"Let's be cheerful"! We have no more right to steal the brightness out of the day for our own family than we have to steal the purse of a stranger. Let us be as careful that our homes are furnished with pleasant & happy thoughts as we are that the rugs are the right color and texture & the furniture comfortable and beautiful"! Laura Ingalls Wilder

Monday, July 9, 2012

the fourth, in three part harmony

Part the first... the Splash and Dash.  Last year I posted about our annual fourth of July shin-dig but this year we've added something new to the traditions list.  The three musketeers entered as team number 29 to compete in this city's morning of the fourth tradition.  This dragged us out of the house earlier than usual and was a wonderful way to start a beautiful day.  First, Joey jumped into the pool at 8:45 to swim her laps. Next she slapped the team wristband on Erin's wrist and sent her on a 12 mile bike ride that took her through the canyon along the river and back to the other end of town.

Slap!  Wristband is now on Makenna's wrist for her 6 mile run...

She's back and this happy trio is ready for breakfast!  Yes, this was part 1 of a l-o-n-g harmonious day.  The other two parts to follow...

Blessings, Debbie, Joey, Erin and Makenna :)


  1. Wow, congrats to the girls! Sounds like you had a very full day indeed:@)

  2. It looks like a very exhausting, fun day!
    I've missed you and hope life is wonderful in you
    part of the world.

  3. Good for the girls! Hope they weren't too tuckered out to enjoy the rest of the day!

  4. Oh, that's wonderful! I can't wait to see the rest! Miss you!

  5. Wow! I would have had to be Erin in this trio. Can't swim or run for 6 miles, but I could ride my bike for 12 miles especially with a comfy seat like Erin has on hers. I hope they are making memories of a friendship that will last a lifetime.

  6. I love seeing your active family...reminds me of my bunch, mine are into cross fit and marathons...mom isn't! Looks like a wonderful beginning of a great day

  7. Way to go, team 29! Fabulous start to the day. Slightly envious of your open air swimming pool. Happy times!

  8. Such healthy kids! I think I would like to dash and then splash...but I see they each had their specialty to do for the race! Very nice teamwork..I bet it was fun.

    I hope your daughter gets some cool air come through for her camp. Being outdoors in the heat is when you really appreciate cold drinks. love,andrea

  9. What a great day his must have been for the girls. It makes me wish that I was young again instead of being aching all over every day. It's nice having traditions to look forward to every year.

    Thanks for your comment on my poor neglected blogg. Sorry that I haven't been around much. Haying season is here in full force, looking after the hired hands and cows are calving like crazy so I've been super busy and so tired by the end of the day that I fall asleep as soon as my head hits the pillow.

    I hope that the rain will come to refress everything.


  10. It looks like a really great day!!! Great pictures.

  11. Good for team 29. Way to go! Wish I could have a little piece of that energy.... Maa

  12. Wow! Way to go... to some very fit and active girls! Good for them! They are all beautiful. Your photos are just getting better and better. You are an amazing photographer!

    Blessings for a happy week to you!


  13. What a good idea and what a great team!


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