Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Good Times with Friends

Some friends and I met up in Hobble Creek Canyon to catch up. One friend moved away, and we all haven't seen much of each other for a bit. It was really fun to just connect.

The girls were too cute following each other about and being silly.  

The older boys played kickball in the fields (no pictures, too busy talking, sorry)
The big girls sat in the shade doing that talking I mentioned. It was rejuvenating.

A wonderful way to spend a summer afternoon.

Sunday, July 20, 2014


A few weeks ago I did the Wasatch Back Ragnar race. Less than two weeks before that, I had no idea I was going to do it. :)

Some friends of ours had a team together and someone dropped out at the last minute. I agreed to run even though I was NOT ready. I think the run I went on before they called I said to myself "I'm only running to keep in shape and nothing more. If I get too tired, I'm stopping. If I feel like I've gone far enough, then I'm turning around! If I feel like walking, I'm walking!

So anyway, it was an intense 10 days of training trying to get from huffing and puffing through a two mile run and walking whenever I felt like it to surviving at least 6 miles.

I managed all right. I was slow, but I survived and I got to experience a Ragnar without any stress, cost or even much planning. It was wonderful!

Our van of 6 runners
In case you don't know, the Ragnar is a 200 or so mile run that 12 people split up in a relay that stretches over two days. I had a 2.6 and two 6 mile legs. The first two were fine, the last one was tough. After only a few hours of sleep, and running that far on my unprepared legs, I was pooped. But I did fine and it was so much fun.

I got to see parts of Utah that I have never been to before or haven't been to in years too. Pineview reservoir and Snow Basin resort are lovely!

It did kind of give me an itch to do it again some day, but I'm telling you, that filling in at the last minute was pretty golden. I made some new friends in the process too. We finished in 33 hours, 33 minutes and 30 seconds. Had we known, we would have waited 3 more seconds to cross the finish line. ;)

Shane was a peach and took Friday off work to watch the kids so I could be gone for two days.

I was amazed at how many people participate in this race. And how many volunteers there are too. Wow! I have no idea how many people there actually are, but it's a lot.

I haven't run a step since then. LAZY! I don't know just what to do. I love being in shape and I love running but running alone is just so blah! Finding a partner who can run when I can and runs like I do (speed and time of day) is just as difficult. A gym membership just might be my only acceptable answer. I just LOVE paying to exercise, but at least it's motivation to do it.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Swimming Lessons

The kids had their swimming lessons. The second round for Ezra. He swam something like 21 out of 25 days at one point in June.

The kids all did really well. Marisa and Ezra are at the age where they really learn to swim. It was fun to watch them progress. And I finally feel like they might survive a swimming situation.

Horrible indoor pictures:

The last week of lessons I took them to Seven Peaks for the first time. I was really nervous about taking three kids to that place by myself. Luckily, Shane's mom came with me and made it so much fun for us all.

The kids love that place. I have been probably 35 times in my life and even though it's been at least 14 years since I last went, I'm still pretty much over it. But, how can you pass up  a summer of water slides for basically $1.20 (that's how much our passes ended up costing me).

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Returning to the Scene of the Crime

Does that title sound dramatic enough? Really, we just spent an evening up at Heber Valley Camp a few weeks ago. We just haven't been back since Ezra broke his leg... hence the title.

We did all the stuff we did last summer when we would visit. Only this time we had the other local cousins with us which made it even more fun. So, this post will be mostly pictures since it's all been said before.

First stop, the ropes courses:

Marisa just watched.

Ezra (our no fear kid) was all for it.

Climbed like a bear

Then he panicked at the top. It took a little convincing but he finally let go and made it to the other side where he could zip down.


We all did the wall challenge.

Some tight rope walking.

Then the rope swing challenge

Then it was off to the lake. This is where Shane's parents are serving this summer.

Just as we were finishing up, the moose started to show up for dinner. One at the lake, and a mom and baby up the road.

We had our traditional hotdog and s'mores roast.

And a quick visit to the lake to watch the sunset before heading home.

Of course, it was a great time and no one got hurt, which made it that much better.

All the perks of camping without having to actually camp. We're going to miss having this fun, low effort, no cost summer activity after this year.