Last week was a pretty momentous week. Luke and Levi finished their first year of Classical Conversations’ Foundations and Essentials (for Luke) program. The absolutely loved it. Although writing is still difficult for Luke, he has some pieces that he is incredibly proud of … which makes Essentials a success all around. Language Arts is not an easy subject for Luke, but he really showed a lot of growth and mastery.
But the best part of the week was being able to surprise the boys. This week was definitely The Week That Spring Began. Warm sun is flooding the front of our house (Levi and I sit on the steps to the 2nd floor of our house and eat lunch in the warmth!), the boys are starting to play football in the street, scooters were dragged out of the basement. It was lovely.
To help shake off winter and get stretched out and strengthened and strong for spring/ summer, I hooked up with a local lady who turned half of her garage/ barn into an indoor rock climbing wall. This was a great surprise for the boys – they love rock climbing – and just the thing to get us thinking about being outside again.
Ben has earned his rock climbing merit badge from his Boy Scout days. However, it’s been a little while since he belayed anyone, so I appreciate that he had a refresher course. And, I love the challenges that the instructor, Kellie, built into the class (see the middle and bottom pictures on the right) – the boys had to traverse the wall to move carabineers from one clip to another. I think they had to travel back and forth 5 or 6 times. They came out of their two hour session with HUGE grins and empty bellies (thankfully, I was able to get to the grocery store while they were in their class).
I’m so grateful we are able to introduce rock climbing to the boys. This was something that Dave and I enjoyed together during our dating years….and I hope we can all get out to some rocks here in New England and try some real climbing and bouldering soon.