Sunday, April 22, 2018

Portland Shamrock 2018

On March 18, I ran in the Portland Shamrock Half Marathon.  I think this is my 3rd or 4th year running the half since they started it.  The weather wasn't horrible.  It was cloudy and cool, but it didn't rain, and it was a little sunny by the end of the race.  I set out to try to beat my time from 2 years ago.  Now that I am running with my new watch, I can gauge my pace a little better.  I started out keeping on pace through the first half of the race.  But it's the second half that gets challenging because of the hills.  I fell a little behind pace, but I thought it might still be close.  As I came to the finish, I thought I was a minute over my desired finish time.  And when I was done, I thought I had not beat my time from 2 years ago.  But when I got home and checked the time to beat again, I realized that I had beat my time from 2 years ago by almost 2 minutes!  I had remembered the wrong time or something.  I was very excited about my finish.  Now on to the next run!

Monday, April 9, 2018

Weekend at the Beach

A few weekends ago, we went to Manzanita with our friends Hannah, Ryan, Genevieve and Everett.  We rented a house there, not too far from the beach.  The kids had so much fun playing in the sand.  We enjoyed walks on the beach and walking through town.  We even had some nice weather.  It was a nice relaxing weekend.

Genevieve, Daniel, Sam & Everett

Hannah & I

All of the Kids

Jeff, Ryan, Hannah & Simon

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Cup Stacking 2018

This year for cup stacking, all 3 boys qualified to be in the final competition.  This was Daniel's 4th year being in the competition, but it was Sam and Simon's 1st year.  We were all very excited to see all 3 of them compete.  And although Sam and Simon didn't get a medal or trophy, we were very proud of them.  Daniel did win the competition for 6th grade.  Here's a look back.

All 3 Boys After Competition

All of the students from the competition

Daniel receiving his trophy

Sunday, February 18, 2018

A Difficult January

It is with a heavy heart that I share this next blog.  This past January, my sister-in-law, Cheryl Youker passed away from her battle with cancer.  She had been fighting it for over 3 years, but finally her body was unable to fight off the infections that invaded her body.  We are so sad, words can't even express what we feel.  We miss her and we love her very much.  

Cheryl with the boys in Palm Springs, Christmas 2016

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Christmas Concert in January

This year, our school's Christmas concert was postponed to January.  Our music teacher fell and got hurt and was unable to lead out in the concert back in December, when it was originally scheduled.  So we postponed it for January.  It was still a really great concert, even if we did listen to Christmas after the holiday was over.  Here is a look at each of the boys and what they did for the performance.

Simon played bells

Sam played chimes

Daniel on the trombone for band

Daniel in the choir

Monday, February 12, 2018

New Year's Eve

On New Year's Eve in 2017, we held our annual tradition of a dinner of fondue.  Jeff makes cheese fondue with lots of yummy veggies and bread.  Then he makes a chocolate fondue with lots of fruit and treats.  It's a yummy meal.  Then, we try to stay up till midnight, EST, to watch the ball drop.  We made it, then promptly fell asleep.  Welcome to 2018!

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Meeting Up With Friends

While we were in CDA, we had a chance to go out to dinner with our friends, the Edwards Family.  They live in Spokane, so we drove over and visited and ate together.  It was so much fun to see them. Daniel and Camden had a chance to visit.  They have become pretty good friends throughout the years.  Keaton had fun sharing his Rubic's Cube with Sam.  They both seem to enjoy solving puzzles.  I wished we lived closer and could see each other more often.  Love you guys!

Camden and Daniel

All of the Boys

Kristin and I

All of Us