Skydiving!!✔

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It’s been 2 years since Jump Day and what better way to remember the day.. with a blog post.

Our daughter, Lulu, was diagnosed with a rare eye condition as mentioned in previous posts.  One of her things of things to do on her visual bucket list was to skydive.  Funny enough her Uncle had won a skydive through a raffle around the time of her diagnosis and he made it known, pretty much immediately that he had no interest in throwing himself out of a plane.  I don’t blame him – it’s not on my list either.😂

He asked Lulu if she would like to take up the opportunity.  She thought about it and decided she would JUMP!

The process was a long one.  Due to he being the young age of 11 she needed permission from the Australian Parachute Federation.  Yep, you read right, she was only 11 at the time.  They approved her and before we knew if she was getting ready to skydive.

JUMP DAY

It wasn’t until the day that we decided that my husband would be jumping too.

They were strapped and walked through all the safety procedures and up they went in a small plane.  I cannot describe the thoughts that were going through my mind.  I had just let my daughter go off to be dropped mid air from a small plane.  It was intense for me so I can only imagine the thoughts of my daughter and husband.

I drove down to the landing location where all our family were waiting, which was at a local beach 5 minutes drive from the hanger.

We watched these tiny little specs fall closer and closer until we could clearly make out who was who..Lulu jumped first and Zac jumped second but due to the weight difference. Zac was the first to land.

We could hear the excitement from the ground and as they got closer we could see the big cheesy grins on their faces; my mind was finally at ease knowing that they were in fact enjoying themselves.

Skydive

Skydive!

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They did a fantastic video of all the pre jump, during and after interviews and something I would highly recommend to everyone is to purchase the video.

If you’ve had this on your bucket list for some time now, I hope this post inspires you to tick it off sooner.

♡MrsBleakley

BACK TO SCHOOL STRESS

It was the first day back to school for my first born and only child in school. I was prepared for school before Christmas and this is a first.

Usually, I’m like most of the Mums that are still recovering from the festive season and racing around last minute trying to make sure they have everything they need for school.

Then you need to contact ALL thier books. Which you learn to admire the bubbles from your mistakes that become all too common, EVERY YEAR!

Why can’t we get it right 😂 And why are we so anal about getting it right? Why does it matter? We don’t have to look at them everyday 😂 Is it just our motherly anxieties that cause us so much grief in getting it perfect?

We all try different techniques but somehow every way you try it still bubbles. Unless you’re one of the lucky ones that don’t struggle with these problems😜

That being said, I did start getting quite good at it being it was her 9th year of schooling and guess what..My skills were not rendered this year.. I had the luxury of not having to worry about it covering her books. In high school it’s just not cool! 😂

I suppose I am back to square one when my next one starts in 2019! Gosh, I really hope it’s like riding a bike and I pick up where I left off. 😆

SCHOOL PICK UP

I decide to go to our local grocery store which is behind her school, I figure I have plenty of time and there was no way I would be late. It was quiet when we went it to the store but when we came out it was mayhem!

I don’t know what happens to some parents but they get all kinds of crazy of an afternoon. The shopping centre car pack was jam packed full of parents picking thier kids up from the shop and I’m guessing they’re trying to avoid the school pickup line. I don’t get it..what difference does it make? So now BOTH pick up lines (yes we will call the shopping centre car park a pick up line) are full. I’ve put the groceries and my son in the car and wait my turn to move out of my car park into the que.

10 MINUTES LATER

I’m still waiting and I feel my stress levels beginning to rise with the thoughts of being late, so now I resort to pushing my way through to the que very steadily as to give the other drivers time to realise I am going in..AND the looks I was getting was as if I were doing something wrong. 😂Geez!

It’s every man for themselves in the school pick up lines.

And if you’re wondering. YES, I was 15 minutes late but guess what..NO CUE! 😂 I think being late is actually a good thing now😁

♡MrsBleakley

Sports Parents with a Legally Blind Athletics Champion

Australian Athletics Championships 2015

Australian Athletics Championships 2015

FIRST NATIONAL EVENT

I am a big believer in getting kids involved with sport.  Most of the time you will be enrolling your child into all the different sports they are choosing to try before they pick something that they are good at and enjoy.  We have tried dance, cheerleading, swimming,  Oz tag and karate. Try them all if you have to..they will benefit from their experiences even if they change their mind.

The inspiration behind this post is that I have a daughter with a rare eye condition as mentioned in my first post, she is legally blind.  Her sport of choice a couple of years ago was Athletics.  She got quite good, quite quickly. Before we knew it we were a travelling sports family.

When she first started, club days were every Sunday with a rotation of all the disciplines.  At first her favourites became the 100m, 200m, discus, long jump & shot put.  She has never enjoyed the long distance running like the 800m, 1500m or the race walks and I don’t blame her, they are definitely not something I would enjoy either but each to their own.😂

The race walks are a tricky one to master and she tries her best to worm her way out of them but she knows that it’s all about gaining new personal best scores and great for her fitness. Most of the time , not always, she will join in and do her best when they come back around in the rotation.  As she has excelled in her favourite disciplines she has picked up extra training during the week.

CANBERRA – First National Championships 2015

Her first year in athletics we found ourselves in Canberra, Australia. Our capital.  She was competing in 100m, 200m, long jump, shot put, discus and the 4x100m relay as a T13 visually impaired athlete.

Students from all around Australia between the ages of 10 – 12 years were competing.  These kids were THE BEST in their state.  Pretty impressive if you ask me.  They had their own team coaches and tours booked for some fun with their team after the event was over.  You can also purchase State badges for swapping, in our case it is Queensland, and you could see the kids frantically running around trying to swap with other States to add them to their collections on their hats.

As you can tell, I was loving the experience so I can only imagine how much fun all the athletes were having, especially being able to interact with other kids from all around our country.. What an experience!

WINNER.. WINNER!

I was an EXTREMELY proud Mum when she won her FIRST National medal. 😄 A bronze medal in discus!  She then went on to win two more bronze, two silver and one gold.  Her goal was to get one GOLD medal and her final event was her favourite, the 100m.  And SHE DID IT, a Gold medal for her 100m.  I am also too proud to add that she set 5 new records for all of her events.  These achievements meant she received the Sportsperson of the Year award when we returned home.

Bronze for Discus

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Sportsperson of the year 2015

WE ARE HOOKED

This experience has us all hooked.  We stayed in our first Airbnb and we haven’t looked back with a few exceptions when we were unable to get something that has suited us at the time.  Travelling with kids can be challenging but it certainly does get easier.

The experience for the athletes and their families is fantastic, if your son or daughter are wanting to travel for sport, DO IT.  You won’t regret it.  It helps them grow and I feel that the new experience and interaction with other kids from other towns and cities helps with their personal growth and builds resilience.  Also, you get to visit places that you have been meaning to visit and just didn’t have the time. This is the perfect excuse.

If your child has any sort of disability, encourage them to try everything, you will find something they’ll love.

I might add that it wasn’t all fun & games to begin with, the airline we travelled with accidently forgot to put our sons pram on the plane.  So while we awaited the courier to deliver it to us the next day we had to take turns carry him around for the day.  Our arm muscles certainly got a work out.😂

I have so much to tell when it comes to all of her sporting achievements but I’ll have to save them for another day.

Are you a sports Mum or Dad?

Let me know your experiences, we love hearing stories of others sporting achievements.

♡Mrs Bleakley