Ho ho ho...it's officially Christmas time, the happiest time of the year!! (...unless you are Rykar and have to be dressed for the occasion.)
We have been enjoying our holiday time off work with some yummy snacks now that the weather has gotten cold.
Caramel whipped topping = delish.
Going through boxes from my childhood days and finding funny journals with entries like these:
Finding pictures of my elementary bff Melanie and me:
Going to Cold Stone for free ice cream:
Because ASU beat UofU in football and my boss lost the bet (my husband is an ASU grad).
Making a new medal hanger which I think is really cool!! (Made by Ben.):
Obtaining a FREE picture from the Vegas race (sadly Ben missed this camera) and free race pictures are rare to come by:
Admiring the sweet sunsets:
Sunday driving around yet another place we want to live...this massive house on boulders. (We are like 10 million dollars short.):
I don't believe AZ to be a likely candidate for an earthquake. Let's sure hope not. We couldn't get through the gate so we couldn't capture the complete amazing-ness of these boulder-built, 9 car garage, valley overlooking pool, homes.
And last but not least, Thanksgiving!
It seems to be a growing tradition where I fail at capturing Thanksgiving memories and just live in the moment while soaking up all the things we are blessed with: family, friends, inlaws' inlaws that have us over for Thanksgiving each and every year (thank you!!), our missionary brother, our lil pup, our health, a beautiful nearly scorpion-free home, Christmas music, sunshine, a welcoming ward, running and other hobbies we can do together, etc. We are truly blessed.
Living in the moment is necessary, but my brain is terrible at remembering things like it used to. Next year I will step it up and have something to show other than pictures of my freaking cute Italian Greyhound.
This year was our 3rd Thanksgiving in Thatcher. Poor Ryke woke up sicker than sick so that was crappy when he threw up in the car. :( Another bout of "empty stomach syndrome."
Usually he's better in a couple of hours after he eats something, but with the long car ride and crazy day, it lasted all day until I force fed him. Walah... all better. Magic.
After Thanksgiving dinner/lunch/whatever, the tradition is to shoot rockets off and the kids run after them as the rockets parachute down into the surrounding cotton fields. This is something I think my mom's family would totally do. We all sit around to spectate.
My inlaws have a new fluffy, cute puppy, Tucker, who was rather enjoying our dog/my fluffy boots, so we spent a lot of time going on walks. :] Haha!
...all around our old stomping grounds.
And hanging out on their front porch enjoying the weather...
It was a nice Thanksgiving and somehow it has come and gone just like that. And we didn't get a group pic. Shoot. Next year. Definitely. :]
We rolled into Vegas last weekend for our anniversary getaway fun. Aaaah. Missed this beautiful disaster of a city. Hellooooooo.
First things first, the expo. This was our first Rock 'n Roll and all we knew was to expect BIG and LOTS. It was at the Las Vegas Convention Center and was pretty much what we were expecting. We always seem to go to the expo after traveling, so we don't spend a lot of time. But we did gawk over the amazing Garmin 620.
We stayed at...City Center! Aria.
The room was awesome in Aria and when you opened the shower door you see the bathtub as well. Cool. Why have I not seen this before?
When you're ready for bed you push the goodnight button next to the bed, and all the lights go out, tv off, and the curtains close. Fancy.
This year there was a new addition to the Vegas marathon/ half, with a 1/4 marathon, aka "1/2 of the 1/2," or 6.5 miles total. I was planning to bump down to run this race after my injury in September, but an hour before the start time I changed my tune completely! Random.
The 1/4 marathon started an hour earlier than the others and it ran down the strip in the daylight, ending at Fremont Street which is also near the downtown area of complete creeperville, and would leave me miles from Ben at his finish line. Hmmm.
"I want to start with you!"
The time limit was 5:00 for the 1/2, so I knew that if all else fails, I could walk it and make the time limit and still get some of the experience. I told myself that I had to be smart, that there would be no reason to push myself and reverse any recovery from the previous 6-8 weeks, considering the furthest I had run nonstop was 2 miles.
There were 30 or so corrals, and each was let go about a minute apart. For having twice as many people as Disney, there was a lot more space here so it felt less cramped.
The first 8 miles or so were straight down the strip and full of a spectators galore, lights, loud music and a huge goofy grin on my face. Eventually we were north of the strip in the sketchy area previously mentioned, and the route looped around an area that I wouldn't be too comfortable driving around at night. It was pretty shady, but I must note that I never felt unsafe with the loads of runners surrounding, and the officers and volunteers along the way. But it was definitely an interesting area to route a huge marathon and screamed, "we ran out of running room on the strip...run around creepster block real quick."
I hit mile ten about five minutes prior to my original pre-injury goal for this race, and my leg had just started showing signs of overall distress, not particular to just my knee (which I considered a good thing). I stopped and did some stretching but only made it about 1/10th a mile after that. So I walked the rest and finished in 2:48:03 (Garmin). And it was still an awesome experience and the medal was super heavy. Worth it.
I wore my glow in the dark shoes and the medals glow in the dark which is pretty cool.
Ben had a fairly rough go of it. He passed me going the opposite way on the strip around 1:20 and didn't look too happy. He got a side stitch at mile 8 and it never went away, and his Garmin also decided to tell him he was running an 18 minute mile. Suck. I think we kind of blew his race with our lack of pre-race planning/skipping meals and such. He still finished in a great 1:42:31 (Garmin).
We went on an official anniversary date and ate at Texas De Brazil at Town Square, a favorite. They say you need two hours for the full experience. 20 minutes later I was pretty much chuck full.
Followed by Aria's cirque show:
And followed by trying to re-live a night in 2009, by dressing up, staying out ridiculously late on the strip, rating all of the stilettos that walked by, and watching the Bellagio fountains.
We don't last as long as we used to.
But it sure was a fun time together.
Rykar got ice cream and an extra two hours of play time every. single. day. we were gone because I made a mistake at the puppy daycare. Haha Spoiled lil bum.
Check out his new socks. He definitely loathes them.
Another anniversary trip down, and another fun race weekend in the books. I'm very grateful I was able to run and am looking forward to the next one.
I hope you all have a great day!! Anyone up for Vegas 2014??