Wednesday, October 5, 2011

September Recap

(Anyone else in complete denial that it is somehow OCTOBER already?)

It has been so hard to get to the computer to blog lately, that all I seem to be able to do (out of guilt) is document pure family history stuff.  Maybe I’ll feel caught up after this and can blog about waaay more fascinating stuff that doesn’t include 29 pictures of my kids and my life.

Onto my kids and my life:

Ryan and Jessica--


The big news for us this month was our marathon.  I had talked Ryan into training for it 6 months ago and I ran some long runs with him and some with my friend Laura,


who was also training.  We really enjoyed having this same goal together.

It was a good, though REALLY HARD, experience.  The weather could NOT have been crappier.  Seriously, I have never run in weather that bad-- Thunder and lightening, hail and torrential rain from miles 8-14. 


Some of us got the time we were hoping for (3:50:56):


And some of us just ran a race without killing ourselves:


Ryan’s sister Betsy and my sister Bekah drove 1-3 hours to see us finish.  Bekah even ran with me and we had a great visit with them after the marathon.


As for future marathons…I’m ready for #3.  For Ryan?  Let’s just say the jury is still out.




Our stake did a Temple Walk for the Young Women Labor Day weekend.  They left from our stake center and walked to the Spokane temple.  It was 12.5 miles and Emma did every one.  It took about 3 1/2 hours.  I walked the first hour with her and there was such a sweet feeling there. 

She is also ON TOP of school this year.  The first year of middle school really threw Emma for a loop and she struggled with turning stuff in and staying focused in class.  She seems to have really learned a few things and has a 95% or better in ALL of her classes 1 month into school.  I asked her what she’s changed and she said “I just tell myself you can do whatever you want after your work is done and you’ll have more fun because you won’t be worried about school”.  Wise words!




This is my Do Everything, Super Motivated by Goals child.  He got his Arrow of Light with the usual fanfare that our stake puts on:   (not super politically correct) American Indians, colored smoke, drums, actual arrows, a bridge to pass over, tears of the eagle stones.  It’s pretty fun for the boys.  Gabe was the only kid his Den leader (who has been doing Webelos for 4 years) has ever seen get EVERY possible activity badge and arrow point.  Love that kid.


He’s really enjoying middle school. He likes his advanced classes and says that he has more friends in middle school than in elementary school.  Here he is with his Theme Island project:


Gabe’s also become completely obsessed with anything football.  Completely NOT following in his father’s footsteps, he reads the sports page religiously each morning, TiVos NFL games and has plans to play football next fall.  Let’s hope those twigs he calls limbs fatten up a little before then.


Nothing major to report about Jane.  She is doing soccer, piano and really enjoys her teacher, Mr Stallings (our family’s 4th year with him).  She put together this poster for a farm animal project:



Seth continues to be Seth.  He’s been begging to read personal scriptures with me in the morning, so we’ve started that and I’m impressed with what a good reader he is.  He's also doing soccer and while completely clueless about the game, he actually is pretty coordinated.  His favorite birthday gift was an asked-for slushy maker and so we’ve done those a few times after dinner much to his delight. 


Ryan took the kids on a little date a few weekends ago.  They got slurpees


skipped rocks by the river


and got beaned in the head, not once, but TWICE, by their oldest sister with a rock that didn’t get skipped too effectively. 


There was much blood on Seth’s part and worried/sorry tears by Emma and complete incredulity by Ryan that it would happen 2 times in 3 minutes. 



Faith wins the award for BEST POTTY-TRAINER!!  I knew that when she decided it would be easy and it was.  She was having no accidents and wearing panties at naptime by Day #4!  So exciting.  Here she is displaying the reward panties sent by Grandma Nut:


She is the best, funniest, most talkative companion for me all morning long.  We do everything together and I love it.


Except when she goes to playgroup (last week at my house):


(I love that, too, first time in 12 years that I’ve had a guaranteed kid-free block of time!)

She got her cast off mid-September


and celebrated by dropping a huge rock on her foot that had her limping for a few days.  


The Whole Family--

Ryan and I have 2 very consistent personality traits:  He is VERY frugal and I am VERY rigid in my scheduling and following the plan.  So that is why our Labor Day excursion was so unexpected and so fun.

We literally decided at noon on Sunday to have an overnighter in Sandpoint Idaho and were gone as soon as church got over at 4:00.  We NEVER do stuff like that.  The kids couldn’t believe it and kept saying “thank you!” and “this is so fun!”

We stayed in the little bungalows we’d stayed in for our couples weekend in June:


took walks:


had picnics:


swam in the most beautiful location:



played long involved board games:


and went canoeing:


It’s good to remember that there are some SUPER good memories that you can create when you leave the budget and schedule at home, once in a while.


This all seems so rosy and perfect (except for the injuries).  It’s not.  It’s just what you get when you only post a few times a month.  I’ll try really hard to post something whiny soon. =)


Lauren in GA said...

Just so you know I think your life and your kids are fascinating. Don't worry about posting about those things frequently. ☺

I kind of feel like this is gonna sound like I am a mom...but the marathons are SO AMAZING and I am so proud of you!!!! It is so wonderful that you and Ryan accomplished that together.

So neat that Emma is doing so well at school and I love that your stake did a Temple Walk. That is such a great idea.

Awww. Poor Seth with his head wound. He looks so sweet sleeping it off.

Camden said...

Congrats on Top of Utah. I think it is a REALLY hard race. I did it in 2007. Too bad for the weather, that's awful. But way to go with plan b of just finishing and having a good time. Sometimes (Usually for me) that's all you can do!

I love your family updates, keep em coming!

Shirley said...

You are my HERO!!!

Tammy said...

You are in such a GREAT place. I can tell by everything you post. I am so thrilled. Wow, that time is incredible for a marathon. This running-ultra-dedication-thing is your thing. Its not in me to do that, I am so impressed by your tenacity and hard work. you guys are having so much fun with the kids, how awesome. I love the spontaneity. So fun!!!

Carie said...

Amazing race time!

Cute family. I for one love the family updates with loads of pictures.

Jess said...

No, don't be whiny!!! I love posts of happiness!! Glad it's all good in the Romney house, Cherish!

Adrianne said...

love it all. how are your kids getting so big?? Pictures of Emma kind of kill me. However, that does NOT mean you need another baby :)