Saturday, June 28, 2008

Salt Lake Art Attack 5K Race

I did it! I completed my first 5K race and I am so proud of myself. The coolest thing was that Justin came in four minutes ahead of me and was waiting for me about 50 yards from the finish line. When I saw his big ol' smile cheering me on, I was instantly motivated and re-energized and crossed the finish line in a full on sprint. I made the 3.10 miles in 32.47 minutes, which is two minutes faster than my personal best time of 34.5. HAPPY DAY! I was so very excited and exhausted all at the same time. Now, how bout' that 10K?...let's give that one awhile, I'm pretty sore today!

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

LOVE LOVE LOVE- Happy 13th Anniversary

Today is our 13Th anniversary. I am still so in love. I wanted to give a shout out to my wonderful husband who I adore, admire, cherish, am thankful for, find very sexy and currently miss! Justin, you are an amazing husband and father. Thank you for all the things you have done for our family to make my dreams come true. I am so happy where our lives are at and there isn't anything I could ask for that you haven't already given me. I love you. I love you. Justin, I LOVE YOU!

Monday, June 23, 2008

My Review of "The Kite Runner"

What a powerful book that filled me with such mixed emotions. On the one hand, I loved the story behind the story: the story of two boys growing up in very difficult times under extremely adverse conditions. On the other hand, some of the chapters really cut me inside-hardcore and I actually cried at certain parts. It is a highly emotional book and if you're like me with the high emotions, grab a box of Kleenex and be prepared for some things that you would never imagine possible. Overall, I am really glad I read it. It completely woke me up to the world on the other side of my sheltered, wonderful, spoiled life in America. I doubt that I will ever forget this book.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Ouch Little Lilly.

Lilly's home from her knee surgery. The doctor said it was a lot worse than he anticipated and he's glad he operated when he did. Her knee cap was essentially just not there. He had to break her thigh (femur) bone and reset it with pins. He also had to create a new knee socket to hold the knee ball in. Yikes! The doctor said he has optimistic thoughts for a full recovery. It will be a little strange seeing Lilly walk on all four. She's always used just the three legs-we thought it was normal because she never seemed to be in pain. We had a rough night, but she's doing pretty well today. She sat out in the sun with mom this morning and we shared a banana before her sedatives kicked in and she slipped off to dream land...where she will be most of the upcoming week. Thanks for your thoughts.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Prayers for Lilly


We found out today that there is a sad meaning behind Lilly's nickname "Lilly-Lilly-Lift-her-foot". She's been diagnosed with Patellar Luxation and she needs knee surgery right away. The worst is a stage 4, hers is a stage 3 to 3.5. She will be operated on Friday morning. Please keep little Lilly in your thoughts. Recovery is long, 8 to 12 weeks with no running or jumping. Yikes! The things we do for our fur-children.

Beautiful, HOT, St. George!



We just returned from our Vigh family vacation to St. George. What a fun time we had! I haven't been there in about 10 years and things have definitely changed. We stayed in this amazing house in Entrada, right next door to the Entrada Golf Club House (the one they used to film High School Musical II). This place was spectacular! What exactly do people do for a living to have the money to live in those homes? WOWY! We spent ALOT of time in the pool as the weather was around 100 most of the time. We did venture out to Zions for a hike and another hike at Snow Canyon to see a really neat volcano (Alex's favorite part of the trip besides the pool).

Justin's favorite was the "In-an-Out Burger" (can we say Animal Fries?) and of course we had to stop at our memory making restaurant, Bear Paw. We even got to spend some time with our good friends Holli, Shon and their daughter Ash. We took our bikes along and had some fun biking around Entrada with the kids. I even got a little run in, but what I really enjoyed was my morning laps in the pool, before it was too hot and I had the pool all to myself.

We also enjoyed spending Father's Day with my amazing husband (aka: Daddy Extraordinaire) and my wonderful father-in-law Ken, whom I simply adore with all my heart. The only thing missing was my own daddy dearest, Bob, who was in his glory at our Young family cabin surrounded by his sons and grand babies. I did get to talk to him on the phone and let him know how much I love him and missed him. To all the wonderful fathers, and my two "little" brothers, Happy Father's Day!

Lots of food, laughs, swimming and did I mention food? Back on WW faithfully after this one! We've got that 5K to run in two weeks! We had a wonderful time, as we always do spending time with Justin's family. It was very relaxing and peaceful and everything a great vacation should be.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

First Official Sleepover


Sieauna graduated from 2nd grade! In honor of her accomplishments, she got to have her very first "official" sleepover. She invited two of her little friends and they stayed up munching pizza, making ice cream sundaes, watching movies and antagonizing her little brother (most of the time). They did pretty good! By 11:30 I checked on them and all three were in dream land. The next morning we all had a big breakfast (cooked by Justin of course) of scrambled eggs, orange sweet rolls, bacon and muffins. Yumm!

