Sunday, June 27, 2010

1st Birthday Pics

Click on the above link and then enter KRISTIN FARNSWORTH as the password to see our pictures from Katie at Target.  We tried to stage the cake in the face think but little Aaron just isn't that interested in sugar yet!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Coming soon...

I need to get myself caught up on firsts... first time in the baby pool, first hair cut, first time at the lake, first time in a real pool....  Once I get my pics together there will be post for these so they can go in my book!

Aaron's 1st Birthday!

I can't believe he's 1 already!  Time just absolutly flies by.  We had a great party in our back yard with pizza, cake, and presents.  There were quite a few people that showed up to help us celebrate... I think there was close to 50 including all the kids.  Aaron did really well - I was worried he might be overwhelmed by all the people.  It was so stinkin hot out though!!!

Aaron got a ton of really neat things including bath toys, outside toys, a four wheeler, a homemade rocking horse, blocks, clothes, balls, a swing, and books.  He also got some money to add to his bank.  We had to do some re-arranging in the living room to make room for all of his stuff.  I took down the exersaucer since he doesn't play with it much anymore and I also moved a big bucket of toys to his room so he has stuff to play with in there too.

Here are some pics from the event.  I have so many more but these are the highlights.

My first birthday cake.  It tasted good but it totally crumbled! 

Aaron is so fortunate to have great grandparents in attendance.  Great Grandma and Grandpa Farnsworth came as well as Great Grandma Thies.
He wasn't sure about the cake...
All smiles.  He's a toddler now and he sure looks like it!

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Suprise Visit

I was so excited about the finish line that I left out a few things between my last post a few days ago and today's victory post.  While we were in Osage City we got a surprise visit from mom, dad, and Katie!!  Katie had her freshman orientation at K-State in Manhattan so they jogged over when it was finished and met up with us where we were camped out.  It was so cool to see them!  We didn't get any pics with them unfortunately but we were just finishing dinner and then getting ready for our nightly meeting.  Aaron was very happy to see Nanny and Papa and Aunt Katie.  I know they are dying to spend some time with him. : )  Looking forward to the lake this next weekend!

We Made it!!!!!!!

528 miles of pedaling and we're still alive!!!  What a rush.  Today was one of the more challenging days as we rode through stinging, chilly, rain.  We left Eudora after a great BAK provided breakfast from Chris Cakes this morning.  The ride was only about 30-ish miles so there was only going to be one sag stop.  It was raining so hard that we never even saw it.  We pulled over in a drive way and took shelter on someone's porch for a few minutes and then pressed foward.  It felt like we had been riding forever and I couldn't figure out why there wasn't a sag.  John said we hadn't been 15 miles yet and he kept saying it was probably just ahead.  Then someone said we were only 8 miles from Leavenworth!  The next thing I know we are passing the Leavenworth city limits sign!  Riding through town was exciting because I knew we were so close.  There were tons of hills to climb but I didn't care.  About 5 or 10 minutes later we were pulling into the river side parking lot singing, "take me to the river....drop me in the water...."  John's parents were right there waiting for us and as it continued to pour we happily walked our bikes down to the water and as is a BAK tradition, dipped our bikes in the river.  We made it!  I feel so accomplished and ready to take on another state.  We're thinking maybe the Katy Trail across Missouri....

We are both so very thankful for Ron and Teresa watching Aaron for us and Sagging.  Aaron had a great time hanging out with his grandparents.  It was also very cool to ride with Matt and Jaquelyn.  It made things seem more like a team thing.  We didn't always stay together but we always got to hang out at night and it was just nice to spend time with family.

Would we do it again?  You bet!  I might consider sagging for BAK in the future looks like they have a pretty good time too!

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Thursday, June 10, 2010

Hills, Hills, and more Hills!!!! Days 5-7

We finally have WiFi!!!!  Yay!!!  These last three days have been nothing but hills!! We started out with this hill that when later measured was 3.5 miles to the top!  It was crazy but we pedaled all the way!  There were people walking but not us!  Yesterday they were rolling hills - just one after another but we made it.

We are really pooped!!  Only a day and a half left to the end.  When we're riding it seems we've been doing this for a month but as I'm typing this it only feels like a few days.  

The towns across Kansas are AMAZING!  It is so neat to really experience small town USA.  We stopped for lunch in the small town of Hunter the other day and they shut down the streets to welcome us in and feed us grilled chicken sandwiches and potato salad.  Then we stayed in Osborne and they had all sorts of tents set up with stuff to eat and the people were so friendly.  The Adult Fellowship of Christian Athletes served us an excellent pancake breakfast from this cool spinning griddle.  We road through the town of Hope yesterday where they served us free homemade ice cream by the cup full.  It was awesome!!!  Then last night we felt like honored guests in the town of Herrington.  The people there were so friendly.  It look like Old Settlers Day when we rode in and even the Mayor was there to welcome us.  This is the best part of the trip - meeting people and EATING!!! : )

Today was the roughest ride yet.  I got hooked on this stuff called Gu - it's an energy booster and without it I would have many more break downs than I've already had. Yes, I've hit a few walls but I have climbed over them with the help of my wonderful hubby.  Couldn't have done it without him.

