Sunday, December 28, 2008


We went to my brother David's house in Vegas for Thanksgiving. My brother Matt and his family and my parents came. The food was amazing and we hardly saw the kids the whole time, they were having so much fun with their cousins. We shopped, played in the fog, went bowling, saw a movie, played games and I went trail running in the red rocks with David.

Thursday, December 11, 2008


I had a Twilight party and invited around twenty girls. You know, just a few girls to chat about the book with and be girly. Party day came and at one point I counted 47 girls!! It was so much fun! We had great company, great food and fun games. We had some hard core Twilighters at the party that were busting out answers to the trivia games like the prize would be Edward himself! After the party we all got VIP status at the movie theater with no waiting, roped off seating, and cheep popcorn and drinks. Thanks Movie Max! As our group was walking into the theater one lady was yelling at me about how she had been waiting in line for 2 hrs blah blah blah. I thought we might have some major cat fights. That would have been awesome!

Great Food!

Twilight trivia to qualify for. . .

Twilight Jeopardy

"I'll take Forks for 200"

Some prizes

The winners

The awesome crew!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Monday, October 27, 2008

Halloween Carnival

I remember being 8 years old and had just finished my Halloween costume masterpiece. It was a gigantic Kleenex box. I had covered a big box with wallpaper, cut holes for the head and arms, and cut a slit in the front that had tissue coming out of it. I had even painted the Kleenex logo on the side. It was perfect! My masterpiece had been completed and I was about to dazzle the world with my costume designing skills. My friends and a dad picked me up and as everyone in the car was complimenting me on my work I realized I couldn't fit in the car! I had to walk next to the car as it drove from house to house. Mind you I grew up in Idaho where houses were sparse and it was really cold that time of year. Even though I was mortified walking along side the car I still felt glorious in my home made Kleenex box costume. Now I get to do it all over again with my kids. Max is really into it and somehow comes up with the most complicated and challenging of costumes. Abby's costume choices are a bit more simple and she gets really excited that we design and make it ourselves. Charlie . . . well, I think I started about 4 different costumes this year and she ended up wearing her PJ's that had a skeleton on it, go figure. Don't get me wrong, I'm not against store bought costumes in the least. As a matter of fact as I was sewing at three in the morning I thought to myself... why didn't I just go to Target! But when I saw Max at the school carnival and kids were asking to take pictures with him in his Lego mini fig costume, I could tell he felt as good as I did in my Kleenex box.

The videos make everything tall and skinny but you get the idea. :)

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Office Trip

Ryan's office reached a goal they had been working toward and the reward was El Salvador! We stayed at the same resort as last time, Las Flores. It was SO relaxing.

View from the beach

View from the room

View from the pool

Lunch time (breakfast for some:)

Catching our dinner


Boys boat trip to find some surf

Girls boat trip to watch some really cute boys surf. I think our captain was pretty excited to have the girl crew ;)

Cute boy catching a wave

Me and Katie

This kid climbed the tree without ropes or anything! He picked the coconuts and dropped them to his friends.

coming down and gathering coconuts

Chopping and eating the coconuts.

What did we do when we weren't surfing, eating, or laying out you might ask?? I call this one Garfield . . .

Thanks to everyone there, it was a great trip!

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Major Updating!

Our computer is getting worked on at the moment so I haven't been able to update. I still don't have access to my photos but have improvised with ones taken from my video camera. I'll update photos later. I'm back!


Saturday October 4th I ran the St. George Marathon. I woke up at 3:50 am, got ready and Ryan drove me to the park downtown to catch the bus that would take me to the start line. When I got out of the bus it was raining. I was given a plastic bag to keep dry and sat on the ground for an hour in the windy rain until the race started. I had been really sick prior to the race and thought I should stay dry so I wore the trash bag for about 11 miles (I took it off after a guy told me it looked like I was wearing a parachute). The rain ruined my pace watch so I had no idea how fast I was running and at about mile 8 my ipod wasn't working. I was tempted to quit because my muscles couldn't get warm (did I mention there was a head wind?) but am happy to say I didn't quit and I never stopped. I still can't believe I did it.

My family and parents waited for me in the rain at the finish line. Now that's dedication!


Chip Time 03:48:51
Overall Place 1587 / 5030
Gender Place 456 / 2180
Division Place 77 / 310
Age Grade 59.2%
Pace 8:43.8

Ryan turns. . .

We celebrated Ryan's birthday early at the office with Sushi and amazing cupcakes courtesy of Ashly Mackay. We then celebrated in St. George and had a great dinner at Famous Dave's BBQ place with Jason, Kim and family, my mom and dad and the kids.
Happy birthday Ryan! You're the best thing that has ever happened to me.

Abby is 6!

Abby is in first grade, loves art, has learned to read by herself, her favorite food is chocolate, and is such a sweet girl in our family's life. We celebrated as a family the day of her birthday and went to the Sea Life Aquarium with friends the following day. She has a talent in art and wanted an art cake. She loved the cake so much she didn't want to cut it at the family party but wanted to save it for the friend party. It was delicious and the kids had a great party. I can't believe my little girl is getting so big so fast!

We love you Abby!

