We celebrated Thanksgiving with a Turkey Trot. The boys ran a 100 yd dash and a 1/4 mile kids fun run and then Sam decided to just up and run the entire 4 mile race with me. What a great running parter! Not even a complaint or a need to stop and walk once! He was so proud of himself and loved getting all of the cheers from the spectators on the side lines. But the following morning, he was a bit stiff and certainly less active.
We had a very low key birthday lunch for Mike after the marathon today. We had about 35 people (including the little people) come enjoy hamburgers at Bigz. Mike was so pleased and very relaxed and I have to say it took very little organization on my part and was a lot of fun for everyone.
Mike and I completed the half marathon this morning! It was less than ideal conditions, sunny and about 75 degrees by 9 AM! Mike was so nice to stick with me the entire race. And I was glad that I was able to finish despite a poor training effort (just decided to run about 1 month ago) and a torn meniscus on the left knee (my good one). But the knees felt fine, it was just the 3 lb t-shirt due to sweat accumulation by the end of the race. We ran a bit with my friends, Lisa and Rachel, but really finished the race with my friend, Jen. Not sure I am rushing to do that again, but I am looking forward to being a spectator to Mike's Austin Marathon run in February.
I took Tyler and Sam out for breakfast the other morning, well I took Sam and Batman, and then they enjoyed some time at HEB, Batman was a big hit! Here are Tyler's good buddies from school, Zachary is on the right and Roger is on the left.
Here is Sam standing next to Ian (in the green shirt) and Sophia (in the striped shirt), two of his good friends from his class. He was playing tag with them during the party and all I could here was "Ven aqui" and "Muy Rapido" as Sam and Tyler ran around the playground!
Now that Sam (a.k.a Samuel, pronounced in Spanish, Sam-Well) is in a Spanish immersion program, he is beginning to speak only Spanish with his Spanish speaking friends. He was invited to a 6th birthday party and spoke Spanish the entire time, with Tyler trying to do the same. They fit right into the pinata breaking, even singing the traditional Spanish pinata song.
Tyler decided to be a blue, friendly monster and Sam was Ironman. And everyone stayed up too late (I even allowed it!) and ate too much candy (which Mike allowed!). They had a great time, I think the most fun was giving out candy to all of our neighbors. Onto next year's costumes....
Sam had his friend, Owen, sleep over the other night. We have had 'sleepovers' before but it was when the friend's parents were travelling from a distance and came in to visit, so not a "REAL" sleepover, as Sam told me. Here are the boys, all wearing their Yarmulkas (at Owen's request), after a delicious shabbat meal.
i n n Well, guess who got roped into coaching again. To be fair, I actually volunteered to coach the team, but Sam was a bit reluctant to have a "girl coach". Since Mike has never played the actual sport before and since I was a Newton Tigers soccer star, prior to my high school and college field hockey career, I probably would have been a good choice. But no, Mike won out and he is now seriously the best coach out on the field. He puts so much time and effort into planning each practice and really takes pride in what he is doing. And Sam is thriving and loving being with his Papa.
The four of us took a little day trip up to Austin last week and enjoyed some kayaking on Town Lake where we saw fish and lots of turtles sunning on a nearby rock. We then went to the Austin Nature and Science Center where we saw lots of animals indigenous to Texas, which of course, included REPTILES! Just can't seem to get away from them!