My oh my, we’ve had quite a week with both kids visiting us here in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. I hardly know where to begin.
Let’s begin with the 5K my daughter and I walked faster than lightning last Thursday during the 4th of July celebration in Baraga. I thought we’d be lazily meandering through the route, but no. She egged me on. She’d eye the people walking in front of us and say, “Mom, we can pass them.”
So we’d walk fast, really fast, until our shoes smoked hot, passing by the people in front of us. Then she’d point to the next
victims walkers and say, “Mom, we can pass them, too!”
So we’d walk even faster until this heart beat furiously and the shoes steamed and sweat poured down and mosquitoes bit our faces and it seemed we couldn’t continue.
Yet we did. We made some good time, I tell ya. Except we forgot to put on those little ankle straps that measure your time and provide awards and accolades at the end.
So we’re just imagining we did well. We did walk our personal best–we did! And I am so thankful to my daughter that we decided to test our limits and get competitive. (I never get competitive sports-wise, so this was a first. K really didn’t think we were getting competitive. She just thought we were pushing ourselves.) I was on a
runner’s speed-walker’s high all day.
We won’t talk about the aches and pains the next two days. All you could hear were moans and whimpers from the mama.
Besides our 5K fun, what else did we do?
We attended a wedding.
Christopher’s friend Aron tied the proverbial wedding knot with his fiance, Jess.
We had a great time at the reception. I especially liked seeing some of the kid’s friends, and got to meet a brand new baby or two. We also reconnected with some friends we hadn’t seen in a coon’s age.
The kids hiked the Silver River one day and I’ll show you those photos soon. (Most of these pics were taken on K’s phone.) However, we did celebrate Yours Truly’s birthday on Sunday night.
It really wasn’t my birthday, but no one–not a single familial soul–will be around for my birthday in a couple of weeks, so I enjoyed basking in the light of my family’s love for an entire day.
Chris helped his dad split the firewood. Kiah stacked the wood. Then she made healthy carrot cake. The guys grilled salmon and corn. Then I opened lots of gifties (including a purse that Chris’ wife Seunghye bought during their honeymoon in Italy and little cups that she made herself, isn’t that cool?)
It was the best of birthdays, even though the birthday has not yet arrived.
I will let you look at river hiking and swimming photos now.
Looks like they had fun, doesn’t it? I thought it was great they enjoyed some brother-sister time together out in nature’s glorious playground.
One child is flying back toward San Diego as I type (it took him two days to leave the fog-enshrouded peninsula) but the other still remains for another few days. Perhaps she and I will attempt another river adventure before she leaves.
Thanks for stopping by to enjoy our family time together!