Sometimes things just aren't the way you'd like them to be.
I miss our summers of going to the pool, laying under a tree and reading together,
playing in the sprinkler, having cookouts and just taking it easy.
I feel like I work hard to bring other things to Brady's life besides tennis.
Brady had a friend over for a couple of hours to play, we had a campfire,
Eric and Brady went fishing one evening, Brady and I went to the pool one day.
But it's tiring when tennis seems to always win out over the other fun things.
Brady does not often ask to do other things besides tennis.
We are often traveling to and from tournaments on the weekends.
I think family and friends are often frustrated with us that we are not around much.
Brady goes to camps, and clinics, and match nights.
He gets invited to other school's tennis programs.
He hits for hours by himself with a ball machine.
He gets lessons from his dad.
Last week he was at tennis camp 7hrs. each day.
It wasn't enough for him. He wishes he could do that everyday.
The new USTA rankings came out the other day.
Our division consists of Pennsylvania and four other states.
Brady is the top ranked 9 year old in our division.
I know to be good at something you have to put time into it....I just never
expected it to be this much time.
Brady was in his last tournament of the month yesterday.
No more tournaments until September....I put my foot down.
Brady will still play tennis in the evenings...but during the day, he is mine.
I will NOT be taking him to the tennis courts.
We've been watching the olympics every evening.
Gymnastics, swimming, diving and beach volleyball are my favorites.
I think the stories behind many of the olympians are what make it even more special.
I recently watched a special on moms of olympians and I cried through it all.
It made me sad. One of the gymnast moved 3,000 miles away from
her family at the age of 14 to get better trainning.
It was her dream...and her family supported her.
Well, not this mom!
I would have to sleep in a tent next to the training center...that would be the only way!
Anyway, many of the stories made me sad.
And, I'm not saying I think my son will be an olympic tennis player...just that when those
moms were describing their kids at a young age they used words like unbelievable drive, determination and desire. Those parents weren't the ones forcing their children to play sports.
Howerver, without their parent's support...it wouldn't have been possible for them.
Today is one of our first days this summer we are home without any plans.
Eric came home for lunch and I suprised him by making fajitas.
It's the only meal I have cooked in almost 2 weeks.
They were good. I love eating out...but even I have had enough lately!
*********************************In other news, I interviewed a few weeks ago for a teaching position at Brady's school and...
I got the job!
I'm so excited!
I have been waiting for this position to come open.
I will be teaching reading and math to kids who need extra support.
My first full time job in almost 10 years!
It's going to be a big change....but I am ready.
I am thrilled to get to be at Brady's school with him for two years before he heads
to middle school. Brady is excited for me to be there too.
Brady says he would like to ride to and from school with me instead of going on the bus.
He has always loved the bus...so I will have to see it to believe it!
I start on Aug. 27th.
Brady has been
bugging asking me if he could start a tennis blog to record his memories. I have to admit I wasn't very excited about this. I knew he would need lots of help...and frankly I don't even have the time or energy to keep up with my own blog. He was relentless and I gave in. The other day I showed him how to make a header. He picked out pictures and wanted it to look just like mine. I have a feeling it won't take him long to get through the steps and before long he will be posting all on his own. Which scares me ALOT! I tried to influence his first post...but he knew what he wanted to say and didn't want my suggestions. I wanted his blog to be private....and then he starts talking about how he can't wait until he gets some "fans". Oh brother. I told him that I will wait to share his blog with my friends once I know he is going to do a good job with it. He wasn't too happy about that and said he wanted to go "public" right away! Since I'm the mom, and I'm in charge around here....we're going to wait. It should be interesting to see what he writes about. Remember, he is 9....it's going to be hard for my type A personality to not want to correct everything. I guess we'll see how it goes. I'm sure once school starts he'll forget all about his blog!
We're meeting these guys at the swimming pool tomorrow and then the boys are coming back
to our house for a sleepover. Brady is really excited!
It's the first time he's ever had a friend sleepover at our house.
I have tears in my eyes I'm so excited for him.
To me, this is what summer is all about.