Wednesday, September 28, 2016

What he did

Maryhill Loops... with just the big kids.

This event was a free ride meaning it's not a competition.  It's just an event to hone your form and skill, create personal bests, and ride like the wind!

Hannah took my camera and Matt took his.  

Somewhere between 30 - 40 mph.

He feels so alive when he does this.  Happy to push his body to do what is necessary, and happy to be out in God's amazing creation.  
The little girls and I thought about him all weekend and prayed for his safety.  

God is faithful to protect him and to give him a quick mind to assess situations.

He told me this story: 

"Another guy had a three-six-downhill board and we decided to race each other.  At the starting line, we took off together.  He took the lead and I was trailing him.  Rounding a corner we came up on three gravity trikes.  The other racer passed the bikes on the right in the straight away.  But by the time I got to them, they had reached the corner and were drifting (because that's what they have to do to make the corners).  
I had to pick my line and time it just right so that I could shoot right through the middle to avoid them while they were in their drift.  Then I had to maneuver around the third trike who was doing a 360 while exiting the corner.  I seriously had a split second to decide which side to pass him on.  I chose the left side as he was spinning and carved around him in time to avoid a major collision or spill (and really bad injuries.) 
When we made it to the bottom of the hill, the gravity trike riders rushed to me and said, 
'DUDE, that was incredible!  You really know how to skate!'
That was a rush."

. . .

The pictures below are not of the story, but you'll get the gist.

After watching these all afternoon, Caleb gave it a try. 

 And now he's hooked. 

When they returned home, it was late (like 12:30 am late) and they were super tired (understandable), and all they said to me when they walked through the door was, "It was such an amazing weekend.  Goodnight." 

 photo credit

~ Carol

Monday, September 26, 2016

What we did

Hi and Happy Monday! 
Hope you had an enjoyable weekend.  The colors of fall are so beautiful aren't they?  

We had fun this weekend.  While Eric and the big kids were at Maryhill for the last race there for the year, (I'll post about that soon) the Littles and I had some fun of our own.

Right after we finished our school on Friday morning we went to meet Sarah for cocoa. They were just slightly excited about that. 

While waiting for her, we grabbed Sorry to play, but lots of pieces were missing.  We tried Clue Jr.. No luck there either, BUT, we did find a tub of animals.  Yay.

Later that evening the little girls snuggled in my bed and we watched Spirit.  I didn't sleep too great, buuuut, I wasn't lonely either. ;-) 

Saturday we met up with our "adventure" friends.  She invited us over for lunch.  (She is always so gracious that way, but I also secretly think she felt sorry for us - you know hubby away always feels weird.)  Her daughter made this amazing soup (which I will definitely blog about soon!) for us to enjoy along with kid friendly stuff like sandwiches and grapes for the kids.

After some fun play time (for them) and talk time (for moms) we headed over to the Schack Art Center.   

some glass floats

 It's a small art museum with exhibits changing frequently.  They also have a glass hot shop and other rooms for workshops and classes available to the public. 
The current exhibit running is Schack-toberfest - Glass Pumpkin Patch and harvest Art.

There was also a free printmaking activity for the kids to do.

nature into art...

In the gift shop, Mary found her favorite... a glass sea turtle

I found a wave.  :-)

He was creating a pumpkin in the hot shop. 

It was a fun afternoon.  
Saturday ended with an early supper, followed by baths and getting our church stuff ready for the morning.  Tucked in bed all snug.  

A few thoughts...
Ellie has been so responsible and willing to take care of all the goat chores.  She is small in size, but has been totally able to carry the full water buckets and move the goats into their pens.  (no easy thing, when they don't want to be moved.)  

I've gotten a small taste of what my husband must feel all the time - keeping his family secure and safe. Checking that the doors are locked, and taking a mental inventory of everything before turning off the lights.  I am so thankful for him and how he protects us and makes us feel so safe. 

Church felt weird with only half of us in a row.  Everything feels weird with only half of us! 
(Except meals... they are EASY!)

~ Carol

Friday, September 23, 2016

Ahhh - Autumn

Autumn is here and I am happy about that. 

We had a crazy storm the other day.  Bolts of lightning followed by loud, crashing peals of thunder and POURING rain.  
I love those kind of storms (as long as everyone is home safe!)  

It's been pretty chilly in the mornings too, but with a flip of a switch our fireplace makes things nice and cozy.  

Some more of my favorite things about autumn.

pumpkins  // also pumpkin granola, pumpkin muffins, and pumpkin pie :-)  //

Crisp days with the bluest of skies.

 Falling leaves

warm drinks

beanie hats

but the one thing that I think is a little crazy is that EGGNOG is currently available at all the coffee stands.  Is it me or is it arriving earlier and earlier? 

How about you?  What's your favorite thing(s) about fall?  

~ Carol