Thursday, August 21, 2008

Olympic Dreams

We are an active family.





My twins are basketball and softball players and they love to wake board, surf, snowboard, ski and swim.











My son loves football, skateboarding, biking, swimming and motorcycles.












Alexis ... she's our little gymnast and swims like a little fish.











My husband loves to snow ski and will water ski and wake board. He loves to fish and hunt (sorry about the picture - eeeek!).







Me ...


I mow the grass.


I do like to swim, but I don't enjoy water skiing much anymore and I am not brave enough to give wake boarding a try.


I do love to snow ski.


That's it.


I work in my yard - A LOT - and that's the most exercise I really get.


Well ...


That and ...


Chasing after 4 kids and going up and down flights of stairs all day long.


So ...






Being the "athletic" family that we are - we have so enjoyed watching the Olympics!








Not because any of us has ever done swimming - competitively.

Not because any of us has ever done gymnastics - competitively.

Not because any of us has ever high-jumped, thrown a discus or played beach volleyball in skimpy swimsuits.


NOPE!


We've just loved watching all those fantastic athletes do their "thang" and we've been livin' our dreams through the games!


Well ...


Not me - really.


I've watched.
I've cheered.
I've even cried.


I have NEVER honestly dreamt of actually going to the Olympics.


Well ...


Maybe when I was 12 and 13 years old ...


And made a make-shift balance beam in my back yard in Virginia and me and my bff, Trish, would put on our leotards (HA!), climb up on that 2 x 4 piece of lumber we mounted between those stacked up cinder blocks - did a cartwheel and then splits - dismounted to the grassy ground, threw our arms over our heads, puffed out our flat chests and smiled BIG and waved like crazy to the ... CHEERING crowds ...


Maybe I had a dream ... once.


But ...


Not a REAL dream - you know.


Not like a REAL athlete.


Not like that woman that ran/won that marathon race (Constantina Tomescu-Dita) ...


When I saw that woman marathon runner ...




Did you see her?







Running ...
Running ...
Running ...
Running ...
Running ...
Running ...
Running ...


It was unbelievable to me.


Hard to watch.


IMPRESSIVE!


I turned to Courtney and said, "How does she run that fast for so long - HOW - HOW IS SHE DOING THAT?" totally astounded at her stamina - her energy - her abilities!


"She's not running as fast as it looks - she's pacing herself - she'll run faster at the end - really ... they are all sort of jogging, right now," Courtney was certain.


I looked across the room.


I smiled at my darling 16 year old daughter.


I said ...


"She has run for 15 or 16 miles ... right?"


"Yes," Courtney answered.


"She never slows down?" I ask.


"No," Courtney answers.


"Well ... she's jogging," I stand up from my chair, "As fast as ... I. CAN. RUN!" we giggle.


And then ...


I got up and went outside and ...


Mowed the grass.


On the upside ... I ran - and ran - and ran - and ran - and ran ... that lawn mower ... all over that yard (*hears loud roaring crowds applauding - CHEERS - WHISTLES - WAVING OF THE AMERICAN FLAG - SCREAMS ... then the mower hits a rock - snaps the 40-something year old Olympic-wanna-be-yard-mowing-mom ... back to suburban REALITY! sad sigh*)

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71 comments:

Leah said...

LOL!!!!!!!!!! I don't even mow the lawn! ha! And I have zero athletic ability to speak of. And no coordination as well. So it's definately watching from the sidelines for me!

Belle said...

oh mercy...I've got a deer (and turkey) hunter in my house too. He missed opening day last weekend when we moved Lorelai and is chomping at the bit to get into a stand this weekend.

Cheri @ Blog This Mom! said...

Someone needs to give you a gold medal for that lawn!!!

Sally said...

I did.

I saw her.

I was holding my breath.

I was wondering; how did she do that?

I saw that awesome woman waving that flag with one hand on the lawnmower!!!!!!!!!!

You're one of a kind, Kellan. I LOVE the first picture - now that's a worthy dream; a beautiful, happy family. ((HUGS))

Dawn said...

