Tuesday, June 17, 2014
You might remember a WCMX event that we took Caleb to back in April. It was a great event and Caleb had a blast. He was even interviewed by CBS news. I was beginning to think that the story would never make it to television but it finally aired tonight on CBS Evening News. The story centers around Aaron Wheelz Fotheringham, but Caleb does make an appearance. Check it out. Click HERE!
Tuesday, June 03, 2014
Every year RISE Adaptive sports hosts a "Kickin' off Summer Bash" at a local lake. It's such a great time so we make it a point to go.
Caleb wasted no time and headed straight for the ramps.
I suspect he would have stayed on the ramps all day if we let him. You can barely drag this kid away.
Although loving on a cute dog is a pretty good motivator.
We took a quick ride on a boat.
My little thumb sucker. Oy, this kid and his thumb. He's addicted. I think we need an intervention.
It started to rain on us while we were on our boat ride.
Caleb wasn't a fan of getting rained on. I guess he thinks he is made of sugar or something.
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
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.
Saturday, January 18, 2014
A fellow SB mom and I are working with our local SB chapter to plan different events for the SB kids in the area. I planned our first event at the indoor skatepark we had Caleb's 8th birthday party. It's a really neat place and I knew the kids would enjoy it.
Check out Caleb's new "Wheelz" hat! There is a neat story behind the hat: A fellow SB mom is in the process of adopting a precious little girl with SB. They have been raising money for months and months to help cover the cost of the adoption. Aaron Fotheringham (aka: Wheelz-SB folks should know who this is, he's awesome!) donated a signed helmet and some other goodies for a raffle. I bought a few raffle tickets because I couldn't pass up the opportunity to help a fellow SB family AND have the chance to win Caleb a signed Wheelz helmet. Wouldn't you know it, Caleb won!
It's a sweet helmet. I wish you could have seen the look on Caleb's face when he saw a huge box on our front porch from Aaron Fotheringham! It was priceless. Caleb is a huge fan.
Anyway, back to our skatepark event:
Caleb and his buddy Nate wasting no time and getting right on the ramps.
Benjamin brought his own wheels.
We had about 10 kids show up for the event so it was a low turn-out but I think everyone had a good time.