"Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined."

-Henry David Thoreau

Saturday, December 31, 2011

New Years Eve

I love New Years Eve, but the older I get, the harder it is to stay way excited because I get so tired by the time midnight comes around!! I was tempted to give in to the desires of sleep, but tradition won out. We spent the day at Nate and Meg's, hanging out with the kids, chatting, eating scrumptious food. Football was on all day of course, games were mentioned but never really played, and then came the fireworks. Zach loves fireworks so I was excited for him to get to see them from their balcony. Meg told me the 4th of July is awesome because it overlooks so much that you see a ton of fireworks and never have to leave. New Years was just like that. Their neighbor across the street even had legit fireworks that were more than likely illegal, so we had front row seats. Afterward, we popped open the Martinelli's and toasted to the crazy things the kids thought of. It was the perfect way to end a year and get excited for a new one!


Christmas in St. George! We found out afterward that next year we won't be able to travel that far away, due to Zach's job description, so this is our last one down there for at least a year, maybe more.
Zach knew he would be doing tons of training for work for the next several months, so he wanted to make sure and spend some extra time with his parents. We were separated more than the usual because I was running back and forth trying to see both families, finish shopping for Zach, my parents, and do Scott's shopping for my parents, and I also wanted to get together with old buddies and play some bball. After all was said and done, I was not exactly rested from the vacation, but had a wonderful time.
My dad and I ran almost daily together around Sand Hollow. Some grand times those are. We would try to go early, otherwise it wouldn't happen. We ran about three miles a day, on the SG Tri and Kokopelli route. I even got to wear just a T-shirt since it was sunny Southern Utah. I have a hard time explaining why I love working out with my dad so much, but I totally do. I think its because we both get excited over the same aspects and we are close to the same speeds, and he really makes me feel good about myself with his encouragement. I am so glad that he and my mom live such active, healthy lifestyles and that I grew up knowing how fun it can be to get out and be active.
We hiked, went shooting with Zach's dad, lounged around, and played with the grandkids. It was a pretty Merry Christmas in our family!

*My mom is basically the only one that took pictures the whole trip...that's why there aren't any of Zach's family. One day I hope to overcome my forgetfullness of cameras and remember to take some!

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Well, hello Director.

I got a new promotion at work earlier this month! I am now the Director of Student Services. I was almost sad when I found out the news because I have been loving being the Assistant Registrar so much. Then came the training, and I was a bit overwhelmed. I got to spend the week before Christmas vacation in my new office dealing with the student problems and getting organized and figuring out all of my duties and I'm not sad anymore! I love it! I am very busy, which is actually really nice. Each day is full of projects, meetings, student issues, and organizing student files. I now have a big window so I can watch it snow! That is one thing I would notice in my other position....my desk was in a room without a window and some days I would be at my desk most of the time and never see outside! It was crazy because I didn't know when it was dark or raining or nice. Now I do. :) I am really excited for this new position and the difference I can make at the campus. Being able to love your job makes a big difference in your overall happiness, and I am blessed to love mine.

Home Sweet Home

We found a house! It totally came out of the blue. I was all settled in to consistently look for months until we found exactly what we wanted. I was going to move in with Nate and Megan when Zach left, and continue the search. Apparantly, that was not in our plan! One Friday, as we were out house shopping, we met up the the Edge builders. We went through their two-story, and we were really excited. Then she showed us a rambler, and we loved it. Then I took a second and thought to myself "no wonder we are loving everything, it is $20,000-$40,000 out of our price range. We really need to stop looking at these ones." I voiced my opinion and we moved on to another subdivision they had. We went in one, and I thought, "I love this entryway, I love this house, I love this basement." I asked the price and got frustrated because we still weren't in our price range. I didn't know why she was even showing them to us! As we finished that day, I was a little discouraged because it was all too much. Well, she encouraged us to offer what we could and see what happened. So we offered on the one that I loved everything about, and wa-la! They accepted. How it worked was sweet for us though, because we thought our realtor was offering our decided-on price, but he offered even lower, and they countered with what we thought we were offering anyway! Win-Win.

So, we moved forward with the whole process and went from this....

to this!!!

I insisted upon dark cabinets.

