Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Monday, August 19, 2013
1. Country girls had an advantage-- the track was mostly gravel with pot holes here and there. I was thinking; Huh. Just like home.
2. We have got to get ourselves some tutus. Boys. Girls. Babies. Everyone had tutus.
3. Apparently it's possible to run 5k in flip flops. . .
4. Don't smile while running through a Color station. Blue teeth ain't pretty.
5. Nix the tutus. Thirty year-olds shouldn't wear tutus.
6. Hats probably saved us hours worth of showering.
7. Passing on the left is a concept no one adheres to. It's more like dodge, duck n' weave.
8. This was a run for people who don't take themselves too seriously. In other words, it was a perfect place for the likes of us.
Monday, August 12, 2013
Rather than having a birthDAY to look forward to, I usually get to celebrate my birthWEEK. A family party, a Lantern Party, and then the day itself. I have it good. Here is a collection of photos from the whole week of fun and tastiness.
Stunning birthday roses from Mom and Dad Van Dyk.
August birthday-bash for Amanda, Ewan and I. Grilled gourmet sandwiches and a few cakes to choose from!
Lots and lots of kayaking.
A very fiery Lantern Party. First came the Creme Brules and girls wielding torches. Then came the heart-stopping release of the much anticipated sky lantern-- which proceeded to travel sideways, not up, at our forest with alarming speed. We watched in horror as it skimmed the top of a pine tree by a hand's-breadth. Only to blaze onwards and upwards in a ball of fire towards the Carp airport. Note, lantern instructions #1, as translated from the Chinese:
Should choose at the option open, calm environment released for flight. the tall building the floor, and so on have covers under the thing to release for flight, must leave outside the airport 10 kilometers from flying.
My birthDAY was spent in pampered luxury at the home of dear ones in Wakefield. Little dancers, amazing food and lots of giggles. Curled up under blankets watching the night sky for falling fire.