Friday, August 18, 2017

Keenan and Moriah do the Salty Pup Triathlon!

Keenan and Moriah have been training for months, and finally, last Saturday, the day was here! We got up and left the house before 5 am! The race was an hour away, in Hutchinson, and they had to pick up their packets, put their stuff in transition, get body marked and get their timing chips before transition closed at 6:45!

They are set!!
(Don't they look legit??)

Just before I dropped them off in the line before the swim started

Since it was a pool swim, they were lined up by age, and they started the kids 10 or 
20 seconds apart.
Keenan is in!

There he goes!
(At this point, Philip and Caleb ran over to transition to meet Keenan when he got there)

...and out!

A high five from Moriah

Moriah's turn!

I think the longer pool (two lengths instead of four) stressed her out a little and she ended up doing most of it on her back

Keenan in his first transition
(Shortly after Moriah started swimming, I had to head to transition to be there for her when she got there.  I saw Keenan go by on the bike on my way)

Caleb made this special sign to cheer them on =)

Moriah racing out of the pool area to transition

Drying off

Helmet buckled...

Off she goes!

Keenan going by after finishing his first two mile loop

Moriah going by after her first loop

Keenan coming in to the finish
(Philip was there to see him off on the run)

I didn't mention that there was a Salty Dogs adult triathlon going on at the same time, so that made things a little crazier, too!    The adults all finished in the pool before the kids started, but then a lot of them were still cycling and running at the same time as the kids).

Moriah's done on the bike!
(then I raced to the finish line to wait for Keenan!)

Philip snapped this of her shortly after she started on the run

Keenan coming in to the finish, )determined that the girl behind him was Not going to beat him!!) =)

Way to go, Keenan!

Moriah had some competition at the finish as well!
(I Love the expression on this girl's face as Moriah put the gas on right at the end!)

No matter how tired or sore Moriah is, she Always has an Insane burst of energy (so fast I can't keep up) at the end of a run!

Yay, Moriah!!

So proud of these two!

What a great team!

Results: (for 100 meter swim, 4.2 mile bike and 1 mile run)

Keenan placed 34th overall out of 78 and was 7th in his age group, with a time of 36:33.  His swim was 2:25, first transition was 3:16, bike was 21:04, second transition was 0:46, and the run was 9:03.  

Moriah placed 52nd overall and was 6th in her age group, with a time of 39:59.  Her swim was 3:19, first transition was 3:13, bike was 23:04, second transition was 0:44 and run was 9:44.   

We were All exhausted on the way home, and it didn't take long before all three kids were zonked out!

What a morning!

Unfortunately there were no finisher's medals for this race, so that was a bummer.   We may look for a  different kid's tri next time around.   All in all, it was a great experience for them and helped them see what they need to work on for next time.   Congratulations, Keenan and Moriah!!

Thursday, August 17, 2017

August Happenings

Here are just a few things that have happened that I'll squish together into a random post:

On Saturday, August 5th, we hosted a dessert and drinks night for our neighbors.   The kids and I had taken invitations around to 20 houses to weeks previous.  We'd been thinking of doing a neighborhood get together for a while because there are a lot of our neighbors that we don't know, and who also don't know each other.   We were hopeful about this gathering, but when the evening came to have it... it was raining!    We decided to do it anyway, and moved stuff into the garage.

10 people ended up coming.   9 of them were kids.   1 was my friend, Sara, from two doors over (but it was great to get to chat and spend some time together because we don't know each other Super well).   It was also good to get to know our kid's friends a little better and they seemed to have fun (and enjoy the desserts!!)   Interestingly, each of the next two evenings, one of the dads of kids who came, stopped by (I was gone both times) and chatted with Philip and said their kids had a great time.  So, all in all, I think it was still a profitable venture.  =)  We'll probably do it again sometime.

The kids waiting for people to come =)

August 6th - we discovered that Keenan had Strep Throat, for the THIRD time in two months!   Poor guy, it's such a miserable thing to have!

Philip took Caleb and Moriah to a Family Day on base - they had a great time!

Moriah coming out of a big inflatable slide

Ready to shoot some paintballs!

I think they look so intense in these shots!

Fun stuff!

Caleb asked this guy to shut him in to this compartment on the ambulance! =)

We bought Moriah a new bike and Philip fixed this one up for Caleb that I had bought used

On the 7th, I helped my Ugandan friend, Jane, get her three oldest enrolled in school for this year.   Having never had to do this with any of my kids, I had no idea how involved it can be!   I figured we'd drive up, go in, sign some papers and be out ten minutes later... but no... there were NINE stations to check through and we were there for two and a half Hours!!  Whew!

Keenan and Caleb played a game at piano lessons and their cute cat jumped into the middle of it and started batting things around =)

 Our friends, Drew and Lindsay, dropped off Gatorade for the kids for their tri! So thoughtful!

The kids have been baking up a storm!    Keenan made brownies all by himself, Caleb did most of the work for chocolate chip cookies...

...and Moriah and I made soft pretzels together

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Papa's Visit - July/August 2017

As always, we had a Wonderful time with Papa!

