It was a fantastic day. I’ll let the pics speak for themselves:
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The vast majority of this blog is dedicated to memorializing highlights in the family Jenkins — and specifically Father Jenkins (aka me). This St. Patrick’s Day, however, started as a bit of a low light. The family was all signed up to do the annual St. Patrick’s Day Dash — me in the real race, Reese and Finn in the Leprechaun Run. Unfortunately Finn had a rough evening before, which meant Rhonda had to stay home. No Rhonda meant no Reese because there would be no one to watch her while I ran.
So I still did the St. Patrick’s Day Dash.
The Seattle St. Patrick’s Day Dash is not an event one should do by ones self. I met up with Tom and Carrie at the Met Market to keep from being the race’s biggest loser, but they were small consolation to missing Reese and Finn.
Fortunately the day got better thereafter.
After I got home Reese and I ran a lap around Laurelhurst Park, a .44-mile track that served as her personal Lephrechaun Run. Then the family had brunch with Tom, Carrie, Tamir and Mo at Sand Point Country Club.
All and all not a bad day considering the start.
On Saturday the Jenkins fam ventured east to Easton and the sprawling Spratley estate for a weekend of tubing and family fun. Great fun. A few pics:
Last night Ronnie and I ventured out to the Showare Center in Kent to see the Pandora Love on Ice ice skating exhibition. Music performed by — yup — Barry Manilow.
Manilow impressed, big time. The 69-year old belted out iconic hit after iconic hit. I know it’s not cool for forty-three year old guys to like the dandy dude, but his body of work is impressive, and to be belting them out a year short of seventy — well, amazing.
The evening was marred, however, by the ice skating. Actually the ice skating by Nancy Kerrigan, one of the eight skaters in the Pandora show. Tonya Harding’s former nemesis fell twice during her only stint in the program, the only skater to bite the white. But then it got worse. The show was made for television, and as it turned out the show producers needed to get shots of Kerrigan nailing the jumps she missed. Easier said than done. Kerrigan came out after the show was officially over to nail the jumps for the TV production. But fell again. And again. And again. And again. And again. And again. In total I believe she fell five times (in addition to the earlier two) before she finally hit one.
It was, as you might imagine, tough to watch.
All in all, however, it was a fun evening out. Looking forward to the next one. Something tells me Nancy Kerrigan will retire before then.
This is an event on the rise.
In 2011 roughly fifty people took the plunge. In 2012 it was closer to 300. This year they were shooting for 1,000. Not sure if they got there but it was still a bundle of fun.
A few pics:
This morning the family Jenkins got an early Sunday morning start. Our destination was Green Lake and the occasion was the 2012 Green Lake Gobble Run — specifically, the 1/4 mile kiddie run. That’s right: the kids ran a race, I didn’t. I just decided I didn’t want to run this particular 5k.
I chose well.
It ended up pouring rain the entire time. To make matters worse we arrived like forty minutes early in anticipation of the crowds, which weren’t there.
The kids eventually ran their race and did spectacularly well. For Reese it was particularly special: a year ago she was all but too afraid to run the race.
What a difference a year makes.
Today the Jenkins fam ventured north to the Snohomish pumpkin patch. It was at least our third annual trip there although, remarkably and curiously, none of them made this space.
The most noteworthy part of this year’s edition were the crowds. They were considerable — very considerable as compared to past years. In fact, I’d say 2-3 times larger than in years past.
A few pics:
It wasn’t pretty, and we were down 13 heading into the fourth quarter, but the Seahawks beat Tom Brady and the Patriots 24-23 yesterday (box score) at Century Link Field — with Joel and I in attendance.
We’re 4-2 now. The playoffs look increasingly likely and my 11-5 prediction — very possible.
This afternoon Reese and I joined the Belle family and several of their closest friends for an afternoon out at the Sounders game. The occasion was Tommy Belle’s fifth birthday and the location was Suite 17 at Century Link Field — a pretty nice place to take in a game. It was both my and Reese’s first-ever professional soccer game — and it was a heck of a lot of fun.
A few pics: