Friday’s workout: 4 miles 49:29
Saturday’s workout: rest
The weekends have been really busy for us lately. We have season passes to Happy Hollow park & zoo and the San Jose Children’s Museum but it’s been months since we’ve done a family trip to either one. Shane has a long weekend so we went up to Happy Hollow yesterday.
I can’t tell you how exciting it is for us that every time we go out with the kids it seems to be easier. For years, it was the opposite and we kept telling ourselves that it’ll only get easier from here. But it really got harder. Now it seems that things really are getting easier.
The kids were quiet for most of the ride up to San Jose. It’s about an hour for us. So Shane and I got a change to have a few conversations. This is a rare treat to be able to have a (mostly uninterrupted) conversation with my husband in the middle of the day.
Yesterday morning was the opening of reservations for Yosemite campgrounds from June 15-July 14. The kids will be in Tennessee with Shane’s sister for 2.5 weeks, so we want to hike up Half Dome while they are there. I didn’t get one of the nearby campgrounds but I did get one 45 minutes away. The closer ones sold out in less than a minute for the days I was looking for. So I’m really glad to have anything.
Anyway, we got to talking about how we need to train for the hike up Half Dome. It’s 14-16 miles and 4,800 ft. elevation gain. It’s a serious hike. My plan is to do at least one strenuous hike a month and of course my running will help. Shane doesn’t have a plan and goes to the gym about 2 times a month. We had this conversation…
Shane: I’m not sure what you’re thinking about the hike, but I just want you to know that I will start getting in shape. I don’t want you to be worried.
Me: I’m not worried. I figure the worst case scenario is that you won’t be in shape and we won’t be able to finish the hike. But if that happens I’ll likely be feeling good when we turn around and I’ll know that I’m in better shape than my husband and that will be a pretty cool feeling.
Oh boy. Then he went on and on about how there is no way that is going to happen and how he’s going to “crush me”. And I said…
Me: Bring it.
Shane: Oh, don’t worry. You’re going to be sorry.
Me: I can’t believe you’re so worked up about this. I know you’re competitive but you’ve never been competitive with me. I think you see me as competition! Because I’m in such good shape now! That is so awesome!
Shane: No. There’s no competition because I’m going to smoke you. (And then he goes on and on talking trash. I suspect it was the same sort of trash talk that guys do with each other that I’ve never been privy to.)
Me: Shall we turn this into a trail race? I can do that.
Shane: Ooohhhh! You are done. You’ve released the Kraken now!
I have to say that was one of my all-time favorite conversations. And I think he might actually train properly. I hope.
Ok, so we get to Happy Hollow park & zoo. They have some strange animal statures right before the entrance. This cow is eating dollars and pooping coins. And wearing high heels! I could not stop laughing. And Caleb set Eliza up for this picture. Of course. He said she’s milking the cow for money.
This one is so sad. Poor little runt 🙁
Most times this swing has a long line but they finally got a chance to all swing on it. This is happiness.
Eliza was doing such a great job keeping up with the big kids. Shane and I even got to sit down together on a bench! At the same time!
Well, for a minute. Then Shane had to rescue her.
We didn’t even need to push the stroller the entire time! Ana is also tall enough to ride the roller coaster without an adult so I got to take Charlotte at the same time as Caleb and Ana. We used to have to take turns with Charlotte and Ana while the other stayed with Eliza. Lots of juggling. Now less juggling!
Have you ever been camping at Yosemite? Ever hike Half Dome?
Are you competitive with your significant other?
If you have kids, are you in a phase where things are getting tougher or easier?