Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Spray Park

It's barely summer and it's already been hot this year. Since Nana and Pop-pop moved, we don't have access to their pool anymore, so we took the kids out to the Keeley Park splash grounds to cool off. 

  Irene took a bit to warm up to the water spraying everywhere...

 But after a bit, she was as gung ho as the rest of them. :)

Monday, June 22, 2015

Cherry Picking 2015

It's that time of year again! Probably our favorite of the Pick-Your-Ow season: Cherries. We went up to Levering Orchard for the fourth year running and got a decent haul of about 36 pounds of cherries. Each year, the kids get more and more helpful at it. This year, Gabe, Ezra and Olivia were fantastic helpers while Irene and Emma kept "watch" over our already-full buckets.

 The view is really something to see...

 The kids had a picnic lunch before they got started.

Quite the tasty haul. Hopefully, that will last us until next year! :)

Monday, June 15, 2015

John's Run 4 Kids - 2015

For the third year straight, we brought the kids downtown to run in the John's Run 4 Kids, organized by the same folks that do the Mudbug Run, Running With Horses. The course was slightly different this year. The park where they held the festivities previously is undergoing renovations, so they had to move the start/finish/party over to the library and Children's Museum. This year, Grandma and Grandpa came to cheer the the kids on.

 As usual, since she's older, Olivia's heat was first. She was really excited.

 Nick, the race organizer, had to do some running of his own to keep from being trampled. :)

 The park being closed also forced them to change the route and have a new obstacle: the parking deck. They made you run up 5 stories, across the roof of the deck and back down 5 stories. It was exhausting!

 Olivia made it through in just over 10 minutes.
 There was a little bit of time between Olivia's and the boys' heat, so the silliness helped pass the time. :)

 Finally, the boys were off! Rebecca ran with Gabe to help motivate.
 Ezra, however, was off like a shot and never looked back. It was tough catching him. I would get a pic of him at an obstacle...
 and the wait for Gabe to come through. 
 Then I had to sprint ahead to catch Ezra at the next obstacle...
 and wait for Gabe to catch up. :)
 After doing Olivia's race and knowing I'd have to do the stairs again, I cheated and took the elevator. I was glad I did because I just barely caught up to Ezra as he crossed the roof.
 Gabe and Mama weren't too far behind. 
 I next managed to catch up to Ezra at the plane in the Children's Museum.
 The I waited for Gabe while Ezra ran through the garden outside. 
 Fortunately, I had just enough time to get over to the finish line to catch Ezra's finish.
 And Gabe finished strong just a minute later.
 I was proud of both boys for really sticking it out and doing their best. I think next year, tho, we'll enter them in different heats so I don't die.

 Once the race was done, it was time for fun. Irene had a blast in the bounce house.

While the rest just about wore the slide out! :)