Tuesday, August 21, 2012

The Color Run

The beginning of this month I ran 5K in the Color Run.  This was a big deal for me because I've never really been a runner, so training for this was a fun goal.  And the Color Run was extra special, because as at every 1-km marker, you run through a color station and get pelted with colored corn starch!  There were around 5000 participants, all starting off with white shirts... clean and ready for coloring!  I ran with five other ladies, which made the experience so much fun!

They have it set up so that you can get as "colored" as you want, and did a great job making sure the volunteers weren't hitting people in the face and such.  And by the end... we were plenty colorful!

At the end of the race, all the participants got a bag of color to throw at a counted-down toss!  Here's part of our team with the color being launched behind us.  So much fun!

Steve brought the kids down to the run to watch me.  That meant a lot, and Molly decided at the end that she wanted to start running with me.  And I'm happy to report that I was able to easily run the entire course... no walking.  Maybe 10 km's is next?

Sunday, August 19, 2012

First Day of 1st Grade

Thursday was "Back to School" day for Molly!  It's hard to believe that my little girl is a first grader!  Here she was the morning of her first day. Click HERE to see compare it with her photo from the first day of kindergarten!

Molly was pretty nervous about her first day of first grade.  She knew that she was getting a new teacher, and was unsure how many of her kindergarten friends would be in her class (there's THREE first grade classes).  So needless to say, she was very happy to learn that her friends Audrey and Noelle were in her class as well!

The first thing her teacher did when we arrived, was have the students line up and teach them the protocol of filing into the classroom.  I immediately LOVED her new teacher, Mrs Valdez, because she was so friendly and EXCITED to be there with the kids. 

And here's Molly and her new teacher, Mrs. Valdez.  I've heard such fabulous things about her as a teacher and I couldn't be more excited about Molly being in her class.  She shines with such a warm and kind spirit, and she is the kind of personality that I could see Molly thriving under!  I'm really looking forward to a fabulous year!

Thursday, August 9, 2012

End of Summer

We have just one week left of summer before Molly heads back to school.  This summer FLEW by and was over before we knew it!  Here's a few picture I took of Molly for her sixth birthday.  She decided on the outfit and accessories she wanted to wear.  When did my little girl grow up?

And of course Garrett and Paige can't be without posing for the camera too.  So I present to you... Captain America and his side kick...

The Great Escape

This summer our church was given the opportunity to "tag along" with another church in our denomination on their annual family camping trip called The Great Escape.  I believe this was Rock Harbor Church's 9th time organizing the Great Escape and they had it down to a fine science.  For the relatively small cost, we received all our meals (except breakfast), children's programs, awesome worship and access to boats for skiing and tubing.  How could we NOT go?  (even though it was just FOUR days after we got home from Canada)

Needless to say, it was a fabulous time.  They had an amazing children's program that we dropped our kids off at every morning.  They instantly made our kids feel important and loved. 

While the kids were having fun, the adults enjoyed some worship music and some preaching.  I was amazed with the sound system they were able to power off of a generator!

Then in the afternoon we packed a picnic lunch (that they provided) and headed to the beach..  It was so much fun just to relax with the kids and kick back with our church family.  The Quayles also joined us for the day, and Molly was extremely happy to see her buddy Keilani.  I also had the pleasure of taking Molly and Keilani on their first tubing experience!

We also had the pleasure of watching a couple people in our congregation get baptized.  In fact, our pastor got to baptize his very own son!

Needless to say, by the time we left the kids were EXHAUSTED and Steve and I were struggling to hold it all together.  But it was definitely worth spending three fabulous nights with the best church family ever!