2012 Youth Archery Tournament

26 03 2012

Three of our Grandchildren competed for the first time in an archery tournament this weekend.  To sound like a proud grandma (which I am!), they did WONDERFUL! I was really impressed with all of the kids abilities, and compassion to other kids.  The older ones stepped in to help the little kids, and even the little kids helped with even younger spectators.

Ryan competed in the 7 and 8 year old division.  He had some off moments, but was able to pull out a 225 by the end of the day.  Considering that 300 would be a perfect score, he did great!

Ryan was right on target

Sarah competed in the 9 and 10 year old division.  After some minor adjustments to her sight, she ended the day with a 224. She held it together through the stress of equipment failure.

Sarah loves shooting

Ginger competed in the 11 and 12 year old division, and did fantastic.  She got a new bow just 2 days before the tournament, so a lot of work was needed to get her shooting good.  She shot a 264,  Unfortunately in her division the top 3 shot a 299, 298 and 292.  These kids are good!

Ginger and her new bow

Ginger and her new bow

After the main tournament, the archers shot at balloons, at which Ginger won $1.00 for her team breaking them all the fastest.  Ryan won $9.00 for hitting the X on a javelina target.  Everyone left a winner.

Sarah, Ryan and Ginger

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Archery League

11 02 2012

Ryan and Sarah shoot too!

Last night I had the privilege to help with the Youth Archery League at our pro shop.  My grandchildren shoot in this league, but this was the first I had seen these kids in action.  I was impressed!  Even Sarah my 9 year old granddaughter had a perfect 5, 5, 5X round.  These kids can shoot!  I wish I had had this type of opportunity as a child, but since I didn’t, I will make sure my grandchildren do!

My happiness was tempered by a disturbing phone call I received while there.  My father had been rushed to the hospital with a suspected stroke.  He later was rushed to a second hospital for the possibility of doing surgery to relieve the blood on the brain.  I took my sister down to the hospital in time to meet with the Neurosurgeon with my mother.  He stated that Daddy is not a candidate for the surgery and he would recommend that we let nature take it’s course. No extraordinary means are to be implemented to keep my father alive, so it is just a matter of time.  He is being taken back to the nursing home where he has spent the last 2 years, where he has friends and the staff loves him.  I give the staff all the credit in the world, they have a thankless job and have to deal with everything that we are unable to.  I appreciate ALL they do to make life livable for the patients.  THANK YOU!

Today was my regular day to shoot in the Technohunt league.  I kept our time to shoot, simply because I needed to relieve stress and shooting my bow had always been an outlet for me.  Today, I was unable to focus, and coupled with technical difficulties, I did not shoot well at all.  I am not making excuses, it happens.  I am still thankful that I can shoot and can still enjoy life.  I am sure I am in for a rough couple of days/weeks.  I have had rough days and weeks before, it is all part of life.  It just drives home the point to LIVE the life you love.  You never know when that ability will be taken from you.

Love your family, spend time making good memories with them, live your life with no regrets.