Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Mind over Mud at the Swamp Romp!

Brandon and I did a 5 miler race called the Swamp Romp last Saturday. It was on the marine base in Kaneohe and the track was part of their basic training corse. Swamp romp for sure. We spent at least half of the run slopping through mud or wading waste deep through muddy, stinky water. Within minutues of crossing the start line we were covered in slime and flith. I haven't been that dirty since I was a kid - actually maybe never. We had a rockin good time sloshing and jumping, crawling over obstacle walls, strugglng in sand, and then dipping in the ocean.

At about mile 4 I had so much mud in my shoes that I felt like my toes were sitting in a mud and sand mold. It became easier to run in the water (to loosen the mud) than to run with club feet on hard ground. At one point I got a rock in my shoe - which scraped up and down my heal with each step.

Toes sore, muscles tried, stamina gone, we crossed the finish line arm and arm. At that point we welcomed the blast of the fire hose, un-duct-taped our shoes from our pants and walked a mile back to the car barefoot.

Can't wait to do it all again next year. Enjoy the pics!

Sunday, February 13, 2011


Making up for lost time. This was Halloween 2010. Yabadabadoo!


Aloha! We've officially been in Hawaii now for three and a half weeks. I've got my tan established:-). The kids love the beach. It's so nice not to be cooped up with them with tons of snow outside. We live 50 paces from a mostly deserted beach and it's wonderful. Even Kade is one happy camper in the sand. He loves to grab fistfuls of it and get a mouthful now and then. The amazing part is that he doesn't cry... it's as if he likes to eat it. Weird.

The first week Jack and Jaz were kinda spooked of the water. The waves are small at our beach, but it was definitely enough to get them screaming. It's amazing how quickly they feel comfortable. They like to swim with us and run in and out of the waves. Jack mostly picks up twigs or rocks or whatever and throws them into the waves. He wrecks the sand castles Brandon makes for them and enjoys digging. Jaz just wanders around. They like to jump in the waves. Kade likes the waves too. I hold his little hands and let the waves wash over his ankles and knees. He squeals with glee and jumps up and down. It's so dang cute.