Monday, May 24, 2010


It's been a while since I've had time to post anything. I've got lots of fun things coming up that I'm sure I'll need to post about. And the computer is going into the shop tomorrow for a few days, so I thought I'd give a quick update on what's happened over the last few weeks around here.
Here is my boy eating a bunch of suckers. I just walked into the room finding him like this one day, I thought it was funny, and I wanted to take a picture or two, blue teeth and all!

And a few weeks ago, Trinidee wanted to cover each entire step with chalk. She got very dirty, as you can tell! I thought these pictures were blog-worthy.

We've had a crazy month, weather-wise, this May. We've had LOTS of rain, and not much warmth. Here's a nice rainbow after one of our storms.

My daughters each earned their "Bee-A-Reader" award at school. They are required to read at least 20 minutes a day, 5 days a week, and at the end of the year they get an award if they do it. My girls have been so good about reading, and I'm so glad they love it! Trinidee saw Bailee get her medal last year, and has been so excited to earn hers. She was SO happy to finally get her own!

On May 15th, I got to help Zazoosh Photography at the finish line of the Ogden Marathon. I was in this spot where the racers come after they've crossed the finish line. I helped herd them over to get their "Finish Line Photo" in front of this backdrop. And part of the time I helped shoot the pictures. It was a long and tiring day, but I can't complain. I hadn't just ran a 5K, half-marathon, or marathon! But I was pretty tired by the end of it. And I got to see a few of my friends who raced! :)

And that evening of May 15th, we had a "Block Party" in our circle. It was SO much fun! We invited anyone who wanted to come, not just the people in the circle. We had a good turnout! We had a BBQ, and shared side dishes & desserts.
We played tornado, mingled, ate, and played Rock Band on the garage after it got dark enough.
Good times! We're talking about doing it again, and maybe having a movie night outside.
I hope those of you that were there don't mind me posting some pictures of you and your kids.

I heart good neighbors. :)

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Spring Sprint Tri

This is the first TRI of the season for me. I did it last year, (click here for the blog post), and beat last year's time by 6 minutes. This is the one that takes place right by my house. The swim (400 meters) is in the outdoor 50 meter pool at Kearns Oquirrh Park Fitness Center. The bike is a 14 mile loop with 2 brutal, long hill climbs, and the run (5K) goes around my neighborhood and right past my circle.

Here's a shot of my stuff in the transition area before the race:

And the steamy pool before the race. It was in the high 40's or low 50's that morning. I'm just glad it wasn't snowing! It was cold outside, but bearable.

Another shot in the transition area before the race:

Here are most of the racers at the pre-race meeting. There were a lot more racers this year than last year. This is only the second year they've done this race.

Kevin didn't get any pictures of me during the swim. I told him I had a hot pink swim cap on. But then when I was putting it on, it broke! So I didn't have one on, and he couldn't find me. It sucked not having a cap when I'm used to having one. My hair kept getting in my face. Boo.

This is the second hill, near the top. I'm very tired at this point, and going VERY slowly! All the sudden I hear a car honk, and Kevin drives up ahead of me. Then he stopped and took a couple of shots, and the kids cheered for me. :)

Almost to the top. Man those climbs were tough!!

Finally going back down hill. At the intersection of 5400 S and 5600 W, a car wasn't paying attention to the traffic controllers, and he pulled out right in front of me. I had to come to a full stop. If I would have been 2 feet further ahead of where I was, there's no doubt I would have hit him, or he would have hit me. It was pretty scary! There was a lot of yelling going on, but I just kept going, saying a little "thank you" prayer the rest of the way down the hill.

And here's the run portion, right near my house.

Swim 10:33
T1 2:28
Bike 56:55
T2 0:42
Run 23:06
Total race time: 1:33:43

276 racers (last year there were only 120)
100 females
176 males
Average race time: 1:35:22