Wednesday, September 2, 2015


Last Friday we joined the girls for a cookout at Miniwanca. The last day is always so much fun for them. They hike to Lake Michigan, swim (even though the air temperature was in the 60's!) and end the day with a closing cookout/ceremony with the parents.

Bug greeted us with a …bug (bee)
Ellie and her leaders, Sara and Will
Josie's leader, Francesca
The children painted tiles as an art project last week. Each of the campers was to paint "what makes them happy." The tiles will be used throughout camp – fun to look for your tile as you walk around in the years to come.

What makes Josie happy? Being outside
Ellie said "being creative" makes her happy

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

First day of school – 2015

Yesterday was the start of school for the girls. Eleanor is now a fourth grader and Josephine a second grader. For the first time ever…no tears from Mom and Dad! (Still pretty sad that they're growing up so fast.)

Monday, August 31, 2015

Monday miles

Water stop at mile 7
Water stop at mile 16 – we found donuts!  (Good thing we didn't have $)

Miles last week:

Miles in 2015:

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Friday, August 28, 2015

Twenty miles

I don't recommend Googling "20 mile training run" while eating breakfast an hour before your first 20 mile training run. Last week's 19 miles felt great. This week's 20 seems outrageously challenging. It's all mental. Even my non-runner husband tells me that. Kyle keeps commenting on how amazed he is that I come back from these long runs with a smile "Why is this one going to be any different?"

It's just one…more…mile.

Thank goodness I have Amy with me this morning!

Actually, the 20 miles isn't going to be the hardest part of my day. Walking around a car show with Kyle from 8pm on is going to take more mental energy. If you see someone sleeping on one of those padded benches at The Mitten Bar in Ludington tonight, it's probably me. Just throw a blanket over me. Or a few napkins.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Throwback Thursday - September 2010

Looking through pictures from five years ago, I found a short series of photos. An obvious attempt at a family photo. Unfortunatley, there wasn't one photo where everyone one was either smiling, in the actual photo, or not obscured by wind from the bonfire. Looking at them makes me miss those two little chubby-cheeked pumpkins! (Two kiddos at camp all week has been both wonderfully quiet and lonely at the same time.)

Most of the other photos looked like this… (I love how Bug is pulling up her leggings!)

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Camp Miniwanca Day Camp 2015

Two super happy day campers!
Yesterday was the first day of Day Camp at Miniwanca for both Ellie and Josie. Forget about back-to-school countdowns, we've been counting down Day Camp for a month. The girls…because they're so excited to spend a week exploring and learning with other kids, Kyle and me…because yesterday we got our days back. Hooray! Camp this week, school next week. Yes, we'll miss the easier summer days, but we're both looking forward to getting this happy little family back on a schedule!

Monday, August 24, 2015

Monday miles

85˚ mid-afternoon miles – what was I thinking?
Another step-back week (thank goodness!) Only five more weeks until our marathon (ahh!!) This week Amy and I will be running our longest run to-date – 20 miles this Friday. Strangely, I'm looking forward to it!

Miles last week:

Miles in 2015:

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Sunday photo

Love this…my dad and my niece Isabelle (that face!)

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Selfie Saturday

Loving our hammock from Grandpa and Grandma Mox!

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