Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Adventures Begin

Our summer time adventures have already begun, even though it is still technically spring. This is the one thing we don't procrastinate about!
In May I took the two younger girls to a nearby park. Since everyone else was in school we had the place to ourselves. After a special treat of lunch from fast-food, we headed to the playground.
We had to throw rocks in the river:
 And there were new toys to play on:
 And then the tunnel - it's always a hit
 And then off to the slides and climbing structures.
 Some of the favorite things about this park - they have the old time play toys still - a merry-go-round, and teeter-totters! The kids love to play on these.

Our next adventure was this past week; we went to an Heirloom Rose Garden with my newly-retired sister. We spent quite a long time stopping and smelling the roses. There were so many varities and so many good smelling roses!
 I could have spent longer there, but the girls were ready for lunch. We headed over to another park to eat our picnic, and then visit my mom.
 But I definitely want to go back. We must have come at just the right time of the month too - there were thousands of blooms, very few 'overdone' ones, and strangely enough, no bees!
Another adventure for another time ...

The Month of May

This month went by in a flash. The running season is over now, but wow, what a great one it was!
My 7th grader finished her track season the first week of May, giving her more time to focus on her 4-H work, and school work.
The high schoolers kept going for another few weeks. The District Meet was quite exciting, ending the meet with lightning and thunder storm. The Boy ran the 4x400 pretty quickly carrying a metal baton in his hand as he ran the track, seeing lightning in the distance. The boys' team placed 2nd and were on to State. His 4x100 relay team also placed to go to the State Meet! The weather was extremely hot for our region that day, and the individual races for both The Boy, and his sister, did not go as well as we had hoped. The Boy ran the 800 but placed 4th (>). Our Girl Who Swims (and Runs) placed in the 1500 at 4th (?) and in the 800 at 6th (?)

We have another runner in the family - the 10 year old signed up for the local annual 3k for children. All of the kids, except our youngest, have run this race occasionally throughout the years. This year just she signed up. It was a beautiful morning and she ran great, no side cramps this time!

Mother's Day was a bit anti-climatic compared to all the track meets! I had a nice relaxing afternoon, and we went for a walk in the park, and then out to eat. I didn't have to cook at all, and that is always a Win in my book.

My sister retired this month. Which means more time for her to go on field trips with us! Her retirement party was at my brother's house, and even though it was a cloudy drizzly day, we still partied with the far-flung relatives. Good times.
Mountain Climbing. The Mr. has started his adventures again, and I am ok with this, because that is who he is. But, we both have agreed that neither of us will go climbing solo again. That will be easy for me to do, not as easy for him. So he joined a climbing group, and in the last month has gone on 2 'training' climbs. Even though he has been climbing for nearly 40 years, he learned some new things, and more importantly, he met some like-minded people with whom he can climb those mountains. Next thing you know, our kids are going to be taking these classes and joining Dad in the fun.

The State Meet was a great day! The two teams did really well, placing 8th in the State for both relays, which means the Boy brought home medals for both races. We were there for all the races on the second day, which means we got to see other teammates run and some of them got on the podium to receive some hardware also. Our kids have been so blessed by the team, and getting to know these other kids, and their families - and in return our family has been blessed as well.

May is almost over. I've thoroughly enjoyed the busyness of it all, but I am also looking forward to school being out this week. And seeing more of my kids. Although the Boy has summer basketball in June ....

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Prayers of a mother

Midnight phone calls don't bring good news. Midnight phone calls set a parent's heart to racing. The call I got last night thankfully was not as bad as it could be. The damage to our car, or our son, could have been worse. A few more inches, and more than just a license plate could've been lost.
But it wasn't worse.
The phone call from our shaken-up son, the lost license plate (which has since been recovered), the intact car and boy, are all reminders to me of how seconds, inches, can change things - of how precious every moment is - and also reminds me of how important prayer is. It is to God's glory that all is fine here today. I may have aches and tiredness, but our family is all here and for that I am thankful. I am thankful for the unseen protection our son had, and I don't take it for granted.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

All that and more

Two more birthdays happened. Ok, actually a lot more, but in our little house, we had 2 more celebrations. April is one long party around here - so we left the decorations up all month. Even when the house appraiser came to take pictures.
We now have 3 teenagers in the house. And there are days that we feel it. The grocery bill is inching its way up, despite my attempts to keep it low. I am really looking forward to summer and the fresh fruits and veggies from the farm! I have plans to can and freeze and dehydrate a lot of goodies this year!
But back to the birthday girls. The Girl who Cooks is now 13. Hard to believe my little 9 pound baby is this old. She had school that day and track practice, but we were able to celebrate in the evening with all of us at home.
And my baby - my last born - my snuggler - is now 6. Cliche I know, but wow how time flies! For her special day, she did not do any school work (easy to do in kindergarten!) We went out for lunch at Burger King - one of her favorites. We went to the carousel and the park, and they were free to play and run. Then we walked downtown and got a special treat at a local bakery, which we munched on as we window-shopped the downtown area. She told me at the end of the day, what a great day she had.

In our corner of the world we've been working on the upstairs bathroom. Back in 2011 we started this whole remodeling project, ripping off the garage roof and adding on top a bathroom, 2 bedrooms and a playroom. Now 5 years later we are so close to being done. The Mr. spent a couple of weekends tiling the bathroom.
laying out the tiles to start

Almost done
 Track season is winding down. Seems like it just started! My 7th grader is doing great for her first year! She runs the relays and the 200m. She wants to be a sprinter but I have a feeling as time goes on she will come to see, like the rest of us, that she has the genetic make-up of a long distance runner. But as long as she is having fun, right now that is what I want to see.