Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Such a Fun Week!

 We've been having such a fun week.  Grandma and Papa came to visit, and they were able to participate in some of our activities.  First, the kids ran another race.  This time, they remembered to save some energy for the end!  Grandma and Papa helped them get ready.
Jenna ran hard.
 Amarin kept stride and came in 1 min 25. 

 Love the look of determination on Char's face.  Wish I had a close up!
The humidity was so high, we left Gus home.  Papa "raced" with Laura this time.
After...cookies and juice!
and ribbons! 
 Jacob thought hanging out in the tree was pretty fun, too.
 The next evening, Jacob had his final band concert with his school.  The local mayor spoke about how their town was recovering from the horrible destruction caused by the tornado last November.  An offering was taken during the concert to benefit their band students who had lost instruments in the tornado.  Over $2,000. was raised!
The concert began with the National Anthem.  Gives me goosebumps every time!
 Jacob, and a few other young men, read the Gettysburg Address.
Most of their music was patriotic.
 This is Jacob...behind the tuba!
 They played the Star Wars theme, and characters walked on stage.
Kids had fun meeting them after...well, some of them.  Some were pretty scary looking!
 Grandma and Papa left for home, and we went style.
Jacob is very serious about golf.
 Char...not so much.
 Teaching his little sister how to aim her club and how to stand.
 She preferred to use the club as a microphone and sing along with the radio.
 Friends met us there...
 and ate lunch...
Such a fun week.  And it's only Wednesday!

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Happiness is...

water gun fights with Papa when he visits!
It was a pretty even battle.
Papa has the experience of being a police officer and hunter...
Char has youth, agility, and crazy speed!

Monday, May 12, 2014

Behind the Wheel

A few months ago, Jacob informed me that he could start driving next year.
After I grabbed a paper bag and stopped hyperventilating, 
I calculated the months.  Yes.  He could be driving with us next year.
He has been wanting to go out driving with his dad for some time.
Because apparently he is the "only 14 year old to never have driven behind the wheel of a vehicle," save the tractor.  I had no idea he was this deprived.  What were we thinking?
Sarcasm aside, he did finally make it out to a quiet, dirt road yesterday with Jamie, while we visited with friends.  He did great, and even stopped in front of our friends house to wave to me...and then stepped too hard on the gas pedal and threw stones.  Yes...we still have one more year.

Thursday, May 8, 2014


from my own kitchen!
The boys wanted to cook for a party we are having tomorrow night.
A few of Jamie's colleagues from other countries are coming for dinner.
So, Jacob took over making shortbread cookies and donuts, Amarin made sausage tarts, and they paired up to make the deviled eggs.
they remembered to clean up...mostly.
I'll take it.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

On Your Mark...

Their first official race.

A local running club organizes a 1/4, 1/2, and 1 mile race for kids under 12.
The youngest go first.
Yes, that means we waited while toddlers...toddled...down the path.
There were so many that they must have had four or five heats of their own.
Most of them tripped over the one next to them, and ended up in a big, crying mass.

Anywho...once it got to the kids who could actually run, 
our four youngest, and Gus, participated.
(Jacob is officially too old!)

They officially registered, received a running number, and waited for their heat.
Laura's number ended up on her back because she kept trying to eat it.  Goofball.

 Jenna started out in the front of the 7 year old pack.
She learned that sprinting at the beginning of a longer race does not work well in the end.
I have to say, though, her running has greatly improved since we first saw her at age 4.
The girl couldn't run.  It was more of a waddle.  Now she can fly!
And that would be the end of my photos.  The phone died after Jenna ran.
But, Charlie held the lead in the 9 year old heat for 1/2 the race, as did Amarin.
Next time, they won't sprint at the beginning, for sure.
Laura and Gus (with me) finished the 9 year old heat, right after the 10/11/12 year olds finished their heat.
But she did it, and she had a fun cheering section as she finished.
They loved it, and can't wait to run again next Monday.