This couch gave us weeks of grief and stress. Over Christmas, we walked into Ashley Furniture, found it, and it was love at first sight! We found it when we got home and were ready to purchase, but measured it and thought it would be too big for our room. We looked and looked and couldn't find anything we liked as much, that was as comfortable, or that was as good of a deal. So, we risked it. We kept the order and had it delivered. AND...it fit! All the time spent shopping for something else was almost a waste, except that it confirmted to me how much I love my couch!

We had bought a different entertainment center, but then I found this, and had to return it and get this instead! It was so much more classy and beautiful, and I love it everytime I look at it.

Our new living room, where fun times will be had. By the way, I love that swivel chair! It is huge and a big part of why we wanted that set so bad.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Wintertime happenings

I found this pic on my camera recently and decided I should post my most scrumptious oreo cookie cupcake. New recipe I found thanks to Pinterest. They turned out quite yummy and the girls at work liked them, so I'll keep the recipe. First ski day of the year!
For Z-Dub's birthday this year, we did the traditional sushi outing and hit up the lights at Temple Square. He is now 29...oldie smoldie!

His new pea coat! He makes everything look so dang good!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

2 mile mark

After months of being restricted on my running, I am proud to say that today I ran two miles with zero pain in my knee! After I hurt it training for the St. George Marathon, I was very disappointed. I have mentioned my love/hate relationship with running before, but I have grown to be more on the love side. Absence makes the heart grow fonder I hear....
Anyway, I took the six weeks off then tried to run. 1 mile - I was good. The next time I tried a 1 1/2. Still good, but I noticed a little pain. But, being brilliant as I am, I tried 2 miles the next time. Not a good idea. I hurt for at least three days after. BOO! This is really hard for me to deal with. I have had several injuries over my lifetime, and the resting and waiting never gets easier. I just love the feel of racing against yourself, feeling your heart beat faster, fighting to breathe evenly, and being fit. So when that privilege is taken from me, I struggle. Thankfully I was still able to exercise, and I expanded my cardio routine and hit the weights again now that the Tri training has subsided for a short time. I added the stairstepper again (another love/hate relationship that is leaning toward love), and I introduced myself to the rower which I read is one of the best and most underused equipment at the gym. It is great too. But sometimes, I just need to run. Last week I hit that point where there was no other option. I started out slower with 1 mile, then 1.25, then 1.5 and did a few of those. Today was my 2 miler and I am surprised, happy, relieved, ecstatic and all other positive words you can think of. No pain as of yet! This whole time I have been dreaming of doing more triathlons and a dang marathon. Now I can get back into training mode. :)

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Christmas decorating

It's Christmas time! After my parents left on Sunday, we really didn't have much going on and decided it was time to decorate. I am so glad we did! We inherited quite a few decorations, which make our home very festive. I love how there is just something magical about Christmas!

Don't you just love our church curtains??

Zach's job

Good news! Zach loves his job! It has been an adjustment with our schedules...Zach now gets up at 4:30 everyday (which I love and I am so glad he is good about it). Because of this, we need to go to bed earlier, but I don't even get home til about 8:30 so basically, we get to say "Hi, I love you, Goodnight." It's worth it though. Zach works out every morning with his unit, and I still go every morning before work. We never eat meals together, but that makes the times we do that much better I suppose. I am very thankful that we are so blessed. This job is perfect for Zach and very good timing. I know he is going to be amazing at it and I am so proud of him for getting it.

The stresses of a house already!

This house hunting thing is not the easiest thing I have ever done. It is so hard to decide what we need versus what we want, what we can afford versus being house-poor, cost versus distance from Zach's job, 2-story versus rambler, build versus buy, big down payment versus little down payment, bank versus mortgage banker, yard versus no yard, be there for 30 years versus 5 years (totally an unknown which obviously makes it harder, but it affects all the other decisions...go figure.)
Once I sit back and take a deep breath though, I think I am handling it okay. :) Thank goodness for our amazing realtor Jason. He basically had a therapy session with me today which helped calm me down and keep things in perspective. I think that has been the hardest part of the whole process....there are so many different angles and perpectives and approaches to take to this humongous decision. Every week my mind is opened to different thoughts, concepts, and ideas that it complicates the decision. I am glad that we don't have to rush into a house for any reason, because this will take me some time.
Right now, we are leaning toward building. This is because for about the same price, we can get the dark cabinets I want in the kitchen, pick the floorplan we like best, have room to grow for our future babies!, and customize colors and such. So far though, each builder we have talked to either doesn't have a floor plan I want, or is juuust over our budget. So, for now, we keep looking.

