You know the expression ‘jump for joy’? It’s become something of a motto for us here, except we replace the word ‘joy’ with just about anything. We just jump! What started this off was one ordinary day, when Golfer was 6, we were golfing together and he legitimately beat me. I’m not a fabulous golfer, but I’m not all that bad, and certainly wasn’t expecting to be beat by my little boy already. He was soooo happy, and I snapped a shot of him jumping on the course:
He went on to become the Jr. Golf state champion for the next two years and even took a couple trips to Pinehurst, NC, to participate in the US Kids Golf World Championship. And now you know why he’s ‘the Golfer’!
That jump started something going, and now we jump for just about anything.
pit stops on long trips (lol):
cool places we love, like Griffith Observatory:
climbing up 14,265 feet:
unexpected cheery sunflower abundance on the side of a road:
and…and…well, I think you get the picture. There isn’t much we don’t jump for. Just yesterday, Sassy and I went on a special date to IKEA and she pointed out I should bring my camera and take pictures of her jumping around places in the store. She’s so thoughtful! lol. It makes for such dynamic, energetic, fun pictures for the family photo album. And most of my favorite pictures end up being jumpshots!
As many jumpshots as we have, however, we don’t even come close to the world record holder, Mike Hedge! His current record is 602 jumpshots, but that number is growing because he’s set out on a jumpshot roadtrip across the country, documenting it along the way by jumping everywhere he can. He’s already jumped around the world, and now he’s finishing strong in the USA. I love sharing trips like this with my kids (remember Matt dancing around the world?) because not only is it good for our geography knowlege, it’s also good for them to see non traditional people doing non traditional things. That way they don’t have to buy in to the idea that success in a public school is the only way to have a successful life….something that most of the mainstream public has no problem expressing to me and my kids daily.
Check out jumpingbook.com to find out where he’s going, where he’s been, and how you can help sponsor him in his goal. Right now, if you donate $11 or more dollars, he’ll send you a postcard from anywhere in the country…and I know how much you homeschoolers LOVE a good postcard exchange!
Jumping for Yosemite!
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