Saturday, September 3, 2016

Meg's first triathlon

My brother Andy and Uncle Phil are training for the Iron Man in Lake Placid next summer and we are going for a family reunion to cheer them on. About 2 weeks ago when my mom was here, I decided I would not be able to go and just watch...so I signed up too! Now the only problem is I am not a strong swimmer (I swim with the kids but have never gone swimming for exercise) and I haven't ridden a bike outside of spin class in a couple years.  The good news is that I love to run and I have 11 months to train. Due to the NW weather, there  is a triathlon season here and it is coming to an end very soon so w/ just 2 weeks of training, I decided a few nights ago that I would do a sprint triathlon today. I learned  a lot including that I have lots of work to do on the swim, I desperately need a bike (using Mesh's bike that hadn't been ridden in a year was tough but got me through) and that I love this crazy sport!  Mesh had to work and the tri had an early start about an hour from home, so I had told my dad and kids not to come. However, after I came out of the swim I had an amazing surprise of them waiting for me! They were the best cheerleaders and motivation to keep on moving!



My silly selfies before the race started that I took for the kids because I didn't know they were coming. :)

Such an amazing surprise when I saw the kids and my dad!







My journey has just begun!

Thursday, September 1, 2016

First day of 5th, 3rd and 1st grade

It's a big year for the kids-they started at the wonderful school that is just across the street. It is hard to be the new kids, but nice they are all three together at school for one more year.  We are ready for an amazing year!
1st, 3rd, 5th



Chilling with gramps before the first day of school

Walking home-it was a great first day!


Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Noni*'s Visit

Noni came out and spent time with the kids while I headed back to work 2 weeks before they started school. Thanks for a magical time Noni! We love you!

The star has arrived and we got her a shirt to go w/ her name!
Nate's tournament



Oh that Ben!


We hosted a soccer get together for Nate's team.

kayaking w/ my mama

Mother and son ending the day w/ good books.

Wine tasting

Ben had a jamboree and Riley also guest played w/ a team.

Riley working out w/ dad


Ben caught this off of our dock-17 inch, 3 pound large mouth bass

Fresh catch-eating the fist just hours after it was caught
lunch out w/ Noni

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

August Happenings

The summer fun continued with Wilderness camp, Riley's soccer party, Ben's soccer jamboree, and fun in the lake. And my summer came to an end as I reported back to work for the new school year. Big changes for all of us this year-I moved from being the school psychologist at one of the early childhood centers in the district to a high school. I can walk to work! The kids start at the elementary school across the street soon. It feels so great to have everything so close to home now!

Wilderness day camp- 3rd year

days full of hiking, building forts, and tracking animals

Some of the soccer girls playing goalie at their beach summer party.

Ben's game-he is #4



flowers and plums from our yard
Mother and son fixing the dock

Annual bbq w/ my high school friends and their families:
Jen, Joelle, Meg, Talli


Riley and her band waiting for practice to start.


1st day for me at the high school and after years of working part-time, I'm back to full-time.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Badamma's visit

We had a lot of summer time fun during Badamma's week long visit.  We played in the lake, went to Seattle, saw a play, sold lemonade, and Nate and Riley had a soccer tournament - it was Badamma's first time watching a full soccer game! We also celebrated Badamma's birthday -we  love you Badamma!
Bruno loved to sit with Badamma!


Badamma selfie :)



Riley's jump series:




Ben's jump series:






Seattle

Olympic Sculpture Park in Seattle

We arrived early to enjoy extra time in our cool box seats at School of Rock at Village Theater in Issaquah. 
Go Nater!
Ri and some teammates zooming around between games.

Friday Riley had games at 9am and 4:30 pm and Nate had games at 1:30pm and 7:30 pm.  What a fun day watching them play and hagning out with their teams between games.

Lemonade stand!

The birthday girl with her West Coast grandkids.