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! 

Monday, January 5, 2015

2014 in review

January -- we froze...literally. It was Polar Vortex cold, meaning we really didn't take many photos. At all. There was, of course, one exception -- the Super Bowl! Our beloved Broncos made it (though didn't show up for the game), but that didn't stop us from practicing our nail art for some Bronco-pride:

February -- more of the same. It looked like Hoth and felt like Hoth. What did we do? We used Jack's Star Wars toys to make our own Hoth scene!
 After we thawed for a few weeks, we also had a Father/Daughter Dance!

March --we celebrated Trav's birthday (photos not included) and enjoyed the (slightly) warmer weather with trips to the park.  In other words, we were defrosting our bodies from the frigid winter.

April -- We really hit the ground running in April, taking in plenty of activities from Zoey's ballet recital...

to hiking at Tallgrass Prairie...

to sticking our feet in the cold waters of the Kansas river...

to exploring the wonders of Topeka...

to celebrating Easter...

to hosting our own version of "Chopped"... was a busy month!

May -- our schedules slowed down again in May, as odd as it seems. Both kids wrapped up their Kindergarten and second grade years, and we dealt with the warmer temperatures by enjoying a foot fountain.

 June -- Sam and Not-So-Baby Aaron came to Kansas for a few weeks, meaning we were able to introduce Aaron to the finer points of Kansas City.

And Sam met her birth mother and siblings! It's still crazy to think that Sam is the OLDEST of the bunch.

 July -- We celebrated America's birthday...

...and mine

And though the weather was unseasonably cool (no complaints), we finally made it into a pool. our pool had been out of commission for about 2 months at this point:

 For Jack, his highlight was getting a signed photo back from Harrison Ford!

August -- It was back-to-school chaos, including a shaving cream party at our church.

September -- It may have been birthday month, but I sadly have no photos from either party. Zoey had a bunch of friends over for a swim party (our pool was FINALLY back working by mid-July) and Jack took his buds for a few rounds of laser tag. I do have photos from the sunflower field though!

October -- More fun! We picked pumpkins...

Zoey cheered with the big girls...

Jack ran his first 5K...

And Harry Potter and friends stopped by on Halloween!

November -- Things picked up in November, but we still made time to play in the leaves.

December --We wrapped up the year with more fun. Jack dressed to impress his girlfriend, Abby:

And Zoey learned the finer points of being crazy:

We celebrated Christmas with this little guy...

...and capped off the year with our first ride in a limo!