Monday, April 12, 2010

It's Been Beautiful!

One of our favorite family activities to do is to do repeats of the watch tower!
It is 180 steps!
As soon as the weather gets kids start asking if we can go to the tower!
Mark and I love it, because all the kids are confined inside the gates and we can do repeats!

Mark, carries the baby...and does pull ups!
I am NOT that tough yet!

These two are afraid of heights...and so they sit and protect each other, while the rest of us do our thing!

Brooke's whole goal every time is to beat Dad!
She wants to do more repeats and she want to finish them first!
She did 10...and she was done way before either one of us!

Eventually we all made to the top. After Luke and Chelsea finally reached the top and realized that they were NOT going to fall...they were maniacs...and both finished at least 7! 2...and refused to have help up.
She completed 3 full repeats...even though she ended up crawling the last one!

When she gets to the top....She Parties Like a Rock Star!!!!

After I finished my repeats..
I thought it would be fun to do one as fast as we could...get a time...and then we can improve on it all season!

One thing I can't stand to do is lose...and I lost!
I did it is 1:26
Brooke 1:08
and Mark :35!

That is smokin'...I can't believe he did that!
He is so explosive...(He played Division 1 Football)
But I am so determined to beat is going to take some hard work!
I have zero explosiveness in my legs!
He wants to beat me in a 5k...and I want to get him on the tower!

Bottom line...he is way closer to beating me in the I need to keep my edge there first!

He gave it his all on that 35 sec. tower climb. He felt like puking for about 10 min. and then when he finally got up...he couldn't talk normal!

What is your favorite way to sneak a workout in...without the kids knowing!
They think we are just playing! =)


  1. What a lovely family outing! That is so great! Wow 35s, that is cruel. He probably had zero oxygen in is body left. Really cool post and beautiful pics!

  2. Cool! I love that idea of running stairs with the kids. It sounds like lots of fun for both you and the kids. :)

  3. That sounds like an awesome family workout!

  4. If my boyfriend and I ever have children I can totally see us doing days out like that, down to him doing pull-ups with the baby on his back haha! Looks like you had a great day :-)

  5. What a great activity!! BEautiful pics of the family...and is pretty hardcore!

  6. That is such a cool tower! Mark is hilarious - I can't believe he can do it so quickly! Amazing! What a fun family activity!! My time would be double yours! :-)

  7. awww your family is sooo cute :) love it. i did something similar last winter with my hubby and sister at the cathedral of learning in pittsburgh. 42 floors of fun !!!! great idea!

  8. Heh, why didn't you call... we love to do the tower and often go on Sunday afternoon's. next time call the kids would love that. Go job on the time tirals I am proud of all of you. It is a step climb. By the way you should answer your phone sometimes!!! Give me a call. Talk later keep up the good work. Your inspiring to me. I did 4 miles in 35 minutes on Saturday. Yippee!

  9. First--love the picture! Second--what an awesome family workout. Looks like everyone enjoyed it. And your hubby is a stud to do pull-ups w/ a baby on his back! We love to do family fun runs--we have a great weekly series of one-mile runs each summer. We also do a lot of family bike rides together.

  10. What a fun family activity! We love to take the stairs wherever we go - it is a game for the kids!

    Now did your husband have the little guy on his back when he did 35 seconds? I can't believe he can do pull ups with the baby! I can't even pull myself up once!

    It looks like it was a beautiful day too.

  11. Sherri, you guys are a great example for everyone. Maybe it will be warm enough when Laura visits. If so, post pictures of you guys. Love you.

  12. Wow, that looks awesomely fun!

  13. Hi Sherri,
    Thanks for the comment on my blog. Looks like you have yourself a little running group. Really cool that you did repeats with them, how awesome is that.

  14. Wow...that is so awesome and sounds like a ton of fun! I loved the pics of your kids...they are sooo cute!

  15. What a great way to get a family workout in. 35 seconds is pretty amazing- I'm competitive too and would definitely not rest until I won it :)!

  16. What an awesome post! I loved the pictures and I can't imagine running all those steps. Nice work!

  17. That is so awesome! What a great way to get a workout in and spend time with your family AND set a great example for the kiddos. I love it!

  18. What a clever way to get a workout in and family time at the same time!

  19. Hi Sherri,
    You have a beautiful family! Thanks for sharing all of those wonderful pictures:) It seems like the whole family had a blast!

  20. That is just the coolest thing EVER! Who'd have thought of something like that to do with your family??!! There's a mega-story building downtown that lets you run the stairs - you've inspired me to do that here soon!! I love the pics, what an adorable family!!!!!!

  21. When I get to the top, I party like a rock star too. It might look a little different, tho;)

  22. OMG! that is beyond cool. talk about a fabulous family memory for you all. love it;-)

  23. Just came across your blog! Our family loves this tower too. My kids can smoke me to the top :) My husband is a marathon runner and I'm getting back into running after having baby boy #3! Family workouts are the best!