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by Tracy Barry

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Posted on June 21, 2007 at 4:24 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 4 at 2:33 PM

Summer has arrived! My favorite time of the year. I grew up in the Northwest on the wet side of the mountains so I feel like we earn our few months of solar powered fun.

The last week of school rituals are wrapped up. The dance recitals are over. It's a slower pace in the mornings, at least until the "camps" and swimming lessons begin. I did reluctantly sign the girls up for a few at their insistence. I would rather just hang out with them, cooking, planning and planting, soaking them up like the sun. But their energy level demands more.

They do have jobs though, even at 4 and 9! I am paying them a quarter for every mile they encourage me to walk/jog this summer. Middle age is unforgiving and I need all the help I can get. They are very into it. Ali suggested she would run in front of me with a cookie! It might work but would somehow defeat the whole purpose don't you think?
Grace stood at the side of the track today yelling "Mommy, run faster!" All that did was make me laugh harder.

I'm not a runner like Laural (who is amazing.) I blew out my knees skiing years ago and have a hip issue from being hit by a car when I was in High School. I've been told that I over-pronate which is apparently bad. When I asked the sales person which shoes I should buy he suggested some for cycling. So it's not likely the kids will get rich. But I'll keep you posted.

Happy summer...soak it in!
And as always... Thanks for watching.

Tracy Barry