Saturday, June 7, 2014

Sweet Sweet Summertime

Just a quickie.....It has been busy around here. Lidia and Sawyer finished school with a bang. They both received academic awards and I am so, so proud of them. It has been a big year for Lidia and Sawyer. Remember, they moved to the upstate last summer. It was a hard transition for them and me! The beginning of the school year was tough, especially for Lidia, as they tried to find their place in a new school. But, I am happy to say that they have done very well and have an extremely great support system in their new home and school. Emily has done an awesome job at finding ways for them to adjust. And I have to give a BIG, BIG thank you to our friend, Patti. If it were not for her, I would have figured out a way to bring my babies back home to stay. I can see Lidia and Sawyer flourishing now. I am so relieved. And I am so excited that they are spending a major portion of their summer vacation with Cliff and me at the beach.

My running has taken a slight back seat, but I must, must, must get back on track this week.

Cliff is volunteering at the Hell Hole Hundred trail run this weekend. He is following the runners on his mountain bike, circling them to make sure everyone is OK, taking videos and loving it. He sent me a text that he wants to run it really BAD. The trail is the Jericho Trail that I've written about before. You can read about that experience in my post called Wild Hogs and My First DNS.

So the following are some photos of life on LaLa Lane for the past few weeks. I'm certainly looking forward to some major adventures this summer. And I can't wait to tell you about them.

Sawyer - End of First Grade....Received the Math, Spelling and Writing Awards.
And he was one of the best readers in his class.
Lidia - End of Fourth Grade....Received the Honor Roll Award for the year and the Reading Award.
So, so proud of our little smarty pants.

Celebrating the end of school with breakfast at Cracker Barrel.

Same celebratory breakfast.
Lidia and Sawyer's Tae Kwon Do test for their orange belt.
The shorty is Sawyer immediately after breaking his board into 3 pieces. Look at his instructor's expression after watching him break it. Lidia is to his right. Both Lidia and Sawyer earned their orange belt that day.

Lidia trying to sneak up on some baby ducks at Lakewood.

Sawyer is climbing trees.
Beach time. It's a little bright for Sawyer. He can barely hold his eyes open.

Hammock Time.

And finally, the video Cliff took today as he followed the runners of the Hell Hole Hundred.
Hope everyone is having a sweet, sweet beginning to their summertime.
Talk soon,



  1. I am so jealous of all of my blog friends who have grands. I keep hoping I get a couple before I am too old to pick them up!

    1. Oh my gosh, I hope you do too. They are so much fun! Good to hear from you. Hope you having a nice late spring, early summer.

  2. Enjoy your summer. Your grandchildren are lucky.

  3. I, too, am very glad that summer vacation has arrived. It has been one hectic year. Angela went back to work the last couple of weeks of the school year. I think I told you she had taken leave to stay home with her husband and care for him. I went to their house every day so she could rest easy at work, knowing I was there to help him out. The kids have had a really rough year being shuffled around and some of the grades have suffered but, thankfully, all passed and there were a few awards, as well.

    I'm so glad that Lidia and Sawyer will get to spend some time with you and Cliff. What fun you all will be having. Our Sophie just turned 10 and finished up fourth grade. She is our oldest grand daughter and Jewel (the middle grand daughter) just finished first grade, so two of our grands are around the same ages. The pictures of your two are so adorable. You have a right to be proud of them.

    I enjoyed the photos and Cliff's video of the race, too!

    I wish you and yours the best summer ever!

    1. How is your son-in-law? I've prayed from him and the family from time to time. I'm glad to hear your grandkids are ending their school year well. That's neat that two of our grands are the same age. We can relate! Ha! Hope you and your family have a sweet summer. Talk soon!

  4. Those pics of the kids are so cute! Congrats to them for a good year in the new school. Our grandkiddos had to make the same adjustment and did well too. Enjoy the summer with them! I sure wish my knees would allow me to run again...heck to walk my old 4mi a day would be a blessing! Maybe someday! Have a good week!

    1. Thanks YaYa! I'm glad your grandkids made the adjustment well, too. Boy our mothering instincts can really be overwhelming at times, right? I just want them under my wings all the time, but I understand I have to let my daughter and the grandkids fly. And they are doing it so well, now. Have you ever tried jogging or running in a pool? Hope you have a great week, too.