{gratitude lately}

Lately I’ve been grateful for small hands holding old cameras.

And for the old-fashioned fun of waiting for “instant” film to develop.

For $6 goodwill dresses, and a sewing machine to re-fashion them.

For new backsplashes.

And for hot summer hikes.

Hope you’re enjoying summer, friends! I’ve been really our film cameras lately, how have you been capturing your summer memories? 

Braves Country 5k

For our June 5k, we completed the Braves Country 5k – the first race in the new Suntrust Stadium & the first we’ve completed since March as a full team of four! It was HOT, and not without hills, and did I mention hot?

Here is a snapshot of the Strava map when we were halfway through. At the end of the race we looped back and INTO Suntrust Park to run around the outskirts of the field.


Running bibs also included tickets to that evening’s baseball game, which the Braves lost terribly, but let’s be honest… we were mostly there for the ballpark food anyway. “Go Braves! Now where did they say those tacos were located?” 

This is a “serious” run in terms of attendees. There’s an abundance of trained track athletes, and high mileage runners [read: “faster than us” runners]. Many of the participants are aiming for the Peachtree Road Race, and run this race as a qualifier. We made good time, and kept a decent pace, especially considering this is the HOTTEST run we’ve completed yet! This makes #8 for me and Carol Anne. To see some of our runs over the past year check out this one, and this one, or (our favorite so far!) this one.

Go Braves! And happy summer, friends! Have you had a hotdog yet?!

5K Foam Fest: 2017

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Josh, Carol Anne and I recently completed the 5k Foam Fest at Lake Lanier in Georgia. Scott had to sit this one out to recover from a muscle injury, so this race was all about the sibling teamwork! Or sibling competition, as the case may have been at certain obstacles…

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The highlight of this 5k are the 22 obstacles that include “foam”, mud pits, rope obstacles, slippery slides, and wading in Lake Lanier. We went from bubbly, to muddy, to wet, and back again several times; and loved the whole thing!

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I highly recommend buying some CHEAP running shoes (we found ~$10 pairs at Wal-mart) because getting the mud and foam out of the shoes is IMPOSSIBLE. It’s best to plan to ditch those shoes in the trash as soon as the race is over. Carol Anne and I also chose light-weight “quick-dry” running shirts.

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This is NOT the race to try for a PR, because the terrain is quite uneven and rocky, and portions of the course are more like hiking than running. But if you’re looking for a fun messy time with great obstacles? We definitely recommend the 5k Foam Fest as a family event, or a team building activity.  All 3 of us plan to sign up again next year! 

{gratitude lately}

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Lately I’ve been grateful for birthday girls.

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And for pink birthday cupcakes with sprinkles.

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For family photos.

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And plaid shirts.

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And I’ve been grateful for the Dad of this crew & his trademark mustache. He makes Father’s Day worth celebrating.

{Spring is Coming: Bee Install Day}

March 2017, we install my Dad’s first bee colony into his new Top Bar hive.

Note that the queen-box strap had become detached during transport, resulting in the need to scoop the queen-box out of the package by hand.

“Hear the voices, they are humming, change is coming to all… Spring is coming home.” – The Gospel Whiskey Runners

Blessings on your beekeeping, may the rewards be sweet.

St. Patty’s 5k

Just a rainbow and her pot of gold, up early for a Saturday morning 5k race.

 


The 2017 St. Patrick’s pre-parade 5k was a great run through midtown Atlanta and Piedmont Park, with plenty of lucky runners & a few unusual characters.

Gumby might have even beaten us across the finish line… but we’d never admit to that.



After the race we enjoyed locally-brewed beer & Meatballerz foodtruck fare.

Then it was time for the parade!

The fighting 501st was in attendance…

along with this llama.

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And some pirates, of course.

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Kisses from an Irish Wolfhound – such a beautiful dog.

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It was a fun parade and a race we’d definitely do again.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day, friends!

Pine Mountain 

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Lately I’ve been grateful for new trails, sturdy hiking boots, and Saturday afternoon family time.

I’m also grateful for 35mm film in an old green Holga, and the fun of teaching analog skills to kids in this digital age. Neither G-man nor Bella had ever used a 35mm camera. The trickiest part was learning to “wind” the film to prep for the next shot. They both had a hard time remembering this step, so I’m looking forward to some “artful” double-exposed images!

Happy March, friends. Have you been hiking lately?

 

 

Johnnyswim

Oh wow, I love them. Are you listening to Johnnyswim in your car on a weekly basis? Because I am, and have zero regrets about it.  Inspiration found at 9:25.

“All your curses will surrender, every damning word will kneel. They’re just mountains, mountains we’re ’bout to turn into fields.” – Johnnyswim, ‘Diamonds’