Thursday, February 28, 2008

Party Time!

Hey Sista! Sole Sista! The big day is tomorrow! Wish us luck! Here is our team roster a.k.a. 14 women who are out of their minds!
Cresta Topol
Jana Chapman
Karolee Fritz
Stacia Flaike
Brittany Whetten
Lindsey Brochinsky
Alys Morris
Wendy Fuller
Amelia Ortiz
Kathleen Burley
Sara Ehmke
Rachel Olsen
And of course our cut throat, hard core, crazy drivers:
Heather Darger
Becky Scott

And let me give a huge thanks to some people who have truly helped us:
Stacy Johnson - what did Stacy NOT do for us?
Tresure Goates and Katie Budge - the gift baskets are amazing!
Jake Fritz for creating our Sole Sista theme song - yes the song playing on my blog is OUR SONG!!!!
And to our volunteers:
Melissa Whetten
Tressa LeCheminant
I really had no idea this was going to be such a huge production. When I first heard about this race, I seriously thought we were just going to register and then show up and run. Little did I know what we were all in for! Nonetheless, we are all gonna have a great time and I'm ready for the adventure!

It's going to be an amazing trip ladies! Thank you for letting me sucker you in to doing this with me!

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Moving Mountains

God says man has the power to move mountains if we have the faith to move them. This is my idea of moving mountains:

Have you ever heard of Team Hoyt? I learned about them a while ago and Karolee and I were talking about them during our last run. I thought it would be good to do a blog post about them and after you read about them you will know why this story is so special.

This is a father and son team that do the Ironman together. If you don't know what the Ironman is, its a 2.4 mile swim, a 112 mile bike and a 26.2 mile run. Just the running alone is a whole marathon. What's special about this team is that the son can't walk or talk and his father physically takes him through the whole race. He pulls him in a boat for the swim, he has a special 2 seat racing bike and he pushes him in a wheelchair for the run.

They learned his son loved sports when they got him a special computer that helps him spell out words by moving his head. One day he asked his dad to push him in a race. His dad wasn't much of an athlete but he saw how his son came alive and how he had a huge smile on his face the whole time. From then on, he has dedicated his life to taking his son to races.

Here is a video from you tube:

Here is another amazing one!

Here is the link to their website:
I think this is one of the most inspiring stories I have ever heard. It's amazing what a dad will do for his boy.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Dealing with my problems...

I have gone though the five stages of grief and now I am ready to face my problem head on:

1.) Denial - This isn't happening! This is totally not my fault!

2.) Anger - How could anyone do this? This is the worst thing that could ever happen to me!

3.) Bargaining - If someone would just fix this for me, I will never make this mistake again, I promise!

4.) Depression - I am too overwhelmed to deal with it. It makes me so sad. It's hopeless.

5.) Acceptance - Okay fine! I will clean my dang garage!

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Can I Get You Anything While I'm at the Store?

When we do our long runs on Saturday, we usually like to drive somewhere that's not so flat. Flat=Boring! When we don't have time to do that, we run around here. For some reason, the Wal-Mart in Johnson Ranch has become a great running destination. It's funny to say "I ran to Wal-Mart, literally." It's exactly 10 miles from here so yesterday Karolee and I ran there and back making it a nice 20. Stacia ran there with us last week. We actually ran up the hill that's right behind the store. Did you know there are a ton of houses behind Wal-Mart? I had no idea. We took pictures of us back there but for some reason, they didn't get saved on my camera phone. Hmm, maybe you have to be smarter than the phone. Anyway, when we finished with our run on Ocotillo, guess what we found?
Camels! Just chillin with a donkey in a pen. That's Karolee giving them some yummy weeds. Now if that's not totally awesome, I don't know what is!

I took a picture of my shoes when I was done running. I wish my camera phone wasn't so old skool because then you could see how beat up my shoes really are. And I got them about 3 weeks ago! I don't mind that they look worn, they represent all of my hard work that I've been doing. I started tracking my miles since the first week of December (when I got my GPS watch) and I'm just 3 miles away from 200 miles! Just a year and a half ago, that would have seemed impossible to me. It's amazing what a mom with 3 little kids can do if she sets her mind to it!

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Happy Valentines Day to my beautiful wife!!

This is Dale. I have blog-jacked Alys' blog because I want to tell her in front of all her friends and family that I love her very much!

Alys, I thank Heavenly Father every day for sending me such a beautiful, talented, righteous, and loving wife. I am so blessed to be married to you for eternity. I couldn't ask for a better wife or mother to my kids. I am proud of you for the wonderful talents that you have, like running, scrapbooking, photography, card-making, playing the violin and bass, decorating...I could go on forever. And did I mention that you are super hot? I could write a novel (and if I did it would be way better then "Twilight") about all the reasons why I am so lucky to have you. But for now I just want to tell you that you are the best wife that a man could ever dream of, and I love you very much!

