WOW! Can you believe it’s FEBRUARY!!!! This year has jet skis on! I know, I say that every year! What can I say – time flies when you’re having fun and I am, indeed, having fun. Including with my sweet grandkids, one of whom got to spend the night last night. We had a fun time with Gin Rummy and Crazy Eights, along with talking about the story of Adam and Eve and God’s redeeming love for the whole world. It was AWESOME! He’s pretty much outgrown a lot of the cute Valentine-y cards and bookmarks I made for them to give a few years ago, but if you have grandkids who still enjoy them, click here and enjoy printing and downloading a bigger copy of the cute bookmark pix at top. You’ll find it in my article, Sunday Smiles: Valentine’s Day Fun To Help With Bible Memory Verses.
And not only are we celebrating Valentine’s Day in the next couple of weeks. The OLYMPICS is back! And I have a fun guest post from Leslie Petersen about one of the contestants who has been homeschooling for years. I thought you and your grandkids might enjoy it just for fun – and especially any of you who are also homeschoolers.
Sage Kotsenburg Makes 2014 U.S. Olympic Snowboarding Team and Heads to Russia
Rock Rapids, Iowa (February 3, 2014) – Alpha Omega Academy (AOA) congratulates alumnus Sage Kotsenburg on being selected to compete in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Sage, who graduated from AOA in 2011, will represent the U.S.A. on the snowboarding team and compete in slopestyle events at the Olympic Games.
An accredited online academy offering more than 150 Christian courses for students in grades K-12, AOA has been a big part of the Kotsenburg family’s life. Living in Park City, UT with three children who competitively snowboard, AOA offered the flexibility the family needed to help their children accomplish their dreams.
The slopestyle event that Sage will be participating in features a course in which the goal of the competitors is to execute a variety of difficult tricks with style and amplitude. The 2014 Winter Olympics will be the debut of slopestyle in both skiing and snowboarding. Kotsenburg made his U.S. Open debut at the age of 12 and has been placed in a number of prestigious events around the world throughout his career.
“My husband and I are both thankful and thrilled that Sage will be able to share his passion and talent for snowboard slopestyle to the world,” said Carol Ann Kotsenburg. “It has been a wild and wonderful ride that our children have taken us on through snowboarding. We are truly blessed.”
Sage is just one of many alumni who have received a solid Christian education through AOA that fulfilled his academic needs while allowing him the schedule flexibility to follow his professional dreams, including his snowboarding siblings, Blaze (who graduated from AOA in 2009) and Kirra (currently a senior at AOA), who were able to enjoy a Bible-based curriculum that met their educational requirements and aligned with their spiritual beliefs.
Just wanted to let you know that Sage won the very first Gold medal for America on this Snowboard Slopestyle run. HOORAY. Here’s a fun video I found of him snowboarding at the age of 14 (he’s now 20). Enjoy!
As I told Leslie, I remember what a grand reputation Alpha and Omega had back when I first started homeschooling and that continues to this day. I have to say, this post brought back such fun memories from when my kids were young. And now I’m looking forward to sharing this with my own grandkids today. Yup, I’m definitely having plenty of fun with grandkids – young and old. And looking forward to the snowboarding and ice skating events in particular. What Olympic sports are you and your grandchildren looking forward to?
P.S. If you’d like more fun Valentine’s Day ideas for young and old, click here, and enjoy many past posts on just that topic, including some with free printables. Also, I am linking up with the All Things Valentines at Apron Strings as well as Lisa’s Grand Social for Grandparents – both are full of fun Valentine’s Day ideas as well.
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