Good students, yes they are. But calm and quiet? Ummm...let's just say that there's a whole lotta energy bottled up inside those sweet young Texan bodies. In fact, the whole House compound is high-energy. When their close neighbor and friend aptly described their household as "high RPM," he nailed it.
Let's just say they're not a family that lounges around watching TV, fiddling on the computer, or playing on their iPads. In fact, the TV is rarely on...there's no time to watch television around that place!
All three of the House kids are multi-sport athletes, like their parents were in high school and college. They're made of sports genes and, let me tell you, they are not letting them go to waste.
While we were there, in 4 days we experienced a track meet, soccer game, volleyball tournament, and practices for tumbling and wrestling.
On a drizzly Saturday morning, we watched 7th-grader Ethan run in a huge track meet with all the private Catholic schools in the area. Alli told me she thought there were about 30 such schools, and I think most of them were represented that day...a LOT of athletes and lots of heats in every event. The evening before we got there, the field events competition for this meet had been held, and Ethan had placed 4th in the shot put, a great showing for his first meet.
Some of the team...the Sts. Peter & Paul Panthers...
Not being a Catholic, I found the whole "saints" thing amusing. As the runners lined up for the race, the announcer would say, "In Lane 1 St. Thomas; in Lane 2 Sts. Peter & Paul; in Lane 3 St. Bartholomew; in Lane 4 St. Mary, in Lane 5 Holy Spirit, in Lane 6 St. Andrew........."
I joked with my brother Mark, who converted to Catholicism after he married Alli, that we were in good company that morning...all the saints present as well as the Holy Spirit.
Ethan ran a nice race, finishing in the middle of the pack in the 800 m in his first track competition of the season.
Mom, Dad, and sister Blaise ready to cheer him on...
Scout, however, was less interested and preferred a private knitting session with Grandma Lois.
Blaise had video duty...
Ethan listened to humored Mom Alli after the race, then Alli, Mama, the two girls, and I left the track meet to go to Blaise's soccer game.
Heading it up, #8!
Blaise is one of the best players on her team, but despite her effort the team lost by a couple of goals.
She didn't seem to mind...just enjoying having Grandma to cheer her on. Even in the miserable drizzling rain....
That was all Saturday morning. Whew!
Then that same afternoon, Blaise traded her soccer shoes for...
Blaise's South Texas Volleyball Association 10U team is one of the premier Texas teams and one of the tops in the nation. She's a good little setter, again #8.
Blaise is tall for 10 years old...that makes her teammate beside her VERY TALL!
Words of "wisdom" from Dad, who never played volleyball, to his 10-year-old daughter who is more skilled now than he ever was. But that doesn't keep Dads from giving sports advice, now does it?
Scout continued knitting through it all...she attends a LOT of sporting events....
Blaise's cheering section... This is after I got smacked hard in the face with a volleyball while the team was warming up. I was helping Scout with her knitting and got creamed, bending my glasses up (Mark temporarily straightened them so they were usable)...
...and leaving a couple of cuts on my nose. If I hadn't been wearing my glasses, I'd have surely had a big ole black eye! Who knew volleyball spectating was dangerous?!
Although Mama and I only stayed for two of her five matches that afternoon, they ended up winning the tournament.
I don't know about those kids, but Mama and I were tuckered out trying to keep up with this bunch!
Definitely high RPM!