Thankful Thursday

Today I’m thankful that we live close to a park that offers us miles and miles of bike riding. I love any activity that the three of us can do together like running (not so much now, but I loved our family runs when Sky was younger), yoga, hiking, biking.

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Living down the street from the park makes it pretty easy to head down there right after work and get some good bike time in.

I try to get pictures and videos of our rides…Sky loves watching herself ride her bike in the videos. It’s like she’s amazed she’s able to do it. It’s not easy though. I’m not the most confident one-handed rider, and I for sure don’t want to drop my phone, it cost more than my bike! But, I want those memories documented. One of us needs a Go Pro for the handlebars or something!

Anyway, I’m thankful to have this time with my two favorite people, and see Sky practice and practice at something and get so excited when she takes off on her own, or doesn’t fall over when she stops. She’s setting mileage goals for our rides and is up to 6.5 miles now! Go go girl!

Little Dancer

Will I ever learn to never say never?! As a general rule I don’t believe in absolutes like “never” or “always”. They don’t tend to hold up over time. Life and times change and some (most) absolutes tend to change as well. I should know I used to say I would never be a runner…ha.

I was pretty certain Sky would never be a dancer. I mean have you seen Dance Mom’s…no thank you! All the hair, makeup, and girly outfits…please no, just no. Based on some of the experiences some of my friends have had with body image issues and mean girls…nothing about dance lessons for Sky appealed to me, and I was confident in saying she would never take dance lessons.

When she stared dancing around the house, leaping, twirling, spinning, and asking for ballet outfits I just ignored it. Besides she is/we are busy with golf, soccer, swimming, biking, and you know life.

But, when a girl has her heart set on something it’s hard to ignore it. She was begging for dance lessons, and I kept putting her off until she took matters in her own hands….sort of.

Not so graceful. Photo: Mark Yeatman

She entered a coloring contest at a summer fair booth for one of the dance schools, and won the contest! Her reward was a month of free lessons. I still wasn’t sure how I was feeling about all this, but after meeting with the owner, talking about my hesitation, and what we hoped Sky could get out of it I felt so much better.

She’s in a tap/jazz/ballet class with 15 min of instruction in each type of dance. And, while Sky didn’t really want to do any performances she ended up in the class that has a number in the Nutcracker in Dec. So, we are practicing for that, getting fitted for costumes, and are going to see this dance thing through until then at least.

The smile on her face when she got to try her outfit on, and the fun she has at class…well it makes it all worth it! Hopefully at the very least she will gain some grace and elegance, and it will help with her balance.

The lesson here, that I apparently still need to learn, Never Say Never.

Teddy Bear Picnic

Way back in July we went to a little thing called Teddy Bear’s Picnic at Curran Apple Orchard in University Place. Total last minute decision to go check it out, but we figured it was a lovely sunny day, and a free event, and Sky was so excited to take one of her bears on a picnic, so we grabbed our picnic supplies and headed out.

We got lucky and ran into the Beckham ladies and enjoyed our picnic with them! It was a really fun event with tons of activities to keep the girls busy for hours, a teddy bear parade, live music, and princesses wandering around. Had I packed more wine we could have lounged for hours! 😉

I’ve been paying attention to the numerous free summer events in the area, there are a lot! We haven’t been able to enjoy most of them because we’ve been gone so much, but I’m already planning ahead for next summer and hopeful we will have a quieter summer (not complaining, we are having tons of fun, just feels like it’s been busy).

I love that she picked Pooh Bear to take to the picnic. That is the very first thing we purchased for her when we started the adoption process. Oh, and a funny side note…I LOVE the pants I have on, but Sky says they are embarrassing because they look like pj’s. I don’t care, I still love them! 

 

Thankful Thursday

With the beginning of the school year right around the corner today I’m thankful that I get to spend my summers home with Sky. I know not everyone can do that, and I’m so thankful to have a supportive husband, with a job that allows us to afford me working a job that matches Sky’s schedule.

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Sky wants to learn how to bake, so we started with Strawberry shortcakes. She’s working with the dough here.
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Homemade shortcake and whipped cream with strawberries from the garden…so good!
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Play time at the park with Uncle Brian. This rock is way higher than this pic makes it look, also see how hazy we are from wildfire smoke?! Really hard to take clear pics right now.

