Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Just thought I would stop in a whine a bit! I hope that I can upload some pictures soon. London's Halloween costume was so cute and believe it or not gang, I have become crafty again!
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Ok I don't know how to do it sorry it won't allow me to copy and paste. If you would like them send me your e-mail. They include Pumpkin soup, pumpkin butter, gingersnaps and pumpkin dip and pumpkin scones! Yummy!
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
I don't think anyone believed that she would die. I know that I didn't realize that would be the outcome. The day she died was conference weekend and I was busy trying to feed a house full of guests. I was definitely being a Martha instead of a Mary. It had been a very difficult 6 weeks with having a small child and a very sick mom in Lethbridge it was wearing on me. I wish, if I could change anything, I would have been with her when she died instead of doing things that didn't really matter.
We received a phone call to get to the hospital as soon as possible. Sean drove like a madman reaching 180 trying to get me there on time. I ran in and it was to late she was gone. Later when we were leaving the hospital I remember being absolutely shocked that life went on for others. We passed doctors and nurses laughing with each other, people eating, mothers comforting sick children in the ER. It was like a fog and I couldn't understand how the world did not stop at the death of the greatest woman I know.
I miss you mom. I am so grateful for all you have done for me. My mother is an amazing women. She really had it all together. I know that she had gone ahead and is preparing our place. She was a little like you Joanne, super organized! Never a dust particle would dare land in her house! The thing that makes me the most sad is that she never really got to see what a great girl my London is turning out to be!
We are planning to go to the temple on Friday and in planning London said how much she would like to go again. That made me so proud that she has a desire to be worthy and make the effort to go. I am grateful for the temple ordinances that seal us all together! How blessed I am to have this knowledge.
I can't post pictures of my mom as I don't have any digital ones and my scanner is out of commission. Just know she was beautiful inside and out!
Saturday, September 12, 2009
This summer was one to remember. To take on a triathlon 2 years ago would have been impossible. This summer I did not just one but two!
Here are the promised pictures from Vulcan
Pre-race time. I am braiding my hair in the truck and stressing out. I was trying not to throw up. I cried and wanted to quit even before the race. Thank goodness for Sean telling me I could do it! Look at that stroke! I am glad I am in the water and you can't see the cellulite..Yuck
Here I am going from the swim to the bike! It was FREEZING!!! Anyone who knows me knows I hate being cold...brrrr. It was only 2 degrees and let me remind you this is JUNE! On the day I got snowed on and rained on then at the end the sun broke out a bit! I had to totally get new clothes because I planned on wearing shorts. I ended up wearing long pants, a wick away shirt, and two jackets and a toque! Yes... a toque in JUNE with gloves. There were supposed to be 1000 people there but because of the weather only about 400 showed up. I didn't even consider not going because I had trained for this since January.
The swim was great because it was warm...very cold getting out. The bike was straight down a highway out of town up a gradual hill the whole way out. The wind was howling but I just kept plugging away. Just before the turn to come back was a big hill and at the top of the hill you turned. I was excited for the break. I was going to coast down the hill and was counting on it being easier going back as it was down hill most of the way. Let me tell you... no word of a lie, when I turned around the wind blasted me so hard that I had to pedal harder down hill than I did going up. Just then it started to pelt hail in my face as well. I had to bike with my head way down so most of the hail hit my helmet. It was the hardest bike ever!
Here I am bundled up and this tasty treat did it in a speedo (GAG) Let me tell you he made my time longer as I slowed down when he passed me! I was so happy to get to the finish line. I cried...then I almost vomited! It was an awesome experience and I can't wait to do it again next year with London and Sean. I also wanted to say I couldn't have done it without Gail Surmik. She did the triathlon too and gave me lots of hints, cheered and lent me her flip flops for the pool!
Back in Feb/March when I was registering for all the triathlons, I asked Amy Mossey if she would like to do one with me. She felt she wouldn't be ready for Vulcan so we started looking around for others. Well, it is almost impossible to find any on a Saturday. They are all on Sundays, which is so frustrating! So I thought I will look in Utah. They will have them on Saturdays. Sure enough, I found lots in the states and we ended up picking Federation Way Seattle. We planned our whole vacation around it and started training.
Nice butt picture! I was fixing my bathing suit!
This picture of Amy and me shattered my world. I discovered although I have lost a lot of weight I am still huge! Especially if you compare me to Amy! Yikes..I still have a long way to go.
Finally finished! No, not the pictures the race. It was hard I was so tired at this point.
It was a beautiful route but quite hilly. It seemed you would just go down one hill to start another. If you look around Brooks...I challenge you to find a hill. You see it is flat and so we trained for flat but I think we did remarkably well. We were even on the swim, I am a stronger biker and pulled Amy along but she is a much stronger runner so then she pulled me along so it ended up really even. It was so nice to train and do it with friends. Tyler also did it but was super fast so we only saw him at the beginning and the end!
Can't wait to see what next summer brings!
Saturday, June 6, 2009
Well I am home I did it. Over 1050 people registered not even half showed up because of the horrible weather. If you want to know what it is like to run a triathlon in all seasons ask. I was snowed on, blown on, rained on and yes for the last 10 minutes of the run the sun came out...kind of.
