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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Eli gets a game ball

Eli has had an impressive 2nd season of baseball this summer. He's improved so much over last season. He is laser focused (just like when he watches the pros play) and takes in every play and always knows where to throw the ball. He's been a really consistent player. Coach Michelle and Steve have been wonderful and have made the season really positive for everyone. They award a game ball to players who earned it at each game. Here's what his coach said about Eli:

Our 1st game ball went to Eli!!! ~ for his aggressive batting and base running, awesome job hitting the cutoff, and HUGE plays at 2nd!!! Some people do not realize what power Eli has. Last night, he showed us he could flex his muscles!! He had 3 HUGE hits for us and 2 of them were exactly when he needed it!! He started our hitting in the second inning when we were down and spurred us onto our best inning of hitting with our first run. He did a fabulous job of making back to the base on a caught ball!! Eli did an amazing job in RF!! He was fast at getting the ball and throwing it in. He hit the cutoff every time which made it easy to make plays where we needed them. Eli had some great plays at 2nd base!! Dylan threw a ball to him from CF for an out at 2nd! Dylan and Lukas both went for a pop fly and threw it to Eli for an attempt at 2nd. Lukas had another fly to him for an out to Eli at 2nd!! Awesome Job Eli!!! 

Saturday, April 06, 2013

Scavenging at the Mall

Whitney wanted a scavenger hunt at the mall for her birthday party with friends. It turned out great! We had pizza outside because the weather was in the 70's. Then we sent the 9 girls off in groups of 3 "teams" with their lists. They had to come back every 30 minutes to check in, and so that Whitney could rotate with each group (she was the 10th girl). That way each group got to spend time with the birthday girl. 14 years old was the perfect age, because they were old enough to be responsible and polite, and stay out of trouble!

I was surprised at how FAST the girls got done! In the first 1/2 hour they were 90% done. So they all completed all items on their list so we decided to judge each of their photos and give points to the most creative. The winners were stars so they each got a giant bag of Starbursts, the 2nd team was still good so they got boxes of Good N Plenty, and the 3rd team got boxes of Goobers! 

We had lemon cupcakes and they each went home with goodie bags filled with nail polish, nail files, hand lotion, gum, candy, lip balm, face mask, and a coupon book from the mall. Whitney and her friends had a great time!

I want to get the photos the girls took and make a collage because they are pretty funny. The planking pictures were my favorite!









Sunday, March 31, 2013

Big Kids' Birthdays

Grayson and Whitney both had birthdays during spring break. I can't believe these guys are so big! For Grayson's 16th he got a gopro camera and a stock of his favorite drink (Arizona Mucho Mango). For Whitney's 14th she got a scarf, a skirt, a curling iron, nail polish, a cookbook, and 2 phone cases. We explained that G was getting one big present and W was getting several small ones--they get this at this age! Whitney's love language is "Gifts" and each time she opened one, she let out an OOOOOOOOoooo! It was pretty cute.

These two are pretty close. We've definitely hit the hormonal stage with both of them simultaneously but so far they haven't killed each other. They really look out for each other, which will be especially great next year when they are both in high school together. The great thing for me in having them share a birthday is that as they grow older and leave home, I know they'll remember each others' birthdays because they've never had one without each other!

In Utah we spent their birthday out on the desert, Grayson driving all sorts of things with big tires and Whitney driving her first side-by-side. Whitney really enjoyed driving! Then Karen made each of them their own cake and had decorations galore along with gifts, and that made them feel very special!

Birthday parties are planned in April….so more pictures to come!










Saturday, March 30, 2013

Spring Break 2013

We went to Southern Utah for Spring Break. The day before we left Colorado there was a snow storm of 6-8 inches, so we were happy to get out of town! Allison's parents, Karen and Guy, invited us to Hurricane along with Allison and her kids. We shot guns, drove an old jeep, drove quads and a side by side, and just enjoyed the desert and the 70 degree weather.


On our way out of town we stopped at Zion's and hiked the river trail that leads to the narrows. We really want to hike this some summer! The park was beautiful and warm and showing signs of spring.





Then we went on to stay in Green River which is not an exciting place at all. But it was close to 2 places we wanted to go, Little Wild Horse Canyon and Goblin Valley. Both of these places were awesome! We did both in the same day so the kids were beat after about 8 miles of hiking.

Little Wild Horse Canyon:






 Goblin Valley:









Then after a last night in Green River we hiked to Delicate Arch at Arches. A very steep and hot couple of miles, but the view was worth it!








Friday, February 01, 2013

Here we go again...

I've done this program at least 3 times before. And it works every time! It's based on time, not speed or distance, which I like. I can get very distracted if I have to focus on how far I want to go, or how fast I'm getting there. Keeping it simple works best for me. I've got a couple races I'm contemplating this year (which I define as running with other people as opposed to alone) so I'm back to this program--on week 5 now. I recall week 7 and 9 being the hardest, but once past that I feel like I rediscover that little runner person inside me that likes to hide most of the time. Here I go again…

 (this program is based on the one in this book: http://www.amazon.com/The-Beginning-Runners-Handbook-Walk-Run/dp/1553650875/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1359771004&sr=8-1&keywords=13+week+walk+run)



