Sunday, May 27, 2012

Let the Summer Fun Begin

We officially have second graders now! The boys first grade year has come to an end. I have to admit that although we are excited we were also quite sad!! There may have even been a few tears that were shed. We all loved first grade!! I think it may have been a tad more sad this year because we are also transferring schools. We have LOVED our experience at WDS and are sad to leave this awesome school!! With that said, I am pretty confident that we will be happy at SR too!

Zach, Alex, & Josh
We ended the school year with a bang!! There were Author's Teas. The boys each made a book that got "published".  The parents got to come and hear them read their books and then have refreshments. It was AWESOME!! Alex wrote a book all about me!! Dedicated to ME! Does that kid know how to pull my heart strings or what!! Definitely a book I will cherish and keep forever!! Alex is sitting in the front row with his book.

I, also, had the opportunity to go to Zach's Author's Tea. It was equally as wonderful....ok maybe just a tad less because his book wasn't all about me! :) HA! He wrote a book about good and bad luck and it was hilarious!! He is saying he wants to be either an artist or an author and illustrator when he grows up!!  Matt went to Josh's Author's Tea. And they both had a great time too.
There was also an awards ceremony. Josh (waving at me) got an award for being a Math Whiz!

Zach (on the very end) got an award for being a great Artist!

Alex got an award for being the most kind hearted student. He was the first one called and was overjoyed!!!

I would say these awards are pretty accurate.

The last day came and we took our last day pictures....with our teachers:
and some with our friends....

Since the last day was a half day we headed over to our friend's house for an end of the year celebration!! Our friend was gracious enough to host a big party. I think there were about 20-25 kids there plus us moms.We had the BEST time!! We ate lunch.
Then had a HUGE shaving cream fight. It was AWESOME!! I had never heard of something like this before. But I will totally partake in this again!! So much fun!!

When it was over, the sprinkler system was turned on and all involved were able to get "clean". Then the water guns and water balloons fun happened. I swear I tied over 100 balloons that day!! :) And while the kids were having fun us moms may have indulged in a margarita or two!
It was so much fun!! I couldn't have thought of a better way to end a really great year!!

Since then we have gone to a park or two, gone to the library, went out for pizza with some friends, and have played with our neighborhood friend- kick the can, soccer, swimming, tag, catch, hide-n-seek, etc. The boys and I even went for a jog one morning. We are all in training for a mini mud run this August!
Alex, Zach & Josh
We bought a little pool for the kids to cool off in this summer. It's nothing significant- but it will keep us cool and keep us entertained a little bit.


All in all this is a fantastic start to the summer!! I can't wait for the weeks to come!!

Saturday, May 12, 2012

We are Warriors!!

Last weekend, Matt and I went to Kansas City with a couple of good friends (Chad and Missy) to do the Warrior Dash. It's a 5K race with obstacles thrown in. And it was AWESOME!!

I hate running. I really want to like it but I just HATE HATE HATE running. So I thought an obstacle course would be WAY more fun than just a 5K. And I was right!! It TOTALLY was!! This is WAY more my speed! Not that I am good at it- but I enjoy it more!

And pardon the pictures. Once we got going the camera got REALLY muddy so they got blurry. 

We parked at the KC airport and got shuttled to the race. Notice the seats covered in garbage bags. We did that to Matt's car when we were done too.
Matt and I
Missy and Chad

We got checked in....
Missy and I

Then stood in line with 600 other people to begin the- and I quote- "craziest frickin day of your life!" The race let off waves of 600 people every half hour from 7am to 3:30. That is a hell of a lot of warriors!! :)
600 Warriors ready to go!

The fire shot out of the horns and we were off and running in the 91 degree heat!!
After about the longest mile and a half- did I mention the 91 degree heat?- the obstacles began. (Not necessarily in this order).

We crawled under barbed wire....

 crawled through dirt tunnels....
Missy heading into the tunnel with Matt behind her

 pulled ourselves through muddy water....(at this point we were so happy to jump into water)

Matt in red and Chad behind him


We "swam" to these cooler floaty things to try and climb up on. Which in my opinion was one of the hardest one. The water was deep so you couldn't use your legs to jump onto them and every time you tried to get on the cooler would get pushed down. Chad had to pull me up.
Chad, Missy, and Matt- a muddy mess!!

Missy and Chad heading out to the "coolers"

Me, Chad and Missy with the "cooler" obstacle behind us

We jumped over walls then crawled under more barbed wires over and over and over and over again....
Matt in red. He didn't fall, crawling under the barbed wire.

we climbed walls and slid down fire pole.....
Missy in pink, Chad in middle, Matt in red

ran through tires (notice the awesome guy on the left dressed as a warrior....don't look at me I was not liking the hot tires at that moment. I was having an I am so over this moment!)....
Awesome Warrior in wig and kilt on the left

We finished the race with jumping over 3 foot flames...twice. Which wasn't hard just a complete mind game. Every thought I had was DON"T JUMP THROUGH FIRE!! IT WILL HURT!! And it was warm but didn't hurt. Immediately after the fire we crawled through more muddy water and ran through mud to the end. It is REALLY hard to RUN through mud. It's really slippery. :) Duh!
Just got done and received our medals!! Missy, Chad, Matt and I

But we did it! I am super proud of myself because I did things I didn't know or think I could do- climb up walls using only a rope, jump over walls, jump through fires, etc. I did every one and loved EVERY minute of it. I am so happy that Chad and Missy did it with us! We all had a blast!!

When the race was all done we got our free beer and headed back to the hotel to clean up. The pile behind Missy are all shoes that we could donate. I kept mine only because I am doing this all again in Omaha. I will probably donate them there.


We all had a BLAST and can honestly say this was "the craziest frickin' day of our life!"