I feel great and strong!!! a year and a half ago I could barely huff and puff up stairs today I swam 500 meters, biked 15 km (with wind blowing and throwing hard hail like snow and rain in my face! BRR the bike was the worst part...never have I worked so hard) finishing with a 5km run. I cried at the finish line...I wish my mom could have seen maybe she did? Sean is my hero standing out in all of it cheering me on. I love you honey. I have some good pictures I will post them soon.
I am off to the tub to warm up my frozen body!
Yesterday I went and bought new running clothes that were long and warm instead of short and cool. I wish I had more confidence in how I would do I have always had a fear of the unknown. I don't quite know what to expect.
Well wish me luck and send a prayer heavenward at 2:20 that the sky's will break and the sun will come out...or at least it won't rain and wearing a toque running won't slow me down!!!!
Pictures and any horror stories to follow :0)
Friday, June 5, 2009
Thursday, May 28, 2009
The Redneck way! During Sean's "Mancation" quading at little Sahara Utah they made a hot tub in the back of the truck every night! Good thing, it snowed for most of his vacation so they needed the heat to warm up. He has a video on how they did it if anyone is interested..ZZZzzzzzz.
My man jumping with his quad "Gertie". You know it is love when you name your quad. My blog is always about me so I thought I would show off Sean's vacation a bit as well!
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Monday, May 25, 2009
GRRRRRRRRRRR I know it is just stuff but still I can't afford to just go out and buy it again and it seems like such a waste. I am not really mad at her just frustrated that she couldn't take better care of her stuff. I am also frustrated that if it was left at school or dropped out of the van at the parking lot why didn't someone turn it in! I wish there were more honest people in the world.
Last night Mona mentioned that a blog can be therapy so thanks again for another session. I am just grateful that London is OK. Stuff can always be replaced EVENTUALLY! My poor mother. I now understand her much better....she always said "You would make a mother dog bite her puppies"...LOl :0)
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Anyway, the real reason for this post is to share the best Cornbread recipe ever! It was so moist and sweet and yummy I ate way too much and am sitting at 2000 calories today instead of my 1500! It was good...I have to take a quick break to let you know that I heard chewing a minute ago, looked around, couldn't see anything and yes...a mouse just ran across my foot. I screamed so loud Sean got up out of bed to rescue me! Isn't he brave, my hero. I am shaking. You would think that after all these years in the country I would get used to scurrying creatures but...I don't think I will ever.
Here is the recipe
1 1/2 cups cornmeal
2 1/2 cups milk
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup white sugar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). In a small bowl, combine cornmeal and milk; let stand for 5 minutes. Grease a 9x13 inch baking pan.
In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, salt and sugar. Mix in the cornmeal mixture, eggs and oil until smooth. Pour batter into prepared pan.
Bake in preheated oven for 30 to 35 minutes, or until a knife inserted into the center of the cornbread comes out clean.
Monday, May 11, 2009
Saturday, May 9, 2009
Then this morning I took up my scepter and wished that my house would be clean for my birthday with out me doing it. London was up and working her little fingers to the bone whilst I laid about. She now claims to know how Cinderella felt...WHAT DOES THAT MAKE ME??
Anyway then I said I would like to do my 25km bike today but not alone so they split it. London biked in with me to the church where Sean met us and then she watched a movie in the truck while Sean proceeded to kick my butt all the way home. I mean kick it! He biked really hard and I had to really push to keep up. He broke a major sweat on me!!! I didn't think he had it in him..really I didn't I have been training since January and he has done nothing and yet, he showed super strength. NOT FAIR! I am still super proud of both of them. 12km is a long way. I know tomorrow morning when he gets up for his meetings I will have my revenge when I hear him groan and need assistance to get out of bed! HAAHAHAHHHA HHHAHHHHAH! (evil laugh I don't know how to spell it!)
All of this and it isn't even my birthday yet :0) I think I will have my foot massage Next! Yippee I would really love birthdays if only I didn't get older with it as well :0(
Thursday, May 7, 2009
Also I wanted to say how proud I am of my London starting her own blog!!! I hope she keeps it up. I have never really been a journal writer if she can make that habit now that would be amazing! Keep it up London. There is a link to her blog on mine if you want to check it out!
Sunday, May 3, 2009
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Barry wasn't 25 but he was awesome. He was in my tour group and his wife didn't want to snorkel so we hung out and had a great time!
This is called the turtle shuffle. Akumel is famous for its beautiful sea turtles. I saw tons! This was my first day out so I was so excited when I finally saw one. We were searching in the wrong section. You needed to be where there was grass. I had almost given up hope when we discovered this guy. It gets crazy! You have to get pushy to get pictures because word spreads among fellow snorkelers and they come rushing up so you have to elbow your way in!
Well, folks I am off to a funeral so I need to get stuff done. I will post a bunch more pictures soon!
Monday, April 6, 2009
Sunday, March 22, 2009
At the airport. This is my awesome cousin Pearl Ann!
The first picture is a baptismal font. The Mayan people are so small! This is us at the foot of a temple. We climbed two of them. It was hard work especially in the Mexican sun! I climbed one of them twice and started up a third time but had to come down as we were leaving. I had to get some exercise somehow!
This is Helaman our tour guide. He was soooo nice!