Monday, May 14, 2007

May 14th, 2007: Eventful Week

This past week has been pretty eventful. Our wonderful son, Matt, signed up to serve his country by joining the U.S. Army. He will be off to Fort Benning, Georgia by next Friday. He is excited to start this part of his life and we are happy for him, but have our concerns, as you might imagine. He will be learning to work for transportation, driving anything the Army owns. His specialty school will immediately follow his infantry training and will be in Missouri. He will get his orders after that.

This past week was also Joey the dog's first birthday. He has been a terrific companion and has helped us in our transition away from our family. (Not that anything can take the place of family.) He also keeps me very active as his favorite activity is hiking. There are forest trails just five miles from our house that are lovely. The trails snake closely to the river. It is heavenly. The temperature here has been in the 70s.

The last great thing is that I participated in the biggest footrace in the contry. It was 7.5 miles. I walked it with no problem at all and I wasn't even sore. (See photo. . . I'm on the far left side, hands in the air, all in black.) It was a wonderful day and a great way to begin spring here in the northwest!!!