Jack had his first sports carnival the other week. Now he is not a very good loser so we had spoken to him in detail about how not everyone can win and it's all about having a go and enjoying yourself etc etc. They had been timing the kids at school so they were pitted against worthy rivals. Their race started with a false start so they re-lined up, bang went the starters pistol and they were off and racing. I was so proud of my little boy sprinting down that field, little arms pumping and cheeks jiggling. His little friend Mitchell won the race and Jack was unfortunately at the back of the pack. I could see his little shoulders pull upwards in the start of a sob and I reached him just as a teacher and the headmistress were asking if he was okay. I scooped him up and gave him a big hug and told him how proud I was and what a great job he'd done as I struggled to hold back my own tears. All the Prep kids got a ribbon for competing which took some of the sting out of the loss for him and he recovered quickly enough. I was worried that he wouldn't want to participate in anything else but he was back on the field in the relay race not long after.
The next activities for the Preppies were the ball games. That was adorable to watch. Even though they had been practicing the games at school the excitement of the day made for a bit of confusion as to who was to run and to where. I was very thankful to my boss for letting me have the day off so I could go and Owen stayed for the first race as well which was great.
They took a break for lunch. Jack had a chocolate milk and an ice cream...a real athletes lunch!!
After lunch they had high jump (which wasn't very high and was of mixed techniques, his friend Lauren has some great form), a ball toss, vortex throw and they finished up the day with the long jump, again using a variety of techniques. It started spitting just as they were starting the long jump so the end of the day was timed well. Apart from the not so good start to the morning Jack seemed to enjoy himself which was great and it's always nice to hang out chatting to my friends Tricia, Kim & Erica so it was a good day all round.
The school holidays started this week and so far Jack has done alot of PS3 and Wii playing. He has been asking about going to the "zoo park" for awhile now so after I finished work the other day we headed up there for a couple of hours. We started with a walk around the animal enclosures before heading up to the playground area.
Here's Jack being very co-operative as a size model beside this huge leaf.
Daddy helping him out on the monkey bars.
Sitting on top of one of the big concrete pipe thingy's and looking pretty cute doing it too.
And getting a push from Dad on the swing.
Not much else to report and it's pretty late so I better head off to bed.