Monday, September 28, 2009

Sam and Jacob's Sprint Triathalon Sept. 19, 2009

Sam and Jacob did a Sprint Triathalon (Sam's first) at Lake Ming. It started at 8:30am and they did a 1/2 mile swim, a 12 mile bike and 3.5 mile run.
They are in the transition area before the race started.
Stretching out before the race (pretty studly:)
Jacob and Sam in their wet suits before the race getting their instructions (like the caps?)
Tara and Paige in the cheering section
Jacob finished the race in 1 hour 29 minutes and beat his goal, but overdid it and had to go to the hospital with heat stroke. He is fine now.
Sam right after the race was over cooling down. He finished the race in 1 hour 41 minutes.
Sam got third place in his age division! Yea Sam! The videos below are the start of the swim, Jacob finishing and Sam finishing. ( It's in reverse order)

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Saturday, September 19, 2009

Trip to Aunt Ordella's in Sparta, Wisconsin

I met up with my brother in Minneapolis, Minnesota for a trip down to Wisconsin to meet and visit with my Great Aunt Ordella (my grandpa's sister). The first place he took me was to the Mall of America, which he is pointing at, and it was Enormous!!!
When I got off the plane in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Greg took me to the Mall of America. Right in the middle of the mall is this huge amusement park. It also has four levels with 520 stores!
We entered Wisconsin just on the other side of the Mississippi River from Minnesota
Me, Ordella and Greg at her apartment in Sparta
Ordella in front of her old house in Sparta, WI
Greg, me, Aunt Ordella and her son, Kim
Me and Great Aunt Ordella (my grandfather's only living sibling (she'll be 94 in two weeks) I interviewed her about her life, and we had such a great time together, like we had known each other all of our lives!
We stayed two nights in LaCrosse, Wisconsin and we were right on the Mississippi River.
Greg's biggest thrill on this trip was to go to the Spam Museum....it was quite the place!
This is me at the Spam museum in Austin, MN:)
Found my great-grandparents' graves in Faribault, MN
Greg and I ate at the old train station/restaurant in Faribault, MN where my Grandpa grew up.
Found the park that was made where my grandfather grew up and worked at the mill that used to be there.
Greg and I found the mill pond where the King Mill was where our great-grandparents and grandfather lived and worked.
Gold Medal flour plant in Minneapolis, Minnesota (Gerg in foreground:)
My brother Greg and I at the airport before we went our separate ways.
Did a puzzle in the Denver airport on my five hour layover:) Thanks for the puzzle Aunt Ordella!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Shaver Lake Family Reunion August 2009 #2

Tara & Jacob's family in the cabin
Grandma Bulkeley & Sammy on the hike to the lake
Grandpa & Grandma Bulkeley:)
Brittany, Thad, Jacob, Paige and Andi on hike
Grandpa Sam and Sammy
Andi and Hannah
Andi, Savannah, Hannah & Uncle Thad
Jacob, Sammy, Nate, Kaylie, Savannah, Hannah & Andi w/their growing sponge animals.
Grandpa & Grandma Richards playing with Sammy
Sammy and Brittany at the lake
Jacob & Nate getting ready for the ride!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Shaver Lake Family Reunion August 2009


Grandpa Sam and Sammy
Hannah, Savannah, Kaylie and Nate
Jacob and Andi on the jet ski (she was scared at first, but then she wanted to go fast!)

Thad found an old dead fish and harrassed Andi with it (not Thad!)
Kaylie, Hannah, Tara, Andi, Paige and Savannah

Jacob reading to all the children
Sammy and Daddy Thad

Paige and Andi helping with the sand castle

Sam getting ready to ride with Grandpa Richards driving the jet ski!
Craft Day at the cabin

Savannah learned how to make beaded animals and was really good at it!
The kids had to go through the sunblock ritual each day before playing at the lake:)
Grandma and Grandpa at the lake watching everyone "play":)

Andi and Paige


Sammy and Brittany


Grandpa and Grandma Richards and Paige in the cabin

Tara and Paige on the jet ski. Tara was on the "pink" one all the time and had up to four kids on at once!

Tara on the rope swing

Sam and Thad at the lake (between jet ski trips:)

Savannah reading to Hannah and Nate

Grandpa Richards and Sammy

Paige and Andi coloring and Brittany in the background

Nighttime hair braiding with Tara and Hannah

The Krumm/McNeil clan getting ready to leave after a week at the cabin and the week before camping at Belnap at Camp Nelson.
The whole crew at the cabin at Shaver Lake