Yesterday Chad ran his 1/2 marathon (13.1 miles). Yikes. In 2:14. This is right after he came through the finish line. The kids were excited to see Dad and congratulate him. Colin asked how old you have to be to run one. He tells me he'd like to do one when he's a teenager. It was inspiring, standing at the finish line and watching the runners come in. You saw those who came in just under 2 hours, who probably had that 'time to beat' on their minds for months. We saw a wheelchair marathoner come in just after 2 hours--incredible. Families, husband/wife teams, younger, older. It was terrific to watch.
Tonight we had Mom and Dad Barnett, Amber, and my mom over for dinner (Dad's in Texas visiting Chris). It was such a beautiful day. Must've been 80-something degrees. Barbecued bratwurst, homemade french fries, corn on the cob (or, as Ella might accidentally call it 'corn-on-the-dog'). Nice to visit. The kids love to spend time with their grandparents and any aunts and uncles they can get!
On a side note, my friend, Laynie, who's been profoundly deaf since birth, recently had a cochlear implant. It's been incredible following her journey into the world of the hearing. She talks about the new discoveries she makes on her blog: http://laynieslittleleaps.blogspot.com You can see video of her doing listening therapy as well. It's hard to imagine what it would be like going from hearing next to nothing to the toilet flushing, your cereal 'talking' to you in the morning, yourself chewing, a page turning, etc. The science is amazing.