Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Saturday, September 26, 2009
The kids spent last night at my dad's house so this morning we were free to do whatever we wanted! Pete and his friend from work, Paul, took me out on my first mountain biking trip. Paul has an extra bike that he brought along for me to use.
- Take everything you know about road biking and throw it away. It is a completely different sport!
- Take the switchbacks wide, then cut in.
- Outside foot down on the turns.
- Sit way back on, or even off of the seat.
- Appropriate gearing helps with stability.
- Do NOT slam on your breaks, especially your front breaks, when going downhill.
- Keep peddling on the uphill, even when your heart feels like it's going to explode, because if you stop, your walking up that hill.
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Sunday, September 20, 2009
This weekend Shane, Aria, and Katie drove down to Heber from Logan on Saturday and they stopped at our house on the way to pick up Elle’s old toddler bed for Aria. They were so awesome, and generous, and wonderful to trade vehicles with us and take the kids with them the rest of the way to Heber with them so Pete and I could have the night to ourselves. That was so wonderful because he had just gotten back a few hours earlier from Chicago where he’d been all week. I missed him so much so it was really fun to have a nice, relaxing date night.
We went shopping at Nordstrom Rack and got me some designer jeans (my first pair ever) and some killer heels to go with them! Now I just need somewhere to wear them….
We also did some shopping for Elle’s birthday, and got Mindy some new ballet slippers. This is her 4th pair, can you believe it!? Ballet is not cheap, which, I think, is one of the reasons I never did it.
Anyway, we also had dinner at this yummy place called Cedars of Lebanon. Oh so good!
We headed up to Heber Sunday morning and got there just in time to go to church. After church I got the cake ready, then we went visiting my grandparents where we got to see the baby deer and baby goats, then we went back to Dad’s house for the b-day party. All of my family was there (except for Heather who we missed very much! But I’m glad you got to have a nice rest this weekend.), and we had delicious burgers and fries.
I had to get the kids all cleaned up before the presents and the cake because they snuck out with their neighborhood friend to make sand castles in the garden. But then we had presents, and Elle (not to mention Mindy) was so excited she could hardly contain herself! It was very fun, and I’m glad Sabel and Garison, Shane and Aria, Katie, Dad and Angela could all be there! (Elle won’t officially be 3 until Tuesday, but don’t tell her that).
Here's the birthday girl, drinking some juice.
Here's Katie looking ravishing in her beautiful blue scarf.
Mindy eating a hamburger. Yum!
Elle opening presents
The big moment!
Cousin Aria, painted fingernails and all! Such a little sweetie!
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Anyway, we got our stuff, then had a great dinner with some family and headed up to the KOA in Garden City which was another hour drive. We got there just before dark. Pete set about putting up the tents and had me go buy some firewood and matches from their little store. The firewood ended up being wet, though, so we never did have a fire, and we just went to bed as soon as we got everything set up, at about 10. Not the funnest camping experience.
We had a nice air mattress, though I forgot to bring sheets or anything to put on it, other than our comforter. We didn't really plan for cold as much as we should have because it was just so hot in Salt Lake. We all slept well, though. That is, we all slept well until I woke up at 3am feeling like my throat was about to close in and my nose was running like crazy. I don't know what it was, but I was seriously allergic to something up there! Since I haven't had allergies for so long, I also forgot to bring allergy medicine. I was also so cold on that air mattress!
Well, there was no way I could go back to sleep feeling like that, and Pete looked on his iPhone and found an alleged pharmacy not far from our KOA so I got up and went in search of some meds. I felt bad starting the Jeep at 3am. It was so loud, I felt like I woke up the whole campground for sure. No one yelled at me or anything, though. I drove around for a while without finding anything open, and headed back to the camp. Luckily I found some decongestants in our first-aid kit. I took those, put my compression socks and jacket on and that made me feel much better so was able to go back to sleep.
In the morning, we got up bright and freezing early. My sister, brother, sister-in-law and their little girl arrived at about 6 to help out with the kids and bring me allergy medicine. We had planned on riding in to the race, but since it was freezing cold and we had less time than we planned, my sister drove us in. Then we realized that we forgot the water bottles so I called her and she brought us those too. What a great support team we had that day! They took down our tents, packed up our Jeep, took the kids to breakfast and played with them until we were done with the race. It was so great to have them there, otherwise, we wouldn't have been able to do it.
All the olympic women started at 8:15, 15 minutes after the men. I really didn't love the swim start. The water felt nice and warm compared to the air, but it was hard to get in and warm up because it was shallow for so far out. When the gun went off, we ended up running through the water for several minutes before we were able to start swimming. There was a lady racing who I'd done Masters Swim with back in Heber, and I was going to try and stick with her because she said she'd probably do it in about 30 minutes. Well, that was hopeless. It's impossible for me to stick with anyone in the water. The water was really weird too. It was so clear and blue that it felt like we were swimming in a pool, but there was no bottom. That was more freaky to me then swimming in the nice murky water I'm used to. It was also hard to see the buoys with such bright water, and I kept finding myself veering way to the right. I'd get so mad at myself for wasting precious time when I'd do this, but the I'd end up doing it again. I also forgot to start my timer at the beginning so I could only guess how long I took. When I got out, I thought I'd only taken 30-31 minutes, but then I had to run a ways back up to transition.
Swim Time: 35:54