Our 7th wedding anniversary was on the heels of our big trip to Japan, so we weren't of the mind that we deserved anything too extravagant. But we did think a date night night was in order. I urged we get Mexican because we always get sushi, but we ended up getting Mexican food, margaritas, and then sushi for dessert. Not normal but very fun.
After my 5K race, we took the kids to a puppet show in Port Jefferson. We got there early and got good seats but that led to extra squirminess for the extra time waiting. They were pretty mesmerized during the show though. Fun family time!
Pre-show selfie- Kevin is feeling a little squirmy too apparently.
How do I explain my (non)history of running? In high school when the gym teacher forced us to run the mile to measure our physical fitness I always tried my hardest, even though I hated every second. I watched the cool girls just walk nonchalantly around the track, but I just couldn't bring myself to not care. I cared about everything. That said, my personal best mile was about 8 minutes... which, in case you're not a runner, is very slow for a mile. That's a young, thin Ericka trying her very hardest for maybe a year... 18 years ago.
Since then I've rarely run except for some brief flirtations with treadmills, but even that ended over a decade ago.
Looking dubious pre-run
So one morning, after many years of pondering why my friends run half-marathons and marathons, I decided to do it. I registered for the shortest race in close proximity. Janice gifted me sneakers for my birthday- thanks Janice! And shortly after that I signed up. I had enough time to do an 8-week training schedule, which I turned into 10 weeks with a 1-week Japan break. This plan was possibly flawed because it wasn't enough time, it was interrupted by Japan, but mostly because I couldn't even do what the training program required. When I asked my doctor why I couldn't run for 30 minutes, he said maybe I needed more training time. But after he inquired about my high school running, he shook his head slowly and said maybe I'm just not built to run.
The starting line. SPOILER ALERT: Shirtless tall teen guy on right was the winner.
Whatever. My goals were simple: 1- Beat my practice times which were about 43 minutes for a self-timed 5K (3.1 miles), and 2- Not come in last. Nonetheless, that morning I was freaking out. I felt a little ill. It didn't help that I went alone. I even encouraged my family to stay home because I was concerned about Kevin entertaining the kids for a big stretch. When the race director gave a moving speech about the hometown hero who had passed away at a young age and in whose honor we were running, I cried. I suspected the race director was actually the mom. I was not off to a great start.
My position on the starting line was behind these guys.
I achieved my goals: 1- I beat my practice times (coming in at 41:10) and 2- I didn't come in last! I was still kind of mad about how slow and almost-last I was. Evidenced by this below:
Woman pushing stroller beat me. Seriously! And almost all the other runners too.
At least I got to run by the beautiful harbor.
Perhaps I could have shaved off some seconds or even minutes by not taking pictures while I ran, but I could no more hold my pictures than hold my breath. Actually, Chrissy said the one thing that made me feel a little better: "But you were so much faster than all those people sitting on their couches." Truth.
Pre and after party in the gym
After the race I walked home... about 3 miles... in just a little more time than I ran 3 miles. Sigh.
Happy Father's Day to Kevin! We all love you like crazy. As always, there will be another post about how we spent Father's Day and how awesome Kevin is.
Happy first Father's Day to Rob K, Aaron, Cory, Dan P, Jamie!!
Cory with little Jasper
Rob pushing Soren on the swings
Aaron napping with Asher
Dan hiking with Sylvie
Happy Father's Days to all our friends who are veteran dads!:
Jim S (1 girl + 1 boy), Ben C (2 boys), Mike Sh (3 girls+ 1 boy), Matt L (3 girls), Brandon (2 boys),
Casey (1 girl + 1 boy), Tim D (1 boy + 1 girl), Jason V (1 boy + 2 girls), Mike St (2 girls),
Rob P (1 boy + 1 girl), Trey (2 boys), Dan M (1 boy + 1 girl), Donald (2 boys),
Ed T (2 boys), Patrick (1 girl and 1 boy), John K (1 boys), Jon S. (1 boy), and Jeff P (2 boys),
Jeff M (1 boy + 1 girl), Rob S (2 boys), Roger (2 boys), Josh (1 boy), Neil (1 girl), Lukas (1 girl), Rob K (1 boy), Aaron (1 boy), Cory (1 boy) Dan P (1girl), Jamie (1 boy)!
