I’m so late reporting on Father’s Day that it’s not even funny… Father’s Day weekend was a lot of fun for our family; we thoroughly love all of our holidays around the Bolinger house and live to make a big deal out of them! It’s a special day, out of the ordinary, to celebrate a certain person or event. It is very important to me to celebrate the father of my children! I couldn’t have asked for a better, more patient, nurturing, teaching, praying, listening, playing role model for my kiddos…. very thankful for this man in our lives!To kick off the weekend, bright and early, on Saturday morning, we headed out to the Kindness Run to watch Gregg run his first 5K!!! Alex and Christian made these great signs for their dad!
The Kindness Moves Me Run helps support Episcopal Social Services/Venture House/and the Breakthrough Club in Wichita. The race description on their facebook page reads as follows: “Kindness can go a long way! We’re leading a movement and we want you to be a part of it!!! Won’t you join us in being “kind” to your body through physical fitness while helping spread kindness to other through social good? We want our community to celebrate the positive effects of showing kindness toward others and ask that race participants keep it moving by performing an intentional act of kindness for someone else on race day.”
Throughout the Runners’ Village, signage was posted encouraging the participants to do a good deed for the day, promoting social change, one person at a time. There were even “tear off” good deed signs in the bathroom if you wanted to tear off a little slip of paper claiming the good deed for later that day i.e. mowing a neighbor’s lawn, visiting someone who is sick, making a meal for someone, etc. And, there were markers lying around for people to write positive messages on the mirrors! There was an all-around good vibe surrounding this event!
There were several things that I loved about this race: 1. Gregg had been training to run a 5K. We both knew he was ready. This was his first race. Love it! 2. The message behind the race is to spread kindness and raise money for social programs – help others who need help. Love it! 3. And, the kids saw Gregg run a 5K, which has inspired them! Now, Alex and Christian both want to run in a race, which is great for their health, their self-esteem, and will be great for a cause. Love it!
I’m a huge proponent of encouraging social change one person at a time. It’s all about doing something, anything to impact the greater good. Do what YOU can to positively help your community, which in turn helps society as a greater whole, and can eventually make a change in the world! Use your talents, volunteer time/money/services, participate in charitable activities through your churches, schools, etc. Even if you feel like your contribution may be too small, who would want it, it would be a wasted effort – it absolutely is NOT a waste, it’s NOT too small, and someone (among many someones) WILL be ever so grateful that you helped!
After the race, the Bolinger’s took the sweaty man home so that he could shower… and then we hopped back in the car and headed to Oklahoma to visit Gregg’s parents!
It was a dark, cloudy, rainy drive. Ask me if we were surprised in the least?!? Nope! Every single time we travel to Oklahoma, it rains. It either rains on the drive down, during our stay, or on the way home. Bolinger’s, bringers of rain to OK….! 😀
The hay bales were out in FULL fanfare! TONS of bales in the fields. It actually made our “Hay” car game more difficult as the hay was super apparent and in our faces. “Hey, look!” “Hey, you…” “Hey, babe, do you want me to change the radio station?” No one’s falling for that… Ok, Gregg fell for it once and I fell for it once, but that was it!
and board games were played, oh yes, many, many board games!!!! MUAHAHAHA! The games even had their own designated seat in the car. I suggested we buckle them in, but that didn’t end up happening… they survived the trip back and forth though.
Jan (Nonnie) (Mama-in-Law) was such a good sport to try out the board games! Especially, after our last visit, when we scared and overwhelmed her with Castle Panic… I believe that she enjoyed King of Tokyo. My Giga-zaur kept losing thanks to my dice-rolling expert daughter, Alex…
And, it seemed as though Jan had a more natural proclivity toward the puzzle/maze game, Tsuro. Here, she and I are, side-by-side, so cute and innocent, until she ran me off the board for the win….! It’s all good though… ;D
Gregg’s Father’s Day board game purchase was Red November – gnome sailers are trying to fix their submarine by extinguishing fires, draining floods, and fixing many different problems with the vessel’s engine until help can arrive to rescue them. We’re still working on a winning strategy for this game; haven’t played it enough yet to teach it…. so we did not bring it on the road trip.
Last but not least for today, I want to share this photo collage of my cuties in the comic book/game store! Ben was at camp, so he wasn’t with us for Father’s Day shopping, but rest assured that we will return in a timely fashion and he will be able to choose a couple of comics too. This is some serious business looking through comics – I couldn’t believe all of the knowledge that Christian was spouting off about different characters and different series – it was really cute!
Happy Father’s Day (once again and late in the month)! Happy that I’m married to the most awesome man who is a most awesome father to our kids!