Archive for October, 2008


Johnny’s Run Like Hell 5K

October 25, 2008

Kyle ran this race last year in 25:31. This year he decided he wanted to run it again, even though the weather forcast called for rain all day.

We decided to take Joe with us. Since the temperature was in the mid to upper 50’s, I figured he would be okay.  I didn’t really count on some moron guy walking his St. Bernard “puppy” and allowing the thing to try to devour poor Joe while practically knocking poor Sarah over. In the end no one was seriously injured, but Joe sure did shake for a while. Dumb guy said his dog was friendly, just big…yeah right!

There were some odd people running this race…

While we waited for the race to start, Joe climbed up into my mother-in-law’s van and then onto her lap. She took pity on him (he was shivering) and covered him with a blanket. Doesn’t he look pathetic!

Once the race got under way, Sarah took pity on Joe and held him for a while…

Kyle had a great race…

His time, you ask?

This is :50 better than last year, not bad! Go Kyle!



October 22, 2008

We recently found a new dentist and Erin had a cleaning today. The cards they use to give you your next appointment are stickers. Part of the card comes off with the appointment on it so you can stick it to the calendar. The rest of the card is sticky and has a smile on it. If you know my girls, I am sure you can see where this is going…


Jensen Stables Ultimate XC Challenge

October 21, 2008

Kyle began running a little over a year ago with a group called the Genesee Valley Harriers. The first race he ran in was the kid’s race at Jensen Stables. He really wanted to try the 12K this year, but has had some Knee problems and I thought it would be too hard on his knee. The race is through fields, water, forested areas, and features challenging terrain, as well as some obstacles. I ultimately left the decision of whether or not to run up to him. He opted to run, of course.

I had worked all night, slept for 15 minutes (literally), and decided the best way to stay awake was to take pictures…420+ of them. Obviously I won’t bore you with all of them, but here are a few.

Coach Reif and Dave Bischoff got the race started, leading the way on an ATV.

There were Vikings in the race!

Here come the runners around the first bend.

This was the beautiful setting for this crazy race. The runners are ascending the first hill.

These poor horses got so riled up, they were running up and down the fence as the runners came by. One horse in particular became extremely agitated. I think he wanted to run as well.

Kyle announced that “mud is good” as he ran past us here. Little did he know that he would be covered in it by the end of the race.

Erin was waiting for the kid’s race to start.

The kid’s race gets underway, but Kyle still hasn’t finished the 12K, hmmm, is he lost?

There he is with an encourager he found along the way.

The runners had to run through a barn, just before finishing the race. This horse got a close look at all the finishers.

Erin, nearing the finish line of her race.

Kyle running for the finish line. His time? 2:06: 15 Definitely not his best, but not bad for his first truly “off-road” race. Oh yeah, he did in fact get lost along the way!


The Party: Happy 60th Grandma and Grandpa

October 21, 2008

After checking out Kinzua Dam, we went and picked up the cake for my grandparent’s anniversary party, then went to BLueberry HIll to get ready for the party.

We all helped decorate and set up, then Mom and Mark went to get Grandma and Grandpa. Everything was in place as we awaited the arrival of the guests of honor. Mom was to call me when they were very close and I was to tell everyone to get ready to yell “Happy Anniversary” as they walked in. I didn’t take into account that my cell phone might not have reception in the middle of the Allegheny Forest (or close to it). Somehow I managed to get a quick call in and hear Mom say, “We’re almost there! ”

Here are a few of the pictures I snapped. I was a little disappointed that I didn’t get better/more pictures, but I was so caught up in the event that I sort of forgot to take pictures.

It took a minute for them to figure out what was going on.

Grandpa was thrilled that his favorite band, Moutain Railroad Band, was there just for him and Grandma. He told us later that he had wondered earlier where the band might be that day. They used to go listen to them just about every weekend.

Several family members were there to help celebrate. All of them seemed to enjoy themselves.

I’ve never seen Grandpa enjoy himself so much. I imagine he’ll be talking about this one for some time to come!

Everything was beautiful for their party, including the weather outside. We could not have planned for better weather!


Kinzua Dam

October 21, 2008

While we were in northern Pennsylvania we decided to stop by the Kinzua Dam. I have many fond memories of this place as I went canoeing there with my grandparents when I was a kid.


Driving South

October 20, 2008

Last weekend several of us helped my grandparents celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary. The party was to be held in a small town in northern PA. Jeff and I decided to drive down one day and come back the next. Since I had worked all night and was too wound up to sleep in the morning before leaving, Jeff graciously offered to drive if he could wake me up along the way to navigate. I agreed and got him going in the right direction, told him where to awaken me, and promptly passed out. A short time later Jeff woke me up to look at the beautiful sky and wonderful autumn colors that were painted on the hills. This, of course, prompted me to grab the camera sitting at my feet and start snapping photos through the windshield. Below are the results. I think they speak for themselves…

A little more than half way there we stopped at a wonderful restaurant where they have tons of maple trees that they tap and then make maple syrup. We had a late lunch/early supper, then wandered around the grounds for a bit. The food was remarkable, the day gorgeous, and the autumn colors stunning.

This dog kept following us and barking whenever we got too close to “his” things. Apparently the tepee was one of HIS things. As we walked away he ran inside as if to make sure we hadn’t disturbed anything.

The sugar house. The dog barked as we peeked in the windows.

This tree was stunning in the sunlight. It reminded me of gold glittering in the sunlight.

The next two are awe-inspiring for me…

The ride was very enjoyable. The weather was warm and the sun was out and everything seemingly glowed.

Tomorrow I will post more about the actual party itself, as well as about a race Kyle ran, and my PSA for good dentistry. Right this moment, however, I will crash in bed!


Silly Geese!

October 20, 2008

The other day while we were out and about we had to wait for a group of pedestrians to cross the road…

Where better to cross a 6 lane road? At the light of course. They were even nearly in the crosswalk.

Once across, they took to the sidewalk…isn’t that where one is supposed to walk!?!

Apparently they had had a tough day of shopping and needed to get something for dinner. They were crossing from the mall to a plaza with a grocery store. Such silly geese!