Saturday, August 25, 2012

Checked off goal...

This weekend I checked running a 5k off my to do list. In March I decided that I wanted to run a 5k. I started training and waited to find the perfect 5k to start with. Well, the Color Run was the perfect 5k. It's a fun, non timed run in which at every k (1/2 mile or so) you would be covered in colored powder. I actually got about 25 women from our ward to run with me. A couple of them were like me and weren't runners. It was so fun to go with all these amazing women. Some of them compete in half marathons and many were first time runners. Couldn't have asked for a better group of women. 
 Our team name was Dye Running. Here we are before the fun began. You have to wear white so that the color is super noticeable.
 This is Crystal and Teresa. We trained the most together. Crystal is an avid runner but really helped me with my running. Teresa started running because I started. We would meet at the high school track 3 times a week and work on our distance. It's crazy to think that when we started it was hard to get through a mile but now we're timing ourselves on how fast we can do 3 miles. And even this last week we added a lap or two to our three mile run. We're already planning our next race.
 Here we are about to cross the finish line. My only goal was to run the WHOLE thing and I accomplished that goal. I couldn't be more proud of this accomplishment.
 At the end we each have a pouch of color and we count down to throw it up in the air. Those of us that really trained hard decided we worked so hard for this, we wanted to celebrate as much as possible. So we're in the thick of that color there. It was good in theory but once it started coming down it got all in  your mouth and eyes and you couldn't really breathe. Oh well, it was still a blast.
Some of the gang. Oh how much fun we had. We really hope they come back next year and can do it again. If not... road trip!

Monday, August 13, 2012

A special bond

 These two little ones share a very special bond. In the morning, Lexie gets up, sits next to Blake on the couch watching cartoons while sipping her milk. She expects this in the mornings and it has to be Blake. When these two are together, I can just feel how much they love each other. It's a special feeling for sure.
On a particularly rainy day, Blake helped Lexie see out the window as she kept pointing to the window saying "rain".
On another day Blake was caught reading Lexie a story and she was caught loving it.
Lexie is going to be very sad and disoriented next week when Blake goes back to school. She's sure going to miss her buddy!

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

A weekend away...

This last weekend Joe and I were able to fly up to Denver for the weekend to celebrate our 8th wedding anniversary. Although it wasn't on our actual anniversary. It was so fun to get away for a few days, enjoy being childless and wandering around doing whatever sounded fun. A great big shout out of thanks to Joe's parents for watching the kids while we were gone. It made it even better to be away when we knew that they were there taking great care of our children (even spoiling them a great deal!). 
 This is our view from our room. I thought it was so pretty. Our hotel was right downtown on a great street full of shopping and restaurants. It was pretty perfect.
 There was a Pinkberry right down from our hotel and I wanted to try it out. Our local frozen yogurt place is much better we thought, but it was still fun to try out.
 We went to a Rockies game the 2nd night we were there. Besides it being extremely hot, it was a great night! The seats were really good and really close, we got free t-shirts and we ate ballgame food, can it get any better?
This is our view of the game.

I learned a few things on this trip. I do not like public busses, we took a bus from the airport to the hotel and it was not my favorite. I tried out fried pickles for the first time (something I've been wanting to do for a very long time) and they were AWFUL! And I learned that even after 8 years and 3 kids, Joe is still the person I'd rather spend all my time with!