Meet-up with Happy Elf Mom Christine
I had the pleasure of meeting the Happy Elf Mom, Christine, from Homeschool and Etc. at the Iowa Open! We compared notes and discovered we actually were both at the tournament last year, but had not met each other. Christine is a lovely lady with an awesome sense of humor.
Canoeing on the Iowa River
We've taken many trips canoeing different segments of the Iowa River. One time we went with the Johnsons and Hannah M.'s family; we had 6 canoes in the water! There have been several canoe and kayak capsizes on various trips, but I've been with my brother every time--and he's never capsized yet! So, I've stayed nice and dry!
July 4th, my family and I went to see fireworks in Iowa Falls over the Iowa River. I'd never seen fireworks up close before. Although I didn't like the music before the show, I did enjoy watching the fireworks and taking pictures.
Karen's Violin Recital
Karen Johnson is perhaps the most talented violinist I know! It was a delightful privilege to attend her violin recital.
Congrats to my parents and youngest sister on completing three 5Ks!
My youngest sister won her section all three times, and the most recent race, my parents won their age groups as well. This week I attempted to join them on one of their practice runs and learned that running/walking a 5K without any training is a nice, slow, painful way to die. I now appreciate their athletic skills even more.
Like the last couple years, my folks and I have been picking apples at the local orchard. See here for last year's tips on How to Pick Apples Like a Pro.
RAGBRAI, the largest bike-touring event in the world, went by just a few miles from my house on July 22nd. We rode our bikes out to watch, and after a few of the riders invited us to join in, we rode to and through Ackley, Iowa with them, and then back home (a 20-mile total ride for us).
"May you live all the days of your life." --Jonathan Swift