Saturday, June 30, 2012

A fun run!

This morning, we participated in a fun run called the Mid-Columbia Challenge for employees of the Chelan, Douglas, and Grant County PUDs and their families.  My dad works for the Douglas County PUD, so we went with my parents and my sister and her two boys who are visiting from Montana.  The event was held at the Wanapum Dam.  It was lots of fun!  Melonie (my sister) did not participate because she's recovering from foot surgery, so she stayed with Albert to cheer us on at the finish line.  My parents and the boys did the 1 mile course, and me and Jeff did the 5k.  I've never competed in a race with a stroller before, so I don't know if this is the normal way to do it or not, but TongJie was actually entered as a participant in the stroller division and he got his own race bib and everything.  I thought that I would be the one to participate in the stroller division and TongJie would just come along for the ride, but I guess that's not the way it goes.  So, I competed in my age division of the 5k, while TongJie competed in the stroller division of the 5k.  And, guess what?  He won!  Well, I should clarify that by saying that he won 1st place in the male stroller category for the 5k.  Overall, he was the 2nd stroller in the 5k, because a little girl in a stroller beat him.  TongJie won a cool trophy that is actually a cross section of a real stator bar that is a prototype of the ones they use in the generators.  The 5k course was neat because we got to run over the Wanapum Dam.  Jeff and I did not stay together because he was faster than me.  He won 2nd place in his division.  Not to minimize any of our winnings or anything, but the race organizers created a lot of divisions so more people would get a chance to win.  The categories were divided by male and female and also age group.  Also, there weren't really a whole lot of people there, so that improved our odds right away.  I mean, it certainly wasn't like the Boston Marathon or anything!  We had a great time, and I know Melonie took a picture of TongJie with his trophy so I'll be sure to post it sometime when I remember to get it from her.

When the weather was nice a couple days ago, we filled a plastic container with water and let TongJie sit in it out in the backyard to play.  He hates the bathtub, but he sure loved playing in the water in that plastic tub!  We're hoping it will help with his bath times if he can learn that it's fun to be in the water.


He loved it so much that we did it again the following day, with more toys:

Here's a picture of Jeff getting him dried off:

Long after we came inside, we had the plastic container with the toys sitting on the floor in TongJie's bedroom to dry and we found that he had gotten into the container and was pretending to play in the water with his toys.  He must have really liked it!

We've been picking lots of raspberries lately:

And here are a few random pictures of TongJie sporting his wool diaper cover.  It's the first time I've used one of the wool covers.  He's totally fine with cloth diapers now.  At first, he didn't like them at all because they probably felt a lot different than what he was used to, but now he doesn't seem to care one way or the other.  Except we still use the disposable ones at night, and sometimes during the day too, especially if we're going somewhere for a long period of time.

This isn't that good of a picture, but I love the look on his face!


  1. These are about the cutest pics ever! I love that little guy, and it was so much fun to hang out with your family today. TongJie's facial expression in that last picture is hilarious!!

  2. I am so proud of you and Jeff! I've loved reading about this whole adventure and seeing all the wonderful pictures. What fun you are having, and what a blessing you are to little TongJie! I know you will have a happy life together!