It was warm today and felt like March or April outside. High 50’s and little to no rain. We spent a wonderful afternoon at the park playing, running, and enjoying God’s beautiful creation. I love it when we get outside during the Christmas season.
I always wanted to do a Christmas long distance run. December runs in Oregon = unpredictable. Two years ago my daughter and I did a 5K and dealt with sleet, snow, cold rain, and mud. I thought she would quit running all together after that race, but thankfully her next race was in July which was better.
I did the Eugene Holiday Half. It rained the entire time. There were flood warnings out. We almost thought the race would be cancelled. Although I was soaked head to toe, I managed to run 8.47/minute miles and finish at around 1:55 and place 5th in my age category. Although it took hours for my body temperature to get fully back to normal, I was so glad I did it. It is my first half marathon!
I have done three marathons and two 25ks (15.5 miles) but never a half. I liked the distance!
We had very strange weather today. Dark gray clouds with pouring rain most of the day. Around 4:30 as the sun was beginning to set the kids played outside in the gigantic puddle in our driveway. It was the first time we saw the sun the whole day. At 3:15 PM when I picked the kids up from school, it looked like 10 o’clock at night. As the sun peeked its way out at sundown a beautiful rainbow filled the whole sky.
The words to this hymn in my church’s Psalter Hymnal You Are Our God; We Are Your People written by David Hoekema immediately came to my mind. It fits appropriately with the promises of Advent.
It rained on the earth forty days, forty nights, and all of the world was destroyed
The ark Noah built at the calling of God saved God’s chosen ones from the flood
God gave to Noah the rainbow sign, “Such a flood I will not send again—
I am your God; you are my people.”
And when Jesus Christ came to live on the earth, God’s promise to us was fulfilled.
His life and his death were a new covenant, assurance of love full and free.
God gave His Son, his only Son; to all who receives him he says,
“I am your God; you are my people.”
Can I just say how much I love summer? I love swimming with my kids.
On Tuesday my husband had to do a visit in Silverton so we came along. We swam at the Silverton Reservoir where I also did a few training swims for my triathlon.
I get a little more concerned with swimming with my kids in the open water. Even thought my oldest is an excellent swimmer for an eight year old, I still have her wear a life jacket. We’ve had a large number of drownings in the area the past couple weeks. Many of our lakes and rivers have not warmed up yet and people don’t expect the cold temperatures. Our swim areas tend to be more rustic and not as user friendly as the Midwest beaches I grew up going to. You have to be cautious about drop-offs, rocks, and currents.
On Wednesday we met friends at a local park and on Thursday we relaxed at home. I did not take any pictures those two days.
On Friday the kids had their annual lemonade stand for the Prostate Cancer Foundation.
I race for Prostate Cancer awareness because my grandpa passed away from it in 1989 when I was in junior high. My dad is a survivor.
Saturday was my triathlon. Sunday we had thunderstorms all day. For us thunderstorms are somewhat of a treat because we rarely get them. We have had abnormal humidity this summer and high temperatures. Some complain about the heat, but I kind of like it. It makes it feel more like summer.
It was 4th of July week and it started out with temperatures climbing into the 90’s. So that meant cooling off at West Bennet Park.
The beautiful thing about Oregon summers is that its gets hot, but it doesn’t stay hot all day. A breeze and cooler temperatures come in the evening. So the oldest and I drove to Keizer where we biked along one of the few bike paths (we really need more!) in our town. It’s a small 3-4 mile stretch that goes along the Salem Parkway, but you don’t have to deal with traffic and many intersections. I love it that we can now bike together.
Yesterday was the 4th of July–one of my favorite holidays. For the past three years we have gone to the Independence-Monmouth Parade. We sat closer to Independence like last year. Thankfully this year they did not run out of candy until they got to us.
Our original plan was to go to our friend’s house after the parade and spend the rest of the afternoon and early evening there. They always put on a fabulous 4th of July celebration. Due to some unfortunate sickness, they had to cancel. We had friends come to us last minute and we set up the slip and slide. We had a nice outdoor dinner with them. Then just our family headed downtown for the fireworks–the first ever 4th of July we all went to a fireworks show as a family. I had not been to a fireworks show since 2006! This is a picture of everyone standing for the National Anthem.
The kids did fine with the change of plans and all in all had a great 4th of July.
Next week is supposed to be HOT again. We don’t have as much planned, but I am sure we will find plenty to do to keep us busy.
First week of Summer 2014 is in the books. I think it could be called the “Woa–we have all this extra time on our hands, what do we with ourselves?!” week.
We enjoyed an early Father’s Day dinner at Sonic. We only go here about once a year (though their milkshake menu tempts me to go more). There is something fun about eating in the back of the van. We had just come from Costco hence the giant bottles of detergent.
And the hot dogs too!
On Saturday we had a small army of men from our church in our house. Since we moved into our house I have despised the carpet in the eating area. It seemed to get more disgusting with time. The red velvet cake stain would not come out, the cat peed in the corner, the kids tracked mud in this winter–I hate the carpet. If I were to give any advice to pastor wives out there living in parsonages I would say the following 1) Show love to your Building & Grounds 2) Advocate for your families’ needs in a kind and gracious way. Gentle reminders are good, but don’t be pushy. 3) Be patient.
And hooray–hardwood floor. Someone asked, “Did you cry when they ripped out the carpet?” I said, “No I cried when we had the carpet.” The guys did an amazing job and we felt incredibly cared for as friends and a pastor’s family.
We celebrated the start of summer by going to the drive-in with friends. I LOVE drive-ins. I have always had a thing for them.
The kids love them too!
I have to say that we are loving the down time. I still cannot gauge if this one needs a nap or not. I don’t think she can either. I, myself, don’t take naps anymore except on Sundays…I can’t during the school year as I am working. I think I took two naps last week mostly because I could. My rule for when I take a nap–“Don’t wake me up unless–” The kids: “Someone is bleeding.” The kids have been keeping busy playing baseball in the backyard, picking raspberries, playing Lego Friends and regular legos, coloring, and riding bikes. We went to the library and the mall last week, but mostly we have enjoyed being home.