Thanksgiving time

In all actuality, I am writing this post in January 2012 because I was waiting and waiting to get pictures from my mom's camera and kept putting it off. So...this is from my not so fresh memory.

We decided to go to Denver for Thanksgiving this year so that Brad and Amanda would come out to Utah for Christmas. Aren't we just so nice? My parents are actually way nicer than me because they drove up to our house the night before so we could all ride together. So their trip was lengthened by like 4 hours in the car....and it is eight miserable hours to get to Denver. I developed a new appreciation for how often Brad and Amanda come visit because let's face it...that drive sucks nuggets.

But, my family is way fun and we hit up some MickeyD's for breakfast, and the drive out wasn't too bad since we all had a bunch to catch up on.

It was a blast to hang out with the kids. Jason was in a Blue Batman/Joker stage where he is always aggressive and wants to fight the bad man. He would ran at me and jump to attack and he even started with some punches so we had to teach him when and where to be soft and what not. A sweeter side of Jason came out when he wanted to play nap time with me. We would curl up in his bed and pretend to sleep and then he would suddenly yell to wake me up or run and turn on the lights. Then he would snuggle me and pretend to sleep again. Over and over. It was insanely adorable.

On actual Turkey Day, there was some morning football at the park. The men are just so athletic. I love my husband and brothers and how the stand above everyone else and Scott looks a little like a giant. The meal was fabuloso, with Amanda being a sweet and wonderful host.
Friday was a day at the zoo! Um...I LOVE the zoo. I totally feel the little kid in me come out. First I think the lions are my favorite, then the tigers, then the giraffes, then the seals, and I hate the snakes but am way fascinated. I just can't figure it out, but I love seeing them all on the same day.

My husband got lost at the zoo...somehow I'm not surprised. He kinda wanders off and takes his own time, which happens to be something I love about him, but can frustrate the crap out of me. I was like a mom running around looking for him while the rest of the family went ahead. I knew he was just having a good time doing what he wanted though and it made me laugh to myself instead of get thoroughly annoyed.

Saturday was sweet...this is when I was really needing to run since I had been out since September. Everyone was going to play bball at the church, so I got ready to run to the church since it is only about a mile and a half away. My mom, who has a hard time remembering I am an adult that does things alone all the time, had to come with me. I really appreciated it though because we had good conversation and it just so happened to be the coldest day we were there, so her company allowed me not to focus on my fingers that were turning to icicles. Once we got there, Brad asked if me and Amanda wanted to jump in. This question was totally unnecessary because I most definitely did. So Amanda and I jumped on the court, me in my tie-dye and vibrams, and played a game or two of bball. Nothing like sweating all over and breathing super hard to make you feel good about life, right?

After a quick and great holiday weekend, we headed home on that miserable drive.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Happy Hunting!

And so, the house hunt begins! Or...officially began last Friday, more or less. We met up with a friend of Zach's from drill, who just so happens to be a real estate agent and went over the details of buying a house. I am totally pumped for this because at one point in my life I dreamed of building a house and then at another point I dreamed of being a real estate agent. Combining the two, I get this wonderful experience of trying to find our first home.
I have been looking at listings like crazy for months already, so I have a pret-ty good idea of what we are looking for. Thankfully, it seems that Zach and I have almost identical taste in what we want. This Friday we are going to walk through some houses. I am leaning toward building if we can find something in our price range, but walking through will help a lot with deciding what we want for sure.
I love envisioning a nice, cozy home with a delightful kitchen where I can create all sorts of delectable goodness for my sweet husband and kids. A place where my family can be happy and good memories will be made. I truly believe in going after what I want and making my dreams a reality and I am so glad it is a possibility for us!

Saturday, November 5, 2011

More grown up life, here we come!

