Sunday, June 24, 2012

Happy Birthday, Alex!

 In lieu of paying someone else to take crappy pictures [in my opinion anyway... because I'm picky and hate some of the things they do- or don't do!], I decided to start taking my own pictures.  Some of you may remember the Christmas family pictures I took- I thought they turned out well.  Obviously even I have some things to learn- especially when I can't actually look through the lens because I'm in the picture!  But I decided to plug through and try again with Alex's 2 year pictures.  I can't believe my baby is 2- but at the same time it feels like he's been 1 for three years!  He is such a fun bundle of joy- everyone always comments on how happy and expressive he is.  I can't wait to show him off to all the family we have coming this summer to visit.  Anyway, here are some of my favorites that turned out [and a few silly ones]!  Oh... and just one last side note- these are the raw pictures, meaning I haven't cropped or edited anything yet.  It always takes me forever to do that, so I figured I would share now while it's still somewhat close to his actual birthday.  :)

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

They're a handful, but I think I'll keep them...

UV Full Marathon

This past weekend I ran another full marathon.  I know, I know... I said I would never do another full.  But a friend of mine from the last one was coming to run the Utah Valley Marathon and I "got the bug" when I saw that and signed up!  I ran about the first 3 miles with her, then had to use the port-a-pot [of course, the first set which always has the LONGEST lines!] and ended up chasing her the rest of the 26.2 miles... finishing just 4 minutes after her.  I went easy on myself with this race too- easier than I should have.  It started in Provo Canyon and had a lot of gently rolling hills with some mad head wind- so I pretty much just speed walked the uphills when I probably could have run at least some of them.

About 4 miles from the finish, I was listening to my music [something I only do on marathons apparently... it gets to long & tiring that I need a beat to stick to!] and walking, of course, when a man in his 50s or 60s asked me where the finish line was.  Which I thought was strange, because I figured anyone running a marathon would pay special attention to know where the torture session ended!  After talking for a few minutes [and turning my music off], I learned that he had run this exact marathon a few years ago and the course was different- hence the confusion about the finish line!  He was wearing a 50 states club shirt- which means he has run a marathon in all 50 states.  He's actually working on his 2nd round of running in each state [something only 100 or so people have done!]  He had some interesting stories, and I was too nice to blow him off saying I really needed to try and shave an extra 10 minutes off my time by running faster, so I jogged at his easy pace the rest of the 4 miles.

But when all was said and done, I ended up being 21 minutes faster than last year, I didn't have a major sciatica attack, and other than a couple spots of soreness I actually felt fine!  We even walked around the booths at the Orem Summerfest Fair afterward!  We would have stayed for the evening parade and fireworks, but it was too cold & windy so we went home.  But it was a great day, with a great race [just a little more hills than I would have liked!], with great company, and my great family waiting for me at the finish!  I'll probably do another full marathon, but not for a few years when my kids are both in school and it's easier to find time to train.


Serra also ran a kids race- well, by "ran" I mean walked... she gets so excited, but when the actual events start she kind of freezes and freaks out.  It was also blazing hot at the finish area and she was begging Daddy to get out of the sun instead of running.  But she did technically complete her 1k race!

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Alex's 2nd Birthday Party

 I joined Crowdtap to take surveys, etc. and get points.  They sent me a kit to have a party to celebrate Madagascar 3 coming to theaters- my kids are SUPER excited.  At random times throughout the day, Serra starts singing, "I want to move-it, move-it!  I like to party, party!"  So I decided it would make life easier if I just had Alex's birthday party be Madagascar themed- they gave me everything I needed!  And we had a blast- with some Marty zebra cupcakes, pin the tail on Gloria, Madagascar masks, a pool outside, and watching Madagascar 2 upstairs!




We had tons of fun- Serra is now REALLY anxious for her birthday in 2 months too!  Madagascar 3 came out in theaters this last weekend- we haven't had a chance to see it, but maybe one of these days we'll get around to it.  It's definitely on our list of things to see- it looks like the funniest one yet!  Have any of you seen it yet?