Happy first father's day as a father of two! Rob P, Roger, Rob S, Patrick, and Jeff P!
Happy first father's day as a father of three, Jason!
Jason with his minions!
Also, I happen to know there are more babies coming! Not telling! The excitement!
Ever since we moved, we live closer to a bunch of farms, so I've been following the progress of all the "u-pick" fruit. At last, strawberry season had arrived! On June 4th, we went strawberry picking at Lewin Farms. Sometimes these adventures I plan don't go so well (see eg, apple picking) but I was pleasantly surprised! The kids loved strawberry picking and behaved well!
Working hard for the fruit he loves.
Trying not to step on the strawberries
Showing me her haul. She was very picky about taking only "not yucky" ones!
This is just so freaking idyllic. Seriously.
Bonus fruit from the farm's market!
The best part- eating a ton of strawberries with no restraint!
I went to Monticello with Becky and Brandon, Cathy visited Charlottesville twice, and I got my driver's license. So a pretty fun summer month!
With Becky at Monticello
Me, Cathy, Becky, Brandon
With my new license!
Fifteen Years Ago in 2001
I had recently graduated college, and was freaking out because I had no job, but I did have an apartment I was renting with Janice. I still went out though- which was a good call. After all I was only 22, and had just broken up with my boyfriend of 2 years.
Me and Nat out somewhere in DC- fun night!
Twenty Years Ago in 1996
My junior year in high school was still in progress. When the school year ended, my friend Sarah came on vacation with me and my parents.
Me with my parents at The Depot Theatre
Sarah and me in Lewis, NY
Thirty Years Ago in 1986
I finished second grade!
Summer Plans essay
Thirty-five Years Ago in 1981
I was 2 years old, Kevin was 1, and Uncle Dickie was graduating college.
Lukas, Sarah, and Lio visited us over Memorial Day weekend! We had so much fun! They got in Friday night and after the kids were in bed we spent quality adult time. Then Saturday we went to the beach!
Lio enjoying the sand with Lukas and Sarah
Clous doing as we do.
One of the best parts was how much time the kids got to spend tormenting each other. BFFs!
Morning bonding: Miranda, James, and Lio enjoy breakfast and the paper
Playing with sand and water on the deck = Mud-covered children
Snacktime on the deck
Bedtime bonding: Miranda has met her match!
Time to jump on the bed!
Saturday night, Sarah and I had an early Girls' Night Out and went to see Love & Friendship, the movie based on the Jane Austen story Lady Susan. We got an obscene-sized popcorn and soda because we are terrible liberals. Haha. Then we got home in time to put the kids to sleep while Kevin and Lukas went for drinks down the street. Woo! It's like having timeshare kids!
Sunday morning Lio tested out what it's like to be a kid in our home, which is a little different than being a kid at hers. There were tutus, tiaras, too much television, and many noise and light-emitting toys. Lukas quickly put the kibosh on the latter.
Tiara, tutu, and remote. She gets it.
Sunday afternoon we went to Port Jefferson together. We started with lunch at The Pie and then we wandered around to see the waterfront and the town. We celebrated our successful outing with ice cream at the Port Jeff Cafe.
In Port Jefferson
At The Pie resturant
At The Pie restaurant
Happy ice cream face
Sunday night we planned to celebrate Memorial Day with a cookout. In addition to our red-headed visitors, we invited our friends Erika and Rob. We had burgers, hot dogs, snacks, a million beers, a little wine and lots of deep questions like, "what age are you inside your heart?" The kids took the opportunity of our divided attention to make a huge mess on the deck and in the yard.
Rob and Erika
Kids on the deck
Kids's mess on the deck- Miranda dunking chalk in water table.
Monday morning, Memorial Day we had a little more bonding time before Sarah, Lukas, and Lio headed back to Queens. We miss you guys!