Today, Andrew "The Eagle" Samaniego, reported for duty at the United States Naval Academy Preparatory School at the Naval Station in Newport, Rhode Island. To say how proud I am to seemy soon accomplished a goal he set out for himself over couple years ago it has been amazing.
As we took my son to the airport I had such mixed emotions. As a proud parents to his accomplishments to coming to realization he would no longer be part of my everyday day life like he has been for all these years.
My heart broke as his sister, Bella and my wife, said goodbye.
The last time we all felt this way was when our beloved, "King" passed away.
But the sadness will pass and we will always be proud of, Andrew.
It'sbeen a busyfewweeks with theend of schoolandbeginning of summer, allyouparentsprobablytotallyunderstandwhere I am coming from in regards to time.
Acoupleweeksagojust before theend of theschool. One of thebigaccomplishmentwe are proud of Andrew forwas his finalpush to getstraight A's for his Spring semester of his Junior year. Hewanted a 4.0.
Originallyhedidn't thinkit would happen, andhedidit. Hepulled out thelastweek of school.
Wethenwatched our daughter Bella graduate from Kindergarten andnow is a 1st grader. Itwasthecutestthingwatching them get their "magichugs" from their schoolteacher that turned them into a 1st grader.
With theendschool, wegot Andrew off to thefirst of his manytripsthissummer. His firststopwas The United States Naval Academy Summer Seminar program. Heleftfor Annapolis, Maryland on June 14 andspent 7 daysexperiencinglife as a Midshipman. Thegoal of theprogram is for them to experiencelife as midshipmanand to seeifthat would be a placethey would like to attendschoolandbecome a Naval Officer after graduation.
Wedidn't get to communicatewhiletheywhere at the Academy, butwhereable to see photos on Facebook. Wegot to see a couple of pictures of Andrew andtheyput up thisgreatactionshot of him running in formation:
Andrew lovedthe Naval Academy andsaidthat is wherehewants to go to college, heknowsit will be touch, buthe is readyforthechallenge.
Andrew gothome on June 20th from Annapolis andthen 8 hourslaterwegot him to American Legion post in Redlands to take his 8 hourbusdrive with 60+ otherboysselected to American Legion Boy State Program. He will be there until theend of June.
Here are a fewpictureswegot before boardingthe on thebus to Sacramento
Nowit'stime to let Andrew handlebusiness.
Nowwe will be spendingsometimehelping Bella reach her goal of becoming an Author/Illustrator.
Oh yeah, youhaven't heardshe has beenworking on her firstbookfortheoveryear. It should happenlaterthisyearwatchfordetails at BellaSamaniego.com. I have a post on how Bella did on her testhike. Wedidthishike to determineifshe will be joining us on our 25+ mile in Yosemite National Park laterthissummer. Itwastrulyamazingwhatsheaccomplished.
Ifyoulike to seewhat Andrew is up, visit him at AndrewSamaniego.com
One of the biggest joy's of my life is teaching my kids Andrew and Bella how to Square foot garden. Last year was the first year we ever tried this style of gardening that we learned from Abraham Zamora a certified square foot garden expert.
This year as part of her girl scout badge, Bella wanted to have her own square foot garden. Here is a great video of her walking through the gardens.
Earlier today I was at the Power House Gym in Yucaipa with my wife, Liz working out after dropping off the kids for school. It had been a while since we had a chance to get to the gym.
As we where working out, listening to the music in background, listing to the grunting and growning of people working out hard and other people talking with each other.
I caught the conversations of two men working out next to us.
“My daughter sports team is practicing everyday, and we have games we travel to every weekend, man weekends are non-stop for us” said one gym dad to the other
“I know what you mean, it seems every weekend where busy as well. Now my daughter taking college exam this weekend, and her grades are pretty high, I hope she does good on that exam, because she will probably get some good scholarships.” Said the other gentleman.
What is funny to me is just 15-20 years ago, these are the type of guys I remember in the gym talking about what an amazing night at the night club and did you see that girl I hooked up with? She was amazing! Man I got drunk last night, I better remember what happen. It was usually about sex, girls, alcohol, having crazy time.
Wow, has the conversations have changed.
I guess I am guilty as charged as well, while doing some dumbbell curls. I was telling Liz, “I hope Andrew does well on his PSAT that he is taking in the morning and I hoped he study enough for his history test this morning.”
What have you noticed that has change? What is your conversations in the gym? I love to hear about it?