Monday, April 25, 2011

Hippity, Hoppity, Happity Easter!

We had a very cold, very rainy Easter this year!  Despite yucky weather, the kids still managed to have a great time at the annual Easter Egg hunt.  And I think they ate all their candy in about 10 minutes flat.

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Then we got to dye Easter Eggs.  The kids won’t eat them, but they sure love to decorate them!

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Easter morning the kids had fun finding their Easter Baskets that Dad had hidden.  Blake could not resist all the jelly beans hidden throughout the house, and walked around all morning with his mouth stuffed full of jelly beans. 

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Halle got her first pair of roller skates, Josh got a computer game, and Blake got Bullseye, from Toy Story.  Do you see the sheer joy on Blake’s face?  My friend Amber has two little girls, and they both had a Bullseye doll.  Blake played with it one day and then cried and cried when he had to give it back.  I’ve been searching everywhere for the same toy (even the Disney Store in Downtown Disney) and had no luck finding it.  Well, Amber asked Tigan, her oldest daughter, if Blake could have her Bullseye.  And that sweet little girl gave her toy to Blake.  We put it in his basket on Easter Morning, and he hasn’t put it down since. 

Next came Easter pictures.  I spent a small fortune buying new clothes for the little darlings, and all I wanted was one picture for my efforts.  I got the pictures, but not without much whining and crying. (from both the kids AND me.)  I literally chased Blake with a camera all day.

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Little Hally also got a matching Easter dress, and I even made her a matching hair bow.  Big Halle got her first pair of “high heels” and she couldn’t be more excited.  It was so sweet. 

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We ended the day with a yummy dinner, strawberry shortcake, and our annual game of “Don’t Eat the Easter Bunny.” 

Happy Easter Everyone!

Sunday, April 24, 2011

200 miles of fun

team photo at finish line We did it!  200 miles from Huntington Beach to Coronado, and we ran every step of the way.  The journey started Wed night as Susan and I flew to LA.  We were running just a touch late, and when we got to security, I realized I didn’t have my boarding pass!  So, I sprinted back to the ticket counter, got a new one, and sprinted back to security.  I think I set a PR for airport running ;)

Susan’s aunt was kind enough to act as our chauffer for the day, and she whisked us off to Downtown Disney, where we ate dinner at the Rainforest Cafe.  FUN. 


The next afternoon we headed down to Newport where we met up with the rest of our team.  We had a few hours to kill before our dinner reservation, so we took our 15 passenger van on the ferry to Balboa Island.  The picture doesn’t do it justice.216994_10150153635019005_513799004_6888026_364030_n

Next up was dinner at the Spaghetti Factory.  24 hungry women (We had another team from our ward also running the race—the lovely ladies of the Mile High Runner’s Club) and 1 server.  Dinner took FOREVER.  But at least it was delicious!  We ended the evening with team awards. Everyone came decked out in their apron—I made everyone cutsie flip flops to match their aprons, and we all got a pair of cat-eye sunglasses. I then presented them all with a funny award

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The race began bright and early the next morning at 7:15.  Van 1 was off and running while we Van 2 gals had a leisurely breakfast.  We then drove to Anaheim to the first major exchange where Natalie kicked off our runners with a strong start.  We were so stoked for our first runs, but there were two things we didn’t expect.  #1—HEAT.  It was so so so much hotter than we were used to!  I think the temperature was around 90 degrees for most of our runs.  #2—HILLS.  We thought after doing Wasatch Back last year that there wasn’t a hill in the world we couldn’t conquer.  Since we were racing at sea level, we didn’t pay much attention to the hills in our training.  We sincerely regret that.  California hills, you have earned our respect. 

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I ran in the #12 spot for the first leg, which was 8 miles of steady incline.  I was the luckiest one in my van, because by the time it was my turn to run, the temperature had cooled off significantly.  I had a great first run, and was excited to see my whole team again at the next major exchange. 

