Wednesday, December 17, 2014

First Attempt at biking in St. George

Over Thanksgiving break, we headed down to do some exploring in southern Utah.  With a dog, six bikes, and four little boys, we made our way to St. George to test out some trails.

The first leg of the trip was great- even Theo on his balance bike was able to keep up a pretty good pace.  

Then we decided to stop and get a few pictures off the paved trail...


 as luck would have it, as we were busy coaxing smiles out of our boys, some of the biggest thorns you've ever seen were coaxing air out of 4 of our tires.

So, the second half of the ride was not quite as enjoyable as the first.  Theo couldn't/wouldn't ride any longer, and since RB had taken a couple boys, with now flat tires, back, I got to carry him the whole way.  He must have been exhausted because he fell asleep on my shoulders.  And, as comfortable as this looks, this is how he stayed for the last few miles...  

Good times.

Champion of the World

Yes, that's right.  Calvin is now a World Champion... at least if you ask him.  

While playing on a PeeWee football team may seem like a minor commitment, I assure you, this was NOT.  A weeks after we moved in, Calvin started practices... Monday through Friday, 2 1/2 hours a day.  

These practices were unlike anything Calvin had ever experienced.  To say those coaches worked the boys hard is a major understatement.  There were kids puking and crying and bleeding at most practices (Calvin included).  Calvin has no hesitation saying that being on this team and working through those practices is the hardest thing he's ever done. 

Being one of the smallest kids, I found it hilarious that his best friend on the team just happened to be the biggest.  (You can't really tell by this picture, but Calvin is about half the size of his buddy, Sam.)

 So, after four months of grueling practices and intense games- broken bones and concussions included- Calvin's team won their division and can now claim the title of PeeWee Division Champs.  After the big win, Calvin led the team to a rousing verse of "We are the Champions", of course.