Brea has a new infatuation with my mp3 player. She asks to listen to it and immediately starts to smile and dance once she's all set. The biggest challenge...keeping those ear buds in those little bitty ears!
So much confidence as she strides down the sidewalk in front of us on her first day of school. Backpack on, lunch in hand, so much excitement she can't stop smiling. Independently she wants to enter the school and walk to her classroom by herself. Mom and Dad aren't quite ready to let go. We talk her into to letting us accompany her to her classroom door.
Hugs for all.
"Brea and I will be waiting for you after school just outside the front door," I tell her as she opens the door to her classroom while choking back a few tears that I don't want to shed in front of her.
"Ok Mom." she says with a grin.
She turns and goes.
The door shuts quietly behind her.
Her first day as a kindergartener has begun.
At lunch time Scott and I stand in the driveway watching as recess ends, searching the playground for our little girl in her striped dress. There she is! Running carelessly to her class line. Friend at hand. A bounce in her step. A smile evident from even 1/2 a …
The final days of summer. School starts on Wednesday. No more lazy summer schedule; coffee at 10 on a Tuesday morning; hours spent splashing in the pool in the warmth of the summer sun. For the first time we have a grade schooler in the crowd. While exciting, a new adventure to be had, also an end of an era. A new calendar with which to coordinate our coming and going. I get sappy, emotional, reflective. My little girl, so quickly growing up, testing her independence, amazing us with her knowledge and love of life. The time has come, ready or not, here we go!
One of the fun aspects of RAGBRAI are all the teams that have been created over the years. There are of course organized teams based on common ground, such as military affiliations like Team Air Force who had over 150 riders this year. There are also a number of teams based on charities...Team Relay for Life, Team Livestrong, etc. But a majority of the teams are individuals like our little group, friends who get together and come up with a silly name. My personal favorite, Team Pirate. I mean how fun would it be to be a pirate for a whole week. The number of booty jokes/references alone are priceless. AND they have a really cool bus! There are teams named after animals...Team Cow (who's bikes and clothing look like a herd of milk cows), Team Flamingo (who wear their distinctive pink boas throughout the week), Team Whiners (who's motto is "Fork more Pork."). And of course there are plenty of team names that are just a little bit naughty and suggestive, after all,…
Lexi went through this stage (and isn't totally out of it yet) where she became a total clown for the camera. Brea is starting to follow suit and my attempts at catching candid shots of her (still or short movie clips) are often met with goofy grins and giggles. They are silly, silly sisters!
I bought this t-shirt at the end of RAGBRAI week. It makes me smile.
Today after running some errands, we stopped at a local eating establishment for lunch. Just across the way from us were a couple of kids who kept looking at me and looking at it each other and saying, "But what does it mean?" Pretty soon one of them says I'll give you a dollar to go ask. Neither of them had the guts to actually come and ask me. It gave Scott and I a good laugh.
So an explanation (if you don't know what it means) that won't cost you a dollar....
There's this lotion, lubricant so to speak, that you can use on the chamois in your bike shorts that lessens friction and the adverse effects that can be caused by sitting on a bike seat for hours upon hours. Until last week I've never had a reason to give it a try. My tube of Chamois Butt'r was purchased after day 2 and BOY WHAT A DIFFERENCE! (Thank you little bro for the suggestion!) I can honestly say that little tub…
We have arrived at one of my favorite food seasons of the year...garden harvest time. This year we were lucky enough to have some friends invite us to share their large garden space in the country. I really miss the garden space we had at our little farm house, so you can imagine how excited I was at the offer. While we still planted our tomatoes and herbs here at the house, things that need a little more space to sprawl like squash, zucchini, cucumbers, and pumpkins went in out the the country garden. The one draw back is we only get out there every 3-4 days and at times that's long enough to allow for a giant squash like the one above to grow.
I feel like all of our evening meals (and sometimes lunch too) have been the same as of late...sautéed squash, cut cucumbers with a light dressing, and some sort of meat (usually grilled of course) to round out the plate. Not that I'm complaining by any means! This week we've got to add fresh tomatoes to the mix. For lunch tod…