Monday, September 28, 2009
Brett has also inspired me to run a little since he started training for his marathon. One thing I have never been is a runner! I could run a few miles tops, then I was just done with it. Well, something has changed. I am starting to actually enjoy it! It's amazing what a goal and the right playlist on your iPod can do to you! Then, one day I read THIS post. I immediately called Brett and asked him if he thought I could actually run a half marathon! Something I never dreamed of doing. He encouraged me to commit and has been so supportive since. The Canyonland's 1/2 marathon is in March, which gives me 6 months to train (on a side note it is a lottery, so it's possible I won't even get in, but I am still training). I have started up-ing my game on the treadmill and am now running 4 miles at a time. That is the furthest I have EVER ran in my whole life! I may just try 5 miles this week! I know, I'm going crazy :) Well, the fun doesn't just stop there. Last week I was having a GNO with my high school girlfriends and we got on the subject of running. We then opened the internet and googled "1/2 marathon." Well, there just so happens to be one on January 23rd in St. George, UT. So my friends and I talked about the possibility of us all going down together on a girl's trip and running it. So, there you go. I went from not enjoying running to running possibly 2 half marathons in 2 months of each other! I know this is going to be a challenging thing. I know I will have times where I will think "I can't do this!" But, I WILL do it. I'm going to do it to prove to my body that no matter what crap it puts me through that I can come back strong!
While on facebook last week I posted that I was off to run 4 miles. Seconds afterwards a friend of mine posted... what's with everyone running?? Most people commented that they didn't get it. Others posted that they didn't care, but I let her know that I was running for someone I cared about. This isn't some trend I am following. I am doing this all for me, because I need it, and for others, because they need it too. So, here's to training and staying in control...
Saturday, September 19, 2009
realizing there is a ring box inside!
We decided to surprise Brett at mile 14, which is right where they come out of the canyon. As we were stading there waiting I looked around, took everything in, and started crying! I was just so proud that Brett had worked as hard as he did and was now accomplishing such and amazing goal! When we finally spotted Brett we were hootin' and hollering, but he was in such a zone that he didn't even see us! Oh, well. I got some great pictures of him hauling booty!
We then waited for them again at the finish line and he did see me there! I also got a little emotional again thinking about how proud I am of him! Afterwards he was beat! I can't imagine why... ;) He was also dealing with a groin injury, so to add that on top of everything, I think his finish time was great! He has now spent the rest of the day relaxing and watching football. Love you Brett!!
look at him go! doesn't he look so cute?
Brett running his final stretch
go Brett go!!
Me and Brett- I actually wish I would have taken a picture of the back of my hair. I splurged and got it done for the reception. It was in a really pretty loose wavy bun!
Keeping the kids happy while we wait for the happy couple to change
Jason, Meghan, Jordan, Kenzie, Me, Brett, Megan, Jake, and Jared
The guests on our table...
Megan (not to be confused with the Meghan with a "h") and Jake
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
For those of you who follow my blog are familiar with The R House blog. I met mrs. r when I started to volunteer with LDS Family Services in presenting information about adoption to Jr. High and High School students. That was probably the best decision I made for the adoption side of my life, because it brought me to her. She is such a great example to so many of an infertility warrior and adoption advocate. She brings those of us in the adoption network together. You have no idea how comforting it is to be involved with a group that knows exactly what you are going through. She always gives so much and now it's our turn to give back to her.
Her family adopted their 2nd son a little over a year ago (Dylan and her son are actually 4 days apart). At the time of adoption the birthfather hadn't agreed to relinquish his rights and since then, they have been in a battle to finalize their adoption. Last Friday (Sept. 11th) I had the opportunity to support the R Family in attending their final trial in front of the judge. The trial lasted 3 1/2 hours. Most of the time was spent on the birthfather's side trying to get his side of the story strait. He was seriously all over the place and you could totally see through all the web of lies. The judge did not deliver his decision and has up to 60 days to do so. Needless to say, her family and the judge have been in my thoughts and prayers lately. I can't imagine what she has been going through this past year, but I do know that she is still a rock. She is still so strong! Anyway, in fighting for her baby you can imagine the legal fees that have added up! Well, a cute little company called "Humble Like This Child"
1. $1 gets you one ticket in the raffle ($5 gets you 5, etc)
2. Posting about the contest on your personal blog with blog button (you can get the button here) gets you another (1) ticket in the raffle. You can then either post a comment in Mrs R's "contest post" or send me an email with the link to your post.
3. Raffle ends 9/30 and winner will be announced 10/1.
4. Winner gets custom doll! :) A) Choice of Girl, Boy or Animal B) Choice of fabric C) Choice of skirt or tutu for doll (unless its a boy of course)
I am personally trying to do all I can to win one of those darling dolls for my sweet little Haylee who is also adopted! I can just picture her now twirling around with her ballerina doll!
Friday, September 4, 2009
this is Haylee's idea of getting ready for the game... getting into my make-up
our fam in front of the Rice Eccles Field. What a sight!
Dylan killing the last bit of hot dog. He didn't want me to feed it to him anymore, he wanted to go face first and do it himself!
Haylee with 2 of her cousins. We met the morning of and got them all matching jerseys :)