Thursday, August 12, 2010

No, you may NOT wear your blue outfit two days in a row!!

How's that for a weird blog title?  What a week-end this past Sat & Sun turned out to be.  Ian had another's summer, he's a tennis player, we live in Florida - there's always another tournament!!!
Anyway - here's the scoop!  Early Saturday, he breezed through all his matches to make it into the quarter-finals.  (BTW, you KNOW that he was wearing his "lucky" blue outfit!)  The quarter's took about 40 minutes...still not bad.  So, we happily breeze along to the semi's.  Hmmm....the semi match started at 11:00.  During the match, the lightening detector went off four different times.  No one is allowed back on the courts until 30 minutes after the last lightening detection.  There's two hours of sitting around, right there.  When the kids would get back on the courts, the rains would come.  (The lightening and rain could never get their act was either one or the other, but not both at the same time).  After the rains, it took at least 30 minutes to squeegee the courts off so that they would be safe to play on.  Oy vey!  The parents were tired, the kids were sore from all that starting/stopping, starting/stopping - that can really wear on the muscles....Ian was finally able to get the semi going again and only needed one more game to win the semi's match when the lightening detector went off again.  So, the matches were called for the day at 5:15 and we were starting where we left off on Sunday.
The tournament was far enough away from where we live that we had already made arrangements to stay in town overnight, so we were prepared for the hold-over.  Our hotel was three miles from the tennis complex and there hadn't been any rain or lightening at all there all day!  Argh!  Anyway, we decided to splurge a bit and went and had a wonderful steak dinner, then back to the hotel for the pool and hot tub time. (The hot tub really helped work out Ian's soreness)  :)
After a good night's sleep, the next morning, Ian went into the "dirty clothes bag" and wanted to pull out that icky, stinky, sweaty blue outfit to wear again.  Ewwwwwww.........................................................
Mama Bear stomped her foot down and reminded him that he wins because he works for it, not because of luck or outfits or.....well, you can imagine the lecture.  After the wrath of Mama, he wisened up and decided to wear a clean outfit.
As you can see - - - winner, winner, chicken dinner!!!!!!!  Ian easily won that last game of the semi's and went on to the final.  He was up early in the final, then "faded away" for a couple of games and then came storming  back (whoops - poor choice of words after Saturday's experience) and pulled off the victory!!! Another cool trophy to add to his growing collection of hardware!  (This one's not even weird - doesn't glow or anything - just sits there looking cool!)  I spoke of the "disco ball weird trophy" in an earlier post.
As always, we're proud of him - but he knows that we love him "for always, for ever and no matter what"!
The wins are nice and open up some good opportunities for him - but the best thing at the end of the day is that we're family.
We have decided (okay, his Dad and I have decided), that we're going to take the rest of  August off as far as tournaments go.  We're tired and are looking forward to just having some free time on the week-ends to just follow the rhythm of life - - plus, our homeschooling starts up again on Monday, so we need some adjustment time to allow for that as well.  Ian will still be receiving his coaching sessions and practice sessions - but I think some extra rest will do us all a world of good.
Come September, we'll be back out doing the tourney's - but for now -----  we're basking in the glow and enjoying the moments.

See, I TOLD you he had other outfits!!!!!  :)

Thanks for all the notes acknowledging Ian's hard work!  He thinks it's cool that he has a"stitcher's" section cheering for him!!



Terry said...

Way to go Ian!!! So happy for all of you.

I like the fact you put your foot down about the outfit. He learned (although, I'm sure he already knew it) that he wins on his own merit with no "outside" help.

I also think taking a break now is a good idea as well. Today, in central Florida we have a heat advisory all day. Whew it's going to be another scorcher! Still will take the kids outside to play in the water but only with lots of sunblock on them. lol

April Mechelle said...

I knew it was his talent and not the blue outfit!! Congrats!!!!

AnnMcD said...

Well done Ian. Dan is always checking out the weather in various places and while it has been hot and humid here in seems it is always hotter in Florida! So he must be in great condition but even so a break from competing is likely a good idea.

Hazel said...

Well done Ian!! x

Siobhan said...

Congratulations, Ian!! Wahoo!

Meari said...

LOL @ wanting to wear the same outfit (ewww, stinky I agree!). I'm glad he did so well. Congrats to him!!