Jingle Bell Jog - 2018

Michelle and I decided to sign up for the annual Jingle Bell Jog again this year, making it 3 years straight for us.  It's a fun event where most of the racers don the provided Santa outfits with "jingle bells" tied to their shoes, however, it's always cold for this run!  This morning it was a frosty 28 degrees when the race started so we were jumping around to stay warm.

Katie, our neighbor from across the street, joined us for the second year in a row while her husband, Chris, watched all the kids for a few hours.  Chris and the kids even made a trip out to cheer for us about half way through the run (from the comfort of their warm car).  It was good motivation to see them but they refused to give me a ride when I asked.

We all finished the race with good times and 10 fingers and 10 toes...although our toes did go numb at times.  Overall it was another fun event and the thought of cookies at the finish line made me run a little faster.  While I just barely beat out a 10 year old (not sure how that kid did it), I managed to finish 3rd in my age group.  Another good run and fun event for us!



Last Day of School Fun 2018

We are just over three weeks into summer break, but before we dive into all of the fun we've been having, I wanted to share the last day of school festivities we participated in.

Both kids were lucky enough to get two of the best teachers at our school.  They really are such fun, caring and thoughtful people.  The kids had such great school years thanks to these two.

Our street has a big block party every year and it starts with the parents arming themselves with water balloons and water guns and ambushing the kids when they get off the bus.   I didn't get as many pictures as I would have liked, but these capture the fun pretty well.  

We are also very lucky to have a volunteer firefighter at the end of our cul-de-sac.  He brings the firetruck and hoses down the kids.

(click above to see the video)

The water fun is followed by a potluck dinner in the street.  It's such a fun tradition and the perfect way to kick off summer!


Moving Up the Ranks in Scouts

As you may have noticed, I'm trying to quickly post all sorts of events that have taken place over the last several months, but never got around to blogging about.  This blog has always been a nice way to keep family and friends involved in what we've been up to, but I also love that it serves as our family yearbook/diary/memory album.  So you'll be seeing lots of quick posts that are heavy in pictures and light on words.  :)  Next up, the kid's Scouting promotions.

Last month, Jonathan's Cub Scout Pack was promoted from Wolves to Bears.

 A couple of weeks later, Kaitlyn's Girl Scout Troop bridged from Brownies to Juniors.


Father's Day Camping Trip

On Father's Day weekend, our friends invited us to tag along for a night camping.  There really is no more of a perfect weekend for Ron!  He would have preferred a bit more primitive of a site, but the kids voted to go where their friends were going.  I was happy to have the extra company (and entertainment for the kids) for the night.

We left the house Saturday morning and headed to Burke Lake Park to stake out the perfect site.
Playing at the camp playground while waiting for our campsite to become available.

Once the campsite was all setup, we did some canoeing, some fishing and some chilling.


Our home for the night.  Our tent is on the left behind our car and our friends' is on the right.

Snuggle time with my favorite little man.

The girls waiting for their turn in the canoe.

 Mama even made it out on the canoe!

The best canoe captain!

Dinner time!

This guy loved sleeping in the outdoors!  He slept later than anyone and later than he normally does at home!
A quick game of corn-hole before we packed up camp.

We had a great night and everyone actually slept really well.  I'm sure Ron is already planning our next trip out!
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