Monday, June 29, 2009

Saturday Race

Marshal has been preparing for a running relay with a team of 12 from work. It is a good motivator for getting himself back in shape, besides the once a year military fitness test, PRT. Although I wasn't excited about the drain on time and energy involved in a big race, it has served its purpose in getting Marshal out of bed at dawn to run in the mornings. This weekend our hometown had a Fathoms of Fun festival, and I mentioned to Marshal the night before that there was a fire dept sponsored 5K Hotfoot race. There were some 50-75 yd dashes for the kids as well. So we rose early to register and enter the races. I did not don running shoes myself; I was geared with water bottles and camera.Starting Line of 5K - Marshal has a bit of sun on his red-head, blue shirt about three rows back.

Coming into the finish line, fourth overall, first in his age division. Shouldn't be surprised.

Lydia being beat off the line of the 50 yd dash. She gave that fellow 5-year-old a run for his money.

Gabe bolted right out of his shoe at the starting line of the 75 yard dash. He so wanted to impress his race-running dad. Mom had him ill-equipped in running shoes. Gabe was so disappointed as he scuffled through the race. We were so relieved he wasn't hurt, for he looked like a bird with a broken wing. Thankfully only his racing spirit was broken for now.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Regular June Visitors

This sight in the yard makes Gabe forget everything else: what he was presently occupied with, his hay fever from creeping through the tall grass, and the danger of a protective mama. I understand. Doe and fawn never fail to have us running to catch the opportunity to gawk even though the sightings have been frequent.

First Music Recital

Gabe and Lydia took a group music class once a week offered to home-schoolers. There were four students in their class from February to June. They learned tempo, forte and piano, the musical staff, are learning to read notes on the treble clef, gained an introduction to all the instrument families, and had hands on with percussion instruments, guitar, keyboards, violin, flute, clarinet, and recorders. They have been mastering their flutophones and had their first recital in June, playing songs such as BA Robot, HeeBeeGeeBee, Merrily We Rock Along, and singing Frere Jacques. Now they are playing more well-known pieces such as It's Raining, Old MacDonald, Ode to Joy, When the Saints Go Marching In, and Amazing Grace.

Good job!

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Ballerina Bliss

Dance Class
"Somewhere Over the Rainbow"

Sweet Friendship

Pre-show Excitement

Swirling Tutus

Friday, June 12, 2009


Gabe didn't have much coach-pitching during his inning in the last games of Little League. He was one serious pitcher, loving the game, and unaware of the spectacular talent he possessed. He just exclaimed happily that he threw strikes just as the coach had asked him to do!

One Giant Pizza at the Closing Party

Everyone gets a trophy nowadays, to the delight of minor players.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Another Anniversary

Tonight we had a beautiful Northwest sunset to finish off another anniversary. Wow!