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Reese Ties Her Shoes!

Actually it was “shoe” singular, not “shoes” plural, but one’s better than none.

Tied ShoesNot sure where she learned it, but I digress …


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The Mud Factor mud run wasn’t our only big event yesterday.  In the afternoon the kids and I hit Sand Point Country Club for our first-ever run on the big course.  Nine holes, to be exact.

Our post-round ussie.

A post-round ussie.


The kids did great.  The range is a bit of a challenge, but once on the family tees they seem to get it.   The etiquette breaches were to be expected, and I’d rather Finn not run in front of Reese while she hit (resulting in the former getting pegged in the foot), but all in all the day went quite well.

Reese declared golf her new favorite sport.

I sure hope so.

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Today the kids and I ran Mud Factor 2014 in Sammamish.  It was the kids’ first-ever mud run — and hopefully the first of many.

The run itself was a big disappointment and a far cry from what I’d seen on YouTube.  There were only about 4-5 obstacles on the course.  Worse, it was heavy on “run” — for some reason the 1/2 mile kids run was about 2 1/2 miles — and very light on the “mud.”

As in, except for one 20-f00t mud crawl at the end, there wasn’t any.

The course was so bad, in fact, that I didn’t even bother with the adult course, which we’d basically already done having been misdirected by course “organizers” to go one way when we should have gone another.

What made the morning memorable, however, was Reese.  Specifically, her overcoming of a fear.

On our first run through the course, Reese tried, froze and then refused to scale on of the ten-foot wall obstacles set up on the course:

Nt doing it

This miffed me a fair bit because I don’t want her life to be governed by her fears — and there was nothing reasonable to fear about a ten-foot wall that other five year olds were scaling with ease.

Despite my pleading


we moved on and finished the race.

I couldn’t get over the disappointment of skipping an obstacle, however, and so back to the wall we headed.

That’s when it got good.

With no one around, Reese suddenly found the courage to scale the wall:


Three more times up and over and she jumped her way down:


jumping 1




This enabled us to take a real finishers’ pic:


More importantly, it enabled Reese to spend the ride home knowing she’d overcome a fear.




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Today Reese passed her threes at the Laurelhurst Beach Club.

How she did it, and what happened after, was remarkable.

As for the actual swim – let’s just say I didn’t teach her about sighting.  And because she didn’t sight, she did some serious — and I mean serious — zigzagging in swimming across the roped off area three times.  One lifeguard estimated that she probably swam enough to pass her sevens.  I wouldn’t go that far, but she certainly covered a lot more water than required.


Then it really got interesting.

Now free to go anywhere at the LBC save the high dive, Reese headed to the medium platform with her friends Nellie and Gracie and me.   We went off it the first two times fine, but the third time — not so much.  Suffice it to say Nellie called me in, and forty-five minutes later, after much cajoling from me and the teenagers on the platform, we finally took our plunge.

I’m guessing it’ll be the last plunge she takes off the platform for quite a while.

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For our final day of vacation we headed north to Hermosa Beach for a day at the beach.  It’s a good thing, too: as it happens we got to LAX very early for our scheduled 7:55 pm flight.  Turns out it was rescheduled to 6:30.  Luckily we made it: a night sleeping in an airport would not have been good.

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Today the family ventured east to Snoqualmie Pass for the kids’ first-ever ski lessons.   Reese and Finn had private lessons with Snoqualmie-based BeyondSki.

The snow wasn’t good or plentiful, but the kids still had a great time.

We thought the kids would be on the magic carpet.  Not.

We thought the kids would be on the magic carpet. Not.


That's Reese with her instructor on the chair.

That’s Reese with her instructor on the chair.


Finn, too.

Finn, too.


Finn in gear.

Finn in gear.




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Reese’s First Goal

While I was busy earning Father of the Year points watching the Seahawks beat the Texans at the UVillage Ram, Reese was playing a soccer game at Eckstein field.  Not just playing but scoring her first-ever goal!



I’m seriously bummed I missed this.  Then again had a been there a bunch of six year olds would have seen a grown man cry.

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