I love how the Olympics make people dream about "what if.." I think it would have been fun to have been a gymnast. I'm much too tall, but in my dreams...I'm spinning around those bars.

Steph said...

I am totally an Olympaholic - watching nonstop! But, I never harbored any Olympic dreams.

And, woohoo for Kellan the Olympic Mower!! ;-) (PS - I've been reading lately, just not posting many comments!)

One Scrappy Chicklet said...

Lol. I have not watched the Olympics as much this year as I normally do. Maybe some day mowing will become a sport and then we will compete.

Janice said...

Great post. Love the Olympics, i can't seem to get enough.

About the marathon runner.... I can run the distance, no problem, done it 7 times, but I can not and will never run at the pace these women run. I can't even imagine. Geesh....

Dad said...

Mowing the lawn will suffice. Ha Ha

joan said...

They should give out gold medals for mowing the grass. LOL Funny post. I love the photo of your family.

THopgood said...

LOL!

We've been glued to the tube too.

My boys swear they will be the next "Hamm" brothers.

All those athletes make it look so easy.

Amanda said...

This is such a great post! I agree, I love to watch the games! It just so amazing what those gifted athlets could do and what we can only wish to do. Good luck with the mowing!

tammy said...

Nothing wrong with dreams. Connor has been racing me in the pool and asking me if he's fast enough for the Olympics.

I mowed the lawn last night too, besides watching the Olympics. And I always cry, too.

Tanja said...

I am rofl with your post (on the upside, sidenote).

Any woman should get a gold medal for mowing the lawn!

Brenda said...

I loved this post! I enjoyed every bit of the Olympics I was able to see too, especially the gymnasts and the swimmers, they were all just awesome! My major exercise is when I'm trying to get up off the floor.

Rachel said...

You are so funny. I can see you running and having the flag hanging off the mower. You are seriously too much sometimes. LOL

Kelsey said...

LOL your too funny! Have you seen the sprinters? That is CRAZY!

Brenda said...

I came back to say Thank You! I feel so honored that you'd want to post something that I wrote on The Flip Side. Truly!

Amy said...

LOL! Now the riding lawn mower competition is something that I feel certain I could medal in.....That and the push mower competition....Maybe we could be training partners.....I'll help you mow your grass, if you'll help me mow mine.;)

Christy said...

Yeah that woman is fast! It takes me just as long to run HALF a marathon as it did for her to run the whole thing. Disgusting!

You should get a gold medal though for looking after 4 kids and getting them involved in all that stuff (makes me tired just thinking about it) and then mowing the lawn. I think you are my new hero :)

The Fritz Facts said...

I don't get the running...really. It does nothing for me. But the fact that people can do it, and do it well amazes me.

Tara said...

They are amazing, aren't they? All of them. I'm not very athletic but I admire the Olympians so much. And they are all so strong and healthy. Beautiful!

LaskiGal said...

The deer picture . . . last time I ever eat in front of the computer.

The marathoner. Wowza! Can you imagine how she felt entering into the stadium???

Oh, and I'm thinking lawn mowing would make a great addition to the games!

Elaine A. said...

I am in so much awe of all the athletes too, but especially that female marathon runner. I can barely run down the street. She's amazing!!

duchess said...

We, too have been enjoying the Olympics.
I'm proud to say that I think I could win a gold metal in the world renowned sport of.......
???
Nope, I got nothin'.

Angela said...

Little girl dreams are great.

dani said...

hey, kellan...
you know what really gets me is how easy they make it all look. i was watching the diving last night wondering how all those divers do all the fancy stuff, and i cannot even get my bottom over my head to do a plain old dive... it's ALL amazing!!!
love,
dani
ps, i used to throw my flat chest forward and sway my back while waving to my imaginary fans and imagining cheers of U-S-A, too:D

Jennifer said...

i mow the lawn and thats as athletic as it gets.. i live in ak dont like being in the cold.

Joanna said...

