Thursday, July 31, 2014


Last Sunday John ran, biked, and swam his first triathlon. About a year and a half ago, he told me he wanted to do it. He wanted to do the triathlon that his parents did. It surprised me, but he put in the work, and he was amazing.

The kids were so excited to go watch. They are always good sports when it comes time to cheer for us running races or watching me play basketball. But watching Dad swim and bike was new and exciting.

So we made signs.
The race was done in a bunch of heats, and they were running late. But everyone was still smiling and very dirty by the end of the day.
Grandma came to cheer on John and to help with the kids. It was fun spending the day with her.
Family picture before the race. There was such a great atmosphere there, people were having fun, supporting and cheering for each other. It was an experience for sure.
The day got hotter and hotter, but when John got in the water to swim, he had a big smile on his face. He waved at the kids during his laps and smiled at me as I counted for him. When he ran to his bike, he was beaming. Every time we saw him he had a smile on his face. The entire time I was just in awe of him, he did such a great job. I could not have been more proud when I saw him cross the finish line.

Friday, July 18, 2014


I checked off a huge goal of mine, I ran a half marathon.  IT's funny, we started with running 5k's. Then 10k's. Then, it just seemed like the half marathon was the next step. But it sounded TERRIBLE! I didn't want to do it.  So I didn't even think about it because I honestly wasn't interested. Then, one day, back in May, I couldn't wait to sign up and do a half. It was crazy, like I couldn't get it out of my mind. And I'm so glad I went through with it because it was an awesome experience!

It didn't take much convincing to get Lynda to train and run it with me either. This is a before picture.
We started and ended at Morro Rock. We ran to Cayucous Pier and back. It was the most gorgeous day Morro Bay has ever seen. The race started at 6:30 am and it was crystal clear the whole time.
And an after shot. That last mile was killer. But we made it and we were still standing! And smiling!
I had so much great support in all my training. John was so supportive, always making it work so I could get my runs in (even if some were super late, or way too early in the morning). My whole family was there to watch me finish and I couldn't be more grateful. Justin ran the 10k that day, for once, I ran farther than he did!
My first half marathon was a great experience and I already know what one I will be doing next!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

4th of July

As always, 4th of July was a great day filled with lots of great friends.  We started the day with the Santa Margarita Parade. It is our favorite parade and we love meeting up with all our friends and family to watch it.

This is as close to a family picture as we got for the day, at least all 5 of us are in it, even though 3 didn't know they were getting their picture taken.  Notice Julie's skirt...I made that for her the year I was pregnant with Sadie. She wears it all the time, not just for the holiday.
Lots of fun friends watching the parade!
This picture cracks me up. I think I just caught it at the right time, Julie wasn't really upset, I don't think.
Some Mommies actually got in front of the camera! Amazing! Lucky to have such great friends.

Our goofy 3 in their red, white and blue.
Yay, more Mommies!
Love this shot of these 2 cuties. So grateful John was able to get off work to join us at the parade!
School friends! Taylor, the cute blonde in the middle, was in Andy's class last year. Even though she is going to Mission this year, they are determined to stay friends. And her mom and I are doing our best to make it happen.
After the parade we went out to lunch for Auntie Arlene's birthday! It was great fun and Sadie wore a lobster hat!
That night we finished the holiday off with a movie in the park and more time with family and friends! Such a great way to spend the 4th of July.