Finally it was time to run. I wasn't really supposed to be running with her, so I tried to stay on the sidelines and jog along. About 20 seconds after the race started, however, Aspen's little legs stopped and she started to walk. (!) I had to assist. The next mile consisted of me encouraging Aspen to do little jogs to upcoming signs, and then walk in between. Afterwards I asked her how she liked the race. ".....I think next year Oakley should do it...." was all she said :( Next time I'll prepare her better, and maybe do a fall/spring race when the weather is cooler!
One night Aspen came crying in our room. She hadn't fallen asleep yet and couldn't find Azland anywhere. She started to sob that she wouldn't be able to go to sleep if she didn't have him protecting her. "You'll be fine...." I said. But Eric got up and searched and searched for Roo's lion. I joined him, and after 15 minutes we still hadn't found him. Finally we looked in Oakley's closet and hiding under a box was Aspen's precious protector. Oakley got a talking to the next morning!
I just have to add that having a large stuffed lion around the house can be alarming, especially in the evenings. Several times Eric and I will walk into Aspen's room at night to tuck her in and be startled by a looming hairy figure on the bed!
The kids at the park with Brandi's kids, Bailey and Ryker. Though you can't see Oaks and Ryker so well.....
There's a hike in Boise called Table Rock. I've never hiked it before, but one night when Eric and I were out on a date we had some extra time after dinner and drove up to the top. I really didn't know much about Table Rock; just that people hike it all the time. Well when we got to the top I was amazed! It was so beautiful!! I'd lived here for seven years and never seen it! Now I know what all the fuss is about.