We picked him up at the airport on Saturday evening (fairly late), so we didn't do much besides go to bed when we got home.

Sunday morning, Keenan and Moriah did a practice triathlon to Papa could see.

Game faces on


First up, six lengths of the pool

Their recent round of swim lessons really honed their freestyle!

The spectators =)

Swim, done!

First transition

Keenan's off on his bike!

Go, Riah!

For the practice, they did 3 miles

Keenan finishing up the bike portion

On his first lap of the run

Keenan halfway through his second lap, and Moriah on her first

It's hard to watch and photograph two kids at different stages of the race, so I don't have as many of Keenan :P

Riah pumping it at the end!

Coming in to the finish!!

Moments later with a proud Papa and little bro!

The distances were: 100 meter swim, 3 mile bike, 1 mile run.
Here are their times:


Swim: 1:43
1st Transition: 2:49
Bike: 16:56
2nd Transition: 0:36
Run: 8:12

Total: 30:07


Swim: 2:12
1st Transition: 2:30
Bike: 20:70
2nd Transition: 0:36
Run: 10:38

Total: 35:10

A super cool block tower Moriah made

Caleb's bridge

The rest of Sunday was fun and relaxed.   Dad played games with the kids and we went to house church.

Monday - Dad took us out to dinner at Red Rock Canyon (we had never been before and it was delicious!)  After dinner, we took him to see the lighting of the Keeper of the Plains (since we discovered that somehow we had never taken him!)

See the kayakers is in this shot?  =)

Philip met us from work (that's why he was dressed up)

When we went back to the van at 9:30 pm, we realized that we had locked ourselves out!   Philip called USAA, they said they'd be an hour, so I called Devin and he came and picked up Moriah, Caleb and I and Keenan and Dad waited with Philip.

Before Devin came, the kids were running around in the dark and Caleb tripped and his face bit the sidewalk =0/

Tuesday - Dad watched the kids while I took one of our refugee kids to the dentist in the morning and ran a couple errands.    He took the kids to "Dog-N-Shake" for lunch.  It's a hotdog and milkshake place they'd never been and wanted to try.   While they were gone, our friends, the Anderson's showed up for a brief 24 hour stay while they were in town for some meetings.

That night, we sat up and chatted with Ben and Kayla (they know some of the same people Dad knows!) and just before heading to bed, I got a text from Wendi in Tennessee that (long story short) means we'll have some new exciting guests staying in our basement soon!  (More on that later).

One of the MANY (31 in total!) game of Yahtzee these two played!

Wednesday - In the morning, I picked up 70 lbs of grass fed beef.   We split a cow with several of our friends.   We're so excited about it!  (So far we've had ground beef and brisket which were both Excellent!)

Before Kayla and the kids headed out that morning, our kids, her kids and a ton of neighborhood kids played outside...

So many kids!!

Around 9:30, Dad left with the kids for a fun outing, and didn't return until 2:30!   He took them to Exploration Place and then out to lunch at Braum's.  

 Caleb and Moriah built some pretty cool stuff at Exploration Place!

Caleb is a super hero!

I was happy to have the house to myself so I could clean it up for the First Wednesday gathering that night.    Philip cleverly arranged to have his Dad be the speaker!   It was well attended and everyone really enjoyed hearing Dan talk about the work(s) he's involved with in Kenya.  I don't think I'd ever heard him "speak" before and loved it!  I think it was cool for the residents to hear their boss's Dad speak, and they even tried to get him to tell some stories about Philip. ;)

The only picture I took that night, just SOME of the many pairs of shoes on a First Wednesday! =)

 Crazy Caleb trying to ride Two scooters at once! =)

Thursday - we went to Freddy's for lunch...and got to meet THE Freddy!!!   He walked in while we were eating, sat at a table right next to us and then gave us some autographed coupons!   We just Had to have our picture taken with him!

See?  Even his shirt says who he is!! =)

With Freddy at Freddy's!

The coupons he gave us (a dollar off per person) that we used to get ice cream for dessert later!)

After lunch, we went to the theater to see Cars 3.

We all loved it!!!  (I may have even had a tear at one point)

Next up, we went to Wendy's pool for a bit:

The kids were Delighted to get the inflatable kayak out!

Happy kids with Papa

That night we had a delicious dinner at Two Brother's BBQ

That evening, there was some intense, three generational basketball going on in the driveway... =)

Love these

Friday - we had a chill morning, played some games with Dad, I ran some errands.   We did this fun skittles experiment (really more like artwork) that we'd been meaning to try for a long time.

You just make a circle of skittles on a plate and then pour warm water in the middle and wait!

They immediately start to bleed towards the center...

...and end up making this beautiful pattern - how cool!?

Philip was doing his last bit of paperwork on base and met us for lunch at Village Inn.   On the way home, we checked out a neighborhood garage sale where we got a couple things and Dad bought some Lego to take back to Kenya.   Then it was time to get Dad's stuff in the van and take him to the airport.   We are always sad to see him leave, but so happy to have had such an Amazing week with him.   We love you, Papa Ganoush!