Thursday, September 25, 2008

Just Singin' in the Rain...

Regan really wanted an umbrella for her birthday last month. I looked and looked for one that I thought was cute. She even got matching rainboots. How cool is she? Anyway, since then, she has been praying for rain. Saturday, while I was getting drenched at the Womens' Walk, she was lovin' life in the backyard with her rain gear. I just thought it was a cute picture.

Friday, September 19, 2008

St. Luke's Womens' Fitness Celebration

Some friends and I did something really cool today. We participated in the Women's Fitness Celebration! This has been going on in Boise since 1993 and it is the largest race of its kind in the United States. It was my second year doing it, and it was a lot of fun, again. I could have done without the downpour that lasted the entire time we were outside, but I was proud to take part in such a cool event. Last year there were over 12,000 women walking or running the 5k course. There probably weren't that many this year, due to the rain. Here are some pics of the day!
Waiting for the starting gun.

Almost to the finish line. This shot is just to give you an idea of how many women participated.

After you finish, and have burned all those calories, you walk through the park and are handed so much food. Chocolate milk, bagels, apples, etc. We stopped at the Subway tent where they were handing out cookies, and look who was there handing us our treats! Thanks Jared, those cookies were just the thing we needed to kick start our weight-loss efforts :).

There were six of us who started the race together, but the rain was motivation for three of them to actually run. I, however, stuck by my guns. It takes more than a simple downpour to make me run. Here are the three of us walkers after our finish. Notice that one of us looks considerably drier...hmmm....Not to name any names (Heather), but Andrea and I really appreciate how selflessly you shared the umbrella. Don't worry about the pneumonia we caught, we'll be fine...

Here we are, six tough chicks willing to brave the elements to help woman-kind. You are all welcome. (Again, notice how pretty Heather looks, and how wet the rest of us look...)

And finally, to fully illustrate how much I was willing to sacrifice for a good cause, I present to you my shoe. Yes, that is a bloodstain from my walk. Wet shoes, wet skin, wet ankle socks and are not the best combination.

High School Tag

1. Did you date someone from your school? Yep. That's all you get.

2. What kind of car did you drive? As if my parents would let ME drive. For some reason I had to ride with my YOUNGER brother Richard. That was fine until he started driving a lavendar hatchback that he and his friends cut the top off of to make it a convertible. Sigh...

3. What was the most embarrassing moment of HS? I think I've repressed those memories. I can't think of anything.

4. Were you a party animal? Nope.

5. Were you considered a flirt? Also no.

6. Were you in band, orchestra, or choir? I was in band for a few years. I played the clarinette.

7. Were you a nerd? I don't think so, although the clarinette didn't help anything. I was more of a jock/preppy/brain. It was a small school, everyone had to fill more than one position.

8. Were you on any varsity teams? Yes. Basketball and track.

9. Did you get suspended/expelled? No way.

10. Can you still sing the fight song? I remember my mom could always sing it, but I don't remember it.

11. Who were your favorite teachers? I loved English from Mr. Barber, he made me love reading, writing, and made me feel smart. I loved every class and sport that Coach Johnson taught or coached. He's a cool guy.

12. Where did you sit during lunch? Cafeteria down at the Elementary School. We had to walk a couple blocks to it since our high school didn't have a cafeteria. Some kids ate at the pizza place or Maverik, but I never had any money.

13. School mascot? The Mighty Bulldogs.

14. Did you go to homecoming, and with who? Yes. I only remember my Junior year though, Cannon Mix from Rexburg.

15. If you could go back and do it again, would you? Mmm, not so much. I had some identity issues. I like myself a lot more now. I do miss a lot of people though!

16. What do you remember most about graduation? Not much. I do remember that we were all told we couldn't throw our hats in the air because it was too dangerous or something. I don't think anyone paid any attention, I know I didn't. I threw it as high as I could.

17. Where did you go senior skip day? Lagoon with the rest of the class...

18. Were you in any clubs? Just the honor club. I don't know if there were any others?

19. Have you gained some weight since then? I'll plead the 5th on that.

20. Who was your prom date? Junior year - Casey, Senior year - Brent. Our theme songs were both ballads from hair bands. We were so cool!

21. Are you planning on going to your 10 year reunion? I haven't been able to make to any of my reunions. I am determined to make to the next one.

22. Looking back, what advice would you give yourself? Don't worry about what others think.

My memories are pretty sparse. Either I'm really old or I'm repressing everything. Probably a little of both. I tag Debbie, Beth, Heather and Karolyn.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Our Garden's Bounty

Our tomatoes are finally starting to ripen, and we have tons of hot peppers. Our zucchini has recently taken off growing. We got several good sized a few weeks ago, then nothing. Now there are several new blossoms. We'll have to see if anything comes of those. Can anyone say salsa?! Hadyn came out helped me pick everything that was ready. She was very proud of "her" vegetables.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

The New 'Do

How could I pass up the opportunity to post a picture of myself? Yeah right, I tend to shy away from that, but I had to document this moment. For the first time in decades, I (1) have bangs, and (2) cannot tuck my hair behind my hair. It is that short! I love it, and I think it kind of says, "I'm trying to stay hip", rather than, "I'm the mom of two kids, deal with it." I could be wrong, but if so, don't tell me. Let me stay in my little world I've created for myself :).

In other news, we were able to find some awesome renters for our house in Arizona, and I'm headed down there this week to get things ready for them to move in. I can't wait to see all my friends for our old ward! My sister's also going to be there for an education conference, and we're sharing a hotel room (what I mean by that is she has a hotel room, and I'm mooching off her for a free place to sleep, thanks Robin!!) We haven't see each other for several months, so we should have fun.
And last but certainly not least, a photo of my favorite person, Jeff. He took off this weekend for a solo backpacking trip and had a fun time. Here is a self-portrait taken somewhere along the trail. I thought it looked cool and he looked oh-so-good-looking. Enjoy!