Tis the season to be jolly for reunions.

It must have been family reunion weekend because the Buhr reunion was this past weekend as was the Hales reunion, and I saw that some of my other cousins had reunions too, along with other Blogger friends.

Last Thursday morning, we drove to Colorado and stayed until Sunday, for the Buhr reunion.  It was at a pretty resort in the mountains, and we camped in some cute little cabins.  [I wasn't exactly aware we were camping.]  We missed you Hales fam!
I went on a run to test out the elevation.  I might have concluded that elevation running is easier than heat.
On the last day of the reunion, we had some Buhr family pics.  I had Liz take our pic with my phone, but the rest you will have to use your imagination until we somehow obtain them.  Just imagine 50 adults and 29 children with grandma in the middle.
I forgot my camera (along with everything else...) dangit all, but I still took some pictures with my cellular device, and Photoshopped them for your viewing pleasure (mostly because I love to Photoshop anything).
We have some adorable little nieces  We also have some pretty drawings hanging on our fridge from them at the reunion.  :]
A shot of the cabins (below)...
Ben's cousin had his wedding during the reunion, a hundred meters from our cabins, or so.  The weather was perfect for the beautiful bride and groom's big day.
Meanwhile, Rykar got a pretty good Pawgress Report from his stay at the puppy place.  :]
 Because he is such a good dawgy.
Meanwhile #2, we are just over 4 weeks until Dumbo Dare!!  My long runs are now in the double digits and my ravenous appetite has arrived (as I'm eating Ben's DQ ice cream cake).  Today marks the last day of July and I finished the month just over 80 miles.
(I have to break the log into smaller pictures so they are legible in my blogbooks, hence the three annoyingly random sizes below...)

My sister and I have been working on our costume ideas which has only had me at extreme excitement levels.  I'm going to dress up as a character that pretty much everyone else dresses up as, but my sister's costume will be unique and pretty cool.  Stoked as.

This past weekend were the CrossFit games which kind of remind me a little of the Olympics.  Ben and I streamed the events from our phone as we lay in bed in our cabin each night.  It was pretty intense and we made it home Sunday night to watch the final event and watch Rich Froning take it again for the third time!  He is basically a beast.  I love anything Olympics like, and I think you can watch re-airing of the games this weekend on ESPN2.  The first place winner takes home $275k, so I told Ben he has 12 months to get his bum in gear if he ever wants to buy that Porsche.
That's all.  To go along with my old theme of scatter brain posting, here is a cool picture of a rock I took somewhere in New Mexico before we hit Shiprock.
Have a very wonderful rest of the week!  We are getting close to the weekend and tomorrow is already August, believe it or not.

Happy Birthday Ben!!

I wanted to quickly pop in on this busy Monday and wish my husband a HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!  I hope it is the most fabulous day and best birthday yet.  I LOVE YOU BABY!!
Have a fantastic day!!

Summer Breeze... Makes Me Feel Fine

Right now it is 81 degrees outside and raining [and Ben just took a floaty out back?].  We had the windows and door open for a few minutes and it was lovely!  One of my favorite parts of the year is when we can crack the doors and windows and the house smells like the outdoors.  We're a couple of months from that, but it's a nice reminder of what's to come.

We were hammered with monsoons and lightning storms this week.  Our neighborhood was hit pretty hard and trees were damaged and all over the place (not ours...we don't actually have a tree. it was cut down to a stump before we bought our home).  

Today there are a lot of areas flooding and flooding rescues on the news for all of Phoenix.  101 days of no rain and then hit with flooding.  I guess that's how it is done around these parts.  Below is a lightning storm rolling in...
Below are a couple of pics posted to Fox 10's Facebook.  The Freeway (60) flooded today.  We just saw that some kids were rescued because they were playing in a dry riverbed.  Where on earth were their parents?!
I took some footage of the storms for my new vlog I'm planning to do at my brother's recommendation.  It'll probably be private so I can be ridiculous, but he does one where he puts short clips of his adventures in China together and they are awesome entertainment.
I have a lot of footage (frying an egg outside, teaching my dog to swim), but the problem is finding the time to stitch them together.

Anyways, a couple of weeks ago, Rykar wasn't feeling well.  He wouldn't eat /drink and he laid in my lap all day while I worked (I obviously love my dog) and he wouldn't even beg.  I pulled out the big guns (read:  pupperoni) and he had no interest...  :(

The vet gave him a puppy IV just in case he wasn't adjusting to the desert.  They sent fluids into a balloon like thing under his skin, and his body absorbed it as needed.  The bubble moved from his back down into his leg as he walked and he had a jiggly leg.  Hehe.

A couple of hours later he was back to his cute little, sensitive self.  Thank goodness!
Like I mentioned, our skies have been stormy for a majority of the month, and the temps have been around 100 and even under.  Ah...I love July.  The sunsets are amazing this time of year.
I finished Juneathon three weeks ago and finally made the shoe purchase!  I tried on some Brooks, Mizunos and Newtons.
The Newtons felt almost like cleats, and they have a 2mm drop!  I have been intrigued and decided to try them out, the Newtons Distance U (review here).  If they don't end up working then I'll probably exchange them for the Mizuno Wave Creation 14s.  These are the most pairs of shoes I have ever had in rotation...5.  I swear it is my equation for injury free running [knock on wood].  That and foam rolling.