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(Our van, the Jolly Green Giant)

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We were all totally wiped out from the heat.  I have never consumed so much water in my life!  We had two runners puke, and most of the rest of us wished we had!  We hightailed it to BJ’s to refuel with some yummy food.  The rest of the evening is a blur—we weren’t sure how we were going to run again, but as soon as we started our night runs, we got a second wind.  It was cool outside, and there is something totally exhilarating about running in the middle of the night.  We started around midnight and finished about 5:30 am. (I think).  My night run was 6 miles, and I was completely decked out in glow sticks. (you can’t see the ones on the backs of my legs.)  This run was almost completely downhill, so it was a speedy one. 

night runThen, the delirium of sleep deprivation set in.  We went and parked by the beach and tried to get a little sleep, only to find out that when we are that tired, we all SNORE.  Every single one of us.  Needless to say, we didn’t sleep great.  But, some yummy breakfast and a “shower” in the Ihop bathroom did wonders to improve our spirits.  We were ready to ROCK our last runs!  It was so amazing to see everyone finish this race strong.  Despite some people not feeling very well, extreme lack of sleep, and total muscle exhaustion, everyone finished the race with a smile on their face.  That’s why I love this relay—it is so inspiring to watch my friends do amazing things.  I am so grateful for their friendship, and I always walk away from these races a better person.  My last run was down a fun little trail, and I gave it everything I had. After watching my teammates succeed, I didn’t want to let myself down.  5.2 miles of running all out.  I was so happy to hand off the slap bracelet to Susan for the final leg of the race. 

Getting Zen before our final run :)

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We all put our aprons on and waited to cross the finish line with Susan.  She came barreling down the path, and we all had to sprint to keep up with her!  We crossed the finish line together at Silver Strand State Beach on Coronado (one of the first times we’d seen the sand along the course).  What an amazing moment—12 friends—1 goal—We did it!!

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DSC_1016Right after we were done, we hightailed it to In-N-Out.  I’m pretty sure the whole reason Amy ran the race was for this moment ;)

And because you know I love pics, here are a few more of our “after party” hanging out in Coronado on Sunday.  We were all excited to lay out on the beach, but it was FREEZING.  Why couldn’t Saturday have been freezing while we ran, and Sunday hot so we could lay on the beach?  The hot tub is as close to water as we got.    

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I think the cat-eye glasses should come back in style!

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(This was packing light!)

Saturday, April 2, 2011

California Girls


In exactly 12 days my Ragnar team leaves for Sunny California to run the So Cal race.  200 miles from Huntington Beach to Coronado Island.  Remember how much fun we had at Wasatch Back last year?
This year promises to be even better.  Our team name is Mind Over Mileage or M.O.M.  We have about 40 kids between the 12 of us, so we really wanted to channel our mommy status.  And what could be more "mommy" than a 1950's housewife?  We played off the brilliance of Anne Traintor and came up with some funny running slogans. We donned our aprons and red lipstick and had an amazing photo shoot.  It was a night we won't soon forget!  Our fabulously talented teammate Amy edited the photos, and I have to say, they are better than anything we ever imagined.  Check out our Mind Over Mileage blog if you want to see the full effect.

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Naughty little leprechauns!

I am the class photographer for Halle's 1st grade class, and so on St. Patrick's day I got to go see what those sneaky little leprechauns were up to. All the kids had made traps, hoping to catch a leprechaun. Halle was so excited. She said, "Mom, if I catch a leprechaun, I bet I'll get to be on TV, and then I'll be FAMOUS!"
But alas, they are tricky fellas, and managed to make off with all the gold in the traps. You should have seen the mess they made!

Ski day 2011

The annual "Mommy's day off" Spring skiing at Copper was amazing this year! 3 inches of new snow, a clear blue sky, warm sunshine, and amazing conversation combined for a perfect ski day. Jen, Susan, Amber, and I took off to the mountains early, and didn't get home till late. It was a wonderful, well-earned respite from Mommyhood. I sure do love my friends!