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Proud to be Weenie!


We are proud to be weenies! Here's a shout out to our other two children (aka, reason for fence around garden). Mia and Lilly-Lilly-Lift-her-foot.

Our Version of "Going Green"




Justin started our garden! We all know that Kelly has black thumbs, it's Justin that has the greens! We worked our butts off clearing out the back area of our yard. We took out two unproductive fruit trees, trimmed the cherry tree, tore up the 20 year old raised planter boxes, tilled the area, prepared traditional hills and rows and fenced it in to keep out kids and weenies. We planted: six Early Girl tomatoes, one Big Beef tomato, watermelon, zucchini, straight neck squash and Heirloom tomatoes (those were started from seeds). We also started Roma and Patio tomatoes in pots as well as yellow bell peppers and a wide variety of herbs. Here's to Justin-city slicker/amateur gardener. We will keep you posted with progress.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Wish us luck!


Justin and I just registered for a 5K run on June 28th. This will be Justin's 2nd race (he took 6th place in his division at his last 5K - his first race!) and it will be my first. I've been training and am still sore from my first 5K road run on Sunday. Wow, I had no idea how much different the road is from the treadmill (which now seems like a piece of cake). I have realized also that maybe my calf hasn't fully recovered from last summers freak sprinkler accident in which I tore my soleus muscle in half. So, more training indeed. Anyway please wish us luck!

We have a graduate!


Alex graduated from Kindergarten today. He has such mixed feelings, it's quite sad really. He woke up yesterday excited that it was almost the end of school. He woke up today crying saying he didn't want to have summer break because he would miss his teacher too much and he would be so sad. (I don't blame him, she was a wonderful teacher.) He got his report card and got flying colors. We also found out who his new teacher will be for 1st grade. My baby is growing up! I took him to lunch for his accomplishment, his choice. To my excitement he wanted to go to Tsunami for some udon noodles. I refrained from jumping up and down at his obvious intelligence and impeccable taste, which he gets it from his mom of course, and happily munched on the D.H.T. and Cococabana rolls. :) Thanks Alex! Now...onto 1st grade my "little man".

Oh my goodness, I've started a blog!

So, as many of my friends know, I give into peer pressure way to easily. Result: I have taken the plunge and decided to try out my hand at this whole "blog" thing. I know, I know, you're thinking "Way to go Kelly! Way to jump on the bandwagon!" Well, to those of you who asked for it, your wish is my command.

Okay, where do I start? I guess from most recently huh? Well, we just returned from the most amazing vacation to Disney World. We had way more fun than I imagined. Can you believe I actually cried the day we had to return? Wait...I am pretty emotional so yeah, you probably can imagine that. But wow, seriously, what a great time. We stayed in these amazing condos at Orange Lake (http://www.orangelake.com/ and click "Orlando"). We were in the East Village. Every morning we would sit in our covered patio and eat a yummy breakfast while watching the golfers. We were literally two feet from a gorgeous Arnold Palmer course. It was so relaxing, so peaceful, so unlike the daily life!

To keep it short but sweet, we stayed 8 days and went to Sea World twice, Epcot twice, and the Magic Kingdom once. Our favorite was Epcot by far. The kids loved it. We loved it. We were fortunate enough to get to visit my mom's cousin, Mary Jane, and her family. My mom's great-aunt Mary is just like a twin to my grandma Frances. It was just like visiting with nanny and the kids just loved how much she was "just like nanny Frances!" It was wonderful to spend time with family that we don't get to see that often.

I think our most favorite thing was the fact that we didn't have plans. There wasn't anywhere we had to be and nothing we had to do. We took our time, did what we wanted and enjoyed the kids and the beautiful weather. One night we were hungry so we drove around and happened upon Downtown Disney. Call me crazy, but I had no idea there was actually a part of Disney you didn't have to pay for! We ate at the incredible Rainforest Cafe and walked around the boardwalk. There was a mini version of Lego Land, a Winnie The Pooh spot, and so many fun things we didn't even know existed. Ahhhhh, the memories. Hey, can I go back....now!

Sunset Beach Vacation

What a much needed, highly anticipated and eagerly awaited vacation.  We got to our rental home and it was a quaint little beach house 40 ya...