So May started off with a milestone...Adam bought his first car! He has been saving his money and researching this for a long time and he was beyond excited to drive it home. He bought a 2003 Acura RXS. He's been driving it to school and work and just driving it around for fun. Times are changing!
I had lunch with my dad and my sister on May 6, my mom's birthday. The beginning of May is hard for me with mother's day just after my mom's birthday. It's still hard to be out and about with others celebrating their mothers and I was quite happy to have a lovely day at home with my boys, cherishing the role in my life that I am proudest of.
On May 15th, Colin competed in his first Nationals for fencing. He has competed in Provincials and one Western Canadians before but this was different! He has only been fencing epee since September and hasn't been able to train that much. As we drove over to the Oval, Colin's goal was to win a match and at least score some points in his matches. Neither of us really knew what to expect but we did know that in Nationals, not all the fencers make it past the round of poules, that 20% get eliminated before the Direct Elimination round. We knew that there was a very good chance that Colin could be in that 20% and tried to prepare for that. There were fencers from Quebec, Toronto, Edmonton, Manitoba, Saskatoon and all over BC in Colin's group. He won his first two matches, with the second going into overtime and then also won another. At this point, he re-assessed his goal for the day and hoped to make it to the DE round. He lost three to very highly ranked fencers, including the top ranked cadet epee fencer who ended up winning the gold medal in the event and a BC fencer who Colin knows well who ended up with the silver medal. We waited knowing there was a chance he might make it to DEs and he did! He lost to a very good BC fencer from his club and ended up 24th in the event...in Canada. He wasn't thrilled but he was content and when he was able to put things in perspective, he realized it was a good event for him.
And because I still come across people who have never seen fencing live and wonder what it's like, here is a short Animoto video:
Neil has been busy biking and doing some projects in our yard and I have been buried in work and writing revisions.
In In more exciting academic news, we got our tickets for Adam's commencement ceremony and his grad photos arrived. Adam spent a day out at UBC last Saturday for an orientation for first year students. He is getting so excited about this new adventure. This graduation thing is just around the corner and will be consuming much of June!