Wednesday, June 20, 2012

A Day In The Life

Nothing extraordinary happened today. I took a picture of the love of my life Marty:

 I picked fresh peas from my garden, shelled them, and served them with grilled pork chops and steamed rice. Yummy!
Ben played hard all day long. Played in the sprinkler this afternoon, followed by a warm tubby. He was lights out at 6:30 this evening.
I meandered outside to look at the flowers I've been babying along this hot Spring. So far I am pleasantly surprised.
Guess where I found my sweet Jacob. Yep. In the cool basement watching basketball. Really? Love this kid!

Monday, June 18, 2012

Lagoon With My Boys

Yep. I finally did it. I finally took my boys to Lagoon A Beach. It was a blistery 93 degrees today. The cool water was a welcome relief. I bought a new cheap water/dust proof camera for the Ragnar. Jacob had fun taking it down the water slides and under water, as you will soon see. There aren't many pictures of Ben. Ben is Ben. Hard to keep still!!!!


The Wasatch Back, aka Ragnar

I ran the Wasatch Back this past weekend. It was so much fun. It was the hottest year I ran. Either that or I am getting older and can't tolerate the heat as well as I used to. 

I ran with the Zenas again. So much fun. We are never in it to win it. Just to have a good time. And a good time was had by all.

Here are some pictures of the fun. I'm not going to label them. Sorry. I am still tired and trying to catch up on my sleep!


Pre Ragnar Prep

What to pack for an overnight 200 mile relay race. Just the necessities: 3 running outfits, my pleather Zena outfit, sleeping bag, food, drink, pillow, shampoo, soap, toothpaste, toothbrush, iPod, earphones, camera. Everything else was provided my cute Marty. He surprised me with some other Wasatch Back essentials:

I ran with the Zena Road Warriors again this year. Here is our official team picture. 

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Mini Moab Vacay

Marty had some business meetings in Moab yesterday. We were so fortunate to be able to make it a work/vacation trip. The boys were super excited to go. They had never been before. Actually, we went down when Jacob was 2 years old. He doesn't remember. This go around, we stayed at La Quinta. They boys were excited for the swimming pool and the breakfast. They got to make their own Belgian waffles. Yummy. They were the best waffles I've had in a long time.

We arrived on Sunday around 6:30. We checked in and I had to run to the store (oh horrors!) to get a toothbrush. I ended up with a 12 pack of Diet Coke (for Marty), a 24-bottle flat of water (for me), a 6-pack of Gatorade (for the boys), and a box of Nilla wafers for all of us. Yes, I did get my pink toothbrush. It's all about oral hygiene.  

Monday morning, I woke up and went running outside through downtown Moab. It was beautiful and serene. I loved it. I got back to our freezing cold room. I decided to get the boys some hot chocolate from the free breakfast in the lobby. When I got back, they were in bed watching the boob tube. 

We got dressed and went downstairs for our pre-hike meal. Loved the waffles and boiled eggs. The boys loved the waffles and juice. Marty loved the breakfast burritos. We then went to hike the Arches. Marty said it was a quick hike. It would have been quick had we stayed on the trail. After a 40 minute detour, we finally made it. Jacob did cry pretty much the entire hike. Ben, my little 4-year-old, was a super trooper. He didn't complain much at all. It was so worth it to make it to the end. We had picked up Junior Ranger booklets for the boys to complete on the hike. After the detour, the kids were not that into completing their Junior Ranger badges. Jacob even said that he didn't want a prize anymore; they boys just wanted to go back to the hotel and go swimming.

 Notice we were all smiles at the Visitors Center. And all smiles at the end. No pictures taken of the hike to get there. Too much weeping, wailing, and gnashing of teeth!

Here's a mini monument we saw on the way down. And of course the balanced rock.

It was a wonderful time spent together as a family. I love Marty, Jacob, and Ben. They are my everything. I am always at peace when I am with my family.

My boys!

It's Marty!  Don't fall out of your chair (Jenny!) when you see that I am's been awhile and I have stuff I want to say too!

First, let me begin by saying "Yahooo!" It's summer!  And to start it off with a bang, it was HOT!  And today, it's all of 64 degrees and chilly.  I love days like today.  If we could experience this kind of weather all year, I would be happy and not wanting to move to San Diego all the time...

I have been thinking about life and how much I enjoyed my childhood.  I really had a charmed upbringing in a beautiful town.  I had good friends and wonderful neighbors.  I was watching my boys the other day at our current neighbors sons wedding, and couldn't help but think that they, too are getting a charmed and secure upbringing.  I don't say that to pat myself on the back, but more to say they have good friends and we now have wonderful neighbors.  The boys play hard all day and when they are getting ready for bed, I can't tell you how many times I hear the fun adventures recounted.  Just the other day Ben proclaimed, "This is the best day ever, AGAIN!"  My heart about popped.  I want my boys to have the best day ever, every day of their lives.  Another neighbor was the photographer at the wedding and he snapped up quite a few shots of the boys.  I picked my favorite of each to put here.  I love my boys.  I love Jenny for giving me the best gift a man could dream of...TWICE!