Friday, May 29, 2009

Holiday fun and excitement






We had a great Memorial Day weekend. Aunt Barb, Anna, Uncle Rob and Beth came in to visit. It was nice to catch up with everyone!




Monday was a beautiful day so I decided to give Lauren's car a bath. I got some much needed help from Autumn & Joshua....







We go some pretty heavy rains on Saturday and Sunday nights. So heavy that the rain water made some soupy mud in our unfinished flower beds. Joshua decided to see just how muddy they were....




Oh, and the other big news in the house that we have a big boy in potty training!! He's doing pretty well and we're proud of him. I need to get some Bicycling magazines for him to read while he's "working".

Time is flying....June 1 on Monday! Only about a month until we leave for our vacation to Vermont. Autumn is so excited to go. Should be fun, the whole family (Dad, Carolyn, Lauren and I) i s going to do the annual Langhan's Run 7.2 miler. Starts at the covered bridge in Woodstock goes up and over the mountain and finishes at the covered bridge. Should be fun.
As for my training / racing, got my first swim in last week, hope to get on a regular schedule starting next week. Hoping to get some Du's in in June.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Weekend Fun

Well, last weekend started off with the family showing off a little bit of redneck! I got my grandmothers 20+ year old tractor running and we had to go for a ride! Joshua and Autumn had a blast and I realized how it is possible that riding tractors can actually take LONGER to mow the lawn than push mowers....when you've got the whole family on one!!








Joshua also had a fun night doing his new thing......watching motocross!

We had a fun weekend, watching our niece Brook overnight Friday and Saturday, then on Saturday night we had Morgan and Aubree over for a while. If you're counting, that's a total of 5 kids for dinner on Saturday night. Lauren did a great job and things were actually very enjoyable! It's fun watching the kids of all ages do their things and go their different days. Quite comical, although I've decided that Octamom certainly is going to have her hands full for a LONG TIME!!


Thursday, May 7, 2009

Bittersweet



First of all, I would like to post this update in memory of my grandather "Grandpop" who went to be with the Lord yesterday morning. I thank God for the opportunity he gave us to visit him as a family on Tuesday. It gives me such peace to have my last memory of him playing with Joshua's tractor and giving Joshua a kiss. Autumn will always remember the surprised look on his face as we entered his room in the hospital. He never lived real close to us, but I have fond memories of visiting him at Eagles Mere and doing nothing but fishing or watching the birds at the feeders. He had a great heart and he's singing Heaven's praises as he watches over us with no pain or suffering. I will have to celebrate our shared birthday alone next year, but it will be a great way to remember him each year. We love you Grandpop and we always will.




After 9 straight days of rain, we're ready for some sun.




This week has been hectic to say the least. Last weekend was more of the same as Lauren and I raced a 5k on Sat AM while Carolyn watched the kids. The race went well, Lauren coming in as the first female and me as the second male. We then picked them up, headed home and got ready to go to the expo for the Lehigh Valley Half Marathon which we were giving a seminar and participating the next day as pace group leaders. My mom watched the kids overnight and we headed out to assemble our groups early Sunday AM. As mentioned above, rain was in the forecast and luckily in only drizzled, opening the clouds up just after we finished. We had a great time. It's amazing how rewarding it is. You go to a race to run for other people, not yourself. They're all counting on you. I got came in within 1 second of my goal at 1:29:59 and had several group members speed off in front of me during the last couple of miles. Lauren was a little bummed that she was slightly off, but had a great group and a great time regardless. We'll be back next year, thanks!!