Sunday, September 26, 2010


today, 3/5 of my family participated in their first cyclocross race! dave, shane and layla all raced.

dave’s race was at 9:15, so we hauled our butts out of bed at a crazy hour and headed over to south seattle.

here’s dave getting ready to warm up in the rain.007010011

riders have to dismount and run up hills or over obstacles – carrying their bikes with them, then remount and ride on.013009012

just crossed the finish line. the race was 30 minutes long – 4 laps. dave placed 58 out of 63. not bad for a first race AND, more importantly, not last!016

the muddier you get, the better.017

next up, was shane’s race. for whatever reason, it took FOREVER for them to start this race. it was at least 15 minutes late starting… layla and micah entertained themselves by running around in the mud.


there he goes – red shirt.020021022023

shane had no trouble with the obstacles, even lugging his *heavy* non-road bike over… the kid on left, however…024034

all done, and nice and muddy too. he came in 13 out of 35 and was pretty jazzed about that. can’t remember how long the race was. maybe 20 minutes? it was 2 laps. I missed the end of the race because, since it started so late, it overlapped with layla’s race. I love having to be in two places at once!040

here is layla, lining up at the start. she’s only had her training wheels off since wednesday!027030

she had a little bit of trouble, since she’s not used to riding on the grass and around sharp turns, but still, pretty impressive for a new rider!032035039

it was definitely a lot of fun. I’m very proud of my riders!

Saturday, September 11, 2010

more soccer… not so many more pictures.


I totally forgot to take a single picture during shane’s game today! grrr! I don’t know what I was thinking. oh well, I have like 10 more opportunities…

it was a good game. they wound up winning 1-0. the weather was fabulous – considering that we’ve had really crappy, rainy weather lately. I really hate watching soccer in the rain… but it was warm enough to only need a sweatshirt. there were vending machines right behind our field, and micah entertained himself by trying to get them to give him a bottle of water. he even came and pick pocketed me… he was completely convinced that the penny he took out of my wallet was going to buy him that water! yet another thing I should have taken a picture of…

anyway, when the game was over, was when I remembered my camera, so we have pictures of this:


and this…002

if you blow up that bottom picture, you can actually see shane’s back. he’s #8.

awesome job, mom.

soccer… and then more soccer coming soon!

layla had her first soccer game on thursday. it was a success! there are 6 girls on her team, 5 of them are in her kindergarten class, and the 6th is in the all-day kindergarten. it’s fun for her, and for me, to get to know some of the kids and moms in a couple of different venues.

coach dave with the ‘diamonds’.092086100

because the other team was also in red, the girls had to wear pinnies. kinda lame for their first game. one was going to refuse to wear it, but mom stepped in with a firm ‘put it on’, and that solved that problem. then they all admired their neon green dresses.094101

the actual game-playing portion of it was rather amusing, as I expected it to be. the team is split between those who want to go after the ball and those who want to do somersaults… I’d call layla a daisy-picker, except that they play on a turf field… her first turn in the game, she spent most of the time high-fiving a teammate. she even put the ball in the wrong goal once! but hey, it’s a goal, right? gotta love U-6 soccer. she’s also convinced that she’s the fastest one on the team… uh. yeah.


poor micah, he has major little brother syndrome. thinks it’s terribly unfair that he doesn’t get to be on the field. he entertained himself by jumping over cones and playing around with another little brother on the sidelines.


and being cute.

shane’s first game is today (well, minus the tournament they played in august), so I’ll have to take some more pictures and do another soccer post… U-12 is just a tad different!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

first day of kindergarten

Do I actually need to write anything? The pictures pretty much say it all.


She had a great time and is definitely going back! Winking smile


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