We have been up to SO much in our isolation. Highlights included our Friday the 13th Moonlight Hike. Putting up the slack line in the front yard and the tent in the living room naturally. Playing games whenever we felt like it. Making lemon bars and pink drinks and pretzels. Running and rollerblading with the whole fam. Church from the couch. Trying out video conferencing as a way to keep Soul Stretch alive. And watching the first two Hunger Games (plus a LOT of old home movies to erase Hunger Game images from our brains). So far, so good.
This sunny weekend we were hitting our stride for the upcoming half marathon. Bastien has a hockey tournament this coming weekend so it made the most sense for him to run about 12 miles and consider the next two weeks upkeep and tapering. He ended up running 13.3 miles! At an 8:27 pace! We all agree, he’s ready.
Even though exhausted from a late night of Red Wings on Friday, Hadley put in a full day of playing and reffing volleyball on Saturday. I will give partial credit to the Starbucks Pink Drink that Jim secured for her on the way. We could never quite see the score where we were sitting, so Jim and Bastien started keeping track on their phones – diligently marking down the points of 12 sets (only 1 of which we actually won). Also Bastien and I tried out the playground round about the time we found out we had a few more sets left in the day than we could even imagine. I think what I’m trying to convey is Hadley can now be classified as an endurance athlete.
So many good things have been happening in a row it’s very hard to keep up! Let’s start with BASTIEN GOT TO RIDE THE ZAMBONI AT THE RED WINGS GAME!! This was a last minute surprise from my dad. Bastien said this was on his bucket list. (I didn’t know he had one). But anyway you can tell the level of his delight from this smile:
Jim and I sat down with our iPads this weekend and meant business. It’s time our freeloading kids learned their importance in this household and begin developing some marketable real world skills. We call this “Contribution Opportunities” not chores and allowance. Truth: Hadley’s gut reaction to Contribution Opportunities was ferocious anger and denial, even when we told her it meant an increase from her current $1 a week income to $10! But once we stood firm and repeatedly reassured her this was a good deal for her, she finally accepted responsibility. It’s also an all or nothing deal, so everything has to be checked off by Sunday in order to get paid. But so far, so good (yes, a little whining as was expected). I’ll admit it makes me feel a little antsy to have these extra minutes sprinkled into my day. But I have always been a fan of sprinkles and ants.
So lately we have two daily deer visitors who drain 10lbs of birdseed at a time like its beer at a backyard frat party. So to save money I’ve started the somewhat tedious job of putting out daily seed right on the porch. Where the deer will not come. And this has led to Mourning Doves drinking from my heated bird bath. And I just could not be happier about this unexpected turn of events!