Friday, April 30, 2010

Congrats, Kev!

Kevin has been taking flying lessons off and on for quite a while now. He's getting more serious about it, and lately has been flying a few times a week. He's taking classes through Cornerstone Aviation.

Well, on April 19, 2010, he flew his first SOLO! I was a little nervous for him, but not too bad, because I know he's been doing good during his flights and landings with his instructor.

He survived, and I'm so proud of him. Congrats Kevin!

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Salt Lake Half Marathon

So I raced in the Salt Lake Half Marathon last Saturday, April 17. It was perfect weather for running, (in the 50's), and the day went well. This is my 6th year in a row participating in one of the events, and I've done each one at least once. (There is a 5k, Bike Tour, Half Marathon, and Full Marathon all on the same day). This is the second time I've done this half marathon, and I'm happy to say I beat my time from 2007 by 10 minutes.

Here's a couple of shots at the starting line before the race,

A couple of shots during the race,

And the finish line! It hurts so good!

This is what Kevin was dealing with when I crossed the finish line, so he didn't get to see me finish. Bummer! He loaded up all the kids, fought the crowds, and dealt with the kids, all for nothing. Oh well. I still appreciate him coming to show support. Thanks Kev! (& the kids)

Bailee, however, did see me run by, so she told Kevin, and he put her over the gate to catch up with me. She finally did after I stopped. I'm glad she didn't get lost in the crowd!

I had heard that 2 of the hosts from Good Things Utah, Nicea and Reagan, were running this race, so I looked for them after the race. As I was waiting in the line for my gear bag, I spotted them, and went and talked to them for a few minutes. We all had matching shoes! For cute....

So my time was 1:54:11, with an average pace of 8:43. I didn't have to stop, which was a plus.
Here are some other interesting numbers:
Number of 5K finishers: 1,837 (598 males and 1,239 females)
Number of Half Marathon finishers: 4,627 (1,742 males and 2,885 females)
Number of Full Marathon finishers: 1,041 (632 males and 409 females)
They don't time the bike tour, so they don't post how many participants there are, but I know there are a LOT.
So the half marathon is by far the most popular race. I'm so glad this sport is growing!
That is a LOT of people!! I'm glad I'm not the race organizer. :)
My placement: (Just a bunch of numbers only I care about, but have to document for journaling purposes)
1,078th out of 4,627 overall half marathon finishers
404th out of 2,885 female half marathon finishers
105th out of 594 in my age division

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Disneyland Slideshow

I have SO many favorite pictures from our Disneyland trip, but had a hard time narrowing it down. Here's a handful of my favorites:

And here's a slideshow of some more!!

Also check my Facebook page to see these same photos.

Overall, it was a great trip. We went April 12-15. It was just a last minute, spur-of-the-moment trip. It was the last time the kids would be off track before they were done with school for the year, and I didn't want to go when everyone else was out of school. I'm not a big fan of huge crowds and standing in line for hours.

We booked through Get Away Today Vacations, because they were offering a great deal during those dates. We stayed at the Holiday Inn Anaheim, which was about a mile from Disney. We didn't rent a car, but I kind of wish we would have, just so we could have gone to the grocery store and brought our own food instead of spending so much on the food in Disneyland.

We did the 3 day park-hopper, and it was the perfect amount of time to see everything we wanted to. There were SO many people there, but most lines were 20 minutes or less. The longest lines were the new Woody Toy Story ride in California adventure (about 45 minutes), and waiting in line to meet the princesses, (also about 45 minutes). It was great!

We ended up flying instead of driving, since Kevin didn't want to take the extra days off work to drive to and from California. It's more expensive to fly, but worth it for our sanity I think! Some kids are great on long road trips, but I don't know that my kids would do that great.

I'm glad we were able to fit this trip in when the kids are still young, and 2 out of the 3 of them got to ride most of the rides! The last time we went to Disneyland was in April of 2008, when Ryker was 6 months old. And Trinidee was still a bit too short for a lot of the rides in 2008. I think they enjoyed it a lot more this time!

Friday, April 16, 2010

Disneyland Preview

I have 300 or so pictures to sift through and decide which ones I want to post of our recent Disneyland vacation. Since I don't have time to do that right now, I figure I'd just post a little preview for now......

More fun pictures to come soon!!

Monday, April 5, 2010

Happy Easter!!

Here are a few pictures from our Easter weekend. I'm grateful for this time of year when we can celebrate the resurrection of Christ. Last Sunday, we watched a video about it in Young Women's, and it reminded me of everything he went through for each and every one of us. I'm also glad we were able to listen to Conference. :)

This is Friday afternoon at Grandma and Grandpa Chapman's, coloring eggs:

This is Sunday morning, after the kids discovered their baskets. Bailee was asking for Peeps, and was happy to get them!

Then I made the kids get their Easter clothes on between Conference sessions, and I took a few pics:

Trinidee is not forcing her smile at all........

Sunday evening, we had dinner at Kyle & Brianne's, then an Easter egg hunt in the back yard. The snow melted just in time! But here we are one day later, and it's snowing again. Boo!

This is my SIL Brianna, and my niece, Jovi.


My dad, Kyle, and Maci.



Ryker & Kevin....

And my nephew, Jack.....

I hope you all had a wonderful Easter. Now let's get some warmer weather, shall we??