Ends of November

Ben has been an obstacle racing fool lately!  He did the Rugged Maniac last weekend and came in 5th place overall!  I wasn't able to attend because I've been sick (I think maybe pneumonia?), and he was pre-paid, so he got up and went completely solo, sadly.  I am sad we don't have pictures of him doing it!  He is amazing.  Nice job to my sweetheart.  Especially on that difficult course!
This weekend was the Mud Factor race, and Eric and Tan came down for the weekend for it.  The race was a total flop, but the medals were pretty cool and the weather was nice.

These mud obstacle races are becoming huge everywhere, but we've learned many of them are all hype and rather lame in reality.  I think we're retiring obstacle racing until the Spartan in February.  :]
One highlight of waiting for the guys to finish were the puppies walking around.  I don't know if I've mentioned it, but I LOVE puppies and their cute, innocent little personalities.
This one below is a service pup.  She was walking around carrying her leash in her mouth.
Meeting up with the guys after they washed up.  I like how this picture has a lot of cactuses (cacti? I still don't know the plural form of such word).
Since I'm going reverse order, next is Thanksgiving!  I took two whole pictures, but we went back to Thatcher for the holiday, to spend it with Ben's brother, Nate, and his wife's family (thank you for always being so welcoming!).

It was great to see the family and the girlies.  Things change too fast being we've only been gone six months and Mallory is all grown up now.  When we moved I didn't think it would be that long before we saw them.  I guess three hours is far, but hopefully another six months doesn't go by again.
The lovely Minda and Becky. . .
The house hunting is still in the full on mode, but unsuccessful.  We've put in offers on three homes, two with multiple offers, and one where we decided not to counter back.  We know we'll find the right one for us sometime.
Hopefully with a doggy door like the last home. . .  :]
For my sweet little greyhound. . .
Whom just had a tumor removed from his little leg. . .
And came home from the doctor's office super drugged but still tried to stay awake.  lol
But he is cute.  :]
Meanwhile, I've been sick and hacking my lungs up for awhile (I think I threw my back out coughing lol, serious).  It has put my training on a standstill, and between this and my hip issues, I'll probably be doing the 1/2 marathon in January.  It's a letdown, but it's alright.  Clearly now is not the time to torture my body anymore.  The 1/2 will be fun!
Well, we hope you had a great Thanksgiving.  We are incredibly blessed and have a lot to be thankful for!!  Have a happy Sunday!
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I Love It When We're Cruisin' Together

The ship, Carnival Splendor, sailed the Mexican Riviera leaving from Long Beach, California, stopping in Cabo and Puerto Vallarta.  We sailed 11/4-11/11, and made the 5-1/2 hour drive from Phoenix to Long Beach!
The gang included our friends, Tan and Eric, that we met in Thatcher a year ago.  They're always up for a good time, and it was fun going with them!
We set sail on the other side of port from last year.  The half mini Epcot Center.
Our first dinner in the dining room...
Eric dancing during the waiters' song.
Day two was at sea, and days three and four we landed in Cabo!  Day one we spent walking around and hanging out at the beach below.
My hunk.
We saved Lover's Beach for day two in Cabo.  Lover's Beach is beautiful.  If you've never been, you're not supposed to swim because the waves break right on the beach and are strong enough to pull you out to sea or break your neck.  So you just run around in them like little kids.  FUN.
Before (below), where Eric sat for awhile.  Chillin'.
Hmmm. . .this wave looks a little bit bigger.
And after.  Haha!
Tan and I had a lot of fun dancing at the deck parties while the boys sat in chairs to watch (toooo cool).
Day five was in Puerto Vallarta.  My little slash old crappy camera died and I forgot the charger?, so you are graced with cell phone pictures.  I always worry about bringing my nicer camera around sand/water or on any water taxis, so I tend to leave it on the ship.  I'm too protective of it sometimes.  :/

Waiting for Tan & Eric by the elevators (our meeting spot) was always exciting.  I don't know what it is with Carnival, cuz we've sailed with them numerous times and it was TE's first cruise, and they got a way better cabin two stories higher when we booked together.  Carnival you are laaaaame.
One of the highlights of Pueto Vallarta is that Tan and I did a run on the outdoor track after dark while we were still at port.  The weather was perfect, and we ran around and had awesome views the entire time!
Day six was at sea and a glorious day it was.  Breakfast in bed, and read pretty much a whole book on deck.
The cell phone made me orange.
Day seven turned out to be. . .rather terrible actually.  I'm pretty sure my chocolate extravaganza breakfast had nothing to do with it...
We've never had problems with motion or seasickness on a cruise, but this day it was windy and we hit some super ronchy water.  Usually the ship seems to rock side to side at times like this, but it was going front to back as we smashed into waves, and we were in a front cabin getting most of the action.  Ugh.

I got sooooo sick.  Blech.  And if you've ever been seasick, there's not much you can do other than take some meds that help a little, but you just have to wait it out.  You can't lie down, and you can't sleep!  I had to walk around the ship during the night to trick my body into thinking I was doing the moving, and not the ship.  It helped a little.  That and sitting on the back deck, or our balcony.

A 10 second clip into the rocking madness. . .
But other than that (which made for a fun car ride home), it was a great trip.  I'm so glad Tan and Eric could come along.  Hopefully they enjoyed the cruise, and neither of them had any motion sickness problems, thank goodness!
Adorable towel animals:
That's all for now.  We made some great memories celebrating our two year anniversary.  What a great trip!  Have a great short work week (wahoo!)!!
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