Tuesday, April 22, 2014

WCMX!

I've said it before and I'll say it again, we are so blessed to live in an area with so many fun adaptive sports! RISE is one of the local organizations that sponsor a variety of adaptive sports. It's a wonderful organization and we try to hit up as many of their events as we can. Back in 2012, RISE started hosting an adaptive skate event at a local skate park.

You might remember this pic from that year:

Caleb got to meet Aaron "Wheelz" Fotheringham.
(how cute is Caleb with those front teeth missing?)

And a pic from the 2013 adaptive skate event:

This year, RISE took a somewhat different approach by including skateboarding, BMX, and WCMX all in one venue. It was a 2 day event. The first day was mostly for spectators to come and watch so we headed out there for a few hours to check it out. 

Is it just me or does he look half-grown? Oy.
He was so excited to see Wheelz and Christiaan Otter Bailey show off their tricks.

Benjamin kept himself entertained by practicing his ninja moves.

Watching some BMX.

Watching the athletes do their tricks inspired Caleb to try his own. He would grab the rails and tip his chair to the side. It was fun to watch him try new things in his chair. I guess he was inspired :).

Caleb was just itching to get on the ramps that first day, and he finally got his chance on day two.

Caleb spent almost 4 hours on the ramps. 4 hours.

He took a short break to do a news interview! He's getting a mic in this pic.

Caleb got to hang around Wheelz quite a bit. Caleb is even sporting his Wheelz shirt. 

Wheelz showing some of his moves. So much fun to watch.

Caleb rolled up to Wheelz and said "Hey, look what I can do." and then proceeded to do a wheelie! Cracked me up.

I'm pretty sure Caleb is giving Wheelz some pointers.


It was really neat to watch Aaron not only do his amazing tricks but to also watch him get ready for tricks. It is serious hard work getting up on those ramps.

Getting ready for his most famous trick.

A wheelchair backflip! This is was so much fun to see in person! It's just crazy. 

Caleb got to see first hand how hard these athletes work. They are determined and focused. They fall, and fall, and fall again but they get back up. They keep trying until they land the trick. I don't necessarily want Caleb to try a wheelchair backflip (yikes!) but I do want him to see what's possible. And I do want him to see that you can't give up when you are trying to reach a goal. 

It was such a fun 2 day event, I'm so glad we were able to see all these amazing athletes in person. It was a privilege to be a part of it.



Wednesday, April 16, 2014

SBANT Egg Hunt

This past weekend was the Spina Bifida Association of North Texas egg hunt. Here are some quick pics:

Caleb and Benjamin got to see their buddy Kohen. I have no idea why Caleb is doing such a toothy smile. He lost a tooth a couple of days before this pic and it's been making him smile weird ever since.

This guy is happy!

Standard pic with the bunny.

Caleb and Abby. Ahhh, so cute.

After the egg hunt we went down by the water to see the ducks.



Benjamin likes to terrorize the birds by chasing them. He actually gets pretty close to catching some of them. I don't know if that means the birds are really slow or if he is really fast??


Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Destination: Kentucky! NWBA Nationals

After our brief and exciting trip to West Monroe, we continued the long drive to Louisville. It was non-stop fun from the time we arrived on Wednesday until we left Sunday morning. Prepare yourself for a ton of pictures.

Our prep team!
These kids played so hard. I was incredibly proud of all of them. We all stayed in the same hotel which was a lot of fun because it gave the kids a chance to get to know each other better.


All of the games were here at the Expo Center. This place was huge! There were teams from all over the country and of all ages. There were 12 courts with games constantly going. So we were able to enjoy just watching basketball in between our games. It was fantastic.
If you have never watched wheelchair basketball, then you are missing out. It is so much fun to watch. 

My boys.
Notice the weird thing in Benjamin's hand?

Yes, those are Duck Commander bath scrunchies. Don't ask. Benjamin took his duck (Caleb chose the Willie scrunchie) everywhere. You are going to see this little duck in several photos.

All of the games were based on a bracket system. It was a really good experience for the team. They had an opportunity to play a couple of teams that really challenged them. Let me just say there are some little kids out there that can play a mean game of wheelchair basketball. No joke. I was blown away by the talents of some of the other teams. 


Caleb loved watching the other teams, especially the older players. He would roll right up to the court and watch. He made new friends everywhere he went, including this lady. It turns out that she is currently making a documentary on the Miami Heat Wheels basketball team. It sounds fantastic. I can't wait to see it. 

I definitely saw some improvement in Caleb's playing this time around. He is still a bit timid and he's not very aggressive (yet) but he did seem more confident.

He's so fun to watch.

I have to sing Benjamin's praises right now. This kid did fantastic the entire time. We asked a lot of him those few days in Kentucky. He didn't get a lot of sleep. He was dragged around to multiple basketball games. He was asked to be patient while bubba played. Benjamin was such a trooper and just went with the flow. I was so proud of him.

And the duck again...and a hanger (aka: bow and arrow). 

Laying right on the court while bubba played.

He's holding the duck.

Love these boys. And the duck.


One of the players brought his Wii to the hotel. These boys bonded over video games. 

Caleb and Abby. 
These two are seriously double trouble. Two peas in a pod. They could barely be separated the entire time. I'm so glad Abby was there because it really made this a fun experience for Caleb. These 2 kiddos had a blast together.


Making donuts in a water puddle. 

Things got a little silly at dinner one night.

Benjamin the walrus.


Although our schedule was busy, we managed to squeeze in a few fun non-basketball things.

Like lunch with a friend and fellow SB mom. Colleen and I have met once before at the SB conference. It's always a blessing to connect in person with someone from my SB family.

We also made time for a quick trip to the Louisville Slugger museum.

120 foot bat.

Caleb and Abby.
These 2 were so cute at the museum. We did the tour that shows you how the bats are made (no pics allowed) and Caleb and Abby stayed close together the entire time. The would get their chairs as close together as possible and then put their hands on the other's wheels. Kinda like holding hands but wheelchair wheels instead! Seriously, it was the cutest thing I've ever seen in my entire life. I'm planning their wedding now.

The ONLY family picture I have from this entire trip...and for some reason Caleb is pushing Benjamin's head down. Sigh.



Benjamin really enjoyed the museum and he loves the mini bat they pass out to everyone.


We really had a great time in Kentucky. I'm so glad we made the drive and took the time out of our schedules to go to Nationals. It was a really great experience. There is nothing like seeing hundreds of wheelchairs in one place. It was such a blessing. 





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