Sunday, August 31, 2008

New York and Europe

11 pm we flew from San Diego to New York with kids 7 am (4 am California time) we arrived in New York with Grammy and Papa to greet us. 9 am we had breakfast at the Kitchenette, a very cute home-food boutique in the Tribeca area of Manhattan. 11 am we checked out the Statue of Liberty. The kids were so exhausted, but we dragged them out of the car to check it out. They were happy. 12:30 pm we jumped out of the car at a stop light after kissing the sleepy kids goodbye. The kids went back to Grammy and Papa’s. Our big plans of shopping and walking around the City faded away as we saw a nice grassy patch in Central Park and took a long nap. 4:00 pm we took the subway from Central Park to Penn Station and then the train to the airport 7:00pm we flew to Budapest 11:00am (2 am CA time and 5 am NY time) we arrived in Budapest and took a crazy taxi ride (aren't they always crazy?) to Kelli and Jared’s place in the heart of the City. An hour or so later Kelli and Jared left to go to church, and we took a nap. When they got home, we were off to the festivities! We stopped at a local sidewalk café and tried our first Gyro. They were delicious! Of course we had to finish it off with some fantastic Gelato. After dinner, we went to a Hungarian folkloric festival on the nearby Chain Bridge over the Danube River.
We went back to the house and got ready for the Sziget Festival. We took a ferry to an island which had been taken over by this festival, about 30,000 people. People were everywhere! It was like a Lollapalooza on steroids. They had stages everywhere, magic shows, street shows, make-shift discos, side shows, bungee jumping, rock climbing, bands playing, food and fun. I climbed a rock wall barefoot up about three stories high. Then I climbed this sketchy rope latter up another story or two. When I arrived at the top, this guy said something in Hungarian, and then said in broken English 1 2 3 and pushed me off the edge. I went clear across crowds of people on a zip line. It was a blast! I then met up with everyone to catch the Killers concert.
It was a lot of fun! We rocked out for a couple of hours, and then took the ferry and street car back home and crashed. Monday we rented a car and went to Vienna. What a beautiful City! The cobble stone streets, old churches and buildings make the city look frozen in time. We started the day off with Gelato, walked around, took in some shopping, lunch and more Gelato. When we were leaving we had some $Euros left that we needed to get rid of so we had to get one more Gelato for the road :). We drove home and crashed again. Tuesday I woke up and ran 17 miles (had to get rid of some of those Gelatos) around this smaller island near Kelli’s place, which has a running track around it. It was one of my long runs that flew by because there so many historic and beautiful things to look at. After breakfast, we took the car to the Balaton (lake) about 2 hrs from Budapest. I felt like I was watching an old movie or something when we got there. It was a grassy and shaded park that led to a marble tiled boardwalk that ran along the lake. The lake was about 3 ½ to 4ft. deep for about the first 200 yards. I had never seen anything like it before. We spent all day sleeping on the grass and playing in the water. We even rented a little peddle boat with a slide that Scarlett loved. We took a ferry to the other side of the lake and explored a quaint little town with a beautiful church that used to be a monastery. We watched the sunset and had dinner at this restaurant with an incredible view of the lake and valley. We tried pork and dumplings with this great red pepper sauce and cherry fruit soup with ice cream. It's always fun to eat new foods. Wednesday Ryan and Jared came with me on a 3 mile or so run around the island. We met up with Kelli and Scarlett at the island park and then headed off to celebrate with the people of Hungary. It was St. Itsvan Day (like our Fourth of July). We walked the shopping streets, and stopped for some drinks and watched some Olympics. We also checked out the Basilica church where they would later in the day bring out St. Itsvan’s skeletal left arm in a glass box for the parade. We met up with Kelli and Scarlett by the Chain Bridge to watch the Red Bull air show.
The small planes were racing over the Danube River, in and out of obstacles, competing to see who could run the course the fastest. We then walked and took a street car to Castle Hill where we explored the castle and festivities. Ryan decided to have some Hungarian sausage with Jared and loved it. We sat on the top of a grassy hill and watched Scarlett play with the kids while we ate. We then watched the incredible firework display that was done off the bridge. Budapest is amazing! The view we had of the fireworks and the amazing City below us was unforgettable. We went back to Kelli’s place and crashed. Thursday we ventured off on our own and took a train to the City of Prague in the Czech Republic. Clint, if you read this post, I thought of you while I was there :). We stayed in the heart of Old Town and our hotel, The Grand Hotel Praha, looked right out onto the city’s famous Clock Tower. The architecture was ridiculously old; some go back to the early 1400’s. The history of the Gothic castles and bridges as well as churches and synagogues along with the cobblestone streets filled with people rather than cars takes you back and really makes you wonder what life was really like back then. It was incredible! Friday we explored Prague more as well as the small cafés and searched for the best Gelato in town, it was a tough job but somebody had to do it. Saturday we took the train back to Budapest, about 7 hours, and met up with Kelli and Jared for dinner at this great restaurant where we enjoyed apple soup, stuffed peppers, gulosh, and more. It was delicious. Sunday we woke up early and took a street car and subway to the Szechenyi Bath house. It’s a natural spring that was opened up in 1896 and is said to be very healing. We soaked in warm water outside, sat in saunas and steam rooms inside, and took a dip in the cold plunge. I was even lucky enough to get a “relaxing massage”. It included dance music, therapists talking to each other through the curtain in Hungarian and only using one hand to massage. It was definitely an experience! We took a beautiful walk back to the house and caught a taxi to the airport. Sun. 1:15 pm we fly to NY. 5 pm (11 pm Budapest time) we arrived at JFK and rented a car and drove to Montauk. 8 pm arrive at the Montauk beach house. Greeted and hugged the kids, Charlie was so happy she started crying. We stayed at the beach house for 6 nights. We enjoyed the beach, saw how the rich and famous live in the Hamptons, saw what we decided was the Montauk Monster, explored the lake by boat, went to a farm,
and most of all enjoyed each other. We hadn’t all been together for quite a while so it was really fun to get to know each other again. Thanks to Ann’s amazing planning and preparing the week was a huge success. It was a great vacation.