Do I, or do not have the most attractive husband? I vote yes, I do. This is him all sharpened up for the most awaited and anticipated interview of the freakin' decade. Which he rocked! But we didn't know how good he rocked it til two days later and got a call for the second interview which was two weeks later! Talk about a stressor. Then he had the interview Saturday and they said they would call Monday. Zach didn't sleep Friday through Sunday. I have never seen him that worried about something. Monday came, and went. I started preparing myself for bad news. Then we got a twinkle of good news, but nothing for sure. Tuesday came, and went. Wednesday too. But that twinkle kept our hopes high and finally Thursday Zach got the official offer! I was preparing for our big Halloween bash at work, but my awesome boss let me sneak away for some victory lunch to celebrate! Zach now has a career job. Which doesn't start until November 15th. I am trying to get used to this take-forever mentality of the military. I just keep thinking how great this job will be for Zach. With this, we have decided we will be staying in Utah for the foreseeable future and we can seriously consider getting a house and starting our family. Don't worry, my planning wheels are spinning like crazy!! Do we buy a house now, or save longer? Do I start my Master's degree, then get pregnant, or just skip the degree and start making babies (which I am very excited for)? I'm thinking down to the months of how things will play out. But in reality that doesn't really matter because it doesn't play out like the plan anyway. I just enjoy dreaming about it. Zach doesn't so much so he gets a little sick of my ponderings. I try to keep it in so as to not annoy or wear out the subject, but it is a hard task. This is our life and future here! The most exciting thing though is that it is moving forward in such a positive way, and we are very blessed. I feel like I am ready for this stage of life.

Halloween date night!

We celebrated Halloween in a festive way the Saturday before since I work til 9 on Mondays. Another thanks to Groupon, we went to the Hee Haw farms where there was a lot to choose from. We chose the corn maze and Cornevil night terrors.Good thing my husband is a good navigator. He only made us go in one huge circle. We think the maze was faulty because we were pretty good at it, just couldn't find the right exit... Burlap rug slide..count me in!! Zach only went once but I went like 5 times. Afterward I told him that we need a kid or two so that I have more of an excuse to go over and over.

Zach challenged me to a tetherball game. I said "bring it on" because I was always the champ in elementary. After a few minutes into the game I realized my huge advantage of being the tallest 10 year old contributed to my success, and now the playing field was a little more level. It was the most exerting game of tetherball I have ever played. I was breathing hard like I was doing cardio at the gym or something. The game went on so long that I had to give in and let Zach have his success. Which he, or course, enjoyed.

I spotted this massive bunny after we played on the slide for a minute. This giant guy was Zach's favorite part of the whole night. He stroked him over and over and over. I had to pull the mommy trick of "ok, I'm leaving now....bye" like three times before we could continue the fesitivities. I should have planned out the navigation a little better because every time we passed the bunny cage it was like a replay.

Me + tire swing = happy.

The part of the night not documented by the photos was the most Halloween-like. The Cornevil night terrors. Not recommedend for children younger than 11. Should be 23 and under because I was pretty darn terrified. These "terrors" were like a haunted house, but add a swamp and a forest to the house, with live snakes and creepy children and you get a little better idea of what you are in for. I knew I didn't like haunted houses and thats why we didn't go to one. Zach started laughing at me before we even entered because I very nearly got cold feet. Then he proceeded to inform all of the "spooks" to scare me more. If he hadn't let me hide my face in his back the whole way I may have let him sleep on the couch or something. He would laugh and predict what the spooks would do, which made the whole thing more bearable for me. In the end, it was a way fun night and I am just so happy that Z-dub is my best friend and we have the best of times together.

Actual Halloween night was a good time too...at work I discovered it is the day of the year the most pizza is ordered, so I figured we better contribute and instructed Zach to get us a pizza for when I got off at 9. We did pizza and a movie..which wasn't Hocus Pocus much to my chagrin...and had another amazing night together. I love the end of the year when holiday cheer is had like, every other weekend.

Halloween festivities

Lots of fun was had this Halloween season, thanks to Groupon. Before October even started, there were different Halloween-spirited offerings and I couldn't wait to participate! We got tickets to an outdoor play of "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow." I believe I have mentioned that we went in the past....but here is the proof!

Zach, in his infinite sweetness, picked up a bouquet off the stage as we left and presented them to me. I am holding the remains in the above picture.

