the 2 hours of practice were sombre as everyone waited on updates from the hospital. Unfortunately all the ER could do was send her home sedated and make an appointment to see an pediatric ortho on Monday :(

So with that on my mind as I watch my daughter tumble, my stomach ache grows progressively worst. At this point its not a matter of if, but when I would be completely sick to my stomach. I make it through the 2 hours of practice with no incident, so we proceed to a second location 15-minutes away for additional tumbling, and about a mile away I am so sick I am forced to pull off the road. Unfortunately I wasn’t totally unscathed so I strongly contemplated just getting home as fast as I could, clean up and try to get some rest.

In the end I decided against going home, got my daughter to the gym who I’ll admit was willing to forgo practice so I could get home. I told her it was ok and that I would be fine for the hour long practice.

I think back to her first year of competitive cheer and it was her final competition out of state, just us girls as big brother was getting a scholastic award for outstanding grades. It was a 2-day competition and it must have been something she ate, for she was up sick all night, and I was tempted to call her coaches and tell them she couldn’t compete. And her rough night showed, a stunt she had done scores of times flawlessly came tumbling down. I and her wonderful coaches told her afterwards that she was amazing for even showing up and competing as hard as she did.

I am proud to remember how strong she was that day 3-years ago, and I’m even happier that I was able to reinforce that message of never giving up yesterday.

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