Wednesday, August 03, 2011

So true

I read this quote on a friends facebook page and I like it so much, I thought I would share it.

"Anyone that imagines that bliss is normal is going to waste a lot of time running around shouting that he's been robbed. The fact is that most putts don't drop, most beef is tough, most children grow up to be just people, most successful marriages require a high degree of mutual toleration, most jobs are more often dull than otherwise. Life is like an old time journey... delays, side tracks, smoke, dust, cinders and jolts, interspersed only occasionally by beautiful vistas, and thrilling bursts of speed. The trick is to thank the Lord for letting you have the ride."

Written by a journalist named Jenkin Lloyd Jones and quoted by President Gordon B. Hinckley.

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

A geocache weekend

Over the long weekend we had fun with the kids hanging out and geocaching.  They are really getting into it now and we finally settled on our name/handle.  The corn dog crew!  Not my first pick, but Noah just loves it!  We took a drive up to Winchester for the day and found a couple geocaches while we were there.

I thought this one was hidden in a pretty cool place.

Good job corn dog crew!

The next one we found was in a neighborhood...

Hurry up Dad!

The kids found it under a rock at the base of this tree but Noah was afraid to pick it up because there was a bird nest on it.  So, Lily took care of business and moved the rock for him.

The bird flew away while we were there... I sure hope it went back to it's nest and no one bothers it for awhile.  The last time someone found this cache was about 6 weeks ago.

Way cool!

On the way home we stopped at place close by to find one called "between two barns."

We looked....

and looked...

and looked....but could not find it.  We will have to get more clues and try again.

The next day on the way home from church we decided to do some more geocaching.  Noah was not enthused about geocaching in his church clothes, and sat in the car while the girls looked.  This one was called "Franklin's first"

We found it!
Katy is using the handheld GPS like a phone.  She decided to call Nana.

A nice view of Franklin.
The next geocache we looked for was in a beautiful spot.  I love the way this picture turned out.  I think I need a tripod! 

The hunt is on...

Still looking..

While everyone was looking for the geocache I took in the beautiful scenery.  Sometimes I can't get over just how beautiful WV is.
Back to the search... we looked for quite awhile but never found it.  This was a tricky one and we'll have to get more clues and try again.

I did manage to get in a picture after all.  Love my girls!

You see lots of hay bales around here now and Noah thought I was weird for stopping to take pictures of them.

The last search before we headed for home was in Brandywine.


There it is!

Katy found it.  Way to go!

The girl's helped to pick up some trash that someone left behind.

Cache in, trash out!

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Found this geocache... finally!

We attempted to find this geocache last fall at the little old Propstburg School with no luck.  Then last weekend we decided to try again and were successful.  Now we can move on with our lives!

Lily found it!

Dad helps Lily to pull it out from the rocks. 

I'm surprised we found it because it was hidden perfectly in the rocks of the church.

The cache was a little pill bottle attached to a rock with a little log book inside.
We signed our names, put it back where we found it, and look forward to finding our next geocache!


Saturday, May 07, 2011

Easy three miler

It has been a good running week for me.  I met a friend at the track yesterday for a quick run and it was so much fun.  It seemed so quick and easy and I know it was because we were talking and laughing.  It is amazing how a good conversation can pass the time.  I look forward to more of runs like this.

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

I'm glad I did...

So, I decided to run the base 6 mile race yesterday even though I was still a little sore from Saturday's half.  I'm so glad I did because it was a lot of fun and I ran it in 1:05:03, which is a PR for me.  That is two PR's in one week!  Who's your Mama?

Monday, May 02, 2011

WV Race for Hope Half Marathon

This past weekend I ran my first half marathon of the year and was pleasantly surprised at my time since the last half I ran was at Thanksgiving.  I kicked butt and had a new PR!!  Woo- hoo!!!  It was in Elkins, WV on a beautiful rails to trails course.  It was the perfect first trail run for me because the course was relatively flat with soft, well packed gravel.  There was one long, steady hill  that seemed to go on forever but was only about 1.5 miles.  It was not terribly enjoyable going up that hill, but it was a treat going down!  The weather was cool, sunny and pleasant and I got a nice bit of sun and I'm still flying high today. 

I'm feeling sore today, but it's that good kind of sore that you feel like you've accomplished something. It feels good to get back into the swing of things again and I'm really looking forward to the next half marathon we have planned in Williamsburg, VA later this month.   We have the Hatfield- McCoy marathon in KY/WV scheduled for June and Travis plans to run the marathon and I'm running the half.  I think I'll stick with half's for now and maybe, just maybe, plan to do another marathon later this year. 

Tomorrow morning the base is having a 6 mile run and I'm debating on whether or not I should attempt it because it sounds like fun running from the upper base to the lower base, but that may be pushing it for me.  We'll see!  

Friday, January 28, 2011

Kids say the funniest things!

Lily loves to do crafts, but in particular she loves to paint.  I'm always a little leery of getting the paints out because it is so messy, but this morning she convinced me when she said "Well, if you let us paint it will get us off your nerves Mom."

The other week Lily lost her CTR ring at school and was very upset about it.  CTR stands for choose the right and it is a reminder for the children to make good decisions.  Lily said she would not be able to remember to choose the right without it, and while I was trying to explain to Lily that she would still be able to remember to choose the right, Katy says "I always choose the left."

Noah told me that Lily said a bad word.  When I asked him what it was he said "you know when you say John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt?  Well, just that out the M out of Schmidt and you'll know. "

P.S.  Lily doesn't know what that word means yet, so if she did say it, she didn't know what she was saying! ;)

Snow daze

We had a nice amount of snow fall earlier this week and the kids are home again today from school for day #3.  They love being at home and are excited to have another day to hang out.  I have somehow managed to keep the kids occupied between puzzles, crafts, playing with friends, and of course playing in the snow....

Katy has so much fun with a big spoon and a cup.

Woo hoo!
Lily makes a snow angel.

We attempted to make a snowman but it is not as easy as it looks on Caillou and the kids lost interest.
Noah decides to make a snow fort for the dogs.
Hercules and Pepper are checking things out.
The snow is almost as deep as Pepper is tall.
Hercules has long legs and no problems getting through the snow.
Katy is too cute!

Snow ball fight!!
Lily, Katy, and Joseph on the sled.
There's nothing like snow days with friends.