And the crowd goes wild for the best time in lawn mowing! The chants of Kellan, Kellan are just getting louder and she takes another lap.
Huh? What? Just dreaming with ya. It's been awesome to watch.

Kathy and Carl said...

That's too funny. I'll think of you the next time I mow the lawn; maybe I'll dig up Joel's medal from preschool and wear that around my neck. You know, for olympic spirit!

Amanda said...

I ALWAYS wanted to try riding on one of those mowers ! It must be fun.

Natalie said...

I too am astounded by the Olympians...AMAZING athletes! I'm not terribly athletic. I'm more of a wannabe. I did run a half marathon once...back in the day before babies. Maybe someday I'll run a marathon like Constantina, but I'll never be that fast, or even half that fast. LOL! Maybe I should get a lawn mower and start my warm up for the lawn mower Olympics, we can start a new sport.

Amanda said...

I don't know how they do it!
But cutting the grass is good for you too! As long as it's not the mower that you drive! haha!

Toni said...

Yeah, I can't even keep up with her on the mower! (:

Laura said...

Too funny!

I am just starting to catch up on my blog reading - just read your last few posts...each and every one, well, brilliant. LOVE them all. Kellan, I really enjoy your blog. Thanks for sharing!

Kaci said...

LOL! You're a hoot Kellan! :) That marathon race was amazing! I was routing for Paula Radcliff and cried when she came in...she looked like she was in so much pain. :(

E said...

Just watching is exhausting me. I am tired in the mornings from staying up so late and doing all that exercise with them. Because i am swimming right alongside. Michael would not have kept winning if I hadn't been there for every minute screaming my head off.
This Olympic fever thing is hard work

Monogram Queen said...

I don't think I ever dreamed of being an Olympian. Too much sweat involved for me!

Cheffie-Mom said...

OMG! I know! I watched this! She kept the same fast pace the entire time! And then kept running and running and running after the race was over! And look at those abs!!

Smoochiefrog said...

That marathon runner was incredible!

I've been watching the Olympics too, thinking of how much I still want to be a show jumper good enough to make the team.

And then I look down and am reminded that horses don't like fat people on them. :)

So I settle back and watch beach volleyball and Kerri & Misty kick some Chinese butt.

And all is right with the world. :)

Brittany said...

Maybe grass mowing should be an olympic sport? ha ha ha.

I love watching, too. Actually, I am hooked. I have cried, too. I have cheered. I have actually screamed and ranted at the screen. It's been a blast!

Julie said...

Man! I don't even mow the lawn! ... Maybe there could be a "doing laundry" competition??? *rofl*

Hannah said...

Hahah!!! Yeah...athletics and I don't go together well, either.... We can all dream, though, right?
;]

l,
Hannah

Heather said...

I'm tired just looking at those pictures. When people ask me if I exercise (e.g. run, bike) I tell them, "No. I have two young boys."

Courtney said...

Don't you hate when rocks interrupt your dreams?

suz said...

I am with you on all points. That woman IS amazing. Jogging.....cute.
I only run if SOMEONE is chasing me.
I did a post on the olympics today....about losing softball. tear*tear*

My Wonderful Men said...

We watch and watch till we can't watch anymore, why so late with these games? People can't stay up all night watching - I mean we try, but it's not working. Then the emotional roller coaster they have us on, we'll all be wiped by the time they are over.

Janet said...

I used to watch them. We don't have TV now. But when they introduced the skeleton race I wanted the Mountain Man to build me a track on our mountain so I could become the world's oldest skeleton champion.

Mighty Morphin' Mama said...

I am cheering for ya!
I love the Olympics, especially winter olympics. And I have aspired to that kind of greatness, only to be continually reminded of my utter regularness and um... klutziness. complete lack of coordination and athletic ability.
Oh well, it is fun anyway.

I apologize for not being around, life is crazy and I have not had much computer time lately. hope all is well with you guys, Bless you,
Kristen

Helen E.M. Wright said...

Good for you!