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Did I Miss the Memo?

Isn't it supposedly still winter right now, people? Then why do I have these flowers growing on my tree?
Don't get me wrong, My flowering pear tree is one of my favorite trees in my yard (no, it doesn't grow pears, I wish it did) It's just that I was very surprised to see them when I went outside this morning. Isn't it kinda early for all this springtime business?

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Valentine's Crafts

Why is it that Valentine's Day seems like the best holiday to do crafts for? Maybe it's just me and my desire to make everything pink and sparkly. Wendy came over the other day and we made these little cuties. I forgot to get a picture of hers before she left but it looked just like these. So easy and fun to make. A lot of the embellishments I used on these came from my Valentine Supplies Swap Partner.

Am I really that Weird?

I got tagged again. Not surprisingly, it wasn't that hard for me to come up with "7 Weird Things About Me."

1.) I have to smell a book before I read it. Odd, yes, I know.

2.) I won't eat it if it came out of the water. Even tuna. No to seafood!

3.) Although I never graduated, I went to school to be a firefighter/paramedic. I got pretty far in my training. Then, as with all of my "attempted" degrees, I didn't finish.

4.) I have to check on my kids at least 2 times before I go to bed. I know this is a little OCD. But I think everyone has a touch of the OCD in them.

5.) I can't be left alone in the dark. I start to freak out. Dale even has to turn out the house lights after I've gone into the bedroom.

6.) Okay this one's really odd, hopefully I can explain it well enough. I can't stand it if the microwave is not cooking anything and it's not showing the time. You know if you take something out and there was still time left and the timer stays on the screen until you hit the "clock" button? I will get up from across the room and change it so the clock shows.

7.) I love to watch the news. Nerdy, I know. Especially when something big has happened. I'm glued to it.

Thanks Lisa for tagging me!
Now I will tag Adele and Lauren

Sunday, February 10, 2008

PJ Day!

Here is Tabby all ready for her PJ day at her preschool. She talked about it for days leading up to it and even told me about the kinds of PJ's all the other kids were going to wear. "McKay is going to wear Spongebob, Kenli is going to wear Hanna Montana..." The day before she made me make sure her favorite PJ's were all washed and ready to go. And FINALLY, the big moment arrived. Poor Rex. He wanted to go to the PJ party so bad that he went and got on his own PJ's.

I don't know what the big deal is, we wear PJ's all day long if we don't go anywhere.
I hate to admit it, but most of Rex's PJ's are pretty raggity ghetto looking. They were being so sweet to each other!

Friday, February 8, 2008


You have to watch this! This is one of the most amazing kids I have ever seen! He does something unbelieveable at the end. So inspiring!

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

The Countdown Begins!

Update! Breaking Dawn comes out at 12:01 a.m. Saturday, August 2, 2008!!!! I can't wait to be transported to Forks again!

Mark Your Calendars!

So I was just doing my ususal "I'm bored" sweep of all my favorite internet sites and I just read on Stephanie Meyer's site that they are going to announe the official release date of Breaking Dawn tomorrow. Now I can tell my family and warn them of the date that mom is going to check out for a few days!

V-Day Cards

Here are the cards I got from card club this month. The theme was love/wedding. As you can see, I got some way cute stuff! I've already used alot of them.
Here is my card. I've been waiting for a reason to use my cool crown stamp.

Monday, February 4, 2008

Funny Super Bowl Commercial

None of us are like this lady, right?

Sunday, February 3, 2008

London's Run

Yay, we all made it through London's Run! For me the race was tough because the course is FLAT! It's a sad irony that my knees don't hurt at all when I run uphill. Flat seems to make them hurt a bit more. Anyway, the race was still great. I took about 5 minutes off my old half-marathon time! My time was around 2 hours and 9 minutes. For a moment, I had a really good pace going and I thought I might be able to finish in under 2 hours. That dream came crashing down on me around mile 10. So, I just tried to beat my old time, which I did! Tabby has been begging me to run a race so Dale had her wait for me about 100 yards away from the finish line and she got to run down the lane with me. The whole crowd cheered for her as she ran and she still thinks she won the race. I gave her my finishers ribbon and the thing is filthy now because she's carried it with her everywhere. I love to run races with friends. Cresta, Stacia, Kathleen, Rachel and I all ran the half marathon and Wendy, Amelia, and Stacy ran the 10k.

Here we are in all the pre-race excitement!
Home Stretch!
Here's Tabby running to the finish with me. Rex started to run but then he decided to stay back.
Here we are celebrating my new PR!