AAND it's another running event! What fun! This was a mini triathlon, but we didn't swim at the end--we went in a kayak! We ran 1.5 miles, biked for 6 miles, then paddled a Kayak around the lake (almost a mile). So fun! Andrew and I were a team. Josh and Claire did it on their own. I was SUPER proud of all the kids! They all finished strong! Not only that, Josh finished FIRST overall! WOW! I sure hope we're in town to do it again next year! :)
Josh went on a National Geographic Student Expedition, and at the end of it, the group put on a gallery exhibit of their work, so Peter, Andrew and I drove up to see it! We took a little detour through Yellowstone on our way to Bozeman, Montana--a field trip with the little boys all by themselves! Neat! We had a great time! We saw some cool stuff, even with ALL the traffic! Whew. Word to the wise--don't go to Yellowstone in July! Sheesh. And it was HOT! Wow. We made it to our hotel and got to go swim in the hotel's pool and jacuzzi before we headed off to the gallery. My mom and dad came up, too--much later, of course--and funnily enough, as we were driving over to the gallery, I looked back, and they were right behind me! Ha! It was pretty cool of them to drive all the way up there, stay for an hour, then head back.
The exhibit was SO great! I loved watching Josh interact with the other kids--he was right in the thick of it! He helped the trips leaders/expert to make a slide show presentation at the end. The leaders had nothing but good to say about Josh--that he was respectful, full of questions and energy, and so helpful! "He's a Rock Star!" was probably my favorite statement. :) It does my heart good to see him grow like that and be in those types of situations. While I miss my kids when they're gone, I know that the growth that they experience when away from me is immeasurable and does them so much good!
The boys and I went back to the hotel and watched the Food Network for a few hours before going to sleep. We picked Josh up the next morning and headed on back to Rexburg. A great trip!
This was SO much fun! It was a 5K obstacle run--we carried buckets of dirt, jumped over hurdles of hay, climbed over walls, jumped in giant mud puddles, crawled through mud, slid down mountains of dirt, then ran through the finish line right into the lake to wash it all off! It was awesome! Made awesomer by having my brother and sister and Katie there, too! Yay for getting dirty! :)
Happy Independence Day! We did a flag raising ceremony in the morning--where we did a 21 gun salute using our iPads and fingers and Claire played 'My Country Tis of Thee' on her flute. We sure enjoyed our Fourth of July Parade! All the kids got tons of candy. (Unfortunately, Andrew left his in a bag in his room...and the ants found it...and they ATE through the BAG to get to it! Whew! Gross! It was totally infested and he had to throw most of it away. Poor guy.) The rest of day was laid back and fun...and we had a TON of fireworks things to all of our pitching in together! A fun day to celebrate!
Another really fun thing about being in the states this summer is all the runs! We started off our running season doing the Teton Dam Marathon! No, we didn't run the marathon. The kids and I (and my mom) did the 5K, and it was SOOOO much fun!
When we started, Josh and Andrew took off running. Claire kept a steady pace ahead of me. By the time we hit the one mile mark, Claire was walking and I had caught up to Josh (he was mostly walking, too). I passed them by and never saw them again, and I thought sure I'd pass by Andrew at some point, but no! I never caught up to that kid! He beat me by a full minute! Ha! And that was his FIRST run EVER! I'm super impressed. Looks like we have a runner to follow in Devin's footprints! Even Claire is now talking of wanting to work her way up to a real marathon! I have crazy kids.
But for not having trained AT ALL, my kids did awesome! Andrew came in at 29 minutes, Josh came in at 32 minutes and Claire did it in 40! I was so proud! I did it in just over 30 minutes, and even came in 2nd in my age group!!!! Wow!! I even got a prize--they gave me a pair of socks! Neat. I have to admit, when I checked the computer and saw that I had come in 3rd in my age group, I actually teared up! Ha! And then, when I went over to claim my prize, they told me I actually got 2nd! Wow! I NEVER thought I'd place in a running race. Ever. It was REALLY weird to be in the 35-44 age group, but, hey, that's pretty cool! I'm an old running lady! :) I think that makes me an official runner! :)
After the run, there were all sorts of booths set up--snacks for after, fun offers and games to play. We had a ball! The kids won candy, sunglasses, kites, waterbottles, frisbees, free games of mini golf, coupons for running stores...we just had a great time! We even stuck around to cheer on EVERY SINGLE LAST PERSON that ran that race! Claire, Andrew, and Peter were there at the finish line until the bitter end, ringing cow bells, clapping, screaming, whistling... I was SO proud of them! After having run, and seen how hard it was, they wanted to make sure that every person had people cheering them on at the finish line. So wonderful! It helped that the finish/start line was directly in front of my parent's house! :)
It was a pretty spectacular event, and we can't wait for the next one!
We've always loved art with grandma, but doing it live is a thousand times better!! She's so great at showing and explaining the techniques. Can't beat live classes! The kids are super excited to work with oils and make real paintings! Even cooler: this year, they're going to enter the county fair! Woohoo!! Hooray for time in the states!
Today was Claire's super special day. First, she got to go to the temple to do baptisms for the dead for the first time! After that, she received her patriarchal blessing from her great grandfather.
Devin and I went to do a session with my grandfather after that. It was so lovely! And now, I'm exhausted beyond all reason!
Church here doesn't start until 1pm, so we decided to make the best of our time and walk around some temples with the kids...and take some family photos! We had planned to go to three, but only made it to two. Such a lovely and glorious day!
First, we went to the Provo temple. The tulips there were SO gorgeous!
Our next stop was the Provo City Center temple. So cool! I've never seen this one before, so it was pretty cool. The old Provo tabernacle burned down, so they restored it into this:
So much beauty and peace! Good Sabbath, everyone!
We had the amazing opportunity to go to a Utah Symphony concert geared toward kids! It was super awesome--a play/concert all about the life and music of George Gershwin! The kids all enjoyed themselves, and I admit to tearing up when that clarinet solo at the beginning of Rhapsody in Blue came on!
Then we were supposed to go to a birthday party for a nephew...but we missed our train by 2 minutes! So we went to Temple Square and looked around a bit while waiting for the next train...
We eventually made it to the birthday party, which was fun! Then we came back and did a family service project (mowing the lawn and trimming apple trees), went out to eat at a buffet where we are ourselves silly, then came back for a pajama party! Hooray for family time!
Meet The Bluebird of Happiness--or, for short, The Bluebird!! I'm so spoiled! Devin got this car for me and the kids to putter around in while we're here! I LOVE it! It's SO cute!!!!
Who Am I?
As a Stay At Home Mom of 4 wonderful children, I have the amazing opportunity not only to home school them, but to do so in many different places! I am married to the most amazingly wonderful (and handsome) man in the whole world! Together, we seek out, every day, that Joy in the Journey that makes life exciting!
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