Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Track Part 2: High School Track

What a wonderful spring we had for track!  In Michigan we had resigned ourselves to not being able to see a track until April (literally--snow covered!).  In Idaho we had so little snow and such a warm March/April that the first track meets were before Spring Break, March 13 and 19.  After the first 3-4 meets, Caleb expressed frustration over his times in the 800m and we had to remind him that last year he hadn't even RUN a meet yet!  His goal was to run a 2:05 this year and he achieved that at the District meet, running a 2:04.92.  That was good enough to place him in the top four at districts and guaranteed him trip to the State meet.   He also anchored the State-qualifying Distance Medley.  

Nicolas ran 200s, 400s, and long jumped again this year.  Unfortunately, he tweaked his quad muscle at a meet in mid-April and struggled to be able to complete the rest of the year.  He did come back for the District meet and ran the open 400m in 55.12,  but was so sore afterward that he wasn't able to run in the 4x400 like planned.  He was so bummed because that was the last opportunity to run in a relay with his big brother.  He rested for the week between District and State and was able go as an alternate for the 400 spot in the Distance Med if needed.   He says he loved the State experience without having to run, but I think he actually would have liked to step on the track. 

We love track and field, and appreciate that the boys also love it.  Caleb owned that 800m run and Nicolas loves his 400m.  Neither would be my choice, but I do enjoy watching those two races.  Here are a few pictures of the season.

At the track meet in Emmett, ID we couldn't help but do a little osprey watching.  The kids and I watched through the zoom lens in my camera until Seth opened his backpack (full of who knows what) and pulled out Russ' pair of nice binoculars.  I probably should have been upset with him since he took them without asking, but he was so proud to hand them to me out of his bag of "stuff" that I couldn't help but commend him for his wise packing choice.

We thought Emmet, ID was such a beautiful area, we couldn't help but do the touristy thing and stop at a road turn off and take pictures of the view.  The track meet was down in the area of  the two domed buildings.

It was such a beautiful evening in New Plymouth, ID and I couldn't help but appreciate the view as well.

Taking 4th place on the medal stand at the District meet.  On to State!

Not the blue track of the Drake stadium, but still a blue track for the State meet!

Parade of athletes at the State meet.  The meet included 1A, 2A, and 3A boys and girls.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Track Part 1: Homeschool Track.

I decided to split this blog post into two parts:  one for the homeschool runners and one for the high school runners.

The younger three joined the Idaho Christian Running Club track program which basically ran for 3 months (early March through the end of May).  They practiced on Monday and Wednesday afternoons and participated in 4 meets.  

Anna needed much encouragement to join the program, but conceded on two stipulations:  1) I would run with her in practice.  2)  She wouldn't have to run in a meet.  Since I was running with Russ in the morning, two-a-day practices were just a little too hard on this aging body.  So after about six weeks, I gradually ran less and less. As Anna gained confidence both with her running ability and with the coach and other kids in the program she didn't "need" me anymore.   We honored her second stipulation for the first meet, but then encouraged her to try the 200m in the second meet.  She did SO well that she agreed to run it again in the third meet.  The fourth meet was scheduled over two evenings with the 400m one night and the 200m the second night.  Can you believe she agreed to run both of those events!!  (We were rained out the second night so she didn't end up running the 200m).  She did say after the 400m, "I am never running one of those again!"

Seth and Lydia were like pigs in mud running track.  Seth usually competed in the long jump, 100m, and 200m, but did run the 400m once.  Lydia generally ran the 100m and the 400m and occasionally ran the 200m.   

The first couple track meets were pretty cold.  But coming from Michigan and Iowa we were pretty used to bundling up!
This is the night of the last meet that was rained out.  We don't often have thunderstorms in Boise, so it was fun to watch the storm roll in.  Note the cute timers at the finish line (Russ and Caleb).

Friday, May 15, 2015

Grandpa and Grandma B and Michael's Visit Part 2

Thanks, Mike, for sharing your candy purchase with us!

Sunday:  Russ, now Rev. Herman, preached two sermons from Hebrews 9.   We had a fellowship meal at noon to celebrate Russ' ordination with the church family.  Everyone brought sides and desserts.  Pulled pork sandwiches and drinks were provided by the church.  Russ and the boys had youth group after the evening service while the rest of us enjoyed popcorn and leftover pizza.

Monday:  We homeschooled and relaxed in the morning.  In the afternoon we toured the Old Idaho State Penitentiary.   The penitentiary was a functional prison from 1872 to 1973.  After going through some of the facilities it was hard to believe it was still functional in the '70s.  Several buildings are no longer standing due to fires from prison riots.  Since we were in the downtown area anyway, we picked Nicolas up from orchestra practice and headed home for a quick bit to eat before his NHS induction ceremony.  Grandma had just enough time to whip up a batch of ollie bollen batter that we enjoyed immensely after the NHS service.

Solitary confinement cells--thought it was a good place for Seth for a little while:)


The most modern cells that were still standing.

Exercise area

The cells on Death Row

This is a little morbid.  Because of the glass and lighting I couldn't get a picture of the actual hanging area.   This is the basement where the body ended up after the trap door opened.

The oldest cells in the penitentiary.  They are four stories high.

This is a close-up of the ventilation shaft that is pictured on the right of the picture below. This is what the inside of the oldest cells looks like.  Highly claustrophobic.

The kids wondered if they really slept on mattresses filled with straw.  
The Old Penitentiary also houses a weapons museum.  I took a few pictures of some really cool old swords, but the pictures really don't do them justice.

They had one area where you could pretend you were in the trenches of WWI.  Since we studied this in school this year the kids thought that was pretty cool to pretend to shoot a machine gun into no-man's land!

Tuesday:  I attended our women's  church Bible study in the morning.  The kids stayed home with Grandpa and Grandma and Michael and worked on their schoolwork.  It was kind of a bummer day because we had to say good-bye to Michael.  We really enjoyed having him hang out with us for those days and missed having him around.  I am not sure he was as sad to leave as he had allergies to our pets and probably didn't sleep as well sharing a room with "Seth the Snorter" and Nicolas, who got up early each morning for school.  Anyway, we consoled ourselves by going shopping:)   Grandma, the girls, and I went to Joann's and picked out fabric so Grandma could make a purse for Lydia.  Then we had fun browsing through Barnes and Noble for a little bit.  Seth stayed home with Grandpa and they worked on the yard--mowing and fertilizing the lawn.   For supper that night we treated them to Idaho trout.  An elderly gentlemen in the church loves to fish, but doesn't like to eat it.  So he blesses us with a freezer full of trout.  Nicolas has gone fishing with him a couple times and enjoys having a pole in his hand!  Instead of frying it on the stove as we normally do, we grilled it with lime and dill.  All agreed it was a keeper recipe!

Wednesday:  This morning we had a large funeral for an elderly lady who was one of the founders of the church.  All her children and at least ten grandchildren and their families still attend the church, as do her sister and several nieces and nephews.  Pretty much everyone in the church was related to her in some way!  The girls were asked to work in the nursery and Grandma came and helped them.  Seth and Grandpa stayed home and joined us later for the funeral luncheon.   Later that night we went to another track meet.  Unfortunately, Nicolas did not run as he had strained his quad muscle in the previous meet.  

Thursday:  Today was the day Grandpa and Grandma had to leave, but we fit in a quick trip to the Antique Mall in the morning.  Lydia really, really wanted to bake lemon poppy seed scones for them, so we quick baked those before we left and enjoyed them with a cup of coffee when we returned from "antiquing".  Then we said good-bye, looking forward to seeing them with the rest of the family at Big Sand in a few months!