Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Windermere 5 K

When I signed up for this race I KNEW I'd be walking. I have not trained for a good run in FOREVER....oh, maybe never:) My friend Kristy suggested the race and also suggested signing Bowen up. Evan was running with her and know, maybe Bowen would like this. I had the bright idea to bring my stroller. I just had a feeling that Bowen would tucker out. HA!!!! Jokes on me. I think he walked 20 yards of the race and decided the view was better from his chariot.

You know, when I think of a 5K, I think of running the Gasparilla(in Tampa) down Bayshore Blvd(paved and flat). It's all I know. WELL, let me tell you that downtown Windermere is NO Bayshore Blvd. Small hills, UP AND DOWN, and sand...LIKE...EVERY street we walked (sometimes ran) on was sand. The town's people in Windermere vote year after year for NOT PAVING THE STEETS. They are worried about poluting their lakes. HUMBUG! I'm am no friend of the Windermere "town's people". The heck with your sand streets on my unfit legs and my jogging stroller's wheels.

Oh...but don't you worry Bowen! You'll be pushing Mommy around some day! I think I spent the last mile telling Bowen how he would have to push Mommy around in a wheel chair in sand, up and down hills when I get old. Ohhhh, AND he made me slow down and get gatorade for him on the side of the street. Wouldn't want him to be parched! I looked like a beat horse by the end of the race.

NEXT year....NO STROLLER!!! Bowen's chariot will not await.

Easter Continued...

...Following church we headed to Granddaddy and Diana's for some appetizers and then to my brother and Barbie's house for Easter lunch. Bringing Matt and Barbie's neices and nephews together was so much fun. They did an Easter Egg Hunt, then unloaded their basket riches on the foyer floor, followed by lunch and then a good game of hide-and-go-seek. We also had a chance to celebrate Matt's birthday with a cake. Our kids slept for the entire ride back to Windermere from Tampa. They were pooped!

St. Andrew's Easter Egg Hunt

On Easter we headed to St. Andrew's in Tampa to meet Uncle John, Aunt Lori, Reagan, Weston, Granddaddy & Diana for church service. Following service all the kids enjoyed a wonderful Easter Egg Hunt. Each of the kids got to pick out a basket and head to the enormous Noah's Ark playground to hunt eggs. Davis is a bit frustrated that he can't get up the slide. Why take the stairs?!?

The Easter Story is a difficult story to share with a child. Topics of suffering, death, resurrection, etc. They are difficult concepts that can also elicit mixed emotions from a young child. We decided this year that Bowen was mature enough to understand the meaning of Easter on a deeper level AND he really showed interest. His first response..."those people were awful to Jesus. turned out okay". We've found that he has incorporated what he learned this Easter in to his daily prayers. It's so joyful to watch your child open their heart to God. For this, this Easter is my most memorable Easter ever!

Easter 2012

Easter 2012! We spent Easter in Tampa this year. Sunday morning we woke early to the baskets. It is just so much fun watching the kids dig into their treats. You will notice the soaking wet pajama pants Davis is sporting. We didn't want to take the minute to change him or we would have missed the photo opportunity of watching all three discover their baskets together. Super soaked but super stoked!

Easter Egg Hunt with Friends

Easter Egg Hunt!!!! Before Easter we had a friend gathering to hunt eggs and play in a park. Bowen and Caroline had so much fun. Davis had fun walking around the park and picking up large sticks. Why eggs when you can pick up large sticks?!?

Here are a few photos.

Caroline's Preschool Celebration

Caroline brought in sprinkle sugar cookies for her classroom birthday celebration. She was SOOOO serious while the kids sang to her and gave her a book of all of their handprints as a gift. I managed to get her to crack a smile while eating her cookie:)

You can see Davis's feet sticking out of his stroller behind us in one of the photos. He enjoyed all the attention Caroline's classmates were giving him.