Monday, September 19, 2016

Annual Alumni weekend

This is one of my favorite weekends of the year.  I love to see old friends and watch their kids grow.  The Jacinto's got in town Wednesday night.  Thursday the guys got up early, went to the temple and then went golfing.  Elizabeth spent the day with her sister.  On Friday the guys had their golf tournament and Elizabeth and I took the the kids to the Museum of Curiosity.  
Saturday was the Annual Baseball game.  I love these cute girls; they love playing together.
Kara, Cambry, Mallory
Mike pitched an inning and he still has it! He was pitching in the high 80's.
Daddy and Izzy
Daddy and his Boo-boo.
Love this cute family of mine.  And it started right here back in the college days on the baseball field. 
That night we went to the BYU football game and had a great time with friends. 
Mike and Blair got up close and personal sharing a cougar tail.
We can't wait til next year!

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Cambry starts Bear Hollow

The day before school we had a fashion show complete with red carpet and all.  Cambry absolutely loved showing off her new outfits.  
Love all the posing!
Ever since Izzy started school Cambry has been asking when she can start. The day finally arrived and she couldn't be happier. 

Lucky her she has her buddy, Justin in her class and her cousin, Zeke. 
Now that Izzy is in school all day, it's just these 2 rug rats running errands with me. 
Good thing they love each other so much!

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Montana with Chambers

We headed to Montana on Thursday with the Chambers. We were excited to spend Labor Day weekend with them at one of my favorite places! 
These 2 cuties wanted to ride together, but instead took naps.
She wants to ride the horses, just like her big sister. 
Horses are her favorite. As soon as we got there, she ran down to see the horses. 
Izzy loved leading Cambry on the horse.

All smiles from these girls.
All smiles from these girls as we played around on the 4-wheeler. 
The kids love going to the Trading Post in Cooke City.  I always make them take a picture by the bear.
Mallory, Cambry, Izzy, Dylan
Cambry and Mallory hiding out under Mike's truck bed. 
Making s'mores is always a favorite. 
These girls are ready to go. 
One afternoon I stayed at the cabin while Brielle napped and Mike went exploring with the girls.  They made it to the top of Sheep Mountain. 

Love riding with these girls!
Love this picture! That building in the back has been leaning since I was a kid.  Every year I think it will fall, but every year it is still standing. 

Daddy and his BooBoo.
Love this family of mine. I love that my kids get to enjoy all of the same things that I did as a kid. It makes my heart happy watching them create memories in a place I have so many memories.  
We stopped at my favorite gold mines as a kid.  The kids enjoyed looking for gold and climbing up on the mining tunnel.
Izzy, Dylan, Cambry and Mallory
Cambry and Mallory
Hot chocolate and oreos. 
Izzy and her best bud, Dylan.  She is so excited when she get to play with him and they play so well together. 
These 2 cuties wanted in on the horse riding. 
We drove home Monday morning and it was a smooth ride.  The younger 2 slept away and Big Izz, stretched out and watched her movie. 

Monday, August 22, 2016

Izzy starts 1st grade

We enjoyed a fun summer, but the girls were ready an excited for school to start.  We decided to have a Fashion Show, complete with red carpet to show off the new outfits they got for school. 
Izzy striking a pose!
Ready for school!
She looks so grown up!
She is lucky to have her best friend, Ellie in her class. 
Love this beautiful girl.  She has such a sweet, kind spirit.  She is sensitive and tries to be kind to others.  She enjoys learning and loves to read Amelia Bedilia books.  She loved her first day and is excited for a good year of school. 

Saturday, August 20, 2016

My first half marathon

My whole life, I have hated running and always said, "I'm not a runner."  I remember in high school our tennis coach would make us run around the high school and I would try to find any corner I could cut because I didn't want to run.  The past few months, I have been exercising regularly and eating really healthy.  Part of my workout regimen included 20-25 minutes of running (prior to this I had not run more than a mile).  I got to the point where I could run the whole time without walking and thought this isn't too bad.  Then my friend, Bethany, mentioned she was going to run Hobble Creek.  I thought I have never done a half before and I'm in good shape right now, so let's give it a try.
Before the race started.

I wasn't too sure what I had got myself into. 
Friday night we stayed the night at Ryan and Bethany's house since it would be a lot closer for the race.  We got up at 4 am so we could be at the buses by 5am.  Then there was the drive up the canyon and then we had to walk about 1/2 mile to the starting line.  It was a good little warm up.
All summer I had lots of good runs and really found a groove.  Then about 3 weeks before the race my right leg IT band started bothering me.  It got to the point where I couldn't run or if I did I would limp for days after.  We were traveling in Canada during this time.  I tried dry needling, chiropractic care, and physical therapy. It all offered some relief, but the most helpful thing was rest, which isn't what I wanted to be doing with an upcoming race.  My longest run before the race was 8 miles (I was hoping it would be 10).  Originally my goal was to finish under 2 hours, due to my lack of training near the end, I was hopeful to just finish the race. 
My good friend, Manina, was planning to meet me at mile 10.  I stayed with Bethany for the first 4 1/2 miles which was great.  Then around mile 7 we ran together for a few minutes.  Then I was on my own.  I kept thinking all I have to do is get to mile 10 and then Manina will be there and it will be an easy 3 mile run with her.  She actually met me at mile 9 which was a great surprise.  It was awesome to have a friend to chat with.  At mile 12, I noticed I could still get my goal of under 2 hours if I sprinted the last mile.  So I told her let's try to do it.  I finished my last mile in 8:37, which gave me a finish time of 1:59:50.  I made it by 10 seconds; I was ecstatic!
I could not have made my goal without her help.  Thanks so much Manina!
So glad Bethany convinced me to sign up for a race.  I would have never done it without her!
So I guess I can't say I'm not a runner anymore.  I actually enjoy it and look forward to run days with friends!