Wednesday, April 29, 2009

My Way

It’s official. I am now registered for my first ever triathlon!

The one I’ve chosen to participate in is My Way or the Tri Way on Saturday, July 25th down at the Aurora Reservoir. There is a 750 meter swim, 14 mile bike, and 3.5 mile run. Participants can compete in any mixture of the three events. They can do the standard triathlon of swim-bike-run, or they can mix it up in any order. There is also the option of doing only two events, doubling one (i.e. bike-run-bike or swim-bike-swim, etc.).

Me, I have chosen to do a reverse triathlon; run-bike-swim. I figured I’d do the hardest first and easiest last, so that when I’m dying, I can at least take it easy.

You see, I swam competitively for over ten years, so that’s my easiest event. Biking, I don’t think is going to too be much of a problem, I just have to work on distance. Running, well, I’m still working at it. I can currently jog for only 2 miles straight, so I’ve got a ways to go.

I get to start my training next week. It’s a twelve week program that has swimming, running, and biking twice a week, weight lifting once a week, calisthenics twice a week, and a brick (transition from one sport to another) once a week. Workouts vary in length, generally getting longer as time goes on. The first swims are 20 minutes long, later ones are 40 minutes. Runs start at 35 minutes, increasing only one of the days in the week and keeping the other at 35 minutes. The longest run is 60 minutes. Biking also only increases the time on one day in the week, starting at 45 minutes with the longest at 90 minutes. Oh, and supposedly I’ll need an extra hour of sleep every night.

Sound like fun? Wish me luck.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

I have Options!

I’ve decided to put Sierra in public school next year. I’d do the same with Bailey, only her birthday is two weeks after the district’s cut off, so they won’t let me. I’ll be putting her in the year after.

Why have I decided to do this? Well, I think it will be the best thing for my kids. They’ll get the social interaction that public school offers, make new friends, and have multiple teachers. It will give them a chance to get out of the house. They’ll have a lot of extra curriculars, which I won’t be able to give them, and I’ll get to have a full day to myself each week.

Oh, did I mention that they’re only going to be going to school one day a week?

That’s right. I’m still going to be homeschooling my kids. It’s just that now they get to go to school in a classroom setting one day a week with other homeschooling kids.

The Aurora Public School District here in Colorado offers this “Options” method of schooling so that parents can benefit from the tax money they pay and give kids those added experiences that they are often missing while homeschooling (ie, classroom settings, group activities, extracurriculars, and occasional homework). They have several locations in most of the larger cities throughout Colorado. Longmont is currently working on getting a second. Among us homeschoolers, it’s a very popular program.

Basically, once a week, my kids go to “school” for 7 hours; six one hour classes, ½ hour lunch, ½ hour recess. Kindergarten and first grade have a sort of fun/play/experiment day similar to an actual school setting, but focused more on the fun stuff. Once the kids reach 2nd grade, they get to start choosing their classes (with their parent’s help, of course). Some of the options for classes include dance, art, drama, choir, keyboard, cooking, computer skills, Spanish, science, history, math games, literature, etc.

As an added benefit to parents, they can check out popular homeschool curriculum for the year at no cost, grades k-3 get two free consumable workbooks of their choice, and juniors and seniors can get two college classes per semester paid for (as long as they pass, that is).

And all of this costs a measly $25 per student per year.

Who ever said you couldn’t have your cake and eat it too?

Friday, April 17, 2009

When it rains, it pours . . . or in our case, it blizzards

This spring had been an onslaught of one thing after another. First, I had to get some dental work done. On my way home, it was a blizzard, and I got stuck within blocks of my home. Then, I got a sinus infection. Once I acquired the prescription for that (after the blizzard finished), I came down with a head cold. Fun. The sinus infection and head cold combined got to be so bad that I couldn’t even breath through my nose, at all, even standing up during the middle of the day. Turns out, my allergies had decided to act up at the same time.

I took the allergy meds, and because I was able to rest A LOT, my head cold cleared up in a few days. It took longer for the sinus infection to clear up completely though, and before it had, I got yet another head cold.

Then it was time to go back to the dentist to have my wisdom teeth removed. Not fun. That knocked me out for another couple of days. Things were good enough by Easter that I could at least have chocolate, but nuts and jelly beans were out. Waah.

A few days ago, I was starting to feel good. Things were starting to go well. Then, Blake came down with a bad case of croup. And on top of that, we’re having another blizzard. Sometimes, life just sucks.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009


Well, we've had yet another surprise coming from across the street. Spring and the warmth brought out a new sight. Our mamma fox had babies. . . three of them, and they were out where we could see them enjoying the warm day. Here are some pictures and a short movie clip. Enjoy. (Sorry the video is so shaky.)