July 20, 2011

Triathlon Debut

This last weekend we headed over to eastern Washington to visit my parents and participate in the Chelan Man Multi-sport event.  Kyle and I did the Sprint triathlon- my first one!

checking in our bikes the night before

Kyle and I had decided we wanted a goal to work towards together- something to help motivate us to work out in the midst of the busyness (and sometimes exhaustion) of life, and work, and kids, etc. etc.  If you're a parent you know what I mean.  Now, I'm a runner at heart and I feel pretty comfortable lacing up my shoes and heading down the sidewalk, but I couldn't really remember the last time I had gotten on a bike.  And for the last 7 years, swimming for me has consisted of playing with the kids in the pool with my sunglasses on.  But we fit in rides and swims and runs here and there and even got to go together a few times.  We definitely could have trained more but as a mom and dad of 3 I think we did pretty good. :-)  The kids were excited for our "race" too.  Isaiah reassured us that it was OK if we didn't win.  We started calling it an "event" after that.

getting marked the night before- our buddy Jocelyn was there too!

It felt so official getting marked with the Sharpe. That's our race number and our age.  It was kind of fun having the ages on there.  Then you could see how old the people were that were passing you.  I'm pretty sure someone I know had a 71 year old man pass him... but I won't name any names.

trying out our wetsuits at Omak Lake

I'm SO glad I had a wetsuit since Lake Chelan was a chilly 63 degrees.  After testing the wetsuit out the day before for the first time I was feeling pretty good about the swim.  That is until we went to pick up our packets the night before the race and I saw the buoys I was supposed to swim around and the choppy lake water...  My dream that night didn't help matters.  In my dream I was done with the triathlon and was walking to the minivan but I couldn't recall any part of the day.  I was looking through the pictures on my mom's camera but I couldn't remember anything about the race.  I asked my mom how I did on the swim and she gave me a sympathetic look, "It took you a really long time... I didn't think you were going to make it."  I didn't sleep much after that.  But Sunday morning the lake was calm and smooth.  Once I started swimming the nervousness melted away and everything went great.  It was a super fun day!

Kyle finishing the bike
Transition area
Realizing that my legs feel like lead
All smiles coming into the finish
Chelan Man... and Woman  :-)
our fan club
Way to go Joc!
We couldn't have done it without my parents, who hung out with the kiddos- Thanks Mom and Dad!!!

I'm happy to report my first triathlon was really fun.  I just may be hooked.  We had such a good time we are already scheming our next race.  Let us know if you want to join us!

July 14, 2011

Numbering gifts... counting blessings

I recently read a book called "One Thousand Gifts" by Ann Voskamp.  I loved it for many reasons- it touched on some things I've been mulling over in my heart; one being a desire to be fully present and see the joy in every moment, to not rush through the day and miss the gifts I've been given.  I found this book at the perfect time- right when the school year was ending and summer was starting and we were forced into mandatory rest.  When I was deciding that I'm tired of being in a hurry.  The years tick my so fast- I don't want to miss any of the precious moments life has to offer because I am forever rushing.  And I realized that I've believed the lie that the best of those precious moments only come when we are doing something creative, or fun, or "special."  Something intentional I have planned and done with my kids.  Not that I shouldn't be intentional or creative, but I want to drink in and see clearly the precious moments that come just living in the day to day; in the routines, in the quiet, in the loud and crazy, when I'm in the midst of cooking dinner or talking on the phone.  I want to see the gifts in those moments.  I don't want to miss the beauty that is right in front of my face.  I have always loved nature- majestic mountains, still quiet lakes, streams flowing through landscapes of green.  I am inspired and my soul is fed.  It's hard to miss the awesomeness of God when His creation is staring you in the face.  Praise and worship just naturally flow from my heart.  But what if I could see the beauty around me in that way at every moment, from any perspective of life- wherever I am and whatever I'm doing.  I want to learn to see in that way, that the fullness of heart would not be reserved for special occasions.

So I am taking Ann's challenge... to look for one thousand gifts that surround me and give thanks for them.  Because, listen to this fun quote...

Gratitude bestows reverence, allowing us to encounter everyday epiphanies, those transcendent moments of awe that change forever how we experience life and the world.   -Sarah Ban Breathnach

I'm excited!  My list is just beginning.  I have a long way to go but already it's changing the way I see.  Here are my June blessings:

1. the scent of a freshly cut lemon
2. pajama clad girl licking a beater beside me
3. tray of lemon cupcakes to share
4. late night chats in bed- just mom, dad, and Lizzy
5. pigtails on my sweet girl

6. pink tulips on the table, falling wherever they want
7. basil on my window sill
8. baking with little girls
9. thinking about the miracle of birth with teary eyes
10. loving friends kids like your own

11. spilled coffee missing my camera by inches
12. little boys saving the universe on an evening walk
13.  my backyard fragrant with lilacs
14. a planted seed peeking through the soil
15. hugs from my first born

16. the smell of freshly washed hair
17. trail running through the woods with my man
18. co-workers who become friends
19. first corn-on-the-cob of summer
20. pudgy little hands with bright pink polish

21. greeting strangers on the sidewalk
22. being able to run
23. slowing down- mandatory rest
24. doctors and answers
25. strong 7 year old braving a blood draw
26. juicy red watermelon
27. sharing garden spinach with neighbors
28. kisses from Lizzy- eskimo and butterfly
29. bedtime giggles
30. wispy thin bedhead hair

31. two year old commentary
32. Lizzy saying "tute" and stroking a newborns head
33. a dad who loves me
34. the dad Kyle is to our kids
35. Gluten free cake that tastes like the real thing
36. our kids surrounded by family
37. sunshine!
38. popsicles in the backyard
39. the first swim of summer
40. ruffled swimsuits

41. snuggling in a warm and cozy bed
42. hot shower after a run
43. the quiet of naptime
44. simple pleasures- throwing rocks in the Sound
45. dogs chasing splashes in the water

46. creamy coffee
47. staying connected with technology
48. cards in the mail
49. patient, sweet, soft 7 year old heart
50. backyard bug hunting with my baby

51. having the Helper when feeling helpless
52. playing board games and watching them win
53. fuzzy slippers
54. watching them sleep
55. a daddy who takes time to talk to our sons
56. anything that comes out of Lizzy's mouth
57. the smell of rain
58. family juggling fest
59. peaceful evenings in the backyard
60. summer mornings
61. hearing birds sing out the screen door
62. learning a new skill at work
63. wonderful friends who watch my kids
64. my niece belly laughing at the boys

More to come... thanks for sharing my journey

I know it's not Monday but maybe next time I do this kind of post it will be :)