Sunday, October 28, 2012

Fun Fall Adventures!

I can't believe the first quarter of kindergarten is already over, unbelievable! So many fun stories to share, here are just a few.

Dominic had his first swim meet as a member of the Scottsdale Aquatic Club in late September. As we were getting lined up for his 50 yard backstroke, an adult male swimmer who was extremely fit started chatting with Domi. Domi whispered to me "Am I swimming against the big kid?" and I told him not in his heat. :)

Then a coach from another club approached the adult swimmer and said "Weren't you in the Olympics?" and the guy said "Yes, four of them". Turns out he is Roland Schoeman from South Africa that trains with the Phoenix Swim Club. He has won every color medal at the Olympics since 2000! I told Domi "that man is an Olympian" and Domi's face lit up so Roland continued the chatting. He absolutely took a shine to Dominic. They went back and forth about which events they were each racing, shared high fives and fist bumps, and then he said to Domi, "I'm glad I'm not racing against you!". It was so sweet and I didn't think much of it, until just before Roland's race he told Domi "After my race I have a gift for you". We were both very excited and just thrilled to even watch an Olympic swimmer live!

When Roland finished his race (he won by a landslide!), he gave Dominic his custom swim cap! You should have heard all the other kids and coaches, *swooning* that Dominic got such an amazing souvenir! When we told Domi's coach she was blown away and immediately told Coach Laurel, who in turn told the director of SAC, "Roland Schoeman gave one of our swimmers his swim cap!". It was just so darn exciting!

Here are some links about Roland, he went to UofA just like me (albeit years after me!). Coincidentally, the Phoenix Swim Club pool is the same pool where Domi won two blue ribbons this summer, so it is now his lucky pool! Enjoy watching this hunky and kind Olympian!

We took a four day weekend in early October to celebrate my birthday and enjoy cooler weather in northern AZ. We started with a little bit of hiking in Sedona and then had birthday dinner at the Barking Frog restaurant. We stayed at the Marriott Courtyard in Flagstaff. On Saturday we rode the sky ride at the Snow Bowl and really enjoyed the beautiful scenic view, it was kind of scary but very fun! Then we headed to the Grand Canyon Railway in Williams to ride the train to a private pumpkin patch, it is the same train that turns into the Polar Express at Christmas.  On Sunday we had brunch at the Coffeepot Cafe and took a quick hike before I indulged at the New Day Spa for a facial and massage. I can NEVER get enough of spas! :) We finished our day watching "Hotel Transylvania" to get into the Halloween spirit. We lazed around on Monday and did a little shopping at the Anthem Outlets on the way home - great fall getaway!

Domi trains four days a week and has had already had two swim meets in October. The first was in Goodyear at the YMCA, he swam the 50 yard butterfly. We got there early and were sitting in the front row but we still missed his race! UGH! Thankfully the officials let him swim in another heat. Unfortunately he did get disqualified for inserting a flutter kick (should be dolphin), but we are still so proud of him! He is the ONLY 5 year old on the Scottsdale Aquatic Club team!

Yesterday he a Splash Meet where he swam against teammates and came in 1st for the 25 yard backstroke! He also put forth great effort in the 25 yard butterfly and 25 yard breaststroke races.

On Friday his school (Blessed Pope john XXIII) had their annual Harvest Festival. We were BLOWN AWAY by the amazing things they had there - games, bouncy houses, climbing wall, cake walk, music, prizes, etc. We had so much fun! We volunteered our time and a bowling game for his class's booth, it warms our heart to be involved with his school.

More fun times to come with the Walk to End Alzheimer's next weekend, swim meet, swim-a-thon, Forever Day celebration, Thanksgiving and Dan's birthday - NOVEMBER will be SSSWWWEEETTTT! :)