Saturday, May 20, 2017

I am Spartan

We tried something new today.  In efforts to find something fun, physical, and different, Jason ran across the Spartan race.  The race was held at one of our favorite places, The Wilds.  This race is 12+ miles with very difficult obstacles.  Pretty inspiring to see SO MANY people taking on this challenge.  I would have to train for a year to be able to complete this challenging course.  

For kids 9-14, they had a 1-mile option, which ended up to be perfect for the boys first mud run. 

The day started out chilly, about 60 degrees, overcast and misty.  It had rained heavily the night before, so we were muddy by the time we got to the corral.   Louden managed to fall down twice before the race was even close to starting.   They suggested to arrive 2 hours early, so there was a lot of waiting around.  Waiting around turns into horseplay. 

They're off!  

Louden is wearing the blue shirt, Keegan black.  We couldn't see the boys for most of the race, but we did our best running around to see a few obstacles. 

Louden struggled a bit with this one.  Once Jason gave him some guidance on where to put his feet, he made it right over. 

Final obstacle!

Happy boy.

 Louden ran around these last few puddles.  I can't say I blame him.  

Done!  Jason timed them at 11:45, finishing within seconds of one another.  Keegan was ahead of Louden for most of race from what we could see.

 Not the best finishing shot, but I had my zoom lens on my camera.  I really need a 15-300mm so I am always ready.

They boys were stoked and so were we.  They did great.  We're excited to try this again and are hopeful to find a family race to do together.  

Maybe Nightmareish 5K in August?

Friday, September 20, 2013

Kids say the darnedest things.2

Just driving along yesterday, on the way to the grocery store for our daily trip, Louden pops out

"I miss our dog, Sissy, she was black.  
And I'm sad I didn't get to meet your Mom when I was five".

What do you say? I just replied "me too, buddy, but this is the life we were given".  

Right on track, Keegan adds "And your dad".  

At 5 years old, they've already had to learn life's hardest lesson.  Not that they quite fully understand, but they know more than they should.

Friday, August 30, 2013


Warning: picture heavy post. 

First day of Kindergarten.  No open house, no meet the teacher, no knowing what to expect.  



40 shots to get 2 faces

"Can we just go already?"
Ready to rock

So excited during orientation at the gym, just about to meet the teachers.
 We survived the first day.  I drove them to the school since we didn't know who their teachers would be.  Keegan has Mrs. Hilgret and Louden Mrs. O'Brien.  They are next door to each other.  What I *thought* would be drop and run between rooms, turned into Louden sitting by himself in his room while I was with Keegan going through the list.  It turned out fine, but I was stressed.  Had I known, I would have had Jason go with us, but I didn't think it would be a process.  It's always a production.  Everything.

Both boys did just fine on their first day.  No tears for anyone, not even Mommy cried.
Day 3: homework

Day 5: Discipline
Rules suck.  Especially listening.  Keegan confessed that he was too busy "hitting Andrew" to listen.  The note made no mention of violence.

Friday, July 19, 2013

I blinked again....

This seems like yesterday.
Keegan & Louden 7.16.11

Thank god we've since moved on to shorter hair.

Friday, July 12, 2013


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