A long time ago, I met Kevin and he showed me how to shoot a bow. It seems like its been forever since I had that first tiny bow. Since then, we have traveled all over the United States competing and having fun at archery tournaments.
I feel grateful for him introducing me to archery but I really feel grateful that he went to war and made it back. Today, you should take the time to remember the Veterans that made it back and those that did not. Thank them, hug them, support them. If you are looking for a good place to donate, Operation Homefront is responsible for making sure we had a home.
This week I have been trying to do a lot and I am running behind some. What I was able to help mom finish is a short film she had to do for school for her film class. It is about me and my step-dad Kevin. It is about some personal stuff but we have talked about him being a disabled Vet before but this tells you a little bit more of what happened when we met. I hope you like it!
I have more than one funny picture this week so we will start with this one above. Her name is Masa and she is my oldest girl cat. My sister got to visit a few days over the holiday and she brought ties that she forced her cats to wear. While Masa does look pretty cranky, she is like Grumpy Cat and that is her every day face. She is old and mostly angry at other animals in the house everyday. She wants to be left alone and sit in her dads lap every day, period.
Part of what we did this weekend involved learning to throw knifes. YES REALLY. 🙂 I know it sounds crazy but my dad is really good with different kinds of weapons and mom got him a target for knifes and some different kinds of throwing knifes to learn because its something he always wanted to do. We didn’t know it at the time but my sister also had bought him some Batarangs so of course, I had to try those:
That was pretty funny. There was lots of laughing and lots of mom worrying which also made us laugh. What you don’t see is all the blankets and cardboard around to protect us and the knifes when we through them. It really was safe and NO I didn’t throw it at my archery target you see in the picture with me. Different kind of target needed!
There were more posted to my Tumblr of cats in ties and knife throwing if you want to see them.
Hey guys! Mom had to do another video project for class so we decided to try to break down the shot cycle for those of you who have been asking. Hopefully you find something useful in it and can use it when practicing your band work or shooting, just rewind as many times as you need to (that’s the great thing about YouTube!).
Unfortunately for me, my coach returned from a new NTS module where the shot cycle has been further refined so that means learning the changes and new form again. Once I get back from JDT camp in January and have a chance to understand where those subtle changes would affect the video, I will post an update to it for you.
This year, Thanksgiving started the same way as always, Dad makes French toast and mom starts on sides for lunch. Every year at the beginning of November, we sit down at dinner and plan what everyone wants. Sometimes we do non-traditional stuff like Italian food which is fun. This year we decided to make ham and save the turkey to make when my brother and sister can be here closer to Christmas. Since they are grown ups, sometimes they have to go by their work schedule.
After breakfast we watch the Macys Thanksgiving parade and then the Dog Show. In between we pile our plates high with all our favorites. My favorite is Lady and Sons Cheesy Mac. If you don’t know Lady and Sons, maybe you know Paula Deen? Mom isn’t allowed to make any other recipe, it has to be hers! I got to go eat in her restaurant in Savannah, its one of moms favorite places, and everything is delicious.
Every thing was going as normal and we were trying to decide on what movie marathon to do and mom said “Emma, I got an email…”
I really don’t remember much after that. See just a few days earlier, mom got an email that a short Junior Dream Team camp would be held in Colorado Springs at the USA Archery facility. I applied but I wasn’t sure if I would be one of the first ten to get an invite. That was the greatest email ever! I was selected to attend so I will be training with the US Archery Olympic coaching staff for an entire week!
Isn’t that crazy?
I still can’t believe it. I had to sit down with my parents and my coach to figure out my training from now until then. You have to shoot 150-200 arrows a day. I feel certain I can already do this. I have been doing 100 a day for a long time. I went up to 125 for two weeks and now I am going to 150 a day for a couple of weeks. I will move up to 175 after that and be shooting 200 arrows a day for a full week before going. It seems like a lot but I break it up. I get up at 530 everyday to shower and then I shoot for an hour or so blank bale in my garage. After school I finish up my remaining arrows at the indoor range. It for a by faster than you would think but it takes about three to four hours total.
I am going to try to write in a journal every night so when I get back mom and I can let you guys know all the cool stuff. If I can use my cell phone, I may text mom some pictures that she will post to my Tumblr and Twitter in case you want to follow me at one of those places too.
I am so excited!
What questions do you want me to try to get answered for you while I am there?
This is my funny picture because, well, LOOK AT HOW TINY I WAS!
It is just really weird because it seems like forever ago that I got that first bow from my step-dad. It probably would have been way easier on my parents if they HAD NOT let me have a bow because now its much more complicated and expensive, but I am so glad they did. I can’t imagine ever having a day when I didn’t pick up a bow to shoot!
I have been trying to figure out how to fix a slight cant I have when I shoot. I was having a hard time figuring out the right way to grip the bow without leading to canting it cause my hands are still small. Awesome step dad did this so that helped! Now alternating between using it and covering it. Almost got the position down!