Friday, October 7, 2016

2015, in a nutshell

I know, I know.

Look, I get it. We're slackers. Actually, I'm the slacker. I stopped updating this blog because life became a distraction.

Hey, it happens.

So, here is the year in review:




Thursday, October 6, 2016


Since we last left off during Jack's 2015 (!!) Heart and Sole 5K, I thought it would be fitting to update this blog with the latest race both Jack and Zoey ran - The Jared Coones Memorial Pumpkin Run Walk.

For Jack, this was just another 5K - I believe his fifth. For Zoey, however, this year was going to be different. She had waited until third grade to be able to join Running Club...and then we moved. Our new school requires kids to be at least fourth grade to join Running Club.

--Cue tears--

None to worry! Trav to the rescue. He's been training for Jack for years and decided he would run with Z. Problem solved! The three of them spent most evenings running, jogging and otherwise trying to get into 5K shape.

The day before the big race, we were preparing dinner when Trav called. That alone isn't a rarity, but this was - he had been rear-ended. We'll save that post for another day, but the moral of the story is that he was in no shape to run in the race.

--Cue more tears--

Thankfully, we decided to let Z run with her old school and J run with his new one. Confused yet?

In a true confession, I completely missed Zoey at the state. I did catch her at the finish though! We are so proud of both kids for crossing that finish line. Here's to the next race!

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Jack, the runner (part 2)

Last fall, Jack jumped at the chance to join his school's running club. It gave him a chance to get out and exercise...and chat with his friends. I didn't know what we expected for his first time out at a 5K, especially since it was packed with people.

He ended up finishing the 5K in one hour and 20 minutes.

We kept encouraging him that it didn't matter when he finished, as long as did finish.

Over the winter - thanks to breaks in the weather - we would work out together on the school tracks. We kept encouraging him to aim for the next 5K in just an hour. That's it - 20 minutes to shave off. That's do-able!

We quickly saw in him that he would rather sprint the first 1/2 mile and then literally stop to pick the flowers by the track. His focus wasn't there, and nothing was going to change that.

Running club picked up again this spring, and I could tell he wasn't the fastest one there. Some days I didn't even know if he really enjoyed it. We figured we would get through the spring 5K and go from there.

We went there today. It was in downtown Olathe and much smaller than his first race. Once again, we primed him to just do his best.

Just go out there and run.

Here is his entire running club:

It was time to start lining up - he was pumped!

Before we knew it, he was off! My photo of that initial start is really, really fuzzy, so I opted not to even edit it. BUT he was off! We moved to the finish line and waited. And waited.

At 17 minutes, the first few runners doing the 5K (and not the 10K) trickled in. We cheered, especially for the kids running so hard.

At the 40 minute mark, more of Jack's peers started to appear.

Around the 50 minute mark, we were sure he would be pulling up the rear. We still cheered loudly, when we saw someone we knew:

Hey! I knew those shoes - those shorts. I knew this kid!!

Before we knew it, he blew through the finish line:

Just shy of 52 minutes, he had not only decreased his running time by nearly 30 minutes, but also proved he loved it! Unlike some runners who crossed with sour looks on their faces (as in, they were done running and nothing could change that), he felt so confident.

Sure he was exhausted. 

 Sure it had been an early morning.

But he had DONE IT!!

Great job, Jack!

Friday, May 1, 2015

The great fishing lesson

Lesson learned: Don't let go of the rod.


At least we were able to get it back!

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Just a walk in the park

Topeka isn't the first destination most people would think of when it comes to "relaxation." My all accounts, it's a dirty, dated town filled with punks and criminals. I mean, politicians.

That being said, last year we discovered the Ted Ensley Gardens. It just so happened we were there during Tulip Time, which means the tulips were blooming and our mouths open in amazement.

Obviously this year we wanted to repeat this! So...we did:

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Adventure is out there!

A few weeks ago, Zoey lost her front tooth. Just one of them, mind you. Her second one kept hanging on.

Yesterday, when I picked her up from school, she informed it was about to come out.

That made me think -- with her funny snaggle tooth and poofy hair, she looks a lot like Ellie from the movie "Up."

Yes, adventure is out there!

 We even found pop bottle buttons!
 Amazingly enough, she lost her second tooth today!