The Runner and the Stuffed Animals

This past weekend, we took a little trip up to Winter Park, CO to celebrate Jonathan's birthday. We scored an awesome deal on a beautiful, modern condo in the heart of WP's Village. It was the last weekend of summer activities in the resort, so there were things for the kids to do and the weather was gorgeous. I don't think I've ever blogged about Jonathan's running, but it's a serious hobby of his. And when we travel, he always finds a race to do. He calls this "fun."

This past Sunday in Winter Park found us at nearby Granby Ranch for the Run the Ranches Series. Jonathan and the other racers competed in pouring rain and sloshing mud. He did the long race, which was 7.6 miles. He finished second, and we were really proud of him. But the best part (for me as a mama) came after the race.

Jonathan Fenske runs the Run the Ranches trail race

Jonathan's prize was a gift card to the Granby Ranch resort. Since we knew we wouldn't pass that way again anytime soon, he decided to pick up a little something for himself to remember the race. We entered the gift shop with our three girls, ages 7, 4 and 1. And when we emerged, Jonathan had claimed his prize:

A picture of three Ty stuffed animals

Jonathan would groan if he knew I posted this, but he's not here (so lah!). This is exactly the type of thing Jonathan Fenske does. He's a gift giver. And there are three little girls who are clutching new stuffies, happy as clams.

And their daddy only had to run down mud-soaked trails at over 8,000 feet for 7.6 miles in the pouring rain, besting every runner, save one.

When the girls get older, I'll show them this post and just say one thing: When you are ready to marry, make sure it's a man as awesome as your father. That's what I did! (Sending love my own Daddy, who reads this blog.)