Sooner than I’d like she’ll be off to college, living her life, and I’m going to have so many good times to hold onto. Plus, even though she has her moments she’s really just so fun to be around. We laugh a lot, try new projects, and learn new things, and just have fun! I’m thankful I get to be part of her summer fun and experience it with her.

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Goof ball! She is a crack up! 

 

 

Hands On Children’s Museum

Last year one of the kindergarten field trips was to the Hands on Children’s Museum in Olympia. Sky loves it there, but she did not love the trip with her class so much. She was forced to do what the group wanted to do, and didn’t get to spend the time she wanted to doing what she wanted. She was so mad she told me I don’t need to go an anymore field trips with her class. (Whatever…I’m still going, she can deal).

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The one thing she wanted to do on her field trip was spend time in the “Vet Clinic”, but none of the other kiddos in her group wanted to…that’s what pushed her over the edge. She played in there for ages while I sat outside the window and read my book.

I told her we could visit during the summer, just her and I, and she could do what she wanted for however long she wanted to do it. So, that’s what we did. She had 4 hours and complete control over where she spent her time, and she was in Children’s Museum heaven. She may beg for a baby brother or sister every day, but being an only does have it’s benefits. And, being able to do exactly what she wanted for as long as she wanted is one of those benefits.

I highly recommend a visit to the museum if you are local. Totally worth it and right now Groupon has discounted tickets!

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Umm, yea she spent a good hour of her time on this stage singing, dancing and pushing the applause button on the sound effect board. Girl will create her own hype when needed!

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She’d be a scary officer!
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She still insists she wants to be a police officer. We shall see.
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See Mommy I’d be a good older sister. I know she would, that’s not the issue. We are just done that’s all.

Thankful Thursday

Today I’m thankful for Fleet Feet Sports Tacoma! I have spent the last 5+ years “leading” (I’m too slow to call myself the leader, more like directing from the back of the pack) first the stroller group run, and then the Tuesday night run. I have loved every single second spent volunteering with the store, leading the run groups, and making some amazing friends.

Fleet Feet truly changed my running life, and if not for the support and gear they offer their volunteers I would not have been able to afford to continue running after we were down to a single income. They helped keep me going and growing, and treated Sky like she was the best friend the store had. She still loves running and visiting the store to this day!

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First race with Sky.

I feel like I have always received way more than I’ve given with support from the store and other runners. I know for a fact I would not have had the courage to run my first half without the encouragement from the run group, and I never would have PR’d the half that I did without the Tuesday Night runs pushing me to my pace limits.

Week after week…such an awesome group of people!

This last Tuesday was my last run as a group run leader. It was a hard decision to make, but it comes down to what is best for my body. Given some of the aches and pains that I have with road running, and that those aches and pains are not an issue (or as much of an issue) when trail running I decided it was time to take care of my body, and run in a way that will allow me to still be running with I’m 90 (lets hope!).

Celebrate good times!

Sky asked me the other day if I’d run her first half with her, if and when that happens I want to be able to do it. With that long term running thought in my head I pounded my last 3 miles of pavement with some of my favorite people in my favorite run group.

A huge Thank You to Fleet Feet Tacoma, and every single stroller runner/walker and Tuesday Night group runner out there. You’ve all made me smile and helped me be a better mom and runner!

I’ll see you all on the trails I hope! Fleet Feet Forever!

 

Pedal Power

This summer is going down as the summer of family bike rides! Sky has gotten so much better on her bike and is taking on longer more challenging rides every time we go out.

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It’s sort of crazy to me that she’s on a bmx bike with no gears yet is riding right there along with Mark and I like a champ.

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Sky’s first serious trail ride, was very seep downhill for a good mile. She did great. Coming back up was another story, but once she has a bike with gears she will power up those hills no problem.

The other night at the park she made it up the steepest, paved, hill the park has. She had to work for it (way harder work than it was for Mark and I with our gears) but she was determined and she made it!

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Old train tunnel at the bottom of the hill, and we found a small beach that we didn’t even know was there.

So proud of her! I’m seriously loving our family bike rides. I’m already trying to figure out our schedule once school starts so we can fit in homework, dance, swimming, and bike rides. Wow…that makes me tired just typing it. But, we will make it happen!

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That view! 

Pedal on!

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Love that kid so much!