Our Savior's love, shines like the sun with perfect light. As from above, it breaks through clouds of strife.

May 19, 2008

The Beach

We just had a GREAT vacation at the beach. We went to Topsail Island for the first time. Many people had recommended it, and we were not disappointed. I have never seen a beach this empty, meaning un-crowded. We went with our good friends, the Aagards and stayed in a little house right on the beach. Here is a photo I took from our deck... Clara and Greg throwing the football in the sand.

Clara thought it was really fun to go right up to the water, then lift up her legs just before it reached her. Sometimes she wasn't quick enough and the water got her, and she thought that was hilarious!
Here she is destroying sand castles.
Clara and Shaelyn had so much fun together. We really didn't pose this picture... they loved following each other around to do things together.

Hooray! We can't wait to go back in September!

May 11, 2008

Greg's Big Race

Triathlon Pop Quiz:

Q1- How much did Greg train?
a) 5 days/wk, 2 hours/day for 6 months
b)just enough to say he ran more during training than during the actual race
c) the same amount he trained before his marathon in 2000... 40 miles over a period of 4 weeks.

Answer- b, but only if you count the times he walked up and down the street with Clara

She made a cute spectator, don't you think?

Q2- Why does Greg participate in triathlons?
a) the endorphines are addictive
b) the cool T-shirts
c) free food at the end of the race
d) both b and c

Answer: d, (endorphins???... c'mon, they aren't THAT great.)

Q3- Greg's favorite part of the race was...

a) getting passed by a 10 year old girl during the swim

b) seeing Clara at every transition, holding a sign that said "Go Da-Da"

c) running/riding up the hills

Answer- b, of course

Q4- How long did it take Greg to swim 400meters, bike 20K, and run 5K?
a) 59 minutes and 43 seconds
b) around 1 hour and 42 minutes
c) the clock is still running... after the bike, he saw the Moe's Southwest Grill tent and got sidetracked by their nachos.

Answer... give us your best guess in the comments section.

Way to go, Greg!!!

April Showers

In April/May, we had 3 sets of visitors. We haven't always been this popular... we think it might have something to do with our sweet Clara.

First in April, Greg's Grandparents, Forest and Mary Jensen visited from Colorado. It was great to see them. We even conviced Greg's Grandad, who is a youthful 89, to do a yahoo to Clara(see video below).

Nicolle's brother, Luke, and his wife, Silvia visited from Vancouver, B.C. We had fun eating, talking, and playing with their dog, Spike.
Last, but not least, Greg's parents visited from Colorado. They helped fix up our treehouse, to make it safe for Clara- she has been having fun in it ever since.

Total miles traveled- 16,000. Don't we feel special???

May 2, 2008

The Reviews are In!

A review of some products I tried, recently.

We had a "baby shower" for one of my friends, recently. This is her 3rd baby, so we didn't want to do a traditional shower, but we wanted to celebrate with her and do something to help her out at the same time. This is what we came up with...

We all forgot our cameras... so this generic photo will have to give you the idea. We went to Super Suppers' beautiful kitchen to prepare meals for the mom-to-be. She went away with a freezer full of meals and we had a great time putting them together. I highly recommend it.

We got this Bissell Spot Bot to clean our upholstery. It's promotional material boasted some pretty great features, but all it was was a spray mechanism and a weak wet/dry vacuum. Luckily we were able to return it.