…is coming to an end. I can’t believe that it is already August and school will be starting in just a few short weeks.
This summer has been extremely busy for us all. Nathan has spent a week at Aunt Donna’s, attended Vacation Bible School,lost his first tooth, taken swim lessons, and enjoyed the many field trips that his daycare has taken. I have been busy at work with lots of summer time training for teachers. Steve is still keeping busy with his photography business.
But one of the most exciting and fun things that has happened is that Nathan has learned to water ski! He really loves it and is really pretty good at it. This all started at the Smithson Family reunion over the July 4th weekend. The first night down there, he just informed me that he was going to ski. My first thought was “yeah, right”! And, much to my surprise, the next morning we took the first boat out and he learned to ski. My cousin, Randy, has a boom on his boat that allows the little ones to actually ski beside the boat using about a 3 ft rope. This worked wonderfully. I think Nathan’s record that weekend was about 30 seconds.
The adventure continued the next week when we came to the lake house. The Colwill’s just recently added Sea-dos to the property, so we were able to tie a rope to the back and continue practicing. Again, most of the time, his runs were typically 30-45 seconds long. But he was getting really good at getting up.
Then we decided to take one last little “hoorah” for the summer and came back to the lake house for a long weekend. Thursday morning, you would have thought that no time had passed from the last time Nathan skiied. He picked up right where he left off. By Friday morning, he even started getting his own rope and could put his skis on by himself! Not always without frustration and tears, but he would stick with it and get it done. I was really, really proud of him, since he tends to shy away from things that are difficult for him.
And just when I thought we were doomed forever to 30 second runs, everything clicked. Nathan is now skiing like a pro in runs about 5 minutes long. And at 8 mph, that’s a long time. Here is a video Steve put together of our outing on Friday afternoon. Enjoy!
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