Total miles:  Just under 400

Uncle Greg and Becky surprised us at a sag stop in Talmage and then met up with us in Abeline for lunch.  It was so fun to see them!

Days 3 and 4

Falling behind on blogging – partly due to extreme exhaustion and partly due to lack of availability.  It’s been two days since my  last update.  Today we traveled 64 miles and yesterday was 66.   Yes – we’re still alive!  Just very tired!
You could sum up our travels in one word.  Adventurous with a capital A!  Yesterday we started our day in the rain for about 10 – 15 miles.  It actually wasn’t bad but sort of refreshing.  Today we road in the rain until 2 in the afternoon – not refreshing at all!!  We were freezing.  Who would have thought it would be cold in Western Kansas in June?
John and Matt are our go to guys.  Matt is the Mechanic  and John is the Medic.  They both look for people with fists up in the air to see if they can help.  Good thing we have Matt with us.  So far I have had 2 flats and problems with both front and back brakes and John has had a flat also.
When we ride we go in pairs – Matt and Jacquelyn ride in front of John and I.  The boys are very gentleman like and ride on the outside.  John has a mirror on his glasses and when he sees a car he yells, “car back” and we then go into single file.  Matt takes the front and John hangs back.  Then John yells “clear” and we resume pairs. It’s pretty fun.
We are pretty tired and ready to hit the sack now.  First the meeting then bed.  Got a ton of pics but can only choose a few to post.  We’ll put the rest on Facebook when we get back.
Total Miles: 205
This was the storm we rode through out of Hill City.  It was a little frightening.  We ended up waiting it out a few more min in the RV after they met back up with us 1 mile down the road.  I think Ron and Teresa were both happy that we came to our senses and asked them to pick us up so we could just sit and wait it out.  We still rode through the rain until 2pm that day.
These are the SAG Hags!  Every day they dress in different costumes and provide us with food and drink.  It's fun to see their different themes along the way.
This is a GIANT Cottonwood tree - 35 feet in diameter or something like that. 

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Bikes, Bikes, Everywhere Bikes!

Today marks the first full day although it was one of the shortest rides – 38 miles.  Somehow I managed to get to bed late again – midnight and woke a few times with Aaron so we were pretty slow moving this morning.  Our phones and GPS had adjusted to the Mountain time zone so it was actually an hour later even.  We finally hit the pavement around 10am and were part of about 30 riders holding up the rear!  We’ll do better tomorrow.
The ride was nice – weather is perfect!  We stopped in Brewster for a BAK provided lunch/brunch of biscuits and gravy, muffins, fruit, eggs, and juice.  I’ve never enjoyed food so much in my life.  We truly get to eat our way across Kansas!  Grandma, Granddad, and Aaron met us there and said hello as they passed on through to Colby.  Aaron had fun running errands to Wal-mart (and the campsite to dump our waste.)  We are so fortunate to have them with us to take care of Aaron and SAG (Safety and Gear) for us.

Life on the road is unlike anything I’ve ever experienced.  For one thing, there isn’t much modesty.  People go to the bathroom wherever they can and the showers were group old-school style at the last stop.  Good thing we have a camper!  Between the sunscreen, lip balm, bug spray, sweat and “Butt-r” I was one oiled up chick.  Me and the other 800 riders!  The other thing that I wasn’t expecting is the fact that we have pedaled much more than I thought we would.  I imagined we would coast on the other side of hills.  Nope.  The winds are too strong  so it’s impossible to coast.  In fact, the first time we actually coasted we were already 45 miles into it!  We’ve had to learn the lingo too.

 Here are some things we’ve picked up so far:
1.       Car  Back – Yelled from a rider signaling there’s a car coming so get over.
2.       At your six – I’m right behind you
3.       On your left – I’m about to pass you on your left
4.       Fist in the air – I’m hurt or my bike’s hurt – please help

I’m sure there are more we’ll learn as we go!  John earned the nick name – The Wall today as he blocked the wind ahead of us.  Haven’t figured out yet which is worse – uphill or head winds.  There was one point that we encountered both at the same time –that was fun!   Tomorrow’s ride is 66 miles to Hill City. (We ride more than that though as we go through towns and find places to eat or meet up.)

Total Miles: 62.22

Friday, June 4, 2010

BAK here we come!!!!!

And we're off!  Got the R.V. packed up last night and finally hit the pillow at 2:30am.  5:30 rolled around awfully fast but that's what adrenaline is for!  The trip to Goodland was fun and went by fairly quickly.  We slept on the bed, used the bathroom, washed our hands, made coffee and prepared lunch all on the road!!!!  R.V.  life is awesome! 

We rolled into Goodland around 3:00 excited and ready to ride.  The time zone here is Mountain but the BAK is staying on Central so the times that meetings and stuff start is a little tricky. 

After registration we hit the road and took along Terry Busch with us to the Colorado Border.  We got some excellent pictures and off we went!! 

More to come on Day 2!!!

Total Miles:  18