Saturday, October 18, 2014

School Photos...

OFFICER MAX, 5th grade

We finally got Max's 5th grade school photo back!  The photographers who took Max's photo were incredibly patient with his blank stares and looking away from the camera. Most of his peers took about 30 seconds for a photo.  It took two photographers over 30 minutes to get Max's photo. 

When we took his glasses off, he was finally ready to smile and was happy to show off his badge from his officer friends.  He was especially adamant about getting to wear his officer badge in his school picture.  

Now...for a stroll down memory lane.  From 1st to 4th grade.  My baaaaaybeeeeee!

1st Grade

2nd Grade

3rd Grade (Max was in hospital this year for school photos)

4th Grade

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Cross Country Max...

Max finished his week with another race to run.  Again, Super Daddy tried to keep up with Max's super speed.  Steve likes to tell the kids he runs behind Max to make sure he's got someone there at the finish line...he just hopes he can keep up with how fast Max goes. 

This race was the district wide elementary school cross country meet.  It had rained all day and night the day before, and I wasn't so sure Max was going to be able to make it.  But, the skies cleared just long enough for Max to join in the fun. 

Max's race was for the special needs kids in the district.  There were a few wheelchair racers, and the rest were all levels of physical capability.  Max's PE teacher organized the meet, and asked if Max would like to come along and join in the fun as part of the group from his elementary school. 

The whole meet came to a halt for this special race.  All the athletes lined the straight course and clapped and cheered these special athletes on.  I took pictures of all the racers, and while I'm not sharing them here, because I don't know the runners or their parents to ask permission, the photos make me so happy.  What I see in every one of their faces is a feeling of being included.  They were PROUD!  They were happy.  And on every parent's face I saw what my heart was feeling. . ."you have no idea what a big deal this is."

For the kids whose gait was a little disorganized, I smiled for their parents, knowing there was a time they never knew if their child would walk...and here they are RUNNING in a RACE!  For the ones in a wheelchair, I thought, they get to be a part of the rest of the kids' activities, they are not left out here. For the kids with sensory issues, as they covered their ears at all the cheering, I joined their families in giving the sign for applause.  

We live in an incredibly inclusive town.  One I'm so grateful to be raising Max and Abbey in.  And we are realizing with each activity just how very much we're going to miss Max's elementary school next year.  Max's principal was on the side cheering him and his classmates on.  His PE teacher ran along side him the whole length of the race cheering him on.  His classmates and their parents cheered the loudest when he passed by.  I got as many photos as I could in all the excitement and cheering.  I have to take advantage of being the cheering mom when I can!  I was so proud of him!

He got a medal at the end of the race!
That muddy grass was not so great with his wheelchairs.  We're going to ask him if he enjoys running and really look into a proper running wheelchair. 
Max and his medal after the race. 

After his race, we went to the halfway point of the course to watch the 5th grade girls, and 5th grade boys race.  He helped me ring the bell and cheer on his classmates.  He liked it when we would call out his friends' names.   We left shortly after the boys finished their race, and came home where he promptly fell asleep from all the fun! 

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Pumpkin Run...

Max has been busy training for a race.  Well, really, he's been busy being excited about a race!

Max's school puts on a run each fall, called the Pumpkin Run.  Each grade level races, and at the end of the race, the kids get a pumpkin.  For 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grades, Max was sick or the weather was too cold for Max to race.  Last year, Max got to join the fun for the first time.  He has been looking forward to it for a couple of weeks.  Steve did the honors again this year of running Max for a mile. Only this year, it was a lot more weight to push up the hills!  I think we're going to have to look into a Team Hoyt running chair if we're going to make this a new hobby!

Max lined up with his classmates, for their last Pumpkin Run, as 5th graders.

Some of his officer buddies were there to start the race and make sure everyone was safe on the roads.

5th grade all lined up and ready to go!

Mr. O giving the pep talk before the start. 

And they're off!

The front of the pack. 

Max and his good friend, Will had a great run together!

Honestly, can't believe I got a photo of both of them looking at me as they ran by! 

Lots of cheering from the parents, and staff. 

Will brought Max in through the finish line.  

It was at this point I realized I had a blister on my finger from ringing the cowbell so hard for them all!  I wasn't the only one cheering!
Steve had to be the human brakes on a rolling Max! 
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A strong finish for two great 5th grade guys!

Max and Will

After the race, Max headed over to the field of pumpkins with his class. 

Max got a tall pumpkin toward the front of the row.  He and his teacher talked about his awesome Batman socks, and how the capes must have helped him go fast.

Max said good-bye to his classmates and we headed home for his school time with his home teacher. He had such a great time, and was excited to tell her all about it once we got home.  He has another race on Friday which is district wide.  As always, we'll be documenting that fun as well and share it here!