It's hard watching you grow up and not think about this little face.
But, it happens and you grow up, with us hoping that some of what we are teaching you sticks.
We are lucky, you are a good kid with a kind heart.
Stay kind, it will take you so much further in life.
You have some good friends that hopefully will stick with you through the upcoming years.
Remember to be open to new people, the quiet ones and the crazy ones too. Treat them with respect and expect them to do the same to you.
Work hard for what you want; in the pool, classroom and in everything you do.
This isn't always the easiest way, but will pay off so much more in the end.
Failure comes with hard work. Sometimes things won't go the way you hope or plan, but there is something to learn there as well. Failing doesn't mean it's time to give up, sometimes it means to try again with a different approach.
Try new things and keep learning. Go outside of your comfort zone and push forward.
It might surprise you what you will love. Keep reading and enjoying those adventures that show you different parts of the world and ways of life.
Girls. Oh girls. This mama wants to let you know they are trouble, but that's not completely fair. Keep it fun, keep it light. Girlfriends can wait. Friends that are girls make you a more rounded person.
Stick up for your brother and be there for him. He is the only one you have.
Razz him a bit along the way as well, because you are the oldest and he probably deserved it.
Not everything is yours to do alone, ask for help. You are still young, and amazingly, don't know it all yet. It falls under the work smarter not harder part of life.
Just keep swimming, swimming, swimming.
Seriously, stay up with that as it will keep your body and mind strong for years to come.
Find something you love in life, even if it's not the most lucrative. Cars, swimming, computers, design, Lego; strive to do something you can enjoy.
Help others, say please and thank you, pick up a dropped item for a stranger, hold the door, do things for others without asking. Be the example that will rub off on others.
Save your pennies. Enjoy some but keep some back for a rainy day.
Money struggles are stressful and frustrating.
Stay true to who you are and know we will always love you.
Tyler wrapped up his 2016-2017 season this weekend at the Nor Cal 6-10 State Meet in Oroville.
He didn't have the meet he was hoping for, running out of steam towards the end, but had some successes.
He started on floor and came within a tenth of his season best. After a so-so warm up, he landed all his tumbling passes and had a decent showing of his in-between skills.
I had an operator error and didn't get it on video.
Cheering on their level 7 teammate, Riley.
The best event of the day was pommel with a season high of 9.0, earning him a 4th overall place on the podium. It's good to see him having success on this event because it's always been a tough one.
Rings was a good event today, within a tenth of his season best and earning a 2nd place spot on the podium. His back lever is still almost non resistant, but his form is getting better on other spots. He stuck his landing like there was glue on his feet, Finally!
Vault improved a bit from the last meet, but wasn't his best. He has some beautiful vaults that come out in practice where he pops off the table, but they haven't shown up on the competition floor this season. We know it's in there, it just has to come out at the right time.
P-Bars and High Bar were not good showings today. He looked okay in his warm ups for p-bars, hitting his handstands at the end. Consistency is not his game and it didn't come together when it was his turn to go.
High Bar was just a bit tired, resulting in a low score. Crazy legs were back and the judges saw all the mistakes.
His little team of 3 took 1st place overall for the Level 6, Division 2 thanks to the great showing by his teammates.
Up next, lots of practice!
The list is long, but with their season over, his group can continue working on level 7 skills. This is always a fun time of the year because they are strong from just finishing season and new skills start to come out. He has already started working on some new things, hopefully to be continued.
Repetition is the key for Ty. He needs a lot of time to move skills into his long term muscle memory. This proved to be a big issue again this season with not having the confidence and consistency in a lot of his skills. Onward and upward.