Monday, July 25, 2011

Triathlon Bloopers 2011

We entered Josh in a different triathlon this year, which turned out to be way more competitive and intimidating than last year's at the YMCA! We didn't do much preparation, hoping he'd stay focused like he did last year.

We should have figured out early that something was amiss when we were waiting in the pool area for Josh's age group to start the swim. Josh was jumping up the bleachers (not an easy feat!) despite us warning him that his seemingly endless supply of energy might get used up. I'm not sure if he was nervous or excited, but I know that he didn't listen to anything we told him about how the race would work.

We got worried when we saw kids in the 4-6 age group swimming proper freestyle down the pool very quickly! Josh managed to get in the lane with the only kid using a snorkel. The kid got off to a fast start, but Josh passed him on the second lap and we were feeling hopeful that he could finish in the middle of the pack.

However, everything fell apart when he got out of the water and seemed totally lost as to what to do next. At one point I thought he was going to jump back in the pool! I was yelling from the other end of the pool for him to put on his shoes, and by the time he figured it out, the snorkel kid and everyone else had cleared out. So Josh entered the bike ride in last place.

I got to the bike trail just in time to see Josh try to pass another kid and wipe out in the grass. He got back on the bike, but several kids he had caught up with rode by while he was on the ground.

So he finished 30th out of 33 boys ages 7 and 8, and thankfully he did not get a trophy. We know for next year to practice the transition between swimming and biking, particularly the putting on of shoes!

We love babies!

We made a tour of new babies on Saturday, first stopping by Tim and Hannah's to meet Lucy, who was born a week ago. I have thoroughly enjoyed holding other people's sleeping babies recently, which is way better than having my own!

Our next stop was at Emily and Randy's so that Chris and the kids could meet Watson, who was born July 14. I'd already met him a few times at the hospital.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Belated 4th of July

We decided at the last minute (i.e. mid-afternoon on July 1) to drive to Florida for the holiday weekend and attend a family reunion. We packed in record time and surprised my parents at the reunion! One of the highlights of the trip for the kids, sadly, was staying at the Days Inn in Phenix City, AL on the way down and eating breakfast at Waffle King. While Waffle King did have good waffles, we tried to explain to them that there are more exciting things in life!

We didn't take many pictures, but here are some from the reunion. Many thanks to the people who provided the table centerpieces, which kept the kids occupied for much of the reunion.

This is the best I could do with Abbey, Elizabeth, Molly and Allie. Here are the girls three years ago at a wedding: