Jumping In!

Last week, when Ethan and I were driving home from swimming lessons, I told him that he could have a banana split if he jumped off the diving board in the deep end of the pool. His instructor has given the kids an opportunity to do it each time and each time, Ethan has opted to jump from the side ledge instead of up on the diving board. Because of the wager, Nathan suggested that the whole family go tonight to encourage Ethan. I took my camera.

Look at him just sitting there. So little and so big at the same time.

Doing a little kicking and splashing.

Learning some new skills.

We held our collective breaths as the instructor asked the kids if they would like to jump into the pool and where they wanted to do it- deep end of shallow end. Ethan piped up quickly, “The deep end!”. The instructor asked who wanted to jump off the diving board and hands were raised. Ethan’s was among them! His turn came, he climbed up and sat down for a second while he and the instructor talked. Finally, he stood up shakily, hesitated for a moment and then he did it.

And then he did it again.

All for a banana split.

Weekend recap and some photos

The annual Henning family reunion was this last weekend. We packed up our gear and our kids and left at 7:30 Friday morning and headed to Fairfax to meet up with the rest of the Minnesota family that would be traveling to Lincoln, Nebraska. Our caravan included 4 vehicles and 18 people. 5 of these were children ages several months old to 5 years. The kids really did fabulously during the car ride. Well, I know that our 3 did well, and I heard that the others did well too.

Our drive ended up being more eventful than we had planned because one of the vehicles ended up with a cracked radiator. That made the drive a little longer and a little more crowded. It was also in the high 90’s during our drive time. 2 of the vehicles (one was our van) were farther down the road when they heard the the one was in trouble. So, we took a passenger out of the other van that was near us to fill our van to capacity and make some extra room in the other vehicle and kept trucking to Lincoln. The Fairchild van drove back to assist. Matt and Jody could only fit 5 and I think there were 7 people between their vehicle and Dave and Tami’s incapacitated Buick. I’m hazy on the details, but I think that, at some point, they decided there was no need for all 7 of them to hang out in the heat waiting to figure out what to do with a broken car on a weekend. Jody filled their vehicle to capacity and finished the trek to Lincoln while the remaining folks stayed to set up repair work for the Buick and then those last stragglers all arrived in the Fairchild van late that evening. That was our Friday excitement.

Saturday was fun. Breakfast at the hotel! Children’s Museum! Naps! Incredible Food! Water balloon fight followed by a water fight with the hoses (almost every last one of us got soaked)! A relay race of putting on ridiculous clothes! Rootbeer Floats! The best chip dip known to mankind (must get that recipe from Jack)! Swimming in the pool! Lots of exclamation points!!!!!!!!!!! It was hard pack everything in to one full day of being together, but it’s also hard to be away from home for long with jobs and kids. We had a fun time with family and Ethan and Audrey didn’t want to come home.

I brought our camera and didn’t take any pictures. I was too exhausted to get it out. Nathan did get some shots on his phone. I’ll have to see if I can post some of those when I figure out how to access them.

All is not lost though. I do have some photos for your enjoyment. Is it alright that they are not related to this post at all?

Isaac eating applesauce

What I spend a lot of time on after a trip away from home. Ethan told me I could take a day off of doing laundry. He’s so sweet.

This is our “new” van. We got the title transferred today. It’s speedometer works, the battery doesn’t stay running randomly and it doesn’t assume we are trying to steal it when we try to start it. Life is good!

New (to us) van and other random things

We have possession of a new (to us) van. The old one wasn’t doing the job anymore and we will be getting rid of it. Goodbye, old Windstar. We made some happy memories together.

The newest vehicle-addition to our family is a Freestar. We hope to have my happy trips through the next years. I don’t have a photo yet, but I’ll be sure to take one. I’m sure everyone is dying to see it.

In other news, we had fun playing with the Henely’s dog yesterday. We scheduled a play date so that kids could spend some time with Sam. They all had a great time. Sam was very good with the kids and the kids were good to Sam. Except for Isaac. Isaac pulled on his ears and whatever else he could grasp. He loved Sam too, but he needs to learn how to be gentle. Sam was completely well-behaved even Isaac wasn’t.

I ran yesterday morning. I went 2.5 miles. The temperature was a pleasant 65, but the humidity was at 95%. Interesting running weather. It’s been surprising to me how much easier it was to get comfortable to run in the cold weather than it has been in hot, muggy weather. Nathan also got some running in yesterday too. He did it in the 90 degree heat in the evening. That’s real dedication. He has a goal to get in a certain number of miles this summer. He made a chart to track his progress and he wanted to have some of the chart colored in so that when Ethan got up this morning Ethan could see his progress! The chart is another thing I should take a picture of for you. I’ve been horrible at taking pictures lately.

Ethan had swimming lessons again last night. He jumped in the deep end to his instructor. He was afraid, but, again, he did it. I just keep telling him how awesome he is and I smile really big when he looks at me with a tentative expression.  I’ve said it before, but I have to say it again- I am so proud of him! There is something about watching your child face their fear and move ahead anyway that is awesome.

Audrey was feeling a little under the weather this evening. She ate a little too much junk food today. She was very cute as I tucked her in. I believe she told me that she wasn’t going to come in my room because she didn’t want to get me sick. She also said that she wasn’t going to eat again! I hope she changes her mind by tomorrow.

I’m pretty sure that Isaac has been saying “Hi”. It’s probably one of those things that only a parent would consider a word though. Time will tell. He’s still crawling. He pulls up on things all the time and he can stand up in the middle of the room without pulling himself up. One of these days he’ll take off walking, but he’s pretty happy with his current method of transportation.

