Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Riding Seattle to Portland

Two days. 204 miles. Ten thousand riders. Five friends. Seattle to Portland was an epic weekend!

The weather was perfect, the company was amazing, the route was gradual and beautiful, and chocolate milk, spaghetti, and meatballs never taste as good as when you have 114 miles of riding under your belt!


Day 1 - here we go!
"175 miles to go" wasn't exactly the most encouraging sign...

Day 1 of riding totaled 114 miles - a big day! A shower and sleeping bag have never felt so good.
Day 2 was a more manageable 92 miles - we were a little stiff, but still ready to hit the road at 7.
Tah dah! We arrive safe and sound in Portland!

STP was an amazing adventure. Well-supported, a beautiful and gradual route, and judging by our experience the weather must always be perfect for riding in the pacific northwest because we enjoyed dry-but-cloudy skies and temperatures in the 70s! ;)

Now to plan a family STP adventure... my kids are up for 200 miles a few years from now, right?

Monday, July 25, 2016

Lagoon Mini Vacation

This weekend we indulged in a two day mini vacation to Lagoon, a local amusement park that we hadn't visited in years. To make the trip extra-easy, we reserved a campsite in the surprisingly shady and very convenient Lagoon campground to take advantage of Lagoon's great bounce-back rates.

It was a great trip! We did every roller coaster and big ride in the park and nobody threw up - a good time was had by all.

Ben quickly realized that the people mover was the easiest way to hatch his Pokemon eggs
Ben was also very excited to find "Benz" bumper cars
We did every big roller coaster! From Cannibal with its 116-degree descent...
...to The Bat...
...to JetStar...
...and of course the Wild Mouse, Wicked, and Colossus. Oh, and Ben rode Rollercoaster (the old wooden coaster) 13 times!
The girls got the best of both worlds - they were tall enough for the big roller coasters and still little enough to get a thrill out of face painting and the carousel
It was a great little vacation! Glad we had time for Sunday afternoon naps because, shew!, we needed it after two action-packed days at Lagoon!

Sunday, July 24, 2016

WanYing and Sasha's Baptism

We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.

Sasha: Baptism means you have let Jesus into your heart and you want the world to know.

This is me and WanYing wearing our baptism shirts before we got baptized.


WanYing: The people are watching us doing baptism. Not just me and Sasha, other people are doing it, too. There were people from our church watching us and supporting us. About like 100 or 200 people came. About 40 people got baptized from our church at the Provo River. That's how many people got baptized!

Sasha: This is me when Pastor Scott was asking me if I wanted to let the world know that I let Jesus into my heart and I said, "yes!"

I felt nervous before I got baptized. I was a little scared to go under the water and go back up.

Sasha: After I got baptized I felt great! I let Jesus into my heart and I showed everybody that I let Jesus into my heart.

WanYing: I was sorta nervous, but it was gonna feel good to be baptized, to let the world know that I follow Jesus.

And nothing magical happens, it's just saying, "I follow Jesus."

WanYing: Afterward I feel cold but I let the world know that I follow Jesus.

WanYing: Annie's our church teacher and she teaches about God. And she was proud of me and my sister, Sasha.

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