We also attended a Halloween River Cruise! I was very very excited until someone at work mentioned it being somewhat scary for kids...like as in two year olds....and I realized I probably had a little skewed perception of what to expect. So, with fair warning I knew it wouldn't be the most exciting thing in the world, but it was pretty cool. Scott brought along Kelsey and we went to Los Hermanos, which I do not recommend..not impressed. Then we spent a long time trying to find out how to cross under I-15 with all the construction. This part was scarier than the haunted river cruise for more than one reason. Reason #1: the detour was basically a circle back and forth through some rundown area in town and then cornered you in a storage unit parking lot. Yeah, just the thing a killer would do. Reason #2: As we drove in that unexitable mess, we pass a zombie! Basically, that is what he was. He was limping, had messed up hair, grungy and torn clothes, and he was walking down this dark alley we were stuck in. Creepy. We had to pass by him three times as we tried to get out of there and I almost called it quits because that scared me enough....

Finally, once Zach finally listened to my all-knowing advice, we got out of the labyrinthian detour and found our destination. Zach finds a twenty dollar bill as he opens my door for me. Yay! He is always looking for a bag of money whenever we go on walks, so he was very excited and kept looking the rest of the night, like someone would drop twenties over the rest of the parking area. The decorations were awesome. I would totally love to have the money to deck out my yard in cool stuff like that one day. Not really likely I would spend it on that stuff, but hey maybe if what we had was millions...Lucky me, my department at work is in charge of the Halloween party, so this was my excuse to dress up. Don't I make an adorable flamingo? Everyone thought I was a ballerina, so whatev. Zach went a little crazy trying on my (really Lindsey's) pink wig. I so wanted to wear it but feathers in my hair looked better. Plus my hair is so long it wouldn't tuck into the wig, so I couldn't. At least it looked good on him...

Friday, October 21, 2011

Winter is coming...

Since winter is just around the corner, at least that is what I think, I have been trying to get my fill of all the things that just won't be possible once it comes.

Scott and I hit up the Legacy bike path in Salt Lake last Satuday. Talk about a good time. Good conversation, see a few snakes, eat a few bugs. Great way to spend a Saturday afternoon.
I had been wanting to do a little bbq up in the mountains before it got too cold, so I decided this weekend was as good as any. I bought the goods while grocery shopping and planned it out in my head. Then decided it might be a fun family activity, so I invited Scott, Lindsey, and Tanner to join us. This of course changed the plans in my head, but I handled it ok... We all met up and drove to American Fork Canyon, my new favorite place for all outdoor activity because it is simply beautiful and so close. It was the Sabbath, so I was overjoyed when the fee station just waved us through! Bonus. Unfortunately, this was our very first picnic ever, and Zach and I forgot quite a few things. Like plates. And napkins. And extra food. And soap for Z-Dub after he made the burger patties. But, hey, at least now we know what not to forget.

Playing some cards, eating some seeds.

We tried dirt, leaves, and ash to get the burger fat off...not very successful.

I love family get togethers!

Forever Friends

Last weekend I went to dinner with 3 of my childhood friends. Isn't it crazy that after 12 years of not living by each other, we can all get together and it is like nothing has changed? Kenzie and I have been meeting up during the week for lunch a couple times and it has been so so wonderful to get back in touch! She is pregnant and due to have her baby in just a few more weeks! When I moved, we were in 7th grade and still oh so young. Now, we are all married. She is the only prego one just yet. As we were catching up, we talked about catching up with Saydee and Darcee as well since we don't get to see much of each other (me seeing everyone way less of course) and decided we should do dinner. Kenzie helped plan it all...thankfully because it truly takes someone who will really set it up...and we planned a dinner like two weeks out.

We met up in SLC which is basically middle ground and had a fabulous night out. A little bit of Mexican food at The Blue Iguana and lots of laughing made for a great night. Some of the memories that came up I had long since forgotten and was reminded of our craziness. I care as much about these girls as I do about any of my friends and I am so very grateful that after all this time we can still get together and have a blast. It is crazy how personalities don't change much over the course of a life, and that is why we all still get along I'm sure. I always think of the movie Now and Then when I think of us because we watched that when we were kids and now it is really happening to us!

Monday, October 10, 2011

Blissful moments.

