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Be Going into Grade 10 (High School)

Well, I must admit now that as I sit down and type this, that JC is our guy that I was most concerned about and most excited about this year as he was growing and learning. At the end of last year, fourteen year old JC had decided to stop doing gymnastics since starting it at 18 months old. In our experience in watching children as teachers, grade 8 or 9 is not the ideal time to be stopping activities as you have to wonder what will take the place of the activity? He was also getting quieter and quieter as his voice changed and he was our quiet one to begin with. Lastly, he started talking in one syllable words, with the predominate word being “good”. Oh no, what other changes were ahead for us?

This year, JC really grew in so many tremendous ways and it has been so fun to see his passions develop and catch fire. JC developed skills in the media arts, drones, photography, video-making, producing, writing music, pottery, and stunting. JC is now a pro at Adobe Premium Pro, Unreal Engine, 360 degree camera and GarageBand.

After encouragement from people placed in his life at the perfect moment, JC moved from gymnastics to competitive trampoline in September. He had success after success in the gym each week and has been keen to learn new tricks daily (like a half-half and a Rudy-out). In his first in person competition, he stuck all his landings and showed what a ‘gamer’ he is. He won 1st all around for British Columbia (level 1-4) in April and did amazing at Western Canadians in June.

JC continues to really loves hanging out with his brothers and his Winnie, skiing the Prospector Terrain Park, cross country skiing, reading and having time to create! It’s in these in-between moments of time that JC really thrives. His imagination always takes him to interesting and fascinating places. He made a cardboard Ironman mask one day, created a stunt where his younger brother, CC, flew through the air and through garbage bags covering a doorway and also worked alongside his little brother, OC, to make fascinating Lego building another day.

Now that we have made it to the end of grad nine, it is really hard to believe our oldest is going into high school next year, with a hybrid twist! (More to come about the hybrid twist!)

XOXO Joanna

P.S. And yup, no pics again. Anyone know someone that works at WordPress and can give this loyal 10+ year blogger some more storage??

Be Handstanding on your Radical Sabbatical in Europe

Do you recognize any of these places?

Inspired by my boys love of gymnastics, their awesome team and coach back home 🇨🇦 and their love of having a goal.

Paris, France

Airport
Sacre Coeur
The Louvre
The Eiffel Tower (daytime)
The Eiffel Tower (2nd flood)

Subway gymnastics

Arras, France

Brussels, Belgium

Frankfurt, Germany (on a cement pillar)

Pillar handstand….
With a dismount!

In the most expensive parking garage in Europe (29 Euro per day in Frankfurt Hauptbahnhof)

Playground Gymnastics

Rothenberg ob der Tauber, Germany

At night
During the day outside the church

Munich, Germany

Marienplatz

Milan, Italy

Castello

And look what they were handstanding on…

Duomo Milano

This one involved a major head bonk by CC.

Duomo Terrace (We did get whistled at for this one!)

Parco Semiano

Climbing with Sexy Neck doing push-ups in the background.
Trying to walk around our hotel room on his hands.

Swiss Alps (Rigi), Switzerland

At the top of the Rigi in the Swiss Alps. (Looking North)
In hotel Kaltbad hallway.
Vitznau Car Park (Yes, we truly are handstanding our way around Europe)

Bodenseehof (Fischbach, Germany)

Konstanz, Germany

Lapertsweiler, Germany (Our beloved friends’ home)

Gymnastics class in Althausen, Germany