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.

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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



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





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



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coming down and gathering coconuts


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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 . . .
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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!

Marathon


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!

Distance MARATHON

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!