Tuesday, May 29, 2012

race day

Hadley had an "endurance" race yesterday at school. I remember doing it when I was a kid too. We had to run 1 lap when we were in Grade 1, 2 laps in Grade 2, and 3 laps in Grade 3. Apparently kids are not as fit these days, cause the Grade 3 kids only had to run 2 laps, the 2's ran 1.5 laps, and the Grade 1's ran 1 lap.

When I was a kid I was very competitive. I still am. I was always so excited for the track meet day that I couldn't sleep. It was like Christmas. All the kids in my family were/are pretty competitive. We would spend hours outside having races, setting up obstacle courses, and having competitions.

To get us competitive kids excited about Saturday cleaning, we would play a game of snakes and ladders with jobs assigned to each roll. Genius.

Even still, our family is competitive. At each reunion we have a race and "the manly cup" - I think we need to add a "womanly cup" or something though.

Anyway, back to the race yesterday. As I was sitting with Hadley, watching other groups race, I talked to her about getting ready for her race. I don't think she shares my passion for track and field day.......that's ok. I asked her if she was going to run the whole thing. She said that she might walk some if she got tired. She said that she probably wouldn't win because she was the slowest in her grade. She wasn't sad about it at all, just matter of fact. I knew that she could run the whole lap because she had done it before, so I told her that. She agreed. I let her know that it doesn't matter if you win or lose, just that you tried your best and worked hard. She already knew that of course.

She ran her race. She started out at a medium pace (like she told me she would), and stuck with it the whole time. I was so proud. She didn't win, she didn't lose, but she tried hard. She was so proud of herself.

kind of blurry, but I like how her friend, Lucy, is turned around waiting for her

The Elementary School track meet is in a few days. Hopefully I can sleep.........just kidding.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

ten on tuesday

1. I am ready for summer to be here. Last week we did some work on the yard and it's looking a bit better. Our yard needs a lot of help. The lawn is super uneven and there's a big pine tree that interferes with the power line so it needs to come down. I mowed the lawn on a few days ago and the grass is nice and green. I love mowing.

2. Sam has perfected his scowl. He has a great glare and gets mad when I laugh at him when he makes it. I tried to get a picture of it today.....not much luck. The last pic is pretty close.

3. Last year I got an old chair off of kijiji for free with plans to recover it. I finally settled on the fabric that I want to use - I'm just hoping I don't regret using a pattern that can't be crooked.....and that I can pretend to know what I'm doing......

4. John and I loved this song that we heard to a movie preview ad thing, so I used an app on my phone to find out what the song was called. I'm so cool. Everything at Once by Lenka

5. I'm coaching Brian and Elijah's soccer team this year. Their first practice was cancelled because the field was too wet I guess. Lame. When I was a kid, soccer was only cancelled when there was lightning. Getting wet was just part of the game.......I guess I wasn't 4 though!

6. For the first time in our married life, I have friends. I mean, I've always had friends....but now I have friends that I see regularly and stop by each other's houses whenever. It is nice. A few days ago we invited one friend over with her kids because her husband is gone for work. We had a great visit and I am glad that I have friends.

7. I was listening to this song today and was reminded how much I like the Flight of the Concords -

so funny

8. We went to Disneyland over Easter break with the High school show choir. It was great and the kids did great on the super long bus ride there and back.

9. I made some of this today. I didn't use this recipe, but it was similar.  John's mom makes this sometimes, and always packs me up some to take home cause she knows I like it so much.

10. John came home from work with some seeds, so he is in the backyard planting some with the kids. I like that guy.