The 13-Week Walk-Run Program

Week 1
Session 1 (36 minutes)
Run 1 minute, walk 2 minutes, do this 12 times.
Session 2 (27 minutes)
Run 1 minute, walk 2 minutes, do this 9 times.
Seesion 3 (33 minutes)
Run 1 minute, walk 2 minutes, do this 11 times.
Week 2
Session 1 (44 minutes)
Run 2 minutes, walk 2 minutes, do this 11 times.
Session 2 (30 minutes)
Run 1 minute, walk 2 minutes, do this 10 times.
Session 3 (40 minutes)
Run 2 minutes, walk 2 minutes, do this 10 times.
Week 3
Session 1 (50 minutes)
Run 3 minutes, walk 2 minutes, do this 10 times.
Session 2 (36 minutes)
Run 2 minutes, walk 2 minutes, do this 9 times.
Session 3 (45 minutes)
Run 3 minutes, walk 2 minutes, do this 9 times.
Week 4
Session 1 (40 minutes)
Run 3 minutes, walk 2 minutes, do this 8 times.
Session 2 (28 minutes)
Run 2 minutes, walk 2 minutes, do this 7 times.
Session 3 (35 minutes)
Run 2 minutes, walk 3 minutes, do this 7 times.
Week 5
Session 1 (40 minutes)
Run 3 minutes, walk 1 minute, do this 10 times.
Session 2 (30 minutes)
Run 2 minutes, walk 1 minute, do this 10 times.
Session 3 (36 minutes)
Run 3 minutes, walk 1 minute, do this 9 times.
Week 6
Session 1 (48 minutes)
Run 5 minutes, walk 1 minute, do this 8 times.
Session 2 (36 minutes)
Run 2 minutes, walk 1 minute, do this 12 times.
Session 3 (40 minutes)
Run 3 minutes, walk 1 minute, do this 10 times.
Week 7
Session 1 (55 minutes)
Run 10 minutes, walk 1 minute, do this 5 times.
Session 2 (40 minutes)
Run 3 minutes, walk 1 minute, do this 10 times.
Session 3 (48 minutes)
Run 5 minutes, walk 1 minute, do this 8 times.
Week 8
Session 1 (44 minutes)
Run 10 minutes, walk 1 minute, do this 4 times.
Session 2 (32 minutes)
Run 3 minutes, walk 1 minute, do this 8 times.
Session 3 (42 minutes)
Run 5 minutes, walk 1 minute, do this 7 times.
Week 9
Session 1 (58 minutes)
Run 10 minutes. walk 1 minutej, run 20 minutes, walk 1 minute, run 15 minutes, walk 1 minute, run 10 minutes.
Session 2 (44 minutes)
Run 10 minutes, walk 1 minute, do this 4 times.
Session 3 (48 minutes)
Run 15 minutes, walk 1 minute, do this 3 times.
Week 10
Session 1 (61 minutes)
Run 30 minutes, walk 1 minute, run 30 minutes.
Session 2 (44 minutes)
Run 10 minutes, walk 1 minute, do this 4 times.
Session 3 (47 minutes)
Run 20 minutes, walk 1 minute, run 15 minutes, walk 1 minute, run 10 minutes.
Week 11
Session 1 (61 minutes)
Run 40 minutes, walk 1 minute, run 20 minutes.
Session 2 (44 minutes)
Run 10 minutes, walk 1 minute, do this 4 times.
Session 3 (47 minutes)
Run 20 minutes, walk 1 minute, run 15 minutes, walk 1 minute, run 10 minutes.
Week 12
Session 1 (50 minutes)
Run 50 minutes.
Session 2 (33 minutes)
Run 10 minutes, walk 1 minute, do this 3 times.
Session 3 (42 minutes)
Run 15 minutes, walk 1 minute, run 15 minutes, walk 1 minute, run 10 minutes.
Week 13
Session 1 (40 minutes)
Run 40 minutes.
Session 2 (33 minutes)
Run 10 minutes, walk 1 minute, do this 3 times.
Session 3
Event: See you at the finish line!

Monday, January 07, 2013

Practicing to be Snowbirds


The day after Christmas, I said to myself, "What in the world are we going to do for the next 14 days!?" I had nothing planned, the weather was cold without enough snow to play in, so we headed south to Arizona for the week. Unplanned and spontaneous, weird I know. But I couldn't imagine what we'd do to fill up that many days all at home together.

I forgot my sunglasses on the trip so Doug told the kids they could pick out ANY pair for me from the gas station, and these are what they picked. I quite like them; they could've picked much worse!


 We went out shooting in the desert, which the boys LOVED. Everyone shot a gun (except M) or a few different ones. I liked Grandpa's cowboy gun (above), not too loud and easy to use.

Grayson shooting one of Grandpa's. 
 Grandpa shooting Doug's new handgun.
 Manly men. Beautiful backdrop.
Who is this mountain man?
 The girls shot some pictures as well. These next 3 are Whitney's. I like her use of frame, my little budding photographer.






 We found these tunneling branches near the river. Didn't ever make it to the river but it was fun to run 
around here.
At Rawhide. Morgan loved the shoot it up show. I think there's a trend here…
Grandpa took the boys jeeping (Grayson drove the whole time) while the girls went shopping. Grayson had a blast. The desert is a pretty fun place. We also went downtown for lunch overlooking the baseball field, which Eli thought was pretty cool.

 Pictures with Grandpa on our last day in AZ. We had a great visit with him (and Millie too, but she was at the store when I snapped these!) He gave each of the kids birds on their hands after Uncle French's tradition. I didn't get a picture of it, but the kids spent every night in the jacuzzi before bed and loved it! Overall, great decision to go! The change of scenery was just what we needed.








In a roadside teepee!