Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Between The Rainstorms

The weather today was ridiculously unpredictable.  One moment the sky's above were clear and the sun poked out.  The next, the sky's opened up and we all scrambled for shelter, waiting for the next sunny break.

But no rainstorm was going to interrupt our fun today at the Maze!  Dodging rainstorms was just part of the fun.  

It's so fun to see people just cut loose and act youthful.  Cindy and Julie went a little crazy on the race track.  Of course they were trying to out-do each other as usual.  Even at the expense of the young drivers who got in the crazy ladies way. 

 I think Cindy really just needs to prove that she can be faster than Julie at something, given her bum knee isn't helping her on the field or the trails right now:)  As competitive as Julie is, she wasn't going to let Cindy pass her by on the race track either!  

What a great place to pass by some time.  The Maze has so many things for the whole family to enjoy.  Even when the Corn isn't grown.  We are looking forward to our next visit and more great fun.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Tough Mudder Whistler 2013

I knew the day would be awesome.  There was no doubt in my mind that I would be doing something beyond normal.  But the craziness of the day was way more than I had dreamed.  Twenty-five thousand of us adrenaline junkies encountered more mud, water and cold than I thought could be possible for sure.

Many people think that it takes a person with something seriously wrong with them to pay money to take part in Tough Mudder.  To want to run through mud for a mile.  Crawl under barb wire.  Run 18 kilometres in the mountains.  Get Electrocuted, not just in one obstacle, but two.  Climb twelve-foot high walls.  Jump into mud from twenty feet up.  Slide down ice mountains.  Jump over fire.  Climb the Whistler 2010 Ski Jump. Just to name a few of the Twenty-eight fantastic and challenging obstacles.

My co-workers shared this opinion quite openly.  The whole idea didn't even interest them in the least.  (I personally think that they just don't have what it takes:).  

For our 11 year anniversary, I signed Jeremy up to our Tough Mudder Team.  He received an email from the event that told him he was enlisted.  I don't think he was ever truly happy until he ran the race with us.  Then I think I must have been thanked by him at least a half-dozen times during the Mudder how thankful he was that I enlisted him! 

 I was very proud of him too.  He held his own, even though some of his co-workers were placing bets that I would be dragging him to the end.  We were actually very happy to have him along so that Jeff had a helper throwing all us ladies up and over the Berlin walls:)

As a team we certainly made memories that will last a lifetime.  Kelly racing with a broken arm.  Mark picking his one pace and making his way through the race beginning to end keeping that pace.  Some of the faces once in the Arctic Enema and the quick escape.  The looks of fear when standing on the Walk The Plank obstacle.  The falling shorts.  The closed eyes when taking leaps of faith.  The drive in an 8 passenger van with a few extra people.  And... to top it off, sitting around a fire, enjoying cheers and beers.

Thank you all you Unsworth Mudders for such an awesome weekend!  Looking forward to the next one.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

The End Of Another Soccer Season

What another great season we had as Chicks That Kick.  I don't know too many teams that bond as well as we do.  We poured our hearts into the games, sometimes coming out ahead and sometimes behind.  But no matter what, we have fun.  'Cause that's what it's all about anyways, right?

Thank you to all my team-mates for being an important part of my life.  I have spent years getting to know you and appreciate all the times we have had while on the field as well as off the field.  We have made so many memories.  Scavenger hunts, sushi nights, wing nights, 'Cindy' parties and of course trail runs.  We accept one another for who we are. With all our strengths, flaws and vivacious personalities.

I enjoyed the privilege of being Team Captain.  I hope I was an encouragement to all. (I know I had a grumpy moment or two which is uncommon for me, so please forgive me:) But it was an honor for sure to play with you all. 

So, tonight was a night to raise money for Lilee-Jean and her family.  What an emotional and fun night it was.  The weather was perfect and there was excitement in the air as the two All-Star Teams took the field. 

Many different fund raising activities went on.  There were Jello Shooters, pop sales, Alcohol Trees, 50/50 draws and Scentsy Sales.  Team Yellow sold $80.00 worth of candy in 5 minutes flat!  Thanks to Kaitlin, Sydney and Cayden for being our great little salespeople. Next year we will double the amount. 

As Team Captain, I made an executive decision to donate our team equipment return $ to the fund for Lili-Jean.  This brought the total money raised by Team Yellow to $340.00.  (If you are unhappy with that decision, I will be happy to reimburse you your individual $20.00 if you message me).   The amount raised tonight according to Sue was over $1400.00 and this was given to Lilee-Jeans Nana Putt who came out to cheer on the players from the sideline.

Cheryl did a great job for Team Black. Thanks for representing our team in fine form!  Tracy, Roxy, Jen and I did our best to cheer her on.  The final score was 2-1 for Team White by the way.  It was a very well matched game from beginning to end.