This past weekend was simply amazing. Nothing even crazy exciting happened, but I was totally happy. I got off early on Friday again...YAY!...and drove home to Z-Dub. It had been raining and freezing cold all week so of course I bundled up in leggings, sweatpants, long-sleeved shirt, scarf, and sweater since I am WAY too cheap to turn on the freaking heater in the beginning of October! Then we decided to go to the gym, which is always magnificent. I have become an addict, going twice a day sometimes. Wonderful way to spend free time, I totally recommend it. Anyway, we had plans to go the "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" play that night, but I had been stressing a little about the weather because it was still raining AND the play was outdoors AND I had already paid for it AND I couldn't decide if I wanted to leave the cozy snuggleness of our house, but we decided we might as well. The play itself was mediocre, but I'm so glad we went. It was fun to do something outside (even in the light rain) and to remember what the story even was. It was by the state mental hospital and the road was dark and scary and gave me enough of a scare for the Halloween season, so now I'm set. No need for haunted houses. I'm so over those now...rather they freak me out more than when I was younger...but over it sounds tougher....

Saturday was a total rainy day stay in the house kind of day, which was fine because I'm in the middle of The Lost Symbol, which is a book by Dan Brown and quite intriguing. I love reading, but don't usually dedicate the time now that I am a working woman...
We also had tickets to the movies for Saturday night, and again, we couldn't decide if we wanted to go! I don't know what it is about having plans, but I have always been like that...get excited about something up until the time arrives and then I don't want to do it. But, I have learned to just do it and I never regret it. This time was no different. We went to the Jordan Commons which is a way sweet movie theater because it is like a little town in the theater with different food places and stuff. Well, we decided to see a movie that was two hours later, so we walked around, snuggled on a bench out in the cold, got a bite to eat and got to see a movie Zach had been talking about for a while. In the middle of all this, Zach found a wallet, contacted the owner who we met up with and gave it back, and he was the good samaritan for the night. He was happy about it, I could tell.

Sunday was awesome because we had cleaned the house on Saturday, so it felt wonderful. I had a grand old time in nursery where I started wanting to have kids of my own so I got to daydream about that all day. Then I made dinner and a birthday cake for Lindsey Lorin, read some more, and then her and TanTan came over. Birthday celebration! Tanner and Zach bonded over football and Linds and me played card games that took us back to our childhood.
Not a bad weekend, not a bad weekend at all. :)

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Excited for Fall!

I am definitely excited that it is Fall! I love the weather, the colors, the holiday excitement! It is all grand. I remember as a little girl I never really liked Fall, but I'm not sure why not because now I love it. Zach and I went to Hobby Lobby Friday to get stuff for our table centerpiece. I have gotten some decorating ideas and wanted to see what we could create! I spent a bit more than I wanted, but I love the feeling just one decoration can make to our home. There were a few things I was planning to do around the house, but decided not to spend so much money. When we get an actual house I plan to do a lot more. I want to make a wreath this year too, but I think by the time I get around to making it, it might be time for a Christmas one, so I can't decide which one I should do.
I am also trying to get in as many more bike rides as I can before it gets too cold. The weather has been so nice. I like it just a little cooler...I feel like I work harder with a little chill. Living in Northern Utah has grown on me. I loved it when I was here, missed it when I moved, got over it and loved SG, now I am back to loving these wonderful seasons. I wish I could be running, but nope. :( I pulled something with my IT band and am having some tendonitis symptons in my feet. I was so bummed I couldn't do the marathon this weekend, but of course healing up is better than suffering. Probably next year...
I have so much going on in my head, but not much is changed in our everyday life. I have been gathering more information on buying a house and I feel more and more ready. All we really need is a big down payment, so probably in about a year! That is if Zach gets this job, which closes Tuesday!! Whatever happens there will help determine more things. I have also been thinking a lot about vacations, and I think we are going to be planning a few. We realized the other day we haven't done anything just us since our honeymoon, so it's time to plan something! I hate how life revolves around money, but it really does. I feel blessed that I have such a good job to have what we have. I try really hard not to always want more, because no matter what there is something else you could want. If you go to Hawaii, then you want to go to Europe. If you get a nice house, then you want a nice car. It can go on and on, so I am focusing on being happy with what we do have.
Bottom line, life is going good. :)

A weekend full of football..

This past weekend was a weekend full of football...a.k.a. Heaven for my dearest Zachary. The only problem was that none of the teams we were rooting for won, so not so heavenly.

