Monday, October 9, 2017

Bike the Bear

Jared, Kaleb, Michael and Mark biked around Bear Lake in September on an extremely cold Saturday morning. The night before it was snowing. They slept over Friday night and set out with 140 other bicyclists to trek the 50 miles around Bear Lake.
I am so proud of them. 
Kaleb, of course, biked it in 4 hours! That is him. He has always had the stamina and he rode his bike to and from work all summer, which is straight up hill twice a day. (He came home for lunch every day) Jared did it in 6 hours! It just amazes me how "able" they are.
They were equipped for snow, rain, and wind chill. Jared rode my awesome mountain bike...since he snatches mine anyway. One of these days he needs to get his own.
Kaleb was telling me that at one point he was bouncing over rocks and riding in the dirt along the shoulder of the road while the street bikes were avoiding potholes. He was having too much fun.
At one point Kaleb was singing "The Long Way Home" by Stephen Curtis Chapman on the eastern shore. Jared said, he couldn't even think because he was just focusing on pedaling.
There is a poster in the art room at Hobby Lobby that has a guy standing with his bike up over his head that says
 "Success...there is no greater reward for a job well done
 than the personal satisfaction of having done it"
Kaleb told me that he was going to do that, hold his bike over his head at the finish line and say what was written on the poster...
when he made it to the finish line, he held his bike up over his head and yelled
"Success"
He couldn't remember the rest. 

Jared said they looked like homeless people the way they were dressed but they were dressed for freezing temperatures, rain, snow flurries, wind chill and comfort.
I am very proud of my boys for setting their sights on a goal and achieving it.
That is SUCCESS!

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Biking Mantua

 I am desperate to get as many outside excursions as possible before winter sets in, so Kaleb, Victoria and I biked around Mantua. It was absolutely beautiful with birds everywhere. 
 My extremist son.
Who would know that he enjoys the great Outdoors!
He goes for distance and challenge.
When Victoria and I set out with him we have to remind him that his 50 year old mother and little sister is with him so don't leave us in your dust....Buddy!
I can always see a little disappointment in his face when I remind him that 
we aren't killing ourselves on whatever we are doing.
Bummer!
Victoria has always done an awesome job of keeping up with the rest of us. Though now, she has passed me up. I'm usually last now.
I've earned that position....to bring up the rear.

Cornelius

Cornelius wanted out so Kaleb put his hand in his aquarium and he pitched a fit.
So he ducked his head down and Cornelius climbed right up on top of his hat.
He can be such a finicky guy sometimes.
The reason I took his picture is because of how Cornelius is holding on to Kaleb's glasses and how his tail was curled up underneath the brim of his hat.


Thunder

Thunder is so cute how she likes to sit in things.
Baskets.....boxes.....

A new Goat House

It seems like we are always in need of something that requires carpentry skills. With Kirk off working and painting a mural for K9's Unleashed, that leaves Jared to build the goat house for the billy goats.
I am so thankful to have boys who can build.
 It probably wouldn't stand up to Jacks headbutting it if I built it. 
 Sven has already taken ownership of it. 
Jared walked out one of the days and found his bracing busted in pieces.
I guess Jacks got a little too wild and broke it apart. 
 I love watching my boys work.
I love seeing them get dirty.
I love that they aren't afraid to jump into a project like this.
They aren't intimidated by hard work.
I hope who ever they marry will be good cooks, 
because these boys love to eat after working hard.
 I also love how they get their little sister to work hard too. 
She thinks the world of her brothers and manages to get roped in to some 
of their projects by challenging her. They are always challenging her to be tougher than what she is even though Victoria is not a girly girl in any way.
Little Sven is trying to let Jared know that he is the boss but little does he know that Jared is the boss.
I don't think he will ever figure it out...that's Sven for ya.

Jared's Tonka Truck

Jared and my Dad finally got Jared's Truck all worked out and running.
There was lot's to fix on it. The electrical was all messed up for one thing.
Who ever had it didn't know what they were doing. Leave it to Poppa to know how to fix it. 
Jared has learned so much working with my Dad.
Victoria loves it when he picks her up from Ice Skating. Though you practically need a step ladder to get in the darn thing, and you can hear him coming down the street with the
 typical drone of the womp, womp, womp of the motor.
It is very fitting for Jared to save his money and pay cash...for an adult Tonka Truck.

Hawk Baby

Our little hawk baby flew the nest. He's all grown up and off on his own.
So now our Great Horned Owl is back.
We can hear him every morning around 4 am hooting from the Norwegian Spruce in the front yard.
So awesome to have so much wildlife out our front door.