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Easter Sunday and a few other things

Sunday, April 20, 2014

A busy weekend and a busy day today. Things are mostly winding down, glad to finally get a chance to sit and relax. The kids were up early and very excited about Easter and their Easter baskets. We had small baskets with books, puzzles, some knit hats from grandma, and some candy (of course). In the morning, I finished up prepping for our Easter dinner and my DW tried to finish cleaning up the house. (with the kids amped up, it was a bit like trying to brush your teeth while eating oreos...)

We went to our local service to celebrate Easter, I love some of the old, classic Easter hymns. How can you beat "Jesus Christ is risen today"? We brought Ryan, one of our cadets, with us to the service too. On the way back from church, we stopped at "trophy point", a scenic spot on West Point, overlooking the Hudson River, for a few family photos.

Here is a picture with the whole family.

Here is one of just the kiddos.

Here they are by the "Great Chain" which was once strung across the Hudson to keep British ships from controlling the Hudson River.

Here is DS2 by one of the captured cannons.

We picked up our cadets later in the afternoon, about three and brought them home. We did an Easter egg hunt in our back yard with them. My DW had filled the plastic eggs with candy and parts from small lego sets. The boys had to find the blue and green eggs, DD1 had to find red and orange eggs, and DD2 had to find yellow eggs. DS2 found the white ones (though at two, he was more about finding the candy and less about following directions or lego parts). Then the three cadets helped the big kids put together their lego creations. My DW got chocolate rabbits to send home with the cadets as prizes. Here are a few photos of them helping build the legos.

After the egg hunt and the legos, it was dinner time. I made a maple glazed ham and served it with scalloped potatoes, carrots, shredded Brussels sprouts and rolls. We finished it off with a chocolate glazed chocolate tart (a bit decadent and rich, but it is delicious and nice to make now and then).

The cadets are freshmen (plebes) and don't get out of the barracks too much. I think that they like coming over and relaxing a bit. My DW and I were talking about whether we try to get more cadets this summer. She brought it up at dinner and I think that they thought she meant to get new cadets to replace them (they looked a bit mortified until she explained that we wanted to keep them and add more, not to replace them).

The only bummer was that our kids seem to be on the sick cycle. Last week it was DS1 with strep throat and 104 deg temp. Today it hit DD2 with strep/ear infection type symptoms. Poor girl, she just got over pneumonia 3 weeks ago! DW dropped the cadets off at their barracks and then took DD2 to the ER to get checked out. Negative on strep, getting evaluated for other things.

Here is one of our little bunny, a bit too pooped to party.

It has been a while since I blogged. A few weeks ago, West Point held a half marathon and a kids fun run. I haven't been training enough to do a HM, perhaps next year, but I thought it would be fun for the kids to do the kids fun run. I signed the three biggest up for the fun run, though DD2 dropped out when she had her bought of pneumonia. For the big kids, it ended up being a 1/2 mile loop around the pond, finishing at the football stadium. Here are DD1 and DS2 after their run:

DD2 and DW stayed home and cheered the HM runners as they ran past our house:

With the better weather, I have been running more again. Over the winter, I gained a few lbs back, spending much of the winter in the 185-190 range (my maintenance range is 180-185). Nothing to panic about, but with spring it was time to get things back under control. Happy to report 5 weigh ins this month under 185 so far. Will probably bounce above and below a bit more, but things are moving in the right direction.

One of the other fun things about being at the academy is working with some of the cadet clubs. A good friend of mine is the "officer rep" (or OR) for the water polo club. They had a tournament in Cleveland last weekend that he was going to have to cancel because they didn't have an OR for the trip to chaperone them. Since my in-laws are in the Cleveland area, I volunteered to go and brought the family along for a brief weekend visit to their grandparents. The tournament was an open, not an NCAA tournament, so there were no restrictions on who could play. I played a bit in high school and IM in college, and am in decent shape, so I went to one of their practices the week prior to get to meet the team and then was able to play in the tournament too. I am clearly not in the kind of shape that I could keep up with them, but I held my own and didn't embarrass myself. I think that the cadets thought it was a hoot that I played with them. They kept trying to get me the ball and I was able to take few shots but didn't have any goals. I did get a few blocked shots though. A few asked me when was the last time I played. I think it was back in 1995 or so, about when some of them were still in diapers!

I am still training for a HM relay trail run coming up on 4 May. There is a 5k/10k the next weekend that I may do. Then a 5 mile obstacle race in July, a sprint triathlon in Aug, and a hilly 10k at the end of Aug to round out the summer race season.

Hope everyone has had a blessed Easter! Keep strong and keep on pace with your fitness and health goals!
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    Your kids are darling- great pictures! I'm sorry they haven't all been feeling well; hope they're better now. The cold and ear infection thing has definitely been going around. Glad you all had a nice Easter and have been enjoying some fun family outings.
    1477 days ago
    Sounds like you had a great Easter! What a really cool idea with the legos and color coded eggs!
    1488 days ago
    I had to laugh at the Easter pictures of your children. Brought me right back to pictures when I was a kid. It was always cold and the sun always seemed to be in my eyes!

    The cadets must enjoy having you around. You sound like you try to meet them where they are at and show them respect. That kind of good karma comes back around.
    1490 days ago
    Thanks for catchin is up. What a great family and beautiful spirit you all have! I look forward to reading about your summer accomplishments!

    I hope everyone is feeling better today!
    1490 days ago
    Great update - thanks for sharing! Sounds like you've started this spring out with lots of awesome momentum:)

    Hope the family gets over the sick bugs soon.

    1490 days ago
    You have a beautiful family. I hope your daughter gets well real soon!
    Good luck in all your upcoming races!!
    1491 days ago
    Good to see things are going so well for you and your family! Enjoy!
    1491 days ago
    Looks like you've got a bunch of cuties in your household!
    Great pictures! Thanks for sharing!

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    I enjoyed seeing all of the pictures. It sounds like all of you had a great day. Thanks for sharing!
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