Wednesday, September 21, 2011


Today turned out to be a special day........for a couple of reasons!!!  First, I was able to get out on my bike for the first time in four days, since I competed in the Bellingham Traverse this past Saturday!!  I had a great afternoon solo ride, and managed to work  the remaining lactic acid out of my legs, with a really great ride this afternoon!!!  :-)

Second, and much more important than that...... Evan finished his hunter's safety course this evening, and passed his final test, with only missing 7 out of 85 questions!!!  :-)  He is now legal to get a license and tag for hunting this year!!!  Congratulations, my boy Evan...... daddy is very happy, and very proud!!!

Today was a good day.... I got the lawns mowed, a great bike ride in, and saw my boy complete his hunter safety course........ life is good!!!

Now, time to get ready for bed once again.........another day back at work again tomorrow!!!  I need some rest, and need my God to guide me as I prepare for a weekend of family and friends being here, to celebrate Sierra's 8th birthday!!!

OK..... time for the head to meet the pillow..........   :-)

Sunday, September 18, 2011

WOW!!! What a day!!!

Well, yesterday turned out to be quite a day for us all.  Evan's football team played a fantastic game, and won with a score of 27-7!!!  Evan played amazing, and score every point for his team, plus he ran back a kickoff all the way for another touchdown, but it got called back due to a flag on the play!!!!!  Spectacular game for Evan, and for his team!!!  Tracie was nice enough to video the game, so we all got to sit back and watch it together last evening when I got home from my very buys day.

I competed in the Bellingham Traverse yesterday, part of a two person team.  I ran the first leg of the race, a 6 mile run from Boundary Bay Brewery, down to Fairhaven, and then up to Lake Padden.  It was a tough run, with the last couple of miles being up hill.  I then switched gear and got ready for the third leg of the race, where I took off on my road bike and road down and around Lake Samish and back up Chuckanut into Fairhaven, a 19 mile hard push and fast-paced ride, where I was struck with head winds and rain throughout the first half of the ride!!!  From there, I got changed again, and made way to the final leg of the race, where I met my partner as he cam in on the water in his kayak, and together we ran the last 3/4 mile up the hill and back to Boundary Bay at the finish line!!!  :-)

I did it, and I am happy about it, and proud of myself.  Yes, I hurt a lot today, and am moving slowly.   But, we did really well, and I feel good about that.  Hopefully in the next day or so we should be able to find out our results.

Yesterday also happened to be Grammy's 64th birthday!  :-)

Today, Brad and I were planning to ride in the Chuckanut Century together.  But alas, we awoke to find it raining and cold outside.  The forecast says rain nearly all day long, and that just didn't sound like fun to either one of us.  So, today is going to be R&R day instead.  Totally bummed, though, as we had been planning and preparing for this ride for the past couple of months now.  :-(

Hard to believe, but already we are half way through the month of September!!!  Sierra's 8th birthday is on final approach already.  Invitations are sent out, and grandparents are coming up here next weekend.

Busy week ahead for us all here, with Evan trying to get studied up and ready for his Hunter's Safety final test on Wednesday.  He must pass in order to be a hunter this year, which we have already made plans for!!!  Perhaps we will do some studying today!!!  :-)

OK, time to get this day's already 10:20am, and I haven't heard a peep from the family yet!!!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

September So Far......

It is now 5:45am on Tuesday the 13th of September.  In the blink of an eye, this month is practically half way over already.  We have been busy, getting back into some resemblance of normalcy around here (at least normal for us anyway), and things are going fairly well thus far.

The weather this month has been spectacular...... bright and sunny days, hot temps in the day, and cool mornings and evenings.  School is back in full swing now, and the kids are getting used to the routine once again.  Evan had his season opener football game this last Saturday, and it was so much fun..... both Evan, and the whole team, have improved so much over last year!  Evan scored the first touchdown for his team, and then made an interception that he ran all the back for the final touchdown for his team as well!!!  It was awesome!!!!  He made some great plays, both on offense and on defense, and he had two really great kick-offs as well.  The team won their game with a final score of 26-6.... and needless to say, I am very excited about it!!!  :-)

I have been using this nice weather and my days off to do yard work and clean-up around the place outside, getting ready for full-on Fall to arrive.  I have lots of work to do with the tractor in the fields, and on Evan' motorcycle track and trails, so I am trying to get as much done as possible before the rains come again.  It would be nice to actually be ready for winter weather this year before it arrives!!!

I have been doing quite a bit of bike riding, and practically all of it with Brad.  It has been great to have a riding partner, making it a lot of fun to ride, especially the longer distances.  We are both getting trained up and ready for the Chuckanut Century this Sunday.... hoping to ride the full 124 miles.  I am also competing in the Bellingham Traverse race on Saturday, where I will do a 6 mile run, and then a 17 mile bike ride, and finally a short run at the end to the finish line.  This is going to make Sunday a difficult event for me.... I am hoping and praying that I am physically and mentally tough enough for this weekend.

Evan started his hunter's safety course last night.  He has four more nights, with classroom and hands-on instruction, and finishes up with an 85 question test that he must pass in order to get his certificate.  We are planning to go hunting over in eastern Washington in October, so he really needs to learn and do well.  I am confident that he will......

I am off to work again this morning, and already am looking forward to my next couple of days off, with hopes of getting a bunch more done around here..... my list is so very long on what needs to be done, what I hope to get done, what I can afford to do, etc.

Time to go for now....... I need to get out on the front porch and spend a bit of time in prayer with God, before I hit the shower this morning!  :-)

Monday, September 5, 2011

Labor Day, School, Football, Fall.....

They have arrived!!!  Labor Day weekend is here, school has started, the football season starts this next Saturday, and the mornings and evenings are feeling and looking more and more like Fall.  :-)

Of course, as would be expected to happen, now that the kids are back to school, this next week the weather will be more like summer than we have seen most of the actual summer!!!  Oh well, I am fine without rain, and love the cooler mornings and, if we can get that Fall weather during the days (65 and sunny), I will be very happy!!!  I tend to be much more productive throughout the Fall, and I get much better riding in as well.  I guess I am just not meant for hot weather, with exception of lying around and relaxing poolside!!!

I am very excited for this month of September.  Evan's football season begins, and it is going to be so much fun to watch him and his team this year.  Evan has improved greatly, and I do believe that he is going to have a lot of fun playing.  In addition, Evan takes his hunters safety course this month, starting next week.  I can still remember when I went through hunters safety myself.  For myself, I have a lofty goal of competing in the Bellingham traverse on the 17th, and then turning around and riding in the Chuckanut Century the very next day!!!  this will be quite the challenge, and I hope that I can physically and mentally prepare myself for success!!!  I am looking very forward to having my good friend, Stu Hodnot, come up to ride in the Chuckanut Century with us.  This will be his first time up this way, and I believe we are going to have a great weekend together.  I am still holding out hope that Scott Taube may also find a way to join us as well.

This month also finds me starting to prepare for winter weather around here, as it always sneaks up faster than I ever hope or expect it to.  I would like to have a better handle on water and mud around here this year..... and am working with the tractor and shovel to see if I can control it a bit better...... it's gonna take time and time and time and time.

Well, it's Labor Day are home from school, and I am starting a 5 day stretch off of work.  Time to go and get this day, and this week, started.  :-)