Birthday & Christmas gifts for the forseeable future…

Recently Mike and I have been wanting to get road bikes. When we first moved to Iowa City I thought maybe I would be ambitious and ride my bike to class rather than taking the bus. So we went to Cedar Rapids and dusted off my old mountain bike from middle school and I lasted about 2 trips to campus. I decided it was too much work – I paid $20/month and rode the bus!

Throughout the winter I’ve started attending spin classes on a semi-regular basis and love it! It’s the first kind of cardio workout I have ever enjoyed! Last spring I tried running and while I could force myself to do it, I was NEVER excited for it. So when I was actually excited for spin class (and got an awesome workout for an hour!) I decided maybe cycling was for me! Mike even attended some spin classes with me and enjoyed them as well. So spin class is great, but when it’s 75 degrees and sunny I’d much rather be outside!

So we started looking for bikes. I thought about bringing out my old middle school bike again, but this time we were looking for road bikes, not mountain bikes. I want to go fast, not clamber through the forest. (It’s now for sale at Play-It-Again if you’re looking for a great green mountain bike!) We looked for used bikes on Craigslist and in many used bike stores in Iowa City. For some bikes (mountain bikes, hybrids) the size isn’t as important, but for road bikes sizing is essential. And it turns out Mike and I are quite extreme when it comes to sizing. All the bikes we found were way too small for Mike, and way too big for me.

Which means, to get a bike that fits, we had to look at new bikes. So we headed to Geoff’s Bike & Ski to check some out. At first we were just going to look around… but soon enough we were test riding some super awesome bikes! After a test ride there was no looking back. These bikes are awesome! They are so light and shift so easily and of course… we can fly!

Mike’s is a Specialized Allez Elite:

And mine is a Specialized Dolce Sport:
And we love them! We test drove some other brands but Specialized was our favorite by far! We have been riding up a storm! Last night we went for 2 separate bike rides! There are lots of trails and parks nearby that we’ve been checking out. It’s so fun to exercise is a way that is enjoyable, we can be outside, and we can be together! So these bikes are our birthday and Christmas presents for this year… and probably next year too!

Spring Break!

This week is our spring break! Wahoo! Although we’re not full time employees at one particular school district, all 4 districts we sub at are on spring break this week, thus we are on spring break as well! We started the week out in Des Moines which was fun, but Mike was struggling with a bit of the flu so we just hung out and took it easy.

It’s always exciting when spring break aligns with what we consider one of the best sports weeks of the year. Yeah, yeah, I know everyone is excited about March Madness, and that is part of what makes this week awesome, but the best part is the combination of as many basketball games as you could ever want to watch and as many wrestling matches as you could ever want to watch! This week is also the NCAA Wrestling Championships! So, our setup is the following: a four-way split screen on the computer so we can watch 4 wrestling matches at a time, the radio going so we’re sure we don’t miss any Hawkeye wrestlers, and the tv flipping between numerous basketball games. Last year we had two tvs going with basketball games but decided (at least for today) that we would tone it down.

So, that’s what we’ll be doing for the next few days!! Only one Hawk has lost so far in the tourney and the Hawks are in the second round of the NIT! Wahoo! Go Hawks!

A day focused on baptism!

Okay so I’m a little late in writing about this… but it was such a great day that I don’t want to let it slip by unshared!

Last Sunday we hopped in the car and headed to Traer to join in the celebration of the baptism of Kristin & Sam’s daughter Aurora. It was exciting to welcome Aurora into God’s family and provide support for Sam and Kristin as they commit to teaching Aurora all about God’s grace and mercy.

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Later that afternoon we had the first meeting of our newly formed small group Bible study. We are going to start the study reading the book of Mark. On Sunday we read and discussed Mark:1:1-11 which tells the story of John the Baptist baptizing Jews who confessed their sins to prepare the path for the Messiah. Later, John the Baptist also baptizes Jesus which pleases God. What an incredible story to study on the same day as Aurora’s baptism! We talked about what this tells us about God and how we can apply this to our lives. For me, I really felt this passage was a reminder of the importance of confessing my sins. I made a goal for myself to repent every day this week. (so far so good!)

The day was also a great chance to reflect on my (our) baptism and the choice we made to repent our sins and profess our need for a savior!

All in all… a GREAT Sunday!