Thursday, August 28, 2008
1. My brother Billy ran cross country all through high school and was pretty dang good. He hasn't run for a few years and has just started up again. A few nights ago he asked if I wanted to go run with him. We did...and he said it not me, but I kicked his TRASH! First time ever! He will be much better than me in no time at all, but I have to say I am still kinda basking in the glow of beating my little brother.
2. I'm getting faster and running longer. I am now running either 7 or 8 miles most days, and still just stopping because I need to get on to my other responsibilities. It usually only takes me about an hour and 10 minutes to do all 8. I cannot believe my body is actually okay with this as I have NEVER been a distance runner. I come home from the gym and report to Jeff how far I've gone with a mixture of pride and still shock. Who would have guessed...?
3. So I have been carrying around what I have called "some extras" on my body the last couple of years and have felt pretty bad about the way I looked. Well all the miles of running are paying off as I have shed a few pounds and am getting back into shape. Just after my run today as I was waiting to get on the ab machine a young guy came up and asked if I played any sports. I told him not since high school. He says "Really because I just walked all the way across the gym to tell you what fantastic legs you have got! I am one of the personal trainers here so I notice that kind of thing on men and women but wow your legs are great!" Talk about a huge boost to the self esteem. I did have to chuckle though as he walked away I thought "good thing he can't see the rest of me."
Oh and I am thinking of doing a marathon or even starting with a half. If anyone knows of anything that is before Moab (that one is in the spring) let me know.
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Tomorrow we are starting a new book group and will be talking about the whole series. It should be interesting...
Saturday, August 23, 2008
Friday, August 22, 2008
In July we spent just over a week from Saturday to Sunday at Whiskeytown lake at the group campsite with all of my moms side of the family. Sterling's wife Katie and her mom and siblings came and Jasons step dad Stephen and his brother Skyler, and his sister Danalle, her husband Justin and darling little baby Colton came too. It was quite a crew!
We spent most of our time in our private cove of the lake playing on the rope swing, canoeing, kayaking, or out on the boat.
Look at these cute dads! Jeff, Jason and Ashlyn hangin' at the lake...
We stayed up late playing card games and made smores every night!
This year we had several visits from a bear. It wasn't a baby but definitely not a momma bear either I decided it was a youth. Tara thought I was pretty funny. Here is our bear...
Then as Tara and I were leaving for a run we saw a little snake by the road along our campsite. By the next day the kids had found it and were all taking turns holding it...in case you are even thinking it...no I didn't touch it!
The worst of our little visitors wasn't the bear or the snake, but the mosquitos. Wes is pretty much allergic and swells really bad. Then little Brynne got over 10 on her face. They were really bad this year!
Just a few weeks later Janelle and Peter and their kids came for a visit from Utah. The cousins all had a blast together. We swam at my moms house every day and of course did loads of shopping and eating out while the kids all swapped around between my house, Tara's and my mom's houses. At the end of the trip we headed out to Monterrey. We went to the aquarium partly because Janelle's kids hadn't been and partly because we bought season passes last year and we decided it would make us all feel a bit better about the purchase if we used them more than just once! It really is a neat place. The kids love the string ray exhibit the very most. They can touch the sting rays if you are lucky enough to have them swim near you! Garrett has come away from there both times we have been soaking wet and needing another shirt because of his efforts to touch the sting rays. It is always worth the gleam you can see in his eyes afterwards though.
Garrett and Jessica reading about the sea otters.
Wes and Drew hamming it up with one.
The Stroller Patrol. Looking Fierce!
When the rest of the kids felt like Brynne looks we decided to call it a day. We got some food and then settled in for the night. Our room ended up being the "playroom" with all the kids playing cards and watching movies. We all did a bit of reading and visiting before crashing.
The next day was the BEST day at the beach I can ever remember having! We went to Rio Del Mar and the weather was perfect. The kids busied themselves with digging holes for "hot tubs" and putting walls and moats around their castles. Jeff, Jason and Peter played football and boogie boarded and just enjoyed each others company. Words cannot express how much these 3 brothers in law enjoy just being together. They are very funny together and completely get each others brand of humor. Besides that they were all lucky enough to marry such fun Hurd sisters! Wow...
Janelle's little Nathan was so stinking cute at the beach! We don't get to see them as much as we would like but we all enjoyed getting to know this little guy a bit better. I have to say he thinks I'm pretty cool. I loved this little moment I caught of him and my dad. Nathan just snuggled in on his lap but didn't close his eyes just looked right up at my dad. He is such a fantastic grandpa!!!