Sunday, July 27, 2008

Camping in Coalville

We had a great time camping in Coalville. The weather was hot but the river was cool. The fish weren't biting and the mosquitoes left us all a few reminders that they were very hungry. We still had a wonderful time hiking, fishing, eating, roasting s'mores and relaxing with Nana, Bepa, and the clan. On our last day, we drove into Evanston to watch the horse races. Both the kids competed in the "Little Cow Pokes" race and mom and dad placed a few pony bets. It was a great time and lots of fun. The kids loved seeing the horses race and all the loud noises and spectator hype. I haven't been there in years and it was a great reminder of why we need to go more often. We came back to camp and had to watch "horse races" (the kids pretending they were horses) all night. Fun times!

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Race Results!

Today Justin got a package in the mail from the Utah Arts Festival. It's this awesome medal made of sandstone and a certificate for a 1-day lift ticket to Deer Valley Ski Resort with a note saying "Thank you for is your prize." Well, we are wondering what place he took so we checked it out and....are you ready?....1ST PLACE! He took first place for his division! AWESOME!!! I am so proud of him. So, for the heck of it, we look down the list to the females, just to check if I even placed at all, and......ready?........I placed 2ND in my division! We are one happy family right now, riding a cloud. Okay, I'm done tooting my horn. Time for a celebratory glass of wine. Oh, and if you want to see for yourself, here is the link:

Update 7/24/08: Today I received a package in the mail too! I got the same medal as Justin but with a red ribbon instead of blue. I also received this incredible scrapbook kit and a disk with 2000 fonts (do they know me or what?). I was so happy. Justin and I just gave each other a high five and proceeded to sign up for another 5K on August 15Th. We will keep you posted with results!

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

A New Toy! (Thanks Min.)

Last night I went running from my house up to my parents who live next to Brighton High (go Bengals!) and with the hills and all, I SWORE it must have been at least 5 miles. Well, my dad drove me home and we tracked it. THREE lousy miles. I was so sad. Well my bud Mindy told me about the Garmin Forerunner 305, an awesome watch that tracks time, distance, miles, calories, incline, heart rate, it even has real time GPS! I was hooked! I needed to have it. So, last night my darling hubby said "Buy it." and I DID! I am so excited to get it in a couple days and try it out. There are so many things it can do, I can't list them all, but if you wanted to see, go to: and check it out. Thanks Justin! Thanks Mindy!

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Chance Meeting?

Wednesday I took the kids to the pool. We got there early and found one of the very few prized shade areas. A middle-eastern women dressed in a burqa, came in with her children. I knew she would be hot in the 97 degree weather, so the kids and I scooted our chairs as tight as possible and offered to share our shade with them. The woman, Mesa, gladly took us up on the offer. Throughout the three hours we were there, Mesa and I struck up a wonderful conversation. She shared a swim cap that she had purchased in the Middle East a couple months ago, with Sieauna. She asked about the book I was reading and asked me if I had read "A Thousand Splendid Suns". She gave me her just finished copy and I read the first six chapters at the pool, discussing every chapter with her as I read. I got hooked! She said "I just knew you'd like it". She was so friendly, so kind. I came home and put the book on hold at the library. I picked it up yesterday and am almost done reading it. God puts people in your life everyday for reasons we are not sure of, but I am so glad for the chance meeting with Mesa. I hope to run into her again someday.

Afterthought: The book was amazing, heart wrenching, touching. I couldn't put it down and finished it in two days. Knowing that Mesa has experienced the aspect of Middle Eastern life, makes her a very strong woman in my eyes. This book, and the Kite Runner, have really opened my eyes to what exactly is going on over there. Also, it makes me realize that sadly we have a long way to go before our armed forces, as well as the people of the Middle East, can make it a country even close to what we have in America. After reading those books, I truly love my country and boy are we spoiled! Wow...all I can say.

Monday, July 7, 2008

Mia & Lilly - Best Friends Forever

I know this is kinda funny, but I just thought this was the cutest picture ever. This, my friends, is why we have fur-children. (Click to enlarge. Mia is sleeping on Lilly's back while Lilly is resting on Mia's arm.) SO CUTE!