I was heading home from work early on Friday (I love my new position, I get to leave early on Fridays if I have hours built up!!) and I had just gotten a good deal on movie tickets for the night so I was extraordinarily excited for the weekend. As I was driving, I got a call from Miss Lindsey Lorin, and she asked if we wanted free tickets to the BYU game! I was hesitant because I had already bought our movie tickets for 7:40 that night, but I knew Zach would be ecstatic. He was. I had some issues at first because I get in a little tizzy when my plans get messed up, but the theater said I could change out tickets and in all reality I did want to go, so we got ready and headed out...prepared to cheer for the opposing team, Utah State, of course. We hit up a little Pizza Factory (where I got a sweet deal on gift certificates, I love coupons!) and went to the game.
It was quite intense and I was getting way into it! I think that is the most I have ever consistently paid attention in a football game, and we would get excited over the same plays which totally helped us bond, I could tell ;). But really, it was way fun.

We thought we were pretty funny sporting the "U" sign at a BYU/Utah State game.

Zach got a kick out of this...We are nerds, I know.

The next day we got to go to the Utah game with Nate and the boys! Zach had been counting down to this for like two weeks! It was supposed to be a good game and a good matchup, but sadly, the Utes did not fair too well. The first half was good and somewhat inspiring, but the second half was horrendous, and Zach's spirits deflated like a balloon. Boo.

This is his angry face.

After the game and some serious consideration, I decided that what I had always heard about Utah and BYU fans were false. Zach will kill me when I admit this, but I like the atmosphere at BYU way better than at Utah...scratch that. Actually, the atmosphere at Utah was awesome with all the cheering and spirit and flags. BUT, the crowd was less favorable than at BYU. A huge contributing factor is who you sit by obviously, and at BYU they were nice and clean and respectable, even though there was this one little boy that kept sliding under us and stuck a stick up in between my legs once...felt kinda weird....anyway, at Utah we sat by a rambunctious, disrespectful, cussing, smelly group of people. Not really my style. So I decided I would rather not compare fans and coolness and all that, but I will still root for Utah because of my husband, and I don't really like Provo all that much, and I don't know enough about both teams to make an educated decision. The coolest thing is I am starting to really enjoy football more and that will be good for my marriage. :)

Sunday, September 18, 2011

The Kokopelli

I almost can't even write a post about the incredibility of this weekend! First of all, I LOVE TRIATHLONS! Everything about them impress me; the fitness, the atmosphere, the athletes, the volunteers. I love being a part of it. Second of all, it is freaking cool to do one with 4 other family members! Since I was the only one doing the Olympic, I got to see everyone start off. I almost felt like I was still a spectator because I was so worried about getting pictures as they were getting in and out of the water. My starting time came so fast, I had to run back to the transition area to get my swim stuff!

The swim went well. I kept trying to think how many "laps" I may have gone to judge my distance and times. I love open water swimming. I got to see Zach running in just as I was heading out on the bike. I saw Dad and Scott within the first mile, then I had about an hour to myself. I pushed it the whole way. I felt kinda hardcore as I was passing people, and if anyone passed me I tried to get back. I think only two or three bikers actually passed me and I lost sight of them. I stayed with or passed back the rest. I was feeling pretty good as I finished the bike, but I could tell my knee wasn't too strong. Two weeks before the race, I was running 16 miles in preparation for the St. George Marathon, and at mile 10 my muscles tensed and I felt something pop. I had rested it the whole week before the race, but it didn't seem to help much. It was hurting before the first half mile. I suffered through though, walking and running, and still finished with a pretty good time. I was really frustrated that my run took so long because if I was healthy I could have finished way better, but then I was really glad I could at least still do it. I'm not kidding, I absolutely love triathlons. And I love the workouts and training so this hopefully will become a big part of my life (our life really since Zach loves them so much too!).

It was an awesome event to do as a family too. I was especially happy for my dad to experience it like that because he has always been the only participant and he loved having everyone experience the excitement of actually racing. My mom took 1st place in her age group too! She is a very impressive person. I feel like this race brought us all closer, and it gave us an excuse to see Scott weekly, which is awesome. Hopefully we still can see each other a lot.

I won't overload on pictures because I am going to make a photo book, but here is all of us before and after!