Month: August 2010

Angel’s day

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Friday, August 27th was Angel’s special day. It was the day, two years ago, that her adoption was official. So every year Pat and I take the day off and we celebrate!

We began our day by having breakfast of course. For some reason Angel asked if Caleb could sit next to her.

After breakfast it was time to wake up Daddy. But not before Dr Elmo paid a little visit and made sure Daddy was feeling ok.

Then we hit the garage sales. We found some great buys on clothes for the kids. And we let Angel buy a special toy. A new Dora doll with a whole bag fill of clothes and shoes! 

Then it was on to the zoo. My mom bought us a membership to the zoo this year and we’ve been there at least 6 times. It’s was a great gift for us and our two little monkeys who love all the animals!

Riding the train. A special treat, usually we make them walk.

Patrick making a new friend.

Me and Angel on the carousel. Angel loves the carousel. But again it was a special treat because unless Grandma’s in town we don’t get to ride it!

Daddy and Caleb. Poor Caleb gets a little motion sick like his mama. The whole time he looks like he’s going to throw up.

Caleb feeding the goats.

Angel feeding the goats.

After the zoo we were going to go out to eat but the kids were wiped out. So we went home and Caleb immediately fell asleep. Angel had other plans which involved a new Dora doll.

Angel giving Dora a snack.

Angel and her new best bud.

After awhile I told Dora to go home and told Angel it was time for a nap. We laid down on the couch but I guess it was just too much excitement for one day because Angel had no intention of sleeping.

Around 3:30 we packed up the kids again and went to Scheels, which is a sporting goods and hunting store. Before we got a zoo membership this was what we used as our zoo. They have an entire floor of stuffed wild animals and the kids love it. 

After a few other errands it was time for supper. We wanted to go someplace a little special and we chose Johnny Carino’s. Pat’s mom was able to come along with us and we got there a little early so we beat the Friday night rush.

Of course we splurged, since it was a special day after all, and got dessert. The kids got their own hot fudge sundae and Pat and I shared an outrageiously enormous chocolate cake and ice cream that was to die for. It also totally hosed us on our calories for the day. But it was a special day, right?

Angel enjoying her dessert. Not sure what’s with the funny face!

Pat, Angel and Grandma Barb.

Me and Caleb.

Angel’s special day ended by coming home, taking baths, having some play time and going to bed. It was a long day but a great one with many memories made!

Team Lael

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On Saturday Pat and I ran our first 5k since beginning our training. Our friends David and Kristin had a Heart Walk team in memory of their daughter Lael.

Unfortunately I made the mistake of biking pretty hard on Friday night. My legs were very sore Saturday morning and I had decided to just do the walk instead of the run. But as soon as Pat got registered and received his bib and chip I was too excited to let this embarassement opportunity pass me by.

Before the big race:

Kristin and me (and David)…

There we go. A nice picture of me and Kristin…

The whole group. A little blinded by the light…

I was a little nervous before the race because I knew I hadn’t run 3.1 miles yet in our training. My mom encouraged me that the adrenalin of the race and all the runners would help me keep going. Unfortunately when you run as slow as I do that adrenalin only lasts about the first mile and then there’s usually no one in sight.

I did actually pass 3 people (after everyone, yes everyone passed me) right in the beginning. For about two miles of the race there were two people ahead of me and I thought I could keep up with them and maybe even catch them. The guy would start walking and I would get just up about to him and then he’d start running again. This continued for the entire race and it was very frustrating to never catch him.

The really tough part came when I thought I was coming up on the finish line. When I got up to it the lady said “Good job. 4/10ths of a mile to go!”. Oh my word. I was so ready to be done and I thought for sure that was the finish so had started to pick up the pace. Unfortunately since it wasn’t the finish line I had to stop and walk for a little bit. In the 4/10ths of a mile I had to walk three times for a couple minutes each time. That was a little discouraging but I finished running strong.

And only three people beat me. I mean, only three people didn’t beat me. Yes I am that slow. But I ran faster than I used to run. I ran an 11 1/2 minute mile. Much improved from my days of 12 minute miles.

After the race we got free bottled water and food and there were inflatables for the kids. Pat’s mom, two nieces and nephew came out to watch the kids for us while we ran. So after the race we tried to convince the kids to go in the bouncy house.

Caleb was content to just sit and watch…

Angel finally got in the bouncy house when a couple girls offered to help her bounce. Then she had fun.

Team Lael was the 2nd highest fundraising team for community groups so that was pretty awesome.  Even though it was bittersweet to be there, we had a great morming and were very glad we could be a part of Team Lael.

The whole family gets new haircuts

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And don’t we look good!