That’s all the news here. Hope you all are having a fabulous week.

Running Update

I thought I would work on a post about running and my diet progress while I’m uploading photos to photobucket so you can see the farm photos. I don’t know why they aren’t working from Picasa, but sometimes it doesn’t work right. Oh well.

I’m up to 193.6 miles for the year. I’m actually quite a bit behind my lofty goal I had set at the beginning of the year. I still feel good about my progress though. On Friday last week, I got up and I ran 6 miles. It took me 1 hour, 13 minutes and 50 seconds. It wasn’t setting speed records, but I was proud of my accomplishment. I ran for 6 miles. Less than a year ago, I couldn’t even run a quarter mile. Now I can run for over an hour without stopping! When I set out on Friday, I wasn’t sure how far I was going to go. I took a route that went all sorts of crazy ways, but since I was wearing my Garmin I didn’t have to worry that I would have to remember every street because it calculates and maps everything for me. There was a point when I turned down one of the country roads that I thought to myself, “What have I done? I’m way too far from home!” I was sort of committed to doing the distance at that point. I suppose I could have walked home if I ran out of steam, but I had to get back in time for Nathan to get ready and leave for work on time.

I’ve decided to ramp up my running a little as I prepare for the 5k in August. I have 7 weeks. Nathan is going to run again too and he’s planning to take his training a little more seriously this time.

My weigh-in on Friday was good. I was down .4 lbs. That puts me a little more than 16 pounds from my initial goal and I’m half pound from being done re-losing weight I already lost. Even more amazing was that I managed to control my eating over the weekend after my weigh-in. I have a terrible habit of eating a lot on Friday and Saturday (and sometimes Sunday!). I didn’t do that this week. Yeah for me! I did have a high calorie day today though. I’m putting that behind me though. I’m ready for another good week. We have a family reunion coming up this weekend and I’m sure it will be more difficult to eat healthy with travel factored in. I want to have some good days before we go.

Looks like my photos are ready to add to the previous post. I’m off to bed soon since I have a run scheduled for early tomorrow morning.

Breakfast on the Farm

Instead of lazing around the house on our Saturday morning, we got up and dressed and were out the door by 8:00. We were headed to our first Breakfast on the Farm experience. It was awesome!

We parked at the high school and we were shuttled to a local dairy farm. They offered a pancake breakfast, tour of the dairy farm, ice cream cones, petting zoo area, and sand mountain for kids to play on and all the big tractors were out for the kids as well. All of this cost $2 a person. If you are 5 or under, it’s FREE! So, our morning cost us $4!

The machine shed was cleaned out and set up with tables and there were two men making pancakes. They had a cool contraption that squirted the batter onto the griddle, 4 at a time (or more?) and they would move it over again and shoot out another 4 and so on and so forth. They made quick work of it! They were delicious! Then we made our way to the tractors and then we visited the different info booths. The kids had passports and if they got stamps at all the stations, they could get a goody bag at the end. We started at the “cow breeding” station where the kids learned about insemination. Hah! They didn’t pay a lot of attention except to the liquid nitrogen that could freeze a flower solid in seconds. That was cool. Here are some photos of our fun day.

Swimming, Storms and Sillyness

I have not been blogging as much lately. I have been doing some old-fashioned pen and paper journaling. I just haven’t been doing as much online. I’ve been trying to focus more on living our lives here and less on writing and reading.

So, what have we been doing?

1. Isaac walked 5 steps in a row! He’s getting closer to being a walker. This is very exciting and it’s almost official that we’re saying “goodbye” to babyhood.

2. We had lunch with Nathan at Crown on Tuesday.

3. I had a dentist appointment to have two cavities filled.  It was quick and easy. When I got back, I started thinking about what we should do for fun and I decided we should go to the beach. I wondered if it might be a crazy idea, but I decided to go for it. I packed up the three kids, water, sunblock, towels, diaper bag, and sand toys. We picked up lunch on the way and had it on the beach. We had a blast! We ate lunch and then E&A played in the sand and splashed in the water. Isaac crawled around a little and I held his hands as he walked in the water. It went smoothly enough that I’m going to do it again.

4. I saw a funnel cloud just west of our home tonight. Sirens went off, kids were in the basement and Nathan was driving home. The storm went north and east of us.

5. Ethan started swimming lessons tonight. He was scared, but he did everything asked of him and I couldn’t be more proud of him! I love that boy!

6. Nathan and I will be doing another 5k race in our town in August. We have 7 weeks to get ready! Woohoo!

7. I did well with my eating and exercise this week and am hoping to see a weight loss tomorrow.

I think that covers our excitement. We have been enjoying our summer so far.

Isaac’s Birthday Party

We had Isaac’s birthday celebration on Sunday in Cottage Grove at my Dad’s house. It was very nice to not have to worry about getting our house ready (and keeping it ready) for guests. Thanks Dad!

We went to our own church in the morning. The summer schedule has our church service starting at 9:00.  We knew we would be done in plenty of time to get to our 2:00 birthday party.  We arrived in Cottage Grove at lunch time. We had lunch and finished prepping for the party. The guests arrived at 2:00 and we partied!

The most exciting part of the day was when Ethan called to Nathan from the bathroom. He said he had a problem. He told Nathan that he just discovered that he forgot to wear underwear. This, my friends, is a risk you take when your children dress themselves. I’ve learned that I guess I should ask Ethan if he’s wearing underwear the next time we’re getting ready to go somewhere. Who would have thought?