With school back in session it was time to capitalize on all things fall. Of note ...Now that Annika is in full day pre-K and capable of crafting her own stories it is time for this blog to revert back to the original voice of this blog now better known as Mama Jen Jen.
Family time and trips are awesome. Multiple airline changes, delays, time zones and endurance sports really are not so awesome for kids. This fall Mama Jen Jen and Papa Tim Tim each flew the coop for a weekend. It wasn't really an "I need a break" trip so much as this seems like an awesome opportunity to do what we love and reconnect with old friends.
Meanwhile Mama Jen Jen, Annika, And Issac had their own adventures
Soon Mama Jen Jen had her turn....
18 hours of awesome. It really was great to reconnect with Julie and Jon. ..and yes Julie and I can talk non stop for 18 hours. Unfortunately I realize there were subjects we didn't do justice to...So I guess we'll have to reconnect for another adventure.
Training for R2R2R is really awful...one must commit to long runs with exposure to the below scenes
So this fall I entered an NCAA XC invitational as an independent runner. Yes, I'm 39. Which makes me ...ohhh just about 20 years older than the average competitor. So technically yes...I could be the mother of one of those athletes. Maybe someday I will race my own daughter. That would be swell.
Often I say that "intensity is hard for me". It's easy for me to just do the distance. Raising a child, racing a child, and racing alongside a child has reminded me of many, many things. Mostly that you become what you believe and that skill acquisition is a process of patience. The end result is worth the wait.
I doubt it.
Next up was Halloween. Annika had the creative and bright idea that she would be a Chippy (Chipmunk) for Halloween. In case you are wondering ..there are no Chipmunk costumes for purchase in a size greater than 2T. I could have bought one for Isaac. That would have gone over so well when it was Annika's idea. Of course pinterest didn't even have any easy patterns (Yes...I have oodles of extra time to spend crafting up pinterest creations.) PINTEREST IS A LIE anyway. In the end Chipmunk costumes were homemade and a big hit.
Annika was pretty happy with her costume...and I didn't have to explain to more than 75% of the crowd that she was a "Chippy" and not a skunk.
I don't claim to be the best crafter around...but have you ever seen a brown skunk? Seriously... I inhaled toxic paint fumes turning a halloween pumpkin into an acorn for people to mistake my beloved children for skunks.
Most of the time we are much more average and can be found sliding down slides.
A fall outing to Hayes corn maze can not be missed