Saturday, July 8, 2017

Forest Visit with the National Forest Bureau

Noah and I participated in a free outing with the National Forest Bureau today. They took us on a hike through the woods, and told us about how the Forest Bureau manages the forests throughout France. 

Noah impressed all the adults by knowing how to estimate the height of a tree. "With a woodcutter's cross!" 

Sale of the wood from the forest is the main source of the forestry office's budget, which is then shared out nationally and used for forest rangers' salaries as well as costs like putting out fires in the forests in the south, or preventing erosion in the mountain forests. 

It's wheat harvest time!

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Teenage Mutant Gymnastics Turtles

End of the school year means busy, busy. Sports and schools all have to show off what the kids have been doing all year. This year, we got the school show and the gymnastics gala on the same day. 

For the school show, Noah's 4th & 5th grade class sang some songs for us. Noah was supposed to play a guitar duet, but as things turned out, the girl he was going to play with had already left on vacation. So that got nixed. 

But we managed to come up with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle costumes on short notice for their gymnastics gala. 

Benjamin sparring with another Ninja Turtle.

Noah showing us his stuff

Here's their part of the show:

This was near 10 pm, on our way home - we skipped out before the end because it started around 7, and wasn't over yet by after 9:30. 

Monday, June 19, 2017

But it's not over yet

Normally swim practice ends after the intraclub meet. But the boys' teammate was going on to regionals, so their coach let them join her for practice an extra week. 

And Frédéric took advantage of that to test out the camera my dad gave him last year. 





Saturday, June 17, 2017

And final club meet

After the final competitive meet, they still had their last intraclub meet of the year. These meets are mainly so that the non-competitive kids can see what a competition is like and start learning the rules. 

First out of one is still first! 

Frédéric got pressed into service as a timekeeper, despite having been up since 3:30 am for work. 

New lifeguard in town.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Noah's final swim meet of the year at Château-Thierry

Noah's final competition of the year was in Château-Thierry, a town about 45 minutes from us. He and one teammate have been the only ones in their age group to compete this year, but a few others should join them in the fall. 

This time, Benjamin got to do warm-ups with Noah. It makes the team look 50% larger. 

And he eked out a medal!
Noah came in third in the 50-meter breaststroke, beating out the 4th place by 9/100ths of a second!