Mike did the Black Rock Bike Ride again this year and finished it well!!! John and JR also biked with Mike and the three of them have been practicing and biking for weeks now, in training for this one event!!!
Mike got picked up at 5:30 AM, Friday morning, and went with the other guys to the retreat to start their 125 mile ride!!! I had to chuckle that morning when I told the kids how far and hard this bike ride is. Ashlyn's eyes nearly popped out when she said, "My legs get tired from just biking to the motel and back!!!!" (Let's see ... I agree! That 1/4 mile makes my legs burn too!) Anyway, Mike was excited about doing this event again and was ready. He didn't have much training during his dad's cancer journey/funeral, but he picked up in mid July and did a great job!!!
Meanwhile, us ladies got the kids off to school and to their weekend babysitters!!! Suz, Lorene and I met our husbands down at the beach and spent the rest of the weekend with just us couples!!! We did get a call from John saying that his legs cramped up after 70 miles and needed to be picked up. It really was no problem because we only had to drive about 15 minutes back to get him. His legs cramped and his stomach was not well. He threw up twice after we picked him up but after some rest and liquids, he was OK. Mike and JR kept biking and finished the whole 125 miles!!! John ended up going to pick them up while us ladies sat in the sun on the beach!!! It was SO nice and warm!!! Thank you summer for coming back for a little while yet!!!
Friday afternoon we were able to get into the beach condo and it was perfect for us three couples!
All weekend long we had such a good time eating, laughing, drinking coffee, watching football, sitting on the beach soaking up the sun and licking ice cream cones!!! After a good dose of sunshine on Friday, we did some outlet shopping that evening and went to Blackwall Hitch for supper. Evenings back at the beach house were spent fussing and jabbing about life!
Little Kalena was along with John's! She did a good job and loved the beach!!!
Saturday was another full day of sunshine. It was hot and we were sweating on the beach. The water actually felt good to our feet and legs. I didn't go swimming in the ocean but Mike did. It was again so relaxing to sit on our beach chairs without having the little children touching me with sandy fingers! This time it was just Mike and I on the beach and even though we did miss our children, it was relaxing this time!!! That night, we went to The Cultured Pearl to eat outside. The food was so good! Walking the boardwalk and seeing some night life on the beach was fun but when we got back to the beach house, we again all sat and chatted about life. And about how swimming 1.2 miles without stopping really would be a hard thing to do!!! We all agreed but JR so we have our eyes open for whenever he wants to take on that challenge!!! :)))
Such a fun way to restock on all that vitamin A,B,C & LOVE!!!
We got to stop at The Fractured Prune again!!! And since I'm a lover of all things pumpkin, one of those warm pumpkin donuts was for me!!!
Sunday was again so gorgeous!!! Full sunshine! We grabbed some breakfast and then the ladies went to the beach for the third day in a row while the men watched the Eagles and Chiefs play football! Beachin it with these couples was a blast and thanks guys for the fun weekend!!!
We got home around 9:30 PM, Sunday night. After picking up Matt at Jeff and Joanna's we were finally back home with the other children!!! They all had a fun weekend with family and cousins and friends ... so a big THANK YOU to our sitters once again!!!