Friday, July 04, 2014

Happy 4th of July

Happy 4th of July.  Have a fun and safe day with your family and friends.

Freedom has its life in the hearts, the actions, the spirit of men and so it must be daily earned and refreshed  - else like a flower cut from its life-giving roots, it will wither and die. ~Dwight D. Eisenhower

Sunday, June 29, 2014

On June 18th my son graduated from 8th grade.  The last few weeks were busy with his classmates going to Great America, their dinner dance on June 17th and then graduation.  Their graduation was held at the local Junior college theater.  The school gave us 6 graduation tickets each.  The boy’s grandma and our neighbor and her son went to the graduation.  The rest of the family had to work that day.
 The ceremony was lovely and touching.  The graduates filed in in pairs of twos and threes.  They sat down on the stage.  There were several classmates who gave speeches.  One of the girls whose speech they used mentioned every one of her classmates with a few words about them.  It brought tears to my eyes.  The speeches were very good.  They had a wonderful slide show of all the graduates with baby pictures, doing something they loved and a current picture.  After the slide show they handed out the diplomas.  The boy was in the front row so he got his diploma first.  Afterwards, we all filed out of the theater and took pictures with the graduates.  A couple of his friends gave him candy leis. 
 Off to high school next year.  I almost can’t believe it.  It wasn’t that long ago that my little boy was starting kindergarten.  Now he and all of his classmates are so grown up! A lot of them he went to school with since kindergarten.  Now they are all going off to different schools.  Most of them are going to the local high school where they’ll be about a small part of the incoming freshman class, but a lot are going to other schools inside and outside of our district. It was a bittersweet day; leaving our small K-8th school with its close knit community of students, parents and staff that we’ve known so well and long. 

Friday, June 20, 2014

8th Grade Dinner Dance

On Monday was my son’s 8th Grade Dinner Dance.  I was on the decorating committee.  Monday morning we decorated the hall where they were having the party.  Unfortunately the time to be there was changed I had to work so I wasn't able to help decorate.

The theme was Paradise at the Point.  We had white table cloths, maroon napkins and sashes, the center pieces were glass cylinders with candles, sand and sea shells on a glass plate.  We used paper lanterns over the dance floor, we had a candy bar, a photo booth and food catered by a local restaurant. The two eighth grade teachers and some others were the waiters. They served rigatoni with sauce, meatballs, bread, salad, bruschetta appetizer and sparkling cider and water at the tables.  There was a DJ.  The kids picked who they wanted to sit with so the tables ended up with all boys and all girls at each table, except for two tables where one boy each was seated with all of the girls!  I think they should have mixed it up but... The boy got asked to dance by one of the girls. The boy said the girls were asking the boys to dance.

All of the guys looked so handsome in their dress pants, shirt, ties and sport coats and the girls looked pretty in their dresses.  All of the moms were standing outside taking pictures but they also had a professional photographer.  We couldn't get any pictures of them inside because parents weren't allowed in.

Tuesday was graduation day.  The graduation was held at a local junior college’s theater.  They gave us 6 tickets each for other family member/friends who want to attend the ceremony. 

Sunday, June 01, 2014

Divas Half Marathon 5K Race Day!

Today was the Divas Half Marathon 5K race.  I woke up at 5:30 and ate some cereal and a banana.  Then we headed out.  The street parking was already filled up so hubby dropped the boy and me off on the other side of the park where the race started.  I dropped my phone getting out of the car but it seemed ok. We walked across the foot bridge which dropped us at the entrance to the park.  It was a sea of pink.  Runners were coming from every side converging on the park.  We made our way to the start and waited for hubby to show up after parking the car.  The half marathon runners started before us and there were a lot of them so it took a while to clear the course for the 5k. So 5k started a few minutes late. There were so many 5K runners that they had us start in 3 waves.  Fortunately I was in the second wave.  It was a little confusing at the start.  The first wave went then the guy didn’t call the second wave to start but everyone started moving forward.  There was some wave 3’s starting to move. Finally the announcer said just wave 2’s are starting.

It took a while to find hubby. I wasn’t getting his texts. We got together a few minutes before the race start and it turned out that the sim card was dislodged in the phone. My boy could fix it, of course, had to remove the battery to do it. So I was trying to reboot my phone and get my running append music player to start while I was shuffling in the crowd to the starting line.  Finally got them to start.  I started off a little fast. My upper rib cage was starting to hurt.  I got discombobulated with my running app, music player and the second wave hadn’t started lining up but already on the move.  All the runners passed me.  I was the only slow runner in the bunch.  I was running with the walkers who were very annoying.  They were passing me and then they would slow down.  The young girls ahead of me kept stopping to take pictures. Selfies, of course.  The ladies with the strollers almost ran me over. I finally settled in and before I knew it I was at the mile one marker. I found out my running app wasn’t working because it didn’t tell me that I was at mile one or what my splits were.  So I pressed on.  I got to the turnaround for the 5K and started heading back.  The 2 mile marker was at the water station and before we headed onto the path.  After that I knew it wasn’t that long until the finish line.

It was hard being bunched up with the walkers going over the little foot path and the bridge.  After the bridge the path opened up.  Right near the finish line was the tiara and boa station. Some lady and her kid were just standing in front the table so I couldn’t get my tiara and boa.  Finally got it then a little ways down I spotted hubby and the boy.  I crossed the finish line in 57:48.  That was faster than I thought I would be.  I thought I was running really slow.  Not bad for my first 5K run.  At the finish line they had shirtless firemen giving us our medals but I couldn’t get anywhere near them because of the walkers in my way.  Finally a cute fireman gave me my medal.  Unfortunately I didn’t get to have my picture taken with him.  There was a big mob of us moving forward.  We got our roses, then our glass of champagne.  Were stuck in a bottle neck waiting to get to the food station where they bananas, apples, pretzels, bagels and cookies.  Got through then I was trying to eat some food and drink my water but I had my hands full so I gave some of my food to hubby to hold.

It was a fun race but I am really, really, sore.  You would think that I ran the half marathon.  LOL!  Never did catch up with my friend who was running the half.  Next year I will be faster so I won’t be lumped in with the walkers.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

T-Minus 1 Week Divas Half Marathon 5K

T-minus 1 week until the Divas 5K.  Winding down my training runs this week.  I ran the course a couple of times to get a feel for it.  Next week I will be tapering off and doing smaller runs. 

After 3 months of running I am starting to see some results, I am developing muscles in my legs, weight has gone down a little, I run better, my metabolism has increased a little and I’m lighter on my feet.

I’m nervous about the race I don’t think I’m ready to run it. Hubby thinks I will be able to run the whole distance.  I’m excited to be running my first 5K race. I think I should be able to run the whole 3.1 miles without walking.