First, let me say that I hope you are having the time of your life out there in Orange Beach, AL with those other 1,999 high schoolers.
Second, you should know that your frog care request and instructions are being followed to a T. Well almost. The frog is still alive and being fed, but I may have gotten his scheduled feeding times all off. Since he isn't dead yet, I can only guess I must be doing something right.
Third, your dog misses you!
And now, I have to get to the point of this letter. You should know that all the work you do around here to help me out is VERY MUCH APPRECIATED! Since you've been gone I have:
unloaded the dishwasher twice
taken the garbage out on garbage day and brought the garbage can back in at the end of the day
taken out the recycle bin on recycle day and rolled that sucker back in at the end of the day too
watered the yard
fed the dog
walked the dog
dusted the furniture
vacuumed the floors
cleaned up the after dinner dishes (although its pretty much limited to my cereal bowl for dinner)
It's gonna be a looooooong summer without you here! Please come home soon.
Saturday's events proved to be a blast! It was a field day for adults, complete with corn toss, tug of war, golf chipping, football toss, and so much more. I almost thought I was 12 years old again. And then my legs started aching and my energy level wained and all of the sudden I was reminded of my true age.
Meet some the team, friends! This pic was post 5K, so excuse the sweaty faces. It was a hot and humid morning. But, we had two people place in the top 3 of their gender, age divisions. Woot woot!
And even though the humidity almost choked me on this run and my running has been sporatic and less than ideal over the last couple of months, I ended up with a new PR. 27:57.2. It's not fast by any means, but by golly I did it!
After all of the morning fun with the 5K and skilled events, the serious competition began. Bring on the relays! Participating in the 4 x 400 relay had me a bundle of nerves already and then I saw my competition. This lovely athlete whose warm up lunges and thighs reminded me of Jackie Joiner and had me shaking in my running shoes.
But then someone said the nicest thing to me..."she's got nothing on you with your running skirt and pearl earrings." I decided to take my running skirt and pearl earrings out to the track and give it all I had and guess what?! Our team finished that relay in 5.00:19 and our friend up there, well...her team came up just short of our time at 5.06:64.
And the moral of the story is don't mess with girls in running skirts and pearl earrings!
Tomorrow kicks off Beach Retreat 2012!! Knocks my socks off that he is going as a Sophomore this year. Oh my, how time flys!
Want to know more about beach retreat, check out the Beach Retreat blog or watch the daily live broadcasts at 8pm at beachretreat.tv, including this video of reflections from last year.
Please keep these guys in your prayers over the course of this week. Not just the kids, but all those involved in organizing, serving, and ministering to these kids. Last year over 1800 kids were in attendance and they have surpassed that number of registrants this year. Orange Beach, AL will never be the same! But, neither will the lives of these kids.