Running has not been Nolan's forte in the past. His long legs could never get moving very fast. This year he has had a huge growth spurt. Has he figured out how to get speed, power and strength out of these long limbs, torso, feet? We wondered how he would fare at this year's 5th grade city-wide track meet.
It was unusually hot this year- well into the 80's and very little wind. It was the perfect day to spend outside.
Nolan was in 3 events: the shot put, the 4x400 relay and the co-ed relay. His school had several "teams" of kids running in various heats of the races.
Nolan scored an extra bonus- his substitute teacher, Carrie, and her sweet niece Mallory came along to cheer. Carrie has graciously come into our lives through my little 'ole blog and offered to spend time with the boys this summer. The boys took her up on her offer and already convinced her to take them to a Force hockey game earlier this year. How cool is that? We feel incredibly lucky to have such a sweet girl with a huge heart invest so fully in our lives.
I also continue to be in wonder at all the ways these "Angels"continue to show up for us. When the lawn company we hired, didn't show up to spray the weeds? Our neighbor kindly sprayed them for us- it was no small task, but its a good feeling to watch the weeds folding in on themselves. Our backyard neighbors kindly stained our fence when they did their own. It looks so clean and fresh and we're so thankful for the help.
So how did Nolan do in his track meet? Apparently along with those long and lean legs- came some speed. So his group of 4, in a hotly contested heat with another school, came in first in the 4x400 relay. He also earned a second place in the shot put. And his co-ed relay team placed 1st in their relay as well. More than anything though? The kids were all cheering for each other. They cheered just as hard for 8th or 9th place, as they did for 1st or 2nd. They were good sports and smiles abounded everywhere.
The morning after the track meet, was the DARE graduation. Officer Kellen, seen below shaking Nolan's hand, came into the school to teach for 16 weeks to the 5th grade students. The entire school got involved with the program, from the 5th grade teachers to the music and art teachers- the program was completely embraced by everyone.
The speakers for the event ranged from the Moorhead Police Chief, to the Minnesota 7th District Judge. The mayor was there, as were several city council members.
So many of the kids, including Nolan, literally beamed. I watched- proud of our kids who shook hands, and made eye contact with the adults and beamed with their accomplishment of graduation from the program.
With hockey never far from Nolan's heart, it should be no surprise he made the poster, "I go Wild for healthy choices."
Its been a full week and I've savored having the energy to truly keep pace with it.
(You asked- I'm answering! I'm working on a post about green smoothies, recipes, and some of the dietary changes I've embraced that have helped keep me feeling as good as I can.)