Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Family evolution

After dinner last night, we actually cleared off the table and had ourselves a good ol' round of Apples to Apples.

The game itself, if you aren't familiar, isn't really that important. My point is this: this process that began 10 years ago with waking every two hours, breast feeding, diaper changing and mini-van buying has finally produced one of my most cherish family experiences - playing a board game with all my kids.

Granted,  Leo had to be on Omar's team, Spencer on mine. But we all played the whole game, laughing frequently and enjoying everyone's company. There was classic Sheldon outrage at feeling cheated. There was Leo laughing and the word "underwear." We all had a blast.

It was just. Simply. Lovely.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

New Running Buddy

I have a new partner in my weekend running. He's a little slower than me, and we had to walk every ~1/3 to 1/2 mile, but our run together was by far my favorite of the season, if not my life.

Almost-10 Max managed to carry himself all 4.2 miles around Cedar Lake with me Sunday. During the course of the run, I told him we had gone 2 miles. His response? "Wow, I really thought that felt more like 1.5."

Like he has any idea what 1.5 feels like.

At the end, he said that it was really fun and he wants to do it again.

Let the next generation of crazy begin...

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Up North

What happens when you take 19 people to the cabin? A whole lot. 

There was the crab boil...

 There was the endless tubing...

 Campfires and happy children all around...

And general monkey-business...

Too bad nobody had any fun at all....