At the time of year when most little boys and girls are spending hours upon hours at the ballpark practicing and playing baseball, my kiddos are outside, ripping and romping in our yard, riding bikes and scooters, climbing trees, playing in the dirt, chasing chickens and puppies, and swimming in the pool. I admit, I’m more than a little thankful that Ty expresses absolutely zero interest in playing summer baseball. The Tool Man and I enjoy the freedom we have by not being tied to practice and game schedules. We enjoy not being involved in the ballpark drama. And most of all, we enjoy getting to spend precious, one-on-one family time with our very own children.
That being said, I do feel that it is good for Ty to have some sort of goal to work towards. Something to look forward to. To practice and prepare for. A skill to improve.
Enter water sports.
Last year, the Tool Man introduced Ty to the wonderful world of water skiing, and Ty loved it.
This year it’s kayak racing.
A couple of months ago a friend of ours informed us of an upcoming kid’s kayak race near Jackson, Mississippi. Ty expressed interest in it, so we signed him up, and he started practicing.
Last weekend we loaded up the kayak and headed over to Jackson for the big race.
Actually, Ty got to participate in three separate races. One for kids using rental kayaks, one for kids using their own kayaks, and one for kids using either their own or rental kayaks.
The weather couldn’t have been better. It was an overcast day. It never rained, but all the clouds helped keep the temperatures cool.
Of course the girls came along too to support their big brother.
Lucy enjoyed cheering on her brother from the bank. She also got a kick out of throwing rocks and sticks into the water.
Here’s Ty in the kayak we brought. Thanks, “Coach” David, for letting us use your boat! Ty was moving through the water like a torpedo. Lol.
Ty did great. He ended up winning all three of his races – a clean sweep. Woo hoo! (You didn’t hear it from me, but Ty was the only competitor in his second race, since he was the only kid in his age division who brought his own kayak. The other two races had about 10 kids each, though.)
Daddy, Tacy, and Mr. David watched as the medals were awarded.
Lucy couldn’t help but congratulate Ty with a great big hug.
After the races the Tool Man interviewed the big winner.
Congratulations, Buddy! We are proud of you.