Friday Favorites

Friday favorites, in all their random glory...

These pancakes are from Butterfield's Pancake House.  They are Oreo cookie smores cakes, and wildberry cakes (and a side of bacon to make it healthy...).  They are dangerously good.  OMG shoot me now.

I met a couple of fellow bloggers for lunch last week, who blog at Travel the Unbeaten Path, and Easy Baby Meals.  Our babies are almost the same age, to the day!  I would love to get together again soon!

Our weather has been so nice!  Hopefully it sticks around for awhile before it gets roasty toasty.  I know there is a heat wave rolling through this weekend, just in time for my dad to visit.  haha

Average is 80 this time of year.  Crazy.

B is our favorite everyday.  If I didn't hold back, there'd be dozens of baby pictures on this post, just like on my phone!

My youngest brother moved in with us a week ago!  Arizona is now 2 for 3 for my siblings.  It is awesome!

He is also a CrossFitter so that's fun for us.

I've been eating Paleo on weekdays and sometimes get in a rut eating the same ole things.  I was excited to find Paleo bread/wraps!!   We haven't tried the wraps yet, but the bread is meh.  Ben thinks it's plain gross.  I am willing to give it a try as a sandwich, or something on top.  It was kind of $$$, so....

These beautiful Jessica Simpsons should join my closet.  That would make my day.  Just in time for spring (aka 90 degrees!).  They are so pretty!

They just broke ground on the new aquarium in Scottsdale and season passes are already on sale.  I'm excited as ever.  The OdySea Aquarium!  From their website:

Slated to open July 2016 in Scottsdale, OdySea Aquarium will be the largest aquarium in the Southwest.

Spanning 200,000 square feet, the two-level aquarium will hold more than 2 million gallons of water and accommodate up to 15,000 visitors daily.

So awesome.

Happy Friday!!

Shamrock 4-Mile Race

My youngest brother moved here over the weekend so we all decided to run a 4 Peaks race, the Shamrock 4-miler!  4 Peaks Racing puts on fun, organized, lower costing events, and we love to run them whenever we get the chance.

The course was around the canal in Old Town Scottsdale.  It was an evening race (5:30pm) so it was about 85 degrees at the start, but I feel like the canal made it a little bit cooler.  At least mentally...?

It was perfect spectating weather!!

Since it was a bit warmer out, I relaxed my time goal a little bit:
1-sub 36:00 official time
2-run negative splits
3-place in my age group

Running negative splits is the only way to keep from killing myself off at the beginning.

James came in 1st/14 in his age group, and 9th overall which was also 9th/97 for gender.  He ran an official 27:44 (6:56 average pace).

Dallin came in 2nd/14 in his age group (behind James) and 17th overall which was also 17th/97 for gender.  He ran an official 29:38 (7:24 average pace).

A bonus that comes with being the last sibling finisher is that I get extra pictures/videos.  I love this one below.

I hit all of my goals!  Get this, though.  My official time was 35:59.9.  HA.  I booked it at the end because I knew it was going to be close since it was just a hair longer than 4 miles for me.

I spy Ben and B3...

2nd/45 in age group, 15th/152 gender, and 53rd overall.

Splits:  9:07, 9:02, 8:55, 8:37

^^Average cadence 181 :D

Running short distances has me aching to get some speed this fall.  After China, I have to decide if it'll be a fall/winter marathon or short, speedy races.  Such different choices, but both appealing in ways.  If only I had superman legs and could do both without getting injured!  Right!?

Have a nice humpday!  Only two days until Friday!  Yay.
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