I also got a new running skirt.  I am often found wearing $3 Wal-Mart cotton tanks (from five years ago) because I am cheap, so I'm pretty thrilled about this.
We picked up the skirt in the Biltmore area.  It is amazing and I will be taking my family here when they come visit again (specifically James and my ma)!  If we had a few more years to play, we'd go live here.
There are six weeks left until our next big race, the Disney Double Dumbo Dare.  I'm really trying hard to prepare for this one in spite of the oven outside.  I struggle to gauge exactly where my fitness level is when my runs outdoors are slow, and I struggle with the treadmill.  

Last summer we ran a 10k in June, in California, and I managed an average pace of 8:06 and felt great.  I am really hoping for a great race in Cali. Please please please!!  My goal for this is just sub 2:00, though I'd like to get closer to 1:50 by the end of the year at the Tucson Half, but it will depend on how much work I put in this fall (and I plan on sticking to it!).  The 10k race I will most likely just take easy so I can be fresh for the 1/2.

Here is my schedule for the next six week...
I wanted to get pictures up before showing some of the house and our furniture, but it's still a work in progress (forever...).  But we got a [scorpion proof] bed.  We actually haven't seen any scorpions and I think sharing a living space may be a thing of the past...I hope.
The front room is coming along with our black couches.
We eat on a kitchen table for the first time since getting married.  We also bought a matching stone tv stand.  They are amazing.  I am so excited about a table and tv stand.  We are officially old.
That's all the rambling I will do for now.  I will leave you with something you must try if you have not yet... a S'mores Frozen Hot Chocolate, from DQ.  I crave them the moment I finish a long run (or any run, or when I wake up, before bed,..).
Have a nice and safe week!

Mister Dad ENGAGED + Loverly Lake Powell

Recently my dad got engaged to a lovely lady that he dated two years ago and recently rekindled the relationship!!  We are beyond THRILLED for them.  The wedding will be mid September.
Laura has five kids, three at home, so my dad will get to be a step-dad in action!  He was planning to list our childhood home this month, but they've changed their minds and decided to move everybody into it.  We're really happy to see it stay as it holds so many precious memories.

Dallin and my rooms are going to be occupied now by... step siblings.  Kind of fun that we went from zero to a billion steps in one year (trying to keep up with Ben's family).

That is the 411 on the Hales fam in Utah and my cute dad.


Anywhoo, this past weekend/week was our annual family Lake Powell trip.  Lake Powell is seriously the most gorgeous place on earth to vacation.

Combine family, friends, camping, water, boating, random monsoons, hiking, scenery, warm temps, junk food, Monster for breakfast, little communication with reality and living 24/7 in your swim suits, and you get a fun, [crazy-chaotic-anybody-have-an-Imitrex] memorable time!!

The water is LOW, and it is dropping rapidly each day.
The first night we spent at Antelope Point Marina while some of the plumbing was being fixed.  Ben and I haven't been to this marina since the houseboat was moved to it, but it's awesome!  There is a floating restaurant/bar/lounge area that the houseboat was parked by all night, and we all fell asleep listening to the band play well into the AM hours.  Heck, I wouldn't mind a few days at the marina.  We headed out for a cove on Sunday.

On the road again...
Our family party usually consists of 60-70 people but the houseboat was quite bare for a couple of days.  This was Jeff's first time at beautiful Lake Powell.  Hopefully he had a great time.
 Shallow...buoys everywhere...rocks...
Ben and Jeff anchored the boat right as a monsoon blew in.  They deserved the credit that the houseboat didn't wash into the rocks.  It was SOOO windy, we sat there next to the anchors and watched them for any movement...please...no...

But these guys are pretty much anchoring masters.
I spy my mom, Jeff and mister Ben...
This one (below) is out of order.  Thank you Blogger.

We kind of eat a lot of sunflower seeds at Powell.  Jim Beam BBQ for Ben, David's Chili Lime for me.  Oh em gee delish.
I managed to get a sweet crashing pic of Sheridan.  :]
The life jacket I grabbed was a little too big and ended up being hilarious.
Below:  All this used to be under water and we used to ride around these rocks we were climbing.
1/2ish of the gang don't like to camp and would go back to the marina in the evening, so the nights and mornings were pretty chill and full of horse-shoe competitions and hiking.  Sadly I don't have pics with the whole entire crew!
My gpa is wearing one of the Frogg Togg towels that stays cool.  I need to obtain one for running.
Meet hyper Lexie and the sweetest DJ (Delilah..something) pitbull you ever will meet.
The progression (well, two pics of the many I took) of Ben starting a water fight.
My mom and I have a tradition where one day we head to Wahweap Marina to get ice cream.  The ice cream shack we used to order from is gone, as is the old marina store!!  They just opened a new store, restaurant and lounge at Wahweap, literally that day.  You can't order cheap ice cream anymore, just expensive $8 shakes.  They are delish!  A little small, but delish.
Here is just a glimpse into the water levels.  This parking lot (below) as is appears now...
And below is how it was three years ago, under water.
More horse shoes and trying to get artsy with my really old Canon Powershot (seriously the most indestructible camera).
We had a great time.  What a great family tradition.
Have a fabulous week!!  Monsoons have rolled in so our temps have dropped down closer to 100 and we have loads of clouds/storms (and a couple of dust storm haboob-ish things).  It has been nice after a sweltering June.