Maybe you should start running...

just google "running plan" there's a million and two of them!

Are You Serious! said...

♥ I saw her too and I have no clue HOW she can go that long. it was a total 26 miles or something!!! AMAZING! :)

Angie @ KEEP BELIEVING said...

The Olympics bring out the proud athlete in all of us.

I can't figure out why your recent post keeps showing up just a few hours old in my scrolling blogroll, but I get here and see that it is 24 hours old. Strange.

KEEP BELIEVING

Angie @ KEEP BELIEVING said...

The Olympics bring out the proud athlete in all of us.

I can't figure out why your recent post keeps showing up just a few hours old in my scrolling blogroll, but I get here and see that it is 24 hours old. Strange.

KEEP BELIEVING

Ellie said...

I sooo love watching the Olympics! And you are very fortunate to have such and active family. My family isn't. I try to be, though. Even though I am lucky to play tennis without breaking any bones(never broke a single one so far... :D) sports aren't my thing. I wish they were, though. but I am pretty strong. Okay. I'm going off to much. going off? Is it going off or going on? Hmm..... ? And.. look at all your comments! do you have time to read the all?

Donna said...

Hahahaha.....Wonderful! I usually hear cheers and applauding when Hubby says HE's doing the cooking tonight....Your family is beautiful!! Happy night sweetie!hughugs

Denise Wheeler said...

Wow! I thought hubby's were for mowing lawns. Is that not how it works? Please don't tell mine that. As always you made me laugh.
Thanks for your greats posts.

Tracey said...

You're a goofy gal, Kellan.

We've all wondered what it'd be like to win that medal. But the work involved?

Meh. It's just a little necklace, right?

smileymamaT said...

ha, that was funny. I watch the games mostly between clips of home and garden TV during the 32 seconds I have to myself between work and laundry and kids and dishes and bed. But I DID perform for the crowd with my BFF on a make-shift balance beam in my back yard in Virginia!

:)

rthling said...

Almost didn't recognize you as a blonde!

Tracy said...

The hunting pic activated my gag reflex just then.

MamaGeek said...

Yeah, she was amazing!

And for the record, lawn mowing and window washing ought to be in the summer olympics.

Hillary said...

That runner was totally AMAZING! She was 38 too! I've still got some time to be as good as her...(yeah right! that'll never happen.)

bichonpawz said...

But you are an Olympic WRITER Kellan!!! They need to add that category!! The Olympics have been fabulous this time.

Becky said...

ROFL!

I can just see it now, Kellan...mowing your way to a GOLD!

That would be me, in and out of the laundromat in under 1 1/2 hours with 12 loads washed, dried AND folded!

Rosemary Bogdan said...

I think you deserve the gold just for mowing the lawn...especially if you ran..or even if you went any faster at all than what's aboslutely necessary.
We've been enjoying the Olympics too.

Michelle said...

You do realize, don't you, that the only thing that will stick with me from this post months from now is the image of you on the homemade balance beam doing the splits and cartwheels, right? :)

Kimmy said...

My friend qualified for the Olympic marathon trials in Boston this past April. She ran the marathon in 2 1/2 hours, but did not make the Olympic Team. I still think she is fantastic...anyone who can run that far, that long and that fast is just simply amazing!

Me? I just work in the garden and chase kids around all day too! I love it though!

Kimmy

Jaina said...

I usually love watching the Olympics, but I've been busy and hardly home. There's also the matter of me choosing not to pay for cable since I'm never home and won't really watch it. All the shows I watch I stream online because I'm never home at the right times. The Olympics is making me regret that decision for a few weeks.
I'm sure that if there was an Olympic lawn mowing game, you'd take the gold. :)

Me said...

I loved this post! :) I remember doing gymnastics in the backyard as kid pretending to by an Olympian... :)

Trace

The Boyds Family said...

Is it bad that I am LMAO right now??? I'm sure it is...I hope you're okay. Sorry, still laughing.

Stacie said...

the olympics are amazing, their determination, all that hard work, they are something to marvel really.

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