Sunday, May 15, 2011

Finding more things to do in KY and weekend in MI

This week was pretty fun. We really got out and about this week since the weather was sunny and HOT. We had temps that got to the 90s!

On Monday, we took some fun pictures of Soren in the tub. He really needs a haircut!

I was really excited that the weather was supposed to hold up for me to ride with the group. It was a beautiful day, and so I was able to take the kids outside for some fun on the grounds of the complex.

Also, Soren found a mustang to check out. He can pick them out everywhere!

That evening I did my first real group bike ride with some ladies from the VO2 multisport store. There were 5 of us, and it was a nice relaxed pace. I really didn't get a good feel for where we were on parts, but hope to learn this route soon. We did 20 miles, and then I ran 2 miles afterwards.

On Tuesday, we got up and went to the storytime at Pottery Barn Kids. It is pretty short, so I don't know that we will do these much longer unless the weather is bad or we are really bored. It was pretty nice today, so we spent a lot of time this afternoon and evening outside. Keira rode her bike for a really short time, and then decided she would rather run. She and Soren looked so cute running.

We also walked over to the pond in our complex. We were excited to see the goslings were there. We had heard about them, but hadn't been able to catch them yet. I was very surprised that the mother goose did not seem very afraid of us or hiss at us. I am wondering if she was expecting food.

On Wednesday, we got library cards and went to the libary storytime in the morning. Keira and Soren had fun listening to the stories and playing with the instruments. Soren was a bit thrown off since the instruments were not last, and wanted to leave after that, but eventually got back into it.

They finished up by making little people with moving arms and legs.

That evening, while Ryan rode, I took Keira and Soren to Seneca Park. It was super hot, the car said it was 90 degrees, and that was after it had been on and moving a bit. I rode by and around this park on Monday, and actually ran to it from the VO2 store and back. It is a large oval with several playing fields inside, as well as a playground. The path around is just over a mile. We ran around it 3 times, and on the third time, stopped at the playground for a bit before running back to the car. I am forseeing us spending some time here over the summer. I wish the path was a bit longer so we didn't have to pass the playground so much. The kids don't like running in circles any more than I do, but the playing fields at least give the kids something interesting to look at.

On Thursday, I did a really long run inside. It was hot again, so I ran inside, but it was still hot. We didn't do much outside today. I spent some time trying to figure out the school systems here, and am not overly excited about them, if not pretty bummed out. School starts here really early, which means we have to get out of the apartment pretty quick to where the schools are better and I need to redo my race schedule for August. This is going to be the big thing to keep us busy and occupied. On a lighter note, Keira and Soren have already learned the words to one of the library books, Monkey and Me, and took turns "reading" it.

We also got a picture of Soren's really crazy hair.

To finish off the night, we got ice cream at Graeters. It is always so good!

On Friday, we got in a quick workout and headed back to MI. It was a really quick drive, with only 1 stop at a rest area. We got in town with just enough time for dinner at Noodles (which they don't have in KY) and we were right on time for the start of the ward Talent Show. I think I had more fun watching Keira and Soren enjoy the acts than anything else. Some of the highlights were when Soren heard twinkle twinkle little star on the recorder. He danced all around. Keira really enjoyed hearing two primary girls singing the song from Tangled. Everyone enjoyed the Northville Ward Band. The kids were having a blast dancing. Keira was so funny, she would dance super hard and get all tired, then rest for a few seconds, and then go right back to dancing with her friends. It was really fun to see them having so much fun.

On Saturday, I got up early to head out to the Live Like Andi Run/Walk. I have done this race every year, and it is great to see if grow. This year, Cristina and I were doing the 10 mile option, which started earliest. It was really fun. We saw a lot of people we knew, including Keira's teacher, Miss Jan. We also did some sampling. While I had PR, it was mostly because I haven't raced this distance in a long time, maybe since 2007? My speed averaged slower than I did for my last half marathon. The difference with this race was that it was more for training. I did not rest up for it at all. In fact, this was rather a huge training week with all the workouts I did. It was also raining at the start and I just don't like running in the rain.

While we were at the race, Ryan didn't not ride due to the weather. He instead went to breakfast with the kids and Linda. She was going to do this for them so that Ryan could ride if the weather allowed. They had a good breakfast and played at McDonalds before some shopping. Soren was so thrilled with his new train shirt that he had to wear it immediately. This was a little suprise to me since he had his "school bus" shirt on in the first place.

Keira was also excited about her new outfit.

Ryan and I had a relaxing afternoon doing MI only errands. We had dinner at Bagger Dave's, another MI only restaurant. Soren experienced his first ever NASCAR race on TV there. It was HYSTERICAL listening to him obsess over the mustangs. When the waiter at the next table over from us would block the TV, he would scream, "I can't see, I can't see". Thankfully, a mustang won and it finished before we needed to leave. We ran into Valerie and Kent at Best Buy while we were doing some browsing. It was great to chat with.

On Sunday, we had Stake Conference that was broadcast from SLC. We sat with Linda, but Kris needed to be at a different building for it this weekend. Keira and Soren were very good, as they usually are when Nana and/or Papa are around, and it was a good conference. It ended early! We had lunch at Kris and Linda's before Ryan had to head back to KY. His review got moved from Monday to Thursday, so I opted to just stay here for these few days instead of driving up and down so much.

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