Its been a long time. Soccer is finally over and the kids had places to be around the same time without John and I having to be part of it. We took advantage of it and went on a date. It was a chatty date. Some dates are activity dates, some dates are veg out dates and other dates are chatty dates. Activity dates are bike rides, hikes, anything that get you to move. Veg-out dates are movies, plays, anything that you are participating in other than your eyes. Chatty dates are going for coffee, dinner, dessert, and walks. It was a chatty date at Boulevard Park. A needed one. I really felt that we hadn't connected for about 10 weeks, the lenght of soccer season. Our schedule was one of soccer for Isaac everyday of the week from 2:30 to 4:30 and I would pick him up from school then. Soccer for Lona Tuesdays and Thursday evenings from 5:30 to 6:45, John helping out on Tuesdays. Job had soccer practice on Wednesdays and Fridays from 5:30 to 7pm. Ice skating was one Mondays for Job for the first 3 weeks of the season. Awana on Wednesdays from 6:15 to 8:15. Soccer games on Thursdays for John anytime from 7pm to 10pm. Soccer games and Reffing on Saturday. Church on Sunday. It was a long time and now it's done, well mostly done. It felt like a hi-five you're up tag team kind-of schedule. I know that it is our choice to have the kids involved but we have benefitted so much from these activities. We really try to limit them and make sure to schedule their time and our time wisely. I think that is why we have the kids do the same sport. I don't know what we would do if they did something different and had to be all over the county.
So our date was a reconnection over a shared cup of coffee. It was relaxing and nice and by sharing it reminds me of our dates in college where we would get one order of curlee fries from Hardees and share them. We were both poor college students and $1 was a big deal to us.
May 11, 2013
This is a hike that is open early if not all year long. Some of the other hikes are closed until July due to snow but the chuckanut hikes are open. It takes us about 1 hour up and 1 hour down. We always stop at the falls for a snack and a blood sugar check. The kids hike all over the falls. At the top we hike around the lake, watch all the dogs swimming, sad that we don't bring ours. And then we head down again. We brought Ben with us this time and he got out of the car and was planning on running the whole thing. It's been done, we had some guys pass us on the way up and by the time we got to the lake they had gone around 1 1/2 times and across the lake once as well. Back to our kids, Job with his broken arm, Lona and Ben took off running. It switchbacks right away for about 1/2 mile or so. ven good photos. It just doesn't work.
May 10, 2013
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May 5, 2013
The winter sometimes feel so dark and dreary, like the sky is lower to the ground, crushing me. I push through the days of the no sun chill until spring comes. It feels as though the sky lifts and stretches out a bit, the light starting before five in the morning and ending after nine in the evening. I need to be outside playing, working, relaxing, laughing, stretching my arms out and feeling the sun hit my face. The kids get outside more too. They start asking to play different games or doing different activities. Even Isaac, though as he gets older it is not happening as often. His activities have graduated to Frisbee or soccer with friends. We have enjoyed the trampoline for years and are continuing to do so. Backyard baseball is another activity that makes it's appearance in the spring, each of us taking our turn at bat. Every night when John comes in from work, he says hello, gives me a hug and a kiss, chats with the kids, and then walks out to wander our little bit of earth looking at his plants, his shrubs, his fruit trees - a ritual, a routine. The door is left open more, and the garage can't hold back the bikes, unicycles, roller blades and wazzis anymore. Often times the toys become strewn across our front lawn and the neighbors too. The kids spilling the contents of the garage throughout the neighborhood until I reign them back in. The lawnmower emerges and the youngest child goes to work. John and I plan the yard out, making new beds, buying plants, hauling the yard waste that has collected to the dump. It feels good, involved and tiring. As it warms up, lunches are eaten on the front steps so the breezes are blocked but eventually they migrate to the backyard. Each time reminding me of having lunch at my grandmother's who cooks a large meal for lunch and then hauls everything outside. My backyard becomes a haven once again and beckons throughout the summer to be there instead of inside. My favorite time is when the lawn is mowed and the toys are picked up. I guess it mirrors the need for order in my house since my favorite time inside is having the house clean and the toys picked up. The end of school also becomes visible taunting me with less structure and routine, eagerly anticipating John working his 40 hours a week within 4 days and spending Friday, Saturday, Sunday with us. I love springtime at our house so full of newness and promises to come in the summer.
Apr 28, 2013
I was a little leery of Isaac making it on the High School soccer team. There were so many kids trying out and he isn't the fastest, but he's smart on the field. I think he will make a great coach someday. The coaches told the kids that there would be cuts after the second week. He ran 3 miles every night for two weeks before tryouts even started. I asked if he wanted to go out for golf but he tried out for soccer anyway. Apparently they didn't make any cuts other than cutting kids who weren't eligible due to grades. He didn't make varsity but that takes an extremely talented freshman to do that. He didn't make JV but again he's only a freshman and there is time for that.
Apr 26, 2013
This is a much look forward to event at our Awana. It is a huge deal. For me, it's all about logistics and getting bikes or whatever to the church for a 1/2 hour event. One year Isaac brought a Pogo stick. Last year Job brought a chair that he jerry-rigged roller blades to it, and this year Lona brought Job's unicycle. I think that the leaders are always a little fearful of what will come out of our van or truck. It turns out that Lona wasn't the only one to bring a unicycle. The children's pastor, Steve, brought his unicycle too. I'm going to have to learn how to ride one. Even though I only have one child in Awana, I bring other kids and so the van was packed with bikes and kids. I am so glad that this program exist. There are some wonderful kids and leaders in this program.