We’re back from our travels. We’re back but we literally have not stood still since our return Tuesday afternoon. Compliments of the jet lag, the boys and I were wide awake somewhere around 4am Wednesday morning. We tried our best to get back to sleep, forcing ourselves to readjust to civilized US sleeping hours, but at 5 am we gave up the effort and got up. The boys thought this was amazing. Up while the sky was still dark and the rest of the world sleeping. Like little house elves we tackled the unpacking, the laundry and the freshening up of a house that had seen minimum human activity for just over 2 weeks, yet still somehow managed to accumulated plenty of dust. By 10am we were ready for lunch and after that we hit the road bound for Greenville, South Carolina. Yep, we just got back from our trip to Ireland and here we were, off again on a mini road trip. Cos apparently we don’t like to be grounded. Staying in any place for too long appears to not be our style. Its beyond me why we don’t just sell everything we own and start living the gypsy life. But this trip was for a good cause, we were there to support and watch The Liberty Bridge Jump Off, a street meet set up and run by The Husband in downtown Greenville. Yep, he closed down a small corner of the city and put on an amazing meet with featured events being the womens pole vault and the mens long jump. On top of that we had a DJ to keep the crowd pumped, plenty of snacks and beverages, party type beverages if you know what I mean. It was awesome. It was packed, everyone had an amazing night. Especially my 2 boys.

And while I have plenty of photos from our trip to Ireland that I’ll be getting around to sharing over the next week or 2, I’m going to start with the photos from an amazing evening of vaulting and long jumping competition as experienced by my boys.

We arrived a couple of hours before the event kicked off, so the boys could take part in some of the pre-meet kids activities. Coaches were on hand to give kids their first lessons in vaulting.

One go and I knew by his face that Keane was already hooked.

Daddy takes a break from set up to give Cullen some vaulting instruction.

We got a brief demonstration, we got our poles and now we are headed to test out our skills.

Coach points the boys in the direction of the run up.

Small crowd of kids gathered, excited to learn how to pole vault.

My 2, bickering over who’s going to go first I’m sure.

Looks like Keane’s up.

Good run up.

Decent pole plant.

Push off looks good.

Clear, with plenty of room to spare.

Cullen’s turn.

Getting to grips with pole hold and position.

Nice low power drive.

Excellent push off.

And he too clears it.

High-fives from our friend Jordan.

Ice cream break to help cool us down in the 90 degree heat.

Olympic Silver Medalist from the Rio 2016 Olympics, Sandi Morris stops by to meet some of the kids and offer vaulting tips.

Putting Keane through his paces.

Meets about to start, we are getting ourselves to a good viewing position and Keane is not letting go of his new pole vault pole.

Cheer squad.

DJ is spinning, MC is MC’ing and in this world of social media, The Husband is Tweeting, IG’ing and SnapChat’ing.

The perks of knowing the meet director means you get the good “seats” for the event.

And by seats I mean you get stage access, which you can use to perfect your own jumping skills, like Cullen did.

Excited Daddy came back.

The ladies getting ready to compete.

Jill Marois

Kortney Ross.

Mary Saxer in action.


Look who’s helping the MC keep the crowd pumped.

While Cullen spends some time playing with his monster truck.

Tyrone Smith in action and the eventual winner of the mens Long Jump competition.

Can’t get much closer to the action then this, right on the edge of the mat.

Keane continued to work on his vaulting throughout the competition.

Sandi Morris on the runway.

Good opening jump clearance from her.

Once the long jump competition ended the kids were allowed to play in the sand. First in was Cullen, he’d been waiting all evening for this.

Trying our his own long jump skills.

And how amazing is this older lady? In her 60’s and delighted to be having a go at the long jump.

Parallel to the long jump pit, Sandi Morris goes for her final attempt at a seasons best jump of 4m 86.

But falls short.

Winner of the event and finding some good form ahead of the World Championships in 2 weeks.

This gentleman took his opportunity to dance with all of the pole vault ladies.

Back at the long jump pit the kids are still going.

And Keane finally gets to test his new vaulting skills out on the real mats.

Sandi meeting fans and signing autographs.

Out of the sand pit and onto the mats for Cullen.

They’re being Spidermen here.

Time to help disassemble everything.

Keane discovered Sandi is also a big fan of all things reptile, so they had a chat about his geckos and she told him all about her pet snakes.

Now they’re besties.

Initially Cullen didn’t want to get in the photo, but eventually changed his mind. Maybe he just needed a minute to finish the beer in his hands.

Sweaty, exhausted, but so happy we take a walk over Liberty Bridge headed for our hotel. Notice Keane still has